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Notebook Battery Shortage

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Dell, Asus and HP say there’s a shortage of laptop batteries, partly because of a recent fire at LG Chem, second biggest Korean battery maker. The fire has driven PC makers back to other makers including Sony (remember world’s largest product recall of tales of exploding batteries?) LG Chem expects the Ochang plant to start production again in three months.   Go LG Chem

Geek Grandma vs. Giants of Industry

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Geek Grandma vs. Giants of IndustryOnce more the name Rothschild strikes fear in the heart of the business community. Dr. Gertrude Neumark Rothschild holds patents she thinks cover "short-wavelength (e.g., blue, violet)” LEDs and laser diodes used in handheld mobile devices, instrument panels, billboards, traffic lights, high def DVD players (Blu-ray), and data storage devices.  The US International Trade Commission takes her claim seriously and will officially investigate a Who’s Who in Electronics (Hitachi, Continue reading...

Low Cost Intel PC Platform Comes to Europe

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Classmate PC1Classmate PC3Computer makers in Europe will sell a 2nd-generation version of the Intel-designed Classmate PC for about 300 euros.

 Intended as kiddie PCs, their arrival in the market will fuel the low-cost computing movement.

The new, low-cost laptops developed from Intel technology will run on Windows. Intel says makers in India, Mexico and Indonesia already sell Classmate PC laptops to retail clients.

  Go Classmate 

Solid State Drives Not So Solid?

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Just as notebook makers increasingly adopt SSDs, an industry analyst says a major builder (Dell presumably) experiences a 20-30% return (performance issues piling on top of 10-20% failure rates.)

 

Intel is expected to enter the SSD market with 80GB-160GB. With SSD failures 10X higher than HDDs (10-12% vs. 0.5-2%), making reliable SSDs will be the key that could differentiate SSD vendors.

 

SSD’s high failure rates come at a price: $1000 extra for a notebook with SSD.

 

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What’s Green, Wireless and Fully Recyclable?

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What’s Green, Wireless and Fully Recyclable?

The Lenovo Idea Pad, Apple AirBook, Asus eeePc…like Alice in Wonderland, notebooks are shrinking, shrinking…

Call them Ultra Mobile Devices. But supposing someone tied this UMD excitement to the urgency of Green IT?

Meet the UNI-V100, a new fully recyclable notebook for under 199 Euro MSRP and shown for the first time ever at CeBIT.

A Linux based subnotebook with Strong ARM processor that comes with a suite of office tools, theUni-V100 comes from China. It’s wireless-enabled and Continue reading...

IBM Meets Demand for 'Microsoft-free' PCs

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IBM will work with Vienna-based VDEL and Poland’s LX Polska to sell "Open Referent" systems (based on Red Hat Linux and open standards-based productivity software).

Open Referent taps into a growing demand for low-cost desktop systems that by definition have to lose the cost of Microsoft. IBM says it is responding to demand from large businesses and government agencies in Eastern Europe and Russia (including  Aeroflot, the Russian Ministry of Defence and the RusHotel hotel chain). Continue reading...

IT Jobs Can Be Sexy, Suggests EC Commissioner

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"We have to convince young women that ICT isn't just for geeks. IT jobs can be very sexy indeed," Reding told journalists in a briefing.

Reding believes getting women recruits is the best way to make up the shortfall of 300,000 skilled ICT personnel in Europe. Women accounted for 58% of all graduates in the EU at last count, but female computer science graduates fell by 4% during the same period.

Go Woman in IT

Don’t Underestimate Microsoft Surface computer. See the video.

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Don’t Underestimate Microsoft Surface computer. See the video.

Launched last year, Microsoft Surface was brought out at CeBIT for Steve Ballmer’s presentation in front of two prime ministers and other celebrities.

There in Hannover, on stage, the heads of countries marveled as Ballmer manipulated images and data on Microsoft Surface, faster than any politician could manipulate the voters.

SurfaceDefinitely Surface will be taken up in commercial environments, contrary to the consumer driven trend in technology. If you are not in those markets, Surface will “sink& Continue reading...

USA, EU Join for Counterfeit Computer Raids

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In "Operation Infrastructure," coordinated U.S. and European authorities seized thousands of counterfeit computer components in November and December.

About 360,000 items, mostly computer networking hardware and ICs, were seized by the U.S. Customs and EC Taxation and Customs Union Directorate General.

The U.S. and EU said last year that they would establish the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement to encourage countries to follow intellectual property rights established by the World Trade Continue reading...

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