Researchers cool CPUs with nano-size fridges

From InfoWorld: Cramming ever more transistors into CPUs has not troubled chip makers Intel and AMD. The problem, rather, has been how to handle the extreme heat generated by the movement of so many electrons in such a tiny space.

With heat sinks and fans not up to the task of cooling the 100 degree Celsius and greater chips, makers stopped trying to raise processor speeds several years ago and moved to building multi-core CPUs instead.

Dell to Make Google and Microsoft Phones – Really?

From PC World: Just when you thought there are enough not-so-good looking and overrated phones out there, Dell is said to announce two iPhone and Blackberry competitors sometime next month. Code named MePhone (hopefully not the final name), the phones will run on Google Android and Microsoft Windows Mobile respectively.

Google fakes out Hotmail for Chrome support

From CNET With the patch, Chrome tells Microsoft's site it's actually Apple's Safari browser, sidestepping a compatibility issue that had caused problems using the site.

GPU Shipments Drop Significantly in Q4 2008

From DailyTech: With major computer component sales being very tightly dependant on the sales of computers, a downturn in the PC market inevitably leads to a downturn in component sales like memory, GPU, and CPUs. The latest GPU shipment numbers from Jon Peddie Research (JPR) are in and things don’t look good for the GPU market.

Opera Mini 4.2 for Android Released

From DailyTech: After years of experience playing the underdog to Microsoft and Mozilla, and producing some of the lightest and fastest browsers around, Opera is seeing great success in the mobile market. Opera markets two browsers in the mobile realm: Opera Mobile (a more traditional, full featured browser) and Opera Mini, a lightweight browser which uses java to deliver precompressed content with requests and compression being handled by Opera's servers.

Microsoft releases Web Sandbox under open source

From InfoWorld: Microsoft has made source code for its Live Labs Web Sandbox project for securing Web content through isolation available via open source under the Apache License 2.0, according to a report this week on Microsoft's Port 25 site.

More states join iTunes tax debate

From CNET A growing number of states are considering taxing songs from iTunes to relieve their strained budgets, though at least one state may buck the trend in the hopes of appearing more tech-friendly.

A state legislator in North Dakota last week introduced a bill to explicitly exempt digital goods such as digital music or movies, digital books, or ringtones from the state's sales tax and use tax. A hearing on the bill is scheduled for next week.

Apple pulls MacBook graphics update

From CNET Apple has withdrawn a software update that was supposed to help MacBook owners deal with graphics issues, but that apparently failed to solve many of the problems.

AppleInsider spotted the disappearance of the update on Wednesday, after Apple had released it on Monday. The Web page that hosted the update has been removed from Apple's site, but a copy was available in Google's cache; missing the pertinent file, of course.

Google delays stock option exchange program

From CNET Googlers who want to revalue their underwater stock options will have to wait until Tuesday for the voluntary employee option exchange program to launch, Google said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday that did not explain why.

Microsoft: More Zunes coming in 2009

From CNET Remember that teenage trick of sticking your fingers in your ears and saying, "I can't hear you"? That's how I felt on Thursday morning when I talked to Adam Sohn, the marketing director for Zune.

No retreat, baby, no surrender.


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