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Macbooks with retina displays coming soon?

Rumors that Apple may be working on a Retina Display MacBook laptop have emerged. As per Ars Technica, indicators based on Mac OS 10.8 X Mountain Lion suggest that Retina Displays will soon become the standard within majority of Apple’s product ranges.

The Retina Display on the new iPad, iphone 4 and iphone 4S have introduced this screen style to the mobile market and it is only a matter of time before this is part of the MacBook range. I think that initially this may be introduced for the Macbook Air range followed by the 13 and 15 inch Macbook Pro line. This pixel-packed display on a laptop will be Apple’s “next big thing” followed by large touch screen iMacs.

Presence of double resolution icons feature in the beta version of the Mac OS update, indicate that devices with higher pixel-density screens will be part of the Apple product range. Currently the 17 inch MacBook Pro has a 1,920 x 1,200 resolution screen. While this is nothing to be scoffed at, it falls short of the retina display on the new iPad.

Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion is expected to launch at WWDC in June. I would like to see the new Retina Display laptops released around that time. I am hoping that imaging studies will look great on these screens. And if Apple could add the dictation button on the keyboard to go with this, this will my idea of a perfect laptop to view scans and generate radiology reports on the fly- no wires!!

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Google Fastflip

Google has a great new way to browse the news. Basically, you flip through the news stories until there is one that you like and clicking on that story will take you to the full text. Google does this by taking a PNG format image (essentially a photograph) of the news story and arranges them sequentially, much like a magazine.
Having used it over the past week, I am very impressed.
It would be amazing if medical journals were able to utilize this technology to enable readers to have a look at the content including the abstract and possibly an image or two to decide whether they want to look at it more closely.
Many older physicians complain that they prefer reading journals in print form as they like to flip through the pages. Well, with the fast flip format, one could do that online. I hope medical editors out there are paying attention and will not miss this opportunity to make the online experience better for busy clinicians and researchers in medicine.

Click here to try Google Fast Flip.