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Intel's tablet-like 'Ultrabook'U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner's hacked Twitter account starts the "Weinergate" fiasco, Twitter may launch its own photo-sharing service to compete with TwitPic and Yfrog, and Intel launches a new class of super-thin laptops called "Ultrabooks" that borrow...
It's Tuesday, May 31st. I'm Wilson Tang on CNET.com and it's time to get Loaded. At the Computex Trade Show, Intel showed off a new laptop design that takes some cues from tablets. Dubbed 'Ultrabooks,' they combine the performance of a laptop with a thin, light, and elegant design. Intel says that to qualify as an 'Ultrabook,' these new devices will be at most 20 millimeters or 0.8 inches thick. Intel says that they expect the new gadgets to cost less than $1000, and, of course, they will run Intel's new Ivy Bridge processors. New York Representative Anthony Weiner is known for his candor and his embraced Twitter as his mouthpiece, until Friday, that is, when his Twitter account was hacked. A college student who follows the congressman received a lewd photo of a man from the waist down in nothing but his underwear. A spokesperson says that they are exploring civil and criminal actions against the prank, but 'Weinergate,' as it's been called, doesn't help the congressman's potential run for mayor of New York City. Speaking of Twitter photos, reports are surfacing that the microblogging site is gearing to launch its own photo sharing service to compete with the likes of Twitpic and Wi-Frog. Twitter has shown in the past that it's willing to take on its own allies by buying popular Twitter clients like Tweety and, most recently, TweetDeck, as well as launching its own competing services like its URL shortener, t.co. Most of us barely had the new 802.11n Wi-Fi routers, but the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer, or IEEE as it's known, is already hard at work on the new wireless networking technology successor, 802.11ac and 802.11ad. Both technologies will offer speeds up to 1 or 7 gigabytes per second, respectively. In comparison, 802.11n maxes out at just 0.45 gigabits per second. The only catch is that you're gadgets will have to be much closer together because water and even air will stop the signal. It will be years before 802.11ac and ad hit the marketplace, and by that time, we hope it comes up with a catchier name. Your days of playing classic Sega, Genesis, and Nintendo 64 games might be coming to a close, at least legally on the Android Marketplace. Console emulators for old school consoles have been taken down from Google's app store including the highly popular Yongzh emulators. While the emulators themselves aren't necessarily illegal, the game ROMs are still copyrighted by Nintendo, Sega, and what's left of Atari. Finally, in perhaps of a sign of things to come, the White House recently revealed that the re-authorized Patriot Act was signed by Presidential Autopen. The device generally is used to sign hundreds of letters and documents, but it's never been used to sign a bill into law. President Obama was out of the country on a tour of Europe and because of the bill's late passage, the actual paper bill could not be delivered to him before the act expired. That makes it +1 for our master overlord robots. Those are your headlines for today. I'm Wilson Tang for CNET.com and you've just been Loaded.