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A Swedish team has shown that mice fed with moderate amounts of alcohol grew new nerve cells in the brain.
Voice and video files streamed over the net could be made untappable and ultra-secure in the next few years thanks to a breakthrough by Toshiba. I sometimes say it is like the messages in Mission Impossible. If anyone tries to read the messages, they self destruct.
Sun's upcoming "Niagara" systems will be shipping no later than early 2006, and could even start rolling out earlier. The chip will have eight cores, each of which will be able to process four instruction threads simultaneously.
Moving to protect its lucrative printer cartridge business, Seiko Epson has filed patent infringement lawsuits against two companies that manufacture replacement cartridges for its printers. Company says it is not trying to stamp out third-party cartridge manufacturers.
The good news? Everybody in China will soon receive a new computer at no charge. The bad news? Everybody in China will soon receive a new computer at no charge... running Windows.
Online computer and peripheral retailer TigerDirect has filed suit against Apple claiming Mac OS X 10.4, known as "Tiger," infringes on its trademarked name. According to court filings obtained by Bloomberg, TigerDirect is seeking an injunction to stop Apple's new operating system from going on sale.
New York State has gone on the attack against spyware and adware by filing a lawsuit against a Los Angeles-based marketing company that allegedly installed "invasive" software onto consumers' computers without proper notice as part of free software downloads.
The city of Munich has opted to use the Debian version of Linux for a high-profile, 14,000-computer installation, passing over Novell's Suse Linux despite its regional popularity.
At this point, Longhorn seems to be a largely cosmetic upgrade--something that helps you organize your data a bit better, thanks to graphical views, shortcuts, and desktop search aided by behind-the-scenes indexing. And since most of its key features have been or will be made available for Windows XP, Microsoft finds itself in the unenviable position of trying to convince the public that Longhorn, far from being a crucial update or a hotly anticipated new version, even matters at all. (Hint: if you have to say it, it's already too late.)
"Some have called Cell an Intel killer, which is completely ridiculous," says Kevin Krewell, In-Stat analyst. "The only place where the Cell processor can be considered competition for Intel will be where the Sony Next Generation Game Console competes with the Media Centre PC."
Is there such a thing as totally secure encryption? And which technologies are commercially viable? Danny Bradbury explores approaches to transmitting information securely.
Are more IBM puzzle pieces than ever now in place for Big Blue to conduct a major offensive against Redmond? Will the company finally avenge the death of OS/2? It sure seems like things are heading in that direction.
He may forever be Mulder from "The X-Files" for some, but David Duchovny has moved on. After starring in some forgettable movies, the 45-year-old Duchovny took some time to write a screenplay and direct. He also is slated to star in Japanese thriller to be filmed in Montreal.
Internet-illiterate parents could leave their children on the wrong side of the digital divide, researchers have said.