Catzware's improved Talking Alphabet can help you teach your toddler the ABCs and more. This freeware is safe and easy enough for youngsters to use unsupervised. It speaks letters and numbers out loud in a clear, pleasant male voice that's a big improvement over the voice sims we usually find in talking software for youngsters (usually Microsoft Anna). Talking Alphabet includes a Picture Matching Game, a fun rendition of The Alphabet Song, and a cool bouncing basketball that makes realistic sounds. Speaking of sounds, you'll obviously need speakers or some means of voicing Talking Alphabet. We had … Read more
Talking Alphabet for Mac can help your child learn the alphabet in a fun way. Unfortunately, its reliance on the keyboard or mouse for most of its features means children will likely have a more passive experience, with parents operating the program. Still, it can be an entertaining app. For your child or for you? Hmm.
Talking Alphabet comes with a small and rather basic interface with no fullscreen option, making it not too attractive for little boys or girls. You have to click on a letter from the application menu or alternatively to type it on a keyboard, and … Read more
Rather than burning stuff to make electricity, a handful of thermoelectric-technology companies are trying to tap waste heat as an energy source.
Phononic Devices yesterday said that it raised $10 million to further develop and commercialize its semiconductor material for converting heat into electricity and efficient cooling. Investors in the series B round were Venrock and Oak Investment Partners.
The Raleigh, N.C.-based company is improving on technology originally developed at the University of Oklahoma that can be embedded in small chips. Initially, the company plans to make modules for refrigeration or cooling electronic equipment.
On Thursday, another thermoelectric … Read more
Here's a short, handy tip for sorting your iPhone or iPod Touch app icons in alphabetical order for people who find comfort in an alphabetized world.
1. Launch the Settings app 2. Tap General 3. Scroll down and tap Reset 4. Tap Reset Home Screen Layout
Your app icons will be sorted as follows:All standard Apple apps will be placed in their factory default locations. All remaining apps will be sorted alphabetically.
On an iPhone or iPhone Touch with more than 180 apps, the 11th Home screen will display the last app that is visible. In my case … Read more
EcoFactor has been awarded Cleantech Open's national award, which includes $100,000 in seed capital.
The awards ceremony for one of the leading environmental start-up competitions took place at the Masonic Center in San Francisco following a day-long conference in which contestants and venture capitalists had a chance to mingle.
EcoFactor has developed software that works in conjunction with a two-way thermostat to better maintain stable desired temperatures in homes. The system relies on outside data like weather as well has the thermal habits of the home, and self-regulates based on those factors. The process helps heating and cooling … Read more
Looking at the Alphabet Cake Pan, the first thing I think is that I would be able to bake two (or three, or four...) different cakes in one pan--at the same time. I have often wrestled with the age-old question, which type of cake should I make? Ultimately, as I wait for the whichever cake I chose, I realize I should have made both. Now, with the Alphabet Cake Pan, I can.
The pan measures 14 inches long by 8.5 inches wide and comes with 12 hollow blocks. An imprinted grid on the bottom of the pan serves as … Read more
Verizon Wireless is shaking up its technology plans for the second time this week.
Verizon Communications and Vodafone, joint owners of Verizon Wireless, plan to use the LTE (Long Term Evolution) standard backed by GSM industry players rather than the UMB (ultramobile broadband) standard backed by Verizon's current partners.
There's a host of implications for the industry, but for the phone user, the impact is simple. Right now, if … Read more
We weren't particularly fond of the keyboard computer, but we don't want to hold that against all combo devices. The "Meivo TV," for instance, is something we wouldn't kick out of the living room if someone gave it to us as a gift. The 22-inch LCD has 720p resolution, an Intel Core 2 Duo chip, wireless keyboard and mouse, and is ready for both HD and Vista, according to Tech Digest
Made by U.K. gaming notebook maker Rock, the Meivo is priced at 1,000 pounds (around $1,940)--which may be its biggest … Read more