Large-size LCD panel prices trending down again

Leaked 2010 Prius pictures confirmed by Toyota

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.

Virtual planes fly in real skies

NASA reports more Hubble problems

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.

Notebook players paying close attention to multi-touch technology

Demand for high-end handsets falling

Blu-ray prices in free fall: Get a player for under $200

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?

YouTube surpasses Yahoo as world’s #2 search engine

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.

Man beat up, robbed after posting Craigslist ad

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.

Fresno’s hybrid garbage truck saves gas, but still smells

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 coming.

NASA to fix Hubble via remote control

NASA announced that it plans to fix the Hubble Telescope by remote control this week. Officials hope that Hubble will be back online by Friday.

PC shipments up 15% on year in Q3, says Gartner

OLED backlighting market will reach $1.1 billion by 2015

Why Macbooks matter

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?

Internet use 'good for the brain'

Buy an acre of lush lunar landscape for only $29.95

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.

Pricewatch: Desktop processor bargains?

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 travels to space with DNA cargo

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.

Homeless man wants to be the "best game designer ever"

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 American Fake?  

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