Brilliant, inexpensive technology: Supercomputer built from Raspberry Pis and Lego A team of computer scientists at the University of Southampton in the UK created a supercomputer out of 64 Raspberry Pi matchbox Linux-on-a-chip computers and Lego. The team included six year old James Cox, the son of project lead Professor Simon Cox, “who provided specialist […]
Raspberry Pi is a new credit card-sized computer designed specifically to teach computer programming to students. The device is the brainchild of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, a U.K. charity that “exists to promote the study of computer science and related topics, especially at school level” and wants “to put the fun back into learning computing.” […]
Most batteries require some amount of bulk, making them impractical for use in flexible and lightweight objects. But a team of materials scientists at Stanford have succeeded in creating a paper-thin battery that could be the answer to all of those nagging problems and finally usher in the era of e-paper, powered packaging and electronic […]
Two Holiday Inn hotels have begun using iPhone, Android and Blackberry smartphones as room keys, meaning guests don’t even need to stop at the front desk on their way in the door. With the new system, which will be in testing through December, hotel guests can reserve their accommodations online. A text message is sent […]
From Foxconn Suicides: Is It Time For “Fair Trade” Electronics? Would You Buy A “Fair Trade” iPhone? by Tom Foremski All the large tech companies such as Apple, Nokia, Dell, etc have agreements with their suppliers that they do not employ children, and that they will abide by certain standards to protect workers. But it’s […]
Women own 40 percent of the private businesses in the United States, according to the Center for Women’s Business Research. But they create only 8 percent of the venture-backed tech start-ups, according to Astia, a nonprofit group that advises female entrepreneurs. via Why So Few Women in Silicon Valley? – NYTimes.com.
As I’m sure you know, tech and geek news has been buzzing for weeks about the arrival of the iPad and today was the day for pre-orders to arrive by UPS and for in-store purchasing. We went by the Apple Store on Stockton Street here in SF this afternoon and saw Jonathan Ive as he […]
There are numerous ways to donate to the relief efforts in Haiti. I chose to text the word “QUAKE” to 20222 to donate $10 (charged to your cell phone bill) through the William Clinton Foundation Haiti Fund. I plan to donate more through the Red Cross online, but it was fast and easy to do […]
The Apple and tech blogs have been buzzing with this week’s early arrival of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, available this Friday, August 28, 2009. We’ve already pre-ordered our family pack upgrade. If you haven’t yet, it’s worth the upgrade at only $29 for an individual (or $25 at Amazon; $43.99 for the family […]
While it’s probably some time before Augmented Reality (AR) is part of everyday practice, it’s good to see that some applications are coming to fruition. Today, Marshall Kirkpatrick at ReadWriteWeb posted that Metro Paris Subway (iTunes link), a French app from PresseLite has appeared in the iTunes store. A commenter on Marshall’s post, Tim, speculates […]
After working with founders Ryan Block and Peter Rojas on the design of gdgt many months ago, it was great to go to the first SF party to celebrate the idea becoming reality.
This week at the TED conference, Pattie Maes from MIT Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces group showcased the latest work of her students, “a wearable computing system that turns any surface into an interactive display screen. The wearer can summon virtual gadgets and internet data at will, then dispel them like smoke when they’re done.” Pattie […]
QuadCamera is the the 4th release by Art&Mobile of their ToyCamera series and features continuous shooting. Just press the button, and it takes 4-8 serial shots to create one image in multiple dimensions and repetitions: a 4×2 portrait, 4×1, 2×2 landscape, and 8×1 landscape (as shown below). This is great for fast action and motion […]
It was great to see Simone Legno (aka Tokidoki) speak about his work and process. That’s his laptop shown above.
WordCamp is a one day event organized by the creators of WordPress for users and developers. This year’s event was held on Saturday at Mission Bay Conference center and featured talks by a range of people. In his “State of the Word” address, Matt Mulllenweg mentioned this was the largest ever WordCamp with over 400 […]
Marissa Mayer spoke at the Google I/O conference (video at YouTube). Lots of great sessions about APIs, the social web, and the Flight of the Conchords played at the party, complete with a chocolate fountain and great appetizers. Well done, Google.
I really enjoyed O’Reilly’s Web 2.0 Expo this year, which took place in San Francisco on April 22-25. The Expo is a companion event to the Web 2.0 Summit, and “an expanded, inclusive gathering for the technology and business communities through a combined conference and tradeshow.” I’ve been fortunate to be part of the planning […]
The annual Techcrunch award show at the Herbst Theater in SF to honor the best “new” startups of the year. Co-sponsored by GigaOm, ReadWriteWeb and VentureBeat. Fun to catch up with the usual tech and startup crowd, as well as my friends and clients, Om Malik (GigaOm) and Richard MacManus (ReadWriteWeb).
“The breakthrough is done, OS X runs on Apple TV!” wrote “Semthex,” the anonymous hacker responsible for the mod, at his website. “Now we got (the) low-budget Mac we ever wanted.” (via Hackers Dissect Apple TV to Create the Cheapest Mac Ever)
Powercast and its first major partner, electronics giant Philips, are set to launch their first device powered by electricity broadcast through the air. Powercast’s technology cuts the electric cord