Recently published photos of the third-generation 2010 Toyota Prius
have been confirmed by Toyota to be authentic. However, Toyota declined
to provide additional information about the new hybrid – information
that is likely to become available not until the unveiling of the car
at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show.
NASA said it has encountered problems with the Hubble space telescope
following the transition from a malfunctioning control unit to a
redundant device earlier this week. Th eoperation of Hubble has been
suspended when another “anomaly” was detected.
Pricewatch – Our most recent watchlist of Blu-ray players reveals
dramatic price drops just in time for the Christmas shopping season.
Average U.S. retail prices for most mainstream Blu-ray players have
dropped at least 20% over the past 45 days and if you are patient, you
may find a name-brand player for just a few bucks more than you would
pay for a high-end upscaling DVD player. With movie prices dropping as
well, it appears that Blu-ray is positioned to gain much more traction
than it has right now. Is it too late?
ComScore’s most U.S. search engine Rankings for August 2008 suggest
that YouTube achieves a greater level of search traffic than Yahoo. If
you were to consider YouTube’s integrated search a regular search
engine, you would have to hand Google the top two spots for search
engine traffic. In combination, Google has about four times the search
traffic of Yahoo and more than ten times the search traffic of
Microsoft’s MSN sites.
Ah the wonderful world of Craigslist robberies took an interesting
turn this week as a Tigard Oregon man was beaten up and robbed by
people responding to his online ad. An unidentified man and women went
to the victim’s home at 10 PM on Tuesday night and then proceeded to
pistol whip the victim. The couple then stole the man’s wallet, mobile
phone and pickup truck that was parked in the garage.
When you think of garbage trucks… oh sorry… refuse
trucks, you think of big noisy and smelly vehicles, but Fresno is
trying to fix all that with its plug-in hybrid truck. Ok, so they
can’t get rid of the smell, but they sure can save on the noise. The
truck, named Heidi the Hybrid, is powered by electricity for the main
engine and compressed natural gas for the lift hydraulics. Heidi is so
silent that Fresno utility leadworker Raul Bombardly told us he has to
drive very carefully because people sometimes don’t hear the truck
NASA announced that it plans to fix the Hubble Telescope by remote
control this week. Officials hope that Hubble will be back online by
Analysis – Yesterday's refresh of Apple’s notebook family may feel like
yet another hyped, but underwhelming Apple upgrade event. There are
some who believe that Apple may be gambling away its Macbook empire and
there are those who are convinced that Apple is not about Macs anymore.
But then there are also those who think that the new Macbooks not only
hold their technological lead in the notebook market but also expands
the market potential for Mac notebooks. So, is the Macbook’s primetime
gone or still ahead? And why should Apple care?
What do you get for the person who already has just about everything? Surely you've already bought that special someone their own planet or star. And if you've already been on the romantic space getaway for two, compliments of Russia's recent fee-for-service space program, well then what's next? How about a large piece of the mostly rock and regolith lunar surface? Well, that's what you'd be getting if you choose to buy into the idea published by the UK website "Getting Personal." They're selling plots of the Lunar surface for about $29.95 per acre.
Feature - It is no secret that the processor market is shifting: Demand
for desktop processors has been declining for some time now while
growing demand for notebook CPUs is the reason why there is still
growth in the processor market. AMD and Intel have to adjust to a
changing purchase behavior as consumers are looking for cheaper
computers. TG Daily took a closer look at the current desktop CPU
market and compared 1000-unit tray prices with retail prices to provide
a better idea of current price pressures are and which CPUs may
represent the best deals today.
Game designer Richard Garriot has reached space onboard a Soyuz TMA-13
spacecraft along with two astronauts, Mike Fincke and Yuri Lonchakov.
Garriot and the crew are carrying digitized DNA sequences of some of
the most famous minds of the world, including athletes, scientists and
yes, video game players as well.
Report – You could get frustrated watching the daily rollercoaster ride of the
Dow, but we have little doubt that the American Dream and the land of
opportunity are still very much alive. And one such Cinderella story
could be evolving, I thought, from a blog telling the story of a
homeless man who apparently is feverishly working becoming a game
developer. We took a closer look and as much as we would wish the
author to realize his dream, we have our doubts that this dream, if it
is in fact a dream, will ever become reality: American Dream or