Universal's first new Blu-ray to be box office flop

When Universal announced that it was abandoning HD DVD to switch over to Blu-ray, it was the one that gave the rubber stamp of failure to HD DVD.  Universal was by far the biggest studio backer of the flopped high-def disc format, at one point accounting for around half of new HD DVD titles.  For the first time today, it announced specific new movie titles it will be bringing to Blu-ray Disc.

The Pirate Bay rolls out anonymous blogging service

Looking for the most bang for your buck in LCD TVs? Focus on 42”.

Pricewatch - If you're in the market for a new LCD HDTV, you may get the best value in the mid-sized, 42” range, our latest Pricewatch analysis of popular models reveals. Prices for smaller TVs have not gone down proportionally to bigger models, and larger TVs are more likely to continue to come down in price. We took a look at six LCD HDTVs from top manufacturers in the industry to provide a clearer picture on HDTV pricing trends.

Scientists turn to ray-tracing for advanced graphics effects

It is no secret anymore that lots of people and scientist are looking for new ways to increase the realism of graphics other then pushing the limits of traditional rasterization techniques. Ray-tracing is a term that comes up frequently these days and apparently, there is a lot of potential in tuning already existing algorithms to make them more suitable for general computing platforms: UCSD scientists have discovered a “lightweight” approach to simulate fog and possibly other materials and surfaces such as skin, milk and plants.

Google updates Earth

Google is launching a new version of its Google Earth application today, adding new functionality and more support for Mac platforms.  One of the biggest additions in version 4.3 will be the ability to see "street view" maps.  Google launched street view to its online Google Maps program, giving clear pictures of individual residences in specific cities.

Terahertz computing may not be dead after all

The Gigahertz race was probably one of the most ill-fated ideas in the microprocessor industry in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Intel was almost brought down to its knees by the enormous power consumption and heat dissipation of 3+ GHz speeds in circuits of the time, eventually hitting a wall at 4 GHz. The Gigahertz race has now become a multi-core race, but scientists have ideas to ramp up the clock speed at a faster pace again: Terahertz computers may be within reach  – if data is carried over optical instead of electrical circuits.

Amazon music store not really denting iTunes

Around 90% of customers at Amazon's digital music store had not shopped regularly at iTunes before, according to research firm NPD.  This means that people who are buying from Amazon are largely consumers who are new to the digital music download market.  Instead of trying to chip away at iTunes, Amazon is carving out an entirely new place in the music business.

Adobe seeks to unify digital video formats with CinemaDNG

Video editors and cameramen have often dealt with an alphabet soup of file extensions and codecs, but Adobe hopes to change all that with their CinemaDNG iniative.  The company hopes major video camera companies and codec firms will unite to support a single digital RAW format to be used during the capture portion of the video creation workflow.

Protecting your camera in the world’s largest water fight Part 2

Thankfully the protective plastic wrap worked and my camera and lens survived an entire day of shooting with almost 1700 pictures.  But trust me, it wasn’t easy and I was a prized target among many water gun-toting tourists.

MIT and Fraunhofer create green technology partnership

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Fraunhofer, one of Germany’s largest research organizations, announced the creation of the MIT-Fraunhofer Institute for Sustainable Energy Systems. The partnership will focus on solar, green buildings and energy device prototyping, leveraging cross-Atlantic research resources and relationships.   

FCC fines retailers over digital TV

The Federal Communications Commission has issued fines against Wal-Mart, Sears, Circuit City, Target, Best Buy and others for failing to meet requirements concerning the digital TV conversion next year.  Additionally, the governmental organization imposed fines on TV manufacturers for continuing to ship analog tuners after the deadline and for not meeting other digital TV guidelines.

Scientists create non-flammable lithium-ion battery

Scientists in Germany have made a breakthrough in one of the biggest expanding markets in the battery industry: lithium-ion.  With the massive Sony battery recall last year and ever-growing concerns about lithium-ion-powered devices catching aflame, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC have created a solution.

MIT develops way to measure hurricanes by sound

Determining the difference between a level two and level three hurricane may be done in the future by measuring the sound instead of flying in airplanes in the middle of it at several hours throughout the day.  The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a new, more cost-effective way of measuring the intensity of a hurricane.

Interest in hybrid cars highest in San Francisco

With national gas prices approaching an average of $3.40 per gallon, it may not be too surprising that the interest in less fuel-hungry is increasing these days. Cars.com recently found that 59% of car shoppers already have purchased or at least consider buying a hybrid car as their next car. Based on vehicle research on its site, Cars.com now came up with some numbers that could shed some light on a possible regional demand of hybrid cars.

Epistar: LED backlight penetration in larger-sized LCD TVs will not surpass 3% by 2010

New drug promises to protect against radiation damage

NY psychiatrist creates Prius Federation shuttlecraft

Spintronics at work: IBM outlines “racetrack” memory

IBM today pitched a completely new storage technology that could replace traditional hard drives and flash-based solid state disk drives (SSDs). IBM believes that spintronics-based storage devices that store data within a wiretrack could enable MP3 players with several terabytes of capacity and superfast access times. 

Carbon nanotubes reduce capacity loss in rechargeable batteries

Rechargeable batteries are a great return business for battery companies and a continuous source of inconvenience for users of pretty much device that uses such batteries: Ongoing use will cause the battery to lose its capacity over time: While you can influence the degree of the capacity loss, you will eventually need to replace the battery at some point. New research indicates that a carbon nanotube anode coating may cut the capacity loss almost in half.

Yahoo opens up as acquisition target

Yahoo has created a strategic partnership with Google and is reportedly in talks with AOL, while Microsoft may team up with News Corp to launch a new bid to take over Yahoo.  The AP suggests Yahoo's moves are "last-ditch efforts" to prevent an acquisition from Microsoft and is in effect creating a "dramatic finale" in this Internet saga.