2004.09.27 - 2004.10.03   |   A summary of the past weeks main technology & science news. Updated every Sunday.
General IT (General, Business, Financial, Misc)

Xbox2 to be even more PC-like than Xbox(1)?
Sony to offer movie downloads in 2005?
PC sales forecast for 2004 looks bright.
Infinium Labs Phantom console delayed.
Music on CD format still #1.
Palm One prepares Tungsten T5 launch?
Virgin launches digital music service.
Apple to extend it's €uro iTunes biz.
Vodafone set to save £2.5bn a year til 2008.
O2 tones down 3G hype.
DVD forum finalizes HD DVD specs.
RIAA fights file-traders (Gestapo style).
Toshiba shrinks HDD below 1 inch.
Scientist increase DVD capacity 100-fold.
US Patent Office tries to undo some damage.

Software Roundup (General SW, Security, Virus-alerts)

Sun releases Java 1.5.0
P2P e-mail on trial in Leeds, UK.
Benchmarking program 3DMark05 released.
Half-Life 2 to be released on Nov 26:th?
M$ ends free Hotmail-to-Outlook service.
M$ readies WinXP without Media Player.
Adobe proposes new image format for cams.
M$ to offer WinXP Starter Edition in Russia.
Semiconductor Roundup (CPUs, Chip-sets, Memory)

nForce4 gets October 19:th release date?
BlueGene claims #1 super-computer spot?
ATI prepares Radeon Xpress chipset.
ATI's R500 to be ready by 1Q/2005?
VIA prepares 1066FSB chipset for P4.
KT8T900 based boards to hit retail soon?
Freescale launches 90nm PPC G4.
Intel launches 3.33GHz mobile (Prescott) P4.
Intel dumps Grantsdale-chipset WLAN support.
S3 to start shipping GammaChrome 3D GPU.

Science Roundup (Science & Astronomy)

SpaceShipOne going for the (X)Prize.
Space tourism finally a commercial reality?
Yale team builds quantum computing chip.
Oxford Univ. patents Spin Transistor tech.
XPrize followed by new $50M competition?
Large Asteroid (safely) passes Earth.
Imminent super novae candidates detected?
Scientists pin down the birth of the universe.
UK to support ESA's Aurora programme.
NASA develops "synthetic vision" for pilots.