Timeline: A look back at Kinect's history

Kinect has turned out to be a big success for Microsoft, and Monday's news that the company is planning to officially bring the technology to Windows users marks an important step in Kinect's progress as a platform for new types of software and gesture-based user interfaces.

That said, if you take a look back, it's not like we didn't see this coming.

Even so, Kinect has turned out to be more successful than Microsoft originally imagined, with sales that dramatically beat estimates. It's also helped reform the image of the software giant from a company … Read more

Organize an enormous number of notes

Tinderbox is a professional-grade information-management tool for creating, organizing, using, and sharing notes--especially large or complex sets of data, whether you're composing a novel, drafting a presentation, or performing academic research. Tinderbox has a very visual interface that provides a lot of flexibility, giving you multiple options for viewing notes (in map, outline, timeline, chart, treemap, or explorer windows), which you can drag and drop into hierarchical "containers" along with various contextual properties and links. A powerful, open-ended system of "agents"--basically, persistent searches--scans your notes continuously, identifying patterns or attributes and then executing macro-like … Read more

First look: Acer Aspire TimelineX 1830T-68U118, an 11.6-inch powerhouse

We said we were noticing a trend in 2010 toward "premium" Netbooks, and that's no joke--it seems as we begin our final descent through this calendar year that true ultraportable laptops are back, in a big way.

The $899 Acer Aspire TimelineX 1830T-68U118 looks like a Netbook from the outside, just slightly bigger. An 11.6-inch glossy screen and a full-size flat keyboard are contained cozily in a narrow lightweight chassis with little bulk, resembling an Acer TimelineX in miniature. A six-cell battery is tucked above the keyboard and between the screen hinges, reducing bottom bulk. With … Read more

Acer offers smaller MacBook Air alternative

A new Acer Aspire TimelineX AS1830T-68U118 boasts both a design and internals that rival current and possibly future MacBook ultraportables.

Persistent rumors about an upcoming MacBook Air point to a redesign--as well as new processors. And on Wednesday, we got official word from Apple that it is staging a "Back to Mac" event on October 20. Needless to say, this can only serve to fuel speculation about new MacBooks--and most prominently the MacBook Air.

So, could Acer be blazing a trail that others will follow? At the very least, the TimelineX's feature set points to a contemporaneous … Read more

New Acer laptops add 3D, Optimus

A handful of new laptop announcements from Acer kick off the week, covering everything from 3D-enabled systems to the long-life TimelineX series. Most of the new features offered are things we've previously seen on other laptops (specifically Nvidia's 3D Vision and Optimus), but we've been liking Acer's designs lately, so it's nice to see them add these useful extras. We've also seen some of these mentioned out of Europe previously, so they shouldn't come as a complete surprise.

Acer Aspire 5745DG This is probably the single most interesting new entry, taking a familiar … Read more

Acer ditches ULV for Core i3, i5 on Timeline X

As "thin-and-light" laptop releases grow fewer and farther between, Acer has decided to stay the course on slim while largely abandoning its ultra low-voltage CPU for the full-voltage Core i-series in a new line of laptops called the Timeline X. The Timeline X models have screens ranging in size from 13 inches to 15 inches,  costs start at $599,  use Core i3 or i5 processors, and they have a black brushed-aluminum look. On the 14- and 15-inch models, Acer includes internal optical drives; however, the 13-inch Timeline X won't have the drive.

The 11.6-inch-screened … Read more