IBM Dumps the ThinkPad in Favor of Apple?

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Date: Thursday, December 9th, 2004, 10:34
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LinuxWorld has a story theorizing about why IBM sold its PC division “to get even with Microsoft for all that bad blood over the early versions of Windows”

Once publicly free of the PC division, will IBM either buy, or form a close joint venture, with Apple – to sell its PCs, which coincidentally are now built around IBM’s PowerPC chip? That’s the question being asked by tech-savvy commentators who wonder what will happen next if Big Blue truly goes ahead and sells the division to the Chinese company Lenovo.

Engadget‘s take on it

IBM is jettisoning its PC business in order to more closely partner with Apple (there?s also talk of a merger or acquisition, but that?s just crazy talk). It?s not exactly clear what would be the result (or specific advantage) of such a close collaboration, but Apple does already use IBM?s PowerPC processor in its Macs, so the thinking is that IBM might end up jumping right back into the pool, this time selling laptops running on OS X and powered by their very own chips. That seems a little way out there for the moment, but at the very least selling off its PC unit does free IBM to try and push its chips to more and more manufacturers.

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T-Mobile Announces CallerTunes (Ringback Tones)

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Date: Thursday, December 9th, 2004, 10:58
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T-Mobile has announced a new service called CallerTunes, which is their version of ringback tones. Ringback tones are custom audio clips that callers hear when they dial your number instead of the usual ringing sound. CallerTunes are available from T-Mobile for US$1.49 per month and you have several to choose from.

CallerTunes is a cool, new service that lets you choose what your callers will hear until you answer your phone. Instead of the normal, boring “ring, ring” they hear today, your callers can hear music, sound effects, or short, spoken clips.

Now if I could only figure out how to configure the settings in a Mac browser…

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Why you should buy the Extended Service Plan at Best Buy

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Date: Thursday, December 9th, 2004, 10:44
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A PowerPage reader sends in this tip about the Best Buy Extended Service Plan.

I purchased a 30GB iPod at Best Buy in June 2003 – US$499.99 plus US$39.99 service plan + tax = US$584.52. The iPod has been in for service three times and the problems are still not fixed. Time to use my service plan.
Yesterday I purchased a 60GB iPod Photo – US$599.99 plus US$49.99 for the service plan + tax = US$703.60. Deduct the US$100 Best Buy mail-in rebate for iPods over US$500 and the US$584.52 credit for my lemon 30GB iPod.
Net out of pocket after rebate to upgrade my dying iPod 30GB to a brand new iPod Photo 60 GB: US$19.08.

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Vonage Announces Video Phone Service

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Date: Thursday, December 9th, 2004, 01:21
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According to ZDNet Vonage, the popular Voice Over IP (VOIP) vendor, will be offering a new video phone service in Q1 2005 “Vonage will sell videophones and a videophone service sometime before the end of March, its chief executive said Wednesday, stamping an important imprimatur on a market once derided by comparisons to the futuristic TV cartoon “The Jetsons.”

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