Slackware 14.0 now available, freshens and simplifies a Linux vanguard

When it comes to Linux distributions, Slackware could well be called the archetype. It’s not just one of the longest-serving releases at nearly 20 years old — it’s designed to be “pure” and cut back on customized apps, many graphical interface assistants and the requirement to download anything during the installation process. Pat Volkerding and ...

Slingbox 350 and 500 show up unannounced in Best Buy, flaunt 1080p and built-in WiFi

You might say Dave Zatz just had a happy accident. While he was hunting for the as yet unofficial Logitech Harmony Touch in Best Buy, he discovered the Slingbox 350 and 500 — two more living room gadgets that have yet to receive an official introduction. The placeshifting hubs both look to be major improvements ...

Switched On: iOS 6 gets back from the app

Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about consumer technology. Apple’s App Store has more smartphone apps than those of its competitors. But the sheer size of the library is not the only source of consternation for Google or Microsoft, which would both readily concede that it’s also important to obtain the kind ...

IRL: Dyson DC44, NUU ClickMate PowerPlus and the Galaxy S III

Welcome to IRL, an ongoing feature where we talk about the gadgets, apps and toys we’re using in real life and take a second look at products that already got the formal review treatment. Can’t get more random than this, folks: in this week’s edition of IRL, we have Darren recommending a vacuum cleaner, Dan ...

B&N makes the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight's $20 price drop official

The Nook’s $20 price drop is more than the whim of a few major retailers — it’s Barnes & Noble’s new MSRP. Following Walmart and Target’s recent discounts, the company’s own website is now listing the glowing e-reader at its new $119 price. The reduction is almost assuredly in preparation for Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite, as ...

New process for nanotube semiconductors could be graphene's ticket to primetime (video)

In many ways, graphene is one of technology’s sickest jokes. The tantalizing promise of cheap to produce, efficient to run materials, that could turn the next page in gadget history has always remained frustratingly out of reach. Now, a new process for creating semiconductors grown on graphene could see the super material commercialized in the ...

Inhabitat's Week in Green: ECOLAR house, transparent solar panel and Star Wars terrariums

Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week’s most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us — it’s the Week in Green. For the past two weeks Inhabitat has been reporting live from the Solar Decathlon Europe in Madrid, where 18 student teams from around the world have been competing for the ...

Sony shuts down PSP Comic Store after October 30th, leaves most of us in the lurch for now

PSP Comic Store, we hardly knew ye. No really, we hardly knew ye — which is probably why Sony is warning PSP owners that its comic book portal is shutting down after October 30th. Come Hallowe’en, we’ll lose the option to download the necessary app or buy additional titles. Any currently owned comics will be ...

Google retires more services, consolidates others in continued efficiency bid

When you run as many services as Google does, every once in a while you’re going to have to do some pruning. Evidently Mountain View’s got the secateurs out, having just announced the next batch of its projects that will be getting axed wound down. For the chop are: AdSense for Feeds, Classic Plus, Spreadsheet ...

LightSquared pitches new plans to FCC in attempt to end GPS interference hex

If you thought filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy was the final chapter in LightSquared‘s wireless network saga, you’d be wrong. Hedge-fund manager Philip Falcone is back at the FCC‘s doorstep with yet another proposal, which he hopes might snatch the maligned network from the jaws of GPS interference-related troubles. Two filings placed with the commission ...