Yoko Ono, Pat Monahan, will.i.am and more at CES

Where can you find Natasha Bedingfield, Pat Monahan, will.i.am and Yoko Ono together in the same room? At CES, of course!

Magnets shown to help reduce swelling by medical study

Research into static field magnetic application has demonstrated that there are potentially beneficial medical side effects of strong, localized magnetic fields.  We may no longer need ice packs or heating pads after injuries.

Bill Gates pokes fun at himself during CES 2008 keynote

Las Vegas (NV) – Much has changed since Microsoft co-founder and Chairman Bill Gates first spoke at CES 13 years ago.  Back in what he calls the “first digital decade”, people mainly used keyboards and mice to input data, but now you are starting to see voice and touch technologies.  At this year’s keynote address, he highlighted major video and television deals with NBC and ABC, all while poking a little fun at himself.

Warner Home Video drops HD DVD support, backs Blu-ray exclusively

In a major blow to HD DVD, Warner announced tonight that it will now only release high-def movie on Blu-ray Disc. The HD DVD camp has canceled its CES press event and all one-on-one press meetings as a result.

Sony to distribute DRM-free songs

Yes, even we thought it might never happen, but Sony BMG has apparently waved the white surrender flag on DRM and plans on distributing a portion of its music collection as DRM-free songs.

Intel calls it quits on "One Laptop Per Child" program

Intel has asked OLPC to be pulled out of the philanthropic initiative, after the company began to branch off into other similar projects.

Bacteria powered microbial fuel cells prove viable form of electricity generation

Liberty (MO) - Scientists are discovering that microbial fuel cell (MFC) technology is a viable alternative to power generation in remote locations.  Powered only by whatever fuel is placed into the vessel, and the natural electrical generation processes by the bacteria, usable power for man can be harnessed, captured in batteries and utilized as necessary.

Digital TV coupon applications already top 500,000

Over half a million Americans have already requested their free pair of digital TV converter coupons for the major broadcast switch slated for February 2009.

Asteroid's chances of hitting Mars now 1 in 28

Mars, or very mear Mars - An asteroid dubbed 2007 WD5 is looking more and more like it will narrowly miss Mars when it flies by the planet on January 30, 2008.  The chances had increased on readings taken December 28, 2007 to 1 in 25.  However, newer readings have reduced the chances slightly to 1 in 28.

MC Hammer now a website executive

Stanley Burrell, better known as rapper MC Hammer, will come back into the music industry, but this time as the chief strategy officer of the new website DanceJam.com.

Unclaimed gift cards total around $3.5 billion in holiday 2007

If you have a gift card from last year that's partially or completely unredeemed, you helped line retailers' pockets by over $3.5 billion.

Senator wants tax on video games

A Senator from Wisconsin wants to mandate an extra tax on video games because he claims they are linked to juvenile crime.

Update: Digital TV coupon program starts tomorrow

Owners of analog TV sets can send off their application for a free converter box beginning tomorrow, to prepare for the digital switch over that will happen in February 2009.

Multiple: 2007 top ten lists

Indianapolis (IN) - A few web sites have compiled some top ten lists for 2007.  The first is from NewScientist and is the top ten list of inventions.  The second is also from NewScientist and claims to be a top ten list of videos, though not all of the links connect to videos.  Still, here they are in the hopes of keeping the doledrums at bay.  The third is from The Inquirer, where they make some predictions about what'll be up in 2008:

Text messaging driver charged in hit and run death

An allegedly text messaging driver has been charged in the hit and run death of a Taunton Massachusetts teenager.

The Inquirer: Year end predictions for 2008

Someone apparently pulled The Inquirer clan away from the pub long enough to think a clear thought about 2008.  They've put together a top ten list of events they believe will happen.  What are your thoughts?  Is The Inquirer clan on the mark?  Or off the wagon?

First visible extra-solar light detected from orbiting planet 60 light years away

Light in the visible spectrum has been observed from an extra-solar planet for the first time.  The team used special polarization techniques to hone in on only light reflected from the planet, and not its star.

San Francisco auction raises money for OLPC

An interactive marketing group in San Francisco held a charity auction believed to be the first of its kind to send the proceeds to the "One Laptop Per Child" program.

Rob Enderle: 2008's Apple, Dell, Google, HP, Lenovo, Sony, Microsoft and Linux

Forward:  by Wolfgang Gruener and Rick C. Hodgin

DRAM industry suffering from lowering prices, curbs output

The DRAM industry is hurting.  Losses of 85% in sales price over the past 12 months have brought the industry almost to its knees.  With no end in sight, DRAM makers are taking extreme measures to keep prices from dropping further.