Thursday, July 01, 2004

Life in the vault

Companies are fighting to turn your home into an entertainment multiplex. On June 21st, Intel, the world's largest chipmaker, launched two new lines of chips, code-named Grantsdale and Alderwood, which it says are the “most compelling” changes to the way personal computers (PCs) work in “over a decade”. From here on, claims Intel, PCs will be “all-in-one hi-fi devices”, “entertainment PCs”, and “vaults” for digital content...

Only 32% of American households with internet access polled by Parks Associates, a consumer-technology consultancy, said they were “comfortable” with their PC becoming an entertainment system. Nobody wants to watch the system reboot during a good movie.

From the article "Life in the vault " By Economist San Francisco

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