Nvidia CEO says Intel's Atom could hurt the hardware and software industries

 Yesterday, LaptopMag.com's Mark Spoonauer sat down with Nvidia CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, who had some very outspoken things to say about Intel's Atom processor, including "Atom could potentially hurt the software industry."

Tom Clancy goes digital, up first "The Hunt for Red October"

 Penguin Group (USA) Publishing announced today that Clancy's famous novel, The Hunt for Red October, would be published in digital form beginning on February 3 following significant reader demand. Additional books will follow and ultimately Clancy's entire collection will be available in e-formats.

Stanford building "Smart Email" system, knows your intent

 Stanford University scientists have developed an email system which can determine who your messages are for without providing destination users. The system is currently being perfected to also know whether or not their email address is on file, and if not then whether or not it can find it online or through known local resources - such as university rosters.

Study: Most people could not care less about global warming

 Though I have already gathered this due to the increasing number and types of comments appearing on TG Daily, a recent Pew Center Report indicates there are not many things individuals care less about right now than global warming.

Hackers break into Texas road sign: Issue zombie warnings

{mosimage} On January 19 during early morning traffic, a programmable road sign in Texas was hacked into. The perpetrators changed the message to read "Zombies Ahead".

Report: America's science output decreasing, but still has big impact

 A report by Thomas Reuters says the growth of America's science contributions to the global industry by raw number seems to be shrinking. The report also indicates that while the trend is a decrease by count, the U.S. still retains a healthy footing worldwide with the relative impact of its research.

NEC goes Minority Report: Targeted advertising from face recognition

 The science fiction of targeted virtual advertising as you move around town has now entered a phase of reality from an announcement NEC made today. The recently launched technology, called Eye Flavor, uses facial recognition to "guess" at what people want to see.

UPDATED #2: House delays DTV vote, switch planned for Feb 17

 The final vote which would determine whether or not the digital television delay is approved will be postponed until Wednesday morning, but last night the members of the House traveled to Washington, D.C. in spite of a major ice storm to exchange opinions regarding the switch.UPDATE #2: It is confirmed that the U.S. House defeated the bill. The analog to digital TV switchover will take place on Feb 17, just 20 days from today.

Family dog cloned after cancer, named Lancelot "Encore"

 When you purchase, or adopt a new animal of any type you know that one day, more than likely within your lifetime, your pet will die. When Nina and Ed Otto first put their arms around their sweet little yellow Labrador Retriever puppy, named Lancelot, they too knew this was a fact. But when Lancelot died of cancer at the age of 11, they became interested in the concept of cloning their dog, claiming that it was due to their interest in science-fiction.

Fraunhofer claims world record in solar cell efficiency - 41.1%

 Solar cells remains one of the most fascinating and promising research areas these days. Scientists at the German Fraunhofer Institute of Solar Energy Systems (ISE) recently announced that they've developed a solar cell capable of providing 41.1% efficiency, which is the highest level achieved to date. They are now working to make the technology commercially available.

Data Privacy Day: Educating an online population

 Today is the third annual Data Privacy Day observed unofficially in Canada and the United States. It's a day set aside to spotlight computer privacy and protection issues which affect online users. For the past two years, companies like Microsoft, Intel and MySpace, along with various advocacy groups and individuals, have used the day for special events, presentations and to promote general public awareness of the risks involved when going online.

First patent for "Armageddon Clothing" awarded

 Radiation Shield Technologies (RST), a developer of what it terms "personal-protection systems for ionizing and nuclear radiation," said today it has been awarded a nanotechnology patent for the world’s first protective material designed for all types of chemical, biological, radiological and even nuclear incidents. It is called Demron.

DOE develops an ethanol Fuel Cell catalyst

 Scientists working for the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory say they've developed a new catalyst which could make feasible ethanol-powered fuel cells. This step forward in fuel cell research marks a step further forward in developing clean, renewable energy sources.

Studies: Climate Change, barren oceans, potentially irreversible

 A recent simulation of warming trends on earth has deemed that a failure to reduce greenhouse gas pollution within the next 50 years could cause the Earth's oceans to become barren for the next 100,000 years.

AMD Phenom II X4 at 6.5 GHz with liquid helium, 45,474 3DMarks

 A video appeared last Thursday on the YouTube channel AMDUnprocessed showing the processes and techniques used to supercool an AMD Phenom II CPU to well below -200 degrees Celsius, while pushing the CPU and motherboard to 6.5 GHz. The best result was achieved by Sami Makinen of AMD taking a 6.3 GHz overclocked Phenom II-powered Dragon system to a world-record of 45,474 3DMarks in 3DMark 05.

Senate votes to delay Digital TV switch, goes to House

 Yesterday, the Senate voted unanimously to postpone the upcoming analog to digital TV switchover by nearly four months, to June 12, 2009. The bill now goes to the U.S. House where it must also pass. A floor vote is currently scheduled for today.

Report: HDTV ownership up, but not much HD content viewing

 Having a high definition television (HDTV) in your home doesn't necessarily equate to using it for true HD content, at least according to a new study from research firm In-Stat. They concluded there's a significant gap between HDTV ownership and actual HD content viewing.

European space satellite GOCE to map Earth's gravitational field

 A new European Space Agency satellite will be launching this year, possibly as soon as February. Its job will be to map out the planet's gravitational field in extreme detail. The Gravity Field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) will be launched for the purpose of gathering data to be used in oceanography, climate change, and solid Earth physics. GOCE is the first Core Earth Explorer satellite to be developed as part of ESA's Living Planet Programme.

IBM brings cloud computing to universities

 IBM is taking its version of cloud computing to universities around the world to solve what Big Blue says are "real world problems." These include initiatives in Qatar, South Africa and Japan. By bring cloud computing to these remote places, IBM hopes to foster an air of cooperative advancement in machine utilization and software abilities.

Report: Netbooks the next big portable thing

 Netbooks, those stripped down cousins of laptop computers, could well be the personal computer companion of millions going forward. This idea is being put forth by ABI Research, based upon data forecasts of upcoming netbook sales.