Strange New World: Picks of the Week

And no coverage would be complete without the veritable Talmud of Trek tech: "The Physics of Star Trek," by Lawrence M. Krauss. Be sure to read about warp speed. Sure, traveling faster than light is possible … sort of.

Apple's New 'Fat' Laptops

In a move seen in multichildren households all over the world, Apple, which welcomed a new baby laptop to the family (the wafer-thin Macbook Air) a few weeks ago, has decided to buy the older kid a present before she gets jealous.

Apple has upgraded its Macbook and Macbook Pro notebooks. New Macbooks will come with Intel Core 2 Duo processors, 2 GB of memory in most standard models and larger hard drives. The Pro models will come with an NVIDIA GPU and up to 512MB of graphics memory.

The Pro will also have the fancy new multitouch trackpad first introduced in the Macbook Air. By multitouch we mean a trackpad on which you can do all that cool pinch-and-scroll manipulation of the screen that you can do on the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Jonathan Blum and Dan Evans co-host "Strange New World," a weekly syndicated radio show. Blum hosts the blog Blumsday.com and Evans is a features editor at PC Magazine.

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