Cheap, power-sipping sensors do everything from tracking global warming to keeping your house warm
By Steve MorgensternPosted 03.07.2008 at 11:32 am 4 Comments
The ability to scatter lots of wireless sensors over a wide area has tremendous potential, whether it's tracking the melting of a glacier, the stress on a bridge span or the temperature in your home. The trick? Making them cheap enough so you can use plenty, and having them last long enough so you don't break the bank or your back changing batteries (those trips to the glacier add up). This week, Microsoft showed us a prototype version of a wireless sensor that tackles both challenges.
At this week's TED conference, Microsoft announced a groundbreaking software that will bring the farthest regions of the universe to your desktop—but will it soon be the only way to see the night sky?
By Matt RansfordPosted 02.28.2008 at 2:15 pm 4 Comments
World Wide Telescope
The World Wide Telescope will let users zoom and pan through distances stretching to the farthest reaches of the known universe and stop in for a closer look at just about any object they encounter.
Playing with Google Earth is an immensely gratifying experience. You swoop in like a superhero and pan around as though you're hovering over your own house. Imagine if you were able to do all that in the other direction, out into space. This spring, Microsoft is poised to release the World Wide Telescope, which promises to do just that and more, on a scale of galactic proportions.
Microsoft has assembled an application of tremendous depth and breadth using data from the Hubble and land-based telescopes around the world.
After failing to comply with an anti-trust decision, Microsoft reaps a massive fine
By Gregory MonePosted 02.28.2008 at 1:58 pm 2 Comments
The European Union slapped Microsoft with a $1.3 billion punishment yesterday for what it says amounted to unfair practices. Regulators contended that Microsoft charged developers who were hoping to make Windows-compatible products unreasonable fees for information about its software.
By Sean CaptainPosted 02.22.2008 at 11:37 am 4 Comments
Ford Sync, an in-car entertainment center running Microsoft software, has won praise as the first system to integrate hands-free calling, music playing from MP3 players and voice control of all functions. (PopSci was among the admirers, awarding Sync a Best of Whats New award.)
Despite all its cool functions, Sync doesnt cost much to build, according to a report today from research firm iSuppli.
Once again, our pals in El Segundo, CA ripped apart a perfectly good gadget to see what makes it tick. The answer: not much.
But do you get what you pay for? One of our editors had a hair-pulling-out experience with a Sync-equipped car last week. Ford insists it was an anomaly, and is sending us a new model to test. Stay tuned for our verdict.
Meanwhile, click ahead to see what components make the Sync work (or not work).
By Dave ProchnowPosted 12.17.2007 at 3:07 pm 0 Comments
Are you looking for something to do as a nice holiday break approaches? Head over to MoDaCo and read/see the exploits of Paul. Paul claims to have installed Microsoft Windows Vista on an ASUS Eee PC. The post includes video and a fairly thorough tutorial on accomplishing the same feat on your very own Easy to Hack PC. —Dave Prochnow
Not quite a laptop, not quite a smartphone, it´s the future of mobile computing
By Michael MyserPosted 07.05.2006 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
Launch the gallery by clicking the "Slideshow" button to the left.
Meet the ultra-mobile PC, a.k.a. UMPC: a seven-inch screen, Windows XP Tablet PC operating system, plus Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, all in a book-size package that weighs less than two pounds. It´s the vision of the Origami Project team at Microsoft, which recently unveiled design concepts and software for the devices. All Origami-certified UMPCs will feature the Touch Pack, a
finger-friendly add-on to Windows XP with shortcut keys, large program icons and a split
By Phillip TorronePosted 10.19.2005 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
You bet. But first, a primer: Smart Personal Objects Technology (SPOT) is a service from Microsoft that uses FM radio waves to send personalized text feeds-including news, stock quotes, weather, movie listings, appointments and instant messages-to SPOT-enabled wristwatches. A number of models are available from Suunto, Swatch, Tissot and others (see spotstop.com for a full list).
By Steve MorgensternPosted 10.24.2002 at 1:28 pm 0 Comments
The idea is simple: Take a full-fledged Windows XP Professional notebook and add a pen-shape electromagnetic stylus, touchscreen display, and the software to make it all work. This is the Tablet PC in a nutshell. The first generation, with models from Acer, Hewlett-Packard, Toshiba, Viewsonic, and others, will begin hitting the market this month.