Another Apple Patent to Identify Users Automagically

Apple seems obsessed with researching methods to identify users of iPhones, iPads and other iOS devices. The last effort is a patent that describes a device with sensors capable of figuring out the user's hand shape and adjusting the device's settings and buttons based on the user's profile. The sensors would be… » 9/27/10 12:09pm 9/27/10 12:09pm

Beijing Gets Tougher On Net Cafes With Mandatory Photos

All internet cafes in the main 14 city districts of Beijing have been mandated to install cameras to take pics of people as they enter the store, which are they uploaded to a city-wide database under watch of the Cultural Law Enforcement Taskforce. Shop owners have apparently said that their customers don't care, but… » 10/17/08 4:50pm 10/17/08 4:50pm

PC Manufacturers See Piracy As A Hidden Benefit, Says id Software

Todd Hollenshead, CEO of id Software » 8/21/08 10:54pm 8/21/08 10:54pm (think and ), accuses PC hardware manufacturers of implicitly supporting piracy of all kinds because they see it as a "hidden benefit" when you buy a PC. This came up in an interview with , and was part of a larger point aimed at answering the question of why PC manufacturers…

John Carmack Says iPhone As Powerful as Dreamcast, More Powerful Than…

We're all for making hyperbolic statements about how powerful the iPhone is as a gaming system, but John Carmack's taking things to the next level. As you remember, Sega has previously said that the iPhone is as powerful as their Dreamcast system, and EA has previously said that it's more powerful than the DS, but… » 8/04/08 11:52am 8/04/08 11:52am

Doom 2 and Wolfenstein RPGs May Be Heading to the iPhone

I don't think John Carmack had a version of the Doom 2 and Wolfenstein RPGs in mind when he recently said that id Software was bringing something "very special" to the iPhone » 8/01/08 8:30pm 8/01/08 8:30pm, but CEO Todd Hollenshead has revealed that he would like to bring both of these games to the device, which he claims is more powerful than a…

Evolution of the Sidekick Flip From the 3, iD, LX to the Slide

As part of the Slide review process, Benny G and I just made this super-quick video of all four recent models: Sidekick 3, Sidekick iD, Sidekick LX and Sidekick Slide. What will you notice? Changes in flip action, changes in the flip sound effects, and remarkable difference in screen brightness and clarity. But one… » 11/02/07 5:00pm 11/02/07 5:00pm

One Day Every Gadget Will Be A Unique Snowflake


RCA began selling the Gem line of MP3 players, including the Opal. Creative introduced its Zen Stone. And today Acer brings us the Gemstone. Earthly naming conventions are nothing new, from the PEBL to the i-Stones, gadget makers have long tried to portray their wares as organic, natural forms instead of the mercury… » 5/04/07 6:55pm 5/04/07 6:55pm