In today's Remainders: tomorrow's news! Cisco's ushering in the next generation of internet with the CRS-3; Kempler & Strauss's futuristic PhoneWatch gets reviewed; geolocated Tweets; a WebKit-borrowing Firefox; an HTML 5 drawing app; Samsung's point and shoot prices, and more!
Back in October we previewed the Kempler & Strauss PhoneWatch—the smallest of its kind and the model that promised to bring the James Bond dream to every geek's wrist. Or so we hoped. PC Mag just published their review of the watch and found it "basically unusable," complaining about the tiny screen and how texting (as you might assume) was pretty much impossible. As they point out, i's a one way street, this watch/phone business: your phone will always be able to tell the time, but your timepiece will not always be able to make phone calls. [PC Mag]
Last night Cisco grabbed our attention with its promise that it was soon to make an announce that would "forever change the internet." This morning they unveiled their internet changer: the Cisco CRS-3 Carrier Routing System. Doesn't sound very exciting, does it? Basically, the new server triples the capacity of Cisco's current ones, allowing for 322 Terabits per second transfer and ushering in, Cisco hopes, the "next generation" of the internet. Sure, that's great, but even with crazyfast back-end, there are still plenty of things limiting the speed of the intertubes. Cisco's claims for the CRS-3 are impressive, for sure:
The Cisco CRS-3 triples the capacity of its predecessor, the Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System, with up to 322 Terabits per second, which enables the entire printed collection of the Library of Congress to be downloaded in just over one second; every man, woman and child in China to make a video call, simultaneously; and every motion picture ever created to be streamed in less than four minutes.
But if it's only three times as fast as the one that came before it, Cisco's current platform can stream every movie ever made in twelve minutes. It took me like two hours to download Lost last week, so I'm not ready to say that Cisco forever changed anything just yet. [Cisco]
The reason we're [building JägerMonkey] is that TraceMonkey is very fast for code that traces well, but for code that doesn't trace, we're stuck with the interpreter, which is not fast. The JägerMonkey method JIT will provide a much better performance baseline, and tracing will continue to speed us up on code where it applies.
Intellectual Ventures, the very cool, very smart invention factory we've covered before, has a new patent for the modification of red blood cells. Edward Jung, Intellectual Ventures' CTO, explains:
Red blood cells are odd cells in the body because they have no nucleus. Thus they are 'stripped down' cells that cannot reproduce and cannot renew themselves; therefore they die quickly and must be constantly manufactured by special cells in the bone marrow. All these attributes make red blood cells interesting vessels for sensing devices and medicines. There is no risk of their reproducing thereby creating a hazard, nor is there a lot of machinery to run awry.
We'll take your word for it, guys. [TechFlash]
We've already explained why HTML 5 isn't going to save the internet. But it might save you from a few hours of office drudgery, in the form of Harmony, an awesome HTML 5 drawing app. Warning: Not Safe For Productivity. [Harmony]
Tweetin' All Over the World
These days, social media seems to be focused on location, location, location. Foursquare is more popular than ever. Buzz, despite its faults, is a big play by a big company the location game. And Facebook is set to roll out its location-based solution next month. Today, geolocated Tweeets went live on Twitter.com (only to be turned off a few hours later). Still, Twitter is expected to turn the service on for good any day now, adding yet another element to Twittermania, for better or for worse. [TechCrunch]
We were very excited when Samsung's new point and shoots, the TL500 and the TL300, first splashed on the scene last month. Now we have prices: the TL500 will go for $449 and the TL350 for $349. As for the "rugged" cams, the water-friendly AQ100 will have a price tag of $199 with the SL605 going for $129. [Engadget]
Lab 126, the unit in Amazon responsible for the Kindle, posted a new job opening looking for someone to help build "an innovative embedded web browser." The Kindle's web browsing capabilities have been, well, lacking, so a more fully realized browser would be a welcome addition. And maybe a necessary one, if Kindle's going to keep up with the iPad and its finger friendly version of Safari. [All Things D]