News Roundup: Shareholders Want More Green, Next-Gen iPods, Windows-Loaded Macs, and More

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News Roundup: Shareholders Want More Green, Next-Gen iPods, Windows-Loaded Macs, and More

Everyone loves a good meeting: Apple's annual shareholders meeting will be held tonight in Cupertino, and the stockholders may have some bones to pick with the board. The stock price rose in advance of the meeting. After Apple's announcement regarding its environmental policies, that issue might not be as pressing, but some people still feel that committing to recycling and phasing out harmful materials isn't enough, and that Apple has to improve the longevity of its products. "Building products with limited life spans and severly limiting backward compatibility," writes James Massola of Eureka Street magazine, "is counterintuitive to the idea of recycling and being environmentally responsible." In related news, the first Energy Star 4.0-rated notebook is on the way from Dell, and IBM has announced their own environmentally sensitive effort, "Project Big Green," with a price tag of a cool $1 billion.


In other Apple and Mac news: Apple filed a patent for a next-gen iPod with a screen on the front and touch-sensitive controls on the back. Parallels announced that its US distributor, Tech Data Corporation, will offer 13 preconfigured packages consisting of a Mac (Mac Pro, iMac, Mac mini, MacBook Pro, or MacBook) already loaded with Parallels Desktop for Mac and an installed copy of Windows XP Pro, ready to go. But if you're going somewhere rough, you might want to take this ruggedized, field-ready Mac mini setup from VictorSystems. It's the Rambo of Macs.


And rounding out the hardware news: OWC is offering a 2TB RAID array for just $1,099. This Simpsons-themed Xbox 360 could be more precious than issue #1 of Radioactive Man -- Microsoft only made 100, to be given away at promotional events for The Simpsons Movie. But the truly Homer-obsessed might prefer to make a replication of his "gummi Venus de Milo" with this awesomely named CandyFab 4000, a homemade 3D printer that uses the SHASAM (yes!) method to craft objects from sugar. Mmmmm, sugar.




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Looks like another way for Microsoft to try and look cool when they are not.



Very true.

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