Laptops With Entertainment Mode

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Date: Saturday, November 20th, 2004, 15:09
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HP Pavilion dv1000 Notebook PCIn Walt Mossberg’s Personal Tech column for the Wall Street Journal (“Laptops Get More Entertaining“) he points out a cool new feature available is some new PC laptops:

laptops that can play DVDs and CDs, or even act as a television, without booting up into your Windows operating system. These new machines have a separate entertainment-only mode that doesn’t require Windows or provide users with access to your programs and files.

Models that have the feature include: Hewlett-Packard Pavilion dv1000 (US$1299) and Toshiba’s Qosmio E15-AV101 ($2,599).
Hopefully Apple is paying attention and builds something like this into the PowerBook G5.

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Apple Retail Store Opens in London (Pictures)

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Date: Saturday, November 20th, 2004, 13:47
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Apple Store UK lineI braved a chilly London night to check out the line for the new Apple store in London. The line started at around 5pm on Friday (the day before). By sunrise those that were waiting for goodie bags were out of luck as only the first 300 knew they would get one.
10 minutes before the store opening there was a line of 3-4 thousand people coming from afar as Naples in Italy. Number one customer Stormy from Dallas picked up the first black bag and promised to give the gifts to his housemates in London for putting him up. (You can see more of his posts as StormyShippy.com.)
By the end of the damp November day they had come from far and wide. Estimates vary but up to 4000 people waited in line to get into the store and boy do we know how to queue in Britain. The fabled goody bags stuffed with iPods came and went (no one got one), just a sack full of stuff (keyboard, mouse, iSight, software). But for all the fanfare, laughter and tears (yes, people really do break up at the sight of a row of G5 iMacs) there was one word that summed it all up – community.
People were talking together sharing stories about computers and how they use them, helping each other file stuff, and really showing up all those dour PC World stores we have across the UK. It really was quite an event, and let’s hope for us over here in Blighty that one may never more bemoan the lack of Apple support again !
P.S. No iPod socks though, only a sample -shame damn shame as they really are cool.
Click through for the pictures…

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