In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Reckoning On Robots
2. Today's Top Story
- AMD Makes Energy Efficiency Power Play
- AMD Updates Opteron, Turion Road Maps
3. Breaking News
- Is Blogging About To Peak? Gartner Says 'Yes'
- Are iTunes Sales Up, Or Down?
- Microsoft Updates Vista To Block 'Frankenbuild' Counterfeits
- ICANN Awards NeuStar Control Over .biz Registry Until 2012
- Report: Mobile Enterprise Market Will Grow 23% Annually To $3.5 Billion In 2010
- Exploit Code Targets Third Microsoft Zero-Day Word Bug
- Google Launches Patent Search
- Google Customizes IE 7, Posts Firefox Toolbar Beta
- Symantec Looks To Data Protection, Antivirus Services To Help Double Revenue
- New IBM Software Will Help The Blind Use Computers
- Microsoft Opens Free Phone Support For Vista Previews
- AOL's Layoffs Hit Virginia HQ And Tucson Operation
4. In Depth:
- New Version Of QuickBooks Enterprise Is All Grown Up
- Review: Netgear's Powerline Adapter Offers An Alternative To Wireless
- Review: LSI SAS Card Geared For High Performance
- Review: Asustek And Micro-Star Let You Work In The Laptop Of Luxury
5. Voice Of Authority
- He Said, She Said, Apple Didn't Say
6. White Papers
- 17 Rules For Successful User Management And Provisioning
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1. Editor's Note: Reckoning On Robots
Robots have always fascinated me: From Robby the Robot (who starred in the classic science fiction film Forbidden Planet), to the inhuman but highly effective mechanisms that build our automobiles, to the current crop of scientific toys that are available for hobbyists and experimenters. In fact, I actually wrote a book about robots back in 1982 titled Robots: Reel to Real a book so out of date that I'm embarrassed when I see it sitting on a library shelf.
That's why I'm always interested in news items such as Microsoft Launches Its First Robotics Toolkit. According to the article, the toolkit, called Microsoft Robotics Studio, is a Windows-based development environment for building software for a variety of platforms. It's a free software package that lets developers program their robotic creations more easily.
Whenever I see something like that, I think of all the enthusiasts who have spent countless hours building and programming robotic mechanisms that climb stairs, or respond to voice commands, or negotiate a maze, or dance, or do a number of other interesting tasks. Do a search on "robot" in YouTube's Science & Technology category and you'll find some interesting videos of robotic feats.
In fact, there are a vast number of robotic toys, kits, and equipment available out there some of which are accessible even to those of us who don't have the programming or building skills to create our own from scratch. In this year's Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide alone, there were three robotic gift suggestions: the ThinkGeek USB Snowbot (which is essentially a snazzy-looking toy), the Nabaztag (an electronic rabbit which serves as a fun PC add-on), and the programmable 914 PC-BOT.
Robotics is actually a serious science that is developed by industry, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and in a multitude of labs around the world. But because robots offer a melding of human and electronic brain and brawn (not necessarily in that order), it's a subject that remains fascinating.
Are you interested in robots? Have you ever built one? Or do you simply like watching them on the silver screen? Let us know by going to the blog entry for this editor's note.
AMD Updates Opteron, Turion Road Maps
AMD had already announced that its first native quad-core offering will come out in the middle of next year. That will be followed by Shanghai in the first half of 2008, which will feature HyperTransport 3.0.
3. Breaking News
Is Blogging About To Peak? Gartner Says 'Yes'
Less than 2% of all Internet users are frequent content contributors, while between 10% and 15% contribute occasionally and more than 50% are reading or watching what the communities are discussing, Gartner reports.
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He Said, She Said, Apple Didn't Say
Are iTunes sales collapsing? Yesterday Reuters reported they are, and quoted Forrester Research. Forrester denied it ever said it. Apple, as is its wont, didn't say.
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