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Digital cameras are phasing out analog

Digital cameras are slowly phasing out analog. In still cameras the situation seems to be so that the manufacturers of the filmsĀ  are stopping to manufacture well known film types. For example Polaroid has phased out Polaroid film years ago and Kodak is retiring iconic Kodachrome film. Digital photography winds the once-iconic color films into

Hard disk vs. solid-state drive

Solid-state disk (SSD) drives are all the rage among techies. The drives use non-volatile NAND flash memory, meaning that there are no moving parts and they are faster in reading and, in most cases, writing data. Computerworld magazine has published a worth to read article Review: Hard disk vs. solid-state drive — is an SSD

Samsung LED TV is not an entirely new category of TV

I’ve been hearing and seeing a lot about these new LED TV models from Samsung. They are advertising them as entirely new type of TV that changes everything. After some checking round what is this new technology is I found out that it is nothing spectacular new in it. Samsung’s so-called “LED TV” is pretty

Entertainment Technology Blog

John Huntington, the author of Control Systems for Live Entertainment book, is keeping an interesting John’s Entertainment Technology Blog at http://www.controlgeek.net/. It is worth to read. There are lots of material on different shows going on, including nice backstage technology tours on some shows.

Ban on incandescent lamps

Ban on incandescent lamps is coming to Finland and other EU countries. Decision makers think that consumers and the environment alike would benefit from replacing the familiar incandescent lamps with energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs or LEDs. At present, some 80% of the electricity used for lighting by Finnish households is consumed by incandescent bulbs,

USB3 and Linux

Combining 5 Gbps with the convenience of USB sounds like a sure win. The idea is is simple. Just start with widely used, fast, and bulletproof USB 2.0 and put in the PHY (physical-layer) interface from another common and reliable standard, PCIe (peripheral-component-interconnect express) Generation 2. Put two extra differential pairs into the USB connector

PacMan In Real Life

Pac-Man is universally considered as one of the biggest classics of video game industry. Pac-Man is an icon of 1980s popular culture. Pac-Man is often credited with being a landmark in video game history, and is among the most famous arcade games of all time. PacMan In Real Life is a funny video of Pac-Man

USB powered microwave oven

I have seen all kinds of strange USB gadgets, but this might even be more useless than USB coffee cup warmer. World’s Smallest Microwave Is USB Powered article tells that there is now an USB powered microwave oven. Beanzawave is said to be the world’s smallest microwave. Because of the limitations of the power available

Parallel programming challenges

Multicore CPUs are mainstream nowadays. The number of CPU cores is quickly increasing. Getting the most from multicore processors is becoming an increasingly difficult task for programmers. Just adding more CPU cores will not make existing software to run faster. To get most out of the multicore CPUs you need to write your software in

HDMI 1.4

Today, HDMI is a home theater mainstay. Practically any piece of new HD capable A/V equipment has HDMI connector in it. HDMI Licensing group announced that a new HDMI 1.4 is being revealed. Hothardware.com has a short news that tells the main features of the new coming HDMI 1.4 version. The new version will support