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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.