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
Microsoft and Facebook announced earlier on Friday a big change in their search and advertising relationship: that Facebook will handle all of its own graphical ads, ending a 2007 advertising agreement with Microsoft that accompanied Redmond's $240 million investment in the social network. At the same time, a more enhanced version of Microsoft's Bing search engine will be available through Facebook.
But Facebook, as it turns out, is getting rid of traditional banner ads altogether.
"We recently stopped displaying Microsoft's banner ads in some international markets. After additional talks with Microsoft, we have agreed to stop … Read more
The relationship between TV and PC is a complicated one. Over the years, we've used desktops, laptops, and small form factor machines to act as media centers, networked entertainment hubs, and more recently, as Hulu and streaming-Netflix players.
Our love/hate relationship with getting a PC signal on a large TV screen has recently moved toward ambivalence, as living room game consoles have taken over many streaming media tasks, adding Netflix streaming as well as their own libraries of movies and TV shows to buy or rent.
To that end, one of the CES announcements we were most excited about, at least in theory, was Intel's Wireless Display technology. This combination of hardware and software would allow you to wirelessly stream whatever was on your laptop display to a nearby plasma or LCD TV.
Having seen a few demos of varying effectiveness (which didn't stop the technology from winning CNET's People's Voice award at CES 2010), we were excited to be able to hook up a Wireless Display (or WiDi, as it is also known) setup in the CNET Labs to test it out.
While the underlying technology is part of Intel's 2010 Core series platform, to start it'll be available only in three specific laptops, one each from Dell, Sony, and Toshiba. All three are Best Buy exclusives, but they also, fortunately, come bundled with all the hardware you'll need to hook the WiDi up.
That means these three laptops are WiDi-certified, and each comes bundled with an adapter from Netgear somewhat awkwardly named Push2TV. When and if the WiDi technology gets rolled out on more laptops, the Netgear box will be available separately for $99.
Though there are other ways to wirelessly stream audio and video to your big-screen TV, the possibility of effortlessly mirroring whatever is on your desktops to another display, with near-zero setup, makes this a much better candidate for mainstream adoption.
With a new Toshiba E205 laptop (one of the three initial WiDi models) in hand, and the included Netgear adapter, we set out to test Intel's Wireless Display. In practice, the actual results were not completely effortless, but they came pretty close. … Read more
This week, we debate the pros and cons of Apple's iPad touchscreen tablet, as well as Intel's new Wireless Display technology; plus, there's some good news for fans of DRM-free gaming.
Along with the recent update to iTunes that Apple released, the company also issued the anticipated firmware update for their 27-inch iMacs which is an update for the display hardware itself, and is supposed to help address video problems that have plagued the new machines. These have included blank displays, yellow-tinted LCD colors, and display flickering, of which the latter is addressed by this update.… Read more
Board games are already experiencing a renaissance as they move from the tabletop to the desktop (think Lexulous and Scrabble), but researchers from Canada's Queen's University are trying to further advance the ol' board game with a technology that essentially turns each piece into a graphics-saturated mini-display, thus merging the tangible aspects of board games with software-generated action normally seen in strategy games such as World of Warcraft.
Intel has designs on the nascent home energy management business, following Google, Microsoft, Apple, Panasonic, and dozens of smaller tech companies.
Intel last week launched a Web site dedicated to its Home Dashboard Concept, a touch-screen display designed to help families control and reduce energy use. The Atom-based device will let people record video messages to other family members and, through third-party applications, let people look up information on online yellow pages or track packages over the Internet.
For Intel, the energy dashboard is another attempt to crack into the consumer electronics market. "Computing in the home is going … Read more
A patent filed by Nokia with the US Patent and Trademark Office describes a bendable device with a flexible screen. It's not simply that, of course, as we know phones with flexible panels aren't new. Remember the ill-fated Readius from Polymer Vision?
According to parts of the patent, the differentiating factor is that such a device will respond according to the shape a user puts it in. For example, bending it to resemble a can will cause it to do a search for a bar or pub in the neighborhood, while making it into the shape of a … Read more