Device & Conquer: Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving: Is it the scourge of public safety, or the new normal? What we know is that it's here and its going to grow. Fast.

In this episode of Device & Conquer, Brian Cooley gives us a quick look at the history of understanding distracted driving, what you can do to take control of reducing it in your life, and how the U.S. government may step in to handle that for you. It's the story of driving today. … Read more

Back up your drivers with Driver Magician Lite Portable

Driver Magician Lite backs up your system's drivers to a folder you select. If you need to reinstall your operating system or just need a driver, you can get them from the program's archive. Driver Magician Lite is a freeware version of Driver Magician. The free tool backs up drivers but doesn't restore them automatically. But you can still access the archived drivers manually, which is what most users will need anyway. Driver Magician Lite Portable is a totally portable version of the freeware edition. It does everything Driver Magician Lite does, but it runs from any … Read more

Update your drivers with DriverIdentifier

Drivers are software programs that interact between your hardware and your operating system. When you upgrade your hardware or install a peripheral, you probably install the drivers as well, typically from a CD or the Web, though Windows includes drivers for many devices. Without up-to-date drivers, your devices won't work properly. The usual way of updating drivers, checking each manually, takes too long or is too intimidating for many people. DriverIdentifier is a free tool that checks and updates your drivers for you. It scans your system and displays the results in a Web-based tool that lets you choose … Read more

Car Tech Live 251: U.S. goes after in-dash car tech (podcast)

Feds issue strongest position yet against distracting car tech, Tesla Model X has us excited, and confounded. Is Washington state penalizing electric car drivers? And we drive the 2012 Subaru Impreza.

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Drivers are not very sexy, but PCs need them - save 80% for one day only

After having some major problems with Windows Vista that left me stranded with blue screen of death, I decided to upgrade my PC to Windows 7. Everything seemed to go smoothly, but when the upgrade was completed, there were some display and audio issues with my newly updated PC, so I called on my tech support buddy for help. After a few tweaks here and there with my machine, everything was working beautifully, so I just had to ask. What was the problem? Did I do something wrong? Well, turns out it was just the outdated drivers that needed some … Read more

Apple releases slew of new printer drivers for OS X

Apple's print system is built on the open-source Common Unix Printing System (CUPS) technology, which it acquired a few years ago and implemented in its Mac operating system.

The printer drivers for the CUPS system are largely developed by refining generic driver sets to accommodate the features in new hardware, rather than being developed completely from scratch and distributed by companies separately. As a result, Apple periodically releases driver updates for printers from various companies.

Today Apple has issued a new round of driver updates for Mac users running Snow Leopard and Lion, which covers new and current print … Read more

ABCs of Car Tech: Driver aid systems

Last time, we took a look at how cars protect their passengers in the event of a crash. This week, we're taking a look at a few high-tech ways that modern vehicles can help prevent accidents in the first place.

Modern tech cars can be equipped with a host of driver aid systems that help make driving easier for your average commuter. From road-aware cruise control systems to self-aware headlight systems, cars are getting smarter every day.

Adaptive cruise control If the standard cruise control system was the first step toward vehicular autonomy, then adaptive cruise control system is … Read more

Apple releases Brother printer driver updates

Apple has released an update to its Brother printer drivers for OS X, which include fixes and enhancements to currently supported models along with drivers for new products from Brother.

The update is a 149MB download from the Apple support downloads site, but this download includes the entire set of printer drivers that Apple offers. If you have a Brother printer configured on your system and a new driver is available for it, then you can update just that driver by using Apple's Software Update utility in the Apple menu. The update requires OS X 10.6.1 or … Read more

Mobileye won't judge you for being a bad driver

LAS VEGAS--Humans can be such terrible drivers. We're checking text messages, drinking coffee, and doing needlepoint behind the wheel (yes, I saw that happen!). Advanced driver assistance systems are trying to save us from our folly.

Mobileye creates these high-tech systems. I was able to plug into a simulator at CES to check out the new 5-Series.

The 5-Series handles a lot of the multitasking people are so bad at. It watches for pedestrians, looks out for bicyclists, checks that you're in your lane, and even reads speed limit signs with a front window-mounted camera.… Read more

Apple updates Lexmark and Brother printer drivers

Instead of relying on third-party companies to develop and distribute drivers for printers and scanners, Apple distributes them itself as part of its open-source CUPS (Common Unix Printing System) technology that it has incorporated into OS X.

As part of this setup, as new printers are released by companies, Apple takes generic printer drivers and tweaks them to manage the features and options that the new printers have, followed by releasing packages of these drivers for users to download.

Today Apple released a couple of driver updates for new Brother and Lexmark printers, available for OS X 10.6 and … Read more