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TECHNOLOGY

Yesterday in San Francisco, AT&T held a Tech Showcase to show off some of the new innovations they are working on in their labs. One such thing I got a demo of was a way to use your iPhone to search television content simply by using your voice. (Techcrunch11/5)


U.S. unit sales of boxed copies of Windows 7 were 234% higher during the new operating system’s first few days on store shelves than the comparable period two years ago for Windows Vista, according to research firm NPD Group. But one analyst quoted in this report said the Windows 7 effect so far on the PC market as a whole had been “mixed.” The Wall Street Journal (11/6)


Redbox, operator of the $1-a-night DVD kiosks that are controversial among Hollywood studios, is reporting that revenue grew 90% in the third quarter and operating income nearly doubled. The company says it could “easily grow” its current 20,600 kiosks to nearly 60,000. (Iwantmedia11/6, LA Times 11/6)

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TECHNOLOGY

Time Magazine recently published a list class=”snap_preview_icon”> (completed by 24/7 Wall St.) of the “Top Ten Biggest Tech Failures Of The Past Decade.” Microsoft Vista, Microsoft Zune, Gateway, YouTube and the Segway all made the list. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/05/15/time-makes-a-list-of-tech-failures-microsoft-checks-it-twice/ 5/15)

1. Microsoft Vista
2. Gateway
3. HD DVD
4. Vonage
5. YouTube
6. Sirius XM
7. Microsoft Zune
8. Palm
9. Iridium
10. Segway

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology‘s Media Lab are working on new technologies that will allow electronics devices to read users’ body language so that they don’t have to push lots of buttons. “It’s more the notion that a device can figure out what you want it to do,” said MIT’s V. Michael Bove Jr. “Wouldn’t it be nice if when I took a phone out of my pocket, it could read my mind?” The Boston Globe (5/18)

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ONLINE SERVICES/INTERACTIVE MEDIA by Marauder

ONLINE SERVICES/INTERACTIVE MEDIA

Microsoft has just pushed live its Release Candidate for Internet Explorer 8, the latest update to the world’s most widely used web browser. You can download it here. Unfortunately the release is only for Windows Vista, XP, and Server – if you’re trying out Windows 7 you’ll have to wait for the next OS update to try out the RC. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/01/26/microsofts-ie8-release-candidate-is-live 1/26)

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Twenty-four of this year’s Oscar-nominated films are already available in DVD quality on the Internet, according to independent programmer Andy Baio. This is the highest percentage of Oscar contenders to appear online since he began tracking them six years ago. (hIwantmedia 1/26, ttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10149360-93.html 1/23)

Twitter, which just recently turned down a half billion dollar acquisition offer from Facebook (albeit to be paid mostly with Facebook stock), is dipping back into the venture capital market, Techcrunch has heard from a source with knowledge of the deal. They’ve signed a term sheet with at least one venture fund to raise a new round at a $250 million valuation. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/01/24/twitter-raising-new-cash-at-250-million-valuation 1/24)

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While 2008 was Twitter’s hockey-stick year, Twitter’s little brother FriendFeed is also beginning to show hockey-stick tendencies in its growth. According to comScore, FriendFeed attracted 950,000 unique visitors worldwide in December. That’s a tenfold increase since June, when comScore counted only 93,000 unique visitors worldwide (and nearly double since September, when it was 550,000). (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/01/25/friendfeed-hits-nearly-one-million-users-grew-tenfold-in-the-past-six-months 1/25)

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After watching your share of this year’s Oscar nominees, you might find yourself following the time-honored tradition of renting every tangentially related film in the hopes of finding something else just as good. Type in Slumdog Millionaire or The Wrestler, and Netflix will offer up recommendations that are “more like this.” But if you are looking for quirkier recommendations, the kind that you’d find at your local independent video store, then head on over to Clerkdogs. The human-curated movie recommendation site has an OscarMatch feature that suggests 400 films similar to this year’s crop of Oscar nominees. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/01/26/clerkdogs-has-your-oscarmatch-quirky-movie-recommendations-you-wont-find-on-netflix 1/26)

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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder
January 12, 2009, 12:30 AM
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TECHNOLOGY

We’re going to be seeing a lot more touchscreen computers. One of the features of Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system is that it supports a multitouch user-interface (much like on the iPhone or a Tablet PC). To further the adoption of such touchscreen technology, Microsoft led a $24 million round in Israeli startup N-trig. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/01/12/microsoft-leads-24-million-round-in-n-trig-to-bring-multitouch-to-pcs 1/12)

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(Below) I got the chance to demo the HD 3D home theatre system last week and was fully blown away.  I wasn’t so much a fan of the animation films in the format but sports of any kind comes alive in HD 3 dimensionally.  You really need to see this one…

Panasonic introduced at CES its 3D Full HD Plasma Home Theater System, which is said to be the first-of-its-kind setup that depicts 3-D imagery that the company says is fully true to life. The system involves a 103-inch plasma HDTV from Panasonic and a Panasonic Blu-ray player that, together, deliver full HD images to the left and right eyes. Pocket-lint.co.uk (1/9)

With an eye toward the youth market, AT&T and Dell are selling an Inspiron Mini 9 laptop for $100 until Jan. 31 — including the $350 rebate — a Windows XP device embedded with connectivity to AT&T’s 3G network. Buyers must commit to a two-year service contract that costs $60 a month. RCR Wireless News (1/9)

(Below) I got to check out Eye-Fi at CES.  Anything that makes it easier to transfer pictures from my camera to my computer is a very good thing.  And with the iPhone application they also demoed at CES, they’re taking it to the next level.  Too bad the only people able to have the iPhone app are those who own the Eye-Fi card. Blah….

For the second year in a row, Eye-Fi claimed the prize in the ninth annual Last Gadget Standing SuperSession sponsored by NetShelter, as determined by the crowd’s reception on Saturday. This year Eye-Fi demoed the new Eye-Fi Video Card, which allows users to wirelessly upload videos and share videos in real time, over the internet. The emWave Personal Stress Reliever, a portable biofeedback tool from HeartMath that helps users “reduce stress, balance emotions and increase performance,” won in an online vote at the Last Gadget Standing site. (Cynopsis 1/12)

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TECHNOLOGY

Microsoft Hardware on Tuesday introduced two new mice, the Explorer and the Explorer Mini, that use the company’s BlueTrack technology, which allows precision tracking on any surface from shag carpeting to granite and everything in between. The mice are geared toward laptop users such as business travelers. TWICE (9/9)

Atlas Sound says it can attract buyers who enjoy the outdoors with its new Strategy Series Rock speaker, a weather-resistant product that looks like a rock parked in the yard. The company did not disclose a price for the ROCKFA62T-BR, which contains a 32-watt 100-volt transformer and an Atlas FA136 driver. ElectronicHouse.com (9/9)

Gyration says it has come up with a universal remote that can also control a Media Center music library and allow users to look at iTunes and Windows Music Player through a backlit LCD rather than having to turn on a TV or PC. The Gyration Air Music Remote, priced at $180, also eliminates the need for a mouse: Gyration said that “natural hand movements” can control the on-screen cursor. ElectronicHouse.com (9/9)

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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder
July 25, 2008, 5:15 PM
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Microsoft has a secret new operating system they’re showing to XP-using Vista haters, reports Cnet’s Ina Fried. Codenamed “Mojave,” over 90 percent of the focus groups in San Francisco loved it, with at least one moved to effuse, “Oh wow,” while using it. When can you get hold of this wondrous new operating system? Right now. Mojave is actually just plain ol’ Windows Vista. (http://gizmodo.com/5028903/windows-xp-users-actually-love-vista-if-they-think-its-something-else 7/24)

According to NPD Group, navigation equipment defied a decline in car-audio sales of nearly 20% over the past year. Kenwood reported a successful conclusion to its recent promotion with Garmin, helping it become the sector’s top seller in the first quarter. (TWICE 7/24)

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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder

TECHNOLOGY

It’s OK to put your hands on the new Genius SP-T1200 speakers, which feature touchpanel controls for volume, bass and treble levels. The 30-watt speakers, which retail for $99, are compact enough to go on the road with laptops and other small devices. (ElectronicHouse.com 6/25, Engadget 6/24)

Weighing in at a featherweight 2.3 pounds, Panasonic Computer Solutions’ new ultramobile PC, or UMPC, is being touted for its “rugged” construction, which houses Intel’s new low-power Atom processor. Priced at $2,500, the Toughbook CF-U1 runs on full-function Windows Vista or XP and contains 1GB of memory, a 5.6-inch WSVGA LCD touch screen that is sunlight-sensitive and a 16GB solid-state removable drive. (TWICE 6/25)

Vizio will ship three new flat-panel HDTVs next month with screens of 42 to 50 inches that feature full 1080p resolution priced between $1,500 and $1,900, the company said. Vizio also has struck an exclusive deal with Wal-Mart to bring the 42-inch VP422 and the 32-inch VP322 to market, priced low at $799 and $599, respectively. (PC Magazine 6/25, TheRetailBRIDGE.com 6/26)

Mitsubishi says its new line of LaserVue large-screen TVs will offer viewers twice the color and half the power usage of conventional high-definition screens. The company also announced that the 65-inch LaserVue “Diamond” model will begin shipping in the third quarter of this year and that the 73-inch version would follow shortly thereafter. (Pocket-lint.co.uk 6/25)

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