Intermediate Word:  pawl (a) layer of smog  (b hinged escapement for a ratchet   (c) funereal bier (d) begging child
Difficult Word: - rockaway - (a)
cabin hideaway  (b) cradle  (c) rocking horse  (d) four-wheeled, two-seat carriage

Beyond Opteron  - C/Net  In his previous business incarnations, Phil Hester spent more than two decades at IBM, then founded a server manufacturer called Newisys. But as the (relatively) new chief technology officer at Advanced Micro Devices, that impressive resume will likely be put to the test. Appointed in September, Hester is taking on full force the future of AMD's processor designs. He replaced Fred Weber, a man who many credit with the development of AMD's Opteron chip, a key piece in the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based chipmaker's turnaround.     
City-wide wi-fi rolls out in UK  - BBC  A UK company that has created wireless hotspots in stations, coffee shops and hotels around the UK is planning to launch city-wide wi-fi this spring. The Cloud will bring wireless broadband to nine cities including London, Manchester and Birmingham. Hundreds of hotzones will be rolled out across the cities, giving access to the internet for anyone using a wi-fi enabled computer or mobile phone. More cities are expected to be announced during 2006. It is expected that the new wireless internet network will reach more than 4 million people.   


Bye-bye hard drive, hello flash  - C/Net   Manufacturers of NAND flash memory say they will expand the market for their chips over the next few years and colonize devices that now rely on hard drives or other types of memory. In turn, this could mean phones that can record several hours of video, or smaller notebooks with twice or more the battery life. By about the turn of the decade, NAND could even replace hard drives entirely in some mini notebooks because of the increasing amount of data the chips can hold. Flash also takes up less space and uses less energy. "The average notebook has 30GB (of hard drive storage). How long is it before the notebook has solid state memory? Five or six years," he said. "When was the last time you tapped out a drive?" It will become standard in video cameras, displacing tape, recordable DVDs and mini drives. Currently, NAND chips double in memory density every year. The cutting-edge 4-gigabit chips of 2005, for example, will soon be dethroned by 8-gigabit chips. 1GB of flash costs a consumer electronics manufacturer about $45, said Handy. That will drop to $30 in next year, $20 in 2008 and $9 by 2009.

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