New nVidia evidence?
xlr8yourmac notes that the latest rumors indicate that nVidia may be working on a Mac version of their cheap and fast GeForce 2 MX (like in MaX, or Macs??:). The card might also be developed for Powerbooks or iMacs. However nothing has been confirmed yet. Just keep yourself posted, this one is interesting.
Intel's namegiving: revolutionary
Shugashack notes that Intel has now officially christened their latest chip, formerly known as "Willamette". To introduce it, I'd like to say a few things on the history of namegiving over at Intel: Chips were called 286, 386, 486 and then Pentium, which means as much as "the fifth", after the Pentium Pro and MMX came the Pentium 2, which had a new core (based on the Pentium Pro), the fifth 2 so to say, well "Sextium" would have sounded a bit weird maybe. After that followed the Pentium 3, the fifth 3 (strange, no?) with an improved core and now the Willamette will be called, yes you guessed it "the fifth 4" ie Pentium 4. Not only do they give names randomly, the names also lack any sense. Our G3 and G4 are much more cleverly named there. Actually the P1 should be Pentium, the P Pro the Pentium 2, the CuMine the Pentium 3 and the Willamette Pentium 4. But who cares really:) So much for that little excursion.
MOSR has rumors on nVidia possibly becoming an Apple OEM (as pointed out earlier) and has some news on QuickTime 5.0, which is now expected to ship at MWNY. And then there is some change with YellowBox licenses, seemingly Apple tries to cut out the Intel platform anyway.
Cool new thingie from Intel
MacCentral notes that Intel has released their first customer electronics device called the Dot.Station. It looks a bit like an iMac, but is really not a knock-off, rather inspired by the iMac I'd say. The great thing about it is that it runs RedHat Linux instead of MS Windows. The box can be used to surf the web, send e-mail and make phonecalls. Pretty cute:)
Newest Crusoe chips
the register reports on the latest chips released by Transmeta. The new chips clock higher than their predecessors and feature 128K or more of L2 cache.
Apple's new customer plans
AppleInsider has news on Apple's tech support plans. A new software is expected to list customers and enter them into a database, rating them by the amount of calls they made etc. Sounds a bit like "Big brother is watching you" if you ask me.
USB 2.0 card
MacCentral notes that Orange Micro has announced their first USB 2.0 add-on card for PCI Macs. The card can connect USB 1.1 and 2.0 devices and features 4 ports. Fairly fast these guys, that is actually the first USB 2.0 product I heard of.
RAM compression part 2
MacCentral also notes that IBMs RAM compression chip technology might be a future feature of Macs, and not only PCs or high-end servers. As reported earlier, a chip is switched between the CPU and the RAM to compress the data to about 50% of the size, resulting in less memory requirements and to some extent also doubling performance, at least inside the RAM. The new technology is now being offered widely to developers.
PC Expo opens
MacWEEK notes that the PC Expo in New York has opened on Tuesday and wraps up the first impressions.