Wii, not Xbox 360, may have prompted PS3 price cut in Japan

Chicago (IL) - Sony's unexpected price cut of the base PS3 comes just two days after Microsoft's announcement to offer a bargain priced HD DVD price for the Xbox 360. But Sony may not be worried about Microsoft, but rather about a strong Nintendo Wii in Japan, Chris Crotty of market research firm Isuppli suggests. And there may little reason for Sony to extend the price cut to the U.S.

Microsoft to consider free versions of Works apps

Redmond (WA) - Reuters this morning reported that Microsoft could soon be offering free online versions of its word processing and spreadsheet applications from its "Works" suite of applications. The online would be supported by ads embedded into software - much like Google Spreadsheets and Writely.

EA preps in-flight video games

Electronic Arts, together with in-flight entertainment company DTI Software, today announced a plan to provide multiple airline companies with in-flight versions of their software, largely headlined by The Sims 2. Software from EA's Pogo.com will make up the rest of the initial list of available games.

Nokia promotes environmental conservation plan

A group of European mobile phone manufacturers have teamed up with recycling companies and environmental organizations to launch an environmental awareness program.

MIT researchers developing a quarter-sized turbine engine

MIT researchers have started putting entire gas-turbine engines on tiny silicon chips. With the help of some military funding, researchers have fashioned millimeter-sized compressors, combustion chambers and turbines and placed them on layers of silicon wafers.

Mooly Eden: A look into the origins of Core 2 Duo

Santa Clara (IL) - If you were to look into the story of Intel's latest microprocessors, you'd quickly learn that they aren't based so much on their seemingly most likely predecessor, the Pentium 4. Track down the family line and you end up at Banias, the first Pentium M. Join us for an interview with Mooly Eden, the man in charge of a project that convinced Intel to put the Gigahertz campaign into reverse.

Microsoft takes on YouTube with "Soapbox"

Planning to take advantage of the wildly popular video sharing sites, Microsoft has launched its own online video hosting service, further adding to the number of Internet companies that are trying to emulate the extreme popularity of YouTube.

Intel takes final hurdle on way to mass-produced silicon laser chips

Santa Clara (CA) - Researchers at Intel and the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) today said they have succeeded in building the world's first hybrid silicon laser using standard silicon manufacturing processes. The technology could be become a key enabler to make photonic interconnects in mainstream communications and computing devices a reality.

Warner warms up to YouTube with media sharing agreement

Warner Music Group (WMG) and YouTube today announced a joint partnership in which Warner will distribute its copyrighted content through the increasingly popular video sharing site. Warner is the first company to announce support for YouTube's new "content identification and royalty reporting" system, which YouTube says will be generally available by the end of the year.

Intel to announce "lightspeed" chip

Researchers at Intel and the University of California, Santa Barbara are expected to announce the development of a chip that can transfer data using photons instead of wires.

Don't skip that commercial!

The cable/satellite network FX is unveiling a new idea to make sure that everyone watching the station will not miss its station promos, even those who fast-forward through commercial breaks at 12 times the regular speed. And the idea to accomplish that goal is less high-tech than you may think.

Seagate envisions 2.5 TB desktop hard drives for 2009

Scotts Valley (CA) - Seagate today provided an updated outlook on the future of the hard drive. The company nearly tripled today's highest storage density and believes that 275 GB capacities will be realistic for future Ipods, while desktop computers will be able to store up to 2.5 TB on one drive.

DDR2 DRAM prices increase on record pace

DDR2 memory appears to get more expensive by the hour these days. Climbing seasonal demand from motherboard and PC makers and decreased production output due to a 90 nm transition drive to the highest spot market prices in more than over a year.

Celebrity websites most common distributor of Adware - McAfee

Star-powered websites may contain harmful software, claims anti-virus specialist McAfee. According to the company, celebrity websites are the most "prolific" distributors of adware and spyware.

9/11 and the Internet: Limits and opportunities

New York (NY) - Tuesday, 9/11 2001, 8:45 am. Shortly after American Airlines flight 11 had slammed into the north tower of the World Trade Center, the Internet was hit by an aftershock: Hundreds of millions of users flooded the Web in search of information and opportunities to communicate. Numerous websites collapsed and became images for the unpredictability of the Net. But did the Internet really fail that day?

Miami residents use their cellphones the most - Verizon

Verizon Wireless says Miami residents are number one when it comes to talking on their cellular phones. The wireless company says the average customer in Miami received an average of 298 calls a month which is higher than the other 49 largest cities in the United States.

Internet on track to grow beyond 100 million websites this month

96,854,877 hostnames populated the Internet earlier this month, according to a survey released by Netcraft. The Internet grew by 4.2 million sites in August alone and gained 15.5 million since June of this year, the web analysis firm said.

Wireless HDMI on the way

Culver City (CA) - Look around the average living room and you'll probably see wires, lots of them. Now two companies are partnering up to reduce some of that clutter by making a wireless HDMI alternative. Tzero and Analog Devices will make a receiver and transmitter combo that will beam audio and JPEG 2000 compressed video up to 10 meters (30 ft) away. The receiver and transmitters won't need line of sight to each other, which means high-definition fans will be able to beam audio and video to other rooms and possibly up and down floors.

Samsung develops smarter and brighter LCDs

Mobile phone users may not need to squint at their mobile phone screens anymore. Samsung claims it has developed a new display chip that makes LCDs brighter in daylight.

High DRAM prices do not yet impact PC prices - analyst

Low inventories are lifting spot market prices of DDR2 memory chips to their highest level in more than nine months. In the past week alone, prices of 533 MHz and 667 MHz 512 Mb chips climbed by more than 10% to $5.92 and $5.97, according to analysis firm DRAMExchange.