Games & Gadgets

Double-Sided Solar Cells Boost Energy Output

Posted In Living in Tech
Israeli startup bSolar has announced the creation of double-sided solar cells, which aim to produce up to 50 percent more electricity than traditional one-sided panels. The company’s photovoltaic cells get a boost in their efficiency by taking the unusual step of using boron instead of an aluminum backing, the company’s co-founder and CEO Yossi Kofman tells GigaOM. By using the boron’s black surface field, bSolar created an open rear face. That allows sunlight to be reflected back onto the front of the… continue…

I Want You, and I Want Your Passion

A Dramatic Leader
No, this isn’t a personal ad. We’re looking for people who might like to guide one of our Talent Communities. You’d be the person who gives voice to those who work in your particular specialty, sharing your thoughts and lessons by blogging, answering questions in the discussion boards, and helping identify conferences, organizations and other resources that can help people develop their skills. Yes, it requires some effort, but it’s designed to be manageable. We know you have a day… continue…

Amazon’s New Kindle Could Come in September

Reports are that Amazon’s new Kindle Fire will be unveiled in September. The new device is expected to come with an improved display, both in terms of resolution (1280 x 800 pixels) and PPI (216), all on the same screen size. It will also be lighter, thinner and feature a built-in camera, although it’s not clear if it’ll be front-facing or not). All of these details come from AllThingsD. I’m betting the new Fire will include an improved chip, maybe… continue…

To Stop Distracted Driving, Cape Town Police Confiscate Phones

Posted In Living in Tech
We get it, driving and phoning at the same time is dangerous, yet people continue to do it, regardless of the consequences – financial or otherwise. Now police in Cape Town, South Africa, are trying a new approach: They have started confiscating phones for 24 hours. The situation is a little worse for drivers who lose their phones on a Friday, since traffic offices are closed over the weekend. At the time of confiscation, the driver is given an opportunity… continue…

Computer Employment Up, Communications Lags

Labor chart
Logitech employees facing job cuts may find themselves landing on their feet in the near future, given employment data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Although the nation’s unemployment rate remained at 8.2 percent in June, computer and peripheral equipment makers posted a 4 percent increase in June jobs to reach 165,700 positions compared with the same time last year. “This segment has been on an upward trend for almost a year,” says Bodhi Ganguli, an economist with… continue…

Is Sony’s Gaikai Acquisition a Winning Strategy?

Sony’s $380 million acquisition of streaming game company Gaikai holds the promise of creating the iTunes of the gaming world – and to speed up the demise of the gaming console. “By combining Gaikai’s resources, including its technological strength and engineering talent, with Sony’s extensive game platform knowledge and experience … Sony will deliver a world-class cloud-streaming service that allows users to instantly enjoy a broad array of content ranging from immersive core games with rich graphics to casual content… continue…

Complex Surgeries Get Slithering Snakebots Invasion

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Imagine tiny robots swimming through your body to perform complex surgeries. You can stop imagining now, since these robots are quickly becoming a reality. Scientists and doctors are using miniaturized snake robots, or “snakebots” injected into bodies to help them perform surgery on hearts, prostrates and other organs. They carry tiny cameras, scissors and forceps and are currently tethered, but may soon roam bodies on their own. “It won’t be very long before we have robots that are nanobots, meaning… continue…

Once-Promising Game ‘Mytholia’ May Be on Life Support

Mytholia Bug
I’ve been playing in Mytholia for about six months and recent problems make me wonder if the game needs CPR. Launched around the start of 2011, Mytholia is a multi player fantasy strategy game that’s played by building up cities, constructing armies, forming clans and beating up weaker players. It’s a well thought out game. To advance you need to build cities, but it’s not a linear path to get them. You get a new city for a variety of… continue…

Belkin Jumps in the Home Automation Game

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Belkin launched a pair of iOS-friendly home automation solutions that look like they are going to make quite a splash. Belkin’s WeMo Switch and WeMo motion products allow users to add anything that plugs into an electrical outlet to attach to their network. From there, it’s possible to do a couple of things: Control your appliances remotely via an iOS app. Set up your appliances to operate on a schedule. Arrange to turn on your heating or cooling 30 minutes before… continue…

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  We’re looking for geeks to feature. Each week, we’ll showcase someone who works in tech — could be a developer, could be a media designer, could be in QA, could be a project manager. Someone who loves tech so much they want to roll in it — on and off the job. Interested? Then see what Cat has to say.