During a whirlwind visit to Sydney, Australia, Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer this week said he has confidence in President-elect Barack Obama's leadership.
Obama's decisive victory this week over Republican rival John McCain in the U.S. presidential elections has been broadly hailed by technology leaders as potentially beneficial to the country's technology and communications industries.
"I have a lot of faith in our system and our electoral process, and I think President-elect Obama understands that there's a deep set of economic issues, and I have confidence in his leadership," Ballmer said on the … Read more
A pilot program of the U.K.'s national identity card plan will be compulsory at one of the two participating airports.
Workers will be required to enroll in the program at London city airport, the Home Office said Thursday. The move comes despite repeated assurances from the Home Office that U.K. citizens will not be compelled to have an ID card or enter their biometric details onto the National Identity Register.
Also on Thursday, the government said that retailers, post offices, and … Read more
Personally, I like strong and silent types when it comes to gadgets, but if you're attracted to chatty electronics, you might want to listen up. Toshiba has introduced what is says is the first projector with voice guidance.
The TLP-X200U wireless projector delivers audible messages about the system, including the on/off status, lamp life, air filter checks, and cooling fan status. This is aimed at making the product easy to use and helping users take good care of their machines so they can (hopefully) avoid maintenance updates.
The projector features wireless network capabilities, closed captioning, 3LCD technology, and … Read more
An SAT game back in the day sure would have obviated our pre-collegian nonchalance toward apprehending words like anthracite, profligacy, and sanguineous.
Lucky high-schoolers. They actually have such a game now, courtesy of Aspyr Media and the SAT prep experts at Kaplan.
FutureU promises to sharpen students' critical thinking skills and build relevant knowledge with a collection of interactive games focused on math, reading, and writing. There's also a section that teaches the test-taking and time management skills necessary for taking the big exam.
The game has already shipped for the Mac and PC, with a Nintendo DS version … Read more
Reports of the iPhone's imminent arrival in Washington appear to have been greatly exaggerated.
Jordan Golson of the Industry Standard has debunked a report last week by TheHill.com suggesting that the U.S. House of Representatives was seriously considering switching its mobile computer of choice from the BlackBerry to the iPhone based on strong demand. Golson followed up with Jeff Ventura, director of communications for the Chief Administrative Officer of the House, and Ventura said that the CAO is merely testing a small number of iPhones to see how they might fit into the organization.
That's not … Read more