"Ride" the Tour de France without breaking a sweat on Google Earth

Mountain View (CA) - Experience the Tour de France cycling race from a somewhat elevated position and the comfort of your office chair: Google has released a new KML file for Google Earth that lets users see all the stages of the race in 2D and 3D. Google Earth Tour de France plug-in

Prices for 17" LCD panels stabilize in H1 July

The average selling price (ASP) of 17" LCD-monitor panels has stabilized during the first half of July, while prices for LCD-TV panels have continued to decline during the period, according to WitsView Technology.

ArF laser light source to enable production of sub-45 nm semiconductors

Cymer, a supplier of deep ultraviolet (DUV) laser light sources currently used in semiconductor manufacturing, today unveiled what the firm claims to be the world's first argon fluoride (ArF) laser light source for 45 nm production immersion photolithography.

Sophos recommends Macs for home users

Computer users tired of spyware and viruses should consider switching to Macintosh computers, says Sophos in its new "Security Threat Management Report." The report ranks the top ten malware threats of the past six months along with outline current and future security threats.

Konica Minolta claims OLED breakthrough

Konica Minolta has developed an OLED (organic light-emitting diode) device with a brightness of 1,000 cd/m2 and an expected lifetime of about 10,000 hours.

Seagate thinks "leaky" drives may lead to more capacity

According to a patent application filed by Seagate, nanotubes soaked with lubricant may lead to drastic increases in hard drive capacity. The application titled "Magnetic recording system with continuous lubrication of recording media", outlines an ingenious system where lubricant is evaporated from nanotubes and then deposited on the magnetic media of the drive.

Volkswagen does 150 mph - driver optional

Volkswagen is testing a robotic Golf GTi that blazes through the racetrack at up to 150 miles per hour. Using a combination of radar and laser sensors, along with a GPS system, the car is accurate to within an inch. VW engineers claim the car can drive faster and better than them at the test track in northern Germany.

Europe warms to OpenDocument format

OpenDocument Format initiatives in Belgium, France, and Denmark indicate growing support for the for office productivity application format standard, according to the ODF Alliance.

Survey says US school rapidly transitioning to notebooks

A study conducted by the Hayes Connection and The Greaves Group among 2500 US school districts concludes that more than half of all student-computing devices will be mobile by the year 2011.

Shuttle's foam crack could delay launch

NASA inspectors have found a small crack in the foam insulation of the space shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank, prompting mission managers to discuss whether to press ahead with Tuesday's third launch attempt or stand down for repairs.

LEDs in notebook applications not to come until Q2 2007

Taiwan LED packaging firms Everlight Electronics and Unity Opto Technology project that LEDs for notebook backlighting won't be see serious adoption until the second quarter of 2007 due to the current higher costs of production.

Tight supply for 17" LCD monitor panels by mid-August - sources

The supply of 17" LCD monitor panels is expected to become tight during the middle of August at the soonest, according to industry sources.

South Korea to test mobile phone controlled guard robots

This fall, people in South Korea will get an opportunity to take 1000 wheeled robots for a test drive with their cellular phones.

Women play the most mobile phone games - study

Parks Associates, a technology research firm, has released a study titled "Electronic Gaming in the Digital Home" that claims women comprise 59% of all people that play mobile phone games. The figure rises slightly to 61% for those who play 1-4 hours per month and dips to 58% for those who play more than four hours.