July 23, 2009 |
Forty years after the crew of Apollo 11 landed on the moon, the business of space has yet to experience the renaissance many once thought possible. "It's 2009, and we thought we'd be going to the moon on PanAm by now," said John Pike, an analyst who follows the industry at think tank GlobalSecurity.org. "We thought the number of rockets that would be launched each year would be more and more and it would get cheaper and cheaper, but it didn't happen that way."
June 11, 2009 |
Less than a week after Palm Inc. introduced its new Pre smartphone to a warm welcome from critics and consumers, the company said its chief executive, Ed Colligan, was stepping down. Colligan, 48, will be replaced by Jon Rubinstein, 52, who has led Palm's product development efforts since October 2007. An engineer by training, Rubinstein is also a former employee of rival Apple Inc., where he helped develop the popular iPod.
May 20, 2009 |
More than a decade ago, Palm Inc. rose to prominence on the strength of its Palm Pilot, a small device that put computing power literally into customers' hands. In its stock's first day of trading nine years ago, the shares nearly tripled from their initial offering price. But the technology market bust, lowered demand and the rise of smart phones, where Palm's Treo was once a major player, took their toll.
November 23, 2008 |
This is not a good year for technological advancements in televisions. It's not the fault of science or engineering. Several new types of TVs hit the marketplace in 2008, and they're breathtakingly wonderful. But they're also expensive, for the most part, and that's the problem. A state-of-the-art TV isn't going to be at the top of many shopping lists during hard times. On the bright side, new technologies eventually get cheaper. Lots cheaper.
October 16, 2008 |
Google can search out just about anything on the Internet, but can it call to say you'll be late for dinner? Starting next week, it can. The G1, the first cellphone equipped with Google Inc.'s mobile Android software, will go on sale Wednesday at T-Mobile stores and some electronics stores. If purchased with a two-year calling plan, the phone will cost $179. The cost jumps to $399 without a plan. The phone uses a touch screen that can whip through images with the swipe of a finger.
September 25, 2008 |
Yahoo Inc. on Wednesday launched a much-anticipated upgrade to its online advertising system, one the company termed revolutionary, in a bid to emerge from the shadow of search industry leader Google Inc.
September 25, 2008 |
Acting with unusual speed and bipartisanship, the House of Representatives on Wednesday approved funding for a $25-billion loan program to help the auto industry build more fuel-efficient vehicles. The aid package enjoyed support from both parties because of its election-year importance to battleground states such as Michigan and Ohio, where many cars are manufactured.
September 24, 2008 |
Google Inc. on Tuesday showed off a cellphone that could provide the first real challenge to Apple Inc.'s iPhone: a mass-market device with a sharp touch screen and slide-out keyboard that brings the experience of mobile Web surfing closer to that of a personal computer. When it starts selling in U.S. stores Oct. 22, the $179 G1 from HTC Corp.
September 18, 2008 |
A government watchdog said Wednesday that federal officials approved a new type of small jet despite problems with the plane's design and production, overruling safety concerns. The Transportation Department's inspector general, Calvin Scovel, told lawmakers that the Eclipse 500 won certification despite "unresolved design problems."
August 24, 2008 |
North Korea is reportedly claiming that it has developed a new kind of noodle that makes people feel full longer than ordinary food. Choson Sinbo newspaper said that the noodle, made with a mixture of beans and corn, doesn't make people "feel a sense of hunger that generally comes soon after eating [ordinary] noodle." The Tokyo-based newspaper, considered a mouthpiece for the regime in Pyongyang, cited a North Korean research institute. It didn't elaborate on how the special noodle works or how long people who eat it can go without hunger pangs.