Thursday, May 05, 2005

Army to Get Energy-Converting Sheeting (AP)
AP - The Army is bringing to the battlefield flexible plastic sheeting that converts light into energy— technology that could someday find its way into the casing of laptops or even clothing to power portable devices.

Students'Web site wins award ( - Palo Alto's student-run Web site, the Paly Voice, has grabbed another major award, and this time it's the one with a catchy name and a fancy awards dinner in New York City.

Yahoo Video Search Tool Out of Test Phase (AP)
AP - Yahoo Inc. shifted its online video search tool out of its test phase Wednesday, marking another step in the Internet powerhouse's plan to use other media to lure more visitors to its Web site.

Microsoft to Offer Technology Licensing (AP)
AP - Microsoft Corp. is trying to make some money off some of its spare technology, offering entrepreneurs and venture capitalists licenses to such inventions as tamperproof identification card software and computer tricks that make chintzy speakers sound top-notch.

Review: Cheaper Laptops Full of Features (AP)
AP - When you're buying something as pricey as a new laptop, it takes courage to stray from the comfort of established names like Dell, IBM and Sony. And it's the sort of courage that can easily lead to"penny-wise, pound-foolish"regrets after the purchase.

Internet Cuts Need for Bike Messengers (AP)
AP - Bicycle messengers once crowded downtown traffic to deliver court papers, business documents and blueprints. Today, only one such company and one lone courier pump along on any given workday in Maine's biggest city.

Philips to make large gain on NAVTEQ sale (Reuters)
Reuters - Europe's biggest consumer electronicsgroup, Philips , said on Thursday it stood to make abook gain of up to 750 million euros ($965 million) from thesale of its stake in digital mapping firm NAVTEQ .

Wi-Fi: Pumping Up the Volume (BusinessWeek Online)
BusinessWeek Online - In radio's early days, engineers learned that signals bounce off obstacles between the transmitter and the receiver and often arrive at the target antenna via multiple paths. Because these paths vary in length, the waves arrive slightly out of sync. The resulting babble of overlapping signals can confuse the receiver. But this curse has now been turned into a benefit that can extend the range of your Wi-Fi network.

Firefox Reaches 50 Million Downloads (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Open-source browser Firefox has topped the 50 million download mark, 171 days after its release.


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