Intel is getting more serious about phase change memory

The chip manufacturer will be dedicating more resources to the development of a new memory technology that is believed to be able to replace flash memory down the road.

Blu-ray movie sales smash HD DVD in first half of 2007

Sales numbers are in for the first six months of the year, and Blu-ray Disc movies outsold HD DVD at a 2-to-1 ratio.

Shortage of DVD components said to be emerging

DARPA Urban Challenge: Teams, cars and photos

DARPA’s mega robot car race is a little over two months away and here is an easy table of the 36 teams, vehicle names and car models.

Liverpool Philharmonic to perform live in Second Life

Microsoft ups free Hotmail storage to 5 GB

For the first time, Microsoft has passed Google in the race for free e-mail capacity, lifting its storage limit for Windows Live Hotmail to 5 GB.

Time Warner expands enhanced DVR service

Time Warner Cable is expanding a new service that lets users watch an entire show even if they tune in late.

Los Angeles Airport officials criticize feds over computer glitches

Los Angeles Airport officials are fuming over this weekend’s computer glitches at the airport and they are now placing the blame on the U.S. Customs agency.

Scientists develop flexible paper batteries

Troy (NY) - In a story which could easily be mistaken for science fiction, researchers at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York have developed an amazing new energy storage device. Designed to operate from -100F to over 300F, it looks like a small, black postage stamp, but is actually a new type of flexible battery capable of providing enough electricity for the gadgets of tomorrow.      

Blu-ray "300" outsells HD DVD counterpart two-to-one

Despite a vast marketing campaign from the HD DVD camp for the multi-format release of 300, the Blu-ray version has dominated sales of the Warner Bros title.

Chip cooling: The answer is blowing in the wind

West Lafayette (IN) - Researchers at Purdue University have developed a leapfrog way to achieve better chip cooling. This apparently promising new solution more than doubles the air-based heat removal solutions seen in laptops and other small appliances today, paving the way for faster and more powerful consumer products. Desktops and mobile cooling solutions based on this technology could debut as early as 2010.

Computer meltdown strands thousands at LAX

Nearly 20,000 passengers were stranded on planes and area hotels at the Los Angeles International Airport after two computer glitches shutdown passenger screening systems.

Virgin America: Soothing lights, excellent entertainment system and comfy seats

30,000 feet between Los Angeles and San Francisco – An airline trip often means unhappy employees, dirty airplanes and a horrible back ache afterwards, but Virgin America seems to have solved all those problems.  There’s been a lot of buzz over the airline’s comfy leather seats, soothing “mood lighting” and content-filled entertainment system, so I took a ride to get a firsthand look.  

Hitachi develops 360 degree display technology

Tokyo (Japan) - Hitachi has developed a new technology that can take a static object and turn it into a hologram-esque moving 3D image. The "stereoscopic vision display" apparently takes an image from several difference angles directions and replicates the image in a three dimensional view.

DARPA selects 36 teams for the Urban Challenge qualifier

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected 36 teams for the next phase in the upcoming autonomous vehicle Urban Challenge race.

Realistic fog sim comes without high-tech rendering

San Diego (CA) - Computer scientists at the University of California San Diego have created a new computer application to simulate fog without the usual lag of intense computations. Wojciech Jarosz, the Ph.D. student who led the engineering project, discovered a computational short cut to make rendering of obscured lighting situations a more streamlined and efficient process.

GPS rival to integrate tech for global search and rescue system

Chicago (IL) – Representatives of the Galileo project, Europe's effort to establish a civil global positioning system, have presented an ambitious plan to equip its satellites with a future worldwide search and rescue technology to be able to locate and communicate with individuals in emergency situations anywhere on the globe.    

Activist group recommends more control over search privacy

Public policy organization The Center For Democracy & Technology (CDT) has released a report calling for an overhaul of search engine privacy policies.

New search engine indexes and ranks table content

Blockbuster to buy Movielink

Though Blockbuster has flip-flopped on the idea of digital downloads in the past, it has now reportedly entered the market with a confirmed deal to acquire Movielink.