Gamers have become quite the pampered bunch in recent years, drawing manufacturers' attention with everything from precision sensitive mice to ultra light gaming headphones. Now thanks to LapWorks, video gamers can now add an ergonomic lap-spanning gaming platform to the pantheon of peripherals aimed at increasing your fragging ability from the comfort of your couch. Weighing less than 2 pounds, the Gamers Desk purports to ease back strain by alleviating the need to hunch over your coffee table while you line up that perfect headshot in front of your swank HDTV.
There's never been a better time to get more GPU bang for your gaming buck, but if you're shopping for an Nvidia graphics card, be prepared to be inconvenienced. Why? Because for some inexplicable reason, Nvidia has decided to enforce Manufacturer Advertised Pricing (MAP), which prevents e-tailers from advertising a price below a pre-determined cutoff point. So instead of seeing the actual price you can expect to pay, you must first add the item to your shopping cart before seeing the final cost. E-tailers that choose not to comply will face a series of penalties, but it's you, Joe Consumer, that really pays for this new pricing strategy.
Back in November, the Darpa Urban Challenge video demonstrated the state of the art in autonomous automotive technology (...that's robot cars to you and me).
Today, General Motors and Carnegie Mellon announced the continuation of their programs to press towards making the Johnny-Cab driver from Total Recall a reality.
"Autonomous vehicles will change the face of transportation" says Carnegie Mellon professor Raj Rajkumar, co-director of the new $5 million Collaborative Research Lab (CRL). "Imagine being virtually chauffeured while doing your e-mail, eating breakfast and watching the news." says GM R&D VP Larry Burns.
...Or imagine your car deciding to blow you out the airlock and then drop massive megatonnage on your homeworlds. Buckle your seatbelt anyway...
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Standing accused of two separate federal cases involving drug distribution and securities fraud, ex-Broadcom Corp. head and current billionaire Henry T. Nicholas III entered pleas of ‘not guilty,’ while William J. Ruehle, Broadcom’s former CFO, also pleaded not guilty today in the securities case. Federal narcotics charges allege Nicholas III slipped ecstasy into drinks of business associates, and both men stand accused of securities fraud through stock-option backdating. If convicted on all charges, Nicholas could face a 340+ year prison sentence – yikes! Broadcom makes microchips for cell phones and broadband internet devices.
Couldn't download Firefox yesterday? You still have time to help set the world record. Get clicking!
Thanks to the redefinition of "Day" as "a 24-hour period" - and thanks also to the problems everyone in the world had in logging onto the Spread Firefox website yesterday, Download Day continues, with close to 7,000,000 downloads as of posting time.
Originally, Download Day was scheduled to start at 10:00AM PDT yesterday, and end 24 hours later. However, if you read yesterday's installment of "how to bring a website to its knees", you know that things didn't work out exactly as planned.
Set a new world's record by downloading Firefox 3 today, find out how a malware scanner can be a website administrator's WFF (worst friend forever), and discover how to turn a PlayStation Portable into a Google-enabled search tool.
Today (June 17) is the official Firefox 3 Download Day, and you can help set a new world's record for the most software downloaded in a single day by pledging to download it...Firefox is pulling out all the stops to spread the word, including social network sites, website buttons, and much more.
Watching the ongoing race between AMD and Nvidia to build the ultimate graphics processor reminds us of the tale of the tortoise and the hare. AMD has played the hare, aggressively bounding ahead of Nvidia in terms of process size, number of stream processors, frame buffer size, memory interface, die size, and even memory type. Yet Nvidia always manages to snag the performance crown. The GeForce 200 series is but the latest example. We lay hands on the smokin’-fast GeForce GTX 280. Could this be the graphics processor to finally tame Crysis? We reveal what makes the card unique and how its architectural advances translate in the benchmarks!
This week, Tom, Will, Dave, Norm, and Andy discuss whether it's time for you to give some of your hard-earned cash to Steve Jobs, specifically, whether a MacBook is your best bet if you're in the market for a new notebook. We also answer your tech questions, and Gordon takes a few shots at his coworkers--it's all on this week's No BS Podcast!