New device stores electricity on silicon chips

Solar cells that produce electricity 24/7, not just when the sun is shining. Mobile phones with built-in power cells that recharge in seconds and work for weeks between charges. These are just two of the possibilities raised by a novel supercapacitor design invented by material scientists at Vanderbilt University that is described in a paper published in the Oct. 22 issue of the journal Scientific Reports.

Polaroid plans stores to turn your photos into art

Polaroid - which in the era of the smartphone camera has been struggling to survive for some time now - is aiming to persuade customers that the proper place for photographs is on the wall.

Target to stop selling Kindles

Target is to pull the plug on Amazon's Kindle in all its outlets, and has already removed them from its online store.

EBay co-opts bricks-and-mortar stores to act as its shop window

EBay has bought popular bar code scanning application RedLaser from Occipital, saying it wants to make it easier for its users to list items for auctions online.

Android challenges Apple's repressive ecosystem

Are developers finally tiring of Apple's repressive and controlling guidelines for third-party iPhone apps?

Nook e-reader makes it back into the stores

Barnes and Noble's Nook e-reader, which sold out over the holidays, is back on sale online and in stores - just in time for Valentine's Day, says the company, hopefully.