posted Saturday Nov 28, 2009 by
Apparently, computer manufacturer Kohjinsha had
our visually impaired friend B. Cole in mind when they developed their new DZ series of netbooks. With a 10.1 inch screen even people with eagle eyes can feel like Ray Charles drowning in a pool of blurred colors and text. In an effort to solve the problem, Kohjinsha gave this netbook two screens. The imaginative design gives the user the ability to slide out a second screen on the go. Before you get overly excited there is a downside, it's still a netbook. Which means for doing excel spreadsheets or watching movies while surfing the net you will be computing like no other and your friends will be jealous. For those of us who need the extra horse power this laptop isn't for you. Here are the specs:
Two 10.1in. wide screen LCDs (1024x600)
AMD Athlon Neo MV-40, 1.6 Ghz processor
1GB of RAM (4GB max)
160GB sata hard drive
ATI Radeon HD 3200 internal graphics
1.3 megapixel webcam
Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
4.5lbs. with a battery life of approximately 4.5hrs.
This isn't the first dual screen laptop but (
this one is) it is the first one to be practical and affordable. It costs around $900 USD or 79,800 Yen in Japan, the only country where this laptop series is currently available starting this December.
I would like to see dual screens trickle upward to the higher end laptops in the near future. It is safe to say they would be expensive and lacking in battery life at first but if you combine it with LED screens and more energy efficient processors it could be acceptable. At the very least it would make editing video at conventions and everywhere else more bearable.
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There have been a lot of rumors about the upcoming
Lord of the Rings prequel films, mostly because Peter Jackson has seemingly refused to talk about it. The good news is, at the premiere for The Lovely Bones, he was asked some questions, and he actually answered them! Time for some updates.
The first rumor put to death - 3D. The Internets bring this one up every few months, and Jackson ended it swiftly.
"The Hobbit will not be filmed in 3D, despite the current vogue for the technology in the movie industry... Guillermo wants to shoot in 35mm, old-fashioned film, which suits me, because he wants to keep it in the same space as the original trilogy."
posted Saturday Nov 28, 2009 by
I don't know what kind of Christmas party blackmail the founders of
Twitter have on major investors T. Row Price and Insight Venture Partners among others but it must have been bad enough for them to throw another 100 million their way. With their newest injection of capital the company has attained a theoretical value of 1 billion dollars and it gets better.
Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, made a statement to reporters in Tel Aviv on November 24th stating that Twitter will "start making money" in 2010 by means of "non-traditional" advertising.
My favorite part of this entire story is that Stone still feels there is no need to create a business plan because they have so much money that it doesn't matter.
"There are no dates when we need to break even. We have plenty of money in the bank," Stone said.
B.Cole may still not have access to video games for the blind, but some disabled gamers will soon be able to enjoy the awesome-ness that we call Madden.
The modified version was aimed towards gamers with both physical and developmental disabilities. VTree, a provider of software for those with disabilities, along with EA sports came up with the idea of a game titled "My Football Game."
The graphics may not be up to par, but creating a game for the disabled is a great move by EA. The game will be available for the PC, but instead of the regular NFL jerseys, the uniforms will be those of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines branches of the military. The reason for this is because many testers for the game were actually disabled veterans. Pretty cool, huh?