iPod rumors take off, again

Digg’s Kevin Rose receives the honor for jumpstarting this year’s iPod update rumors with a picture and rather vague and strange information from his sources what this new update may bring. According to Rose, Apple will shelve the current iPod Nano design, cut prices and add features. Also, Mac OS X might finally see Blu-ray support. But Rose could have missed the most important update of all: An iTunes all-you-can-eat subscription service.

SGI, Intel claim a slice of Olympic swimming Gold medals

You can already envision the marketing frenzy that will surround Michael Phelps, who won eight Olympic Gold medals in eight days at Beijing 2008 Olympic Games that ended yesterday. And there will be many who will want to jump onto that marketing train. SGI and Intel are already on board.

Robots, toothbrush robots and remote controlled battle ships at the Maker Faire

In a meeting between traditional gadgetry and modern processors, the Maker Faire paid a visit to the Intel Developer Forum.  Eager inventors showed off their old pinball machines, robots and even remote controlled battleships that could fire pellets at 200 feet per second.  While much of this tech was old fashioned balsa wood, soldered metal and cheap plastic, attendees still marveled at the creativity.

PhD student discovers method to produce solar cells in pizza oven

U.S.-based company builds military-grade simulator for Ferrari F1 team

Formula One teams spend tens of millions of dollars on air-tunnels, super-computers and simulators to improve the features of its cars, engines components and the abilities of its drivers. Ferrari has always been a bit ahead of the competition with new technology and pioneers a new technology for the racing series once again: The team has contracted a company to build the most realistic driving simulator in Formula One’s history.

Worldwide server shipments grew 12% in Q2 - Gartner

Global TV shipments up 11%

Intel imagines wireless power for your laptop

Intel traditionally closes its Developer Forum with a visionary keynote that provides a glimpse into Intel’s labs and how the company’s engineers think about how technology could shape the world in five, ten or - in this case - 40 years. 

Heatsink maker jumps into LED lighting biz

Taiwanese heatsink maker, AVC, is jumping into the drop-in LED lighting market with its multiple LED lighting heads.  These heads simply screw into a regular socket and provide several hundred lumens worth of lighting for just a few watts of power.  At the company’s Intel Developer Forum booth, we saw a 7 LED light that was basically a heat sink with some LEDs embedded inside.

Xbox 360 used as voting recruitment tool

One electron at a time: Scientists close in on quantum computing

Researchers at the University of Michigan, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and the University of California at San Diego have made a big step towards quantum computing by trapping the spin of one electron in critical dark state – at rates of about 1 GHz. 

Battery cell shortage still looming

LED general lighting market to reach $1.4 billion by 2010

More LCD TV outsourcing expected

Charge your cell phone using kinetic energy

Earlier the year, Idaho-startup M2E Power said it was working to develop military electronics that were motion-powered. Now the company M2E is planning to utilize its technology in commercial applications, with one goal in mind - to change the cell phone battery. M2E plans to announce the development of an external charger that is capable of generating between 300 and 700% more energy than the current kinetic energy technologies later this month.

MIT scientists develop virus-powered, cell-sized batteries

Miniature devices of the future could be powered by tiny new batteries that are about half the size of a human cell. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have come up with an idea to leverage characteristics of viruses to built small power sources that one day could supply the smallest electronics with electricity.

LCD panel market set for recovery in September, says iSuppli

Microsoft drops, Google and Apple climb in latest ACSI satisfaction study

The ACSI study for the second quarter of this year indicates an increasing frustration of users with Windows Vista. Users mostly complain about poor usability, compatibility problems, slower performance compared to Windows XP and substantial hardware requirements. The dissatisfaction with Vista also affected most major Windows-PC vendors. Apple continues to improve its reputation while Google and Yahoo lead the e-business satisfaction index.

Neighborhood P2P could alleviate Internet traffic concerns

Ingenious solutions to problems often originate from very simple ideas. And, it appears, researchers from the University of Washington have found a way to substantially reduce Internet congestion for service providers that could ultimately result in Internet users being saved from much discussed bandwidth caps. The idea: Keep Internet traffic local. 

Craig Barrett wins hearts and minds at IDF

It wasn’t your typical Intel Developers Forum keynote speech.  Intel’s Chairman of the Board, Craig Barrett, didn’t talk about die-sizes, nanometers or wafers, but instead prodded the audience to pursue the human side of technology.  From microloans to digital whiteboards, Barrett outlined services and gadgets that would help impoverished third world countries create business or teach children and in so doing, won the hearts of and minds of attendees.