Monday, November 28, 2005
An Orlando TV station is reporting that security guards wrestled a man to the ground Friday morning after he cut in line to get a laptop computer that was on sale.
They report that the man argued with other customers, then fought with the guards.
One man told reporters that the laptops were being thrown into the air and people rushed toward them, collapsing on each other. Another man described the scene as crazy.
The store's manager is referring questions to Wal-Mart Stores headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas. Officials there haven't made a comment.
The discounted computers also caused a frenzy at a Wal-Mart in Renton, Washington. Extra police were called out to help control the crowd that pushed its way toward the electronics department and then pushed counters out of position as they tried to get those laptop computers."
Monday, November 21, 2005
Saturday, November 19, 2005
Apple iBook Tele Prompter Laptop
remove add to request in used equipment The perfect laptop for prompting? Quite possibly. This iBook has a composite video output (which needs a special adapter - stereo Mini/RCA) and switchable (through Control Panel) resolutions and video formats (NTSC/PAL). All these features make it the ideal Prompting Machine.
Takes Mac or PC files AS LONG AS THEY HAVE BEEN SAVED AS TEXT-ONLY DOCUMENTS!
Software: QuickPrompt 1.7
Scrolling device: TrackPad or USB optical mouse.
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"CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--A low-cost computer for the masses moved one step closer to reality on Wednesday.
Nicholas Negroponte, the co-founder of the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, detailed specifications for a $100 windup-powered laptop targeted at children in developing nations. Nicholas Negroponte, who laid out his original proposal at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January, said MIT and his nonprofit group, called One Laptop Per Child, is in discussions with five countries--Brazil, China, Thailand, Egypt and South Africa--to distribute up to 15 million test systems to children.
"This is the most important thing I have ever done in my life," Negroponte said on Wednesday during a presentation at Technology Review's Emerging Technologies Conference at MIT. "Reception has been incredible. The idea is simple. It's an education project, not a laptop project. If we can make education better--particularly primary and secondary schools--it will be a better world."
He said a goal of the project is to make the low-cost PC idea a grassroots movement that will spread in popularity, like the Linux operating system or the Wikipedia free online encyclopedia. "This is open-source education. It's a big issue."
Negroponte said the idea is that governments will pay roughly $100 for the laptops and will distribute them for free to students.
The proposed design of the machines calls for a 500MHz processor, 1GB of memory and an innovative dual-mode display that can be used in full-color mode, or in a black-and-white sunlight-readable mode. The display makes the laptop "both an electronic book and a laptop," he said.
One display design being considered is a flat, flexible printed display developed at MIT's Media Lab. Negroponte said the technology can be used to produce displays that cost roughly 10 cents per square inch. "The target is $12 for a 12-inch display with near-zero power consumption," he said.
Power for the new systems will be provided through either conventional electric current, batteries or by a windup crank attached to the side of the notebooks, since many countries targeted by the plan do not have power in remote areas, Negroponte said.
"In emerging nations, the issue is not connectivity," Negroponte said. "That was the issue, but there are many people working on it, (thanks to) global competitiveness. But for education, the roadblock is the laptop."
Five companies are working with MIT to develop an initial 5 million to 15 million test units within the year: Google, Advanced Micro Devices, News Corp., Red Hat and BrightStar, Negroponte said. He said the current plan is to produce 100 million to 150 million units by 2007.
Negroponte admits that his goals are ambitious. Currently, the world production of laptops is just under 50 million, he said.
While the initial goal of the project is to work with governments, Negroponte said MIT is considering licensing the design or giving it to a third-party company to build commercial versions of the PC. "Those might be available for $200, and $20 or $30 will come back to us to make the kids' laptops. We're still working on that," he said.
Others have launched low-cost PC ideas in the past, though MIT's project may be the most ambitious.
Last year, Advanced Micro Devices announced plans for its Personal Internet Connector--a prototype with a price tag of at least $185, with no display. And an Indian company called Novatium said it plans to offer a stripped-down home computer for about $70 or $75.
In addition, Microsoft's antipiracy-minded Steve Ballmer last year called for a move toward the $100 PC for developing nations."
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
The Pro815 is targeted at the advanced market segment of camera users and this camera has three really stand out features that can be called world's firsts for the digital camera segment:
The first thing you notice on this camera is definitely the screen. This is larger than a lot of handheld gaming console screens, it's monstrous in comparison to what you typically see in today's cameras. The model's on the showroom floor were not powered, but the one working model they had during the presentation was stunning in the brightness and ease of viewing it offered. Another great feature of the 815 is The 3.5" LCD could be a TV it's so big!! The LCD that resides on top of the lens, this allows you to hold the camera at waist or chest level and look down on the camera and focus the shot. The 1900 mAh battery should offer users up to 500 shots on one charge, even with the huge LCD sucking the life out of it. The 1900 mAh size battery is the largest of any camera to date. The battery and LCD do add weight to the camera (Samsung would not quote a weight number as it is still in development), but the fact this is an SLR substitute means you won't be carrying a bunch of lenses so that will keep overall travel weight down. The included standard lens shoots both 28mm wide-angle shots and has 420mm tele-zoom capabilities, with an SLR this would usually involve having two seperate lenses. Samsung promises it will have a huge number of offerings going into 2006 and this is just the start of it's agressive push to offer cameras that are highly competitive with pricing and offer new and advanced features and still meet the competition's price point for "equivalent" but, as Samsung would argue, inferior cameras.
Huge 3.5" LCD screen15x optical zoom, and 4x digital zoom offers 60x zoom via standard lens1900 mAh battery is the largest in any camera, this one of which is 3.5" the battery is needed, it will provide enough juice for up to 500 shots which is very good. Another color LCD 1.44 in. on the top of the camera.
The price at 899.99, it's not very afforable, and it's kinda on the big side too.
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Apple announced in June 2005 that it would migrate to Intel-based processors from PowerPC technology by June 2006. According to Channel Register, Intel is expected to ship its Yonah processors, which are designed for laptops, during the end of 2005. Channel Register added that Appleinsider's reports suggesting the time frame for the launch of Apple's Intel-based laptops and Intel's launch of the Yonah processors would coincide. The Mac Observer said on Monday that UBS Investment Research expects Apple to witness robust sales for its iPod nano, digital video downloads and the new iMac G5.
Analyst Charles R Wolf of Needham & Co downgraded Apple Computer Inc from "buy" to "hold." In a research note published this morning, the analyst mentioned that the downgrade in the rating was based on valuation. Apple Computer's share price has appreciated significantly over the past one year on account of the launch of new iPods and Macs, and the company's robust financial results. The sales of the company's Mac computers have been significantly higher than the estimates so far this year, the analyst added. According to Needham & Co, Apple is dominating the online music market through its iTunes Music Store, which was launched during 2003."
You know, I would like to see one of these PC's. Who'da thunk it? I though I'll never see Apple and Intel come together for anything.