News Bits: Apple Parts Shortages, Order Starbucks from your laptop, Intel in the OLPC

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Apple feels shortage of computer parts, delays

Several Apple products are facing component shortages and delays. The most notable include the iMac and MacBook Pro. The new Bluetooth keyboard is not supposed to start shipping until the end of September, several weeks away.

The MacBook Pro is seeing the biggest delays; most likely the system’s LED screen is causing the delay. A very limited supply of the notebooks is expected in September. There are no shortages of the 17-inch MacBook Pro.

The iMac delays have improved since last month, when some orders were delayed up to two weeks.

Finally, supply of the new iPod Nanos is expected to be short in September.

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Order Starbucks from your laptop

Even though there are a lot of Starbucks coffee shops, there always seems to be a line inside. Now that line can be avoided. In Starbucks located in the U.K., customers can log on to the in-store Wi-Fi and order a drink from their computer. Shortly after placing the order someone will bring it to you. Nifty!

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Asustek Eee PC to bring down ASP of mobile devices

The average selling prices (ASPs) of notebook computers and other portable devices like UMPCs will come down with the introduction of the Asus Eee PC into the notebook market according to a DigiTimes report. Asustek expects the Eee PC to begin to make an impact in the consumer notebook market in the second half of next year. The introduction of the device is expected to have a large impact on the entire notebook industry. It could be dangerous for the UMPC market as their ASPs have stayed high.

Intel looking to put processors inside OLPC

Talks are currently being held to discuss putting an Intel processor inside the OLPC. The OLPC currently runs on a 433MHz AMD Geode processor, which is quite slow by mainstream standards. However, it is very power efficient and does not cost much.

The OLPC will go into production at the end of September or early October. No decision has been made on whether or not OLPC will use Intel processors. Using Intel processors will require a redesign. Intel plans to use modified versions of the Celeron M processor, the A100 and the A110. The "Silverthorne" processor will be built on a 45nm process and is dual-core. The chip is extremely small so production costs should be low, but it is not known yet whether or not the chip will be cheap enough.

A switch to Intel chips would not mean the discontinuation of the use of AMD chips. The OLPC wants to offer systems with different processors.

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Direct2Dell Inspiron product delays blog reaches 1000+ comments

The Direct2Dell blog post concerning Inspiron notebook delays has now received over one thousand comments. It seems that many customers are using the blog as a place to vent. Some of the comments are quite entertaining. Click to go.

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