We received a note from Tobias Brinkmann, head marketing honcho in the EMEA region, informing us that the company released eight new products in three lines. When it comes to the Apple platform and the price of memory upgrades on apple.com, we only have to address memory upgrade kits first. DDR2 kits are intended for 1st Gen Intel-based Mac Book and Mac Book Pros, while DDR3 kits are intended for latest, nVidia-powered Mac Book / Mac Book Pros. Both are available in 2GB Single Channel SO-DIMM and 4GB Dual Channel kits. DDR2 memory ticks at 667 MHz and 5-5-5-15 latencies at 1.8V, while DDR3 ticks
An Inconvenient Fruit: Microsoft Vs. Apple – Prelude
A Couple of days ago, Microsoft launched its new Ad campaign with two ads. Second ad is pretty much the same as the first, but is this really the message from Microsoft? There is a person claiming to be looking for a laptop, they are then given the great opportunity to look for a laptop and if they can find one to their liking for under a certain amount, Microsoft will pony up the cash and buy it for them. Sounds simple enough right? It is a pretty neat counter to all of the PC bashing ads from Apple [remember all the I’m a Mac
iPhone 3.5G and iPod touch to feature 3.2 and 5 MPixel cameras?
While Apple’s iPhone achieved excellent sales results, one of most criticized features was its appalling picture quality with 2MPix camera, but with the next iPhone and iPod touch versions coming in the near future, that could be corrected. Finally. DigiTimes received information that OmniVision received a large order from Apple. The ordered product was no other than CMOS image sensors, with active 3.2 MPixel – resolution of 2048×1536 pixels. The question now is – will these sensors end up in the upcoming iPhone, followed by iPod touch, expected to debut on June 8-12 in San Francisco, during the opening keynote of Apple’s WWDC [World-Wide Developer
How to get iPhone 3G for 1 Euro? Ask German T-Mobile
Skype for iPhone was released this week, during the first day of CTIA in Las Vegas. We wondered what the reaction of operators will be, since you can use a data connection to talk, instead of paying for your 15 second intervals. Well, Deutsche Telekom, owner of T-Mobile, iPhone’s exclusive carrier in Germany has the answer for you. According to the statement given to the local German media, T-Mobile Deutschland press-spinner Alexandar von Schmettow stated that the company is openly blocking out VoIP applications: "It is clearly stated in our customer contracts that such services may not be used," You might ask yourself why is
OWC launches memory kits for Mac Pro
When we opened up our Video Production Studio last year, we opted for a hybrid Mac Pro/MacBook Pro and Intel’s V8 and Skulltrail platforms. While finding 8-16GB FB-DIMM for a PC was a breeze (at low cost – Kingston modules were selected), situation for Mac Pro was a bit difficult, since spending 7000 USD on 16GB of memory was not an option. We opted for a 16GB kit from OWC and so far, we’re happy with it. When the Nehalem-EP based Mac Pro debuted, we put the purchase of several machines in our plan for 2009, and well – it looks like the memory will
Recession is over? TSMC, UMC, VIS show large growth in orders
When world recession struck last year, contract foundries were hit really hard, with utilization dropping as low as 30%, sending workers home, introducing single-shift days and 4-day weeks. Largest players in the field, Taiwanese TSMC, UMC were forced to live through all of these measures in order to stay in the black. Courtesy of DigiTimes, we learned that both TSMC and UMC are reporting utilization growing back to 50-60%, thanks to a large number of rushed orders by foreign contracting firms. If we look at a chart above, we see that in December ’08, TSMC dipped as low as negative 31.5% compared to October, while
Apple puts a green spin on its non-removable battery policy
It looks like Apple grew tired of going through reviews of their products, with each and every one criticizing their decision to go with non-removable battery. Regardless of that product being an iPod, iPhone or a MacBook Pro “Unibody”, media criticized that bit. But it is not just media, it is just the law of physics. Our web designer has two-year old $4200-paid MacBook Pro (1st Gen Intel) and the battery went “kapput”, as Germans would say. New battery exceeds $400 in Croatia, and for that price, he refuses to buy a new one. He also refuses to purchase a new unibody Mac, opting to
Youtube video shows OpenCL running on Nvidia GPU
It looks like OpenCL is getting ready for prime time. A reader from across the English Channel contacted us with a link to Youtube video that showcases OpenCL being processed on a GPU. If I recall correctly, a while ago AMD claimed world’s first OpenCL demo, but it was done on a single core (and then scaled up to all four) on a Phenom II X4 CPU. If this video is correct, Nvidia gets the pole position for being the first company to demonstrate OpenCL working on a GPU, which is “usage as intended”. Judging from the video, Nvidia showed Nbody simulation changing following parameters:
Best Buy offers $99 iPhone 3G 8GB! In Croatia? 17 cents ;)
Best Buy special – for one week only, iPhone 3G 8GB is just $99. 16GB will set you back for just $199.
Message to The Industry: We live in a different world…
Growing trend in the IT industry is talk about exclusiveness and how some companies and parts of the market are going to die. However, the world, and especially the IT industry actually operates on the different principle – inclusiveness.
Upcoming Apple products continue to use Nvidia chipsets
Wedbush Morgan Securities confirm what we already know: refreshes of Mac mini and iMac are on the way, main feature being the adoption of Nvidia chipsets and GPUs across the range. It seems that Nvidia is poised to capture a lions’ share of Apple world.
GPGPU is the future: Khronos releases OpenCL API
With Khronos group officially launching the OpenCL 1.0 specification, GPGPU computing is now officially covered with a open-source, royalty-free cross-platform API that enables parallel programming on the GPUs, regardless from whom they’re coming from.
OtterBox Impact protects your iPhone or Blackberry Bold
Few weeks ago, I wrote about the fragility of the new iPhone 3G …or just its lack of scratchproof coating (e.g. nano-paint). My Blackberry 9000 Bold also suffered the same fate, but at least it wasn’t a scratch caused by expensive protective case bought in Apple store. Just in case you wondered, the protective case that scratched the back of iPhone 3G can was a $35 purchase under the name Incase Slider for iPhone 3G. The phone was scratched while protected by the case – Incase Slider made too much pressure on the back side of the phone and scratched the logo. After the
Apple pays the price of popularity
Apple zealots (one class above fanboys) are often hanging to two threads in every discussion that involves the difference between other platforms and their “perfect OS”. These two are engraved into heads of many, but sadly, neither of them is true. Macs don’t have viruses Macs don’t need to defragment the hard disk drive First and foremost, Mac OS X is based upon UNIX operating system (Berkeley Software Distribution or BSD with parts from NetBSD and FreeBSD – all from Nextstep era), thus it is an operating system subject to security vulnerabilities such as viruses, Trojan horses, hacking, brute force cracking and so on. Before
Saturday Light Special: An Unlikely iPhone Review
Welcome to the first edition of Saturday Light Special. The goal of this weekly articles will be to provide you with a bit of fun for the weekend. In future, Sundays will continue to feature weekly recap and announcements for the week ahead. For now, I bring you this golden piece from EatLiver.com:
Croatia: World of Warcraft beats iPhone 3G
After all the media fanfare about iPhone 3G and the goodness that the gadget brings, we have heard reports about T-Com demanding 6-month subscription in advance and similar consumer-unfriendly tactics. However, mainstream media didn’t exactly show in droves to see more several thousand people that waited in Zagreb and hundreds of people in several other cities in Croatia – these people waited for World of Warcraft: The Wrath of Lich King add-on. The price was set at $60 for the regular and $120 for the Collector’s Edition – and yes, there were many happy faces walking off with the Collector’s Edition. However, during the great
UPDATE: Over 7000 iPhones sold in Croatia on Day One
iPhone debuted in Croatia today, and became an instant hit with more than 7000 devices sold in first 8 hours of being on the street. Now, if you had any perception about Croatia being a “country in development”, “emerging market”, “people eat food from cans” (quite popular assumption from my former british colleagues… even though their cuisine was pretty pathetic), think again. Prices for the iPhone 3G range from 25 cents to over $800, depending on your subscription model. Yes, you can buy the iPhone 3G for measily 25 cents, not a typo. But, only if you want to pay monthly subscription of $100, that
Fancy phones need protection
In a period of 24 hours, I managed to scratch my Blackberry Bold, while a friend of mine scratched is iPhone 3G. In the case of Bold, it was give-or-take my fault: Vodafone did not provide protective carrying case in the box, nor it was available for buying – thus, I had a relatively unprotected device filled with “shiny parts”. Given the fact that I was moving my things from Mountain House to Frisco, one can judge that it was my own fault. But in the case of iPhone… the scratched part was actually discovered when a good friend of mine removed the protective case
Why even the TIME magazine can’t cut through marketing B.S.?
While sitting in Lufthansa’s First Class lounge at the Franz- Joseph-Strauss airport (Munich), which is undoubtedly one of, if not the best transit airport in the world, I was going through the latest issue of TIME magazine. Personally, I grew up reading TIME, Newsweek and papers such as The Guardian, Telegraph and International Herald Tribune, with a subset of local papers, whatever country of my residence was. And these papers inspired me to become a journalist, as I learned the importance of right information at the right time. But most importantly, information had to be truthful, regardless of subjective views of local authorities – and
YES – Somebody finally made a decent Blu-ray burner!
I’ve just received word from Woodstock, IL – and this press release is something that I’ve just had to share, because the words that came out of my mouth were “Finally, darn it!” Karen Thomas sent me an e-mail with press release containing the title “OWC ANNOUNCES INDUSTRY’S FIRST BLU-RAY EXTERNAL DRIVES WITH “QUAD INTERFACE”. Now, naturally, my comment for this spinning paper (press release) would be the bin, but this device actually has some true muscle. OWC Mercury Pro is external Blu-ray burner, but it features e-SATA port. Yep, you’ve read it correctly – it does come with FireWire 400 and 800, USB 2.0,