Where I try to read the tea leaves and divine what new gadgets will be coming this year and the trends they will engender.
Today, Apple announced their first Intel based laptop. This announcement provides us with some interesting data that can be used to compare the existing platform to its predecessor and to equivalent offerings from the PC world. Comparing Apples to Apples One of the interesting thing is that Apple did not demise its existing Powerbook G4 product line. Whether it’s a question of inventory management having gone awry or an attempt to milk more out of the G4 market, it provides an interesting way to compare Apple laptops from the G4 generation to those of the Intel one. For the purpose of this study, I took data directly on the Apple site, looking at their offerings for the Powerbook and its equivalent on the Intel side of the house, the MacBook Pro. Here’s how they stack up against each other: 15 inch MacBook Pro 15 inch Powerbook G4 Processor 1.67GHz Intel Core Duo processor, 2MB on chip sharedL2 cache running 1:1 with processor speed 1.67GHz PowerPC G4 Display 15.4-inch (diagonal), 1440 x 900 resolution, TFTwidescreen 15.2-inch (diagonal), 1440 x 960 resolution, TFT widescreen Memory 512MB (single SODIMM) of PC2-5300 (667MHz);two SODIMM slots support up to 2GB 512MB PC2-4200 DDR2 SDRAM (running…Read More
EE Times and IGN report on the introduction of a new gaming console by Sony. Not, it’s not the much vaunted PS3, which is still supposedly on track for 2005 but something much more interesting (at least to me): a PS2 gaming box that also includes a progressive DVD player and recorder, a 120Gb Hard Drive, TV tuner, an ethernet port, USB 2 connection, and a memory stick reader. Looking at the back of the box, it looks like it will also include telephone connectivity, DVI out and a way to get component video and Svideo both in and out of the system. To run all this, they seem to have developed an innovative interface that shows their intent to play in the music, video, game, television, and more space. That’s a lot of things, if you think about it, for a single device but it points to a variety of possibilities. For starters, it makes it pretty clear that gaming consoles are growing up. With this device, Sony is signaling its intent to take its leadership in the gaming world and extend into a more widespread all/media space, serving as a home server for any bits that gets into…Read More
This week, Microsoft launched the Xbox, a new gaming system that takes the Redmond giant into another market. Today, Nintendo is unveiling the GameCube, their new entry in a battle they have fought with Sony for many years. With these new gaming stations entering the market, a new war is starting and in the end, it is a war that may change the way we all watch TV, listen to music, get movies, or play games. As many of you already know, the game station is a small box that attaches to your TV and on which you can play video games. However, the firepower of new generation boxes now on the market is now equivalent or higher than that of most computers. The main logic behind this was that gamers wanted a more realistic experience and crunching 3D representation in an ever-changing environment required more and more processing power. Playstation 2 opens the gate Last year, Sony introduced the Sony Playstation 2, a new gaming system that included a built-in DVD player and a 3D graphic engine that made computer video card look ridiculously outdated. At that time, Sony admitted that their goal was to go beyond games and…Read More