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Week in pictures: Gadgets and games

roundup Apple showcases bounty and Microsoft puts on game face. Also: Chip artistry, AMD's new fab, online plagues, Big Blue's innovations and techie toys.

Apple showcases bounty and Microsoft puts on game face. Also: Chip artistry, AMD's new fab, online plagues, Big Blue's innovations and techie toys.

Apple's bounty

Company unveils its long-rumored video iPod, as well as a new iMac and an updated version of iTunes.
October 12, 2005

What art is hiding on your microchip?

The artistry hidden in chip designs

Images built into chips have yielded a catalog that now boasts more than 100 images of automobiles, dinosaurs and cartoon characters.
October 12, 2005

Fab

A new fabrication facility in Germany could help the company nab 30 percent of the chip market.
October 14, 2005

Xbox 360 mania

Microsoft puts on a full-court press for its next-generation game console, which goes on sale in November.
October 11, 2005

IBM Research turns 60

You name it, and there's a good chance Big Blue invented it. Here's a look at some of those inventions.
October 11, 2005

Deadly virtual outbreak

Lessons of virtual epidemics

A plague that recently ravaged an online game could provide valuable clues for scientists on how to save real-world lives.
October 13, 2005

Faces of Steve Jobs

Apple CEO uses himself as a model to demonstrate an array of photo-editing effects available on the newly unveiled iMac G5.
October 12, 2005

Techie toys for the kiddies

As traditional toys take a dive in popularity, companies such as Mattel and Hasbro are releasing tech toys for toddlers to tweens.
October 13, 2005

Verizon's TV dreams

The phone company wants you to abandon your cable and satellite services for something it calls Fios.
October 13, 2005

Stellar views

X-ray image of Milky Way Galaxy's central black hole suggests that stars can form in a way unknown to scientists.
October 13, 2005

On holiday

Off with the suit, on with the shorts and baseball cap, for a jaunt to the west coast of Turkey.
October 13, 2005

Grand Challenge

Driverless cars make history in the Mojave Desert by crossing the finish line of an almost 132-mile race.
October 9, 2005

Burners' reunion

Barely a month after the Nevada burn fest, Black Rock alum hit the streets of San Francisco to rekindle the spirit of the desert.
October 10, 2005

Handy bots

Experimental robots are being tested for a variety of tasks, be it on the battlefield, the football field or the household.
October 9, 2005

NASA robot

NASA is developing a number of robots designed to assist astronauts with tasks too tedious--or dangerous--for humans.
October 10, 2005

The Stinger

Stinger Systems' "The Stinger" stun gun will shoot two cartidges up to 31 feet.
October 10, 2005

PocketDish video player

Echostar's Dish Network unveils PocketDish video players that can record and replay shows from your DVR.
October 12, 2005

Nokia's new models

New models aimed at business customers feature e-mail access and Internet calling.
October 12, 2005

Shiny new Palms

The company revamps its entry-level handhelds with color screens and Wi-Fi.
October 12, 2005

Shaking on it

Microsoft's chairman and RealNetworks' CEO strike a deal to end an antitrust squabble and promote the Rhapsody music service.
October 11, 2005