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  • Opinion: Restore Access to a Write-Protected Hard Drive

    During a bit of housecleaning today, I uncovered an old USB hard drive I hadn't used in a couple years. I decided to plug it in, check the contents, and see if it contained anything I still needed.

  • Opinion: BoardX Stacks the Deck Against Arduino

    Arduino is a great microcontroller, but when you want the ability to easily scale your project or exchange components quickly, that's where BoardX really starts to shine.

  • Opinion: Meet Cotton Candy, the Dual-Core Android USB Device

    We all know that Android is flexible enough to be put on phones, tablets, laptops, and TVs. FXI, a technology lab based in Norway, decided to add USB drives to Android's host of platforms.

  • Opinion: Build Your Own Tesla Turbine out of Hard Drive Platters

    What do you do with your old hard drive after you replace it with a new one? SBTroy over at Instructables has managed to add a couple of more years to a hard drives life by converting a bunch of hard drive platters into a 15,000 RPM Telsa Turbine.

  • Opinion: Computer Chip Mimics Human Brain, Still Can't Love You Back

    Feel like your computer regularly outsmarts you? A team at the MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology labs created a chip that could make your computer a bit more human-like when it comes to tackling new tasks.

  • Opinion: Smartphone Battery Breakthrough Coming ... In 3 to 5 Years

    Although iPhone 4S battery drain was a real problem, it also brought up the need for a smartphone battery breakthrough--something so significant that you'll never have to worry about getting through the day on a single charge, even if the battery's not behaving properly.

  • Opinion: Happy Birthday, 4004! Intel's First Microprocessor Turns the Big 4-0

    On Tuesday November 15, Intel held an event in San Francisco to celebrate the fortieth birthday of its 4004 microprocessor--the first complete single-chip central processing unit. At the event, a panel of Intel executives talked about the history of the microprocessor and its future. Federico Faggin, the principal designer of the 4004, was an honored guest who spoke about his work on the project.

  • Opinion: Lighter, More Efficient Solar Cells Look Like Your Retina

    Solar cells for your handheld devices may yet be around corner. A recent discovery in the exotic optical effects on the nanoscale allows thinner and lighter solar cells to absorb a broader spectrum of light.

  • Opinion: Apple: Original iPod Nanos Can Heat Up

    Apple has added another issue to be concerned with to the battery woes in some of its most popular hand-held devices -- overheating.

  • Opinion: Apple's iPhone 4S Battery Troubles Now Joined By New Problems

    Apple says it's still investigating battery drain issues with the iPhone 4S after some users complained that the iOS 5.0.1 update didn't solve their problems. But now Apple is facing new gripes that the iOS 5.0.1 update is causing more problems with the iPhone 4S including; microphone failures, Wi-Fi signal loss, and cellular network reception issues, according to reports.

  • Opinion: Apple's iOS 5 Update: No Battery Drain Fix?

    Some iPhone 4S users are still complaining about rapid battery drain following Apple's iOS 5.0.1 system update that began rolling out to users Thursday. IOS 5.0.1 was supposed to fix several bugs that caused some iPhone 4S and older iPhone devices to rapidly discharge their batteries. The update also brings more multitouch gestures to the original iPad, several bug fixes for iCloud, and improved Siri voice recognition capability for Australian accents.

  • Opinion: Do You Need a Quad-Core Mobile Device for Work?

    Nvidia's Tegra 2 dual-core processor powers many of the phones and tablets on the market, and it's similar to the one found in Apple's iPad 2. That could change soon, as Nvidia has announced its Tegra 3 quad-core processor, which makes its debut in Asustek Computer's Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet. Generally, more is better, but does your company really need a quad-core mobile device?

  • Opinion: New Tech Can Reduce Battery Charging Time to Mere Seconds

    Waiting for batteries to recharge sucks, but thanks to a recent breakthrough in nanotechnology, someday you may not have to wait for more than a few minutes.

  • Opinion: Apple Promises a Fix for iPhone 4S Battery Issues

    Angry iPhone 4S owners take note: You were right about the battery problems with your new smartphone.

  • Opinion: For Simple Hard Drive Imaging Needs, Macrium Reflect Free Fits the Bill

    For free drive imaging, you can hardly beat Macrium Reflect Free Edition--as long as you don't use dynamic (Windows software RAID) or GPT (GUID (Globally Unique IDentifier) Partition Table) disks. Most users use basic and MBR disks, so Reflect Free Edition should do nicely where Windows won't. Drive imaging means making a sector by sector copy of the data on your drive or partition and storing it in a single file.

  • Opinion: iPhone 4S Battery Woes: Where is the Outrage?

    The iPhone 4S is just the latest example of a phone's battery life falling short of some users' expectations.

  • Opinion: Apple iPhone 4S Battery Drain: Guessing Game Continues

    Waiting on an expected fix from Apple, iPhone 4S users complaining of rapid battery drain are coming up with their own witches' brews to keep their new handsets from dying before the end of the day. Users started complaining of the poor battery life shortly after the iPhone 4S debuted, but recently the gripes have grown louder.

  • Opinion: Tips to Keep iPhone 4S Battery From Draining Fast

    Apple iPhone 4S users worried about the device’s battery draining rapidly can take steps to prevent the problem.

  • Opinion: Prices Going Up on Laptops and Hard Drives Thanks to Flooding in Thailand

    The severe flooding in Thailand is causing a ripple effect in the electronics industry, as hard disk drive (HDD) manufacturers based there have been forced to close down. Thanks to HDD shortages, prices on hard drives are going up--and at least one PC manufacturer, Acer, is planning on raising laptop prices accordingly.

  • Opinion: TapSense Touchscreens Know How You Touched Them

    Touchscreens are already pretty effective with all the multi-touch swiping, tapping, and pinching gestures we can use on them. But why stop there? Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are looking to expand the capability of touchscreens to detect exactly what they've been touched with.



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