2012, Audio/Video, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Entertainment, Event, Hardware, VR World

Koss Refreshes an Old Favorite

At CES 2012, there were two major themes for consumer and prosumer audio this year: convenience, and integration with iDevices. So it wasn’t much surprise that many popular headphones, including the crowd-favorite Porta Pro "stereophone" made by Koss, received the inevitable iRefresh – an in-line remote that can control music and communication functions on the iPhone, iPod and iPad. Michael Koss Jr. himself, Marketing Director at Koss, gave me a quick tour of the newest additions to their product line, in their meeting room at The Venetian. The "KTC" (Koss Touch Control) version of these headphones will offer listeners the same features as their 28

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Sharp CES 2012 Press Conference and News

Sharp started off the press conference by exhibiting the company?s leadership in televisions and the overall display business. Although Sharp has not been in the television business for the company?s entire existence they have been in existence as a company for 100 years. The company has gone through many firsts as their CEO explained, including the first mechanical pencil and first camera phone, among many other firsts. Sharp then went on to detail the company?s leadership in the display market and the innovations that they have been able to implement in their displays. These include things like their Quattron displays as well as their 3D

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Best and Worst of 2011: A Landmark Year in Computing

Welcome to our annual roundup of what happened in 2011. What we can say is that we have never seen so many twists and turns and from the looks of it, 2012 might even best it. Our list of the best and brightest stars of the IT industry goes from actual products to events, and we did not forget the fails that have happened over the course of the year. We start our list with the very basic component, the central microprocessor: Best Microprocessor: Qualcomm SnapdragonWhen it comes to microprocessors, 2011 was marked by the mighty roar of the Snapdragon. Qualcomm’s SoC package was used

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Cell Phone Use Results in More Cell Time

A man transported a minor across state lines to have sex, and got extra time because he used his cell phone to entice her. A Motorola Razr V3 which could access the Internet was the device that added to his woes, although Internet access is not what specifically cooked his goose. A New Orleans, Louisiana District Judge made a landmark decision ? that a cell phone can be considered to be a computer.  That determination in this case, United States v. Neil Scott Kramer, 10-1983, can have far reaching effects in attempts to collect evidence in criminal cases. Previously, cell phones didn?t fall under the

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Thomas Edison?s Contribution to Football

Armchair quarterbacks wouldn?t be able to enjoy Monday night football if it weren?t for the inventor, Thomas Edison. His technology made moving images a viable possibility with his development of the Kinetoscope. Edison described a device which would "do for the eye what the phonograph does for the ear," namely record and reproduce objects in motion. In 1891, he filed for a patent for the Kinetograph camera which used 18mm wide film and the accompanying Kinetoscope, a peep-hole viewer. He derived the name from Greek words "kineto" meaning movement and "scopos" meaning to watch. As we celebrate his 164th birthday, let?s look at what the

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Did Vikings Use the Same Compass as Birds and Bees Do?

There is much speculation as to how Vikings found their way from Scandinavia to America. Scientists are just as unsure as to how the garden warbler migrates from Sub-Saharan Africa to England without getting lost or how exploring bees return to the hive. Polarized light may be the answer to both questions. The Viking connection was first suggested by Thorkild Ramskou, a Danish archaeologist. Scientists have long tried to equate the Viking s√≥larsteinn, or sunstone of legend, with something we could identify. Ramskou thought that Vikings might have used the polarization of the skylight to help them navigate when the sun was hidden behind clouds. In the

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Mark Zuckerberg Obtains Restraining Order Against Financially-Strapped Stalker

According to the celebrity gossip site TMZ, Mark Zuckerberg has obtained a restraining order against a man who crossed the line of politeness in his numerous attempts to make friends with the Facebook founder and chief executive. The restraining order says Pradeep Manukonda, 31, must stay at least 300 yards away from Mark, his sister Randi and his girlfriend Priscilla Chan. Now, I know what you’re thinking – TMZ, right? But bear with me for a second here because TMZ has a pretty remarkable track record when it comes to these things and we know for a fact that Zuck has obtained the legal documents.

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Facebook Wants to Replace Google Search as Your Default Homepage

All modern browsers let you define a custom homepage that shows when you hit the Home button. Your browser can be also set to automatically load the default homepage whenever you create a new tab or window. Most folks use this legacy feature to have Google search as their homepage, so they could begin typing in their search query the instant they spawn a new tab (CTRL + T combo usually does the job). Knowing this is a common setting for most people, it comes as a surprise that social networking site Facebook is trying to persuade its users to set their homepage to its site. As

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NanoNanu: Big Benefits Come in Small Packages – But Only for Men

The nano sciences, unlike Mork’s universe, are not science fiction. The smaller the better is the mantra in the chip industry. At the Common Platform gathering this week, we were shown the benefits, and the challenges, of going smaller ? 32/28nm is old school. The latest craze being developed is 20nm. And a New York college is in the thick of the R&D. Albany University’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) is the first college in the world dedicated to education, research, development and deployment in nano-everything: science, engineering, bioscience and economics. The college is a hub for major companies who are all pursuing leading edge

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ShareFile Debuts Professional One and Two-Way File Sync

As DropBox, SugarSync and similar solutions are gaining ground, it doesn’t come as a surprise that more vendors are jumping in the lucrative cloud storage space. However, most of these solutions are aimed at consumers. ShareFile has long been in the business of providing professional solutions for secure file exchange for businesses. On Tuesday, the company released a new sync capability that completes their suite of file exchange services. Billed as the first one- and two-way sync capability for small and medium businesses, ShareFile Sync is an Adobe AIR business-centric syncing tool that enables business users to continuously sync files and folders across users’ specific folder

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Here We Go: New T-Mobile Advert Lampoons AT&T, Verizon and iPhone

We’re in for the next round of an ugly ad war involving Apple’s iPhone, America’s leading carriers and their definition of a fourth-generation cellular network. Just as Verizon Wireless finally sealed the iPhone deal, T-Mobile USA was quick to point out in a new advert that this won’t change anything because iPhone folks, as they see it, are still doomed to slow network experience. The 30-second commercial, embedded below, features two guys in suits who play Verizon and AT&T, an elegant black-clad dude representing an iPhone 4 and a sexy lady introduced as a T-Mobile myTouch 4G. When the sexy lady asks the iPhone guy

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Salivate: State-of-the-Art Candy Makes CES Debuts

CES has a sweet tooth. The electronics show knows the fastest way to a techie’s heart ? chocolate. Specifically, chocolate and peanut butter. That’s right. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups is the official candy of the Consumer Electronics Show. Not to be outdone by the new product announcements Reese’s had an announcement of their own. Yep, Minis, called state-of-the-art candy, were unveiled at the show. Keeping with the theme of smaller is better, the electronics show highlights pocket sized cameras, phones, and radios. Foundries have reduced chip sizes from 45nm to 35nm to 22nm. Reese’s has a new small offering too ? their dime-sized treat is the

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Thoughts: Why Innovation Can Be Dangerous

How safe is 3D? Television sets that last year were turning heads with 3D touted as their killer future are now emphasizing online connectivity, with 3D being relegated as yet another feature. The promise of a 3D TV in every living room was burned by the often times expensive, and generally decried 3D glasses. Glasses or no, Nintendo warned that playing in 3D could harm young children’s eyes. Makes one wonder what it does to adult eyes. Every innovation comes with its own built-in dangers. Ear buds are blamed for high decibel damage to your hearing, and so are power tools. Cell phones are said to

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Harvard-MIT Makes Magic with Mirrors

Mirrors reveal a lot about a person ? wrinkles, laugh lines, blood pressure? what? Blood pressure? That’s what a graduate student in the Harvard ? MIT Health Sciences and Technology program is working on. So far, Ming Zher Poh has been able to get accurate pulse measurements from ordinary low-resolution webcam imagery. His prototype is built into a mirror with a display at the bottom. An earlier researcher had proposed using expensive camera equipment. Graduate students Poh and Daniel McDuff, seen in the photo, along with professor Rosalind Picard published their paper in the journal Optics Express. McDuff looks into pulse-reading mirror ? Credit: Melanie Gonick

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AT&T Video Shows the Ugly Side of Texting While Driving (Warning: Disturbing Images)

AT&T posted Monday a ten-minute documentary that once again warns public about the disturbing and unpleasant consequences of text messaging while driving, in an effort to raise awareness about this issue ahead of the New Year’s Eve. Mind you, the people you see in the below video aren’t professional actors. Before you hit the Play button, be advised that the video contains disturbing images and intense scenes. It’s all part of the carrier’s ten-minute documentary entitled "The Last Text" designed to remind you how a bad judgment call and a stupid text message can turn your life upside down in an instant – and for

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Report: Plug-In Car Advocates Buy Chevy Volt

Wednesday, long-time advocates of PHEVs (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles) took ownership of a pair of Chevy Volts – world’s first mass-produced plug-in hybrid. The celebration marked the climax of a long and successful campaign for Felix Kramer, CalCars.org founder and the world’s first consumer owner of a PHEV, along with Ron Gremban, the other full-time CalCars.org worker. In the below photo, the Volt is eerily silent while backing up inside the Novato California Chevrolet dealership. This small town dealer was allocated twelve cars and all were pre-sold. General Motors (GM) is only building ten thousand Chevy Volt units this year and they are all sold.

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Warning: Server Upgrades Ahead, BSN Goes Offline During Weekend

Our loyal BSN readers will most likely experience issues accessing the site during this weekend. Don’t panic, this inconvenience was expected and is part of our scheduled maintenance. We are making changes to our name servers as we’re migrating to a new collaboration system so the site may not work for you for up to 72 hours, until DNS changes propagate through the Internet. Part of this transition, we won’t be publishing stories today. The expected cut-off time is from Friday, December 17, 2010 through Sunday, December 19, 2010. We apologize for the inconvenience and we’ll see you all soon.

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Muscle cars, collector cars, now GM is selling new cars on eBay

GM is partnering with eBay Motors to sell new cars – yes, this time the premature July announcement has reached fruition. That false start has been given the gas, and as of August 11, you can buy a brand new Chevy or GMC on eBay. Back in 2008, almost 4,000 auto dealers who sold GM?s Certified Used Cars started listing their inventories on eBay Motors, radically altering the used car business. The “New 2009 GM” is hoping to alter the new car business now as well. Today, looking at the GM site¬†you can only find individual Summer Savings ads for Chevrolet, Buick, Pontiac, Hummer, GMC

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25 free business cards to 50,000 people who will promote their Google Voice numbers

We discovered that in order to celebrate the launch of Google Voice, Google has decided to give away 50,000 sets of 25 business cards for free to people who sign up on the official promotion page. Google originally announced this promotion about a week and a half ago but due to soaring demand had to postpone the promotion until earlier this week.   There are three types of cards available for free; one is a simple card with your name and number, another for your personal information, and another for business purposes. The whole process takes about two minutes and the confirmation is almost instantaneous.

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Dot dash on Google logo

Today is the birthday of Samuel Morse inventor of telegraph and Morse code and Google always pays attention for all sorts of holidays, important, big days. If you went today on Google you could notice that the Google logo (Google Doodle) has been changed and shows dots and dashes. Well today it is the birthday of Samuel Morse inventor of single wire telegraph system and Morse code which was used in radiotelegraphy all over the world; it is still using today but very little. The original Morse telegraph, submitted with his patent application, is part of the collections of the National Museum of American History

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