'Origami Project' news to hijack Apple announcement.

While iPod fans wait with baited breath for the "fun new products" announcement Tuesday (Feb. 28) from Apple Computer, Microsoft managed to hijack the rumor mill with a super-mysterious gadget of its own, dubbed "The Origami Project."

The company may unveil as early as Thursday the new technology/product. While few details are available, sneak peeks posted on www.origamiproject.com point to a portable media device more in line with a PC than an MP3 player that features touch-screen navigation and WiFi support for downloading content wirelessly.

As for Apple's pending announcement, guesses range from an iPod boombox and other accessories, to a touch-screen video iPod, to a tablet computer based on Intel processors.