I remenber back in 1992 when I managed several Bay Area computer stores the word on the street was that retail computer sales and computer stores were virtually dead and we had better turn to “outside sales” if we wanted to sustain and remain. We hired new staff to sell directly to businesses and damn anyone who ventured into our storefronts.
Tons of computer stores shuttered and closed their doors with the ones that remained attempting to hold the fort as if nothing was changed. Traditional electronic strores had grand visions of moving beyond just audio and video so players like The Good Guys and others morphed into computer stores until the other shoe fell.
Mainstays like CompUSA and Egghead quickly faded away and a few high-flying players like Fry’s had the game all to themselves. Apple seemed either crazy or prescient when they opened their own stores while Best Buy, Home Depot and Office Depot did their best to be everything to everybiody.
It seems that Jeff Bezos was perhaps the most perceptive of all leading Amazon to the forefront of increasing online sales.
So here we sit in 2012 and the whole arena has changed. What is in store for the future? Carriers have there own stores and you’d be hard pressed to find a source for buying a computer let alone a place to ask questions or get your hands on one.
If you have the need or desire to use all-in-one computers you can’t do much better than an Apple iMac. It has the performance muscle and visual appeal to influence any well-considered purchase decision.
I have installed, administer and maintain a popular learning lab of 22 iMacs used by teens and elders and over the past three years installing iMacs have proven to be one of the best decisions I have made.
I have used a variety of competing all-in-one products in my P.C. labs, but none have fit the bill or been as satisfying as the iMac lab.
Taking all aspects into account Apple’s iMac is an excellent choice for most schools, training centers, public libraries and space-conscious businesses.
- Security: Easy to lock down
- Display: beautiful and clear
- Performance: Robust and powerful
- Maintenance: Easy to Transport and support
- Basecamp allows Windows operation
- The comparative cost may be an issue
- Locked into Apple parts in most cases
So having plans to build at least two more such iMac-equipped labs I have awaited the announcement of new Apple iMac’s that might be introduced as early as today.
Apple introduced the current iMacs designs back in 2007 and the most recent update of 2010 iMac’s back in June of 2010, so it is about time for an annual refresh. The Apple Insider is reporting that the new 2011 iMac’s will be available from 5/3. If true, this is most definitely welcome news.
My popular iMac learning lab at Lion Creek Crossings Housing in East Oakland has been a tremendous smash hit with hard to please teens and elders in ways that all-in-one P.C.s have not been able to duplicate. I have wanted to do a refresh but I figured newer iMacs sould be coming soon and here they come!
I surely hope Apple Insider is right on this one, they usually are.
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It was only a matter of time and opportunity before a strong player like Lenovo would mustle up and join the phalanx of Apple tablet competitors in the massive “me-too” tablet stampede.
Lenovo is joining the horde of Motorola Xoom, BlackBerry PlayBook, Samsung Galaxy Tab and various other tablets from Dell and HP because it must have been all too tempting for Lenovo to overlook or pass up on a chance to become a player in this new tablet game.
Lenovo the fortunate inheritor of IBM’s laptop line is using their significant manufacturing and development and enterprise awareness advantages to leverage their way into the rapidly emerging and expanding tablet arena and marketplace with a planned June launch of a new Android 3.0 ThinkPad tablet.
What we’ve heard so far:
- Lenovo has spent a lot of time enhancing the Android user interface.
- A slide-out deck would appeal to enterprise and corporate users
- Many ports will be offered for expanded connectivity and integration.
- Native enterprise support for Citrix and remote desktop software.
- The Lenovo tablet will serve as a hotspot.
- Lenovo tablets will feature Word, PowerPoint, Excel and other business-favored applications.
- Pricing of a Lenovo tablet will start around $499.
- A ThindPad tablet exploits Lenovo’s corporate strengths and support infrastructure.
- Lenovo will be a strong tablet player in enterprise and corporate markets.
Stealth Little PC
When Apple came out with their succeful Mac Mini years ago, the concept of tiny computers was already out there. Since that time no company has really done much of anything serious to really capitalize on the enormous potential opportunities available for such a product. Fast forward to today. Finally someone has awakened to the possibities and is looking to exploit the market with a quality product. Ruggedized computer systems manufacturer Stealth Computer has recently announced The Little PC 670 a powerful small form factor PC. The Little PC 670 has been designed around Intel’s robust Core i3, i5 and i7 mobile processors, and each sports numerous I/O connectivity options into 6.54 x 6.18 x 1.89-inch (166 x 157 x 48 mm) durable aluminum chassis. HDD storage is standard, and SSD solutions are available for applications that require extra-high shock, vibration and temperature protection. There is support for full 1080p high definition playback, and 5.1 Channel audio from Realtek.The standard LPC-670 model comes with Intel’s Core i5 520M processor running at 2.4GHz on a QM57 chipset, there’s also Core i3, Core i5 580M (2.67Ghz) and Core i7 620M (2.67GHz) models available. Memeory wise you can chose to have up to 8GB DDR3 memory installed across two slots, and 2.5-inch hard drive storage options pack up to 750GB, SSD options also offered. Systems are shipped with a slot-loading DVD-RW/CD-RW combo optical drive, with a Blu-ray burner option also available. Connectivity options are sumptous with Gigabit LAN, an optional Wi-Fi 802.11g card and antenna, four USB 2.0 ports, RS232 COM port, DVI-I video connector, audio in and out, and a HDMI port.There are chassis brackets available for rack mount installations,The device is compatible with Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems, with custom configurations possible. The LPC-670 is immediately available, with base models starting at$1,650.
Story & photo Credit: Gizmag
iPad Keyboard & Case
Think Geek, the story source called the NEW iPad Bluetooth Keyboard Case a “Ghetto Netbook, Pardon me?, I resent that!. If I were the manufacturer I would be ready to hand out butt whippens.”
If you are fortunate enough to own an iPad a keyboard and case are quite useful.
So you really do need a keyboard after all, huh?
• iPad case with integrated Bluetooth keyboard.
• Includes iPad function keys: Home, Volume, Search, and iPod controls.
• Cheaper than buying a new MacBook Air
- Sleek magnetic flap latches the case.
- Full sized keys!
- Folds over easily for normal use
- Charges over USB. Cable INCLUDED
- Attractive black synthetic leather iPad case with magnetic flap in includes fully integrated Bluetooth keyboard
- Fast and easy 3 step setup
- iPad and case together weigh 2.75lbs, that less than the new 13″ MacBook Air! (2.9lbs)
- Fully charged lithium ion battery lasts for 90 hours of continuous use
- Bluetooth V2.0 compatible with iOS 3.2 and up.
Your iPad rests on the built in stand in horizontal orientation making your setup look and function like a netbook of sorts. The keyboard has a silicone cover that will resist against the occasional coffee spill.The case is made of synthetic leather and closes with the snap grip of the magnetic clasp.
Asus eee Slate
In a move that makes business sense ASUS has developed and is heavily marketing their new eel Slate EP121 (Windows 7). The eee Slate will make solid sense and an easy buy for deep-pocketed windows-driven businesses that do not see themselves changing their ways anytime soon just to use an iPad or Android equivalent tablet.
The eee Slate is said to be the fastest tablet on the market due to inclusion of Intel’s Core i5 processor and with a $999 price tag it is also one of the most expensive. The 12.1 inch screen is juicy. Port and feature wise you’ll find WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth and a 64GB SSD, along with HDMI and USB ports, there is also get a dual-mode touchscreen. ASUS will also throw in a Bluetooth keyboard in the form of Microsoft’s Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000.
Touch Users may be hesitant to resort or return to the use of a pen but serious illustrators will rejoice if not outright jump for joy.
For more info visit: http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=QhWKR7Fmv4jDLbBY
Apple MacBook air
It looks like Apple has another surprize hit on its hands. Sales of the new second-generation MacBook AIR are not only reasonably strong but are gaining strength, up nearly 330% over the previous quarter. This is encouraging considering they just unveiled a new MacBook Pro which is also gaining strong sales strength. It looks like Apple is breaking through whatever hesitation buyers may have had and the popularity of iPhones and iPads are having spill-over.
How could you not like the MacBook AIR? It’s thin, light powerful and ultra cool. Starting at $999 if not exactly cheap it justifies the difference you see sitting next to equivilent P.C. notebooks.
I have been awaiting a real advance in display technologies for over a decade. Now lofty Samsung heralds a new transparent display technology. They are showing around a prototype is called TDK’s flexible OLED display, lately Samsung has started to mass produce a 22-inch transparent LCD panel relying on ambient light instead of back lighting, the transparent panels consume 90 percent less electricity than regular LCD panels. it will be quite a while before these transparent panels see the light of day on our desktops but Samsung is producing 2 transparent LCD panels – one black and white and the other a color version. Both have a contrast ratio of 500:1 and resolution of 1680 x 1050 (WSXGA). Both also incorporate HDMI and USB interfaces.
These display panels are expected to come in at high prices – and possibly while the bigwigs at Samsung search for real markets and uses in home and office applications – Samsung is aiming at corporations and schools that could use them as an interactive communication devices. What will Apple do with them?
MANY THANKS AND CREDIT TO GIZMAG FOR THE STORY LINKS AND LEAD.
Intel has entered the high-capacity race with a new series of solid-state drives offering up to 600 gigabytes.
Intel is branching out with the introduction of their solid-state drive 320 Series. Intel’s third-generation SSD 320 has great capacity of 40, 80, 120, 160, 300, and 600GB, and they’re fast.
Intel solid-state drive 320 Series.
Lenovo Thinkpad W520
W520No other company has been handed a head start any more than Lenovo when they acquired IBM’s ThinkPad line of computers. The trick for Lenovo was to stay competitive and aggressive in a rapidly changing marketplace.
That has been a bit of a challenge of late but now Lenovo is steping forward to make a strong statement with the previously announced release of their new Thinkpad W520, a 15.6 inch quadcore notebook, with a 2.7GHz i7-2620 chip, 4GB RAM and NVIDIA 1000M Optimus graphics. Thinkpad W520 prices in at an affordable $1,649, well below Apple’s comparative MacBook Pro.
Asus has lately delivered a fine collection of Netbooks and now In a very aggressive and valiant effort to stay strong and relevant in a rapidly changing market Asus has stepped forward with two new Fusion-equipped Eee PC Netbooks. The Eee PC 1015B and 1215B both come in with great pricing of $289 and $379. Spec wise they are not shabby and have 10-inch and 12-inch displays. 250GB of storage, 1GB of memory, VGA, USB, and HDMI ports, and 1080p output.
On 2/24 Apple rounded out their roster of laptop products by refreshing the line that started it all and changed the face of computing. Ever since then, the mobile computer industry has been attempting to catch up and in some cases even leapfrog past Apple, but even the mighty Microsoft found this a massive challenge. Well, now Apple has complimented their MacBook AIR series of laptops with a cool mix of three new MacBook Pros 1.) a 13-inch MacBook Pro 2.) a 15-inch MacBook Pro and finally, 3.) a new 17-inch MacBook Pro. See the BLOG link above for more info, or visit apple.com for full specs or to order.