Shugashack has some word from Intel bragging with their P4 chip and touting a few prices (quite low, admittably). I think now that Intel more or less left AMD in the MHz dust, the reace will go on in real-world performance and price. The first probably finally getting rid of that old "more MHz = faster" idea.
nVidia doing mobos?
the register. notes that obviously some specs of nVidia's first motherboard chipset have leaked to the web. It had been told for quite a while that nVidia wanted to enter the mobo market, and now even some (not confirmed) specs have leaked... interesting for PC users only of course.
the register has a few guesses on what Apple is going to do with the PowerMac line at MWSF. They think Apple might unveil 400,533 and 600MHz versions of the G4, running on a 133MHz DDR (133x2) system bus. Of course nothing confirmed yet, nor has anyone seen a G4 actually get faster than 500MHz. From other sources, I know that if there are indeed going to be 533 and 600MHz G4s, they'd have to be at least of the MPC7410 model. (Given that both the V'Ger and the Apollo most likely won't be ready). If these systems ship, I'd say they'll be about 10-20% faster than the current models.
MOSR seems to be the registers source, as they write the same. But they also have some additional info on Apple's mysterious "littlebuddy" server.
More Darwin BS
the register just can't help dreaming of an X86 version of Mac OS X (they're really horny) and now they note that Apple has updated Darwin to version 1.2.1 and encourages users/developers to put some work in the X86 port. Of course our friends at the register think that may point to a Mac OS X for Intel...if you ask me, it just means that Apple want's to have Darwin run on all hardware there is. The most important mistake most press guys make is that they think Darwin = Mac OS X. Unfortunately it's more like Darwin = BSD = runs already on Intel = no GUI = no user base. Sorry for the rant, but I'm just fed up with this stupid illusion of a move to X86 2 years before its death.
MacNN has a lot of more Mac related Comdex stuff (spread all over the page) as well as an interesting new product from "Mobility Electronics": An external case sporting 3x3'5", 2x5.25" (accessible) and 4 full size PCI slots in an external case. Also, at 600$ it's by far not the most expensive solution I have seen.
Apple retail stores
MacWEEK as well as MacObserver note that Apple is about to open its first retail store in downtown Palo Alto. The new store is seen as a prototype for future retail chains.
Duane Johnson to join 3dfx
MacCentral notes that Mac programmer Duane Johnson (Descent 1-3, Elite Force) will help 3dfx to bring out their drivers for Mac OS X. This might help them a lot in the Mac market.
Now you can laugh back
ZDnet notes that the Pentium 4 will initially NOT support SMP configurations. The chip first has to be re-released with a modified core in mid 2001. Now you can laugh back at those Intel dummies who laughed at the lack of SMP in the G3. Tell them the G4 does wonderful SMP.