gadgets
Co-Inventor of the World’s First Handheld Electronic Calculator Dies at 86

Jerry Merryman, one of three people at Texas Instruments credited with inventing the world’s first handheld electronic calculator in the 1960s, died at a Dallas hospital on February 27th. Merryman was 86 years old. Read More >>

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My Favourite Childhood Gadget of the 80s, the Speak & Spell, is Back

I can’t remember when exactly the Speak & Spell first entered my life – it was sometime in the very early ‘80s when I was four or five years old – but I do remember being amazed that my parents allowed me to touch and play with this marvel of technology, when other devices, like the VCR and the stereo, were strictly off-limits. And now a new Speak & Spell is coming for kids who aren’t quite ready for that outdated phone or tablet you still have lying around. After introducing the classic educational title, The Oregon Trail, to a new generation of kids with the first portable version of the game, Basic Fun! is reviving another classic electronic toy from my youth, and my first real gadget obsession. Read More >>

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A Tiny HD DLP Chip Could Finally Put a Projector in Your Phone

Texas Instruments might have found a way to convince handset makers to include a minuscule projector into forthcoming devices with its new 0.3-inch HD DLP Pico chipset. Read More >>

gaming
How Can Portal Look This Unbelievably Amazing On a Graphing Calculator?

If you thought spelling out childish messages was the only fun you could have with a calculator, think again. Some incredibly talented hacker who goes by the handle Builderboy has written a Portal clone for Texas Instruments Ti-83 and Ti-84 graphing calculators. Read More >>

rumours
Amazon in Talks to Buy Texas Instruments’ Mobile Chip Division

Amazon is apparently in "advanced negotiations" with Texas Instruments, in an attempt to buy its smartphone and tablet oriented OMAP chip division. Read More >>

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Why You’ll Be Seeing TI’s OMAP Chipset in More Cars and Fewer Smartphones

Texas Instrument's OMAP4 mobile chipset is quite good. In fact, you'll be seeing it in the Kindle Fire HD and the new Nook HD tablets. But despite the technical proficiency of that piece of silicon, the company has bigger plans for its technology than just tablets and smartphones: it wants to be in cars. Read More >>