CNET’s From Old School to Tech Cool Contest asked our Facebook fans to share photos of old tech, with the ten most popular qualifying for a chance to win the Panasonic TC-PST60. This plasma TV is a 2013 Editors’ Choice and the only TV to ever receive a 5-star rating from CNET.
Congratulations to Garret W, whose photo of an old-school portable computer won the contest. TV reviewer David Katzmaier selected the winner from among the top ten vote-getting entries.
“There was a lot of great old tech among the final photos,” said David, “but I liked the ‘portable’ TRS-80 computer from 1979 best. With a monochrome monitor, separate keyboard, archaic peripherals and even a three-ring binder, all encased in a massive wood trunk complete with handles, it shows just how far computing and portable tech have come.”
Thank you to everyone who participated and a special congratulations to the ten finalists with the most user votes. Check out their submissions in the photo gallery below.
New software has been developed that aims to restrict the manufacture of firearms that have been created using new 3-D technology.
The world’s first gun made using 3-D printing – called “The Liberator” – was successfully fired on May 6 in Austin, Texas. In just three days the blueprint created by startup Defense Distributed to produce the plastic gun had been downloaded around 100,000 times, according to Forbes Magazine.
Anti-gun campaigners have criticized the project, whilst lawmakers in different U.S. states have moved to pass new legislation to prohibit the manufacture, sale and use of the digitally made firearms. And now Danish startup Create It REAL has produced software that it says blocks users from printing guns in the first place.
“The likely buyers are 3-D printer manufacturers who want to minimize their liability risk and offer a firearm parental control feature to their customers,” Create It REAL’s CEO Jeremie Pierre Gay told CNBC.
“The feature creates a unique digital fingerprint of the firearm…the manufacturer could decide to block the print or to simply give a warning to the user of the potential danger.”
The software has taken a year to develop. The firm realized there was a gap in the market after surveying end users and 3D printer manufacturers. Gay told CNBC that his previous job working with Digital Rights Management (DRM) for technology firm Motorola served him well.
“[We realized] people are interested in the ability to put a lock on their firearms at home, the same should be possible on a 3D printer as a parental control feature. I would say that this feature is customer driven even if they did not know they wanted the feature when we asked,” he said.
“The possibility to make a firearm at home is not new, there are many plans on how to do it on Internet, the problem with 3-D printing is that it could become simply too easy, this feature makes it more complicated again.”
Cody Wilson, the man behind nonprofit Defense Distributed was skeptical that the product would actually be able to prohibit the printing of guns, which are produced as separate parts and then assembled. “The Liberator” is printed with hard plastic and fires a standard .380 caliber bullet. The only non-printed piece is a common hardware store nail which is used as its firing pin.
“Such software must walk a very fine line, of which I’ve no doubt it is incapable…It’s interesting PR to the uninitiated only,” the 25-year-old law student at the University of Texas told CNBC.
“‘The Liberator’ pistol is an assembly of over 17 parts, most of which individually would not set off a detection software unless the exact model was blacklisted. Think about it, springs, hammer, even the grip. These are not ‘guns’.”
‘Wild West’ Regulation
Both New York City and New York State have introduced legislation to curb the making of 3-D printed firearms or ban their use altogether and similar bills have been introduced in California. Linda Rosenthal, a New York State assembly member told CNBC that New York’s bill is currently
ASUS India, a leader in the new digital era, together with UTV, today unveiled the Transformer Book TX300 – World’s thinnest Window 8 tablet and detachable Notebook – in association with Chennai Express at the music launch of the film. The evening witnessed much grandeur with the presence of Shah Rukh Khan, Rohit Shetty and Apratim Sharma – ASUS India.
Expressing excitement on the launch of Transformer Book, Apratim Sharma – Country Product Manager – System Business Group, ASUS India elaborated, “The ASUS Design Center starts with what people need and want and crafts perfect solutions that are aesthetic, integrated, intuitive and sustainable. The ASUS Transformer Book supports this belief to the fullest and we are positive that the world’s thinnest Window 8 detachable tablet cum notebook will stun the masses in the way it has been designed to.”
“We are elated with the associating with UTV for Chennai Express. The ASUS Transformer Book supports the fast pace of this film with its All-round performance. This product unveiling will mark a new element of innovation in the series and strengthen our commitment to the market,” he further added.
ASUS Transformer Book
The ASUS Transformer Book is a 13.3-inch notebook with a detachable tablet which has a Full HD IPS Touch panel and a 178 Degree viewing angle. It comes with an Intel® Core™ i5 processor for an outstanding notebook and tablet performance. Separate storage has been provided for the notebook and tablet with a high-capacity hard drive and an Ultra-fast SSD. The ASUS Transformer Book is available with Windows 8 Professional. The device features ASUS SonicMaster audio with Bang & Olufsen ICEpower for rich and detailed sound.
ASUS Transformer Book is the world’s thinnest Windows 8 tablet with a 3rd generation Intel Core i5 processor. Inspired by the beautiful Zenbook ultraportable, the ASUS Transformer Book features a sleek profile and a precision-engineered all-metal design with unique spun metal finish that’s the result of a sophisticated 32-step manufacturing process. Transformer Book is as striking as it is resilient and is perfect proof of the ASUS spirit of persistent perfection.
Whether used as a Windows 8 multi-touch tablet or a notebook with keyboard and touchpad, ASUS Transformer Book always has an incredible performance on tap. The 3rd generation Intel Core i5 processor seamlessly switches between applications for effortless multi-tasking with Windows 8 apps, while Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 delivers an automatic burst of speed whenever it’s required. The Transformer Book lets the users Enjoy smooth HD movie playback, responsive gaming and incredible sound quality, thanks to ASUS SonicMaster audio technology.
Storage Options for Two Ways of Working
With two types of internal storage device, the ASUS Transformer Book works the way users want to. As a tablet, the 128GB SSD means apps launch instantly for a slick and seamless Windows 8 experience, while ASUS WebStorage ensures easy access to secure cloud storage when travelling far and wide. Connect ASUS Transformer Book to its notebook dock and it instantly becomes a fully functional notebook with up to a 500GB hard
Tablet fever was not limited to adults only users, but also the children pre-school age. After removing several products specifically for toddler tablet, LeapFrog Enterprises today announced the new tablet, LeapPad Ultra. This tablet brings a number of improvements over the previous model, the LeapPad 2. Now, the screen size used is larger, which is 7 inches with a resolution of 1024 × 600 pixels which is more subtle. Children also dpaat operate it with a touch of a finger or stylus wear.
LeapPad LeapPad Ultra Ultra: Tablet with WiFi and Browser Optimized for kids pc tablet computer news
Another quality improvement are embedded in this model is the presence of Wi-Fi connection and a browser optimized for the children. Powered by Zui, browser LeapSearch block access to pictures, videos, and adult sites are examined directly by the Learning Team from LeapFrog. In addition to connecting the tablet to the Internet, Wi-Fi connection on the LeapPad Ultra can be used to play the game peer-to-peer with other users LeapPad Ultra are located nearby.
LeapFrog offers more than 800 games, applications, ebooks, video and music that have been approved by the faculty. Any content that is targeted to users in the age range of four to nine years.
“LeapPad Ultra is designed to offer a safe and age appropriate users through content inspection conducted by experts studying the LeapFrog team,” said John Barbour, CEO of LeapFrog. “With the additional features, including WiFi and a safe browser for kids, we believe LeapPad Ultra will be the items most desired by kids this year.”
LeapPad Ultra will start shipping in mid-July at a price of U.S. $ 150. Applications that can be downloaded were priced starting from U.S. $ 5, while the game cartridges are sold at prices ranging from U.S. $ 25. For Indonesia, the LeapPad Ultra usually can be purchased at Kids Station and Early Learning Centre.
Microsoft has “a bit of a way to go” in determining which market it is targeting for Windows 8, even though the operating system has now been on the market for over a year, Network Rail’s head of information systems strategy Simon Goodman has told Computing.
Goodman praised Microsoft’s early entries into hybrid-led technology via Windows 8, saying there was definitely “a need” for hybrid notebook-tablets, and that this was something Network Rail had “explored internally”.
“We’ve already looked at Surface-based devices,” confirmed Goodman.
“It gives you a combination of nice tablet looks and feel, a lightweight device, but it’s got a bit of grunt behind it, so if you need to do something a little bit more hefty from an applications perspective, you’ve got the tools and capabilities to do that,” he said.
But Goodman described the move from Windows 7 to 8, with its added Modern apps interface, as “a huge jump” for Microsoft, which could affect ease of adoption for some of Network Rail’s workers.
“If you’re a traditional desktop user, it’s quite difficult to get to the look and feel of how that works, and how to navigate around it,” said Goodman.
But Goodman maintained that, from a tablet perspective, “it’s not that hard to work out where you go, and everything else”.
However, Goodman is going to hold fire before rolling out any Windows 8 systems en masse at Network Rail.
“For me, it’s something we will look to embrace where it makes sense to do so, but I still think Microsoft has got a bit of a way to go yet to determine exactly what market it wants to play into,” said Goodman.
Look out for the full-length video interview with Network Rail’s Simon Goodman on Computing very soon.
Tempting appearance u6-436-AsusAsus MX279H is one variant of the monitor into the first ranks of Designo MX Series.Hal that steal the show are performances that are the focus of this series.
Rely on the screen with a thin bezel, this LCD monitor performed beautifully accented with metal bar which also serves as the setting panel on the bottom right side. Circular buffer is designed as though the actual form of metal plastic.
The buttons are there on the Asus MX279H, although there are physical, but it just needs to be touched. True, Asus chose to use the touch buttons on the LCD monitor with a diagonal screen size of 27 ˝ this. The arrangement itself is quite comprehensive, ranging from the standard setting brightness, contrast, until saturation. There is also the selection of presets like Scenery, Theater, Game, Night View, and in which each of these presets you can still set it again.
In terms of connectivity, this Asus monitor provides two HDMI ports, a single D-Sub 15pin port, and two audio ports (Headphone Out and Line In). Asus nullify the decision and choose the DVI connector HDMI connector types may recall this now more popular and is found in many devices. Interesting features contained in this MX279H Asus Asus SonicMaster is in charge of presenting the best sound for the class of integrated speakers on the monitor.
At PCplus testing for the audio quality, speaker Bang and Olufsen ICEpower sound produces above average speaker monitor in general. The audio system can not replace a desktop audio system, especially if you expect thumping bass. Power output or volume is enough to fill the room. So for everyday use such as watching streaming video or simply listen to soft music, the sound produced by Asus PCplus MX279H sufficient.
Asus uses AH-IPS panel type on MX279H to provide a good quality display. Panel is fairly dark frame design make it blend with the screen so that the state of death, this LCD monitor looks completely frameless. Facilitate the availability of several presets that you do not want to mess around with these settings and it. In general appearance was good, with the brightness and contrast level is fairly good. However, PCplus found that the saturation level of the monitor is a bit high, so as to obtain the best view, PCplus suggest to keep it set.
Yahoo announced that it has launched its new 2013 Fantasy Sports app today, which brings a new design, and new features to the experience.
One of the big new improvements is that it now features mobile drafting, which many will find tremendously helpful. It’s a lot of pressure to be at a computer during draft time.
“Managers can now sign up, draft a team and win their league championship from their iOS and Android device thanks to new technology incorporated by Bignoggins Production, Loki Studios and the Yahoo! Sports mobile team,” a spokesperson for Yahoo tells WebProNews. “The app also now features mock drafting, to help fans prepare and get an edge on the competition.”
Yahoo announced its acquisition of Bignoggins just a few weeks ago. They haven’t wasted any time.
“And starting with football, for the first time ever, all of Yahoo! Sports Fantasy games will live under one mobile roof – the Yahoo! Sports Fantasy app – including basketball, hockey and baseball,” the spokesperson adds.
According to Yahoo, the new app is faster than previous experiences. It also has free notifications.
The app is available for iOS and Android.
JAKARTA – After successfully bring wireless mouse with a pattern Pink Splash Black Topography, current Logitech again presents its newest product from the ranks of the Logitech Global Graffiti Collection Logitech Wireless Mouse M235 Limited Edition with Candy Panda and Floral motifs Foray.
“Our latest collection is launched to appreciate while meeting the desire of the public to a wireless mouse that is not only reliable and convenient to use, but also has a creative shape with a unique motif,” said Sutanto Kurniadih Indonesia as Country Manager of Logitech.
The cute design that carried this Logitech is a result of its partnership with the leading designers from around the world. Where, together they create a variety of unique styles and motifs that reflect creativity and personal style of its users.
Logitech Wireless Mouse M235 Limited Edition is equipped with Logitech Advanced Optical Tracking that can work in almost any kind of surface. Not only that, the mouse is also equipped with wireless connectivity Logitech Advanced 2.4 GHz which gives you freedom faster data transmission without pauses or the connection is lost.
According to a news release received Okezone, Tuesday (02/07/2013), this wireless mouse is accompanied with a rubberized grip and scroll whell to scroll through. To be able to use the mouse motif Candy Panda and Floral Foray, you simply connect it to a USB port only. Not only that, the mouse is also equipped with On / Off button and sleep mode to conserve battery power.
Jakarta: Manufacturers LED AOC presents its newest product line, the My Smart All in One (AIO) 58 P Series, and Smart AIO 72 P. This device became the first AOC monitors are equipped smart with the Android operating system and internet connection.
With their large size, users can optimize their use for surfing the internet, playing games, and of course enjoy the movies online. »This device is intended for young people, particularly with the use of digital products is high,” said Director of PT Mega Komputindo Lestari, as the sole distributor in Indonesia AOC, D. Lasmono W.S, last night, Tuesday, July 23, 2013.
Lasmono said, this product is also intended for institutions and public facilities. »It can be placed in hotel rooms, airports, hospitals, and so forth, because it does not use the CPU can be directly used browsing,” he said.
Smart AIO 58 P using Jelly Bean Android operating system, is equipped with a built-in speaker, and is equipped with USB connectivity, SDHC card, and the screen quality of Full High Definition (HD). To access the Internet, the device can be connected to the LAN, and WiFi. The price of a unit of 58P is U $ D 350 or USD 3.6 million.
Smart AIO 72P using Jelly Bean Android operating system, which is powered by the Android application, Flash Support, Media Player, and Smart UI. The device is priced unit U $ D 300 or USD 3,074 million
According Lasmono, this product can be found at electronics outlets across Indonesia in late July 2013. »In fact we expect this product to be marketed bia to the district,” he said. AOC targeting these two products up to 30 thousand units sold until the end of the year.
Acer back strengthening M4 Series flagship notebook line by presenting models M5-583P-6428 new to the market. Based on the use of the latest advanced technology, the latest Acer laptops visited the market with a number of its best features like Display Technology (WiDi) for wireless streaming to HDTVs, HDMI output, and much more. And even for the sake of optimizing the performance of voice over Dihadirkannya, powerful sound system that involves Dolby Home Theater v4 audio, four 2-watt speakers on the front side and the technology package Purified Acer reportedly also included in it.
Besides equipped by a 10-point capacitive touch screen measuring 15.6-inch multitouch which supports a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, Acer M5-583P-6428 is also fully supported by the Intel Core i5 processor reliability in collaboration with a capacity of up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM plus 500GB hard drive .
Support Acer Instant Connect technology makes the process of access to the internet connection to four times faster than normal, while the Intel Smart Connect feature will make the connection to access applications / online services / social networking sites such as Facebook, Outlook and others continuously refreshed during internet network is still connected, and can also serve to determine whether the PC is in sleep mode or not.
Not only that, the use of battery 4-cell Lithium Polymer 3560mAh accompanied PowerSmart feature also makes the device capable of operating up to 6.5?? Hours duration on the condition of the battery is fully charged. It is said to last up to 4 years into the future without losing any potency and decreased performance.
In the U.S. market alone, the latest Series M5 notebook Acer is reportedly now been introduced to the market with a price tag starting around $ 699.99 or the equivalent of 6.97 million dollars per unit.