A North Carolina man is in the hot seat as Apple legal representatives are asking him to return a MacBook prototype he purchased on Craigslist several months ago. Carl Frega purchased the laptop for parts to use in his computer repair business, but realized soon after that it was no ordinary MacBook. This device was a riff on the 2007 version of the notebook, but had a 3G radio and magnetic antenna.
Netbook users can scurry right along, there's nothing to see here. So can anyone interested in ergonomics, precise input devices, and gaming mice. Oh, and if you're strictly a desktop user, you can join the exit group too. At this point we should be left with notebook users who demand nothing more from their input peripheral than the ability to move a cursor around the screen. The Disk Mouse concept might be just the device you never knew you wanted.
Hot on the heels of LulzSec and Anonymous joining their havoc-wreaking forces to bring Operation Anti-Security (#AntiSec) to an Internet near you – "we encourage any vessel, large or small, to open fire on any government or agency that crosses their path" – comes news that the US, at least, doesn't plan on taking the DDoS shots in stride. DARPA, the cutting edge defense agency that helped spark the creation of the Internet we know and love, is putting the finishing touches on a mock Internet called the National Cyber Range that US cyberwarriors will use as a training ground in future Web-based wars.
It's been a little while since we checked in with Yanko Design, a "Web magazine dedicated to introducing the best modern international design." The conceptual inventions we run across are sometimes fantastic and at other times fantastically ill-conceived. One of the latest additions to Yanko Design's site is a Digital Neck Pillow designed by Jung Hwan Song and Joo Young You. How would you rank this one?
Razer, best known for its line of gaming mice, sometimes uses CES to launch a product seemingly out of the company's realm. One year it was the Mako 2.1 speakers, which is still the only speaker set in Razer's product portfolio. And this year? Meet the Switchblade, a "mobile PC gaming concept design."
The Switchblade is basically a netbook of sorts custom tailored for gamers and built around Intel's Atom platform, likely Oak Trail. The idea is to bring a keyboard, mouse, and touchscreen display to mobile gaming, a combo that doesn't really exist with today's handheld consoles.
"The main problem with mobile PC gaming so far is that no one has been able to port the full mouse and keyboard experience onto a small size portable solution," said Min-Liang Tan, CEO and Creative Director, Razer. "By combining adaptive on-the-fly controls and display, we managed to maintain the full tactile keyboard in a miniature computer while saving valuable screen estate."
Not just an everyday netbook, the Switchblade comes with an "intelligent user interface that adjusts the configuration and key layout on-the-fly based on game content and user requirements" (the key graphics change, somewhat similar to the Optimus Maximum OLED keyboard), and it sports a custom overlay on top of Windows 7.
Yes, we're fully aware we said "awesome" twice, and that's only because we thought three times might be pushing it. But if there's a more appropriate adjective to describe the Tron-inspired LED watch, feel free to post it the comments section.
Sadly, the Tron watch is only a prototype, so it doesn't actually exist. If it ever becomes a shipping product, go ahead and sign us up for one. And don't worry about not being able to tell teh time. Two Tron-style rings make up the face of the watch, with the outer ring representing the minutes and the inner ring the hours.
Part of the fun in wearing a watch like this or the popular Binary Watch is shoving your wrist into a confused stranger's face when they stop and ask you if you have the time.
All the talk about high-capacity media has focused on BDXL, which are Blu-ray discs capable of storing up to 128GB of data, but TDK has other plans. During the Ceatec trade show in Japan, TDK revealed an optical disc that can hold 1TB of data.
The prototype disc is comprised of 16 layers, each one able to store 32GB of code on both sides of the disc. For the sake of comparison, current Blu-ray media tops out at four layers.
TDK said it used a material with a high light transmittance, which "has already been used for part of a Blu-ray disc." In addition, the disc requires a beam with a numerical aperture of 0.85, the same for Blu-ray media, so there shouldn't be any problem there either. The only issue, says TDK, is in the thickness of the disc.
"According to the specifications of the Blu-ray Disc, the thickness of a recording layer has to be 100μm or less," TDK said. "But the recording layer of the new disc is 260μm in thickness. And it causes the aberration of an optical lens."
A YouTube user who goes by the name "x313xkillax" posted what may end up being the first hands-on look at HP's upcoming Windows 7-based Slate in prototype form.
Naturally there's some chatter that the video could be fake, and we can't say that it isn't. But if it is a ruse, it's a convincing one. The 4-minute video starts off with a tour of the external features, which shows a textured backing, built-in camera, SD card on the side, a keyboard button to bring up the virtual keyboard, volume buttons, USB port, and a few other accoutrement. There's even a CTRL-ALT-DEL key and a home key.
The second half of the video shows the device booting up and browsing the Web, as well as a brief look at the virtual keyboard.
Check it out below and then tell us what you think.
The tech dudes over on Chinese-language ChipHell forums posted what they claim are shots of AMD's prototype Barts XT videocard. Barring any last minute marketing changes, the Barts XT part will end up with the Radeon HD 6770 nomenclature when it ships.
Assuming these are real, remember that they're also prototypes, which means that the final product could look a bit different. We also don't have any official word on the specs, though from the leaked pictures you can make out two 6-pin PCI-Express power connectors, a single CrossFire connector, two DVI ports, a single HDMI port, and a two mini-DisplayPort connectors.
Those with particularly discerning eyeballs claim the Barts XT part is built on 4+1 phase digital PWM circuitry. There's also been rumors that the HD 6770 will feature a 256-bit memory bus and offer anywhere from 80-100 percent more memory bandwidth than previous generation parts.
Kia motors is taking the idea of plug-and-play to a whole new level with the unveiling of its all-new electric concept car simply called "POP."
The POP concept looks like a toy but is all serious business when it comes to hugging trees. Kia claims the POP puts out zero emissions while in use, and can seat up to three people in a frame that measures a scant three meters (just under 10 feet) long.
That's all the details Kia is willing to share, at least for the time being. On September 30th, Kia will show off its concept car at the Paris Motor Show, in which "further information will be released." In the meantime, have a glance at the handful of rendered pics.