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Linux In Your Living Room?
Linux has become a promising platform for PVR applications, and proprietary PVR developers seem more interested in controlling users than in delivering new features. Could the PVR ultimately be the Linux platform's killer app?

PowerPoint Projected From Your Cell Phone?
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology in Germany are working on a tiny digital projector small enough to fit in a cell phone.

Siemens Working On All-Purpose Sensor Gadget
Siemens is working on an all-purpose gadget that simply pays attention to what's happening nearby, and notifies you by SMS when something is strange.

Researchers Invent Clear, Flexible Transistors
A new transparent and flexible transistor is being developed by the Japan Science and Technology Agency. Made from a blend of oxide compound with indium, gallium and zinc, the transistor can be manufactured on a thin film of clear plastic.

Hitachi Invents the 'Shadow' User Interface
Hitachi's Ubiquitous Platform Group researchers have successfully built a prototype display table (a table with a computer monitor built in) that uses a shadow as the user interface.

Lab Rat: Tiny Generator Can Power Gadgets
The inimitable Lab Rat has learned that researchers have invented a tiny microengine that can power devices ten times longer than regular batteries.

Wireless In Its Youth
Gabriel Garcia Marquez' remarkable novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude, begins with the elderly hero recalling his childhood as a time that was so new, "many things lacked names, and in order to indicate them, it was necessary to point." We seem to be in that same place now in the wireless world.

Bluetooth Update: More Speed, Less Power
Attempting to dispel concerns about the technology's future, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group this week will unveil its road map out to 2006.

A Bundle Of Trouble?
Hotspot access is at the heart of some attractive wireless bundles, but there could be a long-term 'gotcha.'

Will palmOne Avoid Being The Next Apple?
Will palmOne and its one-time sibling, PalmSource, become the Apples of the mobile world?


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Small, Wireless, And Smart
Forget about the next 50 years, small tech is the future, and the future is here now.



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