Apple's iPad launches in a sea of excitement, but it's crippled from birth by family history
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ComputerWorld's Seth Weintraub wrote an excellent article about Apple's choice of the ARM processor – which is used in the iPhone and iPod touch –and why it will most likely chose ARM for a netbook and/or tablet Mac.Despite the fact that Apple buys its desktop and notebook processors exclusively from Intel and its Atom processors are already in most shipping netbooks, Weintraub notes that the ARM Cortex A8 processor "absolutely kills the Intel Atom in power efficiency.
According to a story in Technology Review by John Borland (who used to work with me here at ZDNet), Sony is apparently hopeful that noise cancelling technology will give the company some advantage in the portable audio market against rivals like the iPod which happens to control 70 percent of the market. Wrote Borland:"Portable players of all types have sounded rather bad as far back as I can remember, but the iPod really surprised me," Blackwood said in an email interview.