News In Brief
Graphics on the Go: A new mobile graphics chip from NVidia promises to bring the 3D gaming power of desktop computers to muscle-car laptops. NVidia's GeForce Go 6800 mobile graphics chip is available now in beefy 17-inch wide-screen systems from Alienware, Falcon Northwest, Voodoo PC, and other vendors of high-end portables ranging in price from about $2250 to more than $4500. A ProStar notebook carrying the GeForce Go 6800 ran our Doom 3 test (on a high-quality setting, at 1024 by 768 resolution) at 32 frames per second--pretty impressive for a portable.
Microsoft Versus QuickBooks: Microsoft is entering another accounting arena with its Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting software. Slated to ship in the second half of 2005, Office SBA is designed to work with Microsoft Office 2003 and an updated version of Microsoft Outlook 2003 with Business Contact Manager; eventually all three products will be sold in a new Office bundle code-named Magellan. A public beta of Office SBA is available.