Targeted trojan attacks on the rise

On 1 December 2005, two e-mail messages were sent from a computer in Western Australia to members of two different human rights organizations.

Solar cells inch up in efficiency

Kyocera today said that it has achieved a new world record of 18.5% energy conversion efficiency with a 15 cm x 15 cm (5.9" x 5.9") multi-crystalline silicon solar cell. According to the company, the new results exceeds prior records, which were set by the company, including 14.5% in 1989, 17.1% in 1996, and 17.7% in 2004.

Reuters to bring news to Second Life

News agency Reuters has become a news target itself as it announced today plans to open a virtual bureau in the online life-simulation platform Second Life. Users will now be able to look up Reuters reports about the world of Second Life as well as the real world within the virtual environment.

Widescreen display to account for 90% of notebook market in 2008

Nearly 90% of the notebooks to be shipped by the end of 2008 will use widescreen panels, compared to 69% in the second quarter of 2006 and 76% by year-end, according to research firm Displaysearch.

Intels' Core 2 Duo E6400 joins the Price/Performance Charts

How could we have left out Intel's Core 2 Duo E6400 from our Price/Performance charts? Several readers complained last week about the lack of Intel's E6400/E6300 mainstream processors in our charts which provide a weekly update on the best value in the retail processor market. This week, the data of the E6400 became available - and began to cause more headaches for the green team.

Watchful car monitors its driver's every move

A car that monitors a driver's every move could further researchers' understanding of the way driving behaviour is affected by road design, other vehicles and new in-car gadgetry.

Yahoo beams social media into space

Yahoo is pulling off one impressive publicity campaign centered around its social media offerings of blogging, photo uploading & sharing, and video upload with the first ever electronic anthropology archive, or Yahoo Time Capsule.

Comcast worker snoozes at customer's house

A Comcast worker was caught sleeping on the job, not once, but twice. The Maironi family in Garden City Michigan had a Comcast worker fix the cable system, but found the worker asleep after one hour. One of the family members took a picture of the worker who was sprawled out on his bed.

South African PC market to hit 1.6 million units in 2006

The PC market in South Africa is expected to grow 45.5% on year to 1.6 million units, including 900,000 desktops and 600,000 notebooks, in 2006, according to sources at Rectron, a Taiwan-invested IT distributor in South Africa.

Growth of Internet slows considerably in September

Following a period of huge gains in new hostnames, the growth of the Internet took a break in September and added just 1.08 million new addresses - which is about only one fourth of the increase that was seen in recent months.

A plane spike to cut sonic boom

Back in 2004, NASA engineers worked with DARPA to reduce the sonic boom intensity in order to develop silent supersonic planes. Now, they're teaming with Gulfstream Aerospace on a project named Quiet Spike to reduce sonic booms. They've put a 24-foot-long lance-like spike weighing 470 pounds on the nose of an F-15B aircraft.

Google Code Search peers into programs' flaws

Security professionals warned developers on Thursday that they need to be aware that their open-source repositories can now be easily mined, allowing attackers to target programs that are likely to be flawed.

Vista a 'threat' to the national security of India

Windows Vista could well be the world's most expensive piece of spyware, reckons a blogger.

High-def media to dominate home video market by 2012

Monterey (CA) - It will take high-definition media - HD DVD and Blu-ray - another six years to surpass the revenues generated by standard definition DVDs, a market forecast suggests. Even with sales that are estimated to come in at less than $100 million this year, the battle between the two HD formats has begun to show a negative impact on the video industry.

Orange County Auto Show: What gadgets do your $$$ buy today?

Anaheim (CA) - Not too long ago, car navigation systems and LCD screens turned heads, but today car electronics are quite common and no longer attract much attention. Many of the new 2007 model year cars on display at Orange County Auto Show in had some type of gizmo installed. Join us for a visit on the showfloor to see how car interiors of $30,000 to $100,000 cars look today.

Microsoft's next Office file format reaches final draft status

Microsoft Blogger Brian Jones today announced that the final draft of Office Open XML, Microsoft's default file format in the upcoming Office 2007 productivity suite has been approved within the framework of the standardization body of Ecma.

Monitor panel prices expected to increase by 3-5% in H1 October

After a significant price increase for PC-monitor panels last month, quotes for the segment will continue to grow in the first half of October, according to WitsView Technology, a Taiwan-based market research firm.

Sun to hold press conference in Second Life

Sun Microsystems announced today that they are going to enter the online virtual world known as Second Life, and will mark their presence by presenting what they are calling the first press conference to be held in Second Life by a Fortune 500 company.

CPU price/performance update: AMD undercuts Intel on the low end

Chicago (IL) - In the past few weeks, quite dramatic price reductions in the retails space had time to calm down: Intel's Core 2 Duo is shipping in volume and AMD adjusted its prices to react to the new market environment. Time for an update of our price/performance chart series, just before the launch of Intel's quad-core chip and AMD's 4x4 platform.

Robot whiskers sense shapes and textures

Artificial whiskers that mimic the way rats and seals sense their prey might one day let planetary rovers or uncrewed submarines explore the shape and texture of strange objects they encounter on their travels.