OLPC extends Give One Get One program to Dec. 31
The OLPC non-profit organization announced it is extending its Give One Get One program to December 31 in the US and Canada. Nicholas Negroponte said in a statement "In the past 10 days, we’ve experienced an outpouring of support from the public that is truly gratifying and encouraging. Because so many people have asked for more time to participate either individually or in order to organize local and national groups to which they belong, we have decided to extend Give One Get One through the end of this year. During this extended period we will solicit input and transition to a program of giving only at the beginning of 2008. We want as many people as possible to have the opportunity to act upon the giving spirit of the holiday season."
The Give One Get One program allows a customer in the US or Canada to buy two OLPC XO notebooks for $399; the customer will get one and the other will go to a child in a developing nation. The OLPC has said donations have reached US$2 million per day.
The Asus Eee PC is the most wanted Christmas gift
The Asus Eee PC is being called the most wanted Christmas gift in America. It is number one on wish lists at Amazon.com and it is also number one at CNET.com. Asus predicts that its projected sales goal of 350,000 units will be met by the end of the year; next year the company predicts sales of 3 to 5 million units.
The Eee PC is a success not only in the US, but around the world. It is sold out in many places as soon as it hits the market.
Dell WoW teaser in the XPS notebook section — new release coming 12/11/07?
Dell is currently running a teaser for some type of new release coming on 12/11/07. In the XPS Notebook section the following graphic can be seen:
If you click the banner it goes to a World of Warcraft signup page that indicates Dell and Blizzard, maker of WoW, are forming some type of partnership to sell — well — something!
Siemens shows off ultrasound MacBook Pro
Siemens Media Solutions in Germany has introduced an Apple MacBook Pro equipped with ultrasound. It is designed for mobile applications in cardiology, vascular applications, use in the operating room, and use in anesthesiology departments. The device is called the Acuson P50. It has special ultrasound electronics and software.
Next year to see strong push for notebook use LED backlighting
Major backlight unit makers in Taiwan will grow their LED-based departments substantially in 2008. One major BLU maker, Coretronic, expects to put out 150,000 – 200,000 LED-based notebook-use BLUs per month, up from 70,000 – 80,000 units per month at present. Radiant Opto-Electronics, another firm, will do the same, increasing capacity to 100,000 units per month from the current 20,000.
Windows XP SP3 offers 10% performance boost
Microsoft will release Service Pack 3 for Windows XP next year, and according to testers, it will be a must-have update. Testers have seen numerous performance improvements, including a 10% boost in Microsoft Office compared to SP2. SP3 will be focused on consolidating bug fixes and patches.
Using the Office performance benchmarks, XP SP3 is considerably faster than Vista SP1. Vista SP1 is more than two times slower than XP SP3 according to Devil Mountain Software’s chief technology officer Craig Barth.