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The dailies weigh in on Intel's new chip, USA Today educates you on the wonders of free HD radio, Hewlett-Packard powers R2-D2, Toshiba says there will never be peace between HD-DVD and Blue-Ray, and WSJ tries out HP's new photo printer.

Hewlett-Packard will supply George Lucas' film and game companies with enough PCs, workstations, and data storage to power the Death Star according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Most of the new hardware will go into Lucas' swanky new Presidio headquarters in San Francisco; some will go to a satellite office in Singapore. The rest goes towards long-delayed upgrades to the Millennium Falcon and R2-D2. Lucasfilm, HP in deal on games 1,000 workstations, data storage part of 3-year contract [San Francisco Chronicle] ...


As the Intel Developer Forum enters Day 2 at San Francisco's Moscone Convention Center, newspapers give their take on day one's big announcement: Intel's next-gen dual core chip. The San Jose Mercury tells us "the importance of these new chips to Intel can't be underestimated", while the NY Times focuses on the new chip's power-saving potential. Apple execs got a tour of Intel's convention conclave afterwards and, as the Times describes, looked like "visitors to a foreign country." Intel introduces new chip design [San Jose Mercury]... USA Today gives a pretty big shout-out to digital radio, A.K.A. HD radio. The free (for now) format suffers from Jan Brady syndrome—everyone by now knows about premium satellite radio thanks to the marketing might of XM and Sirius, but virtually no mainstream consumer has heard of free HD radio. The article tries to set things straight by providing a comprehensive guide to what it is, what you need to do to get it, and what its future prospects are.Digital radio emerges into the future [USA Today]... Toshiba president/CEO Atsutoshi Nishida says that despite paparazzi pics showing the two formats frolicking on a beach in Thailand, HD-DVD and Blue-Ray are definitely not hooking up with each other. Toshiba President: Two DVD Formats Staying [Chicago Tribune]... Walt Mossberg and his assistant, Katie Boehret take HP's new photo printer for a spin. What's new about the Photosmart 8250 is that it sucks from the teat of six low-priced individual ink cartridges instead of a single expensive one. The dynamic duo concluded that the new printer is faster than the one it replaces, the 8150, but quality ("very good, but unexceptional") remains the same. Testing Out a Speedy New Home Photo Printer [Wall St. Journal]