News Bits: Dell Tablet PC Coming, Crumpler Bag Sale, USB Refrigerator

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Dell Tablet PC Rumors for real

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Dell’s Senior Vice President and General Manager of Dell’s Business Product Group, Jeff Clarke, has confirmed that Dell will be entering the Tablet PC market later this year with a Latitude Tablet PC. It will have a 12.1-inch widescreen display and will be extraordinairly light. Clarke says the tablet is "designed for the education, health care and the corporate marketplace."

A video of the Latitude tablet PC was posted in the Direct 2 Dell blog – see the video here.

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Dell going retail?

Dell has always built on its direct-sales model, selling products directly to customers. However, Dell has had poor sales figures in the last year or so especially when compared to rival HP.

Retail is not something new for Dell – they have kiosks in shopping malls throughout the country, which bring in a decent amount of business according to the company. This week Dell sent out a memo that hinted there would be changes and that Dell wants to reach a wider audience. The memo indicated that Dell would be pushing agressively into the retail channel. According to CEO Michael Dell, "The direct model was a revolution. It’s not a religion."

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Crumpler Beer for Bags event

Crumpler is a company known for their notebook, camera, and general use bags. This year, they are continuing their annual "beer for bags" event. It was started in Australia 5 years ago in 2002; this year it is being held in New York City and Toronto. The event is a straight trade-in: beer for bags.

Of course, there is the question of what to do with all the accumulated beer – drink it! Last year, over a thousand cases of beer were received and it was a much celebrated event of drinking.

Carefully note that underage people cannot participate in this event and those planning to attend are encouraged to not drive and take the subway or a bus.

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Special thanks to forum Super Moderator coriolis for submitting this bit.

Another geek gadget – the USB mini fridge

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Isn’t it annoying when you have to get up from your computer chair and walk to the refrigerator to get a cold drink? Now you don’t have to – with the USB Mini Fridge from Brando, you can cool canned beverages with your computer’s USB port. It takes five minutes for the fridge to bring the temperature down 47 degrees fahrenheit and it holds one can. Brando is selling it for $33 here.

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