Thinner chips with everything. A symbolic barrier has been crossed with the new chips that have transistors a thousand times smaller than the width of a human hair. [BBC News | TECHNOLOGY]
IBM enhances ‘Pixie Dust’ for improved storage density. Big Blue produces 80GB mobile hard drive and announces plans for 7200rpm laptop drives [InfoWorld: Top News]
Apple announced updated iBooks and PowerBooks today with faster processors and lower prices. One PowerBook model includes a SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW), but none of the new models include built-in Bluetooth. Guess I made the right decision asking for a new Table PC rather than an updated PowerBook.
Trying to Shift Shape of PC Screens. Researchers are trying to develop technologies that could put computers and large-format screens onto wafer-thin glass, or even plastic that can be rolled up. By Bob Tedeschi. [New York Times: Technology]
I am an XM subscriber: 100 Channels, but Where Are the Subscribers?. If Sirius and XM can achieve their subscription goals, satellite radio would be among the most rapidly adopted technologies in the United States. By Alex Markels. [New York Times: Technology]
Antenna System Is Said to Expand Wireless Internet Use. A start-up company plans to announce antenna technology that it says can expand the limits of a popular wireless Internet format. By John Markoff. [New York Times: Technology]
Duke Basketball: Duke beats Team Nike. Freshman forward Shavlik Randolph scored 19 points and senior guard Chris Duhon added a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists as Duke defeated Team Nike, 103-63, in exhibition men’s college basketball action on Monday night in Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. [GoDuke.com]
Spymac is reporting that the Mac IE 6 beta program is starting in January. That’s news to me, and I’m supposedly in charge of the Mac IE beta program.
I watched The Time Machine (2002) last night on DVD. It didn’t get very good reviews, even on IMDB, but I didn’t think it was terrible and it was a nice way to spend a Sunday evening. Just make sure you don’t set your expectations too high.
I got selected to be in the XBox Live beta program…11 days before it goes on sale. Yippee! Actually, the extra week of game play should be nice. Yes, even Microsoft employees have to go through the same process to get into the beta program. Now, if only Halo 2 were coming out sooner.