Infineon supplies RFID chips for US passports

Munich (Germany) - Infineon is the first company to announce a major contract to supply RFID chips that will be integrated in US passports. The chips will carry digital copies of the citizen's picture as well as the printed documentation in the passport. Infineon promises that more than "50 individual security mechanisms" are protecting the data saved on the chip.

High-power LED lights brightening up car interiors

Los Angeles (CA) - Car modders - people who hate anything slow, quiet and dim - have begun banishing their anemic incandescent dome lights with newer and much brighter LED lights. At the recent Hot Import Nights car show in Los Angeles we got a first impression on a new technology trend that not only provides much more light than your traditional lights, but last longer and uses far less energy as well.

Updated price/performance chart reflects single-day AMD price drop

Sunnyvale (CA) - A surprisingly steep single-day average price drop in nearly all AMD dual-core processors, including its top-of-the-line FX series, plus a drop in Intel Pentium D 8xx series prices, characterized the last 24 hours of consumer CPU purchases, according to the latest data obtained by PriceGrabber. Suddenly, the Athlon 64 X2 3800+ is selling for an average price of $144 - down $23 from yesterday, and below the new 3600+ target price - once it's introduced - of $149.

CBS raises the ante in online news race with Evening News simulcast

When CBS re-launches the Evening News broadcast next month, with Katie Couric in the seat that was originally dubbed "the anchor chair" for Walter Cronkite, it will be making the broadcast available on television and online at the same time, for the first time. Is this a long-overdue technological innovation in news delivery? Or will the simulcast create new problems as CBS continues to struggle - along with the other networks - with how to integrate itself with the Web?

Some AMD Athlon 64 X2s now 41% below Intel price/performance curve

Sunnyvale (CA) - Almost one month after AMD signaled it would respond to Intel's then-forthcoming Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme releases with substantial price cuts, based on the latest performance data from Tom's Hardware Guide, TG Daily now projects that average street prices for Athlon 64 X2 processors now fall as much as 41.4% below the price/performance curve set by comparable Intel processors.

Segway goes farther and off-roading with two new models

Bedford (NH) - Segway, makers of the famous self-righting scooter of the same name, is rolling out two new models that have longer range and can even go off the beaten path. The i2 model can travel up to 24 miles on a single charge, while the x2 has rugged tires to take on trails and rough terrain. Both models also have a new wireless remote which functions like a car remote.

Defcon 2006: The man behind the Defcon badge

Las Vegas (NV) - This year's Defcon computer security convention had a high-tech badge for an equally high-tech crowd. The circular badge was a colored circuit board complete with a small computer chip, battery and two blinking LED lights. Defcon staff wanted the badge to be difficult to counterfeit, but easy enough to add some interesting hacks.

How the 'freeze-the-field' rule led to NASCAR's Mobile Technology Center

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Traveling Terabyte Project helps soldiers keep in touch with Defcon

Las Vegas (NV) - Tech savvy soldiers now have a new way to stay in touch with the Defcon computer security convention. Hackers at the Defcon computer security convention have created the "Traveling TeraByte Project" (TTB) - basically is a set of hard drives filled with multimedia in a rugged Pelican case: Soldiers and tech contractors, who missed this year's Defcon, can view and copy nearly a terabyte worth of movies, computer security talks and MP3 music.

Blackhat 2006: 'Bluebag' detects Bluetooth devices within 200 meters

Las Vegas (NV) - A pair of Italian hackers has created the lazy man's Bluetooth scanner by cramming eight Bluetooth dongles and a miniature computer into a rolling luggage case. While Bluetooth scanning has been around for a few years, the "BlueBag" case uses an extra omnidirectional antenna to prescan the area. The pair says the Bluebag can detect devices up to 200 meters (about 600 feet) away and can run for up to 10 hours without power.

2007 BMW X5 intros high-speed communication chip based on Flexray tech

Munich (Germany) - BMW today announced a new version of its X5 flagship SUV. It's larger, stronger and faster and probably better and more expensive than its predecessor, but what makes this new model especially interesting form a technological view is the presence of a Flexray chip.

First look inside NASCAR's state-of-the-art timing and scoring vehicle

Defcon 2006: Casinos could be losing millions to slot machine hackers

For some slot machine cheaters, a simple push of a remote control can empty a slot machine in seconds. These remote controls have been available to criminals for a few years, but now a small company in Florida is selling these devices to help casinos fight back against cheaters. "Jack" and "Mike" from Jackpotters talked with TG Daily and described how the small devices work and how much money casinos are losing.

Microsoft looks to "third dimension" to improve search results

At a presentation at the 2006 SIGIR conference, Microsoft scientists said that new and additional techniques for analyzing search click-through patterns and browsing behaviors can enhance the search results delivered by a search engine.

Defcon 2006: Hackers can work for the Feds - no degree required

Las Vegas (NV) - The great need for qualified computer security personnel is now forcing the government to rethink rigid hiring guidelines. At the Defcon computer security convention in Las Vegas, more than a dozen federal agents told attendees that traditional requirements like college degrees and polygraph tests were no longer strictly required for government employment. They also said security clearances are being approved quickly.

Defcon 2006: Oracle not so "unbreakable"

Las Vegas (NV) - Your company's cleaning staff could be illegally moonlighting as your Oracle database administrator. Alexander Kornbrust, founder and CEO of Red Database Security, says hackers could easily exploit vulnerabilities in Oracle database and gain administrator access. Speaking at the Defcon security convention in Las Vegas, he also explained that administrator passwords are often stored and easily retrieved on company computers.

Defcon growing pains - Rush of people delay opening

Las Vegas (NV) - A massive rush of people delayed the opening of the Defcon computer security convention for about two hours. Riviera hotel security and Defcon "Goons" security said the Fire Marshal was late in approving the venue. An unexpectedly higher number of attendees forced the Fire Marshal to recheck the area and delay the 10 AM opening.

Universal Pictures: "DRMs do not stop piracy"

The battle between HD DVD and Blu-ray is in full swing: The first players are out, content follows. Now it's up to the marketing talent to get consumers excited. TG Daily spoke with Universal's Jerry Pierce about HD DVD's advantages and opportunities now and in the future, copy protection and the impact of IT in Hollywood.

Blackhat 2006: Macbook hacked in a few seconds

Las Vegas (NV) - Security researchers speaking at the Blackhat computer security convention claim to have found a new vulnerability in wireless drivers. "Johnny Cache" and David Maynor talked about directly targeting the device drivers and then showed off a video that demonstrated an Apple Macbook being hacked. The pair said the vulnerability spans multiple wireless cards and operating systems.

Blackhat 2006: Explosive risks in RFID-enabled passports?

Las Vegas (NV) - Security experts speaking today at Blackhat 2006 warned about potential vulnerabilities in RFID-enabled passports. Criminals can identify very specific passports from several meters away - which creates a whole new threat: Security firm Flexilis claims that terrorists could build explosives that would detonate in the proximity of certain passports.