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Recent technological happenings

I do hope that you don’t rely on this blog in order to keep up-to-speed with “tech” news, as it’s been a long while since i posted about such things. There have been a few stories lately that i felt i could’ve written about but i just haven’t found time to (read: been bothered to), so here are the really short versions:

HP buys Palm: I really, really, really, really, really hope that HP do something good with Palm’s webOS. Stick that mobile operating system inside “the HP Slate” that Microsoft were showing off earlier in the year and the iPad might have a serious contender.

New Mac Mini: Apple’s new Mac Mini is even mini-er, looks even more beautiful and adds HDMI output1. BUT… SIX HUNDRED AND FIFTY QUID! I remember when the Mini was Apple’s “budget” offering. That the machine doesn’t come with a keyboard and mouse now seems criminal.

iPhone 4 announced: The marketing proclaims this is a revolution. Hyperbole, of course. It is a very nice evolution of the platform though. I’ve resisted 3 incarnations but i’ll definitely be buying this one.

Slim XBOX360 and Project Natal = Kinect: Microsoft’s XBOX360 has been shrunk slightly, got a shiny new angular-design case, comes with WiFi built-in, a 250GB hard drive and is “whisper quiet”. No word on whether this new box is any more reliable than the old ones though2. Microsoft’s other announcement was that the Wii-a-like Project Natal will come to market as “Kinect”. So soon you’ll be able to dance about in front of the telly if you like. Personally, i associate gaming with sitting on my fat arse, expending as little energy as possible.

  1. What does this mean for the Apple TV? 

  2. We’ll assume not – though note the new Slim 360 is actually incapable of showing the Red Ring of Death