Diebold Sued for GPL Violations, Allegations of Puppy Kicking to Come

Artifex, makers of the Linux Ghostscript Postscript interpreter, is suing Diebold » 11/08/08 9:00am 11/08/08 9:00am for breaking the fair use terms of its software. Diebold used the freely-available software, which is fine, but when they authored some changes to Ghostscript Postscript, they neglected to follow the very reasonable rules such use…

Time Names Top 50 Inventions of 2008

Time Magazine has gone through all of the inventions of 2008, from walking chairs » 10/31/08 12:44pm 10/31/08 12:44pm to , and declared to best 50 of the year (and of course, a winner, which was this at-home genetic testing service by 23andMe). Many of their choices are predictable, like the . Some are easy to overlook, like the And others are…

Tactics and Strategies in the First Real Internet Election

When you go to the polls next Tuesday, no matter who you vote for, you will be motivated by words, images and videos you picked up online. There are some voters who don't use the internet to gather information about candidates, but that number is dwindling, while the number of ways candidates can reach you online… » 10/29/08 1:15pm 10/29/08 1:15pm

Sizemodo: New MacBook and MacBook Pro vs. Their Forebearers

The new MacBook and MacBook Pro may be molded by hand from a single piece of adamantium or whatever, but how do they size up to their previous versions? The new MacBook Pro actually has a larger footprint (X Y) than the old MacBook Pro, but it's also slightly thinner (tough to tell in person). But the new MacBook,… » 10/14/08 4:34pm 10/14/08 4:34pm

Panasonic Smart Home Probably Won't Try to Kill You like HAL 9000

Panasonic demoed their Smart Home concept at CEATEC this week. Smart Home seems to be an integrated system that controls the electronics in your house, from lighting to air conditioning to multimedia. Even the television will slide to follow you around, which actually looks sort of creepy and desperate. The mirror… » 10/04/08 5:00pm 10/04/08 5:00pm

Pioneer 3D Floating Vision: Half Wii, Half Surface, All 3D

Pioneer showed off their new Floating Vision technology at CEATEC this year. It's a system of layers: first, an LCD with built-in computer, then an array of 3D lenses, and finally the "space sensor," or virtual screen, where you can wave your fingers around and watch the 3D animations react accordingly. But the space… » 10/04/08 3:00pm 10/04/08 3:00pm

Ohio Sues E-Voting Machine Maker But Keeps Same Crappy E-Voting…

Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner is suing e-voting machine maker Diebold, now known as Premier Election Solutions » 8/12/08 7:40pm 8/12/08 7:40pm, seeking damages for the mess the malfunctioning machines caused in the super swing state in 2004 and 2006—the same machines which will, frighteningly enough, to gather and/or misplace Ohio votes…

A Glimpse At the Tech Behind the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremonies

So for those of you who caught the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony last night-Holy crap, right? The synchronization, the music, the timed fireworks; it was a spectacle so awesome that for entire stretches of it, I couldn't really think of anything to say but "woah." The show owes a lot of its splendor to the… » 8/09/08 10:00am 8/09/08 10:00am

HTC's Android Phones Still On Track For Q4 2008

HTC's CFO reiterated that their Android phones—previously slated to be released Q4 of this year—will be released Q4 of this year. Android handsets are still planning to be shipped to "ODM clients" in the fourth quarter, meaning that you might » 8/04/08 5:13pm 8/04/08 5:13pm not actually see them until late, late 2008 or early 2009. Why? Because those…

T-Mobile Sidekick 2008 Review

The Gadget: The Sidekick 2008, which follows up the Sidekick LX and Sidekick Slide as a "main" unit (read: not low-end like the iD) in the Sidekick series. It's got improved features like a 2.0-megapixel camera, 2.6-inch display (400x240), video recording/playback, stereo Bluetooth, custom "shells" and most importantly, a… » 7/30/08 12:00am 7/30/08 12:00am

CeBIT, SCHMeBIT

CeBIT ended yesterday, and I can't say I miss it. [Ed note: It's still going on, I just didn't notice, sorry.] Most importantly, the product lines were thin. Secondly, there was a transport strike on the fair's first day. And, there is, apparently, a shortage of prostitutes in Hannover, a definite problem for the… » 3/07/08 2:47pm 3/07/08 2:47pm

Monster Cable iCableLink Adapts Proper Earphones with iPhone

Monster Cable, the cablemonger that never saw an $80 cable worth $7 it didn't like, reaches deep downmarket with iCableLink, letting you use a proper set of earphones with your iPhone instead of the included stock iPod buds. Uncharacteristically, it's reasonably priced.
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McCaslin vs Menlow: 45 Nanometers Prove That Size Matters

There's been a lot of UMPC talk and action in the latter part of this week. And it's not stopping today. Size queens among you will be interested to see a spiffy 2008 Menlow-based UMPC parked up close and personal on the left of the oh-already-so-tired-O-seven McCaslin. » 4/20/07 6:08am 4/20/07 6:08am