News Bits: Apple MacBook Refresh Soon, Cancer Awareness VAIOs, Sprint WiMax Plans Crumble

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Apple to refresh MacBooks

The introduction of Mac OS X 10.5 is getting closer as the release date of October 26 nears. Think Secret is reporting that the MacBook will be refreshed around that time and consumers should be able to get them during the first half of November. It is unknown whether the MacBook will receive a faster processor or an overhaul to the Santa Rosa platform.

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Sony intros pink laptop, donates to breast cancer research

In support of National Breast Cancer Awareness month, Sony has introduced a pink 14.1-inch VAIO CR-series notebook. It starts at $1369.99 and features an Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 processor, 200GB hard drive, DVD burner, 2GB of RAM, integrated graphics, and a built-in 1.3 megapixel webcam. Sony will donate $75 for the sale of each laptop.

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Optiarc introduces Blu-ray drive for notebooks

Optiarc has introduced a Blu-ray drive for "mid-range" laptops. The BC-5500A drive will read and write both CDs and DVDs but will only read Blu-ray discs, hence the lower price. It is currently going for $335.

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The must-have laptop gear

PCWorld is running an article designed to save you time and money when shopping for laptop accessories. Which ones do you really need to make your computing experience as smooth and as efficient as possible?

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Wall Street May Force Sprint to Curtail WiMax Plans

Sprint has one of the largest and fastest 3G cellular wireless networks in the United States, and the company is in the process of rolling out a 4G network using Mobile WiMax.

Unfortunately for this telcom, its leading-edge technology hasn’t resulted in it gaining new customers. On the contrary, its subscriber base has actually declined in recent years, along with its share price.

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As a result, Sprint’s chief executive resigned on Monday. Gary Forsee had been the driving force behind this telcom’s plan to have a nationwide WiMax network in place by 2010, and some are urging his replacement — who has yet to be named — to re-think the plan.

Critics of the Xohm service point out that it will cost $5 billion to put in place, is based on unproven technology, and do nothing about the the company’s short-term problems. Defenders say that in the long term it will bring in many new customers by offering a mobile Internet service that’s as fast as a DSL connection.

Those who are against the WiMax plan urge the new CEO to either slow down the process or even sell its assets to another company. Sprint can’t completely drop the project, as it has purchased the rights to use portions of the wireless spectrum earmarked for WiMax.

As decision on the fate of the Xohm service won’t be made until Sprint has found a new CEO.



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