Microsoft launches online store: Is there deeper meaning here? http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=10849 http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-10097239-75.html … Read more
As much as you may miss it, you'll have to face the fact that donating blood may become obsolete someday soon.
The U.S. military is seeking an automated culture and packaging system that could produce a steady supply of universal donor red blood cells right on the battlefield, without resorting to needles and the human filling-stations (PDF).
DARPA has awarded a $1.95 million contract to Arteriocyte, a Cleveland company that's experimenting with a technology developed at Johns Hopkins that enables the rapid expansion of umbilical cord blood. The company wants to adapt it to a manufacturing … Read more
If you were going to design a robot to look like a real human being, which famous face would be your model?
Would you go for an Angelina Jolie because, well, she's already been Lara Croft and somehow the distance from video game character on your telly to robot in your living room is shorter than the walk to your garage?
Or might you prefer a warm-hearted intellectual such as Kanye West, the Marquis de Sade, or Ann Coulter?
Well, the University of West of England and the University of Bristol, as part of a project called Human-Robot Interaction, … Read more
While computers continue to get smaller, they're constantly being pushed to do more. Whether they're doubling as a phone, a camera, or an MP3 player, there seems to be no end to the tasks we expect them to carry out. And as always, we say we want them to "do all that stuff and be smaller."
A limitation of the miniaturization process is that the more computers are asked to do, the more memory they require. One of the computer's basic elements, the transistor, could soon reach its miniaturization limit. The smaller we make transistors, the more susceptible they are to quantum phenomena like electrons tunneling through the barriers between wires. Which, while ticklish for the barrier, can just be really annoying.
This has apparently annoyed researchers at the U.K.'s University of Nottingham, as well, albeit for different reasons. This transistor dilemma has led them to look into the viability of carbon nanotubes to help create fast, cheap, and compact memory that uses little power. … Read more
I've often wondered what a true geek's best pickup line would be, but thought "come on over and build this computer with me!" might be a little far-fetched. As it turns out, not at all.
To help students to get their geek on, Purdue University on Monday announced Rack-A-Node, an online computer game that lets you build... a computer.
But it's not just any computer, it's a supercomputer. In the game, players are asked to build a cluster supercomputer using a variety of computing types to run science experiments. A player begins with a … Read more
Courtney Holt, MTV's chief of digital music, has told friends he will accept the job as MySpace Music's new CEO, according to a source close to Holt.
His name is not yet on the dotted line, but Holt has given a verbal commitment to MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe, said a music industry source. MySpace Music is the newly launched digital music service formed by News Corp. and the four largest recording companies. The service will sell downloads of unprotected Mp3s and offer ad-supported streaming music.
"Anything can happen when there isn't a signature, but it looks … Read more
I've always been fascinated by the concept of alternate universes. I imagine various universes in which an Eric Franklin does not work for CNET in San Francisco, but instead still lives in his hometown of Chicago and owns an import video game/comic book/action figure shop.
Or maybe, instead of refusing to join his high school football team at 16 as I did, Eric Franklin No. 3213 not only joined the team, but became an NFL superstar. Hey, athleticism runs in my family so that last fantasy ain't so far-fetched.
The Federal Communications Commission is postponing a controversial vote on how phone companies pay each other for long-distance calls that traverse their networks.
The commission was expected to vote Tuesday on a proposal spearheaded by Chairman Kevin Martin that would have drastically changed intercarrier compensation, the complex system established between phone companies for paying each other for connecting long-distance calls. It would have also changed how fees are assessed and collected for the Universal Service Fund, which helps phone companies provide service in rural areas.
But on Monday, the FCC pulled the item from its agenda, which means a vote … Read more
George Kliavkoff, the man who helped draw up the blueprint for a string of successful digital media services--from Hulu to Major League Baseball Advance Media--is leaving NBC Universal at the end of the year, CNET News has learned.
After a little more than two years as NBC's chief digital officer, Kliavkoff says he has accomplished the goals he set for himself and the company's digital unit when he joined in August 2006. He is taking time off before jumping into his next project.
Kliavkoff, 41, has chosen to exercise an option in his contract and leave NBC at … Read more