Quantum attacks worry computer scientists

In the weird world of quantum computing, the state of computer systems networked together is so fragile that a read access to a single quantum bit, or qubit, on one machine would require a network-wide reset.

Asustek expects Apple and PS3 to balance potential slip in moboshipments in Q4

Amid component-shortage concerns surfacing the motherboard industry, Asustek Computer remains confident on its fourth-quarter business outlook, expecting to start delivering PlayStation 3 (PS3) game consoles and expecting strong orders from Apple.

Super Multi surpasses Dual in global DVD burner shipments, says industry group

Super Multi DVD burners have surpassed DVD Dual burners in global shipment volume with 12x DVD-RAM set to become mainstream in 2007, according to Kenji Koishi, director for the Compatibility Working Group of the Recordable DVD Council (RDVDC) at a symposium held in Taipei on October 31.

Vision-body link tested in robot experiments

Experiments involving real and simulated robots suggest that the relationship between physical movement and sensory input could be crucial to developing more intelligent machines.

MS Office developer to become next space tourist

The billionaire software engineer set to become the next space tourist said he's been interested in space since his boyhood in the Soviet Union.

Outsourcing accelerates in LCD TV market

Due to the explosive growth of LCD TV sales, outsourced design and manufacturing activities are taking off in the television market, according to iSuppli. The portion of LCD TV manufacturing outsourced to contract manufacturers will increase to 38% of units in 2010, up from 27.1% in 2005.

Surveillance system spots violent behaviour

Smart surveillance systems capable of automatically detecting violent crimes could soon be available.

Really 'light' computers

We've been told for a while that our computers will one day use light instead of electricity.

Mobile music market estimated to reach $13 billion by 2011

Over $13 billion will be generated by all forms of mobile music by 2011, according to a forecast by research firm Informa Telecoms & Media.

IPTV subscribers to reach 29.5 million worldwide in 2010, says Ovum

The number of IPTV subscribers will reach a moderate 29.5 million worldwide in 2010 from a small base of five million in 2006, with global revenues from IPTV services increasing from nearly $1.5 billion in 2006 to $9.3 billion in 2010, according to consulting firm Ovum.

Firm DRAM contract prices to persist through November

Although sequential growth of DRAM contract prices weakened in the second half of October, DRAMeXchange said the firm pricing environment is likely to persist through November amid a worsening supply arising from issues experienced by some memory makers in the transition to 90nm.

Silicon retina mimics biology for a clearer view

A silicon chip that faithfully mimics the neural circuitry of a real retina could lead to better bionic eyes for those with vision loss, researchers claim.

Researcher attempts to shed light on security troll

The troll - as such taunting posters are dubbed - would frequently ignite massive angry e-mail responses, or flame wars, at times limiting the usefulness of the Full Disclosure list.

One in 10 snared by fake 'phishing' messages

One in 10 internet users may be lured into handing over sensitive personal information such as a credit card number, by fraudulent "phishing" emails, research suggests.

Price competition emerges in grid hosting

This year's hot trend in web hosting is grid computing, which employs server clusters to bring the advantages of enterprise-level infrastructure to affordable web hosting plans. As with any trend in web hosting, it hasn't taken long for a price war to break out.

Lions trained to chase by robots

I guess that lions living in Africa don't need to be stimulated to learn how to chase prey. But apparently, it's a different story for the lions living in captivity in the Blair Drummond Safari Park located near Stirling in Scotland.

Mobile games market shows growth, but major challenges remain

The mobile games market is growing, but will need to overcome several hurdles to gain mass-market acceptance, according to research firm Informa Telecoms and Media.

Scientists create 'invisibility' cloak that bends microwaves

A team of British and U.S. scientists has demonstrated the first working "invisibility cloak," although don't expect it to appear in the Halloween costumes aisle just yet.

Samsung sees printing as key to lowering TFT LCD costs

Samsung Electronics aims to reduced the cost of TFT LCD production to $100 per square meter, down from the current $1500, by adopting printing techniques, according to Souk Jun-hyung, senior vice president of the Samsung Electronics LCD Business.

Volume risks of MP3 players sounded out

The design of in-ear headphones that come as standard with many portable music players, can cause users to crank their music up to damaging levels, research suggests.