Malware on PCs on the rise, but there is good news as well

Microsoft released another edition of its Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (MSIR), one of the most comprehensive reports on current global malware trends. Microsoft’s analysts point out the overall malware removal rate on PCs climbed by 43% over H2 2007, which, however, may not be entirely bad news, and that users, who are looking for more secure computing environments, should stick with Vista and a 64-bit version of the operating system.

NAND flash market faces historic downturn in 2008 and 2009, says iSuppli

Firefox hits record market share

Mozilla had a big month as Firefox is closing in on the 20% market share mark. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer continues to lose share.

Atom pushes Intel past 87% market share mark for mobile PCs

The global x86 processor market showed strength in the third quarter of this year, posting 15.8% growth in terms of unit shipments. The big winner of the quarter was Intel’s Atom processor, market research firm IDC said.

Scientists crack possible future quantum computer age encryption

Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology claim to have crack the “Internet security of the future” – the McEliece cryptosystem, which is considered to be a candidate to safeguard Internet data traffic when quantum computers arrive.

Earbuds and pacemakers not a healthy mix

If you have a pacemaker or defibrillators you may want to rethink the use of headphones of your MP3 player. Scientists now claim that MP3 player headphones can have a “potentially dangerous” impact on implanted medical devices.

Hubble Space Telescope is alive and clicking

iPhone most attractive to consumers in lower income levels

TSMC CEO: Semiconductor industry to decline 5-9% in 2009

September semiconductor sales up 1.6% on year, says SIA

Large-size LCD panel shipments down 1% sequentially in Q3

UPDATED: British documentary cites science, sun responsible for both global warming and cooling

A documentary film broadcast on Britain's Channel 4 in March, 2007 entitled "The Great Global Warming Swindle," reports a very different take on global warming than is being widely reported here in the United States. Graphs depicting data gathered by independent research scientists show that in every instance of recorded temperature change, there is a direct corresponding change in the sun's intensity. When solar activity goes up the Earth warms up. When it goes down the Earth cools. Are we being misled as to the true nature of global warming? And cooling? Is this merely a political ploy? These scientists provide evidence that may be the case.

MIT scientists baffled by global warming theory, contradicts scientific data

Scientists at MIT have recorded a nearly simultaneous world-wide increase in methane levels. The first increase in ten years, this one is baffling science because the data contradicts modern theories which state man's contributions are the primary source of increase for this greenhouse gas. If man's emissions were responsible, it wouldn't be a simultaneous world-wide increase.

Samsung to build 11G LCD fab as early as 2010

Intel, AMD increase processor market share in Q3

NASA scientists discover more evidence of water on Mars

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has identified Martian rocks containing a relatively young hydrated mineral similar to opal. The first conclusion is that there was water on Mars much more recently than previously believed and life as we know it may have been supported for a much longer period of time.

Yahoo Opens Y!OS to developers

Yahoo has been taking steps in to open its platform to the developer community for some time now. Today, the Yahoo! Open Strategy (Y!OS) team opened their doors to a completely rewired Yahoo that allows developers access to both the Yahoo network and all of the social data.

Notebooks outsell desktops in the U.S. for the first time

Notebook sales have been growing at double-digit rates for some time now, keeping a PC market healthy despite negative growth rates for desktop PCs. The question was not if notebooks would be outselling desktops at some point, but rather when. And according to IDC, it happened for the first time in the third quarter of this year.

Tool developed to measure reality of virtual worlds

Dr. Mitzi Montoya of North Carolina State University has developed a way to put a number on how realistic online virtual online words are. His measure of realness is being sought after by corporations to identify better training tools and ways to conduct business. The idea is that virtual environments cost less than moving people around the globe, lodging them, etc. If businesses pick up on this idea of going virtual, then how soon until we will see a major push toward perfecting the technology? And how far away are we today?

Global LCD panel revenues grow 2% in September, says DisplaySearch