Aiptek brings out first glasses-free 3D photo frame

Glasses-free 3D technology is not something confined to the upcoming Nintendo 3DS, as digital camera manufacturer Aiptek plans to bring out a new kind of digital photo frame in the next couple months.

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Microsoft's search site is no longer just a "decision engine." It's growing up and now it can play music, movies, and games without ever sending users to an external Web site.

Google's "Caffeine" system gives a pick-me-up to search

When you run a search on Google, your results are going to be just a little more up-to-date, thanks to a new search infrastructure that was just announced.

Nanotechnology: An Audi that repairs itself

Got a couple of dings and scratches in your car? Paint chipping away a bit? These would never be problem again if a very high-concept Spanish designer had his say.

Hulu paves way for new premium, $10/month service

Viewers who feel limited by Hulu's five episode cap for each series will soon be able to pay a monthly fee for unlimited access to an entire back-catalog of TV content.

New $100 bill uses thousands of lenses, has a 3D effect

The US Treasury Department has introduced a new makeover to the $100 bill, which now has moving images, 3D effects, and changing colors as the most robust anti-counterfeit note in the country's history.

Coming soon: buy digital content at airports

If you plan on flying out of Atlanta this summer, you'll be one of the first to see what could be the first of many new airport kiosks: one that offers movies and music downloaded directly to a memory card.

Electronic license plate reader sends fines to wrong person

An electronic license plate reader designed to automatically send fines to people who skip through toll roads without paying, apparently can't tell the difference between an 8 and a 0.

Nearly half of Americans have social media profiles

48% of Americans over the age of 11 now have profiles on at least one social networking Web site, including 78% of teenagers, according to a newly released study.

HD Radio gets new slate of support from BMW, Ford, others

At the New York International Auto Show, the company behind HD Radio technology announced that seven automakers have renewed their commitment to providing HD Radio as a standard feature.

Nissan pushes mainstream with $32,000 electric car

In the boldest move yet for the electric car industry, Nissan is set to offer the Leaf at under $33,000, bringing the final price to consumers to around $25,000 after a federal tax credit.

Global warming skeptics increase

Cities across the Northeast and Atlantic Coast are breaking snowfall records and scientists are now rescinding claims of global warming-induced hurricanes. It all leads to growing skepticism over the climate change phenomenon.

Nudists endorse full body airport scans

The American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) has officially endorsed the deployment of full body scanners in major US airports.

Google upgrades cloud-based Docs with full file support

Google has upgraded its free, cloud-based Docs suite by supporting "all file types" and increasing maximum upload limits to 250MB.

Canadian government shuts 4,500 websites

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New captcha technique could foil robot hackers

Scientists at Tel Aviv University are working on a new captcha technology which they reckon will be harder for robot hackers to bypass. The new system relies on people's ability to recognise objects when they move, even though they may be much harder to see when stationary.

Tradeshows: IFA shows CES the way

Analyst Opinion - I spent last week at the press event for IFA, which is the European version of CES and began 85 years ago with an Albert Einstein keynote. This was the first time for me that I was looking at this show and while the two shows don't really compete, given they are focused on different markets, the IFA show appears to bring in 20% additional sales to participants while CES may actually be a 10% or better drag on sales for those who go to the show. The reason? Focus and timing. 

Google Street View controversy reveals our hypocrisy

As Google-logoed vehicles carrying spacey-looking cameras on their roofs fan out across the globe to snap comprehensive photo mosaics of major cities, Google Street View opponents in the United Kingdom have formed human chains and online protests to keep the privacy-busting cars out. But then we know that, thanks to the Internet, privacy no longer exists anyway. So why complain about Google?

How to use technology correctly, and with class

Earlier this week, the social networking site Twitter was rocked by a brief Tweet exchange which stirred up feelings all over the web. The widely reported on story is of a woman, Connor Riley, who Tweeted the following: "Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work." Shortly thereafter a Cisco employee spotted the Tweet and responded with: "Who is the hiring manager. I'm sure they would love to know that you will hate the work. We here at Cisco are versed in the web." The exchange launched what really seemed to be the entire Internet into an uproar.

AMD's motherboard channel market expected above 30% in June

Citing increased demand in AMD products now that 45nm Phenom II CPUs are available, industry sources quoted by DigiTimes are saying AMD's motherboard channel market share should return above 30% by the end of June, 2009.