September 11, 2012

In Gadgets, Retro Makes a Comeback

Mark Anderson, IEEE Spectrum

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For those who want to go even further back in time, plenty of early arcade games in their original cabinets are available on eBay and sites like the Vintage Arcade Superstore. Although it’s possible, with emulators such as the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator, or MAME, to run the actual code of classic titles like Asteroids and Space Invaders on modern personal computers, the original software was designed hand in hand with the cabinets and controllers. (The truly ambitious can travel down the path trod by IEEE Spectrum contributing editor Paul Wallich in his July 2011 article, “Building Your Own Arcade Game.”) Games like Missile Command, Battlezone, and Spy Hunter had one-of-a-kind features like outsize trackballs, unusual screen arrangements, or gearshift levers,...

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September 1, 2012
It's About Time We Rethought Gadgets on Planes
Tony Bradley, PC World
Did you know that if you turn on your cell phone during takeoff or landing on a commercial airline flight, the engines will spontaneously combust and the plane will drop from the sky like a brick? No? Well, that’s because I... more ››
August 31, 2012
Keyboard & Stylus Refuse to Die
Nathaniel Mott, Pando Daily
“Everything old becomes new again.” This has been said of hair metal, skinny jeans, Valley Girl slang, and “21 Jump Street”, but the greatest example might be found in the tools that we use. Tools are... more ››
August 31, 2012
Why All Gadgets Look the Same
Tom Chatfield, BBC News
Apple’s recent victory over Samsung in its patent dispute has been fascinating for a number of reasons - not least for those who enjoy guessing just how much victory could be worth to a company that’s already more valuable... more ››
August 29, 2012
The Gadgets of IFA 2012
Hunter Skipworth, Pocket-Lint
IFA is so very nearly upon us. Throughout the halls of the Messe Berlin, the world's tech giants prepare to do battle. New products are announced, innovations are unveiled, companies lay down their cards to be judged. You can... more ››