Challenges that come with the delay to Digital TV

 Time is winding down on the switch to digital television, and soon analog signals will no longer be broadcast. Analysts claim that over 6.5 million households are not yet prepared for the switch. Congress is ready to pull the plug and institute a delay until June 12, however this could pose problems of its own.

YouTube: Users can now delete own comments on other videos

 Today, YouTube announced a new feature which allows users to delete their own comments. According to YouTube's blog, "Whether you misspelled 'pwned,' back in the day when you were just a n00b to the internets, or you simply said something you wish you could take back -- now you can remove your commentary at any time."

Wikipedia edits may become more restricted

 It would seem that absolutely nothing is immune to abuse and misuse, which is why Wikipedia is now prepared to introduce a system which disallows new and anonymous users to instantly publish changes to its virtual encyclopedia.

All electric car Aptera 2e in production

 California will soon be home to a production version of the Aptera 2e (see TG Daily's previous coverage with pictures). The futuristic, all-electric, highly aerodynamic car will go on sale only in California for starting at $25,000, will have a range about 100 miles on electric alone (down from previous 125 mile estimate). Like Chevy's Volt,a 2010 model (revised from previous 2009 estimate) small gasoline engine will be available to recharge the batteries, extending that range

TSMC CEO says semicon market may decline 30% in 2009

 In what may be the gloomiest forecast to date, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) CEO Rick Tsai said in response to his company's greatly depressed Q1'2009 outlook, that the global semiconductor industry may decline by 30% in 2009.

Obama Truth Tracker website includes technology promises

 An enormous 26-page Obameter (Truth-o-Meter) has been constructed by political activists intent on holding Obama accountable for campaign promises. The pages list campaign promises by Obama, and whether or not they are true, false, in progress or no action as of yet. TG Daily has identified over 80 of the 510 items that may be of interest to our readers.

UPDATED: Possible natural explanation found for West Antarctica's warming

 In 2008, scientists from the British Antarctic Survey reported a layer of volcanic ash and glass shards frozen within an ice sheet in western Antarctica [the same place the one degree Fahrenheit warming has been reported]. The volcano beneath the ice sheet "punched a hole right through" due to its heat and force. This geologic event (a volcano) may prove to be the source of the recent warming seen in West Antarctica in what has otherwise been reported as a 50-year cooling trend seen in East Antarctica.

Overclock: Asus motherboard takes Intel Core i7 to 5.6 GHz!

 Hot Hardware has posted a screenshot showing how an ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution workstation motherboard took an Intel Core i7 CPU 3.2 GHz Extreme 965 45nm Socket 1366 LGA CPU to 5,611.22 MHz (5.61 GHz). This overclock was carried out by the same Japanese user as previously overclocked to 5.51 GHz, named duck.

Dr. Craig Barrett leaving Intel after 35 years, retiring in May

 Dr. Craig Barrett joined Intel in 1974. During his time there, he's moved up through the ranks starting at technology development manager, then VP, Senior VP, Executive VP, COO, President, CEO from 1998 through 2005, and finally Chairman of the Board since. Barrett, now 25,350 days old (69.4 years), is looking to change all of that. Intel announced today he will be retiring in May after 35 years of service to the company.

Google Maps and New York City create ingenious local resource

 The newly launched NYCGo website, created by the New York City government in conjunction with Google, is designed to provide resources for both visitors and locals. Along with the launch came the unveiling of a newly renovated New York City Information Center, which is located just a few blocks north of the tourist Mecca - Times Square.

Internet becomes home to one billion people for first time

 TechPulse360 has posted a chart showing that for the first time ever the number of 15-yr and older individuals on the Internet has exceeded one billion.

A peek inside Apple's top-secret design facility

Documentary filmmaker Gary Hustwit is one of the lucky few allowed to set foot inside Apple's most sacred design facility, one that's authorized to only a handful of Apple employees. It's the place where Apple's "design czar" Jonathan Ive and his team dream up new gadgets. The director interviewed Ive for his film and has posted a rare photo of the interior of that facility.

Britannica looking to give Wikipedia a run for its money with online editing

 In effort to compete with Wikipedia, the Encyclopedia Britannica company is opening up their online version to editing by contributors everywhere. Unlike Wikipedia, however, all changes will be reviewed and edited before being posted.

Microsoft still has eye on Yahoo's search business

 Microsoft's recent layoff of 5,000 employees due to a grim financial report has changed a lot, but one thing will remain the same and that is Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's CEO. Ballmer wants to get his arms around the Yahoo search business. Whether he manages to win the heart of Carol Bartz or not, he doesn't really care because his goal is investing in Internet search engines to compete with Google.

The Pope gets his own YouTube channel

 Google's YouTube website has been a flutter with change in recent weeks. Each U.S. Senate and House of Representatives member has their own channel. President Obama has his own official channel complete with a new trial download feature. YouTube has designed a system to make the channels easily navigable. It seems the expansions aren't limited to politics as now The Pope gets his own channel too.San Bruno (CA) - Google's YouTube website has been a flutter with change in recent weeks. Each U.S.

Losing aerospace giants protest NASA's ISS resupply contracts, on hold

 The Register reported on Wednesday that NASA's recent contract awards to SpaceX and Orbital Sciences Corporation are being put on hold by aerospace giants who lost the bid.

Qualcomm vehemently opposing DTV switch delay

 Many mobile phone companies are stressed over the decision to push out the DTV switch, possibly until June 12 - and Qualcomm is among the most stressed.

U.S. Coast Guard not responding to analog distress calls after Feb 1

 The U.S. Coast Guard issued a press release yesterday stating that on February 1, 2009, they will no longer respond to distress calls sent with analog equipment. The move is similar to what's happening presently with the analog to digital TV switch, and one the Coast Guard believes "is vital to mariner, aviator safety."

UPDATED: Antarctica: Not immune to global warming

 Many individuals have shunned the idea that Global Warming actually exists due to the fact that Antarctica was believed to be cooling over the last 50 years. However a new study proves that since 1957, when the temperature was measured for the entire continent, the it has risen by one degree Fahrenheit on average.

iPhone and iPod touch get a firing solution

In case you think you've seen it all when it comes to the iPhone/iPod touch uses, think again! We bet Apple engineers never envisioned that someone might come up with military uses for the two gadgets. So, what do you get what you mount iPhone or iPod touch to the M110 Sniper Rifle via a specially crafted mount and then load the accompanying ballistics software? A firing solution, of course. The combination lets firearm aficionados dynamically calculate firing solutions with ease, delivering the bullet right in the bull's eye.