Silver Cyber-shot® H10 Digital Camera

Sony-Europe plans to launch the innovative Cyber-shot H10 Digital Camera for sale Nationwide. The powerful camera integrates Sony's advanced Technology in unique style. The compact camera boasts 8.1 Mega-pixels of picture strength, large 3.0-inch (230k dot) Clear Photo LCD plus screen and a High power 10x optical zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens.

The pocket sized camera offers enhanced Face Detection and identifies up to eight faces for prefect exposure. Its Dual Anti-blur system with Super SteadyShot and High photo sensitivity of ISO 3200 fights distortion to click sharper images in challenging situations. Other functions include advanced Sports mode, D-Range Optimiser (DRO), in-camera editing, red-eye reduction, HDTV compatibility, easier transfers to PC and much more.

The Sony Cyber-shot H10 digital camera will hit the streets of Europe at the end of March 2008.Sony DSC-H10 price & availability
For fun playback of family photos, the unit’s built-in slideshow function helps create slideshows set to your favorite music choices. Up to eight songs can be uploaded via the camera’s USB port. To view your favorite images and slideshows just like you view your favorite TV shows - in full 1080 high definition resolution - you can connect the camera to a compatible HDTV set. The Sony CyberShot DSC-H10 digital camera will ship in May for about $300. Additional accessories will include wide and telephoto conversion lenses, filters, batteries, travel chargers, sports packs and cases.
Sony CyberShot DSC-H10 Digital Camera
The Sony DSC-H10 camera incorporates Sony’s D-Range Optimizer (DRO) to help you capture balanced images when shooting in high-contrast or backlit scenes. DRO modifies the range from highlights to shadows through its in-camera hardware processing - ultimately producing more natural, evenly exposed images. The Sony Cyber-Shot H10 also has helpful functions to manually correct images immediately after capturing them, including in-camera red-eye correction and photo retouching.

Digital cameras

Latest digital camera reviews and advice

Remember when it was common to drop $500 to $700 on a nice digital point-and-shoot? These days, with the same money, you can pick up a digital SLR camera. These aren't professional models or the very best that current technology has to offer, but for the photo enthusiast on a budget--or even the avid family photographer--they can be a big leap forward. With larger sensors and generally faster performance than snapshot models offer, these cameras provide plenty of tools to photographers who prefer a camera with more than one button. And if you save your pennies, you can increase their flexibility and image quality in the future with additional lens and accessory purchases.

Cyber-shot® HX1 Digital Camera

Introducing the world's first digital still camera with Sweep Panorama mode. You can also shoot at an amazing 10 frames per second and capture crisp details in low light with 9.1-megapixel resolution.

Drone Technology on planet

The UAV control room at the US Department of Homeland Security illustrates the ability to control the aircraft remotely.

In 1984, Skynet, the super com puter that rules a future Earth, sent a cyborg assas sin, a “ter mi na tor,” back to our time. His job was to liq ui date the woman who would give birth to John Con nor, the leader of the under ground human resis tance of Skynet’s time. You with me so far? That, of course, was the plot of the first Ter­mi na tor movie and for the multi-millions who saw it, the images of future machine war — of hunter-killer drones fly ing above a wasted land scape — are unfor get table.
Hunter-killer drones armed with Hell fire mis siles are patrolling the Pentagon’s expand ing global bat tle fields: It’s a scene right out of Ter mi na tor.

High-tech drone technology

It's nothing short of an electronic miracle: a micro-aircraft – or micro aerial vehicle (MAV) – that flies autonomously, aided by satellite support. Developed in cooperation with the Technical University of Braunschweig and marketed by Bremen-based Rheinmetall Defence Electronics GmbH via the spin-off company Mavionics GmbH of Braunschweig, the re-useable micro-drone Carolo P50 is so compact that fits into a special backpack. During flight trials at Meppen near the German-Dutch border, it has since been successfully demonstrated to representatives of Germany's Bundeswehr and Federal Agency for Defence Technology and Procurement.

Custom Touch Solutions for Handheld and Mobile Devices

weunderstand there are unique requirements for handheld and mobile devices designed for specific markets, based upon our experience developing products for many industries such as medical, entertainment, communications and retail. To meet your specific device requirements, we offer a wealth of options to deliver a custom design for your project, reducing time to market without sacrificing quality:

  • An R&D and pilot production line
  • Different sizes and configurations
  • Custom finishes and enclosures
  • Sealing and shielding
  • Special cabling
  • In-house prototyping
  • Proof-of-concept models
  • Compliance engineering and testing
  • Complete line of controllers and firmwareLicensing and customization options are available in the following platforms:

Enjoy the touch world

iTunes mobile store

Get music recommendations.

A Genius playlist on iPhone.

Say you’re listening to a song and you want to hear other tracks like it. The Genius feature finds songs that go great together and makes a Genius Playlist for you. You can even generate a Genius playlist from Voice Control. Just ask iPhone to “play more songs like this.”iPhone playing the movie The Duchess.

Buy music and video.

Shop the iTunes Store right on iPhone and choose from millions of songs you can download via Wi-Fi or your cellular network. Even download movies and TV shows.*

Watch in widescreen.

Watch video on the 3.5-inch widescreen display. Just tap to bring up video controls whenever you need them.

Touch your music.

Flick to scroll through songs, artists, albums, and playlists. Flick through music by album artwork with Cover Flow. Shake iPhone to shuffle songs. And don’t worry about missing a call. The music pauses when iPhone rings, and a pinch of your headset microphone answers the call.

i Phone 3Gs

It’s a phone, an iPod, and an Internet device in one. It gives you access to thousands of applications. And it’s built on technology that’s years ahead of its time.
Discover apps from the App Store that help you do more with iPhone. From games to business to health and fitness, there’s an app for that.
MobileMe gives you push email, contacts, and calendar. Lose your iPhone? MobileMe can help you find it and protect your privacy with Find My iPhone.
palm preCloak and daggers are standard practice when it come to new product releases, and the the Palm Pre is no exception. We know that O2 have the exclusive rights, and have done for a while, but the release date has been harder to track down.

Well, finally we know that it will be here in time for Christmas, but this is as much information as we have completely confirmed. Rumours have circulated that the shelf date will actually be October 30th and no doubt everyone in the industry will be keeping a close eye on this.

These rumours have apparently come from O2 themselves, specifically from managers who have been informed of the release date, and if true can be taken as gospel. Don’t worry, all you clue hunters and ‘Where’s Wally’ fans can have some fun hunting down the price which has still to be set in stone. No doubt it will be similar to that of their major smartphone contender the iPhone 3GS, with similarly ranged tariffs on top of that.

So now O2 have exclusivity deals on this years top two smartphones making them the biggest player in the mobile phone. On a similar topic, we have also heard on the grapevine that O2’s iPhone exclusivity deal could possibly run out in September. Just bought a 3GS? Then you could be stuck on their tariff whilst discounts are to be had on other networks in the future.

Best Blu-Ray Player Guide

Are you stuck in the movie medieval days with your DVD player? If your love film and want to experience movies as they were intended then the Blu-ray is a must have! Finding the best Blu-ray player can be an uphill struggle, afterall the market is saturated with a few duds. That’s why our best Blu-ray guide is a must have.

Don’y buy the wrong one, or pay over the odds.Sony BDP-S350

Muvi Micro Camcorder

Small is usually better, in the gadget world anyway, and thankfully that logic has been applied to the Muvi Micro Camcorder. Not only is it smaller than traditional camcorders, but it’s the smallest in the world at only 5.5cm x 2cm x 2cm.

Ah-ha, you’re saying, but I bet the video quality is pretty useless. Nope, the Muvi Micro is actually pretty accomplished on this front. It records in VGA quality (640×480) equivalent to the best selling (and comparatively enormous) Mino and Ultra by Flip. Incredible! Videos are stored on the included 2GB Micro SD card, but for those

Muvi Micro 2

of you who prefer real epics the Muvi can handle cards up to 8GB.

The Muvi Micro Camcorder comes with a special VOX mode that lets you start and stop recording with the sound of your voice which is perfect for moments when your hands are occupied (don’t be getting any ideas webcam fans). Coincidently, the Muvi Micro can also be used as a webcam apparently.

Nokia Working On Infinite Cellphone Battery

Who hasn't missed an important call or woke up at the wrong time because you forgot to charge your cellphone over night? Well, Nokia hopes to make that a thing of the past by developing a technology that would use ambient radio radiation to perpetually charge a phone's battery.

According to a report by Technology Review, the Nokia Research Center (NRC) has already developed a prototype that converts radio waves into electrical energy. RFID tags and crystal radios work on a similar principle, but the Nokia team hopes to develop a wave catcher 10 times more power than the current technology.

The NRC team aims to develop a power harvester that could store up 50 milliwatts of energy, up from the prototype's five milliwatt capacity. The article mentions that 50 milliwatts opens up a range of electronic devices to a life without a plug, as most MP3 players only use 100 milliwatts to operate.

Of course, the technology faces serious technical challenges relating to the efficiency of the harvester, but one of the NRC researchers says that this technology could be ready in three or four years. That lead should give us all plenty of time to come up with new excuses for not answering our phone, as "it was out of juice" clearly won't cut it anymore.

Apple iTablet is now called the iPad

Apple iTabletYet another twist in the Apple iTablet story is it’s supposed new name, the iPad. This information was leaked by the retailer Borders.

An online survey from Borders has hinted that the name will not be the iTablet as we once thought Not only that, the survey of electronic book readers refers to the device as an ‘Apple iPAD (large screen reading device)’, asking the participant if they are planning to buy one ‘this year’.

There is alays the chance that this information isn’t the most accurate, but do we think that retailers

World's Smallest VGA Display is Literally the Size of a Thumbnail

You're looking at a full-color LCD with a resolution of 600 x 480 pixels (more than your iPhone's 480 x 320) that measures just over a quarter of an inch, diagonally--the world's smallest. Each individual pixel measures 2.9 x 8.7 µm (that's micro); for reference, the thickness of a human hair is around 100 µm.

But why? Kopin, the company that created the prototype, has the ultimate goal of creating a display with a resulotion of 2048 x 2048 (4.2 million dots) that's smaller than a postage stamp--that's more resolution than a typical high-def widescreen monitor or television. They're hoping to use these ultra-high res, tiny displays to make sharp, high-end electronic viewfinders in HD video and still cameras, similar to the one already used in Panasonic's Micro Four Thirds G1 (which uses 1.4 million dots).

Solar Tent Charges Your Phone, Glows So You Can Find It

The problem with the great outdoors has always been the lack of full mobile connectivity, electric lighting, and a power source for your laptop. The Orange Solar Concept Tent, which will debut in the UK starting today, in time for the Glastonbury rock festival, tackles these critical problems. The tent uses "solar threads" woven into the fabric to collect energy. The inhabitants can adjust the tent's movable panels to capture the best angle on the sun throughout the day. Inside the tent, a display shows how much solar energy the tent has captured throughout the day and how much energy is currently stored.

Orange is one of the most well-known wireless carriers in the UK, so naturally the tent includes a few extra features related to going mobile during the day, while the pod charges. "Glo-cation" technology allows you to send an SMS message to the tent, causing it to glow so it's easy to find. (The tent also supports active RFID tags to accomplish the same goal.) While you sleep, you can charge your phone in a pouch that uses magnetic induction over a wireless signal, without any power cables.

The tent also includes a useful feature: an under-layer that heats up when the tent reaches a lower-than-ideal temperature.


Earlier in the week, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen announced that a mobile implementation of the full Flash Player 10 would be making its way onto several smartphones by October. In addition to Android, other mobile operating systems, including Windows Mobile, Palm's WebOS, and Symbian have signed on. Missing from that list, to absolutely no one's surprise, is the iPhone.

Cellphones That Unleash Your Inner Artist

You never know when the creative impulse will strike. New phones put the tools of an artist in your pocket, using smaller camera sensors and novel materials. So create expert photos or music, and get your agent on the line.

Researchers Predict the Weather Using Cell Towers

Researchers from Tel Aviv University believe they've found a way to detect the severity of an oncoming flood in any given location using date from the area's network of cell towers. But it doesn't make use of human to human communications; instead, it revolves around measuring humidity in the air.

The radio/micro waves from cellphones and cell towers are directly affected by the amount of moisture in the air, so by analyzing trends in signal strength, an accurate reading of the atmosphere's humidity around the tower can be taken. By relaying this signal back to researchers when a flood-causing storm is likely, they can attempt to predict the magnitude of the event pinned to specific geographic areas. It has also allowed scientists to gain weather data on remote areas they had never been able to track before.

Since cell towers are so numerous and prevalent throughout the world, and wireless carriers already track this specific statistic, so using this technique (and technology) to detect floods would require little more than funneling the data to scientists.

How to turn seawater into jet fuel

Faced with global warming and potential oil shortages, the US navy is experimenting with making jet fuel from seawater.

Navy chemists have processed seawater into unsaturated short-chain hydrocarbons that with further refining could be made into kerosene-based jet fuel. But they will have to find a clean energy source to power the reactions if the end product is to be carbon neutral.

The process involves extracting carbon dioxide dissolved in the water and combining it with hydrogen – obtained by splitting water molecules using electricity – to make a hydrocarbon fuel.

Adaptable material

Metamaterials are often narrowband, but at least with this scheme one could adapt the material to new frequencies," says Ulf Leonhardt, a metamaterial researcher at the University of St Andrews in the UK.

That removes an obstacle to the wider use of metamaterial antennas. Such antennas would be attractive because they could help to shrink the size of cellphones.

Because metamaterials can manipulate electromagnetic waves to a greater degree than normal materials – and even bend light "backwards" – a small metamaterial antenna is as effective as a much larger standard antenna at transmitting or receiving waves.

But a narrowband metamaterial antenna has its drawbacks – it's rare that engineers require an antenna tuned to just one frequency, says Driscoll. For instance, different countries have allocated different frequency bands to their cellphone networks.

He says a tunable metamaterial antenna would allow a wireless gadget to work "outstandingly well" at the frequencies used in one country, but also carry the option of retuning for use abroad.

Invisibility cloak' antennas could shrink cellphones

Harnessing the materials used to make real-life invisibility cloaks could shrink cellphone antennas, leading to smaller gadgets.

Metamaterials – materials that possess properties which don't exist in nature – can manipulate light or other electromagnetic waves with such dexterity that they can steer rays around objects as if they weren't there at all. But most metamaterials can only pull such stunts on waves of a specific frequency – for example a particular colour of light.

An international team of physicists has now created metamaterials that can be tuned to a range of different frequencies as required. A cellphone antenna fashioned from the new material could be tuned to work very efficiently across a small frequency range, but retuned to a different band for roaming.

The best chocolate comes from Europe. Go on, try and argue with me. Now, look at the new non-U.S. Black Label Series LG Chocolate BL40 and try and argue with me again. Can't do it, can you? Thought so. Shielded in tempered glass, the premium phone has a 4-inch, 800-by-345-pixel LCD widescreen. Its 21:9 aspect ratio is wide enough to display full 70mm movies across the entire screen. Yum.

In landscape mode, the phone has enough screen real estate to view web pages at full width, have a comfy on-screen QWERTY keyboard, and one slick user interface for browsing the net, media, contacts, and writing e-mail. The screen is also roomy enough to display two panes at once without toggling back and forth between windows; think of it like the preview pane in Microsoft Outlook or Entourage.

The BL40 will go on sale in the third quarter of 2009 in 54 countries (other than the U.S., of course). There's been no official word as to whether it'll make an appearance stateside, but in the meantime, you can enjoy this sweet demo video.

Rudy Project Wingspan TT Helmet

As is the case with everything from seat post to spokes, a helmet is never just a helmet in cycling. While football, baseball and hockey focus on comfort and protection, aerodynamic performance is paramount on the bike. High tech helmets promising to cut through the wind a millisecond faster are launched throughout a year, but the best is saved for the Tour de France. Say hello to the Rudy Project Wingspan Time Trial Helmet.

Rumors of the Wingspan hit the blogs after the Giro d’ Italia and the Dauphine Libere earlier this year, but Rudy officially announced the helmet to coincide with the start of the Tour, making some impressive claims.

At the heart of the helmet, which is intended specifically for time trial runs where every fraction of a second counts, is a new tail design developed in cooperation with industry guru John Cobb. Rudy Project claims the more aerodynamic shape resulted in between a six and thirteen second benefit over three competitors in a 40-kilometer test trial. The design intent was to provide similar performance for cyclists riding in the both "flat back" and "U-shaped" time trial riding positions which Rudy Project claims is unique. They won’t offer details on the testing protocols but notes it was conducted by the independent testing lab A2 Wind Tunnel.

WebGL Promises Browser-Based 3D Graphics Sans Plug-Ins

We all know the web browser will soon become the central figure in the world of computing. That's why we care about a few compelling new hints from Khronos Group, the consortium behind such standards as OpenGL, about WebGL, a web standard that promises to bring 3-D acceleration to browsers without the need for plugins.

That would open up a fresh world of possibilities for what can be done within the once-humble confines of a browser window.

WebGL is made possible by the Canvas element in HTML 5, and is based around a version of OpenGL ES 2.0 inside a Javascript binding, eliminating the need for plug-ins like Flash or ActiveX. Even better, the standard is already receiving backing from the likes of AMD, Ericsson, Google, Mozilla, nVidia, and Opera, who are helping to ensure it works across all platforms.

Though whispers of an Apple tablet device practically predate Australopithecus, this week they’ve reached a fever pitch. It’s been reported by several news outlets that the supposed iTablet will feature a 10-inch touchscreen, both Wi-Fi and 3G data, and a custom ARM processor. It’s already been priced at $800 and even greenlit by none other than His Majesty Steve Jobs for a September release. Not one iota of this has been officially confirmed, but the prospect of a Mac Tablet seems more within reach than ever before.

This is not a good thing. If an Apple tablet is ever actually released, we should all be very concerned for the future of what most of us take for granted today: our digital freedom.

The Apple tablet will likely sit somewhere in between the iPhone and a Mac laptop. But it won’t just blur the line between them—-it will attempt to erase it. This should scare you because it will be the biggest leap yet towards the notion of a completely closed “desktop” operating system.

Much of the iPhone’s success is due to the fact that it’s the first smartphone in history that feels like using a real computer. But, think for a minute how different it still is from a desktop or notebook. On a Mac computer, you’ve got a filesystem you can access and monkey around with. You can download any program you wish (from wherever you wish) and install it. You can open up the box and customize the hardware. You can run Windows or Linux on it if you were so inclined. The iPhone, on the other hand, is by design like living under Dad’s roof--convenient, but restrictive. Without some serious rule breaking, you’re only allowed to do the things Dad says are OK to do. Want to download a cool program? Ask Dad. Want access to the files in that 32GB of storage? Sorry, but Dad says no. Want to do the whole ‘Manually Managed Music’ thing on more than one computer (like every iPod ever made)? Dad took away that privilege, and as he is wont to do, he won’t tell you why: “They are different devices that behave differently,” is Apple’s response. Thanks.

Now, imagine what life would be like if your laptop or desktop was subject to the same draconian rule. If Apple decided it didn’t want you using Flash anymore, it would take it away and there’d be no way short of potentially breaking the law for you to ever get it back. If you wanted to download a useful new program (Google Voice, perhaps?) you’d have no choice but to go through the App Store to get it, hoping with fingers crossed that Apple had allowed it to exist—though, experience would tell you otherwise. If you wanted to move files from your computer to another device or just to another folder, you’d need a paid MobileMe account. And, any freedoms you do have today could just as easily be gone with tomorrow’s software update.

Failure to launch: abandoned NASA projects

Image 1 of 9
X-30, aka National Aerospace Plane (NASP); 1986 – 1993; $2+ billion (much of it from the US military rather than NASA).

A very ambitious project, meant to use advanced air-breathing engines to take off from a runway and fly directly into orbit (or fly long distances within the atmosphere at extremely high speed).

It was eventually cancelled due to persistent technical problems and skyrocketing cost estimates. There was no replacement, although some of the technology work was continued by small research programmes, including the X-43, a hypersonic aircraft project that smashed the world record for aircraft speed in 2004 when an air-breathing plane flew briefly at nearly 10 times the speed of sound. (Illustration: NASA-LaRC)

Drone technology

The age of remote-control warfare isn't coming--it's here, and not even the Air Force, which made it happen, is entirely prepared. Here, a firsthand look at the struggle to train thousands of drone pilots virtually overnight.
Without traffic, it takes Captain Adam Brockshus about 45 minutes to drive from his four-bedroom suburban home outside Las Vegas to Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nevada. His commute follows Highway 95 northwest through a stretch of the Mojave freckled with Joshua trees and flanked by arid mountain ranges. He trains pilots for combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, yet this desolate drive may be the most harrowing part of his job. Tall, blond and new-daddy doughy, Brockshus spends the rest of his day in a windowless room full of office chairs and computer monitors, teaching 20-somethings how to fly war drones 7,500 miles away. Although his is, for all intents, a desk job, it may be one of the most critical posts in today’s Air Force. The number of unmanned aircraft missions has more than tripled in the past two years, and the Air Force can’t train people fast enough to keep up with the demand. Brockshus’s responsibility is to churn out new drone pilots, and churn them out fast.

Until a few years ago, most of what he knew of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) came from whatever he might have read in magazines like this one. Operating killer drones wasn’t even an option in 2001, when he was accepted to Air Force flight school after graduating from South Dakota State University, because weaponized UAVs didn’t exist. Not that he necessarily would have gone that route. While some of his classmates were bent on flying F-16s, the competitiveness of such a career wasn’t for him. “For a fighter it makes absolute sense, but I’ve never been that aggressive type,” says Brockshus, whose serene brow could fit right alongside the granite faces of Mount Rushmore in his native South Dakota. “I felt more at home with the heavies.” And so it was that he wound up flying KC-135 refueling tankers, like his father.

As his first tanker tour in Mildenhall, England, wound down in 2007, he and his wife were discussing having a second child, and the prospect of another tour didn’t appeal to either of them. One of the problems with flying KC-135s is that the Eisenhower-era fleet is prone to breakdowns, and Brockshus was often diverted to any number of places to wait out repairs. So when the Air Force offered to reassign him to Nevada, Brockshus thought it sounded good.

In the short time since he arrived at Creech, Brockshus, now 30, has become one of the Air Force’s more experienced pilots of one of its most unexpectedly valuable weapons, the MQ-1 Predator. Along with its bigger and deadlier brother, the MQ-9 Reaper, these armed and remotely controlled spy planes have generated what Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton Schwartz calls an “insatiable” demand among ground commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan, not to mention special operations in Pakistan. It’s easy to see why. At this moment, dozens of armed drones circle miles above insurgents, watching everything in real time, with a resolution sharp enough to read a license plate. Every month they stream 18,000 hours of live video to commanders, intelligence officers and ground troops; they track vehicles, scan convoy routes for explosives, and fire missiles. Unlike the F-16, a Predator can remain above a target for 24 hours, while pilots like Brockshus spell each other in shifts, perhaps watching the sun rise over Afghanistan on their video monitors before driving home in the dark. “They give you a capability that you never had,” says retired Air Force Colonel Tom Ehrhard, a leading UAV expert. “And when you couple it with a lethal system, guess what? It’s magic.”

In the end, what lured Brockshus out of the heavies was not the “magic” of bombing targets each day from afar, but being able to tuck his kids in at night. It’s a lifestyle the Air Force hopes will attract new recruits to the job.

Carbon-fibre planes

IF YOU want to know why carbon-fibre planes such as the boeing 787 are still on the tarmac, it's worth rewinding to the 1950s.
That's when the UK's chances of dominating the post-war aviation market were dashed by fatal in-flight failures of the de havelland comet, the first airliner to sport a pressurised aluminium fuselage. Metal fatigue induced by repeated pressurisation cycles created cracks that started around the plane's window frames. "Although much was known about metal fatigue, not enough was known about it by anyone, anywhere," lamented Geoffrey de Havilland in his autobiography.
Such are the risks of switching from well-understood materials to novel ones. Now aviation is on the verge of just such a switch - to lightweight "composite" materials. It has been a turbulent journey. In June, for example, boeing found problems with the composite joint where the 787's wing meets the fuselage, requiring the addition of metal reinforcements.
On 14 August, the day the UK government offered Airbus a £340 million loan to help it develop a carbon-fibre rival to the 787, it also emerged that Boeing had found weaknesses in the form of wrinkles in the tubular "barrel" sections that make up the fuselage. In a patent (US 2009/0202767) filed the day before, Boeing proposed a way to prevent such "uncontrolled wrinkle formation".
Clearly, composites are a work in progress. The trouble, says aviation engineer Philip Irving at Cranfield University in the UK, is that computer simulations often differ from reality. "Computer models are good at calculating composite displacement and stress levels, but they are not yet good at accurately predicting when they will fail," he says.
But thanks to the Comet's legacy of exhaustive fail-safe testing, he says, stringent real-world tests are mandatory, ensuring plane designers' simulations are correct. And that should ensure that when composite planes finally get off the ground, they will be safe to fly in.

We use the term information technology or IT to refer to an entire industry. In actuality, information technology is the use of computers and software to manage information. In some companies, this is referred to as Management Information Services (or MIS) or simply as Information Services (or IS). The information technology department of a large company would be responsible for storing information, protecting information, processing the information, transmitting the information as necessary, and later retrieving information as necessary.

In relative terms, it wasn't long ago that the Information Technology department might have consisted of a single Computer Operator, who might be storing data on magnetic tape, and then putting it in a box down in the basement somewhere.

Undergraduate IT Concentrations

Students select two concentrations in the field of information technology as available from the department. These concentrations represent advanced specializations in information technology and are selected by the student and approved by the student's faculty advisor. Since most concentration courses are offered only once or twice a year, students should plan their co-op blocks so that they will be on campus when the courses in their chosen concentrations are offered.

Information technology (IT), as defined by the (ITAA), is "the study, design, development, implementation, support or management of computer-based information system, particularly software applications and computer hardware." IT deals with the use of electronic and computer software to convert, store, protect, process, transmits, and securly retreive information.

Today, the term information technology has ballooned to encompass many aspects of computing and technology, and the term has become very recognizable. IT professionals perform a variety of duties that range from installing applications to designing complex computer networks and information database. A few of the duties that IT professionals perform may include data management, networking, engineering computer hardware, database and software design, as well as the management and administration of entire systems.

When computer and communications technologies are combined, the result is information technology, or "infotech". Information technology is a general term that describes any technology that helps to produce, manipulate, store, communicate, and/or disseminate information. Presumably, when speaking of Information Technology (IT) as a whole, it is noted that the use of computers and information are associated.

The term information technology is sometimes said to have been coined by Jim Domsic of Michigan in November 1981.Domsic, who worked as a computer manager for an automotive related industry, is supposed to have created the term to modernize the outdated phrase "data processing". The Oxford English Dictionary, however, in defining information technology as "the branch of technology concerned with the dissemination, processing, and storage of information, esp. by means of computers" provides an illustrative quote from the year 1958 (Leavitt & Whisler in Harvard Business Rev. XXXVI. 41/1 "The new technology does not yet have a single established name. We shall call it information technology.") that predates the so-far unsubstantiated Domsic coinage.