Technology

Wed
28
Mar
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Potential Palm Takeover May Threaten iPhone

Unnamed sources have claimed that Treo maker Palm Inc. may be up for sale, and could likely be acquired by one of its rivals. As a result, this may give Apple's iPhone some trouble. Although four companies are said to be interested in the Palm ... purchase, including two private equity groups, the two front-runners of the acquisition are Motorola and Nokia. Such an acquisition could re-shape the cellular phone market. (Source: appleinsider.com ) If Mortorola bought Palm, it would establish itself as the single largest supplier of Windows Mobile devices. This position could lead to an elimination ... (view more)

Thu
08
Mar
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1/3 of Internet Users Connect Via WiFi, Says Study

In the twilight of 2006, a few tech websites proclaimed the year defined by the spread of the Internet. One technology in particular, wireless Internet (or WiFi), has spread across the United States like wildfire. Many cities have taken on full WiFi ... networks, even footing the bill for expensive installation services. WiFi cafe restaurants, bars, and even shopping malls are becoming more and more common, with many retailers not even requesting a fee from users. (Source: gizmocafe.com ) So, how prominent is WiFi now? Well, according to a recent study, one-third of all Internet users are ... (view more)

Tue
06
Mar
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VMware Introduces Virtual-Machine Software

VMware, a small Silicon Valley software-producing company, is attempting to tackle the industry's leader in software manufacturing, namely: Microsoft. VMware is a relatively young company and has been experimenting with cutting edge technology ... called "virtual-machine software". A virtual machine essentially mimics a computer so that several copies of an operating system can run on one physical machine. Tasks can be completed using less electricity and less space compared to a standard PC. (Source: nytimes.com ) It is also a product that occupies strategic ground in computing, as a layer of ... (view more)

Thu
22
Feb
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Wrist Watch to be Replaced by Hybrid Phone

Somewhere amidst the latest technology revolution, watches became impractical and irrelevant. At least that's the opinion of Allison Elliott, a 27-year-old University of Kentucky employee. Sure, Elliott still wears her grandmother's classic gold ... watch -- but she considers it jewelry more than an actual timepiece. She says she's more apt to get the time from her car, the cable TV box, her computer -- or, yes, her cell phone. Paul Dryden, a 21-year-old senior at Connecticut College, is in the same boat. "To be honest, I can't remember the last time I wore a watch -- I'm guessing early in high ... (view more)

Tue
20
Feb
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GPS Used As a Tool for Assisting The Disabled

Living in a time of major technological advances, it is easy to forget that life existed comfortably without many of the modern conveniences we enjoy today. Indeed, were we to abandon many of the software, programs and devices that we now have come ... to accept as everyday tools, most of us would continue to live a life where all of our basic needs are satisfied. But not all of us lead comfortable lives. Many people living with disabilities must endure a life designed for the able. The introduction of new devices is slowly helping these individuals cope with their disabilities. With that said, ... (view more)

Tue
06
Feb
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HP Urge Computer Chip Industry to Adopt Nanotechnology

Researchers at Hewlett-Packard (HP) are experimenting with the idea of integrating nanotechnology with traditional circuitry designs. Their goal is to develop a system whereby energy use will be significantly reduced, while producing even smaller ... devices than the models currently available on the market. (Source: lancasteronline.com ) While these developments are rather optimistic and premature, scientists believe that the benefits of nanotechnology could eventually assist a wide range of companies, such as auto makers and cellphone manufacturers. The change in technology would allow ... (view more)

Tue
16
Jan
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Dell Urges PC World to 'Go Green'

Dell Inc. has issued a public challenge urging the entire PC industry to make free recycling programs available to their customers. Dell has made the first step in their crusade by offering to plant a tree for every personal computer they sell. The ... free recycling program has resulted in high accolades from a number of reputable sources. Greenpeace, one of the most prominent international environmental groups, has given Dell "high green marks" and has offered their full support in attracting a number of other high profile PC manufacturers to engage in the program as well. (Source: iht.com ) ... (view more)

Thu
11
Jan
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Live like The Jetsons: Appliances that Interact over WiFi

Imagine coming in after a hard day of work in the summer months and wanting nothing more than to sit in the coolness of your own home and watch some television. Imagine only having to push a single button, and the temperature of your home, your ... favorite television channel and even the dimness of the interior lights adjust to your personal preference. Imagine pushing another button and all of the settings return to their previous state. Welcome to the future of convenient living. Beginning next month, Best Buy will sell a package called 'ConnectedLife.Home' that features a computer with ... (view more)

Wed
10
Jan
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Yahoo Revises Search Service for Mobile Devices

Yahoo recently unveiled its latest weapon in the ongoing battle with Google for Internet search and advertising supremacy. The software is called Go for Mobile 2.0, and was released shortly after Google made a partnership announcement with Samsung ... Electronics. This partnership means that most Samsung cellphones will now be equipped with Google's own brand of mobile software. (Source: mobile-tech-today.com ) The Go for Mobile 2.0 service is an upgrade from software Yahoo introduced last year. The new revision makes it easier for users to move among various online services and have easier ... (view more)

Tue
09
Jan
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Windows on the Road: MS Teams Up with Ford

As if crazy drivers gabbing on their cell phones wasn't enough of an irritation on the road, imagine those same people being able to check their email while behind the wheel. If it sounds like a demented fantasy, think again. Microsoft and Ford are ... reportedly set to announce a joint partnership that will place Windows-based computers in Ford cars. The car PCs will run on software currently being referred to as Sync. In addition to email, Sync will feature hands-free cell phone capabilities, music and media downloads, and automatic navigation updates. The latter features are, of course, just ... (view more)

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