Google changes search results, now includes semantics

Google is working hard to deliver the highest level of quality where their search results are concerned. The company is now employing a semantic search technology, altering the existing algorithm in an attempt to make Google's suggestions more relevant.

IBM brings RFID to Volkswagen's entire supply chain

IBM and Volkswagen announced a plan yesterday to bring RFID technology to everything in Volkswagen's entire supply chain. Vendors will be required to tag every item they manufacture with RFID, or put every item manufactured in RFID-tagged containers. This process will allow inventories to be electronically tagged with far greater accuracy and speed.

Game console sales show unexpected strength

Recession? What recession? February brought the sixth best unit sales result for game console makers since November 2006. Nintendo and Microsoft posted substantial increases over February last year. PS3 sales dropped year-over year, but are also stronger than in recent months, according to market research firm NPD.

60 million U.S. consumers may cut down on their cellphone usage

The recessions may soon be impacting cellphone usage as a new survey suggests that two out of five Americans with contract-based cellphones are thinking about cutting down on their cellphone expenses.

Great Britain: 7th country for Google Street View

Google launched its often controversial Street View service in 25 cities in England today. The images were taken from Google cars driving around Britain's roads last summer. This makes England the 7th country to receive Street View maps.

Sun beaming from IBM attention

Sun Microsystems, Inc. has had an amazing day on the stock market. Whereas the average volume of daily shares traded is three million, IBM's recent interest in the company has sent the trading volume to 162.1 million, up 5400% in one day. In addition, the stock price continues north, closing up $3.92 on the day at $8.89, which is 78.9% increase.

AMD's lawyer claims Intel wants them dead

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Intel Corporation are currently in a dispute regarding a potential x86 cross licensing agreement breach. Earlier in the month AMD and its partner Advanced Technology Investment Company established GlobalFoundries, a joint venture which would produce microprocessors for AMD among other chips utilizing equipment and technologies from AMD. Intel feels that the use of the equipment by GlobalFoundries for the production of x86 chips is a breach in a cross-licensing agreement between AMD and Intel.

Mac and iPod sales both down 16% in February

Apple is apparently not outside the effects of the economic decline after all. The trend started last holiday season with a deceleration in Mac sales and has now spilled over into January and, according to the latest stats, February as well. It's causing watchers to ponder a question of Apple: How low can you go?

John McCain to be "Twitterviewed": First interview conducted over Twitter

Journalism is changing. On Tuesday, ABC's George Stephanopoulos is planning to conduct an interview with the former presidential candidate, John McCain, for his show This Week. I would say that typically, even chatting on Twitter can be quite a pain due to its 140-character limit. However in this instance with such a limited form of communications and two players typically long-winded, it should be quite interesting to see how a full interview with the former presidential candidate plays out.

UN claims cybersquatting hits record numbers in 2008

Cybersquatting is the act of registering a domain name like gogole.com or micrsofot.com, hoping to capitalize on the common misspellings of popular websites. According to the United Nations' World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in 2008 a record number of complaints were filed about this "abusive registration of trademarks on the Internet".

15% U.S. households utilizing a cellphone only, study finds

A new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and sponsored by the center's National Center for Health Statistics, indicates that almost 15 percent of U.S. households have abandoned their home phone service in favor of wireless service only -- leaving people with no landlines as backup, according to Reuters.

Google is getting personal, ads will target viewer's interests

Perhaps taking a cue from the recent Yahoo success, Google will also bring a personal advertising campaign to your browser. A tailored advertising frenzy will soon be provided to you free of charge by Google, based not only on the web sites you visit, but also from cookies Google will leave on your computer to aid in further refinement and a new plug-in which will make the data persistent -- though you will have some control over how much Google does this.

Report: Social networking more popular than web-email

More individuals visit and utilize social networking websites and blogs rather than web based email, claims a report issued by Nielsen Online, a firm which tracks time spent online visiting different websites. This new data marks a change in the direction of the Internet and communication by its users.

UPDATED: PC shipments fall more in 2009, should recover in 2010

On Thursday, IDC updated its PC shipment forecast stating that shipments would decline much further in 2009 prior to gradually recovering in 2010. Computer manufacturers should expect shipments to decline by 4.5 percent in 2009, upgrading the forecast of 3.8 percent which was previously made in December. Over the next five years, the US market looks to decline and only increase by 3.4% overall, mostly in 2012 and 2013. However, the world-wide market looks to explode by over 50% increase between now and 2013, beginning an up-surge in 2010.

YouTube viewers in U.S. exceed 100 million for first time

With the inauguration, major awards shows, X-Games and other major events occurring recently it is no shock that users took to YouTube to catch up on things missed and to check out the videos they want to see again. It's even less surprising that YouTube has much to be excited about, as the company surpassed the 100 million viewer mark in the United States alone, making them the #3 most visited website on the Internet (and also #3 in U.S.), and #3 in most traffic, accounting for around 17% of all Internet traffic world-wide. This gives an idea as to the demand and growth of the online video industry.

Complete list of 273 + 11 root domain names

An organization called IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) publishes a root zone database, which lists all top-level domains, such as .com, .org and .net. TGdaily has compiled this list into a reference chart which describes each domain, or its country of association. Typically commercial uses in other countries will be prefixed with ".com" or ".co", as in ".co.uk" being a .com-like address for the United Kingdom. However, sometimes they go simply with their country's extension, as in Coca-Cola Canada (www.cocacola.ca).

UPDATED: The 100 oldest registered dot com, org, net, edu domains

Ever wonder what the oldest registered .com domain is on the Internet? After all, they haven't always existed. In fact, it was just 24 years ago this month that the oldest domain was registered. It was www.symbolics.com, owned by the Symbolics, Inc. company who, back in the day, was a leading software development firm with software projects designed back in the 1980s which appear very much like modern software designs seen today. For example, they had developed a fully object-oriented operating system called Genera, which today still exists as Open Genera, for Alpha CPUs. Their domain was registered on March 15, 1985 -- when the Internet was brand new. EXTRA: Slideshow

LED products: For African villages without electricity

In a project currently being introduced in Ghana, Phillips has entered into a partnership with KITE, a non-profit organization from Ghana, in an attempt to bring artificial light to villages lacking in electricity.

Italian priest asks youth to give up Facebook, iPods and texting for Lent

It's being reported that for 2009, the Bishop of Modena, in northern Italy, has asked young Italians to give up sending text messages on Fridays, as well as using Facebook and iPods. As an alternative to the traditional giving up of chocolate and other certain other foods or activities, the Italian priest is instead asking youthful members of the congregation to give up aspects of technology for Lent, meaning no text messaging (the average Italian posts 50 texts each month), no social networking, no music listening and mobile video watching. Other priests are asking older members to abstain from using their cars and playing video games, in addition to giving up Facebook, MP3 players and texting.

Apple gets another secret Intel processor

Opinion – You have to admit that there is a pattern. For the third time in two years, Apple announces a new computer with a processor that officially does not yet exist. Today it is the upcoming Xeon X5580 CPU with Nehalem-EP core. Does Apple get preferential treatment from Intel? Or is Apple simply Apple and does not care about non-disclosure agreements and the rest of the industry?