Computing

Betavoltaic Laptop Battery Could Supply 30 YEARS of power

Most laptop batteries these days will give you between 3-6 hours of time before the power runs dry. The US AirForce Research Laboratory has been fooling around with betavoltaic power cells, which harness the power of nuclear decay to transmit power. As radioactive material decays it lets off beta particles that can then be transformed into electric power. And it ...

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Kiss the screen to have your lips scanned

1. place your card, 2. hold it hold it, 3. scanned. That’s essentially what Sharp is showing us at the CEATEC show in Japan; the Light-sensor mounted System Display module. Apart from acting as a scanner, it can also do the multitouch-esque trick (video here). No news on commercialization yet. —Sam Chan Link

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Whacking It USB Style

Now you can bring the whack-a-mole experience to your office thanks to USB Whack It. Just bop the multi-colored moles when they light up. It’s the perfect way to relieve some stress during a long, boring day of work. Plus you can challenge your co-workers to a game. Everyone loves a good beat off. Available for 12.49 ($24). Sean ...

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Hack an Old Floppy Edge-Connector and Make an SD Reader

Chances are you probably have one or two old connectors lying around the house or in an unused computer – and with a little bit of time and some basic tools you can turn that spare connector into a functional SD card reader that can be used in MMC mode. All you need to do is follow the painfully detailed ...

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Panasonic tortures ALL notebooks live at press conference

Here’s another very Japanese marketing gimmick, just to prove to the world how tough their notebooks are, Panasonic has tortured ALL their notebooks announced today in front of the camera. You still think Sony’s fingernail-proof VAIO is hardcore, or Toshiba’s being really blatant with theirs? Jump to witness what they did to their notebooks across ALL series.

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DIY Car Meter Computer Case: One Of The Coolest I’ve Seen

When it comes to computer case mods, it doesn’t get much better than this. Dashboard gauges modified to display info on RAM, CPU and HDD usage all packed in a sweet looking exterior. There isn’t any written instructions on how to do this yourself, but there are plenty of images detailing the steps. A few of those images can be ...

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Hide A Hard Drive In a UPS For Undercover Downloading

In today’s world, leaving all of your illegally downloaded movies and music out for every RIAA or MPAA exec to see is just plan stupid. And that doesn’t even include all of the freaky porn you have collected. Fortunately, if you have an old UPS lying around, a simple hack can turn it into a fully functional hard drive. And ...

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Does your iPod Classic use Toshiba or Samsung HDD?

It is for fact that companies can source modules from different suppliers for the same product, the best example would be the screens of Sony PSP (Sharp and Samsung). In the hard disk world, Toshiba is one of the loudest and proudest players, they’re making such a big fuss about their deal with the fruit company. Samsung comparably seems to ...

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Coffee-proof fingernail-proof VAIO notebook

< Amongst the many notebooks Sony Japan announced this morning, what really caught our attention was the new VAIO type G notebook. It has nothing to do with its sleek size or seemingly doubled computing power on paper (Core Solo U1400 1.2Ghz to Core Duo U7600 1.2Ghz), but the fact that the keyboard has special protection for liquid. That’s right, ...

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