Ah... you need to come to coffee shops over here in the Old Continent. People tend to be chatty, animated. In many people often stand at the counter. And seeing someone writing on paper, or reading a non e-book is a common thing ;) » 2/18/10 9:55am 2/18/10 9:55am

Er... Dan, mate? If it appeared in a UK paper, they'll have spelled capitalise with an "ise"... the same way Giz transmogrifies UK defence into defense and theatre into theater. ;) You say "erbs" and we say "herbs" because there's a fu... well, you know the rest. » 10/14/09 5:57am 10/14/09 5:57am

Medion's New GPSs Are Really Secure, Need Your Fingerprints to Navigate

Medion's new GoPal GPS units have an unusual extra feature intended as a deterrant for thieves: fingerprint scanners. The GoPal X5535, P5235 and P5435 all have a tiny scanner and will only work when they recognize one of five stored prints, making them useless if stolen. They've all got 5-inch screens, though the… » 12/01/08 1:45pm 12/01/08 1:45pm

Tiny Sony Laptop Hits FCC—Is This A Sony Netbook?

The computer rear-end in this photo is a Sony machine that's just hit the FCC. There're a couple of things that make it interesting: it's labeled with PCG-1P1L, making it synonymous with Vaio numbering. It was tested for 802.11 Wi-Fi in b, g and n flavors, with Bluetooth and both EVDO and HSPA. Its label reveals it'll… » 12/01/08 1:15pm 12/01/08 1:15pm

Fujitsu's Laptop4Life Scheme Gets You A New Laptop Every 3 Years 'Til…

Craziness: Buy one Fujitsu laptop, get a new one every three years until you're dead. That's basically the crazy principle behind Fujitsu's Laptop4Life program. Sure, you have to buy the extended 3-year warranty at first, not damage the old machine too much, and hang onto the receipt for grim death, but then you'll… » 12/01/08 12:30pm 12/01/08 12:30pm

Harion Glass Speakers Look Like They're Worth A Fortune, Because They…

Japanese firm Hario just came up with this rather beautiful new speaker system, dubbed Harion. So far, so groovy. It's made of heat-resistant glass (the first to be like it, according to Hario) and the woofer, two tweeters and two mid-range speakers proved so complex to create that it took a small army of companies—23… » 12/01/08 10:45am 12/01/08 10:45am

Russia's New Armor-Fooling Rocket Grenade Is An "Abrams Killer"…

The new rocket-propelled grenade RPG-30 anti-armor weapon recently unveiled in Russia has a sneaky trick to help it get past active defenses—it fires a tiny decoy rocket flying ahead of the main warhead. This is to confuse defensive systems into attacking the decoy, meaning they're too busy to successfully defeat the… » 12/01/08 9:30am 12/01/08 9:30am

MSI U110, U115 Netbooks To Pack Draft-N Wi-Fi, Faster Processors

We've only just been getting excited about MSI's U120 3G-packing netbook, but now it looks like MSI has even more interesting machines just around the corner. Apparently due sometime in January, the U110 and U115 will run Atom Z530 chips, drawing less power than the "typical" N270 netbook processor. And they'll pack a… » 12/01/08 6:56am 12/01/08 6:56am

Duo Wireless Penmouse Adds Touchscreen Tablet Tech to Laptops Cheaply

Modding your laptop to add a touchscreen is certainly possible, though you'll need to be pretty competent with tools: with the Duo gizmo all you need to be able to do is clip it to your screen. The two-piece device has a sensor you pop on top of your monitor or laptop screen and a wireless pen sensor—in combination… » 12/01/08 6:19am 12/01/08 6:19am

Landport Cubes Squeeze Powered Speakers In Just 1-Inch

Portable speakers for MP3 players are two a penny, but not many are not far off a penny in size: Landport's Cubes are though. They're just an inch cube, but fit in stereo speakers, 3.5-mm jack plug, rechargeable batteries and a mini-USB port. They'll run for 4-5 hours on a charge, too. Just don't go expecting… » 12/01/08 5:48am 12/01/08 5:48am

Nikon's D3X Masterpiece DSLR Goes Official With An $8,000 Price Tag

The rumors pointed pretty firmly to it, and then some leaked specs detailed what it'd be like, but now Nikon's new pro-level D3X DSLR has arrived officially. Touting it as a 24-megapixel "Digital Masterpiece," with exceptionally low noise sensor, 5fps full-frame shooting speed and with file sizes of 138MB, Nikon's… » 12/01/08 4:22am 12/01/08 4:22am

Micron Demos Super-Fast Solid-State Drives Running At 1GB Per Second

Micron touted its super-fast RealSSD » 11/26/08 3:40pm 11/26/08 3:40pm drives with 250MBps speed a few months back, but now its demonstrated a tech that'll blow them out of the water: 1GBps transfer rates. It's a bit cheaty since it uses two SSDs for a total of 16 data channels to access the flash memory, but that does give it a 200,000 input/output…