Universal Pictures: "DRMs do not stop piracy"

The battle between HD DVD and Blu-ray is in full swing: The first players are out, content follows. Now it's up to the marketing talent to get consumers excited. TG Daily spoke with Universal's Jerry Pierce about HD DVD's advantages and opportunities now and in the future, copy protection and the impact of IT in Hollywood.

Satirist Colbert successfully edits Wikipedia entries on Washington, elephants

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Blackhat 2006: Macbook hacked in a few seconds

Las Vegas (NV) - Security researchers speaking at the Blackhat computer security convention claim to have found a new vulnerability in wireless drivers. "Johnny Cache" and David Maynor talked about directly targeting the device drivers and then showed off a video that demonstrated an Apple Macbook being hacked. The pair said the vulnerability spans multiple wireless cards and operating systems.

ASP for 17" panels jumps to $110

The ASP (average selling price) for 17" panels rose from $102 in July to $110 in August, amid rising demand and flat supply, according to panel makers.

Blackhat 2006: Explosive risks in RFID-enabled passports?

Las Vegas (NV) - Security experts speaking today at Blackhat 2006 warned about potential vulnerabilities in RFID-enabled passports. Criminals can identify very specific passports from several meters away - which creates a whole new threat: Security firm Flexilis claims that terrorists could build explosives that would detonate in the proximity of certain passports.

Google and Microsoft blog sites driving Internet record growth

The Internet added 4.4 million new hostnames during July - the single largest gain of new sites in a single month, according to Internet services firm Netcraft. The growth surpassed the previous records set in June of this year, which saw a 3.96 million site gain.

Scientists to launch underwater autonomous robot fleets

Inspired by the coordination of bird flocks and fish schools, oceanographers will launch this month an entire fleet of undersea robots in Monterey Bay, California.

Sensory illusions dazzle at graphics conference

Gadgets and gizmos designed to astound the senses are the highlights of the SIGGRAPH 2006 computer graphics conference, which opened in Boston, US, on Monday.

MS launches Live spaces

Microsoft has launched the updated version of its MSN Spaces blogging software, Live Spaces, which it says allows users to connect with their friends online in real time.

Las Vegas braces for computer security gurus

Las Vegas (NV) - Thousands of computer security gurus and hackers are returning to Las Vegas this week for the Blackhat and Defcon conventions. Defcon's new home hotel, the Riviera, is bracing for computer problems and appears to have taken some pre-emptive action. Day 0 slide show of Blackhat 2006 ...

Monster.com founder launches senior citizen social networking site

Monster.com founder Jeff Taylor is launching a new social networking site for senior citizens. The site, Eons.com, is for anyone aged 50 and up and will have tips on love, finances and health. Members can also create and share their important moments with an online "Lifemap".

Software meshes photos to create 3D landscape

Software that automatically stitches together hundreds of photographs to create a virtual world that can be explored using a computer is to be released by Microsoft.

3-D software for 'virtual surgery'

Computer scientists at Brigham Young University (BYU) have developed a new software tool to perform 'virtual surgery.'

Firefox hits 200 million downloads

Mozilla announced that the Firefox web browser has been downloaded more than 200 million times since its launch in November of 2004. And Firefox isn't slowing down: The latest 50 million downloads were added in a record time of less than five months.

Prices for 37" LCD TVs may fall below $1000 by year-end

Prices for low-end 37" LCD TVs may fall below $1,000 before year-end and the 37" segment will see its share rise significantly throughout the period, according to Hsiung Hui, executive vice president of AU Optronics (AUO), who spoke at a recent investors conference.

PMA: Flat panel TV shipments in North America rise 9% in June

Shipments for flat panel TVs and business displays in North America rose 9% on month, but the average street price dropped nearly 6% in June over the previous month, according to research firm Pacific Media Associates (PMA).

Global large-size panel shipments up 5% in Q2

Global large-size panel shipments increased 5% to 61.5 million units in the second quarter of this year, boosted mainly by TV panel sales with a 12% sequential growth and a 6% increase in monitor panel sales, according to research firm WitsView Technology.

"I heard a small poof:" The story of a Dell on fire

Vernon Hills (IL) - It began with a soft pop and then turned into a one hot and blazing notebook: Henrik Gustavvson saw one of his firm's Dell computers bursting into flames and documented the events. The story, first published in the Tom's Hardware Forumz, have become an Internet sensation - reason enough for TG Daily to learn more about the story behind the pictures.

Supply of blue-laser pick-up heads expected to be short in Q4

The production of blue-laser pick-up heads (PUHs) by only a few makers, including Pioneer, Philips, Hitachi and Sony, is insufficient to meet increasing global demand for blue-laser DVD players, recorders, drives and burners, and the shortage is expected to be significant in the fourth quarter of this year, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

Graphics power is key to playing HD videos on a PC

Chicago (IL) - Games may not be the only applications anymore that create an incentive for buying a faster graphics card. HD DVD and Blu-ray videos require enormous processing power to decode codecs and overwhelm virtually all CPUs available today. So, how much does it take to make HD look good on a PC screen? TG Daily got a first impression at an exclusive meeting with Nvidia.