We have been hearing about fuel cells as the potential saviors of the
PC industry’s 8-hour-notebook promise for quite some time, but the
technology has yet to make a visible impact in products that are
available to the consumer. In what appears to be a big month for fuel
cells, Sharp, Sony and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
reported independently from each other significant progress that could
take fuel cell closer to production units.
Ask.com, the flagging online search destination, has acquired Lexico Publishing Group, an Internet media company that owns Thesaurus.com and Reference.com. It also purchased philologist-friendly site Dictionary.com (which you can use to figure out the meaning of that word). Ask.com hopes this will rebrand itself as an Internet specialist in answering questions instead of providing blanket search results.
Toyota announced that it had sold 1,028,000 units of its Prius model,
making it the most successful hybrid car today. The company noted that
Prius sales are “robust” in more than 40 countries around the world.
Bill Gates, a constant forward-thinker and innovator, spoke at a summit for corporate CEOs this week and talked about what he sees as possible 5 - 10 years in the future. He also demoed a new vertical "wall" version of Microsoft Surface, a touch-powered operating system. Gates, who is six weeks away from leaving Microsoft per a previously announced resignation, is always talking about what the future of technology will bring. In his recent presentation, he talked at length about communication, saying that e-mail and mobile phone technology is not meeting the needs of individuals.
Dell wants to become the “greenest technology company on the planet”
and part of that goal will be to cut the power consumption of its
desktops and laptops by 25% by 2010, the company said today.
It seems everything can be used as an alternative fuel source these days. From corn to water, and hydrogen to human fat, the breadth of possibilities is limitless. Now we can add printed circuit boards to that list, thanks to a group of researchers from the Middle East.
Fisker is probably one of the most watched newcomers in the automobile
industry, playing in one league with Tesla. The company’s plug-in
hybrid “Karma” is making steady progress: the car is currently being
tested and on schedule for a Q4 2009 delivery. Silicon Valley
executives, get your checkbooks ready.
Almost four of five U.S. households have access to the Internet today,
according to a survey released by Parks Associates. That, of course,
means that a fairly high percentage of U.S. consumers does not have
access to the Internet and Parks found that very few of them plan on
using the Internet in the foreseeable time.
German students have come up with a down-to-earth idea how to bind the
global output of carbon dioxide emissions. They suggest to simply plant
enough trees to absorb carbon dioxide through photosynthesis. The
question is: How many trees do you need, how much space do they need
and how much will that cost?