A photonic 'lab-on-a-chip'

Georgia Tech researchers have shrunk an optical device called wavelength demultipler (WD) by combining into one crystal three unique properties of photonics crystals.

Commodity PC morphs into mobile Linux robot

A small Canadian company is taking orders for a mobile robot that runs Linux, and is based on standard, modular PC components, interfaces and bays.

Researchers warn over Web worms

Exploiting a lack of security checks in browsers and Web servers, Web worms and viruses are likely to become a major threat to surfers, security researchers speaking at the Black Hat Briefings warned on Thursday.

Microsoft looks to "third dimension" to improve search results

At a presentation at the 2006 SIGIR conference, Microsoft scientists said that new and additional techniques for analyzing search click-through patterns and browsing behaviors can enhance the search results delivered by a search engine.

Defcon 2006: Hackers can work for the Feds - no degree required

Las Vegas (NV) - The great need for qualified computer security personnel is now forcing the government to rethink rigid hiring guidelines. At the Defcon computer security convention in Las Vegas, more than a dozen federal agents told attendees that traditional requirements like college degrees and polygraph tests were no longer strictly required for government employment. They also said security clearances are being approved quickly.

Defcon 2006: Oracle not so "unbreakable"

Las Vegas (NV) - Your company's cleaning staff could be illegally moonlighting as your Oracle database administrator. Alexander Kornbrust, founder and CEO of Red Database Security, says hackers could easily exploit vulnerabilities in Oracle database and gain administrator access. Speaking at the Defcon security convention in Las Vegas, he also explained that administrator passwords are often stored and easily retrieved on company computers.

Defcon growing pains - Rush of people delay opening

Las Vegas (NV) - A massive rush of people delayed the opening of the Defcon computer security convention for about two hours. Riviera hotel security and Defcon "Goons" security said the Fire Marshal was late in approving the venue. An unexpectedly higher number of attendees forced the Fire Marshal to recheck the area and delay the 10 AM opening.

Artwork morphs to match viewer's mood

Artwork that undergoes metamorphosis to suit its audience's mood has been developed by a team of computer scientists.

IDC: Global handheld market sees tenth quarter of on year decline in Q2

The second quarter of 2006 saw the worldwide handheld devices market experience its tenth consecutive quarter of on year decline, according to International Data Corporation (IDC).

IPTV subscriber base set for explosive growth, says iSuppli

The worldwide subscriber base for Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) services is expected to expand by a factor of more than 26 from 2005 to 2010, spurring a competitive battle between video providers both old and new, research firm iSuppli predicts.

Witsview: Prices for monitor panels keep rising

Mainstream monitor panel prices are expected to see a significant increase starting from this month, according to research firm WitsView Technology.

Universal Pictures: "DRMs do not stop piracy"

The battle between HD DVD and Blu-ray is in full swing: The first players are out, content follows. Now it's up to the marketing talent to get consumers excited. TG Daily spoke with Universal's Jerry Pierce about HD DVD's advantages and opportunities now and in the future, copy protection and the impact of IT in Hollywood.

Satirist Colbert successfully edits Wikipedia entries on Washington, elephants

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Blackhat 2006: Macbook hacked in a few seconds

Las Vegas (NV) - Security researchers speaking at the Blackhat computer security convention claim to have found a new vulnerability in wireless drivers. "Johnny Cache" and David Maynor talked about directly targeting the device drivers and then showed off a video that demonstrated an Apple Macbook being hacked. The pair said the vulnerability spans multiple wireless cards and operating systems.

ASP for 17" panels jumps to $110

The ASP (average selling price) for 17" panels rose from $102 in July to $110 in August, amid rising demand and flat supply, according to panel makers.

Blackhat 2006: Explosive risks in RFID-enabled passports?

Las Vegas (NV) - Security experts speaking today at Blackhat 2006 warned about potential vulnerabilities in RFID-enabled passports. Criminals can identify very specific passports from several meters away - which creates a whole new threat: Security firm Flexilis claims that terrorists could build explosives that would detonate in the proximity of certain passports.

Google and Microsoft blog sites driving Internet record growth

The Internet added 4.4 million new hostnames during July - the single largest gain of new sites in a single month, according to Internet services firm Netcraft. The growth surpassed the previous records set in June of this year, which saw a 3.96 million site gain.

Scientists to launch underwater autonomous robot fleets

Inspired by the coordination of bird flocks and fish schools, oceanographers will launch this month an entire fleet of undersea robots in Monterey Bay, California.

Sensory illusions dazzle at graphics conference

Gadgets and gizmos designed to astound the senses are the highlights of the SIGGRAPH 2006 computer graphics conference, which opened in Boston, US, on Monday.

MS launches Live spaces

Microsoft has launched the updated version of its MSN Spaces blogging software, Live Spaces, which it says allows users to connect with their friends online in real time.