Internet Explorer extends decline, Firefox climbs

The browsing audience mix should continue to a normal pattern with the end of summer. But at least as far as August is concerned, there has been no change in recent market share trends. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) continues to decline and Firefox inches closer to the 20% mark, despite visible gains for IE8. 

Ultra-pure semiconductor to continue Moore’s Law (almost) indefinitely

Electron mobility researchers at the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) have developed a high vacuum semiconductor crystal generation process which produces 5x more purity than traditional epitaxy systems. The new silicon promises a significant furthering of research into the manufacturing of semiconductor-based single-electron pumps as well as an investigation into quantum Hall resistance metrology, which could ultimately lead to a fundamental redefinition of the electrical current as a function of frequency and electron charge.

Spy video of Chevy Volt surfaces

Spy pictures and a video of what appears to be one of the most anticipated American cars in decades have been published on the Internet. As far as we can tell from the video, it is a handsome compact car that can keep all the promises GM has made – at least as far as it looks are concerned.  

Google zooms past 60% market share

Comscore as well as Nielsen Netratings estimated Google’s U.S. search engine market at more than 60% in July. While the market research firms have come up with substantially different numbers for their July report, both agree that Google now runs more than three times the numbers of searches of its closest rival and more than twice the searches of Yahoo and Microsoft combined.  

Court allows LHC scientists to proceed, first particles observed

A request for an injunction against the launch of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN has been denied by the European Court of Human Rights. A private initiative formed by scientists claims that the sheer energy delivered by the LHC could produce uncontrollable new particles as well as micro black holes that could lead to the destruction of Earth.

Qantas preparing star-studded A380 demo flight

Qantas Airways is planning to treat movie stars and politicians to a demonstration Airbus A380 flight in October.  The airline has filed a special Department of Transportation request to takeoff from Los Angeles International Airport and then land back at the same airport after a “several hour” flight.

YouTube adds closed captioning

Tired of watching your YouTube videos and not understanding what the heck the people are saying?  Well now YouTube has added closed captioning and is allowing video uploaders to add captions in more than a hundred languages.  The captions also have a nice benefit of allowing YouTube to potentially better embed ads into the videos.

Toyota to lease Highlander fuel cell hybrid vehicles

Toyota today said that it will begin leasing a new fleet first fuel cell hybrid vehicle model, the FCHV-adv, to Japan's Ministry of the Environment beginning on September 1. The government is paying a lofty price for the privilege of driving these cars and there is no announcement when these cars will be available for the public. Sticking with your Prius, or a Highlander hybrid, may be a better idea than waiting for a Highlander fuel-cell hybrid vehicle.

Hollywood movie studios not supporting China-developed CBHD, say Taiwan optical disc makers

LCD panel makers gear up thin-film solar deployment

Scientists expect new record low of Arctic ice coverage

Sea-ice coverage levels in the Arctic are approaching the record low of September 2007. Since the melting season has not reached its end yet, scientists of the European Space Agency are expecting to see a record low in 2008 and two passages being completely ice free by mid-September.

20 Cleantech Industry Movers and Shakers

Feature - There is no single day anymore on which you do not hear about green technologies, new efforts to reduce carbon footprints, enable more environmentally friendly energy and get rid of toxic materials. We went through our records and compiled a list of greentech companies worth watching. From biofuels to solar, from automotive to waste management and from nanotech to energy management.  

New fuel cell system 'generates electricity with only water, air'

Macroeconomic pressures a boon for consumer electronics

XGA resolution to become mainstream for front projectors in 2009, says Coretronic

Lite-On still optimistic about LED penetration in notebooks

Mythbusters’ stars meet and greet fans at NVISION

The stars of the hit Discovery Channel show Mythbusters chatted it up with NVISION attendees today during a meet and greet session.  The serious dark beret wearing Jamie Hyneman and the happy-go-lucky Adam Savage autographed papers and posed for pictures with several dozen people who had waited up to an hour in line.  One fan was so excited and introduced all her children to the stars and exclaimed, “We all think you’re gods!”  To which Hyneman replied, “I’m sorry.”

Computer viruses make it to orbit

PC related IC design houses turn conservative over Q3 outlook

Futuremark designs spectacular 3D interface for Audi

It was only a matter of time. The automotive industry is just as impressed by 3D advancements as we are and has hiring companies that we all know and like - to change the way how we drive. One of the shining examples is a 3D interface from the latest Nissan GT-R, which was designed by the Gran Turismo designers. But what Futuremark did for Audi is simply astounding.