Xerox develops paper that erases itself

Xerox believes it has found a way to dramatically reduce the consumption of paper: The firm has developed a technology that automatically erases the prints on paper after one day - and allows the paper to be reused "multiple times".

Security concerns estimated to cost etailers $2 billion in 2006

A continued series of online and offline security breaches is showing its impact on Internet buying patterns among US adults, Gartner reports. According to the market research firm, almost $2 billion will not be spent online this year because of security concerns that keeps shoppers from certain sites or from shopping online entirely.

More people are tuning into podcasts

According to a study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, the number of people who have downloaded a podcast has reached a new all-time high, though the amount of loyal listeners is still very low.

Intel quad-core processor pricing makes unexpected drop

With the big Thanksgiving weekend in full swing, we are taking one more snapshot of processor etail pricing before the holiday shopping season officially enters the feverish final month. The chart kept some flexibility this week with the most significant changes happening on the very high end: The average price of Intel's QX6700 CPU dropped $99 from last week.

Ultra-short laser pulses turn metals pitch black

Blasts of laser light lasting a few millionth billionths of a second can turn the polished surface of any metal ultra-black, by covering it with nanoscale ridges and crevices.

MIT's smart flying drones

As recent events have shown, military forces around the world are more and more relying on small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for surveillance missions.

Viruses go virtual

For about two hours, the virtual landscape of Second Life filled with golden rings and the distinctive two-tone ding of Sega's popular Sonic the Hedgehog games.

Market research firm expects over 500 million mobile broadband users by 2010

New alternative technologies will contribute just six percent of the forecast 500 million mobile broadband users globally by 2010, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.

HDMI heading for sustained growth as DVI begins decline in 2007, In-Stat says

The Digital visual interface (DVI) and high definition multimedia interface (HDMI) are both experiencing record growth, but the future is much brighter for HDMI, according to research firm In-Stat.

Widescreen notebook shipments worldwide hit new record in Q3

Widescreen notebook shipments in the third quarter had a 79% share of the worldwide market, with standard 4:3 ratio having only a 21% share, according to Displaysearch.

New kind of quantum computer moves closer

A U.S. physicist has shown it is feasible to read data stored in the magnetic 'spins' of phosphorus atoms - a step toward creating a superfast computer.

Media servers to water-resistant televisions - Electronic House Expo Roundup

Putting as much electronic gear into your home, while controlling it at the same time is the name of the game at the annual Electronic House Expo, which recently wrapped up in Long Beach. Television and lighting control companies showed off their wares, but there were also some traditional computer companies thrown into the mix.

Intel quad-core increases pricing pressure on AMD

Intel's Core 2 Extreme QX6700 has officially arrived and already shows a strong impact on the rest of the company's processor line-up in the latest edition of our processor price/performance charts. Average prices for most Intel chips dropped from last week, as did the green team's processors: AMD quickly needs faster CPUs to sustain its position in the higher-end mainstream.

Snow plows get salted with GPS systems

As the country gears for Winter, states vulnerable for snowstorms are preparing for the next few months with heaters, snow plows, and local news tickers to show school closings. At least one of these is about to get easier in Indiana, as the state rolls out snow plows equipped with GPS systems.

Larry King has never searched the Internet

Plagued with jokes about his age, Larry King did nothing to show an acceptance of new culture when he recently admitted that he's never done a single Internet search in his life.

WiMAX poised for rapid growth despite major challenges, says In-Stat

WiMAX technology is entering a rapid growth phase, as service providers are now able to buy WiMAX Forum-certified equipment, according to research firm In-Stat.

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.

Microsoft admits open source patent pledge misses the target

Microsoft has admitted execution flaws with its promise not to sue open source software developers and invited the wider community to tell the software firm how it can get it right.

Multicrystalline silicon solar cells to become mainstream, say industry players

Although solar cells based on monocrystalline silicon deliver better performance than multicrystalline silicon, industry players believe that the latter should rise as the mainstream material for solar cells due to its lower cost.

Space mirrors could create Earth-like haven on Mars

Mirrors in orbit around Mars could create Earth-like conditions on a small patch of the planet's surface, according to a NASA-funded study.