2/19/2006

Design may be housewives’ choice

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A new machine which washes, dries and irons clothes could clean up for a Devon student.

Oliver Blackwell, who designed the WashDryIron, is exhibiting the machine at next month’s Ideal Home Show.

The University of Plymouth graduate hopes the machine will become an object of desire because it saves about 10 days a year in ironing time.

The machine washes, dries and irons clothes in separate compartments and is said to eliminate colour runs, shrinkage and ironing.

It can tackle up to 16 items at a time, including king-size bed sheets.

Because hangers are used, they do not become entangled and have 83% fewer creases, according to the designer. The items are then dried and ironed by hot air blown across them.

Mr Blackwell said he expected the WashDryIron to retail at about £800 to £900.

Source: BBC

World’s 1st laser-based rear projection TV

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Mitsubishi Electric Corp said Wednesday it has developed what it says is the world’s first rear projection television that uses a laser as its light source instead of a mercury lamp as with current rear projection TVs.

The laser-based rear projection TV provides a higher picture quality than liquid crystal display and plasma display panel televisions, according to the home electronics equipment maker. Light from a semiconductor laser is divided into red, blue and green, making it possible to represent images with a color variety 1.8 times greater than that of LCD TVs and thereby improving image quality.

Source: crisscross

Microsoft Releases New Visual Studio 2005 SDK Preview

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft has made available the latest release of the Visual Studio 2005 software development kit.

The latest release of the Visual Studio 2005 SDK, the February CTP, is now available for download from the Visual Studio Extensibility site, said Rob Caron, a content architect for Visual Studio Team System, in his blog.

The February CTP release includes Microsoft’s DSL tools, known as the Domain-Specific Languages Extensibility Kit.

“You can also find the Team Planning & Documents from the VS SDK Product Team on the downloads page, too,” Caron said. “These docs include … their 12–month plan and the release plan for the March release.”

Source: eWeek

Microsoft confirms bug that drains batteries

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

An unfixed bug in the USB (Universal Serial Bus) driver of Windows XP Service Pack 2 OS causes a notebook’s battery to drain faster than usual when there is a device connected to its USB port, Microsoft Corp. confirmed Friday.

In a statement through its public relations firm Waggener Edstrom Inc., Microsoft also admitted that the flaw, which lies in the ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) driver of Windows XP SP 2, will remain without an easy-to-apply fix indefinitely. The ACPI is part of the OS’s power management scheme for USB 2.0, the latest standard for USB peripheral ports on notebook computers.

The flaw affects some Intel -based laptop computers, according to Microsoft. The company informed its support and OEM (original equipment manufacturer) hardware partners of its existence in July 2005 through an article in its knowledge base, a searchable database where support partners can find information about Microsoft technology.

In that article, the company outlined a registry key fix for the bug, but this fix requires a “deep understanding” of the OS and there are risks involved with implementing it so it is not meant for general customer user, Microsoft said.

Microsoft and its third-party support partners are continuing to investigate the bug but do not know if and when they will release a widespread fix, according to Microsoft. However, the company said concerned customers should contact Microsoft technical support and if demand for a patch is sufficient, it will do additional testing and release a fix on its Microsoft.com/download center.

Source: infoworld

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Dual-Core Processors

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Dual core processors have been the subject of so much hype that perceptions about the technology seem to have trumped some of the realities.

Both AMD and Intel have posted Web pages in which they extol the virtues of their respective dual-core devices. That makes timely sense, since most industry watchers agree that 2006 is the year dual-core will become ascendant.

However, hidden in the such venues, and among numerous news stories on the subject, are some surprising and uncommon facts. Accordingly, we bring you five things you probably didn’t know about dual core.

  • Intel and AMD weren’t the first to ship dual-core processors.
  • Dual-core was forced on the industry by technical challenges, not proactively embraced .
  • Dual-core won’t necessarily make your computer’s clock speed faster, but it will boost your PC’s throughout.
  • Almost half of all PC users are still clueless about dual core.
  • Dual-core isn’t the last word on cutting-edge computing.

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Source: informationweek

Chicago Gears Up for Wireless Broadband

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The nationwide rush to go wireless appears poised to extend to its biggest city yet. Chicago is launching an effort to offer wireless broadband, city officials said Friday, jumping on the Wi-Fi bandwagon as similar initiatives proceed in Philadelphia, San Francisco and smaller cities.

Chicago has hundreds of Wi-Fi hotspots in places like coffee shops, bookstores and libraries, where anyone can walk in, sit down and connect to the Web. Hoping to extend that wireless blanket to all 228 square miles, the city plans to ask technology companies this spring to submit proposals for the project.

While it’s too soon to say how the system would operate, the goal is to make Internet access “broad and affordable” for residents and heighten Chicago’s appeal for businesses and tourists alike, according to Chris O’Brien, the city’s chief information officer.

The city did not specify goals for how much the system would charge for access. In Philadelphia, EarthLink Inc. is building a citywide network that will charge a wholesale rate of $9 a month to Internet service providers that would then resell access to the public at an undetermined price.

“We think it’s important for residents of the city and tourists and businesses to have lots of different ways to connect,” O’Brien said. “For a city as big as Chicago, with the vibrant business community and diverse citizen base that we have, you want to make sure all kinds of technology are available to them as they work and enjoy entertainment options.”

If all goes smoothly, the system could be running as soon as 2007, O’Brien said. That would all but certainly leave the city behind Philadelphia, which hopes to have its entire system in place late this year or early next year. But the size of a Chicago network would dwarf Philadelphia’s planned 135-square-mile network or anything now in place.

Source: AP

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