Lenovo has taken a page straight from Apple's playbook. The parody of the Macbook Air commercial promoting the ThinkPad X300 ultramobile PC has an effect similar to Apple's series of ads with John Hodgman and Justin Long that put down Windows.
It's not what you would expect from the Chinese company that acquired IBM's PC business, but it works. The ad is getting passed around like candy, and it is really funny and points out the weakness of the Macbook Air. (It lacks some ports and an optical drive.) Expect the Macbook Air crowd to strike … Read more
Georgia's air force provided Reuters with video footage it said was recorded and transmitted by the UAV's on-board camera before it was shot down.
The video opens on a lovely spring day over what could be the Black Sea, then focuses in on a swooping jet aircraft. The jet, with no visible identification markings, fires a … Read more
It took 20 years, but here it is--again: the new and improved flash-bang grenade.
Sandia National Laboratories, which created the original Mk 141 flash-bang two decades ago, is having a second go at marketing a "fuel air" version of an old SWAT standby that it says is far safer for law enforcement and the military.
Traditional flash-bangs are basically big fire crackers--the "flash powder," a mixture of aluminum and potassium perchlorate dust, explodes quickly when ignited and produces an intensely bright light along with its huge bang. The body or canister is generally a steel tube … Read more
MENLO PARK, Calif.--Solid, meet liquid.
Acvio, a company out of Finland showcasing its technology at the Nordic Green conference this week at SRI International in Menlo Park, says it has come up with an air conditioning system that consumes 60 percent to 70 percent less power than conventional systems.
The energy savings comes because Acvio's system doesn't require a compressor to make cool air, the traditional engine inside air conditioners. It works like this: Warm air from the outside is collected and funneled toward a solid. The heat melts the solid and the melting process takes heat … Read more
The cloud is taking over the world of applications, casting a shadow on the desktop. The browser rules. Operating systems are simply plumbing. The Web is the new OS.
The tipping point for the on-demand, software-as-a-service applications has come. No software, as Marc Benioff likes to say, and no downloads. All you need is a browser and Google Apps, Facebook, Amazon.com, MyYahoo, HotMail, Zoho, Salesforce.com, TWiki, or whatever applications (sometimes known as services) you prefer for business or personal use.
If this is really the case, then why is my desktop littered with hybrid applications such as Thwirl, … Read more
On a traipse through Chinatown Singapore recently, my attention was riveted by a man behind a plate glass, eye loupe pinched to one eye like a cyclops. Peering myopically at watch components so tiny they were almost invisible, I held my breath as he cleaned each bitty part with supreme care. Those of his ilk may soon be a vanishing trade if Urwerk's air-powered watch becomes the next new standard.
It's likely the world's first timepiece to use this method of regulating the winding system. Given that it employs a three-position selector switch that controls the level … Read more
If you're in the market for a MacBook Air case and aren't thrilled with the interoffice-envelope look--of either the vinyl or leather variety--there's another way to tote your precious cargo in style.
Orbino, which has brought the art of Italian design to Apple products before, has created an ultra-slim shoulder bag for the ultra-slim laptop. Called the "Arista," this handmade case comes in a variety of leather finishes ranging from "Burnished Whiskey" to "Deep Red Tuscan" (pictured).
These anorexic Italian models don't come cheap, of course--they start at $349. So … Read more
AlertThingy, the first (I believe) AIR application for FriendFeed, is now out. If you're a FriendFeed user just go and install it. It's probably what you've been waiting for: A desktop application that funnels all the things your friends are doing that make it into FriendFeed to your desktop. You can also post comments back to FriendFeed (and the sites FriendFeed then posts to) with the application.
Clarification: Adobe TV is one of many channels available from the Adobe catalog.
Written with Adobe's AIR, AMP is a hybrid online/offline application that lets people subscribe to different video Webcasts. Adobe has signed on some initial partners including CBS, PBS, MTV Networks, Universal Music Group, CondeNet, and Scripps Networks. (See my colleague Rafe Needleman's review of AMP on Webware.)
The videos are either streamed … Read more