Sunday, August 29, 2010

HP's Phil McKinney teases three mystery prototypes on Twitter

Well, this is certainly interesting -- that's HP CTO Phil McKinney pictured above in a pair of redacted shots that were posted to Twitter by HP's Mark Budgell. Described only as "early protos" by McKinney himself, the pictures show what appears to be phone-sized device, a tablet-sized device and, perhaps most curiously, something on McKinney's wrist (all mysteriously blacked out). Before you get your hopes up too much about a new wave of webOS devices, however, you might want to take a look at the second part of Budgell's tweet, which encourages folks to vote for McKinney's SXSW 2011 panel -- a panel in which McKinney promises to make some "bold predictions for the future - backed up with a number of breakthrough prototypes," and specifically talk about what the future will look like in "5 to 10 years." Now, we can't be certain of course, but that doesn't exactly suggest these are right around the corner

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Visualized: high speed photography at mega low shutter speed produces stunning images

The high speed photographs of Lex Augusteijn are taken at a shutter speed of 1/10th of a second. The above image makes a bullet appear shockingly beautiful. Augusteijn controlled the flash, camera, and the gun with his laptop. Hit the source for more pictures!!

LaCie Rikiki Go external HDD features 1TB storage, new and improved monkey

Press release:

Tiny Metal Hard Drive Now in 1TB

August 24, 2010 -- Today, LaCie announces the smallest 1TB hard drive in metal – the LaCie Rikiki Go. Measuring a mere 155cm3, its high capacity and portability make it a perfect companion for keeping your digital world close at hand.

Outfitted with an embedded USB 2.0 cable, Rikiki Go connects instantly with your PC or Mac®. Simply remove the cable and plug it in – you're ready to store and share your favorite media with high–speed performance. Additionally, the Rikiki Go is encased in sturdy aluminum, giving it a resilient form factor that protects your media from everyday blunders.

Rikiki Go comes with a simplified software suite for quick setup and easy–to–use backup management, enabling complete configuration in just a few clicks. It also offers USB Boost software for enhancing speeds up to 33% (Windows® only). Completing the software offering, the Rikiki Go comes with an additional 10GB of Wuala Secure Online Storage.

"We are thrilled to introduce 1TB capacity in this ultra–small, durable form factor," said Quitterie Lescarret, Consumer Product Manager, LaCie. "Today's on–the–go consumers need to access vital media quickly and dependably. With its industry–leading capacity, Rikiki Go provides users with the ultimate data storage and mobility, at a competitive price."

Three models of the popular LaCie Rugged mobile hard drive also offer 1TB capacity. No matter what your needs are – be it USB 3.0 speeds, FireWire connectivity or biometric encryption – LaCie users can benefit from a 1TB solution. The LaCie Rugged triple interface and LaCie Rugged Safe are the world's only 1TB mobile hard drives with FireWire.


The LaCie Rikiki Go is available in 500GB and 1TB capacities through the LaCie Online Store, LaCie Corner, and LaCie Reseller+ starting at $89.99. For more product information, visit

Toshiba's Tegra 2-powered Android Smart Pad to be called Folio 100?

A Smart pad? That's just Toshiba's product category, according to Netbook Italia's latest post on the tablet. The publication has published new renders -- including a dock peripheral -- and some purported specs. Here's what's being said: Android 2.2, NVIDIA Tegra 2 , a 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 screen, 16GB internal memory, 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth, 3G, SD and MMC card readers, HDMI and USB 2.0 ports, a 1.3 megapixel webcam, and a 1020mAh battery with a battery life of up to 7 hours with mixed use (browsing and video playback). Software-wise, it's got Opera mobile browser, Flash 1.0, an e-book reader, and some office applications. The doubting Thomas in us still remains hesitant until Toshi gives the official word, but nothing here seems too crazy for the tablet mania most companies seem to have this year. One thing's for sure, its claimed official name Folio 100