With the 10.6.3 update Apple addressed a number of graphics-related issues, but in doing so introduced a problem for some people where they cannot get external monitors to either display the native resolution, or in some cases even work at all. When the monitors are connected and detected, the system will display at a resolution that's one step down from the native resolution, causing text and images to appear larger and blurry.… Read more
Want to get digital-policy regulator types fired up? Start talking about behavioral ad targeting, the business of serving up digital ads that are fine-tuned to a user's Web surfing habits, and you're sure to get all kinds of wildly varied opinions about privacy and sensitive data.
But a new study from a group called the Network Advertising Initiative, or NAI, claims that behavioral targeting is more than twice as effective as non-targeted ads, and the inventory from behavioral ads is worth double that of their non-targeted brethren. The study found that 6.8 percent of people who click … Read more
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NirSoft develops nifty, compact, free utilities for a broad range of specific uses. Its URLProtocolView is an easy-to-use tool that displays all URL protocols currently installed in your system, such as ftp, telnet, and mailto. It displays each protocol's name as well as a description, the command line that is executed when you click or type the URL, the name of the product in which it originates, and the company that developed or published the software. You can also use it to easily enable or disable each protocol. (Please don't disable mailto, though!)
URLProtocolView downloads as a compressed … Read more
Automaker GM, working with Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Southern California, is developing a new head-up display that outlines the road and potential hazards with lasers.
The system would use sensor technology such as infrared cameras, currently used for night vision by Mercedes-Benz and BMW, to look ahead when visibility is poor on dark nights or foggy days. When the cameras see cars, animals, pedestrians, or any other obstacle, lasers would outline them on the windshield. Similarly, the system could see the road ahead when the driver can't, and paint the edges of the road on the … Read more
In some situations your Mac may get to the log-in screen and display it at a different resolution than when it logs in to the desktop. This may result in the log-in window being fairly big with large text, and the screen blinking to black when you log in while it changes resolution.… Read more
If you're looking to upgrade your TV to one that uses light-emitting diode technology, be prepared for a potential price hike.
According to electronic market research firm iSuppli, LEDs are facing a global supply shortage in 2010, and the year may end with a sharp under-supply of the in-demand devices unless production capacity ramps up.
The research firm's numbers show that total consumption of LEDs reached 63 billion units in 2009. That was close to the industry's total capacity of 75 billion units, indicating that many LED manufacturers were operating at nearly 100 percent utilization levels. In 2008, the total consumption of LEDs was just 57 billion units.
Based on the growing demand during the last couple of years, iSuppli predicted that demand for LEDs in 2010 will be close to 80 billion units and will reach more than 100 billion units in 2011. This means that unless manufacturers significantly increase production, a sharp shortage will likely occur.
According to Sweta Dash, senior director for LCD research at iSuppli, the predicted 2010 shortage applies mostly to LEDs used for the backlighting of large-screen LCD TVs. Thanks to their super-slim form factors and improvements in picture quality, this type of TV has become increasingly popular.
Among products that utilize LEDs, TVs require the most LEDs per unit. Unlike notebooks, which typically use 50 LEDs, or monitors, which employ about 100 LEDs, LCD TVs on average consume anywhere from 300 to 500 LEDs per panel. … Read more
Spotted at the recently concluded Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, the Golden-i wireless Bluetooth/Wi-Fi headset is meant for users who usually have both hands busy but still need computer access. The entire system, which projects a 15-inch virtual display, is also voice-controlled, so you simply say the corresponding text on the icons to activate a PC's data and applications.
The software, supplied by speech solutions provider Nuance, is intelligent enough … Read more
The latest wave of new laptops and desktops for 2010 is here, and these systems have some important new features to help them stand out from last year's models. We're seeing Intel's Core i3 (as well as the i5 and i7) CPUs, and the new Intel Atom N450processor for Netbooks, along with Wireless Display technologydesigned to easily send a signal from your PC to your TV.
To help cut through the clutter, we've been scouring the shelves of big retail stores to find boxed versions of popular PCs, from entry-level systems starting at $329 to massive $… Read more