Market research firm expects over 500 million mobile broadband users by 2010

New alternative technologies will contribute just six percent of the forecast 500 million mobile broadband users globally by 2010, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.

HDMI heading for sustained growth as DVI begins decline in 2007, In-Stat says

The Digital visual interface (DVI) and high definition multimedia interface (HDMI) are both experiencing record growth, but the future is much brighter for HDMI, according to research firm In-Stat.

Widescreen notebook shipments worldwide hit new record in Q3

Widescreen notebook shipments in the third quarter had a 79% share of the worldwide market, with standard 4:3 ratio having only a 21% share, according to Displaysearch.

New kind of quantum computer moves closer

A U.S. physicist has shown it is feasible to read data stored in the magnetic 'spins' of phosphorus atoms - a step toward creating a superfast computer.

Media servers to water-resistant televisions - Electronic House Expo Roundup

Putting as much electronic gear into your home, while controlling it at the same time is the name of the game at the annual Electronic House Expo, which recently wrapped up in Long Beach. Television and lighting control companies showed off their wares, but there were also some traditional computer companies thrown into the mix.

Intel quad-core increases pricing pressure on AMD

Intel's Core 2 Extreme QX6700 has officially arrived and already shows a strong impact on the rest of the company's processor line-up in the latest edition of our processor price/performance charts. Average prices for most Intel chips dropped from last week, as did the green team's processors: AMD quickly needs faster CPUs to sustain its position in the higher-end mainstream.

Snow plows get salted with GPS systems

As the country gears for Winter, states vulnerable for snowstorms are preparing for the next few months with heaters, snow plows, and local news tickers to show school closings. At least one of these is about to get easier in Indiana, as the state rolls out snow plows equipped with GPS systems.

Larry King has never searched the Internet

Plagued with jokes about his age, Larry King did nothing to show an acceptance of new culture when he recently admitted that he's never done a single Internet search in his life.

WiMAX poised for rapid growth despite major challenges, says In-Stat

WiMAX technology is entering a rapid growth phase, as service providers are now able to buy WiMAX Forum-certified equipment, according to research firm In-Stat.

MIT researcher says notebooks can be recharged wirelessly

We have cut the phone cord, we have eliminated the need for a cable when connecting notebooks to the Internet and we use wireless headsets. But while audio and data transmissions through the air have become normal in recent years, we still need to carry around cables to recharge our portable devices. New research now indicates that even power may go wireless soon.

Microsoft admits open source patent pledge misses the target

Microsoft has admitted execution flaws with its promise not to sue open source software developers and invited the wider community to tell the software firm how it can get it right.

Multicrystalline silicon solar cells to become mainstream, say industry players

Although solar cells based on monocrystalline silicon deliver better performance than multicrystalline silicon, industry players believe that the latter should rise as the mainstream material for solar cells due to its lower cost.

Space mirrors could create Earth-like haven on Mars

Mirrors in orbit around Mars could create Earth-like conditions on a small patch of the planet's surface, according to a NASA-funded study.

A ring of robots to fight fires

Computer scientists at the Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) have developed a new kind of software to monitor wireless sensor networks.

Yahoo's cooking oil-powered car sets speed record

Yahoo! Autos cooking oil-powered car set a land speed record over the weekend at the El Mirage Dry Lake Bed near Victorville California. The heavily modified six-cylinder, 'Lipid Lightning' truck reached 98.155 mph which, according to Yahoo, is a record for a grease car.

Demand for DirectX 10-compliant graphics cards may not pick up until Vista launch

Despite Nvidia's launch of its DirectX 10-compliant GeForce 8800 GPU last week, demand for high-end graphics cards supporting DirectX 10 may not pick up until Microsoft's Vista operating system (OS) hits the market, according to industry sources.

Sales of 1080p microdisplay RPTVs overtakes those of 720p, says Quixel Research

Revenues for 1080p microdisplay (MD) models topped those of 720p MD for the first time in the third quarter, accounting for $682 million in sales, according to research firm Quixel Research, which noted that sales for the 1080p MD segment grew 124% sequentially and 333% on year.

G'day mate: Microsoft Office 2007 to understand Australian

Australian words like g'day, Sheila and bogan will be added to the Microsoft Office 2007 dictionary. More than 24,000 Australians voted for the top 20 words with g'day, short for good day, leading the pack. Office currently misrecognizes the words, thinking that they are misspellings and tries to correct them.

E-voting worries focus on failures, not fraud

Major electronic voting machine problems occurred in at least six U.S. states during the country's midterm elections, underscoring that system failure, not fraud, is the biggest issue facing future races, voting-rights activists and technologists said this week.

Intel quad-core QX6700 makes official debut in price/performance charts

The holiday shopping season begins to kick into gear these weeks, marked by a handful of the biggest electronics debuts of the entire year. On the CPU side, average prices of current processors for the Intel and AMD have formed two completely different trends, the latest edition of our price/preformance processor charts reveal.