Date: Wednesday, March 21st, 2007, 23:29
12 more pictures after the jump…
12 more pictures after the jump…
According to a report by market research firm DisplaySearch, Apple’s notebook market share fell seven per cent in the fourth quarter from the previous quarter, putting the company in ninth place overall among major competitors.
Hewlett-Packard took the top spot surging more than 29 per cent and capturing 20 per cent of the market. Dell remained in second place with 15 per cent market share, despite dropping two per cent quarter to quarter, while Acer gained 29 per cent to finish third with 13.3 per cent market share.
Rounding out the list are Toshiba (9.8 per cent share), Lenovo (8.4 per cent), Fujitsu-Siemens (5.3 per cent), Sony (5 per cent), Asus (4.4 per cent) and Apple (4.1 per cent).
Everyone is working themselves into a lather over the rash of new and fast notebook hard drives recently announced. Personally, I’ll stick with the more spacious (200GB), albeit slower (4200RPM) Toshiba MK2035GSS in my MacBook Pro.
While we were all prepared to wait for Fujitsu’s May release of its MHW2 BJ series, Seagate decided to swoop in for the kill with the Momentus 7200.2. It’s already shipping this comprable 2.5-inch laptop HDD with a 3 Gbps SATA interface (doubled from 1.5 Gbps in the last version). The new Momentus spins itself silly at 7,200 rpm…
3am last night. I woke up to my girlfriend screaming (yelling “Matty!”) and the dog barking. She fell asleep on the couch in the back lounge of our house. I jumped out of bed and raced out thinking that maybe somebody had come through the back door or something.
As I was running I saw a fire. At first I thought that the lamp had fallen and set fire to the curtain. As I got closer I realised it was my mac book …. burning! I picked it up and blew on it and swung it around to put the flames out. The book shelf it was sitting on was burnt and there were a couple of magazines that were on fire too. I quickly put those out and calmed down.
First point to make – check regularly that your smoke alarm works – ours didn’t go off.Second point (and this is the scary one) – we were damn lucky not to have a house burnt to the ground. I have been out for most of the weekend and this night was the only night I had it charging.
Three more pictures after the jump…
Apple’s unveiling of the iPhone at this year’s Macworld trade show quietly signaled the end of Moore’s Law as we know it. At the same time, it ushered in a new era of technical innovation, driven by a new understanding of Moore’s Law.
Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, noted in 1965 that the power of a chip doubles every 24 months, and the concept has been an industry obsession ever since, especially among PC makers. This fascination with faster processors was understandable. The units sold, often in dowdy beige boxes, at the rate of tens of millions every year and, in their slipstream, lifted everyone from commodity memory-chip and disc-drive makers to companies peddling operating systems.
But at the turn of the 21st century, PC penetration hit a silicon ceiling. The machismo of building powerful chips got a reality check, and it wasn’t pretty: Engineers began to run into a limit to how much they could cram into the processors without overheating and running down laptop batteries.
Greenpeace claims that Apple CEO Steve Jobs had a meeting this week “to discuss Apple’s environment record.” Keep in mind that GP has an axe to grind with Apple over their environmental policies, claiming that “Apple’s products contain toxic chemicals and they don’t have a global
While other competitors like Dell and HP have started to clean up their act, Apple has not been showing much love for the Earth.
However today’s hot news on the green gossip grapevine is that Steve Jobs met this week with a Social Responsibility Fund Investor to discuss Apple’s environment record. Like all good gossip, exact details remain secret. But the very fact that our main man Steve had a ‘green’ meeting shows that your messages for a greener Apple are getting through.
Taiwan-based DigiTimes is back this morning with more 15.4-inch MacBook rumors. According to “industry sources in Taiwan,” Apple is prepping for a Q2 release of the bigger, badder cousin to their 13.3-inch MacBook — aligning nicely with the “May 2007” date we heard back in October.
It should be simple. When your laptop battery dies, you go to the Apple Store for a new one, and leave old one behind for recycling. Mac users like simple, elegant solutions. That’s why we use the Mac.
But it doesn’t work that way. I recently went to the Apple Store in Toronto, and was told with a shrug that no in-store recycling was available. When I asked “why not?”, I was told “we just don’t do it.”
This is something that Apple should be fixing. The environment is a critical issue right now. Laptop batteries are full of toxins and become hazardous waste if improperly disposed. One would think that it would be a simple matter to expand their in-store iPod recycling project to include laptop batteries. Or adopt a “No Battery Left Behind” policy like Newer has done. Or even just sign-on to a national program like the RBRC, which provides businesses
with collection boxes and return forms. It’s a no brainer.
Al Gore, are you listening?
Contributed by: macldi
Ever since 10.4.7 or the recent iChat 3.0 update, video requests fail 80% or more, with the “Send / Don’t Send” bug reports to Apple. I have plenty of bandwidth, 8 Mbps down, 1 Mbps up on static ISP cable (Roadrunner So Cal).
I reboot my AirPort base stations, Sonicwall, everything and it only works once in a while.
Contributed by: Vic
According to a Bloomberg News report, Citigroup Investment Research analyst Richard Gardner believes Apple TV could bring in $500 million in revenue this year and as much as $1 billion next year. “Apple TV is obviously very important because it brings iTunes content into the living room,” he wrote in a note to clients, according to Bloomberg.