Google launches literacy project to link resources

Google unveiled on Wednesday a Web site dedicated to literacy, pulling together its books, video, mapping and blogging services to help teachers and educational organizations share reading resources.

Mobile e-mail revenues to pass SMS in North American wireless business market

By the end of the decade more than 41 million North American business users will spend over US$10 billion annually on wireless enterprise data services, with enterprise mobile e-mail to eclipse SMS as the prime revenue generator as early as 2009, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.

Robot cars will race in real traffic

The first 11 teams for a race in which robot cars will jostle with real ones along mocked-up city streets have been announced.

Flexible transistors for your clothes

Physicists from Austria and the U.S. have built ultra-thin pressure sensors which can be woven into sensitive textiles.

Apple suspect in Internet device market study

Apple Computer is one of few high-tech companies which may have been responsible for a recent market survey that asked participants to rate their preference of form factor designs for a next-generation Internet handheld device.

SATA may replace ATAPI as mainstream for DVD burners in 2007

Although advanced technology attachment packet interface (ATAPI) is the mainstream interface standard for optical disc drives (ODDs) currently, serial ATA (SATA) stands a chance of replacing the former in the second half of 2007, according to sources in Taiwan's ODD manufacturing industry.

Price war for 40" LCD TVs intensifies in N. America

Brand LCD-TV makers are offering more aggressive prices for their products in North America amid a traditionally strong season and support from panel makers, with prices for 40" and 42" models competing more fiercely than before.

US still leads in electronic design influence but China catching up

The United States in 2006 is expected to maintain its lead in the worldwide electronic equipment design business, with the nation's activities in this area driving the most semiconductor purchasing of any country on earth, according research firm Isuppli.

Solar flares will disrupt GPS in 2011

Navigation, power and communications systems that rely on GPS satellite navigation will be disrupted by violent solar activity in 2011, research shows.

Intel sub-$400 notebooks for emerging markets to ship in Q1 2007

At the ongoing fall Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, Intel president and CEO Paul Otellini introduced a sub-$400 "Classmate PC" notebook model for the company's "Intel World Ahead Program" that targets emerging markets.

LG.Philips LCD develops slim handset-use LCD panel

LG.Philips LCD announced that it has developed the world's slimmest TFT LCD panel, measuring only 1.3 mm in thickness (including the module), for mobile phones.

Hynix and Samsung speed up MLC NAND flash migration, spur SLC flash prices up

The migration to multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash at both Hynix Semiconductor and Samsung Electronics is speeding up, with both companies about to have at least half of their NAND flash produced on an MLC architecture in the fourth quarter of 2006, according to a Korean-language Digital Times report.

GPS to drive 3G: 315 million GPS-based LBS subscribers expected in five years

In 2011, the total population of GPS-enabled location-based services (LBS) subscribers will reach 315 million, up from 12 million in 2006, according to a new study from ABI Research.

Car-use semiconductor market estimated to pass $18 billion in 2008

The semiconductor market for car-use applications will total $18.14 billion in 2008, up from $15.14 billion at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.2%, according to statistics from Strategy Analytics.

Internet's future in 2020 debated

The internet will be a thriving, low-cost network of billions of devices by 2020, says a major survey of leading technology thinkers.

PDP makers eying larger-size segments to counter LCD trends

PDP (plasma display panel) makers are now betting on larger-size segments to counter the LCD technology, according to PDP TV makers.

MRC shows more powerful solar cells

Today, solar cells are not a very efficient way to produce electricity, even if the source of energy is free. They can be manufactured from thick crystalline silicon wafers (300 microns thick) or thinner non-crystalline ones (about 2 microns thick). But 'thin' cells built are less efficient than 'thick' ones, even if they're cheaper to produce.

Virtual bees help robots see in 3D

Copying the humble honeybee's foraging methods could give robots better 3D vision, researchers say. Robot explorers could identify points of interest by mimicking the way bees alert others of promising foraging spots.

Strong second half shaping up for large-size TFT LCD panels, says Isuppli

Despite achieving shipment growth of only 2.7% in the second quarter of 2006, the large-size TFT LCD panel market is in shape for an excellent second half of 2006, as tight supply and price increases bolster the market, according to iSuppli.

Warner engineers file for triple-format DVD patent

The electronics industry is in a fine mess, with two blue-laser disc standards (Blu-ray and HD-DVD) competing to succeed ordinary red-laser DVDs.