Since 2005, US military research has worked on the Thermal Laser System (TLS), technology designed to cause enough pain to “repel individual adversaries”, but not enough to cause lethal or permanent damage. The TLS beam aims to do this by causing a burning sensation on the target’s skin.
The latest development? A handheld version the Pentagon hopes will end up in the hands of law enforcement officials in the US. Apparently the only kink to work out is developing an eye-safe beam, which produces the desired effect without blinding anyone unlucky enough to catch the beam straight into their own eyes.
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Samuel Borgese was recently featured on The New York Times, as part of a story that points out how gadget makers in the US seem less inclined to help out owners of stolen who don’t want thieves to profit. Borgese’s brilliant idea? When someone registers a second-hand gadget, the maker should send an email to the original owner, asking them to confirm that they indeed sold the gadget.
This idea probably won’t work for gadgets not tied to a specific service. But for items like Amazon’s Kindle, where users need to be properly registered so that they can buy books for …read more
Yes, it’s amazing that Amazon can remotely delete customers’ books, and hide behind a prompt refund.
What’s even more amazing is a student is willing to go through the trouble of suing Amazon over this (the company deleted his copy of 1984, which he needed to finish homework) to “set a precedent”. Not for money in other words, but to make the courts declare remote control of paid merchandise illegal.
I’m suddenly glad the Kindle never tempted me too much. Then again, I’ve also started worrying about my Steam games collection, which of course is subject to Valve’s control.
Introducing the Sony PSP Go: Seems Sony realized that the UMD format was effectively dead; the latest planned incarnation of the Sony PSP only accepts media through Memory Stick Micro cards and wireless downloads (via the PlayStation Network). Bad news for current UMD and normal-sized Memory Stick users.
Yet the focus on digital delivery means that Sony was reportedly thoughtful enough to equip the PSP Go with 16GB of onboard memory. The new slide-down form factor may be something new for longtime PSP users. That’s because controlling the portable console requires the hands to be closer together—and below the Go’s 3.8″ …read more
So people are saying that the iPhone Kindle app, which more or less provides the same ebook reading functionality on Apple’s smartphone, will kill the Kindle. Makes sense actually. After all, why spend $360 on a gadget that can only do one thing, when you can spend roughly the same for a smartphone that multi-tasks? This argument appeals especially to die-hard fans of the Apple “experience”.
At the same time however, I can tell you that reading text on a backlit display strains the eyes. The e-ink of Amazon’s Kindle, on the other hand, is easy on the optics. That’s still …read more
So yes, Amazon launched yesterday a 9.7″ version of the Kindle, named the Kindle DX. I think:
Geeks would want to hear about the specs – The Kindle DX features a 9.7″ display, with a resolution of 1200 x 824 pixels, and an estimated 4.5GB (3,500 books) of internal storage. The DX is the first Kindle with an accelerometer; pages will rotate between landscape and portrait automatically depending on the device is held.
Newspapers must be praying that the Kindle DX is a success – The Boston Globe, The New York Times, and The Washington Post must be thinking: Oh wow! A …read more
One benefit of e-ink is the fact that shining a light on it is enough to make low-light reading possible. That’s a reality exploited by the Periscope Lighted Folio for Kindle 2, which is basically a folio (well, duh!) with space for a notepad, pens, a swiveling twin LED light, and of course, a Kindle 2. That’s all for $50.
The Periscope Lighted Folio also has space for 3 “AA” batteries, which—as claimed by maker Periscope—can power the LED light for 40 hours or more. Periscope also made sure to highlight its Folio’s magnetic lock feature, which allows the user to …read more
I bet a common objection to the Kindle 2 (or any e-book reader for that matter) is the classy feel. Something about a well-bound book seems more traditional, weighty, and significant. Maybe that’s why these leather Kindle 2 covers (available from Amazon of course) could make up for the reader’s plastic-based existence. From vendors like Cole Haan, M-edge, and Amazon itself, here’s a sample listing:
Amazon Kindle 2 Leather Cover
Cole Haan Hand-Stained Smooth Leather Cover for Kindle 2,Dark Brown
M-edge Executive Jacket for Kindle 2 (Genuine Leather–Smooth Mocha Brown)
Cole Haan Hand-Stained Pebble Grain Leather Cover for Kindle 2,Saddle Tan (pictured)
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A desperate move to shift out of a so-called dying medium? Or a savvy move taken after the innovators have hit the beachhead and suffered losses? Full story at cnn.com.
Interested in the Palm Pre? Precentral’s listed of all known features, what they consider lacking, and the great unknown. Some highlights of what’s known:
EVDO Rev A (US) GSM 3G (Europe)
WiFi b/g (OMG! Palm’s creating a tradition of built-in WiFi!)
8GB internal flash memory, usable projected at 7.4GB
3.1″ 320 x 480 display
3.5mm headset port (Yay!)
3 megapixel camera with flash
Copy & Paste, Tethering via Bluetooth (Ha to the phone-which-shall-not-be-named!)
And that doesn’t even include Palm’s promised information management revolutions. Check out the entire list here.
C’mon Palm, this old Handspring Visor Deluxe user (and sometime I-wish-I-had-a-Treo dreamer) is rooting for you!
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