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  • Opinion: Portal 2 Science Kit Has Talking, Evil Potato GLaDOS

    Let's set aside a quick disclaimer before we get started. Although it would be incredible if this Portal 2 GLaDOS module could actually be powered by a simple potato, this science kit is actually powered by a CR2030 battery. So, you're not really achieving the time-honored tradition of lighting things up with phosphoric acid, but you can probably plug a light bulb into this thing somewhere.

  • Opinion: Facebook Adds Timeline to iPhone App

    Facebook now lets iPhone owners view its new Timeline layout and has added several extra handy features in an app update pushed out to iPhone users on Sunday. iPad users still can't view Facebook Timeline layouts.

  • Opinion: When iCal no longer accepts reminders

    A reader who wishes to remain anonymous takes me to task for an Automator workflow I recommended that is seemingly broken under Lion. He writes:

  • News: Half of SMEs think rewiring premises is barrier to faster internet

    Consumers and SMEs are reluctant to upgrade to faster internet connections due to perceived costs of rewiring homes and premises, says a Commerce Commission paper released today.

  • Opinion: Even Satellites, Google Maps Can't See Anything in North Korea

    In case you haven't been keeping up with world news in the last 12 hours, various news organizations are reporting that Kim Jong Il, North Korea's infamous ruling dictator, died this past Saturday from a heart attack. As the news makes the rounds through online sources today, the scientific community is doing its part to remind everyone of how the country is perceived via modern technology. Suffice to say, North Korea is a rare enigma among nations.

  • News: Researchers Hack a DSLR into a Hyperspectral Imager

    Think consumer camera equipment is expensive? At least you are not a scientist who needs a specialized "hyperspectral" camera to see parts of the electromagnetic spectrum beyond what the human eye can see. This sort of equipment is used to identify chemical compounds and check for mining deposits, but it does not come cheap, as the least-expesive such rig still costs around $25,000.

  • How-Tos: Best Bets for Photo Sharing Sites

    How do you share your photos? When I was a kid, "photo sharing" often meant sitting in a photo booth and then giving away the picture strip that it produced. (See how to make a modern, digital version by reading "Turn Your Digital Pictures into a Photo Strip.") Of course, these days, the easiest way to share photos is by posting them online at a photo sharing site.

  • News: Why social tech's real value is inside the business

    Although companies have been urged to adopt "Web 2.0" and social technologies for years now, the truth is that relatively few have done so internally in any serious way -- and use inside the business is where the most value can be gained. Instead, the corporate focus on social technologies has been in marketing organizations that use it to monitor what customers are saying about the company and to try to influence customer views -- what's called reputation management -- by adding Twitter, Facebook, and so on to the traditional advertising and marketing channels. (And individual employees use social networking technology to build business relationships for their own benefit, of course.)

  • News: Nexus Tablet Expected Within 6 Months

    The first Google Nexus tablet could be arriving within six months, according to Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who also promises we’ll see even more “brutal competition” between Apple and Google.

  • News: MIT to open source educational software

    As part of an initiative to expand its online course offerings, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology plans to release as open source the software it will use to manage student online learning, the institution announced Monday.

  • How-Tos: Copy updated files, and retain or dump the originals

    A reader wanted to transfer some files from one PC to another using a USB drive. Many of the files were newer versions of files already on the drive. Our Helproom Expert explains the hassle-free way to transfer the files without losing data, and also how to replace the old files with new.

  • News: Facebook Revamps Business Communications

    Facebook has started introducing Private Messages for Pages, a new method of connecting consumers with the businesses they follow on the social network -- but in a way that's less social than before.

  • News: IT workers' top 4 dream employers

    Companies often talk about their "dream" IT job candidate -- the type of worker they'd most like to have on their staffs. But what about the IT workers themselves -- what type of company are they most interested in?

  • How-Tos: Post as yourself on a Facebook page when you're an admin

    We explain how you can post as yourself on a Facebook page of which you're an admin.

  • News: 6 job-hunting tricks for a Web 2.0 world

    If you're sitting in your office right now, take a glance at the co-worker on your left and then at the co-worker on your right. Chances are one of them is looking to leave the company. Or perhaps it's you.

  • How-Tos: How to create multimedia albums with impact on iPad

    Need to whip up a visual storm? We explain how to create multimedia albums with impact using Blurb Mobile on an iPad.

  • News: Google+ Rolls out New Features this Week

    A quartet of new features will be rolled out this week for users of Google's social network, Google+.

  • News: CIOs describe their ideal job candidates

    IT professionals have been through the wringer when it comes to managing their careers. They've had to keep up with ever-changing technology, endure the often painful aftermath of offshoring and outsourcing decisions, and learn new skills -- including communication and other so-called soft skills -- because of the blending of IT with the business. And those are just the biggest challenges they've faced over the years -- and continue to face today.

  • News: BT files patent suit against Google

    British Telecommunications has filed a civil suit in a Delaware court alleging that some Google products and services including Android, and its search, music, map, and location-based advertising infringe on one or more of six of its patents.

  • How-Tos: How to print 3D models

    We explain how to turn a sequence of photographs into a virtual 3D model you can manipulate onscreen and even turn into a solid object.


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