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Scientific discoveries, technological developments, or gadgets

Watch out an asteroid is coming

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AN ASTEROID half a mile across will have a close encounter with the Earth in the early hours of tomorrow morning when it buzzes past our planet at the same distance as the Moon's orbit.

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Computing History 1968-Present

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Here's a wonderful chart of some of the major milestones in computer history, including unix/linux, organized by years and technology/company. Interesting, informative and bookmarkable.

Sun to vanish: Total eclipse early on March 29

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Amateur and professional astronomers from around the world will soon be congregating in parts of Brazil, Africa, and western Asia, to view a total eclipse of the sun that will take place on Wednesday, March 29.

Researchers create world's first transparent integrated circuit

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Researchers at Oregon State University have created the world's first completely transparent integrated circuit from inorganic compounds, another major step forward for the rapidly evolving field of transparent electronics.

Top 10 Technology Trends

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Technology is one of the last frontiers on the information horizon. While technology can help us do our jobs better, faster, and cheaper, some innovation actually proves to be more disruptive in the long run. So what are the top 10 technology trends in 2006?

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Which tech trends will merit attention in 2006?

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What's ahead for tech this year? Connect offers this forecast from tech reporters who live and work in the heart of Silicon Valley.

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Linux builder eyes Apple .Mac site

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The makers of Ubuntu Linux are planning to develop an equivalent to Apple's .Mac service.

DVD Jon sets his sights on AACS

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Jon Lech Johansen, better known as "DVD Jon," has thrown down a gauntlet to the entertainment industry. In his blog he has issued a provocative statement about AACS, the next-generation content protection system that will be found both in Blu-ray and HD DVD.

CES 2006 Picks and Pans

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Last week I attended the 2006 Consumer Electronic Show (CES), which since the demise of Comdex has become the largest and most important trade show in the nation - not only for electronics, but for all technology. This year's show saw record attendance, which added to the energy and overall excitement of the event, but also jammed hotels, city streets and aisles on the show floor.

Linux powers WiFi-equipped LCD-TV

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Sharp used embedded Linux and Devicescape's WiFi stack to build a 32-inch flat-panel TV/PC display with a built-in 802.11a/b/g wireless media adapter. The IT-32X2 has a built-in HDTV tuner, and USB ports for viewing photos from digital cameras or USB storage devices.

Google confronts Microsoft mastery

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GOOGLE has stepped up its challenge to Microsoft, announcing plans for a video and television internet service and a package of programs that could break Bill Gates's stranglehold on the world's personal computers.

Day 3 at CES: What's hot

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This is day three at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), and for me, it's getaway day. The crowds at the show just seems to get bigger and bigger each day. Just trying to walk the aisles became a chore.

Consumer Electronics Show 2006

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Googly-eyed on the eve of CES, Analyst sets target at $600 per share as rumors swirl, Gates rolls out bold new Vistas, & Microsoft's next-generation system designed to be a living-room hub.

The Nokia 770: A Linux-based ugly duckling

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In my final column of 2005 I said that 2006 would be the year for Linux-powered consumer electronic devices. For the past few weeks I've been enthralled by one early example: the Nokia 770. The 770 is intended for one main purpose: accessing the Internet. Despite its shortcomings, Nokia's new "Internet tablet" could raise the bar for consumer-device development.

Hacking HTC's Windows CE phones with Linux

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There is a curious lack in the Linux community -- the number of community-led Linux distributions for commodity mobile phone hardware is zero. As reported two years ago by LinuxDevices.com, the aim of the Xanadux project is to change that, and this article describes how it's getting on.

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