MIT researcher says notebooks can be recharged wirelessly

We have cut the phone cord, we have eliminated the need for a cable when connecting notebooks to the Internet and we use wireless headsets. But while audio and data transmissions through the air have become normal in recent years, we still need to carry around cables to recharge our portable devices. New research now indicates that even power may go wireless soon.

Yahoo's cooking oil-powered car sets speed record

Yahoo! Autos cooking oil-powered car set a land speed record over the weekend at the El Mirage Dry Lake Bed near Victorville California. The heavily modified six-cylinder, 'Lipid Lightning' truck reached 98.155 mph which, according to Yahoo, is a record for a grease car.

G'day mate: Microsoft Office 2007 to understand Australian

Australian words like g'day, Sheila and bogan will be added to the Microsoft Office 2007 dictionary. More than 24,000 Australians voted for the top 20 words with g'day, short for good day, leading the pack. Office currently misrecognizes the words, thinking that they are misspellings and tries to correct them.

Intel quad-core QX6700 makes official debut in price/performance charts

The holiday shopping season begins to kick into gear these weeks, marked by a handful of the biggest electronics debuts of the entire year. On the CPU side, average prices of current processors for the Intel and AMD have formed two completely different trends, the latest edition of our price/preformance processor charts reveal.

DARPA funds automatic language translation project

Real-time translation of television, phone or web sites could come in a few years if the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has its way. Its funding the Global Autonomous Language Exploitation (GALE) project that will aim for 90 to 95 percent accurate translations of Arabic or Mandarin by 2010. Competitors are large companies like IBM, SRI and BBN who must make the grade every year or risk being cut from the project.

MySpace becomes hotbed for new Adware scheme

According to Internet security monitor Websense, an increasing trend is growing on Myspace, the social networking site that has an audience of millions of daily viewers, which involves tricking users into clicking on fake YouTube videos that could eventually lead to unknowingly installing damaging adware files.

IBM rolls out digital 'Eye of Sauron' - Gallery

The all-seeing 'Eye of Sauron' from the Lord of the Rings has got nothing on IBM's new S3 surveillance system. The Smart Surveillance System, S3 for short, can shift through multiple camera feeds and give real-time alerts along with showing most recent cars and people. It can even catalog and display the last the last 100 license plates, name badges or faces.

YouTube honored with "best invention" accolade

New York (NY) - Time Magazine has publsihed ts annual list of the best inventions of the year. Topping the list is video sharing site YouTube, eclipsing medical, military, and gadget innovations as the magazine's choice for the top ranked invention. Although YouTube was invented in the middle of 2005, it was considered for the 2006 selection as this year marks the finish of the first 12-month period the site has been in existence. With coverage from top news and entertainment outlets, YouTube has created a global phenomenon with impacts to literally everyone with Internet access.

Be Superman with Microsoft's 3D Virtual Earth

Microsoft has revamped its online Virtual Earth application to now include 3D tours of major U.S. cities. Superman wannabes can flying around the city and even down to the street level to view virtual billboards with advertiser sponsored content. Extra: Image Gallery

Athlon 64 FX prices jump as AMD readies 4x4 CPUs

As AMD and consumers get ready for the release of the FX-70, FX-72, and FX-74 processors, prices for the existing FX-62 and FX-60 products rose in absolute dollar values more than any other processors that we looked at for this week's processor performance charts. At this time, it makes a lot of sense to hold off on buying an FX processor until the release of the new models later this month.

Yahoo woos the hungry with Yahoo! Food

Desk-bound geeks tired of eating Hot Pockets and Pop-Tarts may want to visit Yahoo's new food page. Yahoo! Food offers food information, recipes and valuable cooking videos for the culinary-challenged. Yahoo is even partnering up with some famous celebrities like Martha Stewart and Morgan Freeman to host shows and give their secret recipes.

Save your $$$: November gets gadget-filled release docket

Chicago (IL) - Big November consumer electronics releases are to be expected, with the looming holiday season and almost guaranteed attention to products even from those who know nothing about electronic gadgets. However, very few holiday shopping seasons have seen hotly anticipated gadgets released closely together. This year, the three biggest new consumer electronic devices will be released nearly simultaneously, creating a week-long release period that's been unmatched in recent memory.

Teens push e-mail aside for instant messaging

Teenagers are turning away from e-mail as instant messaging becomes the primary means of cyber communication, according to a new study released by Parks Associates.

YouTube allows Comedy Central clips

YouTube, the massive video sharing website, is allowing users to post up clips from Comedy Central shows. Last week, YouTube pulled thousands of Comedy Central videos after Viacom, Comedy Central's parent, complained about copyright violations.

Intel's quad-core rings in a new era of enthusiast systems

Bellevue (WA) - We've heard the story over and over again: Dual-cores are the fastest chips you can buy, period. While that claim may be true in many cases, it is especially not true for gaming: Games have not yet embraced multithreading and are lagging behind. Half-Life 2 developer Valve, however, believes that this scenario will change quickly and promises a 3.4x performance gain with four cores.

Windows Media Player 11 now available

Redmond (WA) - Quashing rumors that the latest version of Microsoft's digital media player would be delayed, the software giant today released Windows Media Player 11. The new application sports a new sleek look and improved syncing abilities with portable devices. Screenshots of Windows Media Player 11 ...

MTV acquires video game developer Harmonix

Viacom's MTV Networks today announced that it has finalized a deal to acquire Harmonix, a video game development company that specializes in music/rhythym based games. The $175 million acquisition gives MTV ownership of Harmonix's popular technology that has resulted in games like Guitar Hero and Karaoke Revolution.

Price/Performance Charts: U.S. retail still waiting for effect of AMD price cut

Chicago (IL) - As we are heading into the Christmas season, AMD this week adjusted the prices of some of its processors. So far, most of the price cuts have not made it into etail/retail and some of the processors impacted even increased their prices this week. Get the update in our Intel and AMD processor price/performance analysis.

More than one-third of Americans using the Net to get election info

According to a recent poll conducted by the Associated Press and America Online (AOL), 35% of all Americans are going online to become more informed about the upcoming election. When looking just at people who are likely to vote, according to the poll, that number is even higher, at 43%.

Carnegie Mellon University developing real-time translator

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is developing a real-time translation device that works with facial movements instead of audible speech. Speakers talk silently while electrodes translate the facial movements into another language. The translated words are then sent through computer speakers or headphones in real-time which, from a third-person's perspective, looks like a normal conversation.