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You’ve just looked into the future… yep that’s right!
You’ve just seen something that will replace your PC in the near future.
Here is how it works:
In the revolution of miniature computers, scientists have made great developments with bluetooth technology…
This is the forthcoming computers you can carry within your pockets.
This “pen sort of instrument” produces both the monitor as well as the keyboard on any flat surfaces from where you can carry out functions you woul d normally do on your desktop computer.
Can anyone say, “Good-bye laptops!”
It has a built in network iTunes client, so it’ll show up as an iTunes client to your PCs. And it has a BitTorrent client that can rip down 7 streams automatically (and 10 FTP or web streams at the same time.) That’s with your PC off, all downloads handled by the router. And there’s a lot more. Too much more to share before the jump.
It can act as a network storage device, UPnP/DLNA server for sharing music with compatible streaming devices, and can be turned into a RAID configuration with another drive, so you can have a backed up version of all your data. It can network USB printers, drives. Has 5 Ethernet ports. And encrypts in 64/128 bit WEP, WPA/WPA2 supports TKIP, AES, WPA, WPA2 and MAC.
Yeah, you just take a shot of what’s behind your screen and make it your desktop background. We’ll spare you the “Why didn’t we think of that?” biz as we just sit in awe of its completely obvious awesomeness. And yes, we tried it, and yes, it’s more difficult than it looks to get it just right, especially if you don’t have a laptop. It’s all about the fold-down screen, dude.
Intel will officially launch its Core 2 Duo processors jointly on Thursday. Conroe, for desktops, and Merom, for laptops, are 64-bit processors that are both expected to find their way into future Mac systems.
Both processors will launch in single-socket configurations, which means that multiple processor Core 2 Duo configurations, which will drive systems with four cores or more, will not be available initially. It’s not clear when Intel plans to release multiple socket versions of the Core 2 Duo processors.
The Mac Pro, Apple’s Intel-based Power Mac G5 successor that will launch early next month at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference, is accordingly expected to pack Intel’s new server-class dual-core Xeon, at least at the highest-end configurations. The processor, code-named Woodcrest, is currently available in dual-socket configurations.
Eight-core Xeon systems this year
Intel sources tell Think Secret that a quad-socket version of Woodcrest, which would pack eight processor cores into a single system, is slated for release in the fourth quarter of this year, around the same time Intel debuts its first quad-core processor, Kentsfield.
Whether any of these extremely high-end chip configurations will make their way into Apple’s offerings is unclear. Apple debuted its first four-core system with the dual processor, dual-core 2.5GHz Power Mac G5 in October 2005. To date, however, few applications have been able to effectively take advantage of the extra processing power, although Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard is expected to make better use of multiple cores. Leopard will be unveiled publicly at WWDC, and copies of a developer preview are currently slated to be made available to attendees, sources report.
Innovation: Batteries built with genetically modified viruses
Available: Prototype by 2008
In laboratories around the world, ever-ready scientists are charging to overhaul the common battery–for which the basic science hasn’t changed much in a century. Their quest: new combinations of materials yielding cells that are much smaller and last a lot longer. In these very pages (“If Popeye Were a Biochemist,” November 2005), we reported on an effort to squeeze electrical juice from spinach.
The latest potential power aid: harmless viruses called bacteriophages. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have figured out how to genetically manipulate viruses to build structures packed with tiny conductive wires. They expect to deliver a prototype in two years, and their technology could eventually supplant today’s lithium ion with thin, transparent cells boasting two to three times the energy.
Professor Angela Belcher and her team added a gene to the DNA of the virus, producing an organism with surface proteins designed to attract particles of cobalt and gold. They applied a solution containing the metal- loving viruses to a silicon slide coated with alternating layers of negatively and positively charged polymers. The viruses, which naturally repel one another, spread themselves evenly across the slide, forming ultrathin wire shapes. “The great thing about using bacteriophages as the scaffold is that the assembly and ordering are provided by the bacteriophages,” says Brent Iverson, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Texas, Austin.
Finally, the virus-coated slide was dipped into a solution of charged cobalt particles. The proteins on the surface of the viruses latched onto the cobalt until each organism was completely covered in metal.
The result: a transparent film, about 10 centimeters by 10 centimeters, containing about a billion virus-sized wires–one of two electrodes that, matched with an electrolyte, would make a thin, efficient battery. It might even beat spinach.