Misc. news picks: Xmas edition

By on December 24, 2007, 1:55 AM
Adobe bloated software, and how to disable automatic updates: Personally, I hate the trend of software adding bloat in subsequent versions as much as I hate people saying an application is bloated just because itís no longer a simple one-dimensional kind of program. That said, Adobe current crop of products have to be some of the worst in this sense. TechSpot Blog.

New Nanowire Battery Holds 10 Times The Charge Of Existing Ones: Stanford researchers have found a way to use silicon nanowires to reinvent the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that power laptops, iPods, video cameras, cell phones, and countless other devices. Science Daily.

Psx4iphone is released, a.k.a. the Playstation emulator for the iPhone: This is an unofficial Playstation 1 emulator for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It has a good compatibility rate and features save states and a dynarec for added performance. .

Cheap Laptops Bad for Vista, Good for Linux: The good news for everyone is that you can get a good, solid laptop for under a grand these days. The bad news for Vista users is that many of those laptops, even though they're sold with Vista, have nothing like enough resources to run Vista decently. eWeek.

Nvidia is Forbes' Company of the Year: In a PC industry racked by deflation, Nvidia has managed to increase its gross margin from 29% in 2004 to a current 46%. In the fiscal year ending in a few weeks Nvidia will gross $4 billion, up 33%, and net $900 million, up 50%. Since Huang took the company public in 1999, Nvidia's shares have risen 21-fold, edging out even the mighty Apple over the same time period. Such accomplishments, over the last 12 months and the past five years, earn Nvidia the title of FORBES' Company of the Year. Forbes.

Rivals Learn From Boeing's 'Connexion': Airlines and service providers seeking to deliver high-speed Internet services to passengers say they've learned from Boeing Co.'s 2006 decision to pull the plug on its ambitions to outfit its planes with a similar service. Associated Press.




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