Mobile games market shows growth, but major challenges remain

The mobile games market is growing, but will need to overcome several hurdles to gain mass-market acceptance, according to research firm Informa Telecoms and Media.

Scientists create 'invisibility' cloak that bends microwaves

A team of British and U.S. scientists has demonstrated the first working "invisibility cloak," although don't expect it to appear in the Halloween costumes aisle just yet.

Wired catches a paedophile and promises to arm vigilantes to do the same

Kudos is to be dished out to Kevin Poulsen, Wired Senior Editor and former code monkey (to say the least); who has written an extremely interesting article about how he, using a search algorithm he programmed himself, managed to do what MySpace has said is not possible in catching registered sex offenders on the site.

Samsung sees printing as key to lowering TFT LCD costs

Samsung Electronics aims to reduced the cost of TFT LCD production to $100 per square meter, down from the current $1500, by adopting printing techniques, according to Souk Jun-hyung, senior vice president of the Samsung Electronics LCD Business.

Sun wants to be different in virtualization market

Sun revealed some details of its virtualization strategy, which is anchored in its Solaris 10 operating system. In a sea of very similar virtualization platforms and approaches, Sun believes that being different and adding value will be a significant contributor to success in this segment.

Volume risks of MP3 players sounded out

The design of in-ear headphones that come as standard with many portable music players, can cause users to crank their music up to damaging levels, research suggests.

Symbian for Playstation on the horizon?

Smart phone OS-maker Symbian has hinted it would be open to expanding beyond the cellular.

Some Americans are Internet addicts: Stanford study

Are we a nation of Internet addicts? Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine think that some of us are. In a telephone-based study, researchers say one out of eight Americans showed signs of excessive Internet use. They also concluded that the typical addict is a single white male who spends approximately 30 hours a week surfing the net.

LG.Philips LCD to show new LCD technology at FPD International

LG.Philips LCD announced today it will showcase a new range of TFT LCD panels for high-definition TVs (HDTVs), LCD monitors, notebooks and mobile phones at FPD International 2006 in Yokohama, Japan.

CMO to go quad high-definition with new 47" LCD TV panels

Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) has announced plans for a consumer-grade, high-resolution 47" Quad High Definition (QHD, 2560x1440) LCD TV panel slated for mass production in the second quarter of 2007.

Sanyo Epson develops 7.1" full HD LCD panel

Sanyo Epson Imaging Devices today announced the development of a 7.1" direct-view full high-definition (HD) low-temperature poly-silicon (LTPS) LCD panel.

Targeted trojan attacks on the rise

On 1 December 2005, two e-mail messages were sent from a computer in Western Australia to members of two different human rights organizations.

Solar cells inch up in efficiency

Kyocera today said that it has achieved a new world record of 18.5% energy conversion efficiency with a 15 cm x 15 cm (5.9" x 5.9") multi-crystalline silicon solar cell. According to the company, the new results exceeds prior records, which were set by the company, including 14.5% in 1989, 17.1% in 1996, and 17.7% in 2004.

Reuters to bring news to Second Life

News agency Reuters has become a news target itself as it announced today plans to open a virtual bureau in the online life-simulation platform Second Life. Users will now be able to look up Reuters reports about the world of Second Life as well as the real world within the virtual environment.

Widescreen display to account for 90% of notebook market in 2008

Nearly 90% of the notebooks to be shipped by the end of 2008 will use widescreen panels, compared to 69% in the second quarter of 2006 and 76% by year-end, according to research firm Displaysearch.

Intels' Core 2 Duo E6400 joins the Price/Performance Charts

How could we have left out Intel's Core 2 Duo E6400 from our Price/Performance charts? Several readers complained last week about the lack of Intel's E6400/E6300 mainstream processors in our charts which provide a weekly update on the best value in the retail processor market. This week, the data of the E6400 became available - and began to cause more headaches for the green team.

Watchful car monitors its driver's every move

A car that monitors a driver's every move could further researchers' understanding of the way driving behaviour is affected by road design, other vehicles and new in-car gadgetry.

Yahoo beams social media into space

Yahoo is pulling off one impressive publicity campaign centered around its social media offerings of blogging, photo uploading & sharing, and video upload with the first ever electronic anthropology archive, or Yahoo Time Capsule.

Comcast worker snoozes at customer's house

A Comcast worker was caught sleeping on the job, not once, but twice. The Maironi family in Garden City Michigan had a Comcast worker fix the cable system, but found the worker asleep after one hour. One of the family members took a picture of the worker who was sprawled out on his bed.

South African PC market to hit 1.6 million units in 2006

The PC market in South Africa is expected to grow 45.5% on year to 1.6 million units, including 900,000 desktops and 600,000 notebooks, in 2006, according to sources at Rectron, a Taiwan-invested IT distributor in South Africa.