Random thoughts on most things from A. M. Craig.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Engadget Roundup

I read the tech blog Engadget. A whole lot. Aside from finding the material interesting, it's also pretty pertinent at times. If any of this catches your interest, there is a widget on the side of this blog where you can see the latest headlines. A sampling for you, in no particular order:

-That analog TV you've been watching for the past few decades? Well, I'm sorry to tell you, but aside from upgrading for the sake of a better picture, channel options, and size, it looks like you'll have to trade it for a digital TV of necessity. Analog cellular networks, R.I.P.: 1983 - 2008

-Ray Kurtzweil, who has been right about a number of other issues, thinks that machines will match human intelligence by 2029. Awesome. Kurzweil predicts that machines will match man by 2029 -- bring it on

-The Kota Triceratops and the Elmo TMX prove something I said a while back.

-DSLR Movie Shooting reminds me of a couple videos Ross Ching did. I mentioned him a little while ago.

-iPhone nothin'! Okay, they're pretty cool, but they're not the end-all, there are many phones with better specs, if not as sleek or nifty of features. I think I'd go for something like the Nokia N96. And if it ran the Android OS from Google? Even better.

-I've been betting on Blu ray for almost a year now over HD DVD. It now looks like the battle is almost over. Warner went Blu exclusively, followed by some other big players right after, including Netflicks. This would all be great if our stupid Samsung Blu-ray player worked like it should.

-A tragic end to a wonderful thing, Polaroid will not longer make...Polaroids. If you've been reading this blog at all, you'll know how much I am saddened by this news.

-It looks like there won't ever be a Sidekick running Android OS. Microsoft dropped a bundle to pick up the mobile developer. Really smart move on Microsoft's part, acquiring innovative smaller companies to infuse the corporate giant with some new blood, but sad for consumers. Especially since Danger founder Andy Rubin is now working with Google to develop the Android OS. It would have been like reuniting long lost family members if there had been a Sidekick with Android.

-This is just cool. Read about the most powerful laser...ever.

-When I pick up a blue-tooth adapter, I'd want to get something like this.

Gizmodo is pretty good too.

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