2005 in review - Silicon Valley is a different place these days. After years of dot-com fallout, 2005 saw tech companies regain their self confidence - a fact signified by rapacious M&A, guilt-free spending on marketing activities and bold strategic statements. Here are the events that made this year what it was, and that will have an impact on the coming 12 months.
In the tech world, 2005 was a period of bold ideas and exciting breakthroughs -- shadowed, at times, by devastating reversals. Here are our picks for the 10 best tech moments of 2005.
Linux distributor Mandriva on Wednesday said it has integrated Internet telephony software from Skype into the open-source operating system.
Big news. On Monday, Skype will announce the integration of voice with Mandriva Linux 2006. Mandriva Linux 2006 is the first, and only, Linux operating system to offer the Skype application.
Will we be stuck with flat rectangles on our desktop forever or will we finally live in a 3D desktop? This article discusses some alternatives and proposes a framework in which future interface designs may be evaluated.
Trolltech has updated its Qtopia Phone platform for Linux adding a Voice over IP and better support for wireless Latest News about wireless messaging.
In other VoIP news: Yahoo Takes Aim at Skype With VoIP Calling Feature
Never underestimate the power of a good idea to transform the world. The $100 laptop is just such an idea. The idea holds hope for plugging the world's poor into 21st Century technology.
Email and messaging over the internet may be great ways to communicate, but Singapore scientists are seeking a way to transmit hugs in cyberspace.
A BLOKE has invented a Linux fridge that will tell you who has been drinking your beer and post it to a web page.
Nokia's introduction of its new ESeries smartphones was more than just another product announcement. It was an open declaration of war against Microsoft. With both of them squarely targeting the North American enterprise, this could be an absolutely fascinating battle.
If you plan to be anywhere in Europe, Africa or parts of western and southern Asia on Monday, Oct. 3, you will be treated to a solar eclipse.
The astronomers who claim to have discovered the 10th planet in the solar system have made another intriguing announcement: it has a moon.
For years, Microsoft has been able to use its money and size to muscle aside its competitors. Now it's facing a competitor it can't push around so easily -- Google.
In other Google news: Wireless overlord
We profile the shortlists for the Projects of the Year in the prestigious Computing Awards for Excellence 2005, to be hosted on 16 November in London.
Is technology making us smarter? Or are we lazily reliant on computers, and, well, dumber than we used to be?
The cell phone, which already plays music, sends and receives e-mail and takes pictures, is adding a steamier offering: pornography.
Japanese automaker Toyota has developed a safety technology that it says will keep the driver's eyes on the road.
New observations by the international Cassini spacecraft reveal that Saturn's trademark shimmering rings, which have dazzled astronomers since Galileo's time, have dramatically changed over the past 25 years.
A number of wireless carriers said this weekend they are starting to restore service in the New Orleans area in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, in some cases with generators on the roofs of hotels.
In this case, it isn't Big Brother who's watching -- it's Big Mother (or Father). Increasingly, parents are using high-tech methods to track everything from where their children are and how far they are driving to what they buy, what they eat and whether they've shown up for class.