January 9, 2008 |
General Motors Corp.'s planned launch of the highly anticipated Chevrolet Volt in 2010 is "a stretch" even though the automaker has not hit any snags in its development of the rechargeable electric car, the automaker's chief executive said Tuesday. Rick Wagoner said the automaker's initial tests of a new-generation of lithium-ion batteries needed to power the Volt had been favorable.
November 30, 2007 |
Verizon Wireless, the No. 2 U.S. mobile service, said Thursday that it planned to build a next-generation high-speed wireless network based on Long Term Evolution, or LTE, technology and to start trials next year. The move could eventually bring revenue to network equipment makers suffering from slower spending by carriers. But it is also seen as a blow to a rival technology developed by Qualcomm Inc. and to WiMax, an emerging wireless standard that Intel Corp. supports.
November 29, 2007 |
Internet search leader Google Inc. is testing technology that will locate users of its mobile mapping service, even if the phone making the connection isn't equipped with a GPS receiver. The tracking feature, introduced Wednesday, is being touted as an added convenience because it will enable people on the go to skip the task of typing a starting address on a mobile handset's small keys when they turn to Google's maps for guidance.
November 27, 2007 |
It was considered a stunning turn in warfare when a remotely controlled aircraft on a reconnaissance flight over Afghanistan spotted a Taliban convoy and fired a jury-rigged Hellfire missile, striking and destroying the target. The headline-grabbing flight in late 2001 -- though rudimentary and under remote human control -- marked the first search-and-destroy mission by a flying drone, and it propelled robotic warfare from the pages of science fiction to the battlefield.
November 16, 2007 |
The world's biggest jetliner is getting even bigger. Airbus said Thursday it planned to build a 900-seat version of its A380 super-jumbo jet. Emirates, the aircraft's biggest customer, said it would buy the new model. Airbus will begin developing a "stretch" A380 after the standard plane reaches full production in 2010, Chief Operating Officer John Leahy said. Airbus has 191 orders for the 555-seat A380, including 58 from Emirates.
November 12, 2007 |
Intel Corp. plans to roll out its newest generation of microprocessors today, flexing its manufacturing muscle with a sophisticated new approach that crams up to 40% more transistors onto a chip. The world's largest semiconductor company plans to start shipping 16 new microprocessors -- which also boast inventive materials to reduce electricity loss -- for use in servers and high-end personal computers.
November 6, 2007 |
Google Inc. rules your computer. Now it wants to rule your mobile phone. After months of speculation, Google on Monday unveiled its vision to transform the wireless industry by making mobile phones as good for Web surfing as personal computers. Google and a consortium of 33 companies, including mobile- handset makers, phone carriers and other technology leaders, plan to offer free software to power mobile phones that will hit the market in the next six to 12 months.
October 26, 2007 |
A Prius minivan? It could happen, according to a top executive of Toyota Motor Corp., which makes the four-door hatchback, the world's bestselling gasoline-electric hybrid. There are no specific plans to develop other body styles for the Prius, Tokuichi Uranishi, Toyota's head of global marketing, said in an interview Thursday. But it's "something that is desirable from a marketing point of view," he said. "I think we should have a minivan hybrid in the U.S."
October 23, 2007 |
SanDisk Corp. introduced Monday a service for downloading free and advertising-supported video from the Internet, which could compete with Apple Inc.'s iTunes. Milpitas, Calif.-based SanDisk said its new system, called Fanfare, served as a companion to the Sansa TakeTV PC-to-TV Video Player, a pocket-sized device it also introduced Monday. The media player lets users save videos downloaded onto a personal computer and move them to a traditional television.
October 16, 2007 |
Southern California Edison is plugging 1,400 San Bernardino-area residents and businesses into what the company calls the electrical circuit of the future. The new digital circuit was designed primarily to help avoid and contain outages. That's a task beyond the capabilities of the more rudimentary circuits that have been used on electrical grids for decades and act much like household circuits.