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July 20, 2005

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Here we are, coming up on another Wednesday and another weekly newsletter.

Apple has been making more buzz lately with their intentions to make a new line of video playing iPods. Sorry Apple, but I think I'll pass on this one. Unless those tiny little screens get a little bigger, they'll be even more difficult to see than portable DVD players. Still, this raises a lot of concern over at Microsoft, who is trying to sell movie companies on its newest DRM package. Naturally, Steve Jobs has thrown an obstacle down, since Apple seems to avoid supporting any Microsoft DRM to this point. Maybe movie companies will give the boot to Microsoft, or maybe they'll say goodbye to iPods.

Down at the bottom of the page is our new Weird and Cool section. We have a few neat features we picked up, including monitors that display two screens simultaneously. Also, there's an OLED keyboard and the prospect of some new 3D CPUs.

Thanks for joining us again,
Mike

Technology News

Apple eyes new iPods for music videos If you squint really hard, you can watch music videos everywhere you go.

TiVo upgrade allows instant response to TV ads Instead of just skipping ads, Tivo plans to make commercials more flashy.

IBM's OS/2 Reaches the End of the Road After years of competing with Windows, IBM gives up.

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Retrieving and Processing XML with ASP.Net by Justin Cook, 2005-07-18 -- This article explains how to retrieve remote XML data from an application that doesn’t provide Web Services yet. Read the full article here.

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The Power of JavaScript: Operators by Michael Youssef, 2005-07-19 -- Learn how to perform arithmetic operations, comparison operations and increment/decrement operations using Javascript operators. Read the full article here.

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Multithreading in C++ by McGraw-Hill/Osborne, 2005-07-14 -- While C++ does not feature built-in support for multithreading, it can be used to create multithreaded programs. Read the full article here.

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Millennium Run, Simulating the Universe in Computer Systems by Developer Shed, 2005-07-19 -- A supercomputer used for a research project aims to simulate the evolution of the universe, from the Big Bang to present. It may help revise theories of the universe's origins. Read the full article here.

Logitech X-530 Speaker System Review by Mike Mackenzie, 2005-07-18 -- Surround sound puts the action around you, voices and gunshots are now coming from all directions. Let's take a look at one of these cool speaker systems, the Logitech X-530. Read the full article here.

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Microsoft Hopes to Crush Google by Developer Shed, 2005-07-13 -- Read about Microsoft's plans to take down the established search giant, and check out Google's response. Read the full article here.

Internet Accessibility: Lead By Example by Dan Wellman, 2005-07-18 -- Preparing your business to for accessibility standards could prove useful in several ways. Read the full article here.

Wireless Sensor Networks: Security Requirements by Eliana Stavrou, 2005-07-06 -- This article focuses on security requirements related to sensor nodes' operation. Read the full article here.

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Weird and Cool

A new keyboard called the Optimus Keyboard is in development. That's right, a keyboard classifies as weird and cool. Check out the Optimus, and you'll see that each key on the board is an individual OLED display. This means that the keyboard layout can be changed for different languages and gaming key configurations by changing a software setting. Also, there's a handy panel of buttons on the left that automates minimizing and maximizing from the taskbar. They say it should be available next year.


So you don't have enough TVs and monitors in your house? New Sharp monitors are functionally 2 displays. From the left, you can see one image. From the right, another. The displays allow two people to watch separate programs or perform different tasks on a computer. Check out the press release. Now to solve the other problems, like who has to wear the headphones and who gets to use the dolby surround speakers.


Well, they finally did it. A 3D processor is in the works. They are still in the labs, but researchers have created the first of them. Stacking allows shorter, faster connect wires between transistors that were previously further apart. It also reduces the heat that modern processors create. As shrinking chips onto smaller and smaller design rules becomes very costly, 3D chips will eventually offer an alternative way to speed things up.

 

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