Apple shows Jaguar, points to rackmount servers
MacCentral had a lot of coverage on the WWDC announcements Steve Jobs made. Most important of all was some sneakypeak on Jaguar (Mac OS 10.2) with some impressive and very promising new features, such as hardware accellerated Quartz, handwriting recognition, iChat, springloaded folders and many other cool new features that are hopefully going to make it a real OS, taking it out if its somewhat beta state.
Here's the live coverage they had, above is the link to the Jaguar article.
What may also be of interest is that Steve jobs said something about releasing rackmounted servers tomorrow , May 14th. The rumor mill is very active again, as you can imagine, just check out The Future Hardware Forum over at AppleInsider.
Also OS 9 has officially been declared dead to all developers. Slashdot has news on that.
eWeek also has the report on WWDC, but from a business point of view.
Apple into Hypertransport
MacCentral also had a few interesting bits on Apple's involvement in the HyperTransport consortium and what the benefits may soon be. (Maybe as soon as tomorrow).
IBM news, Motorola hints
Newsfactor notes that while IBM is making interesting developments in their own embedded PowerPC family, such as chips who can shut down parts that are not used for extra power savings. Motorola aparently doesn't plan to move to 0.13 micron, which IBM already uses, until they release the G5. That means that we're either not going to see G4s make any big bumps until MWNY, or that we'll get G5 right off the start. Of course it could also just be speculation on their side, sold as facts.
Light chips ahead
ExtremeTech has news on a small Israeli startup company who's into developing chips that use light instead of electricity. Aparently, while current designs are far from useful to personal computers, future products might well be of high interest in that sector too. I wonder how they can still work there in this whole political mess.
All you ever wanted to know about 64bit computing
Anandtech has some interesting and clarifying FAQ on the pros and cons of 64bit computing vs the old-fashioned 32bit flavor we all use and love today. Contrary to popular belief, it won't double performance, in fact it's going to be slightly slower for several reasons in several cases. Of course there are also advantages, but I'll let Sohcan (the author) explain that.
Matrox has a new card in the sleeve
Digit.Life /a> originally reported on a new graphics card from Matrox that was going to blow the competition away. The article somehow is down, but Matrox' own page hints at a release date of May 14th, ie tomorrow. What is so far known about the card is that it's going to have multi-monitor support (up to 3 screens aparently) and some absolutely stunning specs. This might well be a welcome comebackfor the company. This is what xlr8yourmac had to say:
At first it was thought to be an April Fool's joke, but Matrox does hint an a new announcement on May 14th at their main graphics card website and there's been some web pages posted on demos of the card to some user groups. The specs sound impressive (multiple monitor support, 80 million transistors, up to 350 MHz core/memory clock rate, 256-bit DDR memory bus , appx. 20 GB/sec local memory bandwidth, up to 256 MB memory, 4 pipelines w/4 texture units each ). A reader in the forums linked to this Digit-Life page on the Matrox Parhelia-512 (in english) with more details and there's also a chinese page with some photos of a demo. (I don't know if they plan a Mac version, but it will be interesting to see the official press release tomorrow from Matrox.)What is so far known is that it's most likely going to support pretty much every major OS there is, including OS X from the get go.
Tomshardware hasn't been lazy and has posted a lot of interesting hardware related news and reviews. For example a comparison of DDR vs RDRAM and a comparison of 18 motherboards with DDR-333 support, or for the less speed hungry, a look at 140 (!!) chipsets for all kinds of processors. If you're looking at buying a PC soon, this site is a MUST.
Build your own beamer
Audiovisualizers has a comprehensive guide on how you can build your own LCD video projector for a few hundred dollars. Is there anything you CAN'T do yourselves somehow?