Some AMD Athlon 64 X2s now 41% below Intel price/performance curve

Sunnyvale (CA) - Almost one month after AMD signaled it would respond to Intel's then-forthcoming Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme releases with substantial price cuts, based on the latest performance data from Tom's Hardware Guide, TG Daily now projects that average street prices for Athlon 64 X2 processors now fall as much as 41.4% below the price/performance curve set by comparable Intel processors.

'Ballistic' nanotransistors?

Computer designers at the University of Rochester (UR) say they've invented the next generation of transistors.

PC TV survey gives away 21" widescreen LCD, HDCP graphics card

Jon Peddie Research is currently running a survey on "PC usage and desires."

Acer has good chance of beating Toshiba in global notebook ranking in 2006

Acer's total volume of notebook orders is estimated to exceed eight million units in 2006, slightly ahead of Toshiba with 7-8 million notebooks, according to sources at Taiwan notebook manufacturers.

Displaysearch: Global LCD TV shipments up 28% in Q2; Philips still on top

Last quarter, global LCD TV shipments reached 9.4 million units, up 28% from 7.4 million units in the first quarter, according to Displaysearch.

Creative Sensor to produce liquid lenses by year-end 2006

Creative Sensor Incorporated (CSI), a Taiwan-based maker of color contact image-sensor modules for multi-function peripherals, will invest about $3.1 million in a production line for liquid lenses, with small-volume shipments slated to begin by the end of 2006, according to company president Doris Hsu.

'Electron-spin' trick boosts quantum computing

A new silicon chip capable of manipulating the spin of a single electron could ultimately allow futuristic quantum computers to be built using conventional electronic technology, researchers say.

A SWAN to guide blind people

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed SWAN (an acronym for "System for Wearable Audio Navigation"), a wearable computing system to help blind people navigate in unfamiliar environments.

Penetration of HDTV service estimated to rise 35% in H2 06

The number of households with HDTV services, which are homes with an HDTV set that can receive HDTV signals and watch HDTV programs, are projected to grow 35% from 15 million units in mid-2006 to 20.3 million at the end of 2006, according to research firm In-Stat.

Segway goes farther and off-roading with two new models

Bedford (NH) - Segway, makers of the famous self-righting scooter of the same name, is rolling out two new models that have longer range and can even go off the beaten path. The i2 model can travel up to 24 miles on a single charge, while the x2 has rugged tires to take on trails and rough terrain. Both models also have a new wireless remote which functions like a car remote.

Tapping text messages to trap criminals

Criminals could one day be routinely trapped on the basis of how they write cellphone texts.

Scientists envision remote-controlled humans

It's a disturbing thought: being able to remotely control the way a person moves at the push of a button. But scientists have already managed to do just that - although not with the same repertoire of complex movements as, say, a practiced nine-year-old controlling a toy race car.

Defcon 2006: The man behind the Defcon badge

Las Vegas (NV) - This year's Defcon computer security convention had a high-tech badge for an equally high-tech crowd. The circular badge was a colored circuit board complete with a small computer chip, battery and two blinking LED lights. Defcon staff wanted the badge to be difficult to counterfeit, but easy enough to add some interesting hacks.

How the 'freeze-the-field' rule led to NASCAR's Mobile Technology Center

See the NASCAR Mobile Technology Center slide show...

Traveling Terabyte Project helps soldiers keep in touch with Defcon

Las Vegas (NV) - Tech savvy soldiers now have a new way to stay in touch with the Defcon computer security convention. Hackers at the Defcon computer security convention have created the "Traveling TeraByte Project" (TTB) - basically is a set of hard drives filled with multimedia in a rugged Pelican case: Soldiers and tech contractors, who missed this year's Defcon, can view and copy nearly a terabyte worth of movies, computer security talks and MP3 music.

University of Calif. joins Google book scan push

The University of California has joined Google bid to scan the book collections of the world's great libraries, the organizations said on Tuesday, marking renewed momentum for a project nearly derailed by stiff resistance from publishers.

Blackhat 2006: 'Bluebag' detects Bluetooth devices within 200 meters

Las Vegas (NV) - A pair of Italian hackers has created the lazy man's Bluetooth scanner by cramming eight Bluetooth dongles and a miniature computer into a rolling luggage case. While Bluetooth scanning has been around for a few years, the "BlueBag" case uses an extra omnidirectional antenna to prescan the area. The pair says the Bluebag can detect devices up to 200 meters (about 600 feet) away and can run for up to 10 hours without power.

2007 BMW X5 intros high-speed communication chip based on Flexray tech

Munich (Germany) - BMW today announced a new version of its X5 flagship SUV. It's larger, stronger and faster and probably better and more expensive than its predecessor, but what makes this new model especially interesting form a technological view is the presence of a Flexray chip.

First look inside NASCAR's state-of-the-art timing and scoring vehicle

Defcon 2006: Casinos could be losing millions to slot machine hackers

For some slot machine cheaters, a simple push of a remote control can empty a slot machine in seconds. These remote controls have been available to criminals for a few years, but now a small company in Florida is selling these devices to help casinos fight back against cheaters. "Jack" and "Mike" from Jackpotters talked with TG Daily and described how the small devices work and how much money casinos are losing.