Google had their quarterly earnings release today and along with it they've announced their top-level management structure, with co-founder Larry Page replacing Eric Schmidt as CEO as of April 4th.
Page will handle the day-to-day operations while Schmidt will become Executive Chairman and focus on business deals, partnerships and outreach. Co-founder Sergey Brin will use his power for new and strategic product efforts.
Tablets have been all the rage lately, and it's becoming more and more difficult to stand out from the crowd. MSI may have managed to do just that with their 10", Atom powered Windows 7 slate that includes an extra treat: a built in projector.
Obviously pointed towards the business sector to avoid having to drag around laptops and projectors and spend a ton of time with setup, this tablet would streamline the whole process and the swiveling projector would allow you to use it nearly anywhere. There's no specific details on the projector like lumens or resolution, but an MSI rep also hinted at the ability to use a laser projected keyboard with this projector as well. This would definitely save a lot of time and hauling for those who do a lot of presentations.
Apple are at it again stopping DIYers and modders from messing with their handsets. According to iFixit, Apple has started using propietary tamper-resistant "Pentalobe" screws that resemble familiar Torx screws except they have five rounded points instead of Torx's six.
"This screw head is new to us. In fact, there isn't a single reputable supplier that sells exactly the same screwdrivers Apple's technicians use -- which is Apple's point. They picked an obscure head that no one would have," iFixit said. "Apple chose this fastener specifically because it was new, guaranteeing repair tools would be both rare and expensive."
Microsoft have reportedly hit the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) milestone of Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. The build reportedly went final on January 18. Warez group WZ ZUKO has supposedly been distributing this build to various torrent sites.
Microsoft have yet to confirm SP1 has hit RTM so there are no details for the Release to Web (RTW) plan. The details of the supposed final RTM build are:
iOS 4.3 was rumored to include four-finger swipes to go between apps as well as other multitouch gestures for multitasking (that's a lot of multi) for the iPad, but it seems it will not be included, yet.
Someone has managed to get them working on their iPhone as well as the lock/mute switch toggle too, not only do we have the above screenshot for you to gander at, but a video below too.
Western Digital has more storage solutions for different needs than you can shake a stick at. If you need a fast HDD for your notebook or desktop, WD has it. If you need a HDD for a server, WD has it. if you need external storage, WD has it. You get the idea. The company has added a couple new offerings to its line of pro storage solutions for enterprises.
The new drives are the WD S25 and the RE SAS HDD. The S25 is the speed demon of the two offerings with a rotational speed of 10,000 rpm. The S25 is a 2.5-inch HDD and it uses the SAS 6Gb/s interface. The S25 line has been offered for a while now in 147GB and 300GB capacities. The drive is now offered in 450GB and 600GB capacities as well.
The other new HDD is a larger 3.5-inch SAS 6Gb/s HDD with a rotational speed of 7,200rpm. The HDD has storage capacity of 1TB or 2TB. The larger capacity drive is aimed at storage arrays and surveillance systems among other uses. The drives are shipping now to OEMs at undisclosed pricing.
I hate fighting with wires to charge my gadgets. They always fall behind something or I lose them under all the boxes that migrate towards my office each week. It is compounded by the fact that I have a ton of gadgets to charge at any given time. If you charge lots of gear and are tired of having to find an outlet and cord for each one you need the Touch-n-go Multi-device charger.
The device is an oddly shaped plate that is black on top and silver underneath. It has 16 different divots in the top with three little pins each. The divots and pins remind me of the magnetic charge port on the bottom of some cordless mice I have used. The idea is that you can charge up to 16 different gadgets at one time from this single charger.
That is enough charge space even for my wife's gadgets and mine. Each of those divots can be filled with a little magnetic circle with a charge cord attached for various devices. I see cords for iPhone and USB devices in the pic. As short as the cords are, this thing will be jam packed if you use all of the spots for charging at one time. It's supposed to ship soon for $99.
Anyone that has kids knows that you have to sit on them a lot of the time if you need to check their temperature. I know my kids don't want to sit still that long and even when they do they end up talking and it takes twice as long as it should to see if they have a fever or not. NEC has unveiled a new mirror that parents will really like called the Thermo Mirror.
The device is a normal mirror that you can look at to see your reflection. It also has tech inside that shoots uses an IR sensor to check how hot you are. If it detects a fever, the mirror will sound an alarm. The other big upside to this design is that you won't have to cram a thermometer up an infant's bum and there will be no cross contamination between users.
The big downside to the tech at this point is that the thing is very expensive. Two versions are offered in Japan with one selling for $1200 and the other selling for $1460. The difference between the two is unknown and apparently, they aren't shipping outside of Japan at this point.
It's clear that geeks do not intend to let the Kinect be solely for use with the Xbox 360. We have seen all sorts of hacks and mods that use the Kinect already and the thing hasn't been on the market for long. I can see hacks to let the Kinect work with a computer or control a toy robot. What surprises me is seeing some students at the University of Washington hack the Kinect for surgery.
Robotic surgery is common today for some procedures since it allows the patient to recover faster and results in fewer scars. The remote controlled tools that docs use will stop working when they hit a solid object inside the body preventing the doc from cutting something vital accidentally. The catch is that the controls for the robotic tools keep moving providing the doc with no tactile feedback.
Some engineering students and a teacher at UW took a Kinect and used it to throw up virtual force fields around vital areas of the body and give the doc some feedback. Using their system the doctors will be able to get tactile feedback that will have the controller stop when the surgical tools hit bone and the doctor can then use the tactile feel to run the tools along bone and other body structures.
Notion Ink has been talking up the Adam Android tablet for a long time now. The tablet has hit some speed bumps along the way from a concept to a real product that have seen some delays in getting the thing into the hands of those that pre-ordered. The last delay for the tablet came at the start of January.
The FCC got backlogged during the holidays and was unable to get the FCC number the tablet needed out in time for the Adam to ship and meet its previous target. As of today, Notion Ink is ready to ship the tablets and the machines have the number they needed installed. The shipping started Jan 19 on pre-orders that are being filled.
One bit of good news for those that pre-ordered and had a delivery date set for February was announced too. Notion Ink says that if your ship date was February when you ordered, your tablet will be going out the last week of January. After a lot of delays, it's cool to see early deliveries.