Dell cuts Adamo 13 price, ups speed to fend off MacBook Air
Posted by at 2:09 am, December 26th 2010.

Dell today dropped the price of the Adamo 13 while also giving it a major speed increase to keep it ahead of the MacBook Air. The system has fallen from $1,099 to $899 while giving it the same specifications as the previous high-end model. It has left the 1.4GHz, ultra-low voltage Core 2 Duo from the old versions and has moved up to the significantly faster 2.13GHz chip.

The newly adopted spec also gives it a 128GB solid-state drive, 4GB of RAM and a 64-bit install of Windows 7 Home Premium. Options are few on the system outside of an AT&T-capable 3G modem. Its relatively upscale 13.4-inch design persists and has relatively broad expansion, including two USB ports (one with eSATA), Ethernet and DisplayPort. The six-cell battery is, like that on Apple's system, sealed in but can last for as much as five hours.

Dell's Adamo line was designed from the start to try and counter the MacBook Air but has had a relatively muted response since it was unveiled in March 2009. The company has cut prices and launched performance upgrades to remain competitive; it also rolled out the short-lived Adamo XPS. Neither company has broken out sales figures, but Apple has overall had less pressure to reduce prices and upgrade specs.

The Adamo 13 at its new cost is potentially more cost-efficient than the 13-inch Apple system with a faster processor and more RAM, but it runs on much slower Intel graphics, has shorter battery life, and lacks an SD card slot. Dell's closest equivalent to the 11-inch Air is the Inspiron M101z, but it runs on much slower Athlon II processors and conventional spinning hard drives.


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Apple Forces Steve Jobs Action Figure Off eBay
Posted by at 2:09 am, December 26th 2010.

Hugh Pickens writes "Kevin Parrish writes in Tom's Guide that last month, just in time for Christmas holiday gift-giving, M.I.C. Gadget manufacture and sale of a Steve Jobs action figure featuring an oversized head, Steve's trademark black shirt/blue jeans outfit, and a new iPhone 4 like a magical world-saving talisman in Jobs' left hand. The action figure, selling for $79.90, came with an Apple logo stand and cartoon balloons for writing custom messages. Soon a warning letter from Apple stated that the figurine violated a California statute prohibiting the use of a person's likeness in a product without prior authorization and sales ceased. But shortly after production stopped, the figurines began to appear on eBay selling for up to $2,500. Now Apple's lawyers have raided the online marketplace, zeroing in on one Canadian eBay seller who had already sold the figurine for $1,125 and eBay has removed other listings, telling sellers that the object for sale 'violates a celebrity's right of publicity.'"

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