Microsoft and Hughes to roll out 5000 satellite-based Internet kiosks in India

Microsoft and Hughes India have partnered up to roll out thousands of satellite-based Internet kiosks in India. Around 5000 Information and Communications Technology (ICT) kiosks will be built in 200 small towns and rural regions across the country. In addition to Internet access, the kiosks will have international voice calling and business to business services.

US still leads in electronic design influence but China catching up

The United States in 2006 is expected to maintain its lead in the worldwide electronic equipment design business, with the nation's activities in this area driving the most semiconductor purchasing of any country on earth, according research firm Isuppli.

Solar flares will disrupt GPS in 2011

Navigation, power and communications systems that rely on GPS satellite navigation will be disrupted by violent solar activity in 2011, research shows.

Casual games market belongs to middle-aged women

Video games, which have become intensely closely related to teenage and twenty-something males, are not as gender specific as the societal norm makes them out to be, according to studies from two game publishers. RealNetworks, Inc, and PopCap Games, who specialize in the growing market of "casual games", said that their target audience, casual gamers, is dominated by women. According to them, 70 percent of casual gamers are females over the age of 40.

Now this is an upgrade, Virgin Atlantic frequent flyer converts miles into a space trip

A north Londoner will be getting the ultimate upgrade with his Virgin Atlantic frequent flier miles. Alan Watts, a former electrician, has amassed more than 2 million miles and has converted them into a space trip on the newly formed Virgin Galactic. He will be one of the first 1,000 people scheduled to fly to 75 miles above Earth.

VW Cyber-Passat surfs web, plays video at freeway speeds (Picture Gallery)

San Francisco (CA) - Ultra mobile PCs or UMPCs have been heavily touted by Intel, but so far there hasn't been any "killer app" to catch any significant attention. Intel is partnering up with Volkswagen to change that by developing UMPC-enhanced cars capable of surfing the web and playing video at freeway speeds. At the Intel Developer's Forum, attendees gawked at a prototype 2006 Passat that could playback music, videos and podcasts. It could even stream two different videos to the backseat monitors.

MySpace leads in U.S. video streaming

According to Comscore Media Metrix, a consulting firm that measures the use of digital media, MySpace is currently the top video streaming site in the U.S., at least in terms of the total number of streams initiated. The network of Yahoo sites tops the list on an international scale.

Second generation UMPC to debut in H1 2007

San Francisco (CA) - Forget about the first, relatively bulky UMPCs - which have sparked quite some controversy at their launch back in march of this year. The second generation is being prepped - with case designs and the functionality that was expected to be available for the initial wave of devices.

Intel touts direct DC power supplies for power savings

San Francisco (CA) - It should come as no surprise that server computers use a lot of electricity, but Intel's CTO Justin Rattner says much of that power is wasted and of course he has a solution. Speaking at the Intel Developer's Forum, Rattner said direct current power supply units (PSUs), the ones that don't need AC power, could save an extra 14% over existing high-efficiency PSUs. Rattner even demonstrated a prototype DC PSU and proclaimed that it had an efficiency of greater than 90%.

Intel sub-$400 notebooks for emerging markets to ship in Q1 2007

At the ongoing fall Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, Intel president and CEO Paul Otellini introduced a sub-$400 "Classmate PC" notebook model for the company's "Intel World Ahead Program" that targets emerging markets.

LG.Philips LCD develops slim handset-use LCD panel

LG.Philips LCD announced that it has developed the world's slimmest TFT LCD panel, measuring only 1.3 mm in thickness (including the module), for mobile phones.

Hynix and Samsung speed up MLC NAND flash migration, spur SLC flash prices up

The migration to multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash at both Hynix Semiconductor and Samsung Electronics is speeding up, with both companies about to have at least half of their NAND flash produced on an MLC architecture in the fourth quarter of 2006, according to a Korean-language Digital Times report.

GPS to drive 3G: 315 million GPS-based LBS subscribers expected in five years

In 2011, the total population of GPS-enabled location-based services (LBS) subscribers will reach 315 million, up from 12 million in 2006, according to a new study from ABI Research.

Intel proposes new power efficiency focused CPU benchmark

San Francisco (CA) - Pat Gelsinger, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's digital enterprise group, formally launched the Xeon 5300 quad-core series as well as the Xeon 5300 series during his keynote at IDF. Gelsinger also mentioned that Intel is working on a new benchmark that will focus on the power efficiency of a processor.

Intel's race for the cores

San Francisco (CA) - CPUs are accelerating their gain of processing power and, in the near future, Intel believes that a single chip could perform a trillion instructions per second and replace dozens of servers. At the IDF, the firm gave a sneak peek of an upcoming 80-core processor for the "mega data-center."

Intel CEO announces Core 2 Quad

San Francisco (CA) - It wasn't much of a surprise anymore, but at least its official now: Intel will ship the first quad-core enthusiast processors as well as 2-way quad-core processors in November. The first mainstream quad-core will be introduced in Q1 of next year under the "Core 2 Quad" brand.

Car-use semiconductor market estimated to pass $18 billion in 2008

The semiconductor market for car-use applications will total $18.14 billion in 2008, up from $15.14 billion at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.2%, according to statistics from Strategy Analytics.

Multi-core processors may replace physics cards, says Intel

San Francisco (CA) - In what promises to be one of the main themes of the Intel Developer Forum, Intel touted the virtues of quad-core gaming to members of the press, during a pre-show, "extreme multi-threaded" benchmarking session. Despite current programming challenges, quad-core CPUs will accelerate games and even enable physics effects without the need of an add-in card, Intel promises.

Internet's future in 2020 debated

The internet will be a thriving, low-cost network of billions of devices by 2020, says a major survey of leading technology thinkers.

Cyber attacks getting more serious for home users

Home users have become the main target of blended security threats. According to report released by Symantec, the first six months of 2006 brought more than 2200 individual threats that increasingly show financial motivation and aim to extract personal and financial data, while using more elaborate techniques to evade detection.