Apple TV


The Apple TV was first announced at a special press event in San Francisco on September 12, 2006. Apple TV is a digital media receiver designed, marketed and sold by Apple Inc. The Apple TV connects to a TV just like the DVD connection. It comes with an apple remote.

Remote- the remote is very common to anyone with a new Mac or iPod dock; it is simple and works very well.

Box- unlike the mini and the new Airport Extreme it has a 7.7 inch footprint. It’s almost the same thickness as the Airport Extreme, though, at 1.1 inches thick.


Apple Television


We are comparing the new Apple television, to the Cisco television network. Cisco is trying to make a television that can compete with the all new Apple TV. The television they are making is compatible with the itv. Surprisingly the itv is not made by apple. Cisco is competing with Apple over the first company to make the best resolution for a completely wireless television. The apple TV runs off the apple network. It’s like wireless internet, but its television. Cisco has the same type of network and they are neck and neck in the competition. Who will win the race for technology?
http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=114539


Apple TV costs: $299



You can find this cost at this reference:http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/jun2007/tc20070606_984317.htm


Apple TV drawbacks


  • Cannot sync to more than one computer
  • Cannot have on the go playlists
  • Cannot display a video timeline
  • Must view rented videos within 30 days or the video is retrieved and you are not refunded.

You can find these drawbacks at:
http://www.tuaw.com/2007/03/29/apple-tv-what-you-cant-do/


References:


Engadget.com. 2007 Retrieved on 27 March. 2008. http://www.engadget.com/2007/04/05/apple-tv-review/
Light reading. 2008. Retrieved on 27 March. 2008.
http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=114539


Blackberry Storm


Definition

The blackberry storm is a phone that has a touch screen and it is also a PDA. It can do a lot of the things that a regular blackberry can do like a having a organizer and a built in GPS.

Benefits

The I-phone's has a touch screen, but it uses the electricity from your hands to register when you touch it. It is easier to type lone emails to people because the phone is able to fix the sentences that have been misspelled even when you keep putting in wrong letters. It is also able to anticipate what you are writing and give you options so you do not have to write out the whole word.

Drawbacks


  • It is expensive
  • Touch screens can get fingerprints on them
  • There is a risk with breaking the screen
  • Doesn’t have WI-FI

Specifications

  • It can switch easily between widescreen and portrait format
  • Wireless Email
  • Organizer
  • Browser
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • Video Recording
  • Blackberry Maps
  • Media Player
  • Built in GPS
  • Corporate data access
  • SMS
  • MMS
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The price is about $700.00 On Version Network.
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See vidos

Resources

engafgetmobile.com. September 2008. Retrived October 2008. <http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2008/09/23/verizon-tells-us-all-about-the-blackberry-storms-wow-factors/>.

SFGate.com. October 08. Retrived October 30 2008. <http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/sfgate/detail?blogid=19&entry_id=31247>.

blackberry.com.Retrived October 30 2008. <http://www.blackberry.com/blackberrystorm/>.

Bloodhound SSC



Bloodhound SSC. Image courtesy of Bloodhound Programme Limited.
Bloodhound SSC. Image courtesy of Bloodhound Programme Limited.
Bloodhound SSC. Image courtesy of Bloodhound Programme Limited.
Bloodhound SSC. Image courtesy of Bloodhound Programme Limited.


1. The Bloodhound car has Titanium or composite wheels - rear wheels sit outside bodywork, front wheels are steering able to comply with land speed rules.
2. The Driver sits behind the front wheels and in front of the engine air intake duct.
3.The Bloodhound has carbon fiber and titanium bodywork for optimum aerodynamic performance, reaching top speed over 4.5 miles.
4. Bloodhound powered by Euro fighter jet engine with a hybrid rocket attached to it, enabling the car to accelerate from 0-1,050mph in 40 seconds.
5. The Fins maintain stability and down force to keep the car on the ground at all times so it does not lift up in the front.
6. “Deployable aero structures slow car at highest speeds; parachutes slow car at mid-speeds; finally, driver halts car with carbon fiber brakes.”



videos of car

World land speed records by Britons
World land speed records by Britons

Chart from BBC News


INFO about the Bloodhound


Some Info about the car is that it was a challenge to find tires that could live through the heat of the 1000mph tires. This is the fastest the car and it can go 1000mph.and it is 300 time the speed of an average car. The car was invented in Britain. The car will be powered by a Euro fighter typhoon engine.


UPS and DOWNS

  • The downfall is that if people had this car cops would be issuing many tickets.
  • Another downfall is that is only runs on dry lake beds, or flat salts, not on roads.
  • Up side is that you get to work faster if you are running late.
  • Up- it has a jet engine and a hybrid engine.


References


News.bbc.com Retrieved October 31, 2008
<http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7685049.stm>
www.tgdaily.com Retrieved October 31, 2008
<http://www.tgdaily.com/slideshows/index.php?s=200810231&p=4>
[[http://www.bloodhoundssc.com |www.bloodhoundssc.com ]]Retrieved October 31, 2008
<http://www.bloodhoundssc.com/>


Computerized Toilet Seats!

This is a very high tech toilet seat, and it has many attachments and uses. It can be used for washing yourself with warm cleansing water. Also it can be used to add medicine to your hemorrhoids or other ailments. It also shoots an electric shock through your gluteus maximus to take your temperature and tell you what your percent of body fat is. The article says it is good for pregnant women. It is becoming very popular in Japan, China and the United States because of its many benefits.

Benefits


There are many benefits to having a computerized toilet seat. Some benefits are that it makes life easier while helping people who are disabled with such things as multiple sclerosis and the elderly. The benefits for everyone are limitless. See examples below.
  • Physical therapy spraying water automatically
  • Self dispensing toilet paper
  • Gentle aerated warm water with dual action spray
  • Soft close seat
  • Convenient seat with temperature control
  • Easy to install and clean with docking station

The intelligence toilet system can also check blood pressure before dispensing advice on diet and exercise. A fan breaks down odorous molecules and returns clean air into the bathroom environment. They are very popular because it makes the bathroom a place where people want to be.

Prices


Computerized toilet seats are one of the new high tech inventions of today. These toilet seats can do just about anything . If you want to be washed, have a warm toilet seat, to be dried, with noise to drown out the sounds of toileting, you’re going to have to pay quite a bit of money. These toilet seats cost anywhere from $1000 to $4000. The price depends on the added features of your toilet seat. If you think about it, that’s a lot of money compared to your average toilet seat prices ($10-$50). If you need to spend that much time in the bathroom, these toilet seats are well worth it.

References


Made-in-china.com. 2007. Retrieved on 11 Oct. 2007. <www.made-in-china.com>.

Toto. Retrieved on 11 Oct. 2007. <www.totousa.com >.

The plumber. May. 15 1997. retrieved on 11 Oct. 2007. <www.theplumber.com>


The EyePoint


The Facial Computer Interface is a new technology that allows a user to control the computer screen with motion from your face. It offers an alternative solution to the average mouse by using your eyes and the keyboard to control the screen. Manu Kumar, a researcher from Stanford, says that it works with the software EyePoint which uses the technique of allowing a person to stare at a given point and then blink to signify clicking it.

How the EyePoint Works


The EyePoint works by using standard eye-tracking hardware. This hardware includes a specialized computer screen equipped with a high-definition camera and infrared lights. The main software for the Facial Computer Interface is called EyePoint and it functions with an eye-tracking hardware technique. The software includes an approach that requires a person to focus their eyes on a Web link, for example, and hold a key called a “hot key” on the keyboard as he or she is looking. The area being looked at becomes large so the person can easily pinpoint his or her focus on that area, and then releases the hot key to effectively click through to the link.

Some troubleshooting has had to occur for inventor, Kumar. One problem is that the eyeball naturally jitters while fixating on a point. His solution was to write an algorithm that enables the computer to smooth out the eye movements. The rest of the research includes Kumar studying how people look at the screen and finding a way to build an interface that “doesn’t overload the visual channel.” So in other words, he wanted the EyePoint to feel completely natural to the user. Kumar concedes that the system isn’t perfect but most errors were due to the people using it as opposed to the system itself.

Other Functions for the EyePoint


To control the cursor you simply look at the screen. Kumar found that people messed up more when they were aware of their gaze. To scroll down, the user reads to the bottom of the page and their gaze scrolls the screen down automatically.

Advantages and Disadvantages of EyePoint


One of the major advantages of this facial interactive computer is mainly for use by disabled people who can’t use their hands to click on links and with this alternative to the mouse, they won’t have to. This program doesn’t have to be just for disabled users. In a study of 20 people, they found that participants that needed to type and point could point, faster using the gaze-based approach than using a mouse, and overall about 90% of the participants said they preferred the eye point to the computer mouse. Also without needing the use of a mouse the cord won’t get stuck or it won’t get caught in stuff like when using a mouse would. Some of the disadvantages are that it costs about $25,000 so it wouldn’t be available to a large market of customers. Also it has a 20% error rate, which could cause some major problems because even a 5% error rate can become very noticeable.

References


Technology Review. Greene, Kate. An Alternative to the Computer Mouse. 2 March, 2007. Retrieved on 11 Oct. 2007. <http://www.technologyreview.com/Infotech/18254/page1/>




The “Flexible Phone” Nokia 888


The Nokia 888 is a new cell phone design that is known to be “The cell phone of the future.” This design is completely versatile to your daily life. It can change into a bracelet, clip to your pocket and even form to your face while you talk on it. This phone will change the way we view cell phones all together. So far Nokia isn’t even calling it a cell phone they are calling it a personal mobile communication device.
This revolutionary design uses a liquid battery, it has speech recognition, and a flexible touch screen. The touch sensitive body covering lets you twist and turn it in any direction you would like it to go. When the Nokia 888 rings it automatically forms into the shape of a phone. You can personalize your shapes like you personalize your ring tones.

Also e-motions allow you to make any shape or even a small dance and send it to your friends. This way you can show your girlfriend how much you love her by sending her a heart, with out actually using words. E-motions stand for electronic motions. It works just like a program.


This phone allows you to be creative with your life. It is the gateway to a whole world of new technologies. Although it hasn’t been released yet, this phone has changed the way a lot of people look at cell phones and their capabilities.

A lot of people can’t believe the Nokia 888’s technology.

On February 19th, 2008, Leong said:
“What! This phone was not real. Impossible to have this phone in the next few years. Don’t you think this phone is like easily wear and tear.”

On March 11th, 2008, jimmy jon said:
“not gonna lie
im already obsessed with this phone”

On April 10th, 2008, hassen said:
“if nokia make me this i pay them right now 2500$$$”
Picture Picture
Picture Picture

Nokia 888 estimated price.
$533.48

Nokia 888 benefits.
  • Useful so that it won’t break as easily.
  • Bends easily and can change its shape.
  • Can clip to anything.
  • Changes forms

References


TheHottestGadgets.com. 2008. Retrieved on 29 Oct. 2008. <www.thehottestgadgets.com>

Nokia 888. 2008. Retrieved on 29 Oct. 2008. <www.nokia888.com>



Guitar Hero: Aerosmith


Two years ago, Aerosmith’s lead guitarist Joe Perry came home and found his youngest son playing guitar hero. His name is Roman and he is 16.He wanted to know if there were any Aerosmith songs on the game. His son told him that there was not, and Joe Perry was very disappointed and then he made his goal to make sure he got some songs on the next game. However, he ended up with a tribute game.


Features

·Challenges you to perform the music of Aerosmith
·Take a role in one of Aerosmith’s members like Joe Perry, Brad Whitford and Tommy Hamilton.
·Experience the career trajectory of a band that is becoming popular
·Improve in game career by performing just like Aerosmith did.


Release/ prices


This will be released 6/29/2008 and you can purchase it for a total of $60.00 plus tax.


References


“Guitar hero: Aerosmith – Xbox 360.”Retrieved on 26 March 2008. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8736601&st=8736601%2C+8736594%2C+8736585%2C+8736576&lp=2&type=product&cp=1&id=1201913702742

“Aerosmith plugs into ‘guitar hero’ popularity” Retrieved on 26 March 2008.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8736601&st=8736601%2C+8736594%2C+8736585%2C+8736576&lp=2&type=product&cp=1&id=1201913702742


HP Touchsmart Computer

About: 22” diagonal hi-def’ widescreen with powerful energy efficient. Touchscreen technology puts your digital life at your fingertips and gives you instant access to info, entertainment, and social networks.

Costs: the prices vary from $1,800 to $2,000.

What is it useful for?
Some cool features of this computer is technology at one fingertip. You can listen to music, watch some video's, chat with a built in webcam, and microphone, upload pictures, and send the family some photo's, all without using a mouse, and tangleled up cords. Not to mention the hi-def screen, which makes pictures more clear, and visible. The capacity of this computer is a 4 gb RAM, which holds a lot. This computer also includes a light at the bottom of the monitor, which helps you see, or type easier in the dark, to save energy.


The downfalls:
Prices are extremely high for this type of technology. Does not have HD optical drive option.

Some cool video's:

**http://h30418.www3.hp.com/?fr_story=1a61d0307fcbf0b5a167dd7e419f65b157125a75&rf=sitemap**

Check out some interesting pictures:

**http://www.instablogsimages.com/images/2007/11/01/hp-touchsmart-1jpg_5638.jpg**
**http://www.hardwarezone.com.sg/img/data/articles/2008/2617/iq500_01.jpg**
**http://images.anandtech.com/reviews/system/HP/NewVoodoo/touchsmart.jpg**
**http://www.gottabemobile.com/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/IntroducingthenewHPTouchSmart_2906/P1020626.jpg**

References:

gizmodo.com. retrieved October 30, 2008. **http://gizmodo.com/395585/hp-touchsmart-iq506-brings-new-interface-bigger-screen-and-intel-processor**

iBangle


IBangle Facts:


The iBangle is related to the Ipod only more accessorized.The Ibangle is good for music purposes, but can also be looked at as a bracelet. The iBangle has features like the multi-touch track pad, and the wireless head set. The Ibangle lacks a screen so it doesn’t play movies or let you read the song playing. The Ibangle has a cushion within it that actually inflates the inner oval to fit your wrist according to size and also for comfort.However there is still discrepancy between calling it an iPod or an Mp3.This item has not come out yet.The concept was discovered by Gopinath Prasana.


iBangle Pros/Cons


Pros

  • Convenient Size
  • Leaves hands open
  • No Wires
  • Comfortable

Cons


  • No Screen
  • Only plays music
  • Can’t see what song you’re listening to.
  • Could be expensive

Resources


www.geek.com. 2008. October 22 2008http://www.geek.com/articles/mobile/today-ipod-tomorrow-ibangle-20081022/ibangle/

www.ubergizmo.com. 2008. October 21 2008 http://www.ubergizmo.com/15/archives/2008/10/ibangle_a_look_of_things_to_come.html




iBOT Computerized Wheelchair

What is the iBOT?


Unlike any other power wheelchair the iBOT has more power. The system offers a combination of unique and innovative, functions allowing wheelchair users to overcome barriers and obstacles traditionally associated with conventional manual and power mobility devices. People using the iBOT to get around because they are physical disabled.

How the iBOT Helps People


The iBOT helps the people who use it greatly. The iBOT is impeccably clean, and pays for it’s self after about a year after purchasing it. “This is a gift from heaven” said customer Megan Meagel. This iBOT wheelchair is currently $29,000 dollars! There are tons of stories about the iBOT. If you are physically challenged and in need of this technology, please call this number: 1-866-813-0761.

How It works?


The wheel chair is four wheel drive. It has two sets of tires that rotate one over the other to climb over stuff. It can also balance on two tires so people can talk face to face. It only takes one arm to command so almost anyone can use it and it can go almost anywhere.

The History of the IBOT


The iBOT wheelchair was designed and developed by Dean Kamen. Dean is probably known the best for his Segway invention. The iBOT is a newer version of the iBOT 3000. It gives you more movement abilities.

To view a video click on this link:
http://www.iBOTnow.com/iBOT-in-action.html

For stair a climbing video click here:
http://www.iBOTnow.com/videos-images/stair-climbing.html

For four-wheel function video click here:
http://www.iBOTnow.com/videos-images/4-wheel.html

For balance function video click here:
http://www.iBOTnow.com/videos-images/balancing.html

References


iBOT Mobility System. Retrieved on Oct. 11, 2007. <http://www.iBOTnow.com/hcp/index.html>.

National Public Website on Assistive Technology. Tharp, Philip. “IBOT.” Retrieved on Oct. 11, 2007. <http://atwiki.assistivetech.net/IBOT>.


Invisible Coat



What is an invisible coat?

The invisible coat has a video camera behind the coat that is linked to a projector so it bounces the image off of the front of the coats reflective surface. This coat is an illusion because there is no time lag between what’s happening behind the wearer and the image cast on the front of the coat.

How does it work?

The coat has a projector lens so the people behind him appear as fuzzy images in a green tint and it has microscopic reflectors which are like a movie screen. It wrinkles the material.


Demonstration of the invisible coat

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6083311613551695956&q=invisible+coat&total=29&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=0

Work Sited

“Scientist show off invisible coat.” 30 March 2003. 12 October 2007.
<http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/03/29/1048653907088.html>



iPod Touch


The new iPod touch features music, videos, TV, photos, wi-fi web browser including Safari and Youtube, and i-Tunes on the internet including the iPod store and Starbucks music. This new device is used for listening to music, watching TV, and taking photos.

Helpful Links:

Music: http://movies.apple.com/movies/us/apple/ipoditunes/2007/touch/features/apple_ipodtouch_music_r640-9cie.mov
Videos: http://movies.apple.com/movies/us/apple/ipoditunes/2007/touch/features/apple_ipodtouch_video_movie_cc_r640-9cie.mov
Photos: http://movies.apple.com/movies/us/apple/ipoditunes/2007/touch/features/apple_ipodtouch_photos_r640-9cie.mov ,
Wi-fi: http://movies.apple.com/movies/us/apple/ipoditunes/2007/touch/features/apple_ipodtouch_youtube_r640-9cie.mov
Itunes: http://movies.apple.com/movies/us/apple/ipoditunes/2007/touch/features/apple_ipodtouch_store_r640-9cie.mov .

The specifications as listed on Apple's website are:

  • Screen material: glass
  • Screen size: 8.9 cm (3.5 in)
  • Screen resolution: 480×320 pixels at 163 ppi
  • Input method: Multi-touch screen interface
  • Operating system: OS X
  • Storage: 8 or 16 GB Flash memory
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g)
  • Built-in rechargeable, non-removable battery with up to 5 hours of video playback, and up to 22 hours of audio playback
  • Size: 110×61.8×8 mm (4.3×2.4×0.31 in)
  • Weight: 120 g (4.2 oz)
  • Built-in iTunes Wi-Fi store
  • Wide screen video
  • Safari (web browser) and Youtube built-in
  • Access to Starbucks music (currently only in New York and Seattle)

When you purchase the iPhone touch it comes with:

Similarities and Differences of the iPod Touch and iPhone

The iPod Touch has:

  • Has WI-FI which includes Safari
  • Access to wireless Internet
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has the capability to detect the current and last 10 songs playing in Starbucks café (within the vicinity of the device)
  • Is able to download tracks in the iTunes store
  • It has Music, Videos, Photos, iTunes, Safari, Youtube, Calendar, Contacts, Clock, and Calculator

The iPod touch has a touch screen, wireless Internet, and the capability to download the last 10 played songs from Starbucks, Itunes, Youtube, and Safari but the iPhone also can do that. The iPhone has a camera, visual voicemail, email web browsing virtual buttons and keyboard. The iPod Touch is a lot smaller than the iPhone. They both have a calendar, time, and both play songs. So basically the iPod touch is exactly like an iPhone, but it can’t make phone calls, text, or take pictures.

Criticisms:

Although the iPod touch is new; it may not be as good as it sounds. There is a rumor that Apple has reported a lack of functionality as it has a software bug and that it will be fixed in a future software update. Also, there was a complaint that targets the lack of hardware for volume controls. Even though they are present on the iPhone, the iPod touch requires you to go all the way back to the home menu and go to volume controls instead of just turning it up right while your listening to your music. So pretty much you have to stop listening to your music to turn it up and then start your music again. For example, turning up your volume on your iPod Touch is virtually impossible to turn up while it’s in your pocket unlike your regular iPods that are very easy. In the first several shipments there was a problem in the contrast and it was darker than usual and it had a shimmering effect when viewed directly. When viewed from an angle, the black appeared to be washed out. These problems have been solved, but now there is an increase of hissing sounds when you’re trying to listen through the headphones. They are trying to solve all these problems before the new shipments go out on the shelf for Christmas sales.

For more information click here for the guided tour:
http://www.apple.com/ipodtouch/guidedtour/**

Or click here for more pictures of the iPod touch, check out this gallery:
**http://www.apple.com/ipodtouch/gallery/index3.html******


References


Wikipedia Foundation Inc. 11 October 2007. Retrieved on 11 October 2007. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ipod_touch#References>.

Apple Home Page.. 2007. Retrieved on 11 October 2007. <http://www.apple.com/>




Instant Messaging


Instant messaging or I.M. is a form of communication between people over a network like the Internet. I.M. is similar to an email, but the message just pops up on your screen; there is no junk mail. It is simply people talking to each other through their computers. You also know when your “buddy” or who you’re talking to is available; or online, because the program shows you a list of online buddies.

History of Instant Messaging


The history of Instant Messaging started back in the 1970’s. It started with a company called UNIX; people from the company could get on a machine to communicate with each other. From there it went to the network, and then across the internet. In the 1980’s and early 1990’s Quantum Link, an online company for commodore 64 computers, let people with the same computers talk to each other online. These were called, “OLM” (online messaging.) Then the same company went onto AOL and created, “AIM” which stands for AOL instant messenger. This allows people to go onto AOL and create a screen name, which you use to talk to people with other screen names that are currently on the computer.

Instant Messaging Terms

I.M terms are acronyms used to shorten the length of words or phrases such as IDK or I don’t know. These acronyms have been used since time started…literally; A.D. - Anno Domini and B.C.E. – before current era; are used to tell time. One other early one is o.k. or ok – okay - a term of disputed origin but now used around the world.

Here are some current common acronyms:
· LOL – laugh out loud
· IDK – I don’t know
· OMG – Oh my god
· ROTF – rolling on the floor
· BFF – best friend forever
· GR8 – great
· L8R – later
· TTYL – talk to you later
· NM – not much
· BRB – be right back
· BBQ – be back quickly
· GTG – got to go
· KTHXBAI – ok, thanks, bye
· AIM – AOL(America online) instant messenger

Works Cited


NetLingo. “List of Chat Acronyms & Text Messaging Shorthand.” 10 October 2007. http://www.netlingo.com/emailsh.cfm

Wikipedia. “Instant Messaging.” 10 October 2007. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instant_messaging#History

Yahoo. “Using Instant Messaging.” 2007. 10 October 2007. **http://help.yahoo.com/us/tutorials/ms7/Mess/im_im1.html__**

Entity. “Define Icon Types.” 10 October 2007. **http://www.entity.cc/define-messenger-icons.php________________******




Mac Book Air Positives and Negatives

One positive of having a Mac book air is that it fits into a lot of small spaces and into a cluttered backpack because of its small size. One of its flaws is that it doesn’t have a CD drive unless you want to get an external CD drive.However, you can hook another computer to it and listen to a CD or watch a DVD.

Another positive about the Mac Book Air is that it has a 64 GB hard drive; a negative about the computer is it is more expensive then most other computers so not too many people can afford it.

The last positive of the Mac Book Air is that it has a 13.3 inch screen so it is easier to see for older people or people who can’t see that well.Also the screen is a LCD, which makes it more realistic for online videos. The last negative for the Mac Book Air is that it only has one USB drive in it so if you wanted to print something and listen to your MP3 player at the same time you couldn’t.


Price and Comparison

The new Mac Book air is an awesome machine because it is one of the thinnest computers ever made and it can still do everything a normal sized computer can do and more. I am not saying that the Asus Eee is a bad computer, just to compare, but it seems to be able to do all the same stuff but in a smaller more compact computer. The weight of the Asus Eee is 1 lb. lighter than the Mac book Air.

The CPUof the Mac Book Air is supporting the custom Intel Core 2 Duo processer that is the “width of a dime “ and“ as thick as a nickel”. The good thing about the Asus Eee is that it wasn’t as fast as the Mac Book Air, but it used a lot less power then the Mac Book Air.

The price of the Mac Book Air is $1,799 versus the Asus Eee which is around $300 to $500.


Features

The Mac Book Air is an ultra-thin notebook computer produced by Apple Inc. This computer was released January 29, 2008. The price is about $1,799 in USA. It weighs about 3.0 pounds and is 0.76 inches thick. The Mac Book Air is getting greener too. This computer has an all –aluminum case, and a mercury- and arsenic-free LCD glass substrate. The Mac Book Air has specific features such as a backlit full-size keyboard with ambient light sensor, 13.3-inch glossy display system, Lithium-ion polymer battery that lasts up to five hours, and multi-touch gestures like the iPhone, and iPod Touch. This computer is good because it is smaller than regular computers and doesn’t take up space, and is easy to store.


Reference:

“Mac Book Air”2008 Accessed 26 March 2008.<http://www.devindra.org/tech/2008/1/16/apple-air-versus-asus-eee-a-comparison/>.

“Ultra thin” 2008 Accessed 27 March 2008. <http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/wa/RSLID?nnmm=browse&node=home/shop_mac/family/macbook_air>.


MooBella

The MooBella ice cream maker was created in February of 2006. The president of MooBella is Bruce Ginsberg and the founder is Paul Kateman the Chief administrator is Robert P. Frotten the vice President of marketing and sales is David Peters and the chief technology officer of this product is Dr. Steven P. Moysey. The MooBella ice cream maker is not yet available for sale but it can be rented out in Boston, Massachusetts.

How the MooBella Works

MooBella Ice Cream System uses a combination of fresh ingredients and the Linux operating system to automatically scoop up tasty desserts.The MooBella ice cream maker has an AMD 2600 processor clocked at 1.3GHz, with 512MB of RAM, and a 40GB hard drive. It holds 96 different varieties of ice cream. The MooBella vending machine uses Linux 2.4 and a Red Hat file system to make the ice cream. It takes a mere 45 seconds to create a perfect measured serving of your favorite ice cream.Once the customer's selection has been made, a quantity of base mix is precisely measured and pumped, aerated, flavored, and sprayed onto a flat rotating surface, where it is flash frozen. The product is then scraped up by a tiny snowplow, formed into a cylinder, and dispensed into a paper cup."an outstanding 4.5 ounce scoop of ice cream served in a cup and made fresh for each consumer."

“The MooBella machine comprises seven modular mechanical units, including pneumatics, base refrigeration, flavor, processing, primary refrigeration, foodzone, and mixing modules. A Linux-based computer operates each module through a distributed control system based on a CANopen bus. This architecture gives the company a lot of flexibility in testing and repairing modules, Baxter says. "Each module can be tested, operated, and serviced, without being part of a full machine -- as long as you have the OS running," he said.” (linux devices.com)


Other information on MooBella


This product is that you can not use an Ice-cream cone but only a dish that says MooBella on the side and fits in the machine. Price: $2.00 per ice cream.

  • The company’s technology delivers freshly made ice cream; product taste and texture is not compromised by improper handling and storage associated with traditional hard ice cream.
  • Consumers can customize their own scoop. Any combination of flavor, mix-in and ice cream can be delivered in 45 seconds.
  • Automatic portion and temperature control; software prevents waste and saves money by ensuring a consistent sized scoop -- 4.5 ounces each, served at a consistent temperature.
  • All ingredients are shelf-stable. They can be shipped and stored unrefrigerated, and remain packaged in the machine. This ensures a safe and sanitary operation. No freezer space is required.
  • Machine has only 7 commercial dishwasher safe parts to clean, vs. 33 or more in a traditional soft-serve machine; the software manages sanitation and there are built-in safeguards that will interrupt the machine’s operation if it is not properly cleaned every 24 hours.

The way it works Video

References

MooBella.com 2006 Retrieved on October 27, 2008. <http://www.moobella.com/>
LinuxDevices.com Retrieved on October 27, 2008. <http://www.linuxdevices.com/articles/AT9296154631.html.>
NetworkWorld.com Retrieved on October27,2008 <http://www.networkworld.com/columnists/2006/020606cooltools.html>
Cnn.com Retrieved on October 27, 2008. <http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/2006/03/06/8370684/index.htm>
SpringWise.com Retrieved on October 27, 2008. <http://www.springwise.com/food_beverage/ice_cream_factory_in_a_vending/>
Demo.com Retrieved on October 27, 2008 <http://www.demo.com/demonstrators/demo2006/63006.html>
Lockergnome.com Retrieved on October 27, 2008
<http://www.lockergnome.com/news/2006/02/07/moobellas-ice-cream-machine/>


The “Flexible Phone” Nokia 888

The Nokia 888 is a new cell phone design that is known to be “The cell phone of the future.”This design is completely versatile to your daily life.It can change into a bracelet, clip to your pocket and even form to your face while you talk on it.This phone will change the way we view cell phones all together.So far Nokia isn’t even calling it a cell phone they are calling it a personal mobile communication device.
This revolutionary design uses a liquid battery, it has speech recognition, and a flexible touch screen.The touch sensitive body covering lets you twist and turn it in any direction you would like it to go.When the Nokia 888 rings it automatically forms into the shape of a phone.You can personalize your shapes like you personalize your ring tones.
Also e-motions allow you to make any shape or even a small dance and send it to your friends.This way you can show your girlfriend how much you love her by sending her a heart, with out actually using words.E-motions stand for electronic motions.It works just like a program.
This phone allows you to be creative with your life.It is the gateway to a whole world of new technologies.Although it hasn’t been released yet, this phone has changed the way a lot of people look at cell phones and their capabilities.

A lot of people can’t believe the Nokia 888’s technology.

On February 19th, 2008, Leong said:
“What! This phone was not real. Impossible to have this phone in the next few years. Don’t you think this phone is like easily wear and tear.”
On March 11th, 2008, jimmy jon said:
“not gonna lie
im already obsessed with this phone”
On April 10th, 2008, hassen said:
“if nokia make me this i pay them right now 2500$$$”
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Nokia 888 estimated price.
$533.48

Nokia 888 benefits.
  • Useful so that it won’t break as easily.
  • Bends easily and can change its shape.
  • Can clip to anything.
  • Changes forms

References

TheHottestGadgets.com. 2008. Retrieved on 29 Oct. 2008. <www.thehottestgadgets.com>

Nokia 888. 2008. Retrieved on 29 Oct. 2008. <www.nokia888.com>


Nvidia SLI Graphics Processing Unit

This is a plug-in card that connects to the motherboard via a PCI or AGP slot; the card contains the graphics adapter, RAM for the local memory.

The new nvidia sli graphics processing unit is an accessory for computers. What this device does is combine the power of more than one graphic cards to introduce ground shattering technology and performance for gaming and/or media purposes. Links for the specifications and reviews of some graphics cards that are compatible with the nvidia SLI are:

<http://www.slizone.com/page/slizone_learn.html>
<http://www.nvidia.com/page/geforce_8800.html>
<http://www.nvidia.com/page/geforce8.html>

At http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=9942__ a new press release states how nvidia is the current leader in the computer hardware and graphics market and how their newest technology is some of the most advanced to reach the industry these days.

References


slivone.com retrieved on Oct/11/ 2007 <http://www.slizone.com/page/slizone_learn.html>
nvidia.com retrieved on Oct/11/ 2007 <http://www.nvidia.com/page/geforce_8800.html >.
nvidia.com retrieved on Oct/12/ 2007 <http://www.nvidia.com/page/geforce8.html>.






What is Phishing?


You receive an e-mail that says it’s from your bank telling you to click a link in the e-mail and verify your online banking information. Usually it will say, “If you don’t click the link your account will be closed or suspended." The goal of the sender is for you to give them your personal or account related information. This type of e-mail scam is called phishing. Scam artists send over a million e-mails out a day hoping to get some personal information out of you, like your social security number, credit card numbers and pretty much anything that can help them steal your identity.
(http://www.webopedia.com/DidYouKnow/Internet/2005/phishing.asp)

How to Spot Phishing


At first it may not be obvious to the user that what is in their inbox is not a real e-mail from a company you do business with. The "From" part of the e-mail may have the .com address of the company in the e-mail, and the clickable link may also seem to be taking you to the company's Web site. In fact, it will take you to a spoof Web site. Looks can be deceiving, but with phishing scams the e-mail is never from whom it appears to be. (http://webopedia.com/DidYouKnow/Internet/2005/phishing.asp)

Click the link to go to the picture we are describing: (http://webopedia.com/DidYouKnow/Internet/2005/phishing.asp)

The “Did You Know Internet” article gives three items as ways to identify phishing:

1. The "From Field" appears to be from the legitimate company mentioned in the e-mail. It is important to note, however, that it is very simple to change the "from" information in any e-mail client. While we're not going to tell you how, rest assured it can be done in a matter of seconds.

2. The e-mail will usually contain logos or images that have been taken from the Web site of the company mentioned in the scam e-mail.

3. The e-mail will contain a clickable link with text suggesting you use the inserted link to validate your information. In the image you will see that once the hyperlink is highlighted, the bottom left of the screen shows the real Web site address to which you will go. Note that the hyperlink does NOT point to the legitimate Citibank Web site URL.
(http://www.webopedia.com/DidYouKnow/Internet/2005/phishing.asp)__

About the Picture


In this instance, the text you click is "here", However, this may also state something like "Log-in to Citibank" or "www.citibank.com/secure" to be even more misleading. This clickable area is only text and can be changed to anything the sender wants it to read.
Additionally, you may spot some of these elements that did not appear in this particular scam:
Logos that are not an exact match to the company's logo, spelling errors, percentage signs followed by numbers or @ signs within the hyperlink, random names or e-mail addresses in the body of the text, or even e-mail headers which have nothing to do with the company mentioned in the e-mail.
(http://webopedia.com/DidYouKnow/Internet/2005/phishing.asp)__

Damages Caused by Phishing


Damages caused by phishing ranges from denial of access to email to substantial financial loss. Personal information obtained through phishing including credit card numbers, social security numbers and mother’s maiden names. It’s estimated that between May 2004 and May 2005, approximately 1.2 million computer users in the United States suffered losses caused by phishing, approximately US $929 million. United States business’ lost an estimated US $2 million per year as their clients becomes victims.

Phishing History


The word Phishing originally came from the analogy that early Internet criminals used by the email lures to “phish” for password and financial data from a sea of internet users. The use of the “Ph” in the terminology is partly lost in the annals of time, but most likely linked to popular hacker naming conventions. There is a book and or movies that tell you if the site that your on is a fake or not. It’s called Norton Internet Security – Phishing protection. The term was coined in the early 1996 timeframe by hackers who were stealing America’s online (AOL) accounts by scamming passwords from unsuspecting AOL users. (This is just telling about people how use this site to take your password a get your important information about you.)

References


Ollmann, Gunter. “The Phishing Guide (Part 1) Understanding and Preventing Phishing Attacks”. 2007. Retrieved on 11 October 2007. <http://www.technicalinfo.net/papers/Phishing.html>.

Wikipedia. “Phishing”. 11 October 2007. Retrieved on 11 October 2007. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phishing>__

Webopedia. “All about Phishing”. 31 March 2006. Retrieved on 11 October 2007. <http://www.webopedia.com/DidYouKnow/Internet/2005/phishing.asp>.__


Plug in Cars
This is a car that runs on battery; you can plug it into household electricity when it’s not on. These types of cars increase on fuel and mileage savings. If the battery runs low people can the electric mode for short trips, and switch to the blended mode. The plug-in technology is currently in active development by the major manufactures, working with prototypes of both plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

How they work


People can plug them into their household electricity and when ready they can drive them around. You can use the electric mode or the blended mode (combined gas/electric) whenever the battery runs low or when the higher engine performance is needed.


Advantages and Disadvantages of Plug in Cars


The plug-in cars have lots of pros and cons so I’m going to tell you about them first the pros. You won’t have to spend all the money on gas prices. They don’t cost that much money either their about as much money as a normal car. There is more cons than pros like, the recharge time its anywhere in between 4 and 8 hours. The battery is made out of lithium-ion and lasts about 30 miles. They also don’t have a very fast max speed a couple but some of them don’t.


Reference


Eartheasy.com. 2008. Retrived on 29 october 2008 <http://www.eartheasy.com/live_plug-in_cars.html>



Qwerty Keyboards__

History of The Qwerty Keyboard


The name “QWERTY” was thought of because the first six letters on the keyboard spelled QWERTY.The first prototype of this keyboard was invented in the 1860’s.Other inventors accused Sholes, the inventor, of trying to slow down fast typists.When the typewriter was first invented the keys were arranged in alphabetic order in two rows.When people tried to type fast with the typewriters, they would jam and type slower.Then Sholes thought to rearrange the most common letters in the alphabet, and to space the letters at opposite ends of the keyboard.The first typewriter had its letters on the end of rods called “type bars.”Typewriters did not start selling until 1878 when Remington’s second model was invented.


Inventor of The Qwerty Keyboard


The QWERTY Keyboard was invented by Christopher Sholes in 1868.Christopher Sholes was also known as “the father of the typewriter.”Sholes started this project at Kleinsteuber’s Machine Shop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin working with Samuel W. Soule, Carlos Glidden, and James Densmore.Sholes became so obsessed with his idea, he spent the remainder of his life on this project.In 1872, Sholes sold the rights to the QWERTY Keyboard to Remington Arms Company for $12,000.Sholes decided to sell the rights to his invention, because he thought Remington Arms Company would have the money and the machines to carry his invention further.


Later Keyboards


The first keyboards were very sluggish, and would jam when you would try to type with them.In the decades following the original Remington typewriter, many alternative keyboards came and went.Then in 1932, with funds from the Carnegie Foundation, Professor August Dvorak of Washington State University, set out to develop the ultimate typewriter keyboard once and for all.Dvorak went beyond Blickensdefer in arranging his letters according to frequency.Dvorak’s home row uses all five vowels and the five most common consonants: AOEUIDHTNS.With the vowels on one side and consonants on the other, a rough typing rhythm would be established as each hand would tend to alternate. The reason the Dvorak is not greater then the Qwerty keyboard is that, it puts more stress typing with the Dvorak and the keys jam while using the Dvorak. That’s the reason for having the letters scrambled, it slows you down and you get fewer jams in the keys.


References:


"QWERTY." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 21 Mar 2008, 08:29 UTC. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 27 Mar 2008 <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=QWERTY&oldid=199789233>.

“Consider QWERTY.”Retrieved on March 27, 2008.earthlink.net <http://home.earthlink.net/~dcrehr/whyqwert.html

“Circa 1874 AD The Sholes (QWERTY) Keyboard.”1998.maxmon.com Retrieved on March 27, 2008.<[[http://www.maxmon.com/1874ad.htm.%3C/span%3E%3C/span%3E%3C/span|http://www.maxmon.com/1874ad.htm.</span]]>