Daily Archives: December 9, 2009

Chris Nuttall

Pico projectors brought the big screen to small devices in 2009, with iPods, cameras and phones benefiting from the new technology.

Pico projectors exist in their own pocket format or are integrated into the device itself. They reached maturity as products this year, overcoming problems of poor battery life, resolution and luminescence, but they will always suffer from one key weakness. Read more

Chris Nuttall

The first reviews are out on Barnes & Noble’s eReader, the Nook. Like the device itself apparently, they don’t make for pretty reading.

The influential reviewer David Pogue, writing in the New York Times, accuses B&N of rushing the product to market before it is ready and says: “To use the technical term, it’s slower than an anesthetized slug in winter.”

Peter Svensson, AP Technology writer, begins his review equally unpromisingly: “I’ve been trying Barnes & Noble Inc.’s $259 Nook for a few days, and I’m not eager to prolong the acquaintance,” he says. Read more

Richard Waters

There was a strained, unreal air today hanging over Silicon Valley’s Rosewood Hotel, the newest addition to the local venture capital enclave on Sand Hill Road.

This was the setting for Tony Perkins’ annual Venture Summit – always one of the best places to check up on the mood of the Valley’s start-up financiers.

What made it unreal was an odd blend of gallows humour and expectant anticipation. Even in the worst of times, these professional optimists can still find something to look forward to: it’s spelled I-P-O. Read more