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  • Opinion: Digital Sketch Pen Captures Strokes As They Happen

    Over the years, several companies have tried to make the digital pen happen. Today, a new outfit has added itself to that list: Wacom, which has introduced a digital sketch pen. What distinguishes this digital ink slinger from its predecessors is its narrow target audience: artists.

  • Opinion: Stretchable OLED Display Is Here

    It seems like flexible electronics are a holy grail of sorts. While futuristic foldable gadgets may still be quite a ways off, but some new developments out of UCLA might bring them just a little closer to reality.

  • Opinion: AT&T's First LTE Devices Hit Shelves August 21

    While AT&T finishes preparations on its new 4G LTE network, the carrier will begin selling the first two devices that will connect to it on August 22.

  • Opinion: The best gadgets of summer 2011

    Summer isn't always the best time to report on new tech: with many people either holidaying or having already bought their holiday gear, summer launches can often be overlooked. Not so some of the products that were unveiled or first went onsale this July. Here's our round-up of the best gadgets of the month.

  • Opinion: Next for Nintendo: A Leap to Apple's iPhone?

    Remember when Sega abandoned the hardware biz to be a games-only developer? More than a trifle unsettling for gamers accustomed to Sega perennially battling Nintendo, but here we are, a decade later, and the Tokyo headquartered company has thousands of employees and over $5 billion in annual revenue. Not too shabby for a company that in March 2002 had racked up five consecutive fiscal years of net losses, and that even today arguably holds a fraction of Nintendo's intellectual property cachet.

  • Opinion: Livescribe Bundles Year of Evernote with Smartpen Buy

    Regular readers of this blog need no introduction to Evernote. The connected note-taking service is one of the most comprehensively cross-platform productivity tools around, and it's been a mainstay for me over the last several years. Now Livescribe is bundling a $45 Evernote Premium account with the purchase of an Echo smartpen through January 31, 2012.

  • Opinion: Nintendo 3DS Price Slashed $80

    Nintendo 3DS retail price, come on down, you're the next contestant on "the price wasn't right, so we're slashing it." Yep, Nintendo's marking the 3DS down an astonishing $80—from $250 to $170—not six months after the "no-glasses 3D" handheld launched in the U.S. on March 27th. The new price goes into effect August 12th, which I'd wager makes the 3DS a contender for "fastest post-launch price drop (by one-third) ever."

  • Opinion: New Haptic Feedback Tech Makes Touchscreens Poke Back

    Many current smartphones utilize some degree of haptic technology--that is, tech that stimulates a user's sense of touch to communicate information. As of now, the haptic feedback systems are pretty basic: When you touch a "soft" key (one that appears on your touchscreen, as opposed to a key on a physical keyboard), the screen or even the entire phone will vibrate, simulating a click. But using the research of Ed Colgate, mechanical engineering professor at Northwestern University, poking a touchscreen could soon make the touchscreen poke back.

  • Opinion: Hitachi Develops a 4.5-inch 720p Glasses-less 3D Screen

    It looks like Hitachi Japan is rolling out a new glasses-less 3D display to blow away smartphone screens. The company announced a new 4.5-inch 3D IPS LCD panel with a 1280 by 720 resolution.

  • Opinion: Wireless Suddenly Slow

    Stuck with a wireless connection that suddenly slowed down, Skaterninja25 turned to the Networking forum for help. The Ethernet connection works just fine.

  • Opinion: Borders Will Be Liquidated, Kobo To Continue

    With the news that Borders plans to liquidate and close all of its stores--including former mall staple Waldenbooks--another brick-and-mortar bookseller went dark today. Borders has made many stumbles, and surely its numerous missteps in the digital era will be the subject of many a case study in business schools. The customers who bought Borders e-books via Kobo Books look set, but a bigger question remains as to how the loss of Borders will impact Kobo.

  • Opinion: Netflix on Nintendo 3DS Today, but Without 3D Videos

    Nintendo first teased Netflix on the 3DS at E3 last month, and now they're rolling out their version of the streaming video app, freely downloadable today from Nintendo's eShop. All you need to make it happen is the 3DS, a wireless Internet connection, and a Netflix streaming subscription.

  • Opinion: How to Make Great Business Cards

    Your business card is often the first--and sometimes the only--impression that people get of your company. Thus, you should shop around for the perfect business card design--or design your own, if necessary. Your business card should be simple, yet memorable, and have all of your contact information--name, phone number, fax number, email address, website address, and social media details.

  • Opinion: SolarSinter Takes 3D-Printing to the Desert

    While many kids have had the joy of discovering the fire-starting properties of magnifying glasses in sunlight, they rarely get past the point of burning holes in random leaves (if they have the patience to get even that far). Markus Kayser, however, incorporated the principle into two low-tech renditions of high-tech fab lab residents: the laser cutter and the selective laser sintering 3D printer.

  • Opinion: Harry Potter Finally Enters E-Book Realm

    Little Harry Potter is all grown up, and finally the best-selling series of novels will be available in e-book format available on e-book readers including the Kindle, Nook, and Sony's Reader Daily Edition.

  • Opinion: New Tech Turns Finger Swipes Into Power

    Scientists are looking into ways to turn the finger swipes on touchscreens into electricity. Finally, I can do something productive while I'm furiously swiping away while playing Fruit Ninja!

  • Opinion: HP's Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse Eliminates Common Mouse Hassles

    HP launched on Friday an industry-first Wi-Fi mouse for laptop users that may eliminate the frustrations often encountered with other wireless mice and Bluetooth mice. If you don't want to give up a valuable USB port for the mouse dongle or find Bluetooth a bit of a pain to set up (and reconnect), the $50 mouse may be worth the investment to you.

  • Opinion: Touchscreen Nook Rooted, Gets Angry Birds, Fails

    Sometimes, hacks work. Sometimes they don't. A great example of this the Barnes & Noble Nook--the Nook Color's resulted in a lot of hacking fun, but the new E-Ink-touchscreen Nook isn't succumbing to hacking as easily.

  • Opinion: Wii U: A Nintendo DS Snapped in Half?

    Nintendo calls its new split-in-two console Wii U, meant to signify "we, you," even if that sounds more like something you'd enroll in and eventually graduate from with a degree.

  • Opinion: DIY Inkjet Printer Prints On Almost Any Surface

    After looking around, a group from University of Washington found that there were no DIY inkjet kits available. Sad times. Parallax used to sell one, and the book Inkjet Applications by Matt Gilliland which went along with it, is no longer in print.



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