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  • The Atomic Battery

    A breakthrough in betavoltaics could mean a 10-year battery life for sensors and medical implants.

  • Adventures in the Skin Trade

    NTT Lab wants to build commercial technologies using its RedTacton technology, which enables devices to communicate by using the electrical fields on the human skin.

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  • Strained Days Indeed

    With strained-silicon technologies such as the new Dual Stress Liner from AMD and IBM, semiconductor companies are focusing on power efficiency as much as they are on speed.

  • The Call to Voice

    Voice over IP may be built upon broadband, but it doesn’t need to follow the same anti-competitive path. In fact, the VoIP business could remain wild and wooly (and cheap).

  • The Selling of Cell Phone TV

    Qualcomm and Texas Instruments have unveiled two competing schemes for delivering video to cell phones that bypass 3G. Is the market big enough to get them off the ground?

  • Rightsizing TV

    Troubles in the rear-projection market may be a sign that TVs are finally getting too big.

  • Can You See Me Now?

    Thanks to voice-over-IP, videoconferencing–the eternal technology of tomorrow–once again appears to be on the verge of success.

  • Making Peace with the Phone Bill

    Sure, long distance costs are way down, but the typical household now spends vastly more on communications than before. MIT management professor Thomas Malone explains why that’s actually a good thing.

  • 3G, American Style

    Broadband cell-phone services begin to roll out in the U.S., but face a standards mess–as well as competition from Wi-Fi.

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