Britannica looking to give Wikipedia a run for its money with online editing

 In effort to compete with Wikipedia, the Encyclopedia Britannica company is opening up their online version to editing by contributors everywhere. Unlike Wikipedia, however, all changes will be reviewed and edited before being posted.

Microsoft still has eye on Yahoo's search business

 Microsoft's recent layoff of 5,000 employees due to a grim financial report has changed a lot, but one thing will remain the same and that is Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's CEO. Ballmer wants to get his arms around the Yahoo search business. Whether he manages to win the heart of Carol Bartz or not, he doesn't really care because his goal is investing in Internet search engines to compete with Google.

The Pope gets his own YouTube channel

 Google's YouTube website has been a flutter with change in recent weeks. Each U.S. Senate and House of Representatives member has their own channel. President Obama has his own official channel complete with a new trial download feature. YouTube has designed a system to make the channels easily navigable. It seems the expansions aren't limited to politics as now The Pope gets his own channel too.San Bruno (CA) - Google's YouTube website has been a flutter with change in recent weeks. Each U.S.

Losing aerospace giants protest NASA's ISS resupply contracts, on hold

 The Register reported on Wednesday that NASA's recent contract awards to SpaceX and Orbital Sciences Corporation are being put on hold by aerospace giants who lost the bid.

Qualcomm vehemently opposing DTV switch delay

 Many mobile phone companies are stressed over the decision to push out the DTV switch, possibly until June 12 - and Qualcomm is among the most stressed.

U.S. Coast Guard not responding to analog distress calls after Feb 1

 The U.S. Coast Guard issued a press release yesterday stating that on February 1, 2009, they will no longer respond to distress calls sent with analog equipment. The move is similar to what's happening presently with the analog to digital TV switch, and one the Coast Guard believes "is vital to mariner, aviator safety."

UPDATED: Antarctica: Not immune to global warming

 Many individuals have shunned the idea that Global Warming actually exists due to the fact that Antarctica was believed to be cooling over the last 50 years. However a new study proves that since 1957, when the temperature was measured for the entire continent, the it has risen by one degree Fahrenheit on average.

iPhone and iPod touch get a firing solution

In case you think you've seen it all when it comes to the iPhone/iPod touch uses, think again! We bet Apple engineers never envisioned that someone might come up with military uses for the two gadgets. So, what do you get what you mount iPhone or iPod touch to the M110 Sniper Rifle via a specially crafted mount and then load the accompanying ballistics software? A firing solution, of course. The combination lets firearm aficionados dynamically calculate firing solutions with ease, delivering the bullet right in the bull's eye.

Online funeral webcasts growing in popularity

 Many times individuals lose loved ones and for certain reasons are unable to make the trip to the location of the funeral. For those individuals, this can be a great stress and is often times very painful.

Inauguration day ceremony captured in satellite pics

NASA to air high definition video tour of recent ISS additions

 During the last Space Shuttle mission, Expedition 18 Commander Mike Fincke filmed a high definition tour of the International Space Station. Flight Engineers Sandy Magnus and Yury Lonchakov will appear in a 35-minute HD video on NASA Television's HD Channel 105 at 1pm CST and 3pm CST both Thursday (tomorrow) and Friday.

The White House starts blogging, goes web 2.0 and social

The new administration of yesterday's sworn-in U.S. President Barack Obama has taken its first steps toward change by unveiling an entirely redesigned White House website. The symbolic move reaffirms Obama's tech-savvyness and puts technology on the map for his administration. With this change, the official White House website is finally, for the first time ever, in sync with the latest web 2.0 trends - including blogging, YouTube videos and eye-catching slideshows. The welcomed change results in a sophisticated, inviting and more personal experience.

Historical image archives making their way to the web

 In the last century photography has evolved tremendously. Photos that once took days to get developed and returned to you can now be snapped digitally from cameras, cell phones, and other devices and uploaded to a computer and printed out with color inkjet and laser printers in seconds.

Ultrathin film could change the face of electronics

 Scientists in South Korea are working on developing flexible electronics using an ultrathin film which could enable those reading the newspaper online to feel as though they are reading the paper in print via foldable displays.

Record low temperature in Illinois thrown out - citing "not quality controlled" equipment

 On January 17, 2009, the National Weather Service threw out a claim that Rochelle, IL had the coldest temperature ever recorded in the state (on January 16, 2009) at -38 degrees Fahrenheit. They cite AWOS temperature recording equipment as being less reliable than other nearby ASOS equipment, which did not show a record cold temperature.

Lotusphere: IBM, RIM, Blackberry, SAP and cloud computing

 Today at Lotusphere, IBM and Research in Motion (RIM) announced a Lotus extension involving software and developer tools which operate on the Blackberry platform. RIM's Blackberry will now support Lotus's collaboration tools - including Domino Designer and XPages via a Java Eclipse plug-in - allowing on-the-go real-time access to Lotus Symphony documents, and eventually their entire office suite.

Need a USB drive? Check the local laundry mat

Judge says no to RIAA on P2P fines, but opens door on file sharers

 A federal judge has ordered that the nation’s first peer-to-peer (P2P) administration, Elite Torrents, which was convicted by a jury trial on criminal copyright infringement, will not be forced to pay fines to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). However, this ruling is nothing to get excited over as the RIAA can still sue individuals for pirated music, and far larger fines.

China planning its own full Earth GPS system by 2015

 China's state media announced today that it plans to introduce its own set of geostationary orbiting satellites for a Chinese GPS system by the year 2015. The Beidou Navigation System (BNS) will enable its military and civilian users to find their way anywhere in the world without relying on the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS).

Intel's CFO says Havendale on track for 2H'2009