Archive for January, 2013

MTB025 is a $40 Android PC-on-a-stick

If you’ve been thinking about picking up an Android-powered mini PC on the cheap, you might want to check out the MTB025.

This little PC-on-a-stick runs Android 4.0 and is equipped with a Wondermedia WM8850 Cortex A9 processor paired with 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of flash storage.

One of the best things about this Android-powered uber-mini PC? The price. Yes, you can pick it up on Pandawill for just $40 – which includes international shipping. The specific version of Android the minicomputer runs is 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich), with the processor clocked at 1.2 GHz. Graphics are rendered via ARM’s Mali-400 GPU. Continue reading

Thunderbolt vs. USB 3.0: The Definitive Showdown

Thunderbolt has arrived on the PC after being exclusive to the Macintosh platform for more than a year. With its promise of 10Gb/s‑per‑channel throughput, what self-respecting power user wouldn’t opt for a Thunderbolt-based external backup solution? Well, before you get too excited, let’s compare T-bolt point-by-point with its natural competitor, USB 3.0. After all, there’s more to a technology than pure performance, as we found out. Continue reading


eVolution Networks is shutting down Digicel’s cell sites during off-peak hours. By putting the network into sleep mode, Digicel estimates it can cut its energy bill by 23 percent. Continue reading

Technology News: Israeli Home Design App Houzz Gets $35M Shot In The Arm

Houzz, the must-have website and social network for anyone looking to re-decorate, has today announced they raised $35 million, bringing their total investments to a whopping $48.6 million. Continue reading


In March 2012 James Cameron piloted the “Deepsea Challenger” into the Mariana trench – deepest point in Earth’s oceans – diving 35,756 feet (10,890 meters) to a depth greater than the height of Mount Everest. This dive signaled a new age of deep-sea ocean exploration. Continue reading

Justin Cappos, an assistant professor of computer science and engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of NYU-Poly, has long been wary of the security risks inherent in Java, the programming language developed by Sun Microsystems in the 1990s. Referring to the libraries of algorithms, data structures, and commands that are part of every computing language, he said, “In Java, the standard libraries are huge; they involve about a million lines of code. A small problem in any one of those lines can leave Java vulnerable to attack.” Continue reading
Magnetoconductance tunable by external voltage. Credit: (c) Nature (2013) doi:10.1038/nature11817
A team of scientists from several research centers in South Korea, has succeeded in building a logic circuit that is based on switchable magnetism, rather than electronics. They describe their research and a prototype they’ve built in a paper they’ve had published in the journal Nature. Continue reading

In the arts world, the shock of the new usually fades fast. Picasso we can handle now; James Joyce’s Ulysses gets grudging genuflection, even if few people actually want to read it. But mention Arnold Schoenberg’s music and you’ll set many music-lovers snarling about an “ungodly racket”. The Austrian composer’s atonal chords, unleashed more than a century ago, are still denounced as unnatural, a violation of what music is meant to be. Continue reading

Depending on the source, big data is still the next big thing, seriously overhyped, or simply too confusing to fathom.

Big data will cure the common cold! Eliminate head lice! End fear and loathing in lab mice!

We’ve all read the headlines about how big data — however you choose to define it — will make the world a better place. Indeed, gleaning insights from growing stockpiles of digital information is a worthy goal, and big data will certainly benefit humanity in many ways — or at the very least generate gainful employment for armies of data scientists. Continue reading

For tasks including security and retail optimization, video increasingly meets data analytics. It’s one more pressure on enterprise storage needs.

What’s behind the big data revolution? A variety of forces, obviously, such as the not-so-surprising fact that most of us are toting one or more data-generating mobile devices these days. But another, lesser-known factor is playing a major role as well: the growing use of video surveillance in consumer, business, and government markets. Continue reading