Feb 26, 2009 | 5
It seems everyday a story makes the news about a stolen laptop containing loads of valuable information. Today, for example, a thief absconded with seven Dell laptops from the Maidstone Borough electoral registration office in Kent, U.K. (Fortunately, officials reported that there was no sensitive info stored on the stolen computers.) Teachers in Steamboat Springs, Colo., were not as lucky. A burglar (or burglars) earlier this week lifted a laptop from the Steamboat Springs School District office containing 10 years worth of Social Security numbers for 1,300 past and present employees, the Steamboat Pilot & Today reports.
Feb 2, 2009 | 9
Can a laptop be manufactured for $10? The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project created by Nicholas Negroponte and the MIT Media Lab has struggled to keep its promise to provide $100 laptops to school kids in developing countries (In fact, the cheapest one goes for around $188). But the Indian government says it will distribute laptops to students throughout India that each cost less than a movie ticket in New York City.
Too good to be true? Afraid so. BBC News today reported that the announcement – widely reported by new pubs over the weekend – has since been "corrected" to $100 per laptop.
But even at $100 a pop, the price tag would still be the cheapest for a school computer since Negroponte and his colleagues launched OLPC in 2005. Since then, NComputing launched its "thin client" model that allows schools to extend the computing power of one PC out to several PCs (at a cost well over $100 per desktop) and chipmaker Intel has helped bring to market the Classmate netbook PC, which starts at $300. Other computer makers, including Asus and HP, are flooding into the netbook market promising cheaper laptops, but they won't touch the $100 price point for some time.
Oct 14, 2008 | 6
Was it worth the buzz?
Apple today unveiled its new MacBook notebooks, most notable for their lowered price, high-performance graphics cards and, in some models, all-metal chassis: The new MacBook and 15-inch MacBook Pro are made from a single block of aluminum. Apple, which has been promising greener, more environmentally friendly electronics announced that the new MacBook family also meets Energy Star 4.0, Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) Gold and Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) environmental standards, and contains no brominated flame retardants. They use PVC-free internal cables and components, as well as displays that are free of mercury and arsenic. The LED (light emitting diode)-backlit display uses up to 30 percent less energy than previous MacBooks displays.
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