Take a good look at the picture of the Equator D5 desktop speaker. Do you see anything unusual about its design? Where's the tweeter? Look closer, there it is -- right in the center of the woofer! The D5's "coaxial" driver combines the tweeter and woofer into a single driver, and that's really cool. Equator didn't invent this type of driver -- I've seen them before on various KEF and Tannoy speakers, but the D5 is, by far, the least expensive desktop speaker I've tested with a coaxial driver. So what's … Read more
The British government chemically castrated Alan Turing.
Now it wants to say that wasn't quite cricket.
Or, rather, it wants to pardon him for the heinous crime of having been a homosexual.
As the Guardian reports, the government has decided to offer its support to a bill that would give him a complete posthumous pardon.
In the 1950s it didn't matter to the powers-that-be that Turing was a brilliant mathematician whose Turing Machine was the basis of so much of modern computing.
It didn't matter that he had helped crack Germany's Enigma Code during World War … Read more
Apple has gone on a hiring spree for its iWatch effort, suggesting it needs additional expertise to address design issues, The Financial Times reported Sunday.
The gadget maker has been "aggressively" hiring new employees in recent weeks to work on developing the wearable computing device, suggesting the project involves "hard engineering problems that they've not been able to solve," sources familiar with the matter told the newspaper. The timing suggests the much-rumored smart wristwatch won't be available to consumers until late next year, the sources said.
CNET has contacted Apple for comment and will … Read more
Heide Pfüetzner calls her 2007 diagnosis with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, a "personal catastrophe." Six years later, she's celebrating a personal triumph as an exhibit of her paintings, all created by her mind controlling a computer, makes its debut.
The exhibit, titled "Brain on Fire," opened Friday on Easdale, a small island off the west coast of Scotland. Visitors to the Easdale Island Hall there will see vibrantly colored digital paintings created by the paralyzed artist using a computer program that lets her control digital brushes, shapes, and colors by concentrating on specific points on the screen.
"For the first time, this project gives me the opportunity to show the world that the ALS has not been the end of my life," Pfüetzner says on the Startnext crowdfunding page where she exceeded her $6,500 goal for mounting an exhibit in Easdale. Pfüetzner's daughter lives on the island; the longtime painter visited often before her illness and considers it one of her favorite destinations. … Read more
I've lost count how many times I've given props to Emotiva's $299 per pair Airmotiv 4 desktop monitor speakers on this blog, but never got around to auditioning the next model up in the line, the Airmotiv 5, which are currently on sale for $409 a pair. The 5 sounds really good, very similar to the Airmotiv 4, just more so. There's also an even larger model, the $599-per-pair Airmotiv 6s, I might get around to checking those out someday.
The Airmotiv 5 has a 5.25-inch polypropylene composite woofer, and instead of a dome tweeter, … Read more
CHAMPAIGN, Ill.--If you are a scientist, engineer, or academic in need of time on a supercomputer, March 28, 2013 was a very big day.
That was the day that the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana brought its new baby online. Known as Blue Waters, the new machine instantly became one of the world's most powerful supercomputers, and, perhaps more importantly for those whose work requires access to such machines, became a lifeline for massive computing capability.
For years, the University of Illinois has been a leader in computing. Mosaic, the world'… Read more
Douglas Engelbart -- whose work was behind such computing mainstays as the mouse, graphical user interfaces, and hyperlinks -- has died at 88.
In an e-mail, Engelbart's daughter Christina said he had passed away peacefully in his sleep Tuesday night.
Among techies, Engelbart is perhaps best known for what tech writer Steven Levy once called "the mother of all demos."
On December 9, 1968, Engelbart, then director of Stanford Research Institute's Augmentation Research Center, took the stage at San Francisco's Brooks Hall auditorium and launched into a demonstration of the work he and SRI's … Read more
Tech Terms Computer Dictionary for Mac may be a bit of a misnomer as this widget doesn't really provide dashboard access to the definitions of Tech Terms, but it does open a browser window to the appropriate page available on the Tech Terms Web site.
Installation was quite a breeze and the application installed as a widget directly into our Dashboard. The widget, itself, is quite basic and includes a search box. When the user types in a specific term, the widget takes the user to the appropriate page on the Tech Terms Computer Dictionary Web site. During testing … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Ants aren't the only ones destroying electronics: Bored pets are, too.
- Snapcat: A photo app for cat selfies.
- Stop the presses: Today is the last day to send a telegram in India.
- RIP Google Reader: Today it is kaput.
- What happens when a guy logs in under his wife's gamer tag? Understanding sexism in gaming.
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Earlier this month, Phil Black bounded onto the stage at the Tiger Woods Center at Nike's world headquarters here, dropped to ground, and pumped out a handful of perfectly executed pushups with the precision of a former Navy Seal instructor, which Black is.
And then, with a booming voice that commands attention, he reeled off a litany of reasons why the collected venture capitalists should pump money into his startup, FitDeck, with just as much as ease. FitDeck, which has already sold $4.3 million worth of fitness-focused playing cards from his garage, is raising funds … Read more