News Roundup: Sub-Notebook Coming, Says BofA; EU Backs Off; and iPod Big with Cricket Crowd

News Roundup: Sub-Notebook Coming, Says BofA; EU Backs Off; and iPod Big with Cricket Crowd

Sub-notebooks & rumors of sub-notebooks: Apple, largely working as they do, in mysterious ways, is widely suspected by Bank of America Securities of working on a flash-based notebook and video iPod designs for release sometime later this year. Analyst Keith Bachman, quoted in a note to clients, said "We believe that Apple will introduce a new notebook, with flash based storage. Turn on time will be shorter (with flash), and we imagine the form factor will be thinner, than existing notebooks." And while it seems the capacity point’s not been nailed down Bachman sorta-kinda thinks it’ll end up around 30GB. (We think bigger, especially considering that SuperTalent Technologies of San Jose, California has a 2.5-inch 64GB flash drive "coming soon," and a 1.8-inch model can't be far off - it's a long time until "later this year.") The financial prognosticator’s upshot? Bachman's keeping Apple as a "buy.” And we would, if it weren't for those pesky journalists' conflict-of-interest guidelines.

 

Move away from the Apple: Nothing says "sorry" like the European Union's consumer chief backpedalling from her early week broadsides against Apple and her perceived need to have iTunes be a tad more universal. Meglena Kuneva, in a press release, explained that there was no reason to consider, seriously, legal action, and that she just wanted to spark some debate. "I would like, really, to start this debate. What is best to develop this market and to have more consumers enjoying this really very important, very modern way of downloading and enjoying the music?" Reuters quoted her as saying about Apple's iTunes. Apologias notwithstanding, pressure on Apple has been building with European consumer agencies going after Apple.

 

A sticky iPod wicket: Quick: What's the difference between a sport and a game? We don't exactly know either, but what we do know is that Cricket, known for being generally incomprehensible, lasting 16 days, and including on-field breaks for tea has taken a step toward general coherency by employing the use of some technology we know well, the iPod. Mark Garraway, England's cricket team analyst, has moved footage of practice and matches from the training room to players' iPods and games consoles. Ostensibly to, er, help them. Or something. American-born cricket players are still awaiting, um, birth.

 

And finally: It's Pi Day for those of you who might care to celebrate by taking the day off from work and getting drunk or something. Wait. Since Pi is 3.14159265, the celebration peaked at exactly 26 and a half seconds after 1:59 this morning (today is, as you know, 3/14), but you can party all day, if that’s your wont...tell your boss we said it was OK.

 

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thriftytechie

Usually more would be better, but since a subnotebook would likely be a secondary computer, I wouldn't mind a 20GB drive if it means lower cost...

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PSS

Here at Tekserve in New York we celebrated Pi Day at 1:59:26pm.
12 hours late, true, but the store was not open at 2am.
We celebrated by serving Pie to our customers.
And of course, it was Apple Pie!

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