Gartner's newly released Hype Cycle for emerging technologies suggests it will take more than 10 years before brain-computer interfaces (BCI) go mainstream, but recent developments could shift the adoption curve. As reported on sister site CNET (see gallery on SmartPlanet), engineers at the University of Illinois demonstrated a tattoo-like "device platform" with electronic … [Read more...] about A better wearable brain-computer interface
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The third game in the F.E.A.R. franchise is just a month or so away, and to prepare fans who may have forgotten the steps leading up to the events in the third game, or to entice new gamers looking for something a bit more “unusual” in their first-person shooters, Warner Bros. and developer Day 1 Studios have released a trailer highlighting some of the key moments … [Read more...] about A brief history of F.E.A.R. 3, retold in this trailer
Sierra Entertainment and GameTrailers have teamed up to launch a user-generated movie contest called “Show Us Your F.E.A.R.” via the official Web site for the upcoming action/horror game F.E.A.R.—First Encounter Assault Recon, due to ship in November 2006. In the contest, users submit their own unique, short, scary, and creative videos which demonstrate what … [Read more...] about F.E.A.R. Launches Fan Film Contest
Reliability Monitor is a built-in part of Windows that's been around since the introduction of Windows Vista back in January 2007. It's always been a somewhat hidden feature of the Windows operating system, and therefore easy for users and admins alike to overlook. Nevertheless, it's a great tool that provides all kinds of interesting insight into system history and stability … [Read more...] about How to work with Windows 10’s Reliability Monitor
UPDATE: Well, we just met with Monolith, developers of the original F.E.A.R. and we don't have much new info to provide. We were told that Monolith heard from Logitech about the issue and Vista, but that Monolith never heard back when it asked Logitech whether the glitch happened in Windows XP. Even if it had, it would still be up to the hardware vendors to dig up the problem … [Read more...] about E3 2007/Update: Does performance drop in ‘F.E.A.R.’ point to larger PC gaming problem?
Seagate's new Barracuda 7200.11 SATA 1.5 terabyte drive (model ST31500341AS) (US$225) packs a lot of performance into its 8-head, 4-disc drive, proving that you can have size and speed in a single internal hard drive.Windows reports the 3.5-inch drive as having 1.36TB of capacity. Seagate says the random read seek time is less than 8.5 milliseconds and random write seek time is … [Read more...] about Seagate’s 1.5TB Barracuda drive
CrystalDiskInfo (free) is a utility program which tells you just about everything about the hardware performance of your hard disk--including how likely it is to stop performing in the near future. It uses the S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) protocol, which is included in most hard disks likely to be found in recent systems, to tell you what's … [Read more...] about CrystalDiskInfo is SMART About Hard Drives
Your hard disk is a time bomb, waiting to go off. If you're lucky, like most people, it will never detonate. But if you're unlucky, like some people, you could lose all of your files, works, and applications, with no warning when your hard disk crashes. Acronis Drive Monitor (free) promises to give you warning before that crash, so that you can take action before you're hit … [Read more...] about Acronis Drive Monitor Is S.M.A.R.T. About Hard Drives
Given enough time, all hard disks will fail. Thankfully, most drives support a feature that could give users an early warning before the bitter end. Here's how support pros can introduce S.M.A.R.T. reporting to their … [Read more...] about Be S.M.A.R.T. about your hard drive’s health
I’ve made a record number of dead-end queries this month to find out who’s making wearable devices in Taiwan. Maybe the global tech hardware hub isn’t doing much with the fast-emerging consumer electronics sector that covers bracelets, glasses and watches sporting mini touchscreen computers. Or maybe it is but no one’s telling. The patchy results of my … [Read more...] about What Is In Taiwan’s Huge Hardware Closet?