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The iPad is certainly the hottest device to physically ship in 2010 so far, and of course, it has people asking lots of questions. Lots and lots of questions. But one question that doesn't get asked much by the average consumer is how much it costs Apple to build an iPad, but that's why iSuppli is around. This research company is famous for breaking down bills of materials in order to come up with a raw material total for any given product, and the company has been hard at work breaking down the individual parts list in order to create a total cost for the first-ever Apple tablet. Apple was fairly... Read more...
We have already discussed our hopes and dreams for the future of the iPad, and while we don't really feel that it's a homerun of a device in its current state, there's no doubt that the allure of Apple alone will help the company sell more than a few of these once then go on sale in under 2 months. The real question, however, is exactly how profitable these will be for Apple, given that the $499 price was seen as "low" by Steve Jobs and "high" from most everyone else that we've spoken to. According to a bill of materials analysis by Brian Marshall of BroadPoint AmTech, the cost of the goods inside... Read more...
Believe it or not, Windows 7 is about to take the computing world by storm. If all goes to plan, we'll see Microsoft's latest (and hopefully greatest) OS on store shelves by the time 2009 draws to a close, but it remains to be seen who all will be jumping to upgrade. According to Darrel Ward, director of product management for Dell's business client product group, he's not so sure that folks will be waiting with credit cards out to jump on the next-gen bandwagon. In a recent phone interview, he was quoted as saying that if there is "one thing that may influence adoption, make things slower or cause... Read more...
Many are familiar with Google's "don't be evil" philosophy of serving the best interests of it users and maintaining a moral-guided internal code of conduct. But not as many might be aware that Google often tries to go beyond just not doing evil, by activey trying to do good deeds. This is evident with Google's philanthropic endeavors and its recent Project10100 worldwide call to arms for the betterment of humanity in areas such as energy, the environment, and health. Google's latest effort to make a difference is not quite as big as the aforementioned projects, but as they say, every little bit... Read more...
There is no doubt that spam is pervasive and can be a major productivity killer if the right safeguards aren't in place. In fact, MessageLabs indicates that 78.2 percent of all e-mails sent during the month of August were spam. To make matters worse, Sophos reports that by the end of June, 96.5 percent of all e-mails to businesses were spam. In an effort to quantify the financial cost of spam to businesses, Ipswitch released the results from its recent "Spamometer" survey. According to Ipswitch's Marketing Manager, Brad Senter, the "Spamometer" survey was created by culling data from three Ipswtich... Read more...
"Smaller, faster, less expensive," might just be the motto over at Samsung these days. At least that's what it feels like with Samsung's announcement today that it has started sampling low-density, multilevel cell (MLC)-based solid state drives (SSDs) that are "only 30 percent of the size of 2.5-inch SSDs," "higher performance," and "highly cost-efficient to manufacture." Samsung is aiming these low-capacity drives at the burgeoning low-cost PC market. Starting next month, Samsung will start mass-producing 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB SSDs using this new manufacturing technique:"We've refined our manufacturing... Read more...
Market research mavens NPD went computer shopping, and came back with some  info we've all suspected for a long time: Desktop or laptop, a Macintosh computer costs more than double a roughly comparable Windows PC machine. Since they compiled prices for three years running, they also saw which way the trend line was going. Average selling prices for Macs either went up or stayed the same, depending on whether it's a desktop or laptop, while Windows machine prices either held steady, like desktops, or in the case of laptops --plunged. Joe Wilcox of Applewatch noticed the same thing while pricing... Read more...
Yes, you read the headline correct; you will pay more for a new Apple iPhone3G than you would have spent on the previous version of the iPhone. How can this be, you ask? The iPhone3G models are priced a full $100 cheaper than their predecessors. True. But the total cost of a two-year contract with AT&T will wind up more than eating up what you save on the less expensive, iPhone3G handset. iPhone3G purchasers will be required to commit to two-year contracts and to activate the phones at the store at the time of purchase (in order to qualify for the $199 cost of the 8GB model, or $299 for the... Read more...
The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) has won a default judgment against Valence Media's download site Torrentspy. The judgment is handy for figuring out exactly how much all those free movies everyone's downloading are worth. According to a federal judge, $110 million dollars ought to about cover it. In 2006 TorrentSpy was more popular than any other BitTorrent site, but this changed quickly in August 2007, when a federal judge ordered TorrentSpy to log all user data. The judge ruled that TorrentSpy had to monitor its users in order to create detailed logs of their activities, and hand... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that Gigabyte Technology will release a low-cost laptop in June that uses the new Intel Atom processor. The M912 will include an 8.9-inch display that will run either Windows XP or Linux."The Gigabyte M912 is being designed in-house by the company in order to enable it to control the development schedule, specification and quality, the sources noted, highlighting that this will allow the company to remain flexible based on market feedback."The M912 should be one of the very fist devices available that uses Intel's new, low-power, 45nm Atom processor. It will be interesting to... Read more...
The next-generation Eee PC is due to hit shore shelves on May 12th and carry a price tag of $549, a rather modest hike over current models which top out at $499 for the 8GB SSD/1GB RAM model.  So what does the extra $50 buy? Quite a lot actually: "The Linux version of the Eee PC will come with a 4GB SSD + an additional 16GB internal flash module for a total of 20GB of storage space.  The Windows XP model -- due to the licensing fees associated with Windows -- will only feature an internal flash module of 8GB leaving it with just 12GB of total storage space. The other notable upgrades... Read more...
Just in case you missed the new link at the top of the home page, we're here to let you know that we have just posted a new article in which we evaluate the features and performance of the Asetek LCLC, Low Cost Liquid Cooling system.  The LCLC may resemble other water cooling setups but it provides many features that set it apart from the pack.  Asetek has attempted to address nearly all of the traditional disadvantages of water cooling compared to air cooling.  First off, the LCLC is a completely sealed system, which means it comes completely pre-assembled.  This eliminates... Read more...
Water cooling has traditionally been considered an extreme solution, pursued by enthusiasts looking for the best cooling performance to squeeze every last drop of performance from their systems. For a long time this wasn't far from the truth and you were unlikely to find a water cooling setup that wasn't hooked up to an overclocked rig. However, in recent years watercooling has become ever more mainstream as evidenced by the number of manufacturers producing entry-level kits. These kits often provide ease of installation and operation at the expense of performance and cost. They also eliminate... Read more...
The OLPC and Asus Eee are garnering a lot of attention.  Might Intel's new Diamondville CPU be just the ticket for upcoming versions?The first detail that Intel's Anand Chandrasekher announced on Monday in an interview with IDG is that Diamondville is a Silverthorne derivative. This tidbit clarifies the confusion around Mooly Eden's comments back in October, when the vice president's comments about Diamondville and OLPC set off a round of press articles claiming that Diamondville would be a "new architecture from the ground up" designed for OLPC. I talked to Intel the day after those articles... Read more...
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