Day: March 4, 2010

Hydrofloors Pools with Movable Floors

source – by – Jeff

Hydrofloors are only like the coolest thing ever invented. They are specially designed pools with movable floors. When you’re using your pool it’s just like a normal pool. But when you are done swimming or aquacising, you press a button and the pool’s floor slowly raises up while the water slips underneath the floor. Pimpin! Eventually the pool’s floor reaches the top and you are left with a large flat area you can use for recreation, dining, parties or any other dry land event you want.

Another press of the button and the floor sinks back down slowly to reveal your already water-filled pool. You can also stop the floor at any point which means you can make the pool as shallow or deep as you want. Having a kid’s party? Just set it for shallow kiddie pool depth. Be sure to throw a few extra chlorine tablets in the pool cleaning mechanism though, you know how kids are.

Panasonic ToughBook C1 Convertible Tablet PC preview and hands on

source – author: G
With tradition in building rugged PCs (they claim to make them since 1993), Panasonic introduces the newest member of the ToughBook family, the Panasonic ToughBook C1 Convertible Tablet PC. And it isn’t just the newest ToughBook, it is also named the world’s lightest 12.1-inch convertible tablet PC.

The new C1 Convertible Tablet PC from Panasonic seams to address especially to medical field, but not only. When projected it, Panasonic considered the case in which you have to carry your tablet PC all day long, so he made it really lightweight – 3.2 lbs (with one battery)/ 3.7 lbs (with two batteries). An other aspect considered by Panasonic was the solidity, therefor the C1 is rugged enough as if you accidentally drop it or spill something on it will not be damaged. Having a magnesium alloy case, a spill resistant keyboard, it was designed to resist at 30” operating drop (to base only), 26 sides 12” drop (non-operating), 225 lb pressurized vibration and 6 ounces spills.

Even if it is a Tablet PC, please don’t think it performs like the other convertible tablets. It was designed to perform as a desktop computer. Its Intel Core i5-520 processor (2.54 GHz), 250 GB shock-mounted flex-connect hard drive with quick-realeas and the 2GB RAM (DDR3-800) with possibility to expand to 6GB, make the Panasonic ToughBook C1 a tablet for business, not for home use.
In addition to these the C1 also offers a battery life that allows you to use it for a long period of time (5 hours with one battery and all work day long if you use two batteries) and you can hot-swap either of the battery while the tablet is running. Talking about the connectivity we found that the standard model comes with Wireless (b/g/n) technology and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and optional it can be equipped with Gobi 2000 mobile broadband from Qualcommwhich allows you to connect to any of the major network carriers and provides GPS location services.

Panasonic ToughBook C1 is not just a high performance, lightweight convertible Tablet. Being designed for business fields like sales, FMCG or medicine it was mandatory for it to be very easy to carry, that’s why it has an ergonomic strap and dome hand support on the button and because it is expected to be used also in direct sunlight, Panasonic fitted the C1 Tablet with an anti-glare treated display. For those strict business environments there are security feature like a fingerprint reader and SmartCard reader.

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WordPress Makes A Big PuSH To Speed Up 10.5 Million Blogs

source – by Erick Schonfeld

All 10.5 million blogs on, including TechCrunch, just got more realtime. Any blog hosted on WordPress is now PuSH-enabled, meaning that new posts get pushed out to feed readers such as Google Reader the second they are published. There were WordPress plug-ins that did this before, but now WordPress is doing it automatically for all hosted blogs.

PuSH stands for Pubsubhubbub, a realtime protocol designed to speed up RSSwhich launched at our first Realtime CrunchUp last year. Instead of waiting for your RSS reader to ping the servers for each blog and news site you subscribe to, which can cause a noticeable delay before it actually shows up in your feed reader, it will now be pushed out immediately.

The PuSH protocol does away with the constant polling required by RSS. Another way to speed up RSS is through a different protocol called RSSCloud, which WordPress also supports. There are subtle differences between RSSCloud and PuSH, the most significant being that RSSCloud just notifies your feed reader there is something new, while PuSH actually sends the content with the notification via so-called fat pings.

Google Reader also supports PuSH, so if you use Google Reader, all WordPress blogs will be updated much faster than before. Not that you’d necessarily notice unless you just came from a blog’s site or saw a link on Twitter, Facebook, Buzz or some other stream first. Let us know in comments if you notice any difference to how fast TechCrunch posts appear in Google Reader.