Rumors of a much-anticipated 3G version abound as reports surface of shortages at Apple stores
By Bjorn CareyPosted 04.03.2008 at 9:44 pm 7 Comments
Apples flagship store in San Francisco is out of iPhones? Online orders will take five to seven business days? Retail stores around the country are reportedly running extremely low or, in many cases, just plain out of iPhones. This shortage may simply be due to Apples shortsighted estimate of demand. But many believe it to be an early indication that they're trying to clear product to make way for a (clouds part, sun shines, choir sings) 3G iPhone.
Despite much scientific evidence to the contrary, talk of a cellphone-cancer link continues to loom large
By Matt RansfordPosted 04.03.2008 at 12:07 pm 6 Comments
Eggs used to be in the news all the time. One month they were good for you, the next month, bad. Morning talk shows and television commercials would trot out expert after expert to volley the conflicting health claims back and forth. But while there is a legitimate debate over the cholesterol content of egg yolks and whether that cholesterol is ultimately bad for you or not, the analogous debate getting airtime these days is not much of debate at all: whether cellphones cause brain cancer.
Intel debuts its newest low-cost laptop, which boasts a few key improvements
By Gregory MonePosted 04.03.2008 at 11:27 am 0 Comments
Intel rolled out its new low-cost laptop model yesterday, and the machines will boast bigger, 9-inch screens, 30 GB of storage and integrated Web cameras. These new Classmate PCs, which will go on sale in April for somewhere between $300 and $500, are the second iteration of Intel's answer to the One Laptop Per Child organization's cheap laptop, the XO.
By Sean CaptainPosted 04.03.2008 at 12:08 am 6 Comments
Sony today announced what it claims to be the smallest high-definition camcorder, the 10-ounce HDR-TG1 Handycam. Into this small package (1.3x4.8x2.5 inches), Sony sueezes most of the features that go into bigger models: including 1920x1080i resolution, a 10X optical zoom lens and face-recognition. It’s packed in a titanium shell with a scratch resistant coating that Sony calls “quite fashionable.”
Details of how we pushed the latest SLRs from Nikon and Olympus
By Sean CaptainPosted 04.01.2008 at 9:06 pm 0 Comments
There is no single measure of autofocus ability, so we did two main tests to judge the cameras chops. The first was to see how well each camera performed in difficult situations: low light and subjects with very little detail. In the second, we picked subjects that are easy to get in focus and simply measured how fast each camera could do it.
This was our setup:
By Sean CaptainPosted 04.01.2008 at 8:15 pm 2 Comments
Remember Surface, the magic coffee table and massively multi-touch screen that we awarded a Best of Whats New award in December? Well it looks like its finally set to debut, as a shopping kiosk debuting at six AT&T cellular phone stores on April 17.
Sports tech takes a step backwards with Adidas's latest sneaker launch
By Brett ZardaPosted 04.01.2008 at 1:00 pm 1 Comment
The only thing better than new technology is old technology. Add the term "vintage," price it at a premium and watch us geeks drool. Generally, sports technology isn't old enough to go retro; Adidas begs to differ with the return of its 1984 Micropacer shoe.
Predating today's growing pedometer obsession by two decades, the Micropacer was the first shoe to implant a microchip in the big toe area, which registered steps each time the wearer pushed off.
The class-action lawsuit hinges on difference between iMac displays
By Gregory MonePosted 04.01.2008 at 12:58 pm 8 Comments
An angry Apple iMac owner filed a class-action lawsuit against the company because she says the monitors don't display as many colors as advertised. The lawsuit claims that Apple knows its monitors only display 262,144 colors, but asserts in marketing materials that the machines flash millions of hues.
Despite the optimism of Moore's Law, scientists predict computer chips have just four more years of shrinkage
By Matt RansfordPosted 03.31.2008 at 3:58 pm 4 Comments
About every two years, transistors shrink in size enough to place double the number on an integrated circuit than was possible during the previous two years. Its held true since the mid-1960s when the idea was first posited by Gordon E. Moore (today, its called Moores Law). If you were to plot the rate on a graph, youd see it come out as an exponential curve. Exponential curves start slowly and then ramp up quickly, theoretically approaching a limit but never reaching it. I say theoretically because in the very practical real world, a limit will always be reached due to environmental feedback. In silicon-based computing (what we use today), that limit may be only four years away.
Two major players try to lure mobile-phone software developers
By Gregory MonePosted 03.31.2008 at 12:30 pm 0 Comments
At this point we've known for a while that the much-talked-about gPhone isn't actually going to be a single device, but a whole slew of them running Google's Android platform, but that doesn't mean the buzz is dying out. Now CNET says there's a new race heating up, as Google and Apple vie for the attention of independent software developers.