Almost one-third of flash-based notebooks being shipped are being returned, says Avi Cohen of Avian Securities. Dell agrees there are problems.
Has hell frozen over? The big maker of hard drives is going to put a toe into flash drives too.
Disks will have a capacity of up to 16GB; first disks will target sub-notebooks and tablet PCs. Photo: Samsung's solid-state disk
Apple CEO Steve Jobs made it clear yesterday that the hard-drive-less MacBook Air is the future of his company's notebook lineup.
It's not that a pricey ultraportable threatens Windows' still-huge market share. But its ultra-fast resume feature and long battery life could be tough for the PC to match.
With news that users are hacking Windows and Linux Netbooks to run OS X--and run it pretty well--Apple needs to release a Netbook of its own before it loses ground in the highest-growth laptop category.
Laptop news for the week of March 17.
The year in gadgets was marked by a DVD format war, the iPhone 3G and a parade of would-be iPhone killers, and--like everything else--the economic downturn.
When Microsoft talks Windows 7 next week, expect the software maker to talk about a product that can reach a part of the market that Vista has so far barely touched.
The return rates on flash notebooks are far lower than what a Wall Street research firm claimed, Dell says. And the firm agrees.