Lab Impressions


Why ultrabooks actually could be the Next Big Thing

They promise a lot of what's new in user experience -- including a Siri-like voice interface and gesture recognition -- along with a treasured oldie.

3 reasons to beware of the hype at CES

Although a lot of buzz will come from CES, the hot new product doesn't always do so well in the real world. Here are three past "darlings" that didn't catch on.

Paper-thin, 55-inch TV could show the future of monitors

LG Electronics will show off its organic LED monitor at CES, which could mean the technology is finally ready for prime time.

10 terrible technology blunders of 2011

These people and technologies made headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Top tech advances for 2012

From invisible tanks to radar that can see through walls, the GCN Lab's coverage this year points to some jaw-dropping technology developments in 2012.

Noyce Google search doodle

Google Doodle a fitting tribute to Robert Noyce

Happy Birthday, Robert Noyce.

Wonder Woman invisible jet

Nanotube paint could make invisible aircraft a reality

Nanotubes can be configured to create the blackest black, rendering an object invisible to radar or vision at night, researchers say. You wouldn't even be able to see Wonder Woman sitting inside.

IBM's 'racetrack' could change the world of computer memory

The innovative architecture could lead to data-centric computing that allows massive amounts of data to be accessed in less than a billionth of a second.

Should computers be powered down for the holidays?

It's an age-old debate (in the computing era, anyway), and there is a right answer.

Counterfeiting crackdowns: Do they do any good?

Seizing the Web domains of counterfeit traffickers helps a little, but success against these criminals depends on a lot more.

Could hackers steal info, start a fire using your printer?

Columbia University researchers say they've discovered a flaw in certain Hewlett-Packard printers that would let hackers take control of the devices, launch an attack or cause the printers to overheat.

Why does Google spell better than Word's spell-checker?

The spell-check programs in word processors could learn a thing or two from Google's search engine.