Thanks to Vissumo, you may have one less thing to worry about the next time you find yourself surrounded by gunfire. The company has cooked up a touch screen technology it says can withstand a "high impact event," such as being repeatedly shot by 9mm rounds.
In Vissumo's humorous Test Video #99, an employee wields a Ruger 9mm pistol, shooting the touch screen three times (well, two and a half - the third shot grazes the lower edge). Afterwords, he walks up the the touch screen to demonstrate that it still works, something we're fairly certain wouldn't be possible with Apple's iPhone or any other consumer touch screen gadgets.
No word on what Vissumo plans to do with the technology or when it might show up in shipping devices, but it's probably safe to assume your next mobile phone won't withstand gunfire. You're far more likely to find this and similar technologies being used in military applications long before they show up on consumer devices.
Following a recent false entry in Wikipedia's pages claiming Senators Ted Kennedy and Robert Byrd had died after an inaugural luncheon last week, the social encyclopedia is considering clamping down on anonymous user edits, CNet says. Dubbed 'Flagged Revisions,' only registered, trusted users would be able to publish changes immediately. For everyone else, edits would wait in a queue until being approved by one of Wikipedia's trusted editors.
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is in favor of the idea, saying on his public discussion page "This nonsense would have been 100 percent prevented by Flagged Revisions." And unlike the German version of Wikipedia, which has been using the system since last August, Wales contends that delays would typically be less than 1 week "because we will only be using it on a subset of articles, the boundaries of which can be adjusted over time to manage the backlog."
According to Wales, 60 percent of users who responded to a poll are in favor of the move. Are you? Hit the jump and post your thoughts.
Quanta has big plans to infiltrate the superslim notebook market, according to DigiTimes' un-named sources. The sources say Quanta has finished developing its new notebook, which the company claims is of a higher quality than MSI's ultra-slim X320 and cheaper than Apple's MacBook Air.
MSI's X320 was shown off at CES boasting a width of just 1.9 cm (just 6 mm at its edges), and weighing less than 2.9 pounds. By comparison, Quanta's super-slim notebook reportedly measures 1-2 cm thick. You won't find an optical drive on the X320, but you will find three USB ports, a memory card slot, and a 13.4-inch 16:9 display.
Quanta does not yet have a mass production schedule, so suffice to say, no word yet on pricing or availability.
AMD today released five low-power and two high-performance processors for server builds. All seven of the new chips are updated versions of AMD's 45nm Shanghai architecture.
"When we first came to market, we brought out the standard-power (Shanghai processors) because that's where the bulk of our market is," John Fruehe, the director of business development for server and workstation products at AMD, said in an interview. "As always, we follow(ed) up fairly quickly with the HE, which are the energy-efficient models, and the SE, which are the high-performance models."
All five low power quad-core models-- 2376 HE, 2374 HE, 2372 HE, 8376 HE, and 8374 HE -- come rated at 55W ACP (Average CPU Power), which is equivalent to a 79W TDP, and run between 2.1GHz and 2.3GHz. The higher performance SE models -- 2386 SE and 8386 SE -- both run at 2.8GHz with a 105W ACP rating.
The new processors are available now in three new systems from HP and other technology partners.
Microsoft has begun executing its recently announced job-cutting plan. Last week, during its earning call, the software giant had announced that it is going to lay off around 5,000 employees. The axe has fallen straight on ACES Studio, the developer of the Flight Simulator franchise.
It has now been confirmed that the studio has been closed and nearly all of its employees relieved from their duties. A spokesperson for the company didn’t rule out flight games in the future, but didn’t make any revelations with regards to the fate of the Fight Simulator franchise.
The Flight Simulator franchise was an avant-garde game when it debuted in 1982 and has remained successful hitherto. If this is indeed the end of the runway for Flight Simulator, as it appears from the circumstantial evidence, an era has truly ended.
Bankruptcy’s, layoff’s , and dismal financial reports have been headline news for the tech industry recently, but Google as always likes to reminds us that advertising is the place to be.The search giant reported a revenue increase of 18 percent over Q4 2007, and a 3 percent bump compared to Q3 2008. This brings Google’s quarterly revenue to 5.7 billion according to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), and includes a 1.48 billion dollar traffic-acquisition cost.
"Google performed well in the fourth quarter, despite an increasingly difficult economic environment. Search-query growth was strong, revenues were up in most verticals, and we successfully contained costs," said CEO Eric Schmidt. "It's unclear how long the global downturn will last, but our focus remains on the long term, and we'll continue to invest in Google's core search and ads business as well as in strategic growth areas such as display, mobile and enterprise ."
Google continues to see the majority of its revenue and growth come from its own network of sites. Around 3.81 billion was turned in by the home team which represents a 22 percent growth over 2007. Partner site revenues generated through AdSense came out to 1.69 billion. That’s nothing to sneeze at, but it only represents a meager 4 percent increase over 2007. "Online advertising as a whole is doing better than traditional media and, within the online segment, search has been the strongest and most resilient component because it's perceived to deliver the most efficient ROI," Sterling said. "Search has been well established and is being reaffirmed right now as people are try to cut the perceived fat from their marketing budgets."
Microsoft has seen some pretty insane demand for its Windows 7 beta, so much so it couldn’t even keep it’s servers up. Once things finally leveled off Microsoft took the unusual step of removing its download cap of 2.5 million copies, and now they intend to extend the download period from January 24th to February 10th. Microsoft claims that it already has more than enough beta testers to meet its engineering needs, and they intend to prolong the availability of the beta merely to make sure everyone who wants to give it a try gets a chance.
Despite the fact that Microsoft intends to cease downloads on February 10th, those who already began the process will have until the 12th to grab the file off the official servers.For those of you hoping to activate copies of Windows 7 past this date, make sure you save your installation disk. Product keys will continue to be available well past the cutoff date, and activation servers will remain active.
MSDN and TechNet subscribers are unaffected by this announcement and will continue to have unfiltered access to the beta likely until the cut off date in August (though this has not yet been confirmed).
A few weeks back we looked at a change within the RIAA that would see it slowly shift away from pursing copyright infringement in the courts on a case by case basis. We are starting to see some evidence to back this up with the sacking of MediaSentry, but an existing lawsuit that is already underway is looking to set an interesting new precedent. Last Week, U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Gertner of Massachusetts granted permission to webcast the copyright infringement trial of Boston University student Joel Tennenbaum. It is believed this will be the first time a U.S. federal court has allowed a live video stream of an active trial.
The RIAA claims that unlike a written transcript, "The broadcast will be readily subject to editing and manipulation by any reasonably tech-savvy individual. Even without improper modification, statements may be taken out of context, spliced together with other statements and broadcast (sic) rebroadcast as if it were an accurate transcript. Such an outcome can only do damage to Petitioner's case."
The RIAA also isn’t thrilled with the fact that the video will be distributed by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. This is somewhat understandable when you consider that the center is headed up by Charles Nesson who is also defending Joel Tennenbaum during his trial. "Accordingly, in the name of 'public interest,' the district court has directed the general public to a website replete with propaganda regarding the Defendant's position in connection with this case, and that is specifically designed to promote Defendant's interests in this case," the RIAA wrote.
I doubt I’m going to find many RIAA fan’s here, but do they have a point?
The “Vista Capable” lawsuit has been dragging on for some time now, but it appears a verdict may be fast approaching, and its bad news for Microsoft. Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Marsha Pechman released figures from the class-action suit which shows that the company stands to lose as much as $8.5 billion dollars. With such a large dollar figure swirling through the investment community, Microsoft instantly went on the defensive by issuing a statement claiming that the estimate is “over inflated”. They also assert that if damages are granted, they are unlikely to be anywhere near this amount.
The 8.5 billion dollar figure was calculated by a University Of Washington economist, and expert witness in the trial. To reach this number he determined the number of “Vista Upgradable” PCs that were sold in the US between April 2006 and January 2007. This essentially covers the period between the start of the marketing campaign and the release of the retail version of the OS. It was established that around 13.75 million laptops and 5.65 million desktop PC’s shipped with the “Vista Capable” designation, but did not live up to the “Premium Ready” requirements. The root of the plaintiff’s argument is that they were cheated as a result of not being able to use the Aero glass interface. As of July 2008 Microsoft had sold 180 million licenses for Vista, but only around 42 million of those were for the basic edition.
As PC enthusiasts we are suckers for OS eye candy, but does this case actually have merit? Your personal feelings on Vista notwithstanding, does the lack of Aero really cripple the rest of the OS enough to justify this kind of settlement?
In our March 2009 issue, we dressed our illustrious Editor-in-Chief up as a one of the ravenous antagonists from our Game of the Year, Valve’s Left 4 Dead.
The transformation from living human to decaying dead took almost two hours, though in the end it made for an amusing, but slightly horrifying, photo shoot. Read on to find out how we managed to turn this famed zombie slayer into one of his victims, or follow along to attempt your own zombie transformation.