The University of Washington has developed a new tool called WebAnywhere that allows the blind and visually impaired surf the Web on the go. It turns screen-reading into an Internet service that reads aloud Web text on any computer with speakers or headphone connections. For the past month that WebAnywhere has been available, Bigham, has received inquiries from librarians and teachers who struggle to find the time to locate free software, get permission to install it and then maintain the program. They plan to continue to update the program and make improvements.
ICANN members have approved the most drastic and liberating changes to the very quintessence of the internet that has survived impregnably for the past 25 years. The internet, dear Maximum PC readers, will never be the same again. ICANN members in a watershed vote finally allowed the freeing up of top level domains.
Now anyone including individuals and organizations can register top level domains of their choosing. Soon there will be domain names like YA.HOO, BLOG.JOHN and I.LIKE.MATT etc. In fact, the governing body has also permitted domain names in Arabic and other Asian languages.
Dell has announced a couple of exciting apps that will come aboard the bright range of Studio notebooks. Strangely both of them make the Dell Studio appear like Dell's homage to Mac. But it is only after the jump that you will know whether the two proprietary apps, Dell Dock and Dell Video Chat, are anything to write home about.
When Blu-ray won the high-definition format war, Sony's Playstation 3 transformed from a high priced console into a viable living room entertainment console, but it lacked the video download infrastructure that Microsoft could boast with its Xbox Live Marketplace. Not anymore. Sony CEO Howard Stringer spoke out on the company's goal to rollout its new video service across a varity of products through 2010, and it all starts with the PS3 this summer.
Find out why PS3 owners should be excited, and Microsoft worried, after the jump.
Only a couple of days until Blizzard's big announcement, and I'm sure you're squirming in your seat with unbridled excitement. It's a shame, then, that nothing's really happened concerning that story since yesterday. Wait! Don't go! Someone designed Pokemon in the Spore Creature Creator. That's cool, right? Jump past the break to read more about the creatively-named Sporemon as well as news of much more significance.
Dell has always bolted out with top honors for the most galling customer service experience. Although it claims to be working earnestly at improving customer service, there is plenty of evidence to the contrary.
It had committed the same blunder just a month ago and subsequently apologized. Dell has no choice but to offer replacements which it is currently doing. But even mandatory replacements seem such a privilege with Dell’s customer-service credentials.
Score one for the little guy, or more specifically, score $108K for Tanya Anderson. That's how much a federal judge is awarding Anderson, who successfully defended herself against allegations of copyright infringement, prompting the RIAA to drop its suit against her. Though few would scoff at a six figure verdict, Anderson doesn't appear to be finished dipping into the RIAA's pockets.
To find out how much is Anderson seeking, and if the tables are finally turning, click through the jump.
For years PC users could be found chomping at the bit over Art Lebedev Studio's oft delayed Optimus Maximus OLED keyboard, and for those patient enough to stay excited through the numerous setbacks and vaporware accusations, the end result was an input device that now sells for over $1,800. Ouch. Such is the price we pay as early adopters of new devices, but if the technology behind a joint collaboration between the U.S. Display Consortium and Plextronics comes to fruition, expect to see more affordable OLED gadgets in the very near future.
To take a look at this new breakthrough techology and how it will affect you, you'll need to click through the jump.
New Acrobat 9 adds built-in Flash and multimedia support to the venerable PDF format. That's the good news. The bad? Unless you buy (or try) Acrobat 9, you can't enjoy any of the new multimedia goodies in PDF documents just yet.
To find out what's new, how to buy (or try) your favorite version of Acrobat 9, and to learn when Reader will catch up, read on.