Yesterday HP launched a handful of new consumer-class monitors dubbed the “x-Series”. So what’s the news here? Well the screens, ranging from 20 to 23 inches all share some amazing new specs. They are all about an inch thick and they all feature mercury-free light-emitting diode (LED) backlighting. LED backlighting is going to be featured in HP monitors moving forward (including the 25 and 27 inch models that will debut on December 19th). What is nice about LED backlighting is that it can achieve very high contrast ratios, great performance and do it all at nearly half the energy consumption …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]20689[/ATTACH]This week [URL="http://radar.oreilly.com/2011/04/apple-location-tracking.html"]on Oreilly.com, Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden[/URL] revealed their discovery that Apple tracks and saves your location via iOS4 through your iPhone or iPad. This has sent a wripple of concern across the country and many people are demanding to know why Apple stores this info and how they intend to use it. Apple managed to ruffle the feathers of senator Al Franken who [URL="http://www.franken.senate.gov/files/letter/110420_Apple_Letter.pdf"]sent a letter directly to Steve Jobs[/URL]. If you have an iPhone or an iPad I urge you to watch the 20 minute video of Allan and Warden who showcase the possibilities of iOS …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]20573[/ATTACH][URL="http://www.daniweb.com/hardware-and-software/apple/apple-hardware-and-devices/interviews/323685"]Super engineer and friend of DaniWeb, Steve Wozniak[/URL], told Reuters on Friday that he would consider returning to Apple, or more accurately returning to an active role at Apple if asked. With Steve Jobs on an indefinite medical leave (his third since 2004), the possibility of the other founding "Steve" coming back is something that excites many Apple fans. Those who know Woz, however, know that he is not at all like Jobs. If Woz was to return to active duty at Apple I would imagine him heading up the engineers. What would be even more amazing is if Jobs …

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Today, Microsoft announced that it has [URL="http://www.xbox.com/en-US/Press/archive/2011/0308-Ten-Million-Kinects"]sold over 10 million Kinect sensors[/URL] as well as Kinect games. At the same time Kinect for Xbox has set a [URL="http://community.guinnessworldrecords.com/_Kinect-Confirmed-As-Fastest-Selling-Consumer-Electronics-Device/blog/3376939/7691.html"]new Guinness World Record[/URL] for having sold 8 million units in the first 60 days. They managed all of this during a recession, hello![ATTACH]19733[/ATTACH] Many [URL="http://www.pcgamer.com/2011/01/10/10-amazing-kinect-hacks/"]PC gamers and users are embracing Kinect[/URL], figuring out ways to hack it to use with a PC. Microsoft has already hinted that Kinect with eventually be made to support PC. I'm thinking Minority Report is getting closer and closer.

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In a press release issued today, a new website and service is introduced that moves us one step closer to human-device equality. Yes, now you can marry your iPhone, iPod or iPad. Although it may seem like an April fools joke, the website [url]www.MarryYouriPhone.com[/url] is actually a clever way to attract new potential subscribers to [URL="http://www.iphonelife.com/"]iPhone Life Magazine[/URL]. I am proud to say that in a brief, albeit glorious ceremony this morning, my iPad and I have tied the proverbial knot:[ATTACH]20361[/ATTACH]Mazel Tov!

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]20636[/ATTACH]Last year [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/hardware-and-software/pc-hardware/cases-fans-and-power-supplies/reviews/330679"]we reviewed Eaton’s 5130 UPS[/URL] and it was almost perfect. Today Eaton announced the new 5PX UPS to replace the 5130, and hopefully improve it. One of the key new features of the 5PX line is energy consumption metering down to the outlet group level; this is an industry first. Also included is an intuitive LCD screen that displays all the information IT managers need in one quick glance. Energy consumption levels as well as a wealth of other information can also be viewed via Eaton’s Intelligent Power Manager software. This new 5PX line will range from 1.5kVA …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]20608[/ATTACH]When Groupon turned down offers from Yahoo and Google last year it stirred a buzz that had people, myself included, wondering what they know that we don't. Founded in 2008, Groupon secures incredible deals on everything from pedicures to flight lessons by negotiating a "group" discount our their members' behalf. They target vendors of high-quality products or services and get them to commit to as much as 80% off in exchange for some new, potential customers. Last year Google made an offer that was valued at $6 billion but it could not snatch Groupon, even at a price that seems …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]18554[/ATTACH]Scott Wilson is not a noob when it comes to the worlds of business and industrial design. Many of us use products that were either designed by Scott or him firm MINIMAL (written also as MNML). In fact if you have a new Xbox 360 with Kinect Sensor or any of a handful of recent products from Dell, HP, Microsoft, Motorola or Logitech to name a few, you are likely enjoying the aesthetics, ergonomics and usability provided by Wilson’s influence. Recently Scott Wilson decided to turn to the [URL="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1104350651/tiktok-lunatik-multi-touch-watch-kits"]crowd funding website called Kickstarter[/URL] to raise some funds for his latest …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]19662[/ATTACH]In an [URL="http://www.wdc.com/en/company/pressroom/releases.aspx?release=ba433e4b-bff8-4d99-b60f-7f02aa42f444"]announcement made today, Western Digital (WD) agreed to acquire Hitachi[/URL]’s Global Storage Technologies division for roughly $4.3 billion. With this acquisition, WD, an industry leader in consumer and entertainment-class storage solutions that recently ventured into the solid-state drive market, no-doubt aims to become a major player in the enterprise storage market. Steve Miligan, president and CEO of Hitachi GST said "Together we can provide customers worldwide with the industry's most compelling and diverse set of products and services, from innovative personal storage to solid state drives for the enterprise," Mr. Miligan will join WD as president, reporting to …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]19325[/ATTACH]A big part of what makes us human is the way we communicate with each other. We speak words, big deal, machines can do that. But what sets us apart as humans are the flaws, nuances, slang, shorthand and ambiguity we often use when we speak. The famous game show Jeopardy asks questions that are not designed for a computer to answer. They are spoken in natural English language, a form of communication that is not what computers were designed to understand… until now. In 1997 IBM’s Deep Blue defeated the world’s number one chess player. Fast forward 14 years, …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]18613[/ATTACH]The term Net Neutrality has been the subject of heavy discussion for the past several years. The freedom to go where and when we want to on the internet is about to slip away. Big telecoms and internet giants like AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, Time Warner and even Google have met with the government and came up with a set of rules that will allow them to regulate and prioritize what we see on the internet (to say the least). Yesterday Steve Wozniak, the engineer that co-founded Apple Computer, Inc. wrote an open letter the FCC imploring them to keep the …

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Day 1 of the Intel Developer Forum kicked off with some cool announcements from Intel's CEO, Paul Otellini and EVP/General Manager, David Permutter.[ATTACH]17175[/ATTACH]First off Otellini went into some numbers, stating that Gartner estimates each day 1 million PCs are shipped.[ATTACH]17176[/ATTACH]Next he reminded us that Moore's Law still lives strong and that Intel is on the way to a 22nm (nanometer) manufacturing process.[ATTACH]17177[/ATTACH]He also explained (but not in great detail) that Intel's recent acquisition of McAfee will be integrated with vPro technology to create a truly secure, "trusted" software/hardware relationship.[ATTACH]17178[/ATTACH]He went on to mention some additional recent acquisitions and explained that …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]17164[/ATTACH][URL="http://www.intel.com/idf/"]Intel Developer Forum 2010[/URL] starts today in San Francisco. The city is decorated from the airport to downtown with banners and ads by Intel with clever catch phrases like “Sponsors of Tomorrow,” “Shake hand with the future” and “Big thinkers, welcome home.” Today is the first of a three day event designed to introduce some new products, technologies and innovation from Intel Corporation and some of its industry partners. The aim is also to gather around “big thinkers” programmers, developers, engineers and designers and encourage them to innovate [with Intel ingredients of course]. On the agenda are some keynotes from …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16768[/ATTACH]Last year World Cyber Games brought us a television reality show that crowned the best all-around video gamer [URL="http://wcgultimategamer.com/"]WCG’s Ultimate Gamer[/URL]. Tonight WCG UG Season 2 starts on SyFy and promises bigger challenges, a faster pace, new games and more drama. The winner gets $100,000 cash, a complete Samsung electronics package (any technogeek’s dream), an Alienware Aurora gaming PC and a chance to represent the WCG at gaming events around the world. Each week the players will face-off in a range of video games and real-life challenges while living together in a secluded pen in Los Angeles. Games and game-inspired …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16417[/ATTACH]Telecommuting is one thing but how about actually being there. Imagine you’re working from New York and you need to check up on a production plant in Seattle. Imagine being able to walk around the building in Seattle while sitting at your desk in New York, talking to people around the remote office, going in and out of meetings in the conference room, even keeping a close eye on the production line. Well Menlo Park, CA based Willow Garage is making that possible with their Texai communication systems. Now humans can actually inhabit a robot-like unit (think Avatar minus the …

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How powerful is YouTube? [ATTACH=RIGHT]15177[/ATTACH]It used to be that a person with talent would have to go through the motions, the due process [if you will] of becoming a star. One would have to be discovered or audition and get lucky. In essence one would have to be in the right place at the right time to be given a break. Today, with YouTube that is no longer the case. Or perhaps it is. Perhaps YouTube puts you in ALL the right places ALL the time. [ATTACH=RIGHT]15175[/ATTACH]There is no formula, no guarantee that a video on YouTube will go viral …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]15121[/ATTACH]Last Friday marked the 30th anniversary of one of the most beloved and recognized video games of all time, [URL="http://pacman.com/en/about"]PAC-MAN[/URL] (released in Japan by Namco). In celebration Google changed it's logo to resemble the board from the game that marked an era. This tribute to PAC-MAN on Google's home page will end today so if you haven't already done so, go to the [URL="http://www.google.com"]classic google.com home page[/URL] and click the button "Insert Coin" to enjoy a blast from the past. [ATTACH]15122[/ATTACH] Hit the "Insert Coin" button a second time and you enjoy the 2-player mode that will take you and …

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When many people think of internet or tech start-ups they automatically think Silicon Valley or California, well I’m here to say that is not true at all. Many great ideas are born from New York, in fact there a very large technology Meetup group [over 13,000 technologists] called [URL="http://nytm.org/"]NY Tech Meetup[/URL] that puts on events each month and introduces new companies and ideas to an audience of fellow techies, entrepreneurs and students. At each get-together several companies are selected to give demos and talk about their ideas and products. This May’s event took place at the Haft Auditorium of Fashion …

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Gamers beware. There is an email going around with a subject line that reads something like this: "You Steam will be disabled. Please reactive it." (notice how they cannot even spell "your" properly) [attach=right]14694[/attach] In this email you will find a head banner with the STEAM logo and a couple of links. The link that says "Reactive My Account" takes you to a website that looks exactly like the real [URL="http://www.steampowered.com"]steampowered.com[/URL] site but it is in fact a charlatan, a fake, an imposter. If you click that link you will noticed in the address bar that you are at some …

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On Thursday, notorious computer hacker [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Gonzalez"]Albert Gonzalez (aka SoupNazi)[/URL] was sentenced to 20 years in prison. That is the longest sentence ever to be slapped on someone for hacking. He was accused of targeting a bunch of retail stores in the U.S. including Barnes & Noble, BJ's Wholesale Club, OfficeMax, The Sports Authority and TJ Maxx to name a few. According to [URL="http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1202446860357&Computer_Hacker_Albert_Gonzalez_Sentenced_to__Years"]Law.com[/URL], on September 11, 2009 [ironically] this cyber terrorist pleaded guilty to several counts of computer fraud, wire fraud, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft. It was believed that Gonzalez would hack into and steal information from …

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Today the cyber security experts at [URL="http://www.symantec.com/about/news/release/article.jsp?prid=20100322_01"]Norton announced the top 10 riskiest U.S. cities for cybercrime[/URL]. The next time you pay a bill or update your status on Facebook you might want to look over your shoulder [virtually]. It seems Seattle, Boston, San Francisco and Washington D.C. are the riskiest all around cybercrime cities, thanks in part to the large number of Wi-Fi hotspots. [B]Let’s have a look at the top 10:[/B] 1) Seattle 2) Boston 3) Washington, D.C. 4) San Francisco 5) Raleigh, N.C. 6) Atlanta 7) Minneapolis 8) Denver 9) Austin, TX 10) Portland, OR The above rankings …

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On March 10th Panasonic teamed up with Best Buy, DIRECTV and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment to offer consumers a "Full HD 3D" home theater system. The set includes a 50-inch class (49.9” measured diagonally) [attach=right]14052[/attach] Panasonic VIERA VT20 Plasma 3D HDTV and a Panasonic BDT300 3D Blu-ray Disc Player and it retails for $2899.99. For that price you also get one [yes just one] pair of 3D glasses. The glasses look great, resembling high-tech sunshades but in my opinion they cost too much [around $150 a pop]. The first customer to purchase this set from Best Buy’s store in …

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