MySpace more popular than Yahoo, Google

There are few who doubt the massive popularity of social networking website Myspace.com, but a new study released by a web analytics firm may surprise some.

A chat with Michael Dell: Alienware and XPS to stay separate

  Grapevine (TX) - While custom PC builder Alienware may benefit from the much-increased purchasing power of its new corporate parent, Dell Computer, the development tracks of the two companies will remain separate.

Firefox usage up, IE usage down - report

OneStat.com, an Amsterdam-based web research firm, says global use of the Firefox browser has increased 1.14 percent since May 2006, while Internet Explorer usage fell 2.12 percent during the same time. Microsoft's Internet Explorer still holds the top spot with 83.05% of the market versus the 12.93% of Firefox. Regional market share show similar numbers except for Australia and Germany which have much higher Firefox usage.

Streetdeck Car Computer makes you want to be stuck in traffic

Fontana (CA) - Being stuck in traffic is a hated situation commonly experienced by city dwellers, but Streetdeck is selling car computer software that makes those painful waits more enjoyable. The Streetdeck software helps drivers find destinations with voice-prompted GPS navigation along with playing back music, videos and pictures, which is in line with the company's motto of "Pray You Get Stuck in Traffic".

X-rays create 3D image of the inside of nanocrystals

Roland Piquepaille writes in on his Technology Trends website about a new approach that could show scientists a way to create three-dimensional photographs of actual molecules: Researchers from the University College London say that they were able to create full 3D images of the inside of nanocrystals by using a process known as coherent X-ray diffraction imaging.

First stage of NYC 'WiFi in the Parks' project finally underway

Nokia announced this morning it has reached an agreement with the New York City Parks and Recreation Dept. to become a "primary provider" of mobile multimedia services for 18 locations throughout ten public parks.

Moms catching up with dads for electronic gifts

Market research firm NPD Group says Mother's Day gadget buying is catching up with Father's Day. Sons, daughters and husbands purchased over $865 million dollars in gadget gifts for mom, while $873 million in gadgets were purchased for fathers day.

Ebay bans Google Checkout, for now

Checkout, Google's idea how to pay for goods and services on the Internet, has been added to Ebay's "not permitted" list of payment methods.

"Ride" the Tour de France without breaking a sweat on Google Earth

Mountain View (CA) - Experience the Tour de France cycling race from a somewhat elevated position and the comfort of your office chair: Google has released a new KML file for Google Earth that lets users see all the stages of the race in 2D and 3D. Google Earth Tour de France plug-in

ArF laser light source to enable production of sub-45 nm semiconductors

Cymer, a supplier of deep ultraviolet (DUV) laser light sources currently used in semiconductor manufacturing, today unveiled what the firm claims to be the world's first argon fluoride (ArF) laser light source for 45 nm production immersion photolithography.

Sophos recommends Macs for home users

Computer users tired of spyware and viruses should consider switching to Macintosh computers, says Sophos in its new "Security Threat Management Report." The report ranks the top ten malware threats of the past six months along with outline current and future security threats.

Seagate thinks "leaky" drives may lead to more capacity

According to a patent application filed by Seagate, nanotubes soaked with lubricant may lead to drastic increases in hard drive capacity. The application titled "Magnetic recording system with continuous lubrication of recording media", outlines an ingenious system where lubricant is evaporated from nanotubes and then deposited on the magnetic media of the drive.

Volkswagen does 150 mph - driver optional

Volkswagen is testing a robotic Golf GTi that blazes through the racetrack at up to 150 miles per hour. Using a combination of radar and laser sensors, along with a GPS system, the car is accurate to within an inch. VW engineers claim the car can drive faster and better than them at the test track in northern Germany.

Survey says US school rapidly transitioning to notebooks

A study conducted by the Hayes Connection and The Greaves Group among 2500 US school districts concludes that more than half of all student-computing devices will be mobile by the year 2011.

South Korea to test mobile phone controlled guard robots

This fall, people in South Korea will get an opportunity to take 1000 wheeled robots for a test drive with their cellular phones.

Women play the most mobile phone games - study

Parks Associates, a technology research firm, has released a study titled "Electronic Gaming in the Digital Home" that claims women comprise 59% of all people that play mobile phone games. The figure rises slightly to 61% for those who play 1-4 hours per month and dips to 58% for those who play more than four hours.