In an attempt to latch on to Dell’s green coattails, HP announced today it’s plans to release an series of notebooks featuring the brighter and more energy efficient Illumi-Lite LED display, making the company’s entire notebook line mercury-free by 2010.
HP also promises that its new line of EliteBooks will feature a tough encasing that meets military standard durability tests, built for the “corporate road warrior.” The laptop’s new, modernized look will also feature HP SpareKey and HP File Sanitizer, which will help keep the keyboard and hard drive shock and spill resistant.
Never in the company’s history has such a broad and innovative product lineup been announced. HP’s latest business strategy implements both style and mobility, but not without mentioning that the new notebooks are designed with the environment in mind, using energy-efficient features and select materials for easy recycling.
Their initiative that is aimed at speeding up the adoption of cloud computing amongst enterprises was announced at Oracle OpenWorld 2008 the conference in San Francisco. They will be focusing on developing standards for cloud computing. They also intend to make clouds more secure and efficient. Everyone is heading for the clouds!
With some news that is sure to surprise absolutely nobody, the Department of Homeland Security is currently in the process of developing a new way to spy on you. The new technology, called “Future Attribute Screening Technology,” or FAST (catchy, huh?) will use crowd-monitoring body sensors that detect individuals’ pulses, body language, breathing rates and facial temperatures to determine threats.
FAST is said to have had accurate results, identifying suspicious behavior in four out of five scenarios. One such scenario, run at a ranch in Maryland involved roughly 140 participants. They were told to walk through FAST’s sensors, with a small group of them instructed to act suspicious or hostile. The effective accuracy rate of FAST was 78% on mal-intent detection, and 80% on deception.
The Department of Homeland Security is said to still be relatively early in their research, but say it looks very promising.
Criticism comes in the form of John Verdi of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. He states that FAST is “substantially more invasive in airports,” referring to it as a medical exam that the government has no right to conduct. There’s also concern that FAST could improperly identify physical conditions heart murmurs, breathing problems, and high stress levels as threats.
Should FAST be implemented, it might be a common sight at concerts, sporting events and other public gatherings, right alongside the mobile toilets or catering trucks.
According to reports, Microsoft has delayed the release of its Windows Mobile 7 OS. The mobile OS will now be launched in the second half of 2009. It was previously slated for early 2009. The company is said to have notified its partners about the delay, though an official confirmation is still awaited. Windows Mobile 7 will face stiff competition, when it eventually debuts, from Symbian OS, Android and the iPhone . A new version of the most popular mobile OS in the world, Symbian OS, is also expected in 2009. Microsoft certainly has its task cut out.
We don't know what it is about Sony and DRM, but the company just seems intent on unnecessarily pissing off customers. For those who might have thought the whole rootkit fiasco would turn out to be a learning experience for Sony, well, guess again.
This time its console junkies who plan to download movies who have reason to be angry. On the Playstation 3's support page, the terms state that purchased "content cannot be re-downloaded once it has been downloaded to either a PLAYSTATION 3 or PSP system." That means if you run out of room and delete content to make room for new flicks or upgrade to a bigger hard drive, you're hosed. Sort of.
"If a consumer deletes a purchased movie from their PS3, they will not be able to redownload the movie without assistance from SCEA's consumer services," said Lincoln Davis, who handles media relations for the Playstation Network, in a statement to Arstechnica. "Consumer service can issue a redownload as a one-time courtesy, as provided by our guidelines, for the title to allow the consumer to go back and download the movie from their PSN download list."
In other words, you get a one-time do-over, should you need it, which requires jumping through a hoop. To be fair, Sony may not be entirely at fault and it could be the content providers who are pushing the issue. But no matter who's really to blame, as is always the case with DRM, it's the paying customer who ultimately gets the shaft.
Who do you blame more, the studios or Sony? Hit the jump and sound off.
Want to be one of the first to spend some hands-on time with Microsoft's upcoming Windows 7? Depending on how determined you are, you can have that chance. Denise Begley, a marketing manager for Microsoft, writes on her MSDN blog pre-beta builds of Windows 7 will be given away to keynote attendees at this year's Professional Development Conference (PDC). Steven Sinofsky, senior VP for Windows and Windows Live Engineering Group, will deliver the keynote on Tuesday, October 28.
Not only will you have to be time-committed to get your hands on Windows 7, but be prepared for a hefty monetary investment too. Full conference (October 27 through 30) registration runs a hefty $2,395, and you can tack on another $400 if you want to attend the pre-conference on October 26th.
Phew, that was a close one! T-Mobile could have found itself on the receiving end of another angry online mob. We've seen a rash of them as of late, such as the public outcry in defense of Daniel_K and his modded Creative Drivers, and, more recently, the Amazonian backlash towards EA for saddling Spore with draconian SecuROM DRM. T-Mobile could have been next, had it decided to stick with its guns and impose a one gigabyte cap on its upcoming G1 phone. Now T-Mobile is saying that the bandwidth limit has been removed, at least until it reviews its plans and comes up with a new one.
"We removed the 1GB soft limit from our policy statement, and we are confident that T-Mobile G1 customers will enjoy the high speed of data access over our 3G network," T-Mobile wrote in a statement. "The specific terms for our new data plans are still being reviewed and once they are final we will be certain to share this broadly with current customers and potential new customers."
Good thing too, because the limit would have affected customers who plan to use Android features, and the last thing T-Mobile and the new Android platform needs is bad press if it is to wage war with Apple and the iPhone regime.
We've seen a major push in the past 12 months towards going green, and Dell apparently wants to lead the charge. Last month the OEM became the first major computer maker to announce it had achieved its goal of becoming carbon neutral, but Dell isn't finished focusing on the environment, saying that all of its notebook displays will see a transition to LED in the next 12 months. This latest move is part of an attempt to become the 'greenest' technology company worldwide.
Starting December 15, 2008, a full two-thirds of Dell Latitude and E-Family notebooks will boast mercury-free LED backlighting, as well as coming standard on the Dell Precision M2400 and M4400 mobile workstations. Benefiting more than just the environment, Dell says its move will result in a combined customer savings of about $20 million and 220 million kilowatt-hours in 2010 and 2011.
As part of a new ad campaign called "Make face time," Dentyne, the No. 2 gum maker in the U.S. (Wrigley is No. 1, in case you were wondering), is making a plea for you young hipsters to "power down, log off, unplug" and chew some gum instead. The ads, which have already appeared in several major cities for the past month, are gearing up to go nationwide, kicked off with a web campaign this week followed by TV ads next week.
According to market research company Mintel, Dentyne Ice sales have fallen 9 percent from 2005 to 2007, with Dentyne Fire tumbling 26 percent in the same time period. The new campaign will seek to reintroduce the Dentyne Ice line and reverse the sliding sales figures by targeting young people who would rather play with their internets than each other.
"Everyone loves technology and everyone uses it," said Josette Barenholtz, the marketing director for Dentyne. "What's meaningful is being reminded that being face to face can't be substituted."
Launching a web campaign would seem to contradict the very message Dentyne is trying to send (you know, the one that says get offline and, um, chew some gum), and so the company has created a 3-minute website (Protip: Be sure and check out how Dentyne feels about smileys). A timer sits in the upper right corner letting you know how much time you have until the site shuts down, because "when people are surfing the web, they're missing the best part of life - being together."
Back in July, a leaked Powerpoint slide surfaced revealing Dell's plan to release a pocket projector, but it didn't say when or for how much. Those questions are answered today, along with a list of final specs.
For less than what some early adopters paid for a first-gen iPhone, Dell will sell you a pocket projector capable of an 858x600 (SVGA) resolution. The $500 Dell M109S On-the-Go Pocket-Sized projector checks in at 0.80 pounds (down from the Powerpoint slide's target weight of 1.1 pounds) and will fit in the palm of your hand. Dell rates the M109S at 55 ANSI Lumens with a projection distance of 94.5 inches. And to keep the clutter down, the pint-sized projector uses the power adapter from a Latitude or Vostro laptop. True to the slide, the shipping version remains green with a mercury free LED source Dell says will last up to four years.
Look for availability in the US right away, with a global roll out in the coming months.