Oregon State University researchers say they've created the world's first transparent integrated circuit, a development they called a "quantum leap" in the effort to begin using the technology in products such as automobile windshields, TVs and other consumer electronics.
France's National Assembly approved a bill Tuesday that could force online music vendors Apple Computer and Sony to share proprietary copy protection technologies that would enable rivals to sell similar services and music players. Analysts say Apple may opt to withdraw from the French market, rather than share the technology behind its FairPlay format, but the company has so far refused to comment on such a move.
Once focused on easy-to-ship items like CDs, DVDs and books, online shopping is increasingly expanding into big-ticket and bulk items. Whether they're selling plasma screen TVs or patio furniture, mattresses, home gym equipment or even caskets, major retailers are adding premiums and shipping discounts to encourage consumers to buy big online.
Wal-Mart Stores hopes to grab the attention of upscale shoppers with a new store opening in Plano, Texas, that is stocked with more high-end electronics, jewelry and a sushi bar. While the retailer does not plan to replicate the store elsewhere, similar items could find their way into more stores if the "laboratory" performs well.