Nintendo is smashing the competition in game consoles and Rafe thinks he knows the reason why. The G/D ratio will probably become a new economic leading indicator. We also determine just how long you should wait for Windows 7. And by determine, I mean Rafe and I fight over it and I win. And what do you think of the Microsoft store?Listen now: Download today's podcast EPISODE 911
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Double Vision (download) is the latest tool for people who don't like doing work while at work. This small piece of software lets you casually surf the Web inside of other programs, then hide the window with a simple keyboard shortcut.
The browser itself is just a reworked version of Internet Explorer, although it won't import any bookmarks from there. You can, however, enter in any Web address, or pick from a small selection of sites from Double Vision's content portal.
What makes the software so special is that you can control the transparency of the browser … Read more
LAS VEGAS--You've seen the grainy "night vision" thermal imaging pictures from Baghdad, and now you can see them on the dashboard of passenger cars. At the Consumer Electronics Show, Larry Magid talks with Andrew Teich, the president of Flir Systems, which makes thermal imaging devices for both military and personal automotive use.Listen now: Download this podcast
Flying your Bell Ranger in a ball cap is something of a fashion statement. But it lacks that iconic, ant-head panache that until recently only military pilots wearing restricted, government-use-only night vision-equipped helmets could pull off.
The NVAG-6 Night Vision Goggles change all that. They're the first night vision goggle certified by the FAA for civilian use, according to manufacturer Nivisys. Of course, looks are not what will sell this gear. It's the safety margin they can potentially add to low-light and nighttime flying (PDF).
This is for all you Crave addicts out there who read Crave and only Crave (you know who you are). You see, CNET is actually more than quirky gadgets and gear. We review whole products!
In particular, we've reviewed quite a few LCD monitors lately. For a low-price 22-incher that boasts great movies and games performance and includes both HDMI and DVI connections, check out the Gateway HD2201.
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There are some Web quizzes out there that are fun. Then there's X-Rite's test of how well you can distinguish between subtle differences in hue.
X-Rite, which wants you to buy its technology for precisely calibrating your monitor's colors, published the test, which requires you to put 100 colored chits in the right order. It presents you with a score and a color chart showing where you're unreliable.
I confess I enjoyed taking the test--it was intriguing to pay that much attention to the subtle color perception. For example, the part I found easiest also turned … Read more
When Lenovo announced its ThinkVision L2440x LCD a couple weeks back, I wrote that I was excited about getting it in and testing it. After receiving it last week, I've only completed some preliminary anecdotal testing, but I wanted to write about some quick impressions I got from the monitor.
What I was most excited about was the monitor's LED backlight. LED backlights on LCDs are kind of the new hotness these days. While most LCDs use Cold Cathode Fluorescent Tubes for their backlights, monitors that use LED backlights are known to have better color accuracy and a … Read more
A new portable device lets doctors conduct a quick, non-invasive pediatric eye exam--and hopefully detect vision problems early.
The PediaVision Assessment Solution (PAS), scheduled to be demonstrated at the American Academy of Pediatrics meeting in Boston this week, uses an infrared camera to take digital images of the eye in children as young as six months. The screener consists of a small, handheld unit; a printer; and a laptop with preinstalled software.
Basically, the PAS projects an infrared light through the pupil onto the retina from a distance of 3 feet (good for shy kids who don't like people … Read more
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According to Lenovo, these monitors use 30 percent to 60 percent less energy than previous ThinkVision models--such as the L171p, L194 Wide, and D221--are EPEAT Gold rated and GreenGuard certified, and include packaging for select models with 65 percent recycled materials.
The ThinkVision L2440x Wide is the flagship of the new lineup and is Lenovo's first 24-inch, low-halogen display that provides up to 225 percent more work area than many 12.1-inch and 13.3-inch ultraportable notebook screens with resolutions of 1,280x800-pixels. The display uses white LED backlighting, which allows it to use only 29 watts of power to operate, according to the EPA Energy Star 4.1 standard it was tested under. To top it off, the display is also mercury and arsenic free.… Read more