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U.S. Military get their hands on a Heat-Ray

By Joshua S. Hill

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

When you cast your mind back to the radio serials of the past century, depicting our future (or even the years we are living), the term 'heat-ray' will inevitably be linked to the mad ravings of someone known as "Doctor Dementor" or "The Professor of Pain". In reality, some will say that they should be left there, in literary -- or not so much -- peace.

Artificial Intelligence becomes Assistive Intelligence

By Joshua S. Hill

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

One of the greatest fears of many of my kind -- the geek -- is the underlying knowledge that, all the wonderful advances of technology, the internet and robotics is simply bringing us closer to being subservient to our robotic overlords. It is essentially a historical imperative, and we can see it coming a mile away.

The New Coke: Green

By Joshua S. Hill

Thursday, September 13, 2007

They've had Classic Coke, New Coke, Vanilla Coke and the dreaded Diet Coke, but now Coke are going green; sort of.

Apple Fandom Entirely Warranted

By Joshua S. Hill

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Without a doubt, the sheer amount of hype that runs in tandem with a Steve Jobs run announcement event is possibly on scale with the Beatles making their way to America. However, just this once, all the hype was entirely based firmly in reality, with the sheer weight of announcements made almost tilting the earth out of its orbit for a few moments.

iPho… iPod News Coming Soon?

By Joshua S. Hill

Sunday, September 2, 2007

The iPhone is only fresh out of the box, but already Apple are gearing up for the release -- we think -- of the newest version of the iPod. It is big news sweeping the tech industry, with invitations going out for their "special event" held in San Francisco, on September 5th, entitled "The beat goes on".

BenQ Monitor Doubles as a High Def TV

By Jim Bray

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Looking for a fairly cheap way to get HDTV while upgrading your PC viewing experience? BenQ thinks it has your answer.

GPhone, iPhone and NPhone?

By Joshua S. Hill

Thursday, August 30, 2007

I wrote the other day on the iPhone and how it may or may not be coming up against competition when and if Google enters the mobile market. Well, according to John Biggs of CrunchGear, an insider from hardware company HTC has confirmed that Google is indeed narrowing down a list of phones that they will launch in the first quarter of 2008 as their GPhone.

iPhone Hacked, Cracked and Up for a Fight

By Joshua S. Hill

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

It has been the biggest technological release in history, there is no doubt about that anymore. After selling 270,000 iPhone's by the end of their third fiscal quarter, and with rumors suggesting that they might hit 800,000 by the end of this year, Apple are on a role and it doesn't look like there is much that can stop them.

Obsolete gains a new Poster Child?

By Joshua S. Hill

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

We've mentioned before the race for supremacy in the digital medium war between HD-DVD and Blu-Ray. Well it looks as if both of those are going to be shown the door, with Israeli born Mempile claiming that they will soon break the Terabyte storage limit, and have discs the same size as a DVD or CD on shelves in 2 to 3 years.

Digital Medium War Heats Up

By Joshua S. Hill

Thursday, August 23, 2007

You know the digital wars are going to heat up when names like Michael Bay step into the arena.

In-Game Advertising to Grow

By Joshua S. Hill

Thursday, August 23, 2007

You're slowly patrolling down a sidestreet in Halo 3, ensuring to keep your step as light as possible, and your shadow all but non-existent. Your entire figure is built for stealth, and you can't risk anyone catching you. You're sneaking your way closer to your target, and up on your left, you see something that catches your eye and momentarily breaks your concentration.

Kodak Frame Gives Digital Photos a Home

By Jim Bray

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Digital technology is revolutionizing photography, threatening the very existence of film. And at the leading edge of this revolution is the digital camera, an item so hot it's even showing up -- with ever-increasing capabilities -- in the average cell phone.

Roomba Robots Easy to Live With

By Jim Bray

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

You've probably seen those little manhole cover-like iRobot vacuum cleaners advertised, or maybe a friend has one. The idea's marvelous: they promise to end the drudgery of pushing or pulling a vacuum around your home by doing the job for you.

30 Years and Still Going Strong

By Joshua S. Hill

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

1977 saw the launch of two of NASA's now venerable space workhorses, Voyager 1 and 2. And more than being a landmark for space exploration, it is a simple reminder of a fact that seems to have been lost to manufacturers of our own age; they built them to last back in the old days.

Endeavor Safely Home

By Joshua S. Hill

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Ever since the Challenger disaster of 1986, and backed up by the tragic events that surrounded the space shuttle Columbia, there has been a collective holding of breath when a shuttle makes its way home. It was no different Tuesday, as the space shuttle Endeavor made its way home from the International Space Station.

Rebuilding Rome

By Joshua S. Hill

Monday, August 13, 2007

Technology can be said to be the doom of many industries and the bane of many an existence, but there is no denying the good it has done in the past several decades. Yet, it is often the seemingly trivial developments made thanks to technology that reap the most reward. And often, it is for nothing more than an ability to look differently at history.

Getting Hung Up on Phone Technology:
BlackBerry 8800 and LG Cherry Chocolate Offer Two Solutions to Wireless Woes

By Jim Bray

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Cell phones and related technologies continue to expand in capabilities and features -- but is that really a good thing?

New Boeing Airliner Introduction Show Power of New Media

By Jim Bray

Saturday, July 21, 2007

I watched the official presentation of Boeing's gorgeous new 787 Dreamliner on July 8th and was struck by a few things that relate to both technology and to business. I watched it live via webcast, from the comfort of my living room, my notebook PC on my lap. But more about that later.

Wii vs Xbox 360

By Joshua S. Hill

Saturday, July 7, 2007

The seventh generation of console gaming has been one of the most closely followed technology news stories ever. The Xbox 360 came first and thus acquired itself a natural lead on the scoreboard (what scoreboard? I'll tell you in a minute!). Then came the Playstation 3, closely followed by the Nintendo Wii. Ever since then, it's been hard to make it through a news day without at least one story popping up about one of the new-gen consoles.

Sony Blu-ray Player

By Jim Bray

Monday, June 25, 2007

If there's life after DVD, Sony wants it to be Blu-ray.

SIRIUS Stiletto: Serious Satellite Radio

By Jim Bray

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Satellite radio is great. It offers a wider variety of programming than you can get locally, and you can go just about anywhere on the continent without worrying about the signal fading out.

Low Tech Solutions For Your High Tech Toys

By Jim Bray

Saturday, June 23, 2007

What good is your technology if you don't have the proper support for it?

Support, of course, could be anything from a dedicated IT department, to something as simple as a power bar. I've been messing about with a few items that, while decidedly low tech, can help make life with your notebook computer a little more pleasant.

LG HD-ready Monitor Easy on the Eyes

By Jim Bray

Sunday, June 3, 2007

You could almost call it "Vista Vision."

Or maybe not, if you don't want to get sued by Paramount Pictures or whoever holds the trademark on that old widescreen movie format name. But the point is that this LG widescreen computer monitor is not only a terrific size for the average desk, it offers features that make it perfectly at home in small home theaters, corporate boardrooms or lobbies.

Audeo Innovation Hopes to Free Trapped Minds

By Jim Bray

Saturday, June 2, 2007

The idea of mind control may fill your mind with fear -- especially since there are still liberals around -- but some kinds of mind control could actually turn out to be a really good thing.

Piracy Concerns Cloud a More Important Issue

By Jim Bray

Saturday, May 19,

Is there a Jolly Roger flying over your home theater?

Epson Makes a Home Theater Mark

By Jim Bray

Friday, May 18, 2007

Epson may not be a name you'd associate ordinarily with high quality home theater equipment, but if its PowerLite Pro Cinema 1080 is any indication, this is a company serious about being taken seriously.

New TV's, Zipper Bags, and Universal Remotes Try Making Life Better

By Jim Bray, TechnoFile Magazine

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Move over, plasma, LCD and DLP televisions. Sony has announced it's going to start building and marketing an entirely new type of TV--just what the consumer needs when faced with deciding which type of television to buy.

Microsoft Office 2007 --Reinventing the Wheel

By Jim Bray, TechnoFile Magazine

Monday, April 30, 2007

Windows Vista may have gotten most of the hype, but it isn't the only bread-and-butter product to come from Microsoft this year.

Vringo -- Video Ringtones To Captivate Your Friends

By Jim Bray

Sunday, April 29, 2007

With downloadable ringtones doing big business and video now appearing on phone screens, it was inevitable that companies would combine the two into some new and interesting features.

HP Inkjets Push Performance, Price Parameters

By Jim Bray

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Boy, are inkjet printers and all-in-ones getting cheap and sophisticated!

Time was when a cheap inkjet printer cost four hundred bucks or more, a scanner cost a couple of hundred dollars more than that and may have needed needed a SCSI port - and I remember buying a very basic fax machine back in the early 1990's for about $1500.

Windows Vista -- Two Months In

By Jim Bray

4/9/07

It didn't get the hype of Windows 95 (which is probably a good thing), but Microsoft's latest version of its Windows PC operating system is a good step forward.

And just as Windows 95 ushered in a new look and feel for the OS, Vista also changes much of the appearance and functionality of the system.

MS Presenter 3000 -- Bringing Power to PowerPoint

By Jim Bray

4/8/07

Making your point with PowerPoint may never have been as flexible, thanks to a slick little gadget from Microsoft.

Bionic Eye Implants Offer Hope for the Blind

By Jim Bray

4/7/07

Talk about a sight for sore eyes, let alone a concept from science fiction once again turning into science fact!

Make Your Own Radio Station with LG's Phone/Music player

By Jim Bray

Monday, March 19, 2007

With the cell phone market as competitive as it is, what's a company to do if it wants to differentiate its latest phones from the plethora of others out there?

Dragon NaturallySpeaking -- A Life Saver for the "Typing Challenged"

By Jim Bray

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Voice recognition has come a long way in recent years. What was once no more than an interesting curiosity with plenty of potential but little practical impact has grown into a technology that really can help those who can't/won't/don't type and is now appearing in devices far beyond the PC.

















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