Quick Glance – CHIP 08/2005

Some news/write-ups:
1. Apple will start using Intel (PC) CPUs from 2006
2. A*STAR launched Radio Frequency Tags (RFID) with smaller footprints
Technology wrtte-ups:
1. The Self-healing PC, cover story sharing features of 11 utilities to keep the computer healthy.
2. The Muscle in the Mouse, describing how an Optical mouse works
Some hardware mentioned:
1. Apple’s Mighty Mouse, featuring touch- & force-sensitive technologies
2. Palm Vein Authentication by Fujitsu
Some hardware reviewed:
1. Mono Laser All-In-One (print/scan/fax) Printers, 5 models
2. ATI vs nVidia High-End Graphics Cards Comparison, 10 AGP cards, 10 PCI-e x16 cards
3. Dual-Layer DVD Writers – Sony DRU-810A, Imation IMWDVRW16DLI
4. Portable Media Player – Qool QMP-2210RX, NHJ MPM-201
5. DLP Projector – BenQ PB2140
6. Mobile Phones – SonyEricsson K750i, Samsung SGH-E720C
7. Digital SLR camera – Nikon D50
8. Mini DV – Samsung VP D655i
Some software tips:
1. Photo Recovery Tools – Software to recover DELETED items from storage cards (DataRescue PhotoRescue 2.0, PC Inspector Smart Recovery and 3 other software)
Some software reviewed:
1. Internet filter – GuardWare iShield, filters pornographics

Google Talk Beta Publicly Launches

BetaNews captured this news 2 days ago:

It’s official. Google late Tuesday released a beta of its highly anticipated Google Talk instant messaging client. Much like the search giant’s Web site, the software sports a straightforward no-frills user interface free of the clutter and advertising that bog down other IM clients.
Weighing in at only 900kb, Google Talk is a much smaller download than other popular IM services, including AIM, MSN, and Yahoo. However, for the time being its feature list is quite sparse.