Gilles Caprari of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne has developed a matchbook-size robot named Insbot. Insbot can secrete reassuring chemicals and has successfully insinuated itself into colonies of cockroaches.
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Next year, Japan plans to begin development of what it hopes will be the fastest of all supercomputers--73 times faster (10 petaflops: 1 petaflop is one thousand trillion floating point operations per second) than IBM's top-ranked Blue Gene, according to an Japan Times story. It may take up to $1 billion and five years to get there.
Research by a piracy-prevention consultancy, reports Silicon.com's Sylvia Carr, shows that software ranks second among the most popular categories of counterfeited goods, and that Microsoft is the top IT brand to be pirated.
Advertisers spend $200 million annually to place ads in video games--and that figure is supposedly (by what magic do they come up with projections like these?) set to grow five-fold by 2008.
If you read my recent post on how EV-DO saved the day during a recent heat-wave induced blackout in New England, then you'd know that I was accessing my company's corporate network through a virtual private network connection (VPN) that involved my Thinkpad T42 connected via Bluetooth to a Verizon Wireless (EV-DO)-provisioned PocketPC-based Audiovox XV6600 smartphone.
I am a fan of widgets--simple, small, pleasantly graphical desktop applications that do everything from control the sound on your system and display time around the world to feed headlines and give the weather. Konfabulator started out doing cool widgets for the Mac (it also does Windows now), and then Apple decided it was a good idea and did itself for the Tiger release of the Mac OS.
Customer Interaction Hubs (CIH) are one of the things I've been thinking about a lot lately due to some consulting I've been doing. If you're not familiar with the term, it's because it fairly far to the left on the Gartner Hype Cycle S-curve.
Each Monday, I make my morning rounds of the weeklies (Businessweek, Newsweek, etc.) and today as I scrolled to the bottom Newsweek.
"Is Technology Making Us Safer" was the most entertaining and bleak panel at the AO2005 Summit.
Here's something you don't see every day. An executive of one public company -- in this case Sun CTO Greg Papadopoulos -- blogging an open letter to the engineers of another public company (HP) inviting them to change employers.