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Forbes: What Steve Jobs Will Unveil At Macworld?

Submitted by lalit on December 13, 2007 - 7:26pm.

Forbes has posted a list of what Apple might show at Macworld 2008. According to Rachel Rosmarin Apple fan’s most cherished list includes Sub-notebook, Tablet, iPhones and more content for iTunes. The sub-notebook has been rumored for past two years and it is believed that the sub-notebook will have 12” or 13” LED backlit screen and no optical drive. It will be priced $1500 or more. The tablet that many think will be extension of iPhone’s Multi-touch user interface and will have a 10” screen. Now will Apple jump in to a flop tablet market remain a question? In the past few months we have seen many references of rental content in iTunes code. How soon you will see the rental offering and what will be offered in the rental service is everyone’s guess. You can read Rachel’s Post here.

Leopard will Increase Mac Sales

Submitted by lalit on December 12, 2007 - 9:33am.

According to ChangeWave, “ Apple computer sales continue to show strong consumer momentum. Not only is Apple maintaining the highest satisfaction levels among all manufacturers, but consumer purchases over the next 90 days look exceptionally robust.” One in four respondents say that the release of Leopard makes them more likely to buy a Mac in the future according to the survey done by ChangeWave. Research firm Goldman Sachs is also predicting a very strong holiday sales for all Apple products and their analyst David Bailey remains confident about the company’s forthcoming products like the new iPhone in 2008. By the look of it Mac sales are not slowing down anytime soon and Leopard is having almost the opposite effect of what Vista had on customers.

Toshiba to Release SCiB Batteries in March That Will Recharge in 5 Minutes

Submitted by lalit on December 12, 2007 - 9:13am.

Toshiba will release Super Charge ion Batteries (SCiB) in March of 2008, it will take just 5 minutes to recharge the battery to its 90% capacity and the battery will last 10 years or more (5000+ recharge). The SCiB batteries won’t short-circuit and explode like Li-ion batteries. The 2.4V version measures 62 x 95 x 13mm and weighs 150 grams while the bigger, 24V version measures 100 x 300 x 45mm and 2000 grams. Well these batteries won’t be used in laptop or MP3 players any time soon because of their size and weight. But I am waiting for the day when I can charge my laptop in 5 minutes. Initially the batteries will be used in hybrid cars and industrial devices.

Toshiba Satellite T31 Comes with Both Vista and XP

Submitted by lalit on December 11, 2007 - 5:07pm.

Well its another bad day for Vista, Toshiba’s Dynabook Satellite T31 comes with both Vista Business and XP Professional recovery discs, giving the buyer the option to select their preferred OS. It looks like Toshiba feels the pain of it customers suffering from Vista problems and has provided a solution for their problems. The notebook comes with 15.4” screen, WiFi, 512MB RAM, 80GB HD minimum, DVD burner and all the usual I/O ports. The notebook will range in $1573 to $1856 price-range depending on the processor you select. The high-end processor on the notebook is 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo and the Low-end processor is 1.86GHz Celeron.

NVIDIA Releases GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB Graphics Card

Submitted by lalit on December 11, 2007 - 4:42pm.

NVIDIA today announced the 65nm based, 8800 GTS 512MB graphics card. The card has 128 stream processors, twin dual-link DVI ports, PureVIdeo HD technology, DirectX 10 support, 650MHz core clock / 970MHz memory clock and hardware acceleration for H.264, VC-1, WMV and MPEG-2 movies. According to NVIDIA this card provides 25% more power compared to GeForce 8800 GT card and it will be priced $299. Just when everyone thought ATI had a very good budget gaming card in HD 3800, NVIDIA crashed ATI’s party with 8800 GTS. Right now NVIDIA is winning the graphics cards race.

NBC Universal and Sandisk Partner-up to Deliver Shows on Fanfare Service

Submitted by lalit on December 11, 2007 - 4:27pm.

Since NBC has removed its content from iTunes it has partnered with every online video service. Now NBC has announced its partnership with SanDisk to deliver shows on the Fanfare service. The beta service will start in January and offer all the NBC, USA, SciFi and Bravo shows. The service will only work with SanDisk’s TakeTV Players, which is the biggest disappointment of the service. 90% percent of the online video download is done through iTunes store only 10% is done through other online video provider. To make other services successful the content bought from those services should work with as many gadgets as possible. Till that is done iTunes will be the leader of online video download service.

Toshiba to Showcase 128GB 1.8” SSD at CES

Submitted by lalit on December 11, 2007 - 3:20pm.

Toshiba has managed to cram 128GB in a 1.8” enclosure space. The SSD reads at 100MB per second and writes at 40MB per second. Toshiba uses 56nm process to make these drives that helps in increasing power efficiency and read/write speeds. Toshiba is using the 16GB flash chips in the drive, which are their highest density chips. Toshiba uses 8 flash chips in the SSD, just imagine what can be achieved by using the new 32GB chips produced by Samsung, 256Gb in the same enclosure.

IBM Announces 32nm high-k/metal Gate Semiconductor Process Technology

Submitted by lalit on December 11, 2007 - 11:05am.

IBM announced that the high-k/metal gate semiconductor process technology will be available to IBM alliance members in second half of 2009, the new technology uses 32nm process and was demonstrated using a working SOI. The new technology reduces the operational voltages and a 45% reduction in total power consumption was observed. The technology will be implemented in future multi-core processors showed 30% speed gain compared to present processing technology. IBM’s new technology will not be available until the 32nm process node. The first products based on the technology will not be available until 2010. IBM’s Partners in the project include AMD, Chartered, Freescale, Infineon and Samsung. AMD definitely needs all the help IBM’s new technology can give them as Intel has already started using hafnium based high-k/metal gate technology in there current generation of 45nm processor technology and they will start production of 32nm chips in 2009.

Mac OS X Leopard Feature: Quick Look

Submitted by lalit on December 9, 2007 - 6:48pm.

It’s been six weeks since Leopard was released on October 26th. One of the most talked about feature was Quick Look, in Quick Look you can look inside any document without launching an application. You can use Quick Look in Finder, Mail and Time Machine. Quick Look makes it easy to view full-screen preview of the files, flip through multi-page documents and add image directly to iPhoto. You can quickly preview multiple files at once in a table view or individually with slideshow controls. By just pressing the space bar in Finder you can view the content of the selected file/files. Though Quick Look is a very helpful feature it has its limitations, if a folder is selected you just see the size of the folder but you don't get any information about the files inside the folder, its same for the zip files too. There is a work around for this problem you can download folder and/or zip plugin that would show details about the files in the folder or zip file. The plugin increases the functionality of an already excellent feature. To install the folder and/or zip plugin just drag the plugin (Folder.qlgenerator or Zip.qlgenerator) into /Library/QuickLook and relaunch Finder.  You can get more details about the plugin on the website.
Quick Look Folder Plugin
Quick Look Zip Plugin

Workaround for Microsoft Zune’s Three Play Rule For Shared Songs

Submitted by lalit on December 9, 2007 - 5:17pm.

Engadget has post a solution for the annoying three play rule for shared songs. To free a song forever simply accept a shared track, go on your computer and change the genre of the song to ‘Podcast’ and play the tune over as many times as you like. The problem with this solution is the song will show up in podcast section and if you are like me you would want the ID3 tags to be perfect for all your songs collection. So over all it’s a solution with its own set of problem, but if you don’t care about arranging your music library this process can get you a free song.