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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 pleased with being able to offer the iPad at $499, and by and large, many seem to agree that $499... 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 of Apple's 16GB Wi-Fi-only tablet is just $270.15. Apple plans to sell the device for $499. Of course,... 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 customers to pause, it's that generally the ASPs (average selling price) of the operating systems... 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 counts.  Click the above image to see a larger-sized image.And it is exactly the little... 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 e-mail servers that receive a combined one million e-mail messages per week. This data was then... 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 techniques and redesigned our low-density SSDs to get what the low-priced PC market is looking... 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 laptops:On Saturday, Aug. 2, I got to wondering about Mac versus Windows PC pricing after seeing... 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 16GB). At $69.99 per month for the cheapest voice plan and unlimited data, you'll be spending $10 more... 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 these over to the MPAA.In a response to this decision - and to ensure the privacy of their users... 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 see how well the M912 stacks up against other ultraportables, such as the Eee PC and the soon-to-be-released... 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 for the second generation Eee PC include the larger, 8.9" 1024x600 display, 1GB of DDR2 memory, Multi-Touch... 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 issues of assembly error and makes installation simpler.  A non-toxic, non-flammable liquid and... 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 much of the knowledge barrier to entry to water cooling. Since the early DIY days, water cooling has... 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 came out, and the company clarified that the "new architecture" was a low-power, low-cost derivative... Read more...
While Google soared on increased market share and lower expenses, AMD posted a net loss along with increased costs. AMD, which competes with market leader Intel, said its third-quarter net loss was $396 million, or 71 cents per share, compared to a net profit of $136 million, or 27 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Revenue rose 23 percent to $1.63 billion, beating the average analyst forecast of $1.52 billion according to Reuters Estimates.Despite the loss, analysts are happy with the revenue being produced by AMD.  Excluding charges related to the ATI acquisition, AMD's loss per share was 49 cents, better than the loss of 61 cents forecast by Wall Street.... Read more...
Dell reported a 46% profit increase in its latest results Thursday, topping estimates - but it also indicated that future cost declines would slow, which could indicate problems to come for the beleaguered company. Dell, like competitors Hewlett-Packard Co and Apple Inc, profited from lower costs for computer components amid a supply glut. HP, the top PC maker by market share, also suggested this month that component cost reductions may slow. Dell's challenges are not over.  Remember that it still has to deal with the fallout from the audit it performed earlier this month, which involved executives "cooking the books."... Read more...
It's a charming idea: Why not have municipal Wi-Fi in your town or city, just like municipal water?  Well, a lot of municipalities are giving it a go --424 according to  industry cheerleader Esme Vos of MuniWireless LLC--and they're discovering that it's expensive, and it doesn't work very well.  Some municipal officials whose cities are launching Wi-Fi projects said they remain buoyant about the prospects for success. They added that they see political and economic concerns as being more important than possible technology roadblocks, although that’s partly because their projects are still in the early stages. But Michael Merrill, a selectman in Brookline, Mass., noted that creating a... Read more...
Have you ever wondered exactly how much it's costing you to leave your PC on? In the not too distant past, home users didn't think much about power consumption, but as the power requirements of modern PC hardware have skyrocketed, so too has interest in efficiency and cost. This short piece at Coding Horror explains how to calculate the cost of leaving a PC on and also gives some suggestion son how to save a few bucks. "The first thing you need to know is how much power your computer draws. The best way is to measure the actual power consumption. You'll need a $30 device like the Kill-a-Watt or Seasonic PowerAngel to do this accurately.... Read more...
Sub-$400 VoomPC X86 Car PC Platform Ideal for Telematics, Entertainment and General PC Applications FREMONT, Calif, Jan. 24 2007 - Mini-box.com, a subsidiary of Ituner Networks Corp., today announced it has launched the VoomPC-2T family of low power, high performance car PCs. Based on the small form factor Mini-ITX platform and with an integrated battery management unit, the VoomPC family is ideally suited for navigation, productivity and entertainment with superior audio and video performance. The unit is equipped with an intelligent power supply eliminates battery drain and prevents damage from unwanted power surges, a key requirement for successful car PC designs. The VoomPC-2 is now shipping,... Read more...
DALLAS and BEIJING, Nov. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- During a summit of wireless industry leaders held today in Beijing, China, Texas Instruments Incorporated (NYSE: TXN) (TI) announced a new OMAP-Vox(TM) single-chip solution to foster development of lower-cost multimedia-rich feature phones. Codenamed "eCosto," the new single-chip platform is leveraging TI's innovative DRP(TM) technology which is successful with the "LoCosto" value platform in volume production today. The "eCosto" platform also leverages the multimedia capabilities of the OMAP-Vox platform in volume production today with the OMAPV1030 solution. The first product in the new "eCosto"... Read more...
Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that their sources have indicated that ATI's upcoming RV570 GPU will be released with a surprisingly low $199 price point. Originally, it was believed that this GPU would compete at the $299 price point. Here, ATI's RV570 would be facing some stiff competition from NVIDIA's (rumored) GeForce 7950GT. Shockingly, RV570 will now do battle with NVIDIA's GeForce 7900GS and will likely have a solid performance advantage. In an market as volatile as the GPU segment, vendors always have contingency plans for situations like this. One thing is certain, it will be interesting to see how NVIDIA reacts should RV570 be offered at $199 as suggested.... Read more...
Consumers about to face a confusing and expensive choice between two conflicting standards for high-definition DVDs will face further costs to upgrade their entertainment systems if they want to enjoy all the benefits of the new movie players. Hollywood and electronics makers have aligned themselves behind two warring formats called Blu-ray, led by Sony Corp., and HD DVD, championed by Toshiba Corp., which on Thursday said it may delay its launch from late March to mid-April. "I don't think all the challenges and costs of next-generation DVDs have been realized by consumers yet," analyst Paul-Jon McNealy of American Technology Research said.... Read more...
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