The Mini Cooper is a nice little car that isn't exactly known for being a hot rod. Now a Hampshire, UK-based company has converted the Cooper into a hybrid electric car that can race from 0-60 mph in about 4 seconds. The company also claims the car can produce 640 bhp.
The happiest place on Earth, Disney World, will soon be scanning the fingerprints of park-goers. Disney has installed fingerprint scanners in all four of its Lake Buena Vista parks in an effort to stop the reselling of expensive tickets. Park officials say the information will only be used to fight fraud and will not be hooked up to any law enforcement databases.
Samsung has shown off its fourth generation wireless technology by sending data to a speeding bus. At a wireless technology conference in Jeju South Korea, the company demonstrated multi-megabyte/sec speed transfers to a refrigerator-sized receiver. Samsung claims the prototype can receive data at up to 100 Mb/s.
Los Angeles (CA) - When we learned one month ago that the Electronic Entertainment Expo was to be downsized to a much smaller, single-day gathering of media and marketing officials, some of the analysts with whom we spoke afterwards expressed a certain lack of shock. The prevailing opinion seems to be that E3's demise may speak more about the state of the trade show industry than of the gaming industry, which few believe to be in any serious trouble.
According to FCC records, Bridgestone is close to releasing their wireless tire pressure monitoring system. The system uses sensors embedded just under the tire rim to send tire pressure and temperature to a handheld device. A 1.5 second alarm is sounded if the pressure is too high or too low.
New York (NY) - It's an age-old question: Would PC users be willing to invest their time to download a media portal just for the purchase of watching shows produced by the portal's producers...if those shows didn't contain porn? What the Spike TV unit of MTV Networks is banking on is the idea that perhaps, just perhaps, viewers will be willing to watch videos of dirt track, motocross, and demolition car racing - along with reality shows based around the characters involved in those sports - all in breathtaking low-definition.
Las Vegas (NV) - If you think seeing a dozen wireless networks makes your computer the ultimate scanning box, think again. A small security firm has made a portable computer that is capable of scanning 300 networks simultaneously. Dubbed the "Janus Project", the computer also has a unique "Instant Off" switch that renders the captured data inaccessible.
The response to TwitchGuru's expose on drug use and video gaming has provoked an instant, though mixed, reaction from the industry in the form of the blogosphere and forum discussions among gamers.
BM, Chartered, Infineon and Samsung have developed their first 45 nm "silicon-functional circuits" and announced that the technology would be available in "design kits" for "select customers."
Users who plan to upgrade their PC with more system memory could see some steep price increases over the next few weeks.
NEC Electronics is shipping image detection chips that can tell cars to hit the brakes, before hitting a person or another car. The chips will first go into Toyota's Lexus LS460 car this fall and NEC hopes other car companies will adopt the chip. The Imapcar, short for Integrated Memory Alley Processor-Car, has 128 parallel processing units and can detect objects at 30 frames per second.
This morning, Google announced it's opening up a new beta for a set of online collaboration tools, to selected participants. Google Apps for Your Domain, the company says, will enable small businesses to launch simple, effective, intranet-like collaboration at little or no cost. But here again, how much does "free" really cost? And does Microsoft, in the end, have a better idea?
The world's first specialty robot shop will be opening in Nagoya Japan in October. The Mainichi Daily News is reporting that the "Robot Mirai Department" shop will sell 1,000 robots and robot accessories. State of the art, two-legged walking robots will also be sold at the store.
A user of the "Doom9" forums has posted software that claims to be able to remove the digital rights management scheme from Windows Media encoded music files. According to the post, "FairUse4WM" works with Windows Media 10 and Windows Media 11 and only with individualized DRAM files. The simple interface of the software allows users to load keys of licensed Windows Media files and deactivate their copy protection - I order to "enable fair-use rights to purchased media," according to the developer.
Just when you thought hard drive prices couldn't get any lower, certain Costco stores are selling 400 GB internal hard drives for $99.97. The Western Digital 7200 RPM drives have been available for a few weeks and the price thankfully does not include any coupon or rebate hassles.
Sunnyvale (CA) - They did this last Friday, too: Prices for AMD dual-core processors are taking another pre-weekend dip, according to the latest data from PriceGrabber, with the Athlon 64 X2 5000+ falling the furthest since Monday: down $47 (13.1%) to $313. The trouble for AMD is, Intel prices are continuing to fall at the high end.
Culver City (CA) - Microsoft officials have confirmed an earlier TG Daily report about the HD playback features in Windows Vista. At the Tech Ed 2006 conference in Sydney, Australia, yesterday, Microsoft's senior program manager Steve Riley told an audience that the 32-bit Vista would not natively playback high-definition content on Blu-ray and HD DVD media. Riley justified Microsoft's decision with a concern that the content protection of these media was too easily bypassed with unsigned and malicious drivers.
Culver City (CA) - Yesterday we reported about the "StrongHold" bag that promises to block signals that aim to access data stored in RFID chips of newer U.S. passports. Paraben has since sent us a few bags for a brief test.
UPDATE 24 August 2006 10:15 am ET
Markham (Ontario) - In the first test results compiled using Tom's Hardware Guide tests of relative graphics card performance, and average sale prices sampled yesterday by PriceGrabber, ATI-brand graphics cards led Nvidia across the board, with a few noteworthy exceptions. In our new projected price/performance curve for GPUs, ATI takes the lead in both the value and premium segments.
Culver City (CA) - An Orem Utah-based forensics company is now selling metal mesh bags that it claims will stop identity thieves from accessing the newer US E-Passports. Paraben Corporation, known for their mobile phone forensic kits, is selling a nickel, copper and silver mesh "Passport StrongHold" bag will block RFID transmissions from hitting unopened passports.
Update: We have since received samples of the StrongHold bag and have briefly tested them out. Read more here...