Review and Comment Articles
Stinky the Robot, Four Kids And a Brief Whiff of Success
- Stinky is one ugly robot, a raggedy contraption constructed of crudely painted, cheap plastic pipes pasted together with gobs of the foul-smelling glue that gave the monstrosity its name.
Wireless World: Smart-cards vs. RFID tags
- Very soon, international travelers will be able to breeze through customs checkpoints using passports outfitted with contactless smart-cards, experts told UPI's Wireless World.
Dialing up to do business
Big money is changing hands every day in South Korea, and a large percentage of it is happening at the touch of a cellphone button.
Top 25: Technological breakthroughs
- Advances that transformed how the world communicates are among the top 25 technological breakthroughs of the past quarter century, according to a panel of experts assembled by CNN.
Wireless device can monitor patients
- Nordic telecommunications operator TeliaSonera said Wednesday it is launching a new product that lets doctors monitor their patients through a wireless device. The new system, called BodyKom, connects wirelessly to sensors on the patient.
Internet report finally arrives seven years later
- Talk about turning in your homework late: The government just finished a report on Internet traffic that Congress requested seven years ago.
Sony wants an 'iTunes for movies'
- Michael Arrieta, senior vice president of Sony Pictures, said at a US Digital Hollywood conference that it wanted to create an "iTunes" for films. Films will be put onto flash memory for mobiles over the next year.
It's Not Just a Phone, It's an Adventure
- Larry Azlin, a software engineer in El Cerrito, Calif., considers himself one of the lucky ones. His aging clamshell cellphone, a Motorola V60, seems to work just fine. But once he gives it some thought, it occurs to him that he does have a few complaints.
In the Competition for DVD Rentals by Mail, Two Empires Strike Back
- Seven years ago, Netflix invented the category, the business model and the prepaid two-way shipping envelope. Now, as three million subscribers are helping Netflix hit its profitable stride, Blockbuster and Wal-Mart have entered the market, taking a page from the Netflix playbook.
Thwack! Whir!... Whir? Segway Polo Is Born
- "It's similar to real polo," Mr. Ko said, "but without the manure."
BigBelly Has Appetite for Trash
- A new trash-compacting invention has garnered raves from resort owners, quizzical looks from city dwellers and the cold shoulder from big waste-management companies.
BigBelly, a somewhat insatiable 4-foot-tall trash container, doubles as a trash compactor that can flatten and hold up to 300 gallons of garbage. The average capacity of a garbage bin, by comparison, is 30 gallons.
Phishing Attack Targets Yahoo Messenger
- Yahoo Messenger is the target of a phishing attack in which victims receive messages that appear to come from people on their buddy lists. When they click on a link in a message, they're transported to what they believe is a Yahoo Web site, where their login information is taken down by perpetrators. A Yahoo spokesperson confirmed the attack Friday.
Spam Ain't Dead Yet
- In the past few weeks, I have heard reports that spam is finally dying. But to paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated.
March's Bug Story: Old Worms Maintain Grip, Work Phishing Up
- Older worms and viruses continued to dominate March's list of Top 10 baddest apples, said security firms Thursday, in part because users don't update their anti-virus defenses, but also because 2005's entries have been too weak to unseat the old guard.
Microsoft sues site operators
- Microsoft, stepping up its war against online fraud, filed 117 lawsuits Thursday against operators of ``phishing'' sites that try to trick unsuspecting Internet users into handing over personal financial information.