Television - coming soon to a screen (any screen) near you
Watching television on a laptop is simple enough, especially if you're a fan of BitTorrent, or you've heard of the BBC's hardly-ever-advertised-at-all iPlayer. Most laptops play DVDs too, so a new development in microchip technology that squeezes a television into a computer may not seem that interesting.
Except the brains at LA-based Telegent Systems have created a chip that doesn't require an internet connection, so you can pluck television signals out the ether to view on-screen. Better yet, the TLG2300 can receive analogue signals and digital transmissions too, which opens up the likes of Freeview to the user.
The chip is fairly small, so it could probably be incorporated into netbooks. It'd certainly be a dealbreaker for many PC and laptop buyers in a increasingly crowded marketplace, though it's fairly safe to say we won't see it appear in an Apple product. Their reluctance to add even a digital radio tuner to iPods and iPhones suggests Apple are sticking rigidly to their vision of online content delivery.
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