Microsoft confirms 32-bit Vista will not play HD discs

Culver City (CA) - Microsoft officials have confirmed an earlier TG Daily report about the HD playback features in Windows Vista. At the Tech Ed 2006 conference in Sydney, Australia, yesterday, Microsoft's senior program manager Steve Riley told an audience that the 32-bit Vista would not natively playback high-definition content on Blu-ray and HD DVD media. Riley justified Microsoft's decision with a concern that the content protection of these media was too easily bypassed with unsigned and malicious drivers.

Prices for 37" LCD TVs fall below $1000

In only one year, prices for 37" LCD TVs in North America fell below $1000, the same price level for the 32" segment an year ago, amid fast falling LCD panel prices, according LCD TV makers and industry sources.

Global PDP TV shipments rose 30% in Q2

Global PDP (plasma display panel) TV shipments rose 30% on quarter and 95% on year to 2.2 million units in the second quarter of 2006, capturing 5% of worldwide TV shipments, up from 4% in the first quarter, according to Displaysearch.

Airbus files for anti-jetlag patent

People have tried to reduce or eliminate jetlag ever since the invention of air travel. Some use special protein diets while others blast themselves with "daylight" spectrum lights. Now Airbus, the European jumbo jet maker, has filed for a patent on a jetlag reducing airplane seat.

First Look: Paraben's anti-RFID Passport StrongHold bag

Culver City (CA) - Yesterday we reported about the "StrongHold" bag that promises to block signals that aim to access data stored in RFID chips of newer U.S. passports. Paraben has since sent us a few bags for a brief test.

Military robo-surgeon prepares for battle

Life-saving operations on soldiers in combat zones could become possible thanks to a portable robotic surgeon that allows doctors to perform surgery on the battlefield without endangering themselves.

Dell drops out of MP3 player race

Dell is pulling out of the digital music player business, apparently conceding that it cannot compete with Apple a year after introducing the DJ Ditty MP3 device as an affordable alternative to the Ipod Shuffle.

Pentagon warns of Internet incursion by Chinese cyber-terrorists :GCN

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ATI leads Nvidia in GPU price/performance across the board

UPDATE 24 August 2006 10:15 am ET Markham (Ontario) - In the first test results compiled using Tom's Hardware Guide tests of relative graphics card performance, and average sale prices sampled yesterday by PriceGrabber, ATI-brand graphics cards led Nvidia across the board, with a few noteworthy exceptions. In our new projected price/performance curve for GPUs, ATI takes the lead in both the value and premium segments.

New passport holder claims to block unwanted RFID signals

Culver City (CA) - An Orem Utah-based forensics company is now selling metal mesh bags that it claims will stop identity thieves from accessing the newer US E-Passports. Paraben Corporation, known for their mobile phone forensic kits, is selling a nickel, copper and silver mesh "Passport StrongHold" bag will block RFID transmissions from hitting unopened passports. Update: We have since received samples of the StrongHold bag and have briefly tested them out. Read more here...

EDGE handset shipments to reach 148 Million units in 2006

EDGE enabled handsets have never attracted the same levels of attention that "sexier" technologies such as WCDMA and HSDPA have enjoyed. In fact EDGE can best be described as the Cinderella of the cellular handset world.

Mobile breakthrough doubles chip speed

Engineers at the University of Southampton have developed technology to double the speed of chips commonly used in mobile devices.

Google's Writely service back in beta testing

Google's Writely online word processing service is now up and running, providing a new challenge to Microsoft's Office applications dominance.

Computer helper speeds neuroscience experiments

A computer system that monitors the behaviour of simple creatures for neuroscience experiments could ultimately help scientists develop new drugs, researchers say.

Infineon supplies RFID chips for US passports

Munich (Germany) - Infineon is the first company to announce a major contract to supply RFID chips that will be integrated in US passports. The chips will carry digital copies of the citizen's picture as well as the printed documentation in the passport. Infineon promises that more than "50 individual security mechanisms" are protecting the data saved on the chip.

High-power LED lights brightening up car interiors

Los Angeles (CA) - Car modders - people who hate anything slow, quiet and dim - have begun banishing their anemic incandescent dome lights with newer and much brighter LED lights. At the recent Hot Import Nights car show in Los Angeles we got a first impression on a new technology trend that not only provides much more light than your traditional lights, but last longer and uses far less energy as well.

Monitor panel ASP expected to surge in H2 August

Following a 5.8% increase in the price of 17" monitor panels in the first half of August, surging demand is pushing mainstream panel prices higher in the second half of August, according to WitsView Technology.

Updated price/performance chart reflects single-day AMD price drop

Sunnyvale (CA) - A surprisingly steep single-day average price drop in nearly all AMD dual-core processors, including its top-of-the-line FX series, plus a drop in Intel Pentium D 8xx series prices, characterized the last 24 hours of consumer CPU purchases, according to the latest data obtained by PriceGrabber. Suddenly, the Athlon 64 X2 3800+ is selling for an average price of $144 - down $23 from yesterday, and below the new 3600+ target price - once it's introduced - of $149.

CBS raises the ante in online news race with Evening News simulcast

When CBS re-launches the Evening News broadcast next month, with Katie Couric in the seat that was originally dubbed "the anchor chair" for Walter Cronkite, it will be making the broadcast available on television and online at the same time, for the first time. Is this a long-overdue technological innovation in news delivery? Or will the simulcast create new problems as CBS continues to struggle - along with the other networks - with how to integrate itself with the Web?

LCD TV to overtake PDP TV in 40"-range TV market by year-end

The combined shares of 40" and 42" LCD TVs will exceed that for PDP (plasma display panel) TVs in the global 40" to 49" TV market by the fourth quarter of this year.