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    The service has the potential to eclipse even Gmail, Googleâ??s second best-known product after their search engine. That said, itâ??s no wonder users have been ripe with anticipation for years - yes, thatâ??s how long the rumors have persisted. Gdrive is basically online storage where Google servers have enough capacity to hold the entire contents of your hard drive. It will likely also come with enough brains to do cool tricks now with bigger things down the road - like booting your computer from online drive to load the Google operating system.

    Gdrive is basically a cloud-based storage that should have two faces: A desktop client that keeps local and online files and folders in two-directional sync via a web interface for accessing your desktop files anywhere and anytime, using any network-enabled computer. In addition, it will come tightly integrated with other Google services to enable editing of supported document types, like spreadsheets and presentations via Google Docs, email via Gmail, images via Picasa Web Albums, etc.

    This opens powerful possibilities. For instance, you could start working on a spreadsheet at home and continue via Gdrive web interface accessed in an Internet cafe. When you arrive back home, changes to the spreadsheet have already trickled down from the cloud to your desktop. The idea, of course, is all but revolutionary, but Googleâ??s execution could set it apart.

    Research Triangle Park (NC) â?? Lenovo today announced the worldâ??s first dual-screen notebook, which may give the idea of a mobile workstation or business desktop replacement notebook new meaning. The Thinkpad W700ds adds a slide-out display to the systemâ??s main 17â? screen to duplicate a desktop dual-screen environment. The privilege of owning one of these notebooks comes at a price â?? in terms of weight, battery life and money.

    The Thinkpad team has had fantastic ideas to enhance the usability of its mobile computers in the past â?? we especially remember the Thinkpadâ??s butterfly keyboard in the mid-90s. But few of these ideas actually survived and we are not sure whether the dual-screen notebook approach has the potential to last.

    Lenovoâ??s new Thinkpad is designed as a 17â? mobile workstation that is 0.5â? thicker than its W700 predecessor and hides a 10.6â? slide-out display in its lid. The main screen offers a resolution of 1920 x 1200, the smaller screen (which can be angled towards the user) 768 x 1280, which is about 40% of the screen real estate of the main display. Realistically, the 768 pixel width is not enough to comfortably browse web pages or to edit text documents, presentations or large spreadsheets. In everyday use, the display may be limited to secondary applications such as instant messaging, video calls or emails.

    Web sites saw visitors deserting Microsoftâ??s Internet Explorer browser in favor of Appleâ??s Safari, Mozillaâ??s Firefox and Googleâ??s Chrome in December, according to Web analytics company Net Applications. Internet Explorer was used by 68.15% of Web surfers monitored in December, down from 69.77% in November and 71.27% in October, according to preliminary figures published by Net Applications on its Hitslink Web site Friday. IEâ??s share has slipped from around 75% since the start of 2008. Safari, Firefox and Chrome all profited from the slide in IEâ??s popularity. Firefoxâ??s share rose to 21.34%, from 20.78% in November and 19.97% in October, while Safariâ??s climbed to 7.93%, from 7.13% in November and 6.57% in October.

    Googleâ??s Chrome browser topped the 1 percent mark in Net Applicationsâ?? survey for the first time, with a share of 1.04%, up from 0.83% in November and 0.74% in October. Operaâ??s share remained steady at 0.71%. Net Applications warned that decreased workplace use of the Internet in December may have biased its results. â??The December holiday season strongly favored residential over business usage. This in turn increases the relative usage share of Mac, Firefox, Safari and other products that have relatively high residential usage,â? it said. However, Internet Explorerâ??s market share actually declined more slowly in December than it had done in November, according to the companyâ??s figures.

    Once upon a time, Microsoft crowed that Windows Vista would be twice as popular as XP. Research firm Ovum, Ltd., predicted a more modest 15 percent switchover in the first year, but gushed that Vista would be â??the fastest-moving operating system ever.â? IDC forecast 10 percent, relatively anemic compared to XPâ??s 14 percent in the first year, but a decent showing. And now? More than two years after its launch Vista has managed a penetration of just 9 percent, according to a Forrester Research report released last week, giving it the dubious distinction of being the least popular new Windows OS out of the gate, ever. But things are looking up for Vista. This year finally will be the big one, says Forrester. Really. Thirty-one percent of the 962 North American and European IT decision makers interviewed for the report have already begun migrating to Vista; another 26 percent plan to start in 2009 or later.

    On the other hand, â??IT decision makers donâ??t have an entirely rosy outlook for Windows Vista,â? wrote analyst Benjamin Gray. Some 28 percent of respondents have not yet decided about whether or not to migrate, and 15 percent plan on skipping Vista altogether and going straight to Windows 7 when a final version is released in 2010. Hereâ??s how enterprises currently break out, according to the report: 71 percent still use Windows XP, 10 percent use Windows 2000, 9 percent use Vista, Appleâ??s Mac OS X and â??otherâ? each garner 3 percent, and 2 percent use Linux.

    Google is preparing to launch its latest wheeze, Google Voice - a single number that forwards calls and texts to your phone. Itâ??s 21 months since it shelled out more than $50m for phone number aggregator Grand Central. The service will be in private beta for a week or two and then restricted to a US audience, but anyone with a business card that lists more than one phone number should take note of a simpler way of doing things. The concept is pretty simple: Google issues a phone number to the user, who configures up to six phone numbers to which calls should be forwarded. Incoming calls trigger all the configured numbers to ring, enabling the user to receive the call regardless of where they happen to be. The idea isnâ??t new - companies such as Yac have been offing much the same idea for a decade or so - but Google Voice will be free, and promoted by Google who have already provided videos showing of the feature set.

    Making it free does limit Google Voice to places where Google wonâ??t have to fork out a fortune in call costs - so itâ??s US-only for the moment. Outside the US calls to a mobile are expensive for the caller, which in this case would be Google, so the service wonâ??t work on this side of the pond until we get rid of termination fees (and start paying to receive phone calls). The same thing applies to text messages for which recipients pay in the US, meaning that Google (like Twitter) can forward SMS messages without bleeding dry - lack of text messaging support has long been an issue for number aggregators, as itâ??s more difficult to integrate than voice. Google will also manage your voicemail, and transcribe messages for easy reading and indexing. Of course, it wonâ??t just be the user who wants to index their voicemail; having all messages transcribed will make Googleâ??s primary job of delivering targeted advertising that much easier.

    Scientists at MIT have developed a new design for lithium batteries that could cut recharge times down to seconds. Traditional lithium batteries dispense power slowly, but also charge slowly because of perceived limitations in the lithium itself. However, the team at MIT found that the problem lies not in the lithium, but in the substrate around it, according to a paper (PDF) published in Nature. The team, led by Gerbrand Ceder, the Richard P. Simmons Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT, and Byoungwoo Kang, a graduate student in materials science and engineering, has created a battery that can be fully charged and discharged in under 20 seconds.

    â??The ability to charge and discharge batteries in a matter of seconds rather than hours may open up new technological applications and induce lifestyle changes,â? Ceder and Kang concluded in the paper. The team believe that the new technology could be available in two or three years, because it is based around the commonly used lithium battery.