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Month: March 2009

Mini Movie Machine Almost Breaks Into the Big Time

Dell pushes the upper echelons of netbookitude with the Mini 10. It’s a little laptop whose Atom processor marks it as a populist ultraportable, but whose 10-inch, wide-format display and HDMI port reveal more aristocratic ambitions.

Want to catch the last episode of Battlestar Galactica while hanging out in the local java joint?… Read the rest

Scratch Lowers Resistance to Programming

Originally published on Wired, March 2009.

SAN JOSE, CALIF. — A new language from MIT’s Media Lab makes it easy for kids to develop programs that interact with things in the real world: Pencils, paper, water, and even vegetables.

Called Scratch, it’s not so much a procedural language as an environment for creating interactive animations, annotated stories, slideshows, prototypes and games.… Read the rest

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