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Does Crowdfunding Work?

September 30th, 2012 09:33 admin View Comments

Businesses

Barence writes “Is it really practical to fund a business from hundreds of small donations harvested over the internet? With Kickstarter grabbing the headlines with some high-profile projects, it’s all too easy to assume crowdfunding is great, the obvious solution for a business that needs investment. But just how feasible is it for most businesses? This article looks at several lower-profile examples and investigates the positives and negatives of this new way to raise money.”

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School Regrets Swapping Laptops For iPads

September 11th, 2012 09:21 admin View Comments

Handhelds

Barence writes A school swapped all its staff laptops for iPads — and now wants to switch them back. ‘Most staff are IT illiterate and jumped at the chance of exchanging their laptop for an iPad,’ a teacher from the school told PC Pro. Now, however: ‘the staff room is full of regret.’ Difficulties editing old Word and PowerPoint documents, transferring work to and from the device without USB sticks, and problems with projecting the iPad’s display to the classroom — bizarrely, using an Apple TV — have led to staff once again reaching for their Windows laptops.”

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Lexmark To Exit Inkjet Printer Market

August 28th, 2012 08:14 admin View Comments

Businesses

Barence writes “Lexmark has announced it will stop making inkjet printers and cut 1,700 jobs as part of a cost-cutting restructuring move. Lexmark will stop all inkjet development worldwide by 2013, and close its Philippines-based inkjet supplies manufacturing plant by 2015. This will provide annual savings of $85 million, rising to $95 million by 2015. The total restructuring cost before tax is expected to be $160 million. The company is also looking into the possible sale of its inkjet-related technology.” I know there are some purposes for which inkjets are good (modern home photo printing can be insanely good, and we’ve featured a lot of cool projects which use inkjets to print sensors, solar cells, antennae, and more), but I get just a little queasy whenever I see an inkjet printer purchased by an innocent friend or family member who doesn’t realize quite how much it will end up costing them in the long run.

Source: Lexmark To Exit Inkjet Printer Market

Microsoft Unveils First New Company Logo In 25 Years

August 23rd, 2012 08:23 admin View Comments

Microsoft

Barence writes “For the first time in 25 years, Microsoft has issued a new company logo to usher in the Windows 8 era. Made up of a newly square Windows symbol alongside grey Microsoft logo type, it’s been designed to closely match the logos for other products in Microsoft’s portfolio, including Office and Xbox. The logo takes pride of place on Microsoft.com from today, and will be used in Microsoft’s retail stores and on all future TV ads.”

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ARM Unveils Three Second-Generation Mali GPUs

August 6th, 2012 08:16 admin View Comments

Hardware

Barence writes “ARM has taken the lid off three new Mali T600 graphics chips that form the second generation of its mobile Midgard architecture. Designed for use in smartphones, tablets and smart TVs, the three chips range from four to eight cores, improve performance by “up to 50%” and offer greater efficiency. ARM expects devices to begin appearing with the chips this time next year.”

Source: ARM Unveils Three Second-Generation Mali GPUs

UK ISP Asks Religious Groups To Set Parental Controls

July 11th, 2012 07:40 admin View Comments

Censorship

Barence writes “A British ISP is inviting religious groups to help set parental controls for its customers. Claranet says it is recruiting volunteer ‘Guardians’ from a number of different organizations — including religious organizations, schools and child safety experts. A press spokesman for the ISP said that an ‘Islamic advisor’ was among the first batch of Guardians, but refused to identify them. The Claranet Guardians will be asked to choose whether they think 140 different categories of internet content are appropriate. Within those categories, the Guardians can choose to add or remove individual websites from the blacklists, which are created by a third-party company that Claranet also refused to name.”

Source: UK ISP Asks Religious Groups To Set Parental Controls

Adjusting Your PC Set-Up To Cope With Sudden Sight Loss

June 14th, 2012 06:35 admin View Comments

Displays

Barence writes “PC Pro’s Davey Winder has written a first-hand account of how he overhauled his PC workstation to cope with a sudden deterioration of his eyesight. Winder contracted wet macular degeneration, a progressive disease that strikes very quickly, and turns items in the field of vision into a grey smudge. He explains how he continued his work as a journalist by changing his word processor, swapping his desktop monitor for a touchscreen, and by replacing his keyboard with an Accuratus Monster keyboard (or Big Freaky Yellow Keyboard, as he’s renamed it). He also explains why he had to swap his favourite Chrome browser for Internet Explorer, and how a £3.99 iPhone app saved him from spending hundreds of pounds on a dedicated hardware reader.”

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Can You Buy Tech With a Clean Conscience?

May 26th, 2012 05:21 admin View Comments

Earth

Barence writes “Is it even possible to buy technology with a clean conscience? With the vast majority of gadgets and components manufactured using low-paid labor in Asia, manufacturers unable to accurately plot their supply chains, and very few ethical codes of conduct, the article highlights the difficulty of trying to buy ethically-sound gadgets. It concludes, ‘The answer would appear to be no. Too little information is available, and nobody we spoke to believed an entirely ethical technology company exists – at least, not among the household names.’”

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‘Inexact’ Chips Save Power By Fudging the Math

May 18th, 2012 05:15 admin View Comments

Power

Barence writes “Computer scientists have unveiled a computer chip that turns traditional thinking about mathematical accuracy on its head by fudging calculations. The concept works by allowing processing components — such as hardware for adding and multiplying numbers — to make a few mistakes, which means they are not working as hard, and so use less power and get through tasks more quickly. The Rice University researchers say prototypes are 15 times more efficient and could be used in some applications without having a negative effect.”

Source: ‘Inexact’ Chips Save Power By Fudging the Math

The 30 Best Features of Windows

May 13th, 2012 05:52 admin View Comments

Microsoft

Barence writes PC Pro has picked out its 30 best features of Windows 8. Its countdown includes features such as the revamped Task Manager, the option to run ISOs and VHDs natively, and Windows To Go, which allows you to take a portable installation of Windows 8 with you.” They’ve also listed ten features they’d like to see added to Windows 8, “including the return of the Start button on the desktop, virtual desktops and one-click sharing of optical drives.”

Source: The 30 Best Features of Windows

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