Apple has released an update to the Boot Camp drivers for the latest MacBook Pro systems. This update addresses a couple of problems with Japanese and Korean keyboards in the system, and also fixes shutdown problems, according to the update's download page. The update is specific for Windows 7, so if you are using an alternative version of Windows, this will not apply to you.
Today's cars so are full to the brim with high-tech gizmos and gadgets that it's easy to see how some users can get overwhelmed with the sheer complexity of it all. We receive e-mails and comments regularly asking what features should one look for in a new car and why.
With that in mind, we've assembled a list of the must-have car tech features for your perusal. From dashboard technologies to safety features to power train and handling considerations, there's something for everyone in this list. And while you may not check every single box with … Read more
Handing a newly minted teen driver the keys to the family car is often a leap of faith that they'll return safe. Teens are four times more likely than adults to crash, and more than 3,000 fatalities each year makes motor vehicle accidents the leading cause of death among 15- to 19-year-olds. But one insurer found that mounting cameras inside the vehicle reduces risky driving behavior by 70 percent, which probably saved a few lives.
American Family, a Wisconsin-based insurance company, has offered the cameras and service since 2007 as part of its Teen Safe Driver Program. The … Read more
On the heels of the recent iDVD update, Apple has released a new version of iMovie, which addresses a problem with audio playback being out of sync. In addition, the update addresses a number of undisclosed stability issues. The update is available for all users of iMovie '11 (version 9.0.0 or greater) and requires OS X 10.6.3 or later to install.
The update should be available through Software Update, but can also be downloaded from Apple's iMovie 9.0.2 update page (27.52MB).
In addition to the iMovie update, Apple has released the latest … Read more
Microsoft is reportedly putting together drivers and a software development kit that would allow its Kinect motion sensor to work with Windows, according to WinRumors.
Citing the usual sources familiar with the situation, WinRumors says the drivers and SDK would give third-party developers the ability to create software titles that can use a Kinect plugged directly into a Windows PC.
Since its official launch last November, the Kinect has proven fertile ground for developers and hackers eager to stretch it beyond its Xbox 360 roots. People clever enough to write their own drivers have already been tinkering with the product, … Read more
Apple has released a couple of updates, one being for the AppleTV operating system software that addresses a couple of issues with high-definition output and downloading TV episodes and movies. The second set of updates is a set of printer drivers for use with OS X. The latest updates include drivers from Canon, Lexmark, and FujiXerox.
AppleTV software update
The AppleTV firmware update is for the second-generation AppleTV units and is available only through software update on AppleTV devices. It will bring the installed OS version to 4.2.1 instead of the previous 4.2.0. According to Apple'… Read more
We've all been there. You're enjoying a nice drive with your favorite tune pumping on the stereo, when you look down and realize that you're going 90 mph in a 65 mph zone. Sometimes the music carries you away like that. A new app by OVK called Slow Down for iOS devices aims to use your music in the opposite way to help keep your speed in check.
After installing, users can select the music playlist to which they want to listen from within the app. After manually choosing the speed limit for the road being driven, … Read more
It's a story you don't hear too often: a large company taking a step back from pursuing those who might be using its technology in ways that were never intended, as well as admitting that the product was made to open up those avenues by design.
That much is now true of Microsoft and its stance on going after those who were making third-party software drivers for its Kinect hardware accessory.
The story of how we got there is now, for the most part, well known. The product came out and was taken to immediately, not just by gamers but also by tinkerers who wanted to have their way with the hardware and use it in places Microsoft was not yet offering--like on its Windows operating system.
What's interesting about all this though, is that it's a distinct departure for Microsoft, given a history of increasingly closed hardware accessories that make up the Xbox ecosystem. Admittedly, Kinect is a very young product, having been on store shelves for less than a month, but it's already proving to be a hit for Microsoft, selling more than 2.5 million units in its first 25 days on the market. The company estimates that it will sell another two and a half million by the end of the year, which is quickly approaching.
So is the move to encourage tinkering part of that drive for success? Is Microsoft hoping some of the videos of virtual lightsabers and 3D camera shifting to get people that may not have purchased one to think again?
How we got here Kinect was made available to developers shortly after it was announced at Microsoft's press conference at E3 2009. Following the hardware's consumer release earlier this month, enthusiasts quickly got to work creating software of their own that would let them tap into the device's array of cameras, microphones, and the built-in motor. This process was, in part, incubated with financial encouragement from Adafruit Industries, which promised to reward the person who could create an open-sourced driver for the device with an ever-increasing amount of cash.
It only took a week for that to happen, and the software was released, creating a flurry of project videos that popped up on YouTube ranging from things like 3D drawing programs to multitouch, gesture-controlled photo viewers--all of which used an open data channel through the Kinect's USB interface.
During this process, Microsoft had told CNET that it had hardened the Kinect's security both on the software and hardware side, and that going forward, the company "will continue to make advances in these types of safeguards and work closely with law enforcement and product safety groups to keep Kinect tamper-resistant."
Then, a week and a half later, two company representatives effectively did an about-face on the subject during an interview with NPR, saying that those who were writing software for the Kinect would not be pursued. Furthermore, the company was paying attention to what users were doing with the hardware. … Read more
We're all used to the pedestrian chirps at a traffic light, the click-click of a turn signal or even the beep-beep of a seat-belt alert, but engineers at Ford are taking further steps to understand what sounds folks will actually respond to without being annoyed.
Sound engineers at Ford use scientific theory, listening clinics and on-road simulations to find the sounds that prove most effective for driver alerts.
"Ford engineers spend a tremendous amount of time finding just the right sound for just the right situation to help customers react to potential dangers," said Paul Mascarenas, Ford … Read more
It goes without saying that listening to music in the car is popular amongst most drivers. In fact, it's so popular that in most cars today, there are countless ways to avoid a silent drive: AM/FM radio, CD players, iPod connectors, auxiliary inputs and even satellite radio have become common across the entire spectrum of the automotive market. We personally refuse to drive more than a block without some decent music.
But today, we're focusing on the other guys - the cars that won't play any music for you, no matter how nicely you ask. These aren't cars for the layman, as the layman loves his Bruce Springsteen and wouldn't buy a car without speakers even if it did his taxes for him. These are among a highly specialized breed of automobile.
5. The Peel P50
This is it - the car so small and amenity-free that it makes a Smart Car look like a Hummer limo with a Jacuzzi in the back. The makers of this 52-inch-long car didn't even include a reverse gear, so it's no surprise they skipped the stereo completely. But what to do if you just can't live without tunes, and you happen to have a Peel P50? We'd put in a single speaker and have it play the Benny Hill Show theme song on repeat (at a top speed of a breakneck 38 mph). That way, whenever we had to get out of the car to lift it up and turn it around or yank it out of a pothole, we'd at least have appropriate music. Check out this classic Top Gear clip to see what it's like to drive.
4. The Popemobile
Okay, you can probably tell just by looking at it that the Popemobile (here a modified Mercedes M-Class) most likely has a stereo up in the front cabin, which should immediately disqualify it from this list. But this car is called the Popemobile, not the Chauffermobile, so as long as the Pope doesn't get to rock out while waving politely to all of Christendom, we consider the Pope's oddity of a vehicle stereo-free. After all, it's vitally important that the Pope isn't distracted by music when making appearances - especially considering he didn't seem to notice this. Maybe he had his headphones in?