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Biometrics: ThinkPad and Beyond

Biometric identification is no longer something found only in science fiction. The technology, such as fingerprint identification and face recognition, is starting to be used on a regular basis on everything from personal computers to airport security systems. Clain Anderson, a program director for ...

Advertisers Getting into the Game – Literally

With more and more young people turning to video games for entertainment instead of watching television, advertisers are looking for creative ways to reach out to this growing demographic. One of the newest techniques is to place advertisements directly into video games -- a practice that's rare rig...

Rio Rancho Leads Race for Citywide WiFi Rollout

Rio Rancho, N.M., may not provide its citizens with all of the services available in larger cities like San Francisco and Philadelphia, but the small city six miles north of Albuquerque is leading the technological race to provide a citywide WiFi network. The rollout of wireless Internet access is a...

Biometric Technology: ThinkPad and Beyond

Biometric identification is no longer something found only in science fiction. The technology, such as fingerprint identification and face recognition, is starting to be used on a regular basis on everything from personal computers to airport security systems. Clain Anderson, a program director for ...

CONSUMER REPORT

Replacing Desktops Everywhere: The Laptop Trajectory

Laptops are no longer the slow-but-necessary alternative for mobile professionals. Today's notebooks offer powerful processors, dazzlingly large LCD screens, improved upgradability and features as potent as those you'd find on many desktops -- all at attractive prices. Couple that with the siren son...

Tech Gadgets for the Holidays

Still looking for the perfect gift for that special someone? If that person is a fan of technology, you might want to consider giving him or her one of the latest gadgets to hit the market. Many new products are out this holiday season. To help you narrow the search, TechNewsWorld talked with severa...

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Linux and the Consumer Electronics Marketplace

While Linux continues to make inroads into the personal computer and network markets -- thanks to a heavy push by big firms like IBM -- a handful of firms in the consumer electronics (CE) industry are also pushing hard to standardize on the open-source OS. More than 75 companies now have joined the ...

Ever-Present LEDs and the Future of Light

During the past several years, light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, have been cropping up in places where traditional lighting technology has dominated. It seems this trend -- which gathered steam years ago with the incorporation of LED technology into consumer electronics devices -- has begun to acceler...

The Computer Mouse Trajectory

The computer mouse has come a long way since Doug Englebart and his colleagues at the Stanford Research Institute invented the first one back in 1964. Consumers first started using the mouse on the Macintosh. Now almost every operating system relies on a mouse. But some in the technology industry th...

Linux and the Consumer Electronics Industry

While Linux continues to make inroads into the personal computer and network markets -- thanks to a heavy push by big firms like IBM -- a handful of firms in the consumer electronics (CE) industry are also pushing hard to standardize on the open-source OS. More than 75 companies now have joined the ...

Superpowered PDAs Challenge the Laptop Platform

PDAs are getting more and more powerful. But will superpowered PDAs eventually lead to the death of laptop computers? That's highly unlikely, at least according to many tech users who use both PDAs and laptops regularly. TechNewsWorld interviewed several people in the industry to get a feel for wher...

IM Interoperability: Getting AOL, MSN and Yahoo To Talk

Various instant messaging (IM) products are readily available around the Internet, and because of the wide variety of options, the Internet has the potential to turn into a modern-day tower of Babel, with everyone using different IM products. Programmers, however, are busy working to fix this potent...

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The iBot, Wheelchair for a New Era

The iBOT mobility system, called the Ferrari of wheelchairs, is now helping disabled users break through physical barriers. The iBOT can climb stairs, bump up curbs, glide through gravel and even elevate a seated passenger to reach the top shelf at a grocery store. To help get the iBOT out on the ma...

Inside Windows Server 2003

Windows is often the whipping boy when it comes to server platforms. But many in the industry now admit that Windows Server 2003 offers some significant breakthroughs over earlier versions of Microsoft's server software -- a change that could help Microsoft compete more effectively against Unix and ...

An Open-Source Search Engine Takes Shape

Commercial search-engine providers soon could face a serious competitor if the vision of some open-source developers materializes. A team of open-source programmers recently launched a project called Nutch to provide search-engine software for free. Doug Cutting, president of the Nutch Organization,...

Breaking the Speed Barrier: The Frontside Bus Bottleneck

Processors continue to get faster and faster, but the frontside bus (FSB) remains one of the biggest bottlenecks on system performance. Most major manufacturers, including Intel, Motorola and AMD, are trying to develop methods to sidestep FSB limitations. What most computer users do not realize is t...

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Upgrade and Archive: The Ongoing Threat of Data Extinction

Keeping paper documents intact for years and years has become a matter of routine for historians and archivists trying to keep a record of history. But saving digital information is turning out to breed its own set of unique challenges. Because digital files depend on their context -- such as the op...

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Beyond the Fad: Macromedia’s Flash Matures

Flash animation -- once widely derided as a bells-and-whistles annoyance -- is quickly becoming ubiquitous, thanks to the prevalence of broadband connections and a freely distributed plug-in for nearly every major computing platform on the market. In fact, Flash technology, developed by Macromedia, ...

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