Online funeral webcasts growing in popularity

 Many times individuals lose loved ones and for certain reasons are unable to make the trip to the location of the funeral. For those individuals, this can be a great stress and is often times very painful.

Inauguration day ceremony captured in satellite pics

NASA to air high definition video tour of recent ISS additions

 During the last Space Shuttle mission, Expedition 18 Commander Mike Fincke filmed a high definition tour of the International Space Station. Flight Engineers Sandy Magnus and Yury Lonchakov will appear in a 35-minute HD video on NASA Television's HD Channel 105 at 1pm CST and 3pm CST both Thursday (tomorrow) and Friday.

The White House starts blogging, goes web 2.0 and social

The new administration of yesterday's sworn-in U.S. President Barack Obama has taken its first steps toward change by unveiling an entirely redesigned White House website. The symbolic move reaffirms Obama's tech-savvyness and puts technology on the map for his administration. With this change, the official White House website is finally, for the first time ever, in sync with the latest web 2.0 trends - including blogging, YouTube videos and eye-catching slideshows. The welcomed change results in a sophisticated, inviting and more personal experience.

Historical image archives making their way to the web

 In the last century photography has evolved tremendously. Photos that once took days to get developed and returned to you can now be snapped digitally from cameras, cell phones, and other devices and uploaded to a computer and printed out with color inkjet and laser printers in seconds.

Ultrathin film could change the face of electronics

 Scientists in South Korea are working on developing flexible electronics using an ultrathin film which could enable those reading the newspaper online to feel as though they are reading the paper in print via foldable displays.

Record low temperature in Illinois thrown out - citing "not quality controlled" equipment

 On January 17, 2009, the National Weather Service threw out a claim that Rochelle, IL had the coldest temperature ever recorded in the state (on January 16, 2009) at -38 degrees Fahrenheit. They cite AWOS temperature recording equipment as being less reliable than other nearby ASOS equipment, which did not show a record cold temperature.

Lotusphere: IBM, RIM, Blackberry, SAP and cloud computing

 Today at Lotusphere, IBM and Research in Motion (RIM) announced a Lotus extension involving software and developer tools which operate on the Blackberry platform. RIM's Blackberry will now support Lotus's collaboration tools - including Domino Designer and XPages via a Java Eclipse plug-in - allowing on-the-go real-time access to Lotus Symphony documents, and eventually their entire office suite.

Need a USB drive? Check the local laundry mat

Judge says no to RIAA on P2P fines, but opens door on file sharers

 A federal judge has ordered that the nation’s first peer-to-peer (P2P) administration, Elite Torrents, which was convicted by a jury trial on criminal copyright infringement, will not be forced to pay fines to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). However, this ruling is nothing to get excited over as the RIAA can still sue individuals for pirated music, and far larger fines.

China planning its own full Earth GPS system by 2015

 China's state media announced today that it plans to introduce its own set of geostationary orbiting satellites for a Chinese GPS system by the year 2015. The Beidou Navigation System (BNS) will enable its military and civilian users to find their way anywhere in the world without relying on the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS).

Intel's CFO says Havendale on track for 2H'2009

Presidential inauguration streams live to iPhone

Tomorrow's Presidential inauguration of Barack Obama, an event of historic proportions by any merit, will be streamed live to iPhone and iPod touch users - thanks to Juicy Development's Talk Radio application. As the inauguration ceremony unfolds, iPhone and iPod touch users across the globe will be able to hear a live audio stream of the event. That is, provided there is public Wi-Fi hotspot coverage because carriers don't currently allow applications that stream audio over their cellular networks.

TSMC sales down 45%, inventory now at 100 day supply

Obama's grass-roots, 13 million to affect national tech policy

Cold wave sweeping nation, sets record lows

 A record cold front sweeping down from Canada is blanketing much of the United States. At least one new state record (by 2 degrees Fahrenheit) for the coldest temperature ever recorded occurred in Illinois, where in Rochelle temperatures dropped to -38 degrees Farhenheit today, January 16, 2009.

Massachusetts receives favorable find for Nantucket Sound wind farm

 The U.S. Minerals Management Service has issued a favorable "Final Environmental Impact Study" (FEIS) for a wind farm project in Nantuck Sound, called the Cape Wind project.

Researchers believe the Internet is obeying a form of Moore's Law - for now

 The New Journal of Physics is reporting that the Internet is obeying a form of Moore’s Law where exponential growth is occurring. If it follows along with Skynet from the movie The Terminator, it should become self aware by the year 2020. Just kidding. :)

Recession hurting solar power companies

 The recession is looming over the once booming solar manufacturing industry. HelioVolt, headquartered in Austin, is a thin-film solar manufacturer that is currently being forced to cut jobs. They are not alone as OptiSolar, a solar-panel plant in Sacramento, is also being forced to lay off half of its staff.

MIT solves magnetic lunar rock mystery

 Researchers at MIT say they've found the answer to the question of why the lunar rocks brought back by Apollo astronauts from the moon produce magnetization. It has to do with the notion that the moon once had a liquid core which acted as a dynamo, like Earth today, which produced a strong magnetic field.