Barack Obama presumptive 44th president of the United States

The American citizens today exercised their constitutionally guaranteed right of holding free and open elections to choose their representative leadership. In what's shaping up to be a staggering defeat for Republican Presidential candidate John McCain, at about 11:37pm on Tuesday, November 4, 2008, it was announced on several major news networks that Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama had the statistical advantage and would become President-elect. If true, he will be sworn in on January 20, 2009 - marking the end of a constitutionally limited two terms in office for the former President, George W. Bush.

AT&T plays with 20 GB to 150 GB bandwidth caps

AT&T is using Reno, Nevada, area as a testing ground for a bandwidth cap experiment, with another market scheduled to be added before end of the year. AT&T will limit the monthly bandwidth to up to 150GB. The cap will apply to new users and existing users will be automatically put into the scheme if they exceed 150 GB within a month, regardless of their connection plan. Subscribers will be able to track their data usage in real-time on the web and will get a call from AT&T if they reach 80% of their set limit. Users who exceed the 150 GB bandwidth limit will pay extra.

Michael Dell a silent movie star

Michael Dell has recently begun a new career, in acting. Dell and his wife, Susan, make a rather brief appearance in a film titled “The Sno Cone Stand,Inc.” In the film, they play themselves – in a role of big investors who have decided to place their funds in the hands of Miller Stinch Financial. Neither of the Dell’s have a speaking role in the film.

Scientists create strained silicon model, could increase performance

Research engineers and physicists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a method to measure how varying degrees of strain affect electronic structures in silicon, which in turn affect performance. The new model reveals just how much performance potential remains in this already strained industry.

LED gaining acceptance in automotive market

Polysilicon shifting form semiconductor to solar use, say Taiwan makers

Shell Oil Company achieves 376.59 mpg in test car at Wood River Laboratory

Using fully stock production gasoline engine powered vehicles, with engine modifications limited only to changes in fuel mixture and ignition timing, Shell Oil Company served host to an open competition in automobile efficiency. The fruit of their forum was sweet indeed as a two-door, full-sized production car was able to drive off with the prize by achieving 376.59 miles in normal driving conditions using a single gallon of fuel. A more heavily modified vehicle was able to achieve over 1140 miles on a single gallon of fuel. Results like these are truly astounding and beg the question: Are we really getting all we can in efficiency from auto makers?

Researchers claim “near perfect” absorption of sunlight

Scientists at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found a way to trap more than nine out of ten photons hitting a solar panel: A new anti-reflective coating for solar panels could not only send mechanisms that adjust the angle of solar panels to the sun into retirement, but also hold the promise to come up with much more efficient solar panels than those available today.

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.