Articles By Robert L. Mitchell

Smartphones just the beginning for OLED displays

If the screen on that sleek smartphone you just bought looks unusually bright and colorful, you might not be looking at an LCD at all. The displays in models such as the Samsung Galaxy S, the Google

Published on: March 30th, 2011 Robert L. Mitchell

Sense of touch helping to move display technology

If multitouch display technology is proliferating, haptic feedback is helping to fuel the trend. Haptics provide tactile feedback to your fingers as you touch a display by vibrating all or part of the display

Published on: March 16th, 2011 Robert L. Mitchell

2011 becoming year of the multitouch screen

Touch-screen panels have been around for more than a decade, but it was the 2007 introduction of a multitouch screen in Apple's iPhone that galvanized the market. Now the business is going gangbusters

Published on: March 9th, 2011 Robert L. Mitchell

Find secrets hidden in the recesses of your PC with Identity Finder

My laptop was a ticking time bomb. Deep within a nested hierarchy of folders in the machine's My Documents folder, in an archive eight levels down, sat 722 Social Security numbers. For nearly

Published on: May 14th, 2010 Robert L. Mitchell

Delaying Windows 7 upgrade could be ‘costly’

Not everyone is interested in upgrading to Windows 7 -- at least not right away. Computerworld 's survey respondents who said they have no plans to upgrade reported that they just don't see

Published on: March 15th, 2010 Robert L. Mitchell

Most IT teams ready to commit to Windows 7

Jim Thomas said no to Windows Vista - but Windows 7 is an entirely different matter. Thomas, CIO at Pella Corp., says his IT team began beta testing Vista's successor a year ago

Published on: March 11th, 2010 Robert L. Mitchell

How to wrestle down online impostors … the WWE way

It's hard to understand who in their right mind would want to incur the wrath of "Triple H," the intimidating superstar of professional wrestling. But when a poser created a fraudulent MySpace account

Published on: October 20th, 2009 Robert L. Mitchell

Dirty dozen – 12 things about Twitter that drive you ballistic

Twitter's popularity may have exploded over the past year, but its feature set continues to evolve at a seemingly glacial pace. New users quickly realize that they need to shop around in the

Published on: September 30th, 2009 Robert L. Mitchell

Web wars – cybersquatting more prevalent than ever

When the Web site FreeLegoPorn.com began publishing pornographic images created with Lego toys, trademark owner Lego Juris AS, which sells the popular plastic building blocks for children, acted quickly."The content available on the

Published on: September 15th, 2009 Robert L. Mitchell

High profile firms take data underground

As Hurricane Ike bore down on Houston one Friday last September, the Continental Airlines' flight operations center, located on the 14th floor of a glass-sided downtown high rise, suddenly went dark. For the

Published on: July 29th, 2009 Robert L. Mitchell

Crushing cybersquatters – fighting those who abuse your brand online

When the Web site FreeLegoPorn.com began publishing pornographic images created with Lego toys, trademark owner Lego Juris AS, which sells the popular plastic building blocks for children, acted quickly. "The content available on

Published on: June 26th, 2009 Robert L. Mitchell

Google knows more about you “than your mother does”

"Google knows more about you than your mother." Kevin Bankston, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, recently made that statement to this reporter. A few years ago, it might have sounded

Published on: May 12th, 2009 Robert L. Mitchell

Futuristic system analyzes body language to detect terrorists posing as tourists

The year is 2012. As soon as you walk into the airport, the machines are watching. Are you a tourist -- or a terrorist posing as one? As you answer a few questions

Published on: February 23rd, 2009 Robert L. Mitchell

Online dating sites use smart technologies to match up lonely singles

When Joe wanted to find love, he turned to science. Rather than hang out in bars or hope that random dates worked out, the 34-year-old aerospace engineer signed up for eHarmony.com, an online

Published on: February 17th, 2009 Robert L. Mitchell

Finding yourself online – information about you available on the Web

She had me at hello ... or just about. Our conversation had barely started when privacy activist Betty Ostergren interrupted me to say that she had found my full name, address, Social Security

Published on: January 28th, 2009 Robert L. Mitchell