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by tregetour (#22874288) Attached to: Meet the Laptop of 2015
I like a tactile keyboard as much as the next fella' and would likely hate typing on one of those touchscreen things ... but I wonder how much of that is just habit. My grandmother was used to pounding on her typewriter and thought a keyboard was flimsy and felt "wrong". Who knows what 10 years from now folks will think.
Google

+ - Google plans new undersea cable across Pacific->

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tregetour writes "Google is planning a multi-terabit undersea communications cable across the Pacific Ocean for launch in 2009, Communications Day has learned.

Google would not strictly confirm or deny the existence of the Unity plan today, with spokesman Barry Schnitt telling our North American correspondent Patrick Neighly that "Additional infrastructure for the Internet is good for users and there are a number of proposals to add a Pacific submarine cable. We're not commenting on any of these plans."

However, Communications Day understands that Unity would see Google join with other carriers to build a new multi-terabit cable. Google would get access to a fibre pair at build cost handing it a tremendous cost advantage over rivals such as MSN and Yahoo, and also potentially enabling it to peer with Asia ISPs behind their international gateways — considerably improving the affordability of Internet services across Asia Pacific."

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Software

+ - I.B.M. to Offer Office Software Free in Challenge->

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tregetour writes "I.B.M. is getting behind OpenOffice.org and ODT.

I.B.M. plans to mount its most ambitious challenge in years to Microsoft's dominance of personal computer software, by offering free programs for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations. Skip to next paragraph I.B.M.

The company is announcing the desktop software, called I.B.M. Lotus Symphony, at an event today in New York. The programs will be available as free downloads from the I.B.M. Web site.

I.B.M.'s engineers have been working with OpenOffice technology for some time. But last week, I.B.M. declared that it was formally joining the open-source group, had dedicated 35 full-time programmers to the project and would contribute code to the initiative."

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Portables

+ - The Missing iPhone Feature -- Now at T-Mobile->

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tregetour writes "
Here's the basic idea. If you're willing to pay $10 a month on top of a regular T-Mobile voice plan, you get a special cellphone. When you're out and about, it works like any other phone; calls eat up your monthly minutes as usual.

But when it's in a Wi-Fi wireless Internet hot spot, this phone offers a huge bargain: all your calls are free. You use it and dial it the same as always — you still get call hold, caller ID, three-way calling and all the other features — but now your voice is carried by the Internet rather than the cellular airwaves.


Perhaps far more revolutionary than the iPhone. Full Article"

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