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We've heard of eyewear. Fancy glasses and sunglasses have made a market for themselves. But EarWear? That's a new one! Jawbone has been producing stylish headsets for years now, some of the most stylish on the market. And now they have coined a new term: EarWear. The new ICON headset is a part of the EarWear collection, with four meticulously-crafted designer editions expected to go on sale next month. Cashmere, Denim, Mesh, and Suede are the colors, and they are all new takes on the existing ICON headset build. The EarWear Collection, along with all Jawbone ICON headsets, can be updated with new... Read more...
Companies have been trying to find a way around Moore's Law for quite some time now, and a large part of that search involves new materials.  One such material is called Graphene, and can be made into flexible sheets only a single atom thin."Graphene is mechanical tough, flexible, transparent, and a great conductor of heat.  The new research shows that it would make an ideal double both in transistors and in interconnects, replacing silicon and copper to form ultra-high frequency circuits.  Further, it could be ideally applied to vast amount of applications including photovoltaics,... Read more...
Seattle has been a boomtown a half-a-dozen times over the years. Looks like it is again. The entrepreneurs of the digital age seemed to have settled on the Seattle area as the next big thing - the overcast version of Silicon Valley.   “The Seattle start-up ecosystem is vibrant, and growing rapidly,” said Oren Etzioni, an artificial-intelligence expert at the University of Washington and a serial technology entrepreneur.The University of Washington, in fact, is one of the big draws. It is fostering the entrepreneurial climate here the way Stanford University does in Silicon Valley. Another... Read more...
Is sixty years a long time? I guess, but it's not ancient history. On December 16, 1947 at Bell Laboratories  in New Jersey, the world's first transistor was born. Ever since the people at Bell got over wondering just what they needed those little semiconductor amplifiers for, when they had perfectly good vacuum tubes hanging around to do that sort of work, it's been all Moore's Law all the way, baby.  Between 1958 and 1959 two men working independently, Jack Kilby at Texas Instruments (nyse: TXN - news - people ) and Robert Noyce at Fairchild Semiconductor (nyse: FCS - news - people... Read more...
Well, I assume they do. They seem to know more about it than anybody. In a breakthrough paper  delivered in the Optics Express journal, IBM has demonstrated their method for greatly improving the  transfer of information between multiple computer chip cores, substituting  optical signals sent through silicon for electrical pulses sent through copper wire.  By greatly shrinking the size of the optical router, or modulator, IBM claims they'll be able to shrink a supercomputer-grade machine down to laptop size. A major challenge for scientists is finding a way to improve communication... Read more...
Why would Silicon Valley, which birthed the idea of the cubicle, be moving away from it?  Even Intel, which is often credited with the idea, is rethinking it.Cubicles can prompt odd behavior, people who have studied them said. It is hard to see if colleagues are busy, so some cube-dwellers will send emails to a neighbor about a simple question that could have been answered more easily in a conversation. Some technology companies never adopted cubes. Microsoft Corp., for example, promotes quiet and concentration by giving most workers offices with doors. That is costly. Chris Hood, a manager... Read more...
We like our internet, and we like it FREE. Newspaper websites have trouble even getting people to register, never mind pay, for content. Even the mighty New York Times  has recently abandoned their attempt to get people to pay for their columnists. But somebody's got to pay for the internet. Unfortunately for many internet sites, that "somebody" has been advertising by so-called "subprime" mortgage lenders. And that party's over. Many online companies rely for a disproportionate amount of their income on financial services advertising, with subprime in some cases accounting for a large... Read more...
I know that it's crazyI know that it's nowhereBut there is no denying thatIt's hip to be square(Huey Lewis & the News)Admit it: Silicon Valley is the land of the Geek. For startups, this generally translates to things like video games, foosball and table tennis.  Now the latest "stress reliever" in Silicon Valley is that old schoolyard game, four square. The latest oddball pursuit in Silicon Valley - the land of perpetual adolescence - is the classic playground game in which four players occupy squares and hit a rubber ball back and forth with their hands, trying to get each other out... Read more...
Silicon Valley And World Leaders To Partner, Bring Technology To Developing Countries Intel Chairman: Speeding Access Will Improve Education, Health Care, Entrepreneurism, Government Services MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 28, 2007 - Members of a special United Nations group met today with Silicon Valley leaders to explore how the technology industry, government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) can come together to bolster development around the world. Intel Corporation and the U.N.'s Global Alliance for Information and Communications Technology and Development (U.N. GAID) jointly organized... Read more...
Silicon -- the archetypal semiconductor -- has at long last been shown to demonstrate superconductivity. By substituting 9% of the silicon atoms with boron atoms, Physicists in France have found that the resistance of the material drops sharply when cooled below 0.35 K (Nature 444 465). Read more here...... Read more...
Intel, UC Santa Barbara Develop World's First Hybrid Silicon Laser Chip that Emits and Guides Light Could Drive Silicon Photonics Into Wide Use in Future Computers and Data Centers SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 18, 2006 - Researchers from Intel Corporation and the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) have built the world's first electrically powered Hybrid Silicon Laser using standard silicon manufacturing processes. This breakthrough addresses one of the last major barriers to producing low-cost, high-bandwidth silicon photonics devices for use inside and around future computers... Read more...
In addition to TSMC, UMC, and IBM, NVIDIA will now be adding Chartered Semiconductor to their list of current foundry partners. The driving factor behind this new business relationship is to provide NVIDIA with more leverage in terms of pricing with key foundry partner TSMC. This will be accomplished by having NVIDIA allocate a certain percentage of GPU production away from TSMC and towards UMC and Chartered. The first NVIDIA product manufactured at Chartered will be a GeForce 7100 GS with no other products currently slated for production at this time. With Chartered also manufacturing... Read more...