Digg’s Kevin Rose receives the honor for jumpstarting this year’s iPod
update rumors with a picture and rather vague and strange information
from his sources what this new update may bring. According to Rose,
Apple will shelve the current iPod Nano design, cut prices and add
features. Also, Mac OS X might finally see Blu-ray support. But Rose
could have missed the most important update of all: An iTunes
all-you-can-eat subscription service.
You can already envision the marketing frenzy that will surround Michael
Phelps, who won eight Olympic Gold medals in eight days at Beijing 2008
Olympic Games that ended yesterday. And there will be many who will
want to jump onto that marketing train. SGI and Intel are already on
In a meeting between traditional gadgetry and
modern processors, the Maker Faire paid a visit to the Intel Developer
Forum. Eager inventors showed off their old pinball machines, robots
and even remote controlled battleships that could fire pellets at 200
feet per second. While much of this tech was old fashioned balsa wood,
soldered metal and cheap plastic, attendees still marveled at the
Formula One teams spend tens of millions of dollars on air-tunnels,
super-computers and simulators to improve the features of its cars,
engines components and the abilities of its drivers. Ferrari has always
been a bit ahead of the competition with new technology and pioneers a
new technology for the racing series once again: The team has
contracted a company to build the most realistic driving simulator in
Formula One’s history.
Intel traditionally closes its Developer Forum with a visionary keynote
that provides a glimpse into Intel’s labs and how the company’s
engineers think about how technology could shape the world in five, ten
or - in this case - 40 years.
Taiwanese heatsink maker, AVC, is jumping into
the drop-in LED lighting market with its multiple LED lighting heads.
These heads simply screw into a regular socket and provide several
hundred lumens worth of lighting for just a few watts of power. At the
company’s Intel Developer Forum booth, we saw a 7 LED light that was
basically a heat sink with some LEDs embedded inside.
Researchers at the University of Michigan, U.S. Naval Research
Laboratory and the University of California at San Diego have made a
big step towards quantum computing by trapping the spin of one electron
in critical dark state – at rates of about 1 GHz.
Earlier the year, Idaho-startup M2E Power said it was working to
develop military electronics that were motion-powered. Now the company
M2E is planning to utilize its technology in commercial applications,
with one goal in mind - to change the cell phone battery. M2E plans to
announce the development of an external charger that is capable of
generating between 300 and 700% more energy than the current kinetic
energy technologies later this month.
Miniature devices of the future could be powered by tiny new batteries
that are about half the size of a human cell. Researchers from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have come up with an idea
to leverage characteristics of viruses to built small power sources
that one day could supply the smallest electronics with electricity.
The ACSI study for the second quarter of this year indicates an
increasing frustration of users with Windows Vista. Users mostly
complain about poor usability, compatibility problems, slower
performance compared to Windows XP and substantial hardware
requirements. The dissatisfaction with Vista also affected most major
Windows-PC vendors. Apple continues to improve its reputation while
Google and Yahoo lead the e-business satisfaction index.
Ingenious solutions to problems often originate from very simple ideas.
And, it appears, researchers from the University of Washington have
found a way to substantially reduce Internet congestion for service
providers that could ultimately result in Internet users being saved
from much discussed bandwidth caps. The idea: Keep Internet traffic
It wasn’t your typical Intel Developers Forum
keynote speech. Intel’s Chairman of the Board, Craig Barrett, didn’t
talk about die-sizes, nanometers or wafers, but instead prodded the
audience to pursue the human side of technology. From microloans to
digital whiteboards, Barrett outlined services and gadgets that would
help impoverished third world countries create business or teach
children and in so doing, won the hearts of and minds of attendees.