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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...
Since moving to the "top of the world," everything Apple does is watched - and watched carefully.  With iPhone launches done (though iPhone shortages still of interest), some have turned their eyes toward the more mundane portion of Apple's business: the computer portion of it.  And some circuit board orders are being pointed as a possible clue of new MacBooks.The Commercial Times reported (in Chinese, but translated by Digitimes) that Apple has increased its orders of printed-circuit boards for notebooks by 20 percent, compared to last quarter.Macs are selling pretty well lately, but that's a stronger boost than would be expected from the usual seasonal patterns, and it's unlikely... Read more...
Thecus Sensation At Computex 2008 Reporting live from Thecus booth at Computex 2008 in Taipei, it is packed with visitors who are looking for latest innovation in digital storage technology. During the exhibition, users have the opportunity to meet with the most outstanding NAS products from Thecus. This year, Thecus is introducing 5 new products to be launched this year, offering much higher data security and performance plus more functionalities and convenience. Home users extremely enjoy the experience with the latest N4100PRO and M3800. Powered by AMD Geode LX800 CPU and 256MB of DDR memory, the N4100PRO is capable to provide supreme performance with much lower power consumption. The additional... Read more...
It seems that Intel's forthcoming, low-power Atom processor is popping up all over the news lately. First we got wind of Gigabyte's portable Atom device a few weeks ago--what we thought was an ultraportable named the M912 is really a MID (Mobile Internet Device) called the M528. Now we're hearing about another Atom-based device seen in the wild: the Fujitsu LifeBook U2010 UMPC (Ultra-Mobile PC). Also yesterday, rumor of an Atom-powered Asus Eee PC surfaced to counter the rumor from the day before about an Atom-based competitor to the Eee PC from MSI. If that's not enough for you, yesterday, CNET Germany reported that a German Intel executive "confirmed that Apple plans to use Intel's... Read more...
Here's a way to peruse the globe while getting regional updates.New York Times "placemarks" will appear on maps where there's relevant news, and showing the New York Times layer in the software will show a window with a month's worth of headlines, Google's LatLong blog said.Google spokeswoman Kate Hurowitz said the company is open to partnerships with other media outlets and that extending such a feature to Google Maps--a much more widely used service than the Google Earth software--"would be a logical progression," though the company has nothing to announce right now. Google's interest in extending this to Google Maps is not only natural, it's a lot more exciting.  Naturally if you want... Read more...
Look for the mark of excellence with Diamond Multimedia’s xDNA™ CHATSWORTH, CA —November 11, 2007— Diamond Multimedia (www.diamondmm.com), a leading manufacturer of PC graphics cards, sound cards and communications products, today unveiled their newly developed xDNA©™ technology platform. This new technology platform enables heterogeneous graphics cards to function and operate on heterogeneous platforms. With advanced performance and unprecedented software architecture, the newly released Diamond xDNA software platform is the ideal solution on graphics cards for the most demanding enthusiasts who want to use different chipsets and CPUs.  Diamond xDNA technology-enabled features... Read more...
MSNBC has joined the ranks of social networking sites such as Reddit and Digg as it has acquired Newsvine.MSNBC Interactive News LLC said it acquired Newsvine Inc., a small Seattle startup that lets visitors read and comment on news stories from mainstream media outlets.MSNBC, which is jointly owned by Microsoft Corp. and NBC Universal, did not disclose financial terms of the deal late Sunday. NBC Universal is a joint venture of General Electric Co. and Vivendi SA. Surprisingly, this is the first acquisition by MSNBC Interactive in its 11-year history.  Newsvine will continue to operate independently, though it may expand its operations from its current six employees to 10 - 15.... Read more...
If you've used Google News, you know typically it carries a headline and a few snippets of text but sends readers to publishers' sites for the full story.  This means that you might end up at the Seattle Times for an AP story.  Now, however, Google will host wire service stories on its own site, instead of redirecting users to other sites. The four agencies – the Associated Press, the Canadian Press, the Press Association and Agence France-Presse – will supply a "feed" to Google News, allowing its algorithms to detect which sites are running wire copy and remove them from the search results. Because the four wire services do not have their own consumer news websites,... Read more...
Among the many forms of highly desired but currently unavailable technology breakthroughs, workable e-paper ranks at the top of the list. Last year LG Phillps announced their development of A4 sized flexible electronic paper. This year, it's got a workable version in color. The 14.1-inch flexible color e-paper uses electronic ink from E Ink to produce a maximum of 4,096 colors. It can be viewed from a full 180 degrees, so that images always appear crisp, even when the display is bent, according to the LG.Philips. Like the black and white flexible display, the color version uses a substrate that arranges TFT on metal foil rather... Read more...
NBC Universal and Newscorp are teaming up to offer their content on their own video website. They'll be offering full length programs, paid for by advertising, just like broadcast. They've invited other networks to join them as well. Since Viacom is already suing YouTube for a billion dollars over showing their copyrighted material, it looks like YouTube might get left with only clips of cats and people who fell down in an amusing way if they're not careful. The impetus behind the venture is to provide an authorized, copyright-protected and ad-supported alternative to YouTube, which has turned into an enormously popular online destination,... Read more...
ATI has recently divulged some information on their upcoming Catalyst drivers and announced a plethora of new features to be implemented in the coming months. These improvements and new features include significant OpenGL support and optimization, CrossFire support for OpenGL applications running on Vista, HD DVD and Blu-Ray support for the 64-bit version of Vista, and eventually the introduction of MSAA adaptive anti-aliasing. AMD has not committed to release dates for these features but says we can expect to see them show up in catalyst releases over the next few months with the goal of having them all implemented by May. Today I was able to speak with Terry Makedon, the... Read more...
LONDON - Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has begun sampling a 50-nanometer, 16-Gbit NAND flash memory for use in solid-state disk drive applications. The memory is expected to go into volume production at some time during the first quarter of 2007, Samsung said. Samsung did not state whether the 16-Gbit memory is monolithically integrated or made up from multiple chips in a single package, but it did say that the memory is the first NAND flash memory made using a 50 nanometer manufacturing process. However, Samsung itself claimed to have made a 32-Gbit memory in a 40-nm process in September 2006 based on a novel high-k gate dielectric including tantalum. That claim came shortly after IM Flash Technologies... Read more...
AMD BRINGS NEXT-GENERATION GRAPHICS TO THE APPLE POWER MAC G5 QUAD - ATI Radeon X1900 G5 Mac Edition PCI Express upgrade combines workstation-class creative productivity and cutting-edge game performance - SUNNYVALE, CALIF.-NOV. 6, 2006-AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the ATI Radeon X1900 G5 Mac Edition, a next-generation graphics card that combines workstation-class creative productivity and cutting-edge 3D game performance. The ATI Radeon X1900 G5 Mac Edition represents a high-performance PCI Express graphics upgrade card for the Power Mac G5 Quad and Power Mac G5 Dual. Upgrading to the ATI Radeon X1900 G5 Mac helps pro-application users maximize their creative potential with the powerful PCI... Read more...
NVIDIA just sent us a reminder regarding the upcoming GeForce LAN 3 Party.  Lots of prizes are going to be given away, and plenty of news is going to break at this event.  Here's the scoop: The NVIDIA GeForce LAN 3 party is coming up November 7-8 in San Jose, and it's shaping up to be a whopper! We're giving away more than $80,000 in prizes including a sleek Lamborghini laptop from ASUS and the ultimate next-generation graphics card from NVIDIA! There'll be free food, tournaments for Company of Heroes and Battlefield 2142, contests for case modding, tug of war, and more! NVIDIA GeForce LAN 3 Party - November 7-8, San Jose, CA Win an exquisite Lamborghini laptop from ASUS! More... Read more...
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