From a solar-powered Bluetooth speakerphone to the smallest hi-def camcorder, our editors round up the must-have products for the month of March
By Matt ScheidermanPosted 02.29.2008 at 5:33 pm 0 Comments
Each issue, PopSci rounds up the must-have products for the month. This March, check out a media streamer that lets you buy movies with just your remote, a Bluetooth speakerphone that charges in the sun, a super-strong vacuum and more.
How much portable Linux goodness can you get for $400?
By John MahoneyPosted 02.28.2008 at 7:16 pm 8 Comments
When Asus unveiled their ultraportable, ultra-cute EeePC in October of last year, they may not have anticipated launching a whole new product category, but judging by the overwhelmingly favorable reaction of users online and strong sales numbers, that's exactly what they've done. The slimmed-down, no-nonsense, Linux-powered ultraportable category that the Eee currently presides over, and that Everex's recently released Cloudbook hopes to capitalize on, is just one instance of a greater tech trend we're seeing across the board: an emphasis on shrinking form-factors and streamlined usage. In an industry that has always been about more power, more size, more capability—more everything—this is notable.
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.
If the government truly wants everyone to be able to watch digital television, why won't it help people who need it to buy an antenna?
By Doug CantorPosted 02.26.2008 at 5:02 pm 2 Comments
Sean Captains extensive guide last week to next year's nationwide digital TV conversion featured some interesting comments from the vice president of Centris, a company that recently published a study suggesting the upcoming switchover to digital-only television broadcasts may leave millions of people across the country without a TV signal. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration is offering people who have an analog TV a $40 coupon to put toward a converter box. Unfortunately, Centris VP Barry E. Goodstadt says, in certain pockets of the country, using a converter box still wont give you a signal if you dont have a powerful-enough antenna.
A bendy, self-cleaning smartphone could arrive in less than a decade
By Gregory MonePosted 02.26.2008 at 12:55 pm 5 Comments
As part of a new design exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York city, Nokia and the University of Cambridge revealed a potential phone of the future, called Morph. Why "Morph"? The gadgets flexible materials would enable you to twist it into different shapes, you could even wear it as a bracelet.
The ultra-high-tech code-cracking weapon? A can of spray duster
By Seth FletcherPosted 02.22.2008 at 6:08 pm 2 Comments
Researchers at Princeton have discovered that with a can of duster and a laptop, it takes only matter of minutes to crack most encryption software, including BitLocker, FileVault, dm-crypt and TrueCrypt. The weak link that makes this ridiculously simple hack possible is the DRAM chip. Heres why: Any time your computer is on, that chip contains the key used to access encrypted data on your hard drive. Once that chip loses power, the bits stored on it are supposed to disappear immediately. But thats not really what happens.
The world's most advanced swimsuit shaves time so swimmers don't have to shave limbs
By Brett ZardaPosted 02.22.2008 at 3:38 pm 1 Comment
Shaving your legs just isnt enough to give swimmers an edge anymore. With a combination of computational fluid dynamics, aerospace engineering and a bit of help from NASA, Speedo has launched its latest swimsuit built to shatter records at the Olympic Games this summer in Beijing—or before.
A new propulsion system for boats ditches the diesel
By John GeogheganPosted 02.22.2008 at 12:18 pm 24 Comments
This month, 69-year-old Japanese sailor Ken-ichi Horie will attempt to captain the worlds most advanced wave-powered boat 4,350 miles from Hawaii to Japan. If all goes as planned, hell set the first Guinness world record for the longest distance traveled by a wave-powered boat and, along the way, show off the greenest nautical propulsion system since the sail.
Broadcasters expect to be ready, but your old faithful antenna might not be. Here's what you can do to avoid sitting in the dark next year
By Sean CaptainPosted 02.20.2008 at 5:59 pm 7 Comments
An article in last weeks New York Times must have struck terror into the hearts of readers whose old tube televisions sport rabbit-ear antennas. The punchline: Many of them will be staring at a black screen after next years transition from analog to digital television broadcasts—even if they purchased a government-subsidized converter box. And broadcasters are to blame.
The real story, though, is more complicated and harder to predict. So what will happen to your television on February 18, 2009?