Web Database For Ionic Liquid DataChemical engineers and others designing "green" industrial processes using new ionic liquid solvents now have an important new resource, an on-line database of physical properties developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
There has been an explosion of interest in the last few years (including a near-exponential growth in journal articles) in the synthesis and use of ionic liquids--salts that melt below the........Go to the Computer-blog (Added on 8/17/2006 11:04:11 PM)
A Digital Take On The Streets Where We LiveA walk down the street may someday be as rich with information as the web, thanks to the emergence of location-aware technology.
Not surprisingly, MIT is at the vanguard of this movement with a project called Electronic Lens (eLens), an initiative of the MIT Media Lab. Headed by William Mitchell and Federico Casalegno, eLens is defined by its focus on benefits for local citizens.
Several research and commercial projects are also exploring........Go to the Cell-phone-blog (Added on 8/13/2006 6:52:09 PM)
OneWebDay: September 22, 2006The Web has changed millions of lives. Just two months from now, on September 22, we'll be celebrating the first OneWebDay. OneWebDay is one day a year when we all - everyone around the physical globe - can celebrate the Web and what it means to us as individuals, organizations, and communities. In short, it's like an Earth Day for the Internet-a day to stop and think about what the Internet means to us.
Add the OneWebDay Button to your site........Go to the Computer-blog (Added on 8/13/2006 11:48:14 AM)
How angry customers get revengeIn the first study to explore how consumers attempt to gain revenge against corporations that have wronged them, researchers from Arizona State University find strong parallels between consumer complaint Web sites and other civic protest movements. Consumer Web sites use rhetorical tactics to address injustice, identity, and agency turning personal betrayal into a "cause" worthy of public attention and support.
"The Internet is changing the........Go to the Computer-blog (Added on 8/9/2006 11:36:52 PM)
new mobile robot that balances and moves on ballCarnegie Mellon University scientists have developed a new type of mobile robot that balances on a ball instead of legs or wheels. "Ballbot" is a self-contained, battery-operated, omnidirectional robot that balances dynamically on a single urethane-coated metal sphere. It weighs 95 pounds and is the approximate height and width of a person. Because of its long, thin shape and ability to maneuver in tight spaces, it has the potential to function........Go to the Computer-blog (Added on 8/9/2006 11:26:50 PM)
Your Own Fortune-TellerIf you believe in astrology and look forward to the weekly column with cuiosity then inspite of waiting with baited-breath get yourself this amazing Fortune Ball that will tell you what lies in your future anytime. Invented by Dr Ming Fang, a well-known developer of medical and industrial products, the Fortune Ball lets you know your fortune forecast up to thirty days in advance by using the entire Chinese calendar, theories of Astrology,........Go to the Gadget-blog (Added on 8/7/2006 3:48:25 PM)
Electronic Capacitors from seaweedNew materials for advanced electronics are commonly expensive, high-tech substances. But a team of scientists in France has shown that energy-storage components called supercapacitors can be made from a remarkably cheap and humble material: baked seaweed.
Francois Beguin of the CNRS Research Centre on Divided Matter in Orleans, France, and his co-workers say that seaweed, when burned to a charcoal-like form, is just the right stuff for........Go to the Computer-blog (Added on 8/6/2006 10:10:08 PM)
Split The Network Upside DownMy neighbours are stealing my wireless internet access. I could encrypt it or alternately I could have fun.
Split the network.
I'm starting here by splitting the network into two parts, the trusted half and the untrusted half. The trusted half has one netblock, the untrusted a different netblock. We use the DHCP server to identify mac addresses to give out the relevant addresses.........Go to the Computer-blog (Added on 8/6/2006 9:42:51 PM)
All Our N-gram are Belong to YouHere at Google Research we have been using word n-gram models for a variety of R&D projects, such as statistical machine translation, speech recognition, spelling correction, entity detection, information extraction, and others. While such models have usually been estimated from training corpora containing at most a few billion words, we have been harnessing the vast power of Google's datacenters and distributed processing infrastructure to........Go to the Computer-blog (Added on 8/6/2006 9:08:03 PM)
The PlayswissVia, The Playswiss by Pierre-Yves Dubois, a curious device for the Playstation, merging a stool and a Playstation pad. It's meant to engage the user into new sensation.
Cool!........Go to the Gadget-blog (Added on 8/5/2006 6:15:48 PM)
One Atom At A TimeBy observing events at the scale of single atoms, Cornell researchers have found evidence that the mechanism in high-temperature superconductors may be much more like that in low-temperature superconductors than was previously thought.
"This came as a huge shock," said J.C. Seamus Davis, Cornell professor of physics, who with colleagues reports the findings in the Aug. 3 issue of the journal Nature.
Superconductors are materials that........Go to the Computer-blog (Added on 8/2/2006 11:47:50 PM)
Actions ATJ2098 and Delux iShowChina-based Actions Semiconductor will soon announce its new ATJ2098 chip, which is an upgrade version of ATJ2097. It will be mainly made to improve the stability and the size of the chip. The new ATJ2098 will packaged at LQFP 80 pins. Its dimension is about 10 x 10mm. There is no new feature is reported so far.
Meanwhile, Delux Technology is going to release a new iShow which is based on this new chip. Its features are most likely with........Go to the Gadget-blog (Added on 8/1/2006 10:07:09 PM)
Sager NP6630 ReviewThe Sager NP6630 straddles the line between mainstream and thin & light notebooks. Its sturdy build, sleek appearance and light weight make it a notebook worth considering for anyone but the serious gamer.
This is a great-looking machine. When shopping, I showed my wife (who has a much better aesthetic sense than I do) images of the three models I was considering. When she saw the NP6630, she immediately said, "Get that one." I'm glad I........Go to the Gadget-blog (Added on 8/1/2006 10:02:38 PM)
Google Vision conceptI was recently given a pack of exotic fruit by a friend of mine who didn't know the popular name for it. And the next day, in my quest to dig out the name, I googled and googled and googled. in vain. But I guess most folks would empathize with me because I really didn't have an exact idea about what I was searching for.
So this new concept proposed by UK designer Callum Peden, called Google Vision, really excites me. It's a concept for a new........Go to the Computer-blog (Added on 8/1/2006 9:54:04 PM)
Robot LampsThese cute and geeky robot lamps will look great in your kids-room. The lamps feature painted wooden robots that come in an option of pink and yellow girl or red and blue boy and the lamps are co-ordinated with lampshades with swirling lines and a galaxy of stars. The funky robot lamps sell for just $98.
So, if your kid doesn't shows keen interest in science then who knows he might just develop his interest in the subject with these lamps to........Go to the Gadget-blog (Added on 8/1/2006 9:47:50 PM)
The Unidyne PCSee this amazing work!
The Shure 55 Unidyne microphone is a classic Machine Age design from the thirties. It is so popular that it still being produced and sold today. This custom built computer is my tribute to this great piece of industrial art.........Go to the Computer-blog (Added on 7/30/2006 12:07:06 AM)
S-VIEW SV510 portable video keyPiracy is rampant in the software and entertainment industries, and you can sometime find bootleg versions of the latest movies and games before they are even officially released. Cinea has introduced a new solution to this age-old problem with the S-VIEW SV510, a USB key that enables the playback of protected digital content.
Should the USB key be lost or stolen, this device can be disconnected remotely. Movie studios should look into this........Go to the Gadget-blog (Added on 7/26/2006 6:58:51 AM)
iOPS BlueQ Digital Audio PlayerLast time we saw this thing was at the CeBIT, but it appears that iOPS actually inserted some guts into the formerly-empty hull. The specs should match up to our scoopage post just fine, then.
So here we have the iOPs BlueQ, the DAP formerly known as Q18. Obviously equipped with a color screen (1.8-inch, 262k colors) and (supposedly so) runs for about 30 hours when playing audio (MP3/WMA). Most "unique" feature would have to be the bluetooth........Go to the Gadget-blog (Added on 7/26/2006 6:42:44 AM)
Samsung T609 ReviewThe first thing you'll notice about Samsung T609 is the color. This flip phone comes in a pearl white that shimmers and has a distinct feel to it. Upon flipping the phone open, users will notice that the screen and keypad do not lay flat against each other at a 180-degree angle. The T609 has a slightly tilted display, which is easier to view than most phones. This configuration also allows for users to talk easily with the phone up to their........Go to the Cell-phone-blog (Added on 7/20/2006 7:40:20 PM)
Lighted Swim MaskWaterproof up to 35 feet, this Aqua Light Mask casts a double light into the murky depths. Whether you're at the shore or in the pool, you can play underwater diving games and enjoy nighttime swims. Lights automatically point wherever you turn your head for hands-free operation.
Comfortable mask with adjustable strap is perfect for hours of fun. Uses 4 "AAA" batteries, not included. For ages 5 and up.........Go to the Gadget-blog (Added on 7/20/2006 6:50:55 PM)
Chip Bounces Electrons Around Like BilliardsComputer designers at the University of Rochester are going ballistic.
"Everyone has been trying to make better transistors by modifying current designs, but what we really need is the next paradigm," says Quentin Diduck, a graduate student at the University who thought up the radical new design. "We've gone from the relay, to the tube, to semiconductor physics. Now we're taking the next step on the evolutionary track".
That next step........Go to the Computer-blog (Added on 8/17/2006 11:31:17 PM)
Automatic Crib RockerIf you have a baby then you know, how tough it is to make him/her sleep at times, sing lullabies, walking him outside to make him doze off, keep rocking his crib and so on.! So, here is the solution for all the restless parents to keep the baby-blues away, Lullabub Crib Rocker. The automatic crib rocker is comprised of four modules that are placed under each leg of a crib.
The remote-controlled rocking system gently creates motion........Go to the Gadget-blog (Added on 8/14/2006 6:45:06 AM)
Art On The MoonThe only piece of art on the moon (depending, we suppose, on one's definition of art) is a 3?-tall aluminum sculpture titled "Fallen Astronaut".
It was created by Belgian artist Paul Van Hoeydonck and installed by Apollo 15 astronaut David Scott, along with a plaque bearing the names of the 14 astronauts and cosmonauts who died in the service of space exploration.........Go to the Gadget-blog (Added on 8/12/2006 2:37:57 PM)
Color 3D PrintsSee this 3D print
With the help of some friends at CADD Edge we were able to get a color 3D print of our favorite World of Warcraft gnome. All we had to do was export our cleaned up and textured models as VRML files, which they fed right into their ZCorp printer.
If you are interested in doing the same with your video game avatars, I suggest contacting Anvil Prototypes. They are interested in helping people who want to pay to have their........Go to the Gadget-blog (Added on 8/12/2006 9:40:51 AM)
Search Engines Are Not BiasedSearch engines are not biased towards well-known Web sites. In fact, they actually produce an egalitarian effect as to where traffic is directed, say scientists at the Indiana University School of Informatics.
Their study, "Topical interests and the mitigation of search engine bias," appears in the Aug. 7-11 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and challenges the "Googlearchy" theory -- the perception that search........Go to the Computer-blog (Added on 8/7/2006 10:32:27 PM)
External LinkProviding users with a simple way to choose whether to follow a link by opening a new window or not is a tricky problem, and most solutions aren't easy to implement. Not so with External Link. Include our script in your blog or web page and just add classes to your links, and you give users convenient icons to open new windows, while maintaining the text links for continuing in the current window. No hassle, no fuss and no more problem.
........Go to the Computer-blog (Added on 8/7/2006 3:43:26 PM)
55 Ways To Have Fun With GoogleYou probably use Google everyday, but do you know. the Google Snake Game? Googledromes? Memecodes? Googlesport? The Google Calculator? Googlepark and Google Weddings? Google hacking, fighting and rhyming? In this book, you'll find Google-related games, cartoons, oddities, tips, stories and everything else that's fun. Reading it, you won't be the same searcher as before! (From the author of Google Blogoscoped.).
Buy, download, share.
The........Go to the Computer-blog (Added on 8/6/2006 10:26:59 PM)
How To Get Out Of A Boring MeetingFake a phone call easily and credibly!
Have you ever been in a situation where you wished your cell phone would ring? Maybe you wanted to look extra important or popular on that hot date. Or maybe you just needed an excuse to escape from an unpleasant meeting.
With "The Popularity Dialer", you can plan ahead. Via a web interface, you can choose to have your phone called at a particular time (or several times). At the elected time, your........Go to the Cell-phone-blog (Added on 8/6/2006 9:49:20 PM)
Circuit City Offers DVD Ripping ServiceWell, well, well! Look who's violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act! For only a couple of fins, Circuit City will take your DVD and an iPod and flagrantly breach copyright at your behest.
How does this violate the DMCA? Well, according to the act, any attempts to work around an encryption scheme is prohibited. Every DVD comes encrypted. Ergo, Circuit City's breaking the law for customers, thousands of times per day.
Note the........Go to the Gadget-blog (Added on 8/6/2006 9:36:29 PM)
Eye-tracker Quake controls!Hmm. The problem with this guy is he assumes everyone's seen eye-trackers before and that we won't think he's just controlling the game from under the table.
Where's his other hand? Ahahh!
OK: I jest. I am prepared to think that eye-trackers exist, and I suppose now that this sort of computer voodoo will probably be mainstream by, like, tomorrow, and that I've just not been keeping up with the latest in awesome hardware developments.........Go to the Gadget-blog (Added on 8/5/2006 6:22:21 PM)
Greater Bandwidth From Alternative SemiconductorsWith demand for greater bandwidth in communication networks steadily increasing, existing optical transmission and amplification technologies are fast reaching their limits. However simulations of a new type of semiconductor technology show promise in overcoming current bandwidth restrictions, and doing so more cheaply.
In recent years demand for greater bandwidth capacity in telecommunications, particularly for fast-growing metro networks,........Go to the Computer-blog (Added on 8/3/2006 7:04:19 AM)
New Shuffle-lookalike UP3Do you still remember LG's Shuffle-lookalike UP3? Well, the Korean giant has just another added two members into this series, which are UP3 Flat and UP3 Sharp accordingly.
LG UP3 Flat is a screen-less MP3 player but just LED indicators. It does playback MP3, WMA (DRM supported), OGG, and ASF audio. Its built-in battery allows up to 10 hours of playback continously. The dimension of UP3 Flat is 78 x 24 x 9.5mm.
Conversely, UP3 Sharp comes........Go to the Gadget-blog (Added on 8/1/2006 10:15:06 PM)
Etsy is where we goI can't remember how I stumbled upon the website, but I managed to blow a large chunk of time looking at neat-o items that the craft kids have been making in their living rooms. Etsy is a year old site for selling sundry types of handmade goods. Knit sweaters, paintings, prints, engagement rings, and sock monkeys can all be found on their cute little sampler pages. The site makes their money in much the same way eBay does; $0.10 listing fees,........Go to the Gadget-blog (Added on 8/1/2006 9:59:18 PM)
Bathroom ChessIf you are not that good at making intelligent moves at chess then how about doing a little practice just on your own! This floating bathroom chess is just the right set for you to try all your tricks when you are cool and composed right under the shower!
Designers Oliver Beckert and Janet Villano has designed this lovely float that elegantly moves along the water with it's upright ''fins' dancing in the warm light. Besides, a little........Go to the Gadget-blog (Added on 8/1/2006 9:51:30 PM)
A Splash With RobotsA rousing game of underwater Quidditch brought this year's Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science program to a close on July 28.
High school students who had been working and living together at MIT for six weeks maneuvered their underwater robots through the Alumni Pool, picking up weighted markers and delivering them to a goal.
The event was just one in a daylong program that rounded out Minority Introduction to Engineering and........Go to the Computer-blog (Added on 8/1/2006 9:30:24 PM)
Full-screen Video IPod Coronation in 2007?Bad news for all devoted iPod geeks, who are desperately waiting to crown the new king of the 'gadget industry', the latest widescreen iPod would now be released next year. As per International Business Time, you will have to wait for another six months or so to bite the fresh apple.
As per Shaw Wu of American Technology Research:
Apple is aiming to increase both the screen size and improve the battery life - two conflicting attributes........Go to the Gadget-blog (Added on 7/26/2006 7:06:19 AM)
Wireless Mighty MouseWith its secure, reliable Bluetooth technology, the wireless Mighty Mouse goes wherever you do. Pair it with any Bluetooth-enabled Mac and wireless keyboard to work untethered and uncluttered at your desk, or take your show on the road. Mighty Mouse lightens your load on the go by operating with either one or two AA batteries. That'll save you lugging a bulky dock around.
The wireless Mighty Mouse's tracking........Go to the Computer-blog (Added on 7/26/2006 6:49:44 AM)
Fuel cells, a clean source of energy"Fuel cells are a genuine 'clean' technology," says one of the study's investigators, Professor Chris Hendry of the Cass Business School, London. "But re-investment in nuclear technology is likely to squeeze out the investment necessary to make fuel cells competitive with existing energy sources and with other non-nuclear alternative energy options".
The study, co-written by Prof. Hendry, Dr. Paul Harborne, James Brown and Prof. Dinos........Go to the Gadget-blog (Added on 7/24/2006 6:43:50 AM)
Samsung SGH-P20The Samsung SGH-P200 is the world's first Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) phone. It can switch freely between GSM, GPRS, EDGE and wireless LAN networks (WiFi).
The phone sports a 1.3 megapixel camera as well as the following features: camcorder 80MB internal memory multimedia messaging system (MMS) MP3 player (MP3/ACC/ACC+ formats) video player (MPEG4/H.263 formats).........Go to the Cell-phone-blog (Added on 7/20/2006 7:47:33 PM)
Sony Ericsson W950iThe W950i Walkman® is a slim and stylish mobile phone with an advanced digital music player and large touchscreen for optimal ease of use. Using the W950i is easy. The keypad of the slim W950i is smooth and flush with the surface, and the dedicated music player keys and other controls have one-press-to-open functionality. You can also transfer hours of your favourite music from your PC to your phone quickly and easily.
The W950i has an........Go to the Cell-phone-blog (Added on 7/20/2006 7:35:15 PM)