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Microsoft to make “small” job cuts company wide

Posted in Microsoft by Shane McGlaun on July 7th, 2010

Last year with the economy doing so poorly lots of big and small technology firms ended up laying off lots of workers and closing doors. Microsoft was forced to shed about 5,000 workers.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft is now getting ready to make new “small” cuts in its workforce. The WSJ source says that these “small” cuts will not be as large as the 5,000 canned last year.

Hitachi launches new LifeStudio line of external HDDs

Posted in Hitachi by Shane McGlaun on July 7th, 2010

Hitachi has unveiled a new line of external storage solutions called the LifeStudio line. The line comes in several different modes with different features and capabilities. The line offers a slick 3D navigation interface and content aggregation capability.

The line can back up data locally and to cloud-based storage options. The LifeStudio Plus drive has a built-in flash drive for syncing content for on the go use. Content can be pulled together from local sources, the web, and social media.

Gateway reveals the LT32 netbook series

Posted in Gateway by Shane McGlaun on July 7th, 2010

Gateway has announced its latest line of netbooks and the new line uses AMD power. The family is called the LT32 series and all feature 11.6-inch HD resolution screens. The line has many of the same features, but do differ a bit.

All of the machine uses an 11.6-inch LED backlit LCD with a resolution of 1366 x 768. The line uses the AMD Athlon II Neo K125 CPU and 2GB of DDR3 RAM is included.

RetroN 3 game console plays all those NES, SNES, and Genesis games from your youth

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on July 7th, 2010

Back in the day, I played a lot of games on the Nintendo, Super Nintendo, and the Sega Genesis. I think a bunch of people out there probably have the games and controllers lying around, but the consoles are broken.

Hyperkin has unveiled a dirt cheap game console that will play cartridges from the SNEs, Genesis, and the Nintendo game system. You can finally get some use out of those old gigantic Nintendo cartridges other than taking them apart to mod.

Magnetic Thinking Putty combines magnetism and Silly Putty for geeky fun

Posted in Toys by Shane McGlaun on July 6th, 2010

I bet there are many geeks out there who played with Silly Putty as a kid. You remember the stuff you could stretch it, tear it, bounce it and more. Vat19 has a new kind of putty called Magnetic Thinking Putty.

This stuff is very similar to Silly Putty in that you can shape it and bounce it. The big difference is that the Magnetic Thinking Putty has millions of tiny magnets inside the putty and you can make the putty stretch and dance using a powerful cube magnet that is included.

Treadway electric shoe wheels vie for James Dyson Award

Posted in Concepts by Shane McGlaun on July 6th, 2010

Before James Dyson started constantly advertising his new vacuum cleaners, I never gave a thought to a vacuum. I bet there are many people out there who are the same way. Dyson has now also changed the way we think about fans, for the more expensive.

Dyson also runs a design award program called the James Dyson Award. The contest is to find the most innovative design and the winner may see their design put into production. One of the entries is too geeky to pass up and is called Treadway Wearable Mobility.

White PS3 with new HDD capacities surfaces in Japan

Posted in Sony by Shane McGlaun on July 6th, 2010

Sony saw the sales of its PS3 increase significantly, when the price was cut and the PS3 Slim hit the market. The console is still selling decently and fans in Japan will have a new color with a couple new features to choose from soon.

The new PS3 console will be offered in the existing black color and can be had in white as well. The console is replacing the current 120GB and 250GB HDDs with new 160GB and 320GB HDDs.

Renesas Electronics to buy Nokia modem operations for $200M

Posted in Nokia by Shane McGlaun on July 6th, 2010

Nokia may be the largest maker of mobile phones in the world, but most of the devices it sells are low-end handsets with little profit. Nokia wants a bigger part of the lucrative smartphone market and is making moves to concentrate more on its core offerings.

To do this Nokia has announced that it is selling its LTE, HSPA, and GSM modem operations to Renesas Electronics. The company has been licensing the Nokia modem tech since 2009.

Thought controlled video games for in-flight entertainment unveiled

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on July 6th, 2010

I am not a big fan of air travel. I always end up next to one of those people who are too large for the small airline seats and smell like stale corn chips and farts. A company called InteraXon has unveiled a new through-controlled game system for in-flight entertainment.

The company says that its game system has four games that are designed for playing during a flight. The system converts the brains electrical output into two types of waves – alpha and beta.

Gravity Series phone concept is cool but bulky looking

Posted in Concepts by Shane McGlaun on July 5th, 2010

When it comes to smartphones most of us want them to be large enough that we can get a big screen for viewing content. But small enough that they are lightweight and fit easily in a pocket. This new concept phone called the Gravity Phone is a bit strange.

It looks good, but the device appears to be a bit bulky. The designer says it would have a 1080p resolution HD screen and HDMI output. Those would be nice features.

US detonated massive hydrogen bomb over pacific in 1962

Posted in Science by Shane McGlaun on July 5th, 2010

All most of us know about nuclear explosions today comes from the 60′s and movies. Back during the cold war, kids in school had bomb drills, which were weird considering the radiation could make it under your desk.

A new photo and story has surfaced that occurred back in 1962. The US strapped a hydrogen bomb to a rocket and fired it 250 miles above the Pacific Ocean. The bomb used was 1000 times more powerful than the one that leveled Hiroshima.

Carry-on Coat is perfect for the geek flasher

Posted in Accessories by Shane McGlaun on July 5th, 2010

In movies, flashers always have long trenchcoats and run around showing off their jiggly bits to everyone. If that flasher were a geek that wanted to stay connected while flashing, he would need the new SCOTTEVEST Carry-On Coat.

The new coat has a ton of pockets covering all sizes and appears to be the required trench coat length. There are pockets for the iPad, the iPhone, MP3 players, water, keys and just about anything else you can think of.

Flash comes to jailbroken iPad thanks to Frash

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on July 5th, 2010

I am sure that there are lots of people out there who are like me and wish their iPad would support Flash video. Steve hates Flash that the chances of that happening officially are nil.

A guy has created a new hack for jailbroken iPads that ports Flash from Android to the iPad. The port works well and allows Flash games and content to run on the iPad using a compatibility layer.

Swiss IBM supercomputer uses hot water for cooling

Posted in IBM by Shane McGlaun on July 5th, 2010

It never gets very cold here in the south so when winter rolls around we don’t think too much about keeping warm like people in colder climates do. A college in Switzerland called the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich had its new IBM super computer installed recently.

The school uses hot water to heat its buildings and IBM uses the excess hot water to cool the new supercomputer dubbed Aquasar. IBM says that using this left over hot water reduces the supercomputers carbon footprint by up to 85%.

Pixel Qi display available for DIY netbook repairs

Posted in DIY by Shane McGlaun on July 1st, 2010

Lots of netbook users take their devices with them wherever they go. The small and portable stature of the netbooks makes them idea for travel. If you use your in the sun a lot and want a more readable screen or have broken your screen, Pixel Qi has a DIY repair for you.

The Pixel Qi screen famous for its sunlight readability is now available for DIY repairs for $275. The screen is 10.1-inches and will fit most netbooks with screens that size.