HP’s New PC Can Project a Touchscreen Onto Your Desk." With this configuration, maybe Windows 8 does make a smidgeon (say, one M&M's worth) of sense for a desktop computer.
In addition to acting as a second screen projected onto the surface where your keyboard would normally be, Sprout’s camera/projector mount—dubbed the “HP Illuminator”—also acts as a scanner. The touch mat also has a special coating that renders it invisible to its cameras during scans. You can place documents or objects in front of the computer, scan them with the Sprout’s 14.6-megapixel and depth-sensing Intel RealSense cameras, and then use the multitouch mat to move those scanned objects around and resize them. That work is done in HP’s own Workspace software on the machine, but the company has released an SDK for app developers to tap into those scanning and input features.
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Halloween having come and gone, can winter be far behind? (The correct answer is "no," as even here in Virginia we've already had our first hard-frost alert of the season.) And so, we have a warning from the Onion, "Snowy Conditions Proving Hazardous For Nation's Idiots." Included on SF and Nonsense with the rationale we so want to believe that story is fiction ....
(On the bright side, the first one involves a lot of trial and error.) (Did I hear a Snickers?)
Are you salivating for -- more than another Clark Bar -- the impending era of the Internet of Things, in which everything from your front door to your (LED) light bulbs is smart? So are hackers, hungry to use network-enabled gadgets in your home as a gateway to your WiFi-enabled phone and your computer. CNN reports that "'Bash' bug could let hackers attack through a light bulb."
The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy: The Phoebus cartel engineered a shorter-lived lightbulb and gave birth to planned obsolescence."
Who doesn't like a good comic about the Turing Test? Check out a favorite Brewster Rockit.
Isn't that sweet?