Mobile breakthrough doubles chip speed

Engineers at the University of Southampton have developed technology to double the speed of chips commonly used in mobile devices.

Google's Writely service back in beta testing

Google's Writely online word processing service is now up and running, providing a new challenge to Microsoft's Office applications dominance.

Computer helper speeds neuroscience experiments

A computer system that monitors the behaviour of simple creatures for neuroscience experiments could ultimately help scientists develop new drugs, researchers say.

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.

Monitor panel ASP expected to surge in H2 August

Following a 5.8% increase in the price of 17" monitor panels in the first half of August, surging demand is pushing mainstream panel prices higher in the second half of August, according to WitsView Technology.

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?

LCD TV to overtake PDP TV in 40"-range TV market by year-end

The combined shares of 40" and 42" LCD TVs will exceed that for PDP (plasma display panel) TVs in the global 40" to 49" TV market by the fourth quarter of this year.

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.

'Ballistic' nanotransistors?

Computer designers at the University of Rochester (UR) say they've invented the next generation of transistors.

PC TV survey gives away 21" widescreen LCD, HDCP graphics card

Jon Peddie Research is currently running a survey on "PC usage and desires."

Acer has good chance of beating Toshiba in global notebook ranking in 2006

Acer's total volume of notebook orders is estimated to exceed eight million units in 2006, slightly ahead of Toshiba with 7-8 million notebooks, according to sources at Taiwan notebook manufacturers.

Displaysearch: Global LCD TV shipments up 28% in Q2; Philips still on top

Last quarter, global LCD TV shipments reached 9.4 million units, up 28% from 7.4 million units in the first quarter, according to Displaysearch.

Creative Sensor to produce liquid lenses by year-end 2006

Creative Sensor Incorporated (CSI), a Taiwan-based maker of color contact image-sensor modules for multi-function peripherals, will invest about $3.1 million in a production line for liquid lenses, with small-volume shipments slated to begin by the end of 2006, according to company president Doris Hsu.

'Electron-spin' trick boosts quantum computing

A new silicon chip capable of manipulating the spin of a single electron could ultimately allow futuristic quantum computers to be built using conventional electronic technology, researchers say.

A SWAN to guide blind people

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed SWAN (an acronym for "System for Wearable Audio Navigation"), a wearable computing system to help blind people navigate in unfamiliar environments.

Penetration of HDTV service estimated to rise 35% in H2 06

The number of households with HDTV services, which are homes with an HDTV set that can receive HDTV signals and watch HDTV programs, are projected to grow 35% from 15 million units in mid-2006 to 20.3 million at the end of 2006, according to research firm In-Stat.

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.

Tapping text messages to trap criminals

Criminals could one day be routinely trapped on the basis of how they write cellphone texts.