HDTVs, computers, and MP3 players helped make this year's Black Friday one of the most successful to date.
Register Hardware's Tony Smith was able to give the world a glimpse of the the western civilization's first commercial offering of the Asus Eee PC. It's a 4G sub-sub-notebook, weighing 890 grams, or just under 2 lbs. It has 3.5 hours of battery life, runs Xandros Linux, comes with 512 MB of RAM, an 802.11b/g, SD/SDHC/MMC card slots, Sony memory stick, three USB ports, VGA output, 10/100 Ethernet, modem, mic and headphone audio ports.
A recent poll has revealed that scientists were more concerned over nanotechnology. Are their concerns justified?
Los Altos (CA) - Rambus will announce on Wednesday a new Terabyte Bandwidth Initiative (TBI) designed to bring terabyte bandwidth to future many-core architectures. The design places 16 DRAM channels, each operating at 16 Gbps with 4 bytes of data per clock. In theory, the total aggregate memory throughput would be 1,024 Gigabytes (1 Terabyte) available via sixteen separate channels, each of which could be piped directly to a group of multiple cores.
Chicago (IL) – The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft has taken fascinating true-color images of Earth. ESA said that the pictures were taken on November 13 and 15 by Rosetta’s OSIRIS camera on the spacecraft’s way to the outer solar system. The high-resolution pictures published on the Internet show day and night times on Earth using the camera’s orange, green and blue filters.
Yahoo today announced that it has reached a deal with Sony BMG music to allow users to essentially have free use of tracks under the record label.
Scientists at Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan are working on a new system that would hopefully allow quicker downloads at a cheaper cost.
Google's free e-mail service now offers over 5,000 megabytes worth of storage capacity, further classifying itself as the most ambitious service of its kind.
Mars (4th rock from the sun) - NewScientist's David Shiga is reporting that NASA's Mars rover vehicles, Spirit and Opportunity, are suffering more and more problems four years after they were initially deployed. The latest failures are a blinding of one of Opportunity's infrared sensors, along with a defective rock grinding tool. The infrared sensor became covered with dust. And there are many more failures on the list.
Pomona (CA) - When TG Daily editor, Humphrey Cheung, captured some video of the inventor of the KillaCycle crashing at Wired NextFest, it raised a few eyebrows, and not just about safety concerns. The KillaCycle is an all electric motorcycle capable of amazing acceleration. 0-60 times are less than 1 second, but there's a reason for this high performance. The battery technology inside the motorcycle is what gives its electric motor the real oomph.