Researchers of Hitachi Ltd have created the world’s smallest disk drive heads which are 2,000 times smaller than a human hair. They minimised to ‘nano level’ a key component in hard drives to achieve this miracle. This will enable them to make hard drives of up to 4 terabytes for desktop computers and 1 terabyte for laptops in the next four years creating a revolution of sorts in computing. Even a one-terabyte hard drive can hold a mammoth amount of data, equivalent to the text contained in one million books. It is learnt that Hitachi will unveil its achievement at a conference in Tokyo this week. The technology used is similar to magneto-resistance that earned the Physics Nobel for this year.


Hitachi announced a new breakthrough in technology storage by developing the world's smallest read/write head for hard drives. The name for the storage device is dubbed, "Current Perpendicular-to-the-Plane Giant Magneto-Resistive" or CPP-GMR head.

The new hard disk drive can be installed in desktops, notebooks and even little gadgets such as multimedia devices or digital cameras. This would give digital video recorders approximately 4 terabytes in storage. Currently, digital devices such as digital cams using a removable flash-card that holds about 1 gigabyte.

Hitachi says the new hard drive will be available for desktops by 2009. The notebook version will be available 2011.

As for storage, the common hard drive today can read media tracks that are 70 nanometers apart, but the new Hitachi drives have read media tracks that are only 50 nanometers apart.

Hitachi researchers plan to present its new hard drive at the Perpendicular Magnetic Recording Conference in Tokyo.


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While Google Inc. dominates the search query business, results generated by Yahoo Inc.'s search engine result in more user clicks than the market leader, according to a study released this week by Compete Inc.

The survey found that 67 percent of the 7.5 billion monthly searches done by the U.S. online population in August were done using Google, only 65 percent of those prompted a user to click on a result, according to Compete, which monitors and measures Internet traffic.

Yahoo logged 20 percent of all searches in August, 75 percent of which led to referrals. Yahoo posted the best referral result among search engine vendors, the survey found. The survey ranked Microsoft Corp.'s MSN Live engine third, with 9 percent of the search market. About 59 percent of MSN Live queries generate referrals, the study found.

"Lower search fulfillment numbers mean that on a percentage basis, fewer search queries in that engine resulted in the searcher clicking on a result link," said Jeremy Crane, Compete's director of search and online media in a blog post. "So from this perspective, one might consider Yahoo more effective at getting consumers the results they want."

However, he noted that the "devil is in the details" when using referrals to measure search quality.

For example, Matt Cutts, head of Google's Webspam team, said on Compete's blog that sometimes searchers get answers from the snippets that appear on the results page. Cutts noted that for a query about the number of ounces in a shot glass, Google's results don't require users to click on a link.

"On Yahoo, you don't get any OneBox answer, and the snippets are unclear," Cutts wrote. "You need to click on a result or two to find the answer."

Crane agreed, blogging that "the devil is in the details, and the story is much more complicated than that, but it's always interesting to look at something from a new angle. People using search engines to find the information they are looking for as opposed to using the engine as a navigation tools definitely complicate this rather simple cut of the data I did here."

However, he added, from an online marketing standpoint, "getting people to your site is a critical measure of search engine effectiveness. In this world, the most important thing to look at is actual conversion on the site."

 
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PASADENA, Calif.--In the next 50 years of space exploration, scientists are hopeful that we will find other life in the universe.

Weeks away from the 50th anniversary of space flight, a group of aerospace engineers, space entrepreneurs and astronauts met here Thursday at the California Institute of Technology to reflect on the past and discuss the coming 50 years of space exploration. The two-day conference, called 50 Years in Space, is marked by the Soviet Union's launch of Sputnik on October 4, 1957. Harrison "Jack" Schmitt, astronaut and former U.S. senator, called that event an "intellectual earthquake" for science and the first trigger of interest in space. To be sure, the United States formed NASA in November of the following year; and in 1961, President John F. Kennedy promised that Americans would land on the moon by the end of the decade. On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 landed the first man on the moon.

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LG has officially unveiled its first pocket PC, LG-KS20, at the IFA conference in Berlin. The KS20 is designed to look similar to the LG Prada with a large color touchscreen and 2 megapixel camera. The KS20 is powered by Windows Mobile 6 Professional which is pretty standard this year. It has full internet browsing capabilities to develop better mobile internet experience for users. Besides that, users are able to download at a speed of 3.6 Mbps through HSDPA. The KS20 is expected to be available this October however there’s no price revealed yet.

LG announces KS20 Windows Mobile smartphone source [MobileTopSoft]

 
 

Pic : New iPod touch on far left

The new iPod touch looks just like an iPhone, how convenient but on a slimmer casing (8mm) compared to the iPhone at 11.6mm. The new iPod touch was launched on September 6th alongside the new refreshed versions of the iPod Shuffle,Nano, and the iPod which is now called the ‘iPod Classic’. Don’t be confused as Engadget has the hands on review on it.

Here’s the lowdown on the new iPod touch :

* Wi-Fi wireless networking (first on the iPod family)
* Safari, the app browser just like on the iPhone
* Apple’s YouTube application lets users wirelessly watch free videos from Google’s YouTube site
* New iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store to buy songs and albums
* Casing sized at a slim 8 mm thin
* 3.5-inch widescreen display at 320 x 240 resolution
* Comes in 8GB or 16GB capacities
* Battery at 22 hours for audio only and five hours for just video.
* Pricing at $299 for the 8GB, and $399 for the 16GB

 
 

In past few months there is more and more strange and silly, maybe for those who are not fans of gadgets needlessly gadgets. This time it’s USB speaker bulit at the and of the flash device.

eNECESSITIES USB Sound Flash Drive is a intersting USB sound flash drive that can be used for many things. On example you can use it to leave a sound message to somebody you like, but you don’t have guts to tell that personally. From the other side this little device can be very interesting for commercials. It has sound clip (in WAV, AIFF, or MP3 format) length 10 to 20 seconds that automatically start reproducing it self when the drive is attached to a PC.

Now you can record your site address or company name and then the others that are in the same room as you can hear it. On example in internet cafe or on some other public place. People who want to buy this gadget must order at least 250 devices, because that is minimal order. That means that this product is more oriented to business users.

Maybe in the near future pencils and calendars are going to be replaced with devices like this one and then to be given as a gift to a business partners. Every time they attach it to a PC it’s going to remind them from who they got the present. Very convenient solution for promoting your business or leaving a message.

Specifications

Sound file can be set to play for 10 or 20 seconds once the Sound Drive is connected to a PC

Customer must provide an audio file in .MP3, .WAV, .AIFF to be downloaded to Flash

Compatible with Windows and Apple based computers

 
 

Turn your wall into a theaterquality projection screen with this reflective paint. Tailor brightness and contrast to your room’s lighting by adding more or less gray tint before rolling it on.

Many people still project straight on to an untreated white wall, but this produces a poor quality image. Until now, the only other option was buying an projection screen that can sometimes cost almost as much as the projector itself.

With a separate screen comes the hassle of setting it up and finding a place to store it, or even worse, installing a permanent bulky tube in your ceiling. Plus, there's a good chance that the screen will stretch out of shape over time. Mighty Brighty Projection Screen Paint is a much better way to go. You just paint it onto your wall and you always get the perfect picture.

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Super Computer, the name itself reminds huge room full of equipment and scientists around it. But it may not take much time for individuals to own computing power comparable to that of super computers.

A prototype of what may be the next generation of personal computers has been developed by researchers in the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering. Capable of computing speeds 100 times faster than current desktops, the technology is based on parallel processing on a single chip.


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On Tuesday Nokia issued a product advisory about BL-5c battery, manufactured by Matsushita between December 2005 and November 2006.



 

 

The reason is :

“Nokia has identified that in very rare cases the affected batteries could potentially experience over heating initiated by a short circuit while charging, causing the battery to dislodge.” announced Nokia.

Nokia has several suppliers for BL-5C batteries that have collectively produced more than 300
million BL-5C batteries. This advisory applies only to the 46 million batteries manufactured by Matsushita between December 2005 and November 2006. There have been approximately 100 incidents of over heating reported globally. No serious injuries or property damage have been reported.

Consumers with a BL-5C battery subject to this advisory should note that all of the approximately 100 incidents have occurred while charging the battery. According to Nokia’s knowledge this issue does not affect any other use of the mobile device. Concerned consumers may want to monitor a mobile device while charging that contains a BL-5C battery subject to this product advisory.


If your battery is a BL-5C model, remove the battery and check the 26-character identification number from the back of the battery. Enter the identification number in the field at the bottom of this link and you will be advised if your battery may be replaced.

So, better check your battery and replace if its one of those faulty batteries, get a replacement from nokia before it explodes. Be safe!





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