W3C to give the Web more meaning
The body that controls Internet standards, the W3C, continues its push to add meaning to Web documents.
As part of a wider Semantic Web project it has officially recommended the adoption of two new standards: Resource Description Framework (RDF) and the Ontology Web Language (OWL). The goal is help better manage the storage of information on the Web so that its retrieval can be automated more effectively, for example by intelligent agents with specific search briefs. ...more
Monitors pose health risk says report
Monitors could be making people ill, says a new study from Swedish researchers.
They found that the flame retardant chemical triphenyl phosphate is released when monitors heat up, causing complaints such as itching, blocked noses and headaches.
The effect is only detected in new monitors when they're switched on for the first few times, but the study found that chemicals lingered even after 180 days of continuous use. ...more
IBM is top of the flops
IBM has overtaken Hewlett-Packard as the world's number one supplier of supercomputers. The latest Top 500 list shows IBM leading the way with 224 systems with a combined computing power of 407 teraflops, or trillions of calculations per second.
IBM has overtaken Hewlett-Packard as the world's number one supplier of supercomputers. ...more
75 MPs back copyright extension motion
Seventy-five MPs have signed a parliamentary motion calling for an extension of the lifetime of copyright on sound recordings.
The Early Day Motion, tabled by Labour MP for Linlithgow & Falkirk East Michael Connarty, argues that 'thousands of musicians and their record companies will lose out over the next few years because of the shorter copyright term for sound recordings relative to that granted to almost all other creators'.
Currently recorded works are protected for 50 years. ...more
UK games chart: Nintendogs Dalmations wins new friends
It's steady as you go in this week's ELSPA games chart with EA Sports' FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 (PC, PS2, Xbox and Xb360) holding sway at the top.
The only change in the top five is that THQ's MotoGP '06 (Xb360) and Codemasters' Sensible Soccer 2006 (PC, PS2, Xb, mobile) swap places, in fourth and fifth.
Nintendogs: Dalmatian & Friends (DS) is the only new entry in the top ten. ...more