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.

More than a third of new PC buyers downgrade Vista to XP, survey says

According to Microsoft, Windows Vista is on a path of success and the operating system is flying off OEM and retail shelves. However, a new survey questions how many of those actual Vista licenses are actually in use, as a new survey claims that a substantial portion of PC buyers chooses to downgrade to Windows XP. 

Notebooks with 12" to 14" 16:9 aspect ratio panels will not mature until Q2 2009

Netbook popularity may be boon for Qualcomm

Captain Kirk rakes in real dough from virtual autographs

William Shatner, known to millions of Star Trek fans as Captain Kirk, is making some serious cash from virtual video autographs through his new business liveautographs.com.  Shatner, along with other celebrities like Danica Patrick, Carmen Electra and even Buzz Aldrin, star on the website featuring expensive fan memorabilia authenticated with a short video message.  While it may seem hokey to some, the demand is hot and Shatner recently sold more than 200 autographs in a single sitting.

Comcast’s blazing fast Internet is half the speed of DSL

Comcast has begun to quietly, but very aggressively pitch an “economy tier” Internet service to its customers – a service that is generally “not recommended”, but squarely aimed at dial-up users and perhaps one or the other DSL Internet users. As all Comcast residential Internet services, this entry-level service also comes with the firm’s mysterious bandwidth cap.