Link [Rules for Anchorites]
Apple has just updated their entry-level MacBook models to match the recent 13″ MacBook Pros in terms of speed, battery life, and graphics performance, whilst maintaining a fair-sounding USD$999 (SGD$1488) price point.
That money will get you a 2.4Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, a Nvidia GeForce 320M graphics processor with 256MB of memory, and a non-removable battery capacious enough to last 10 hours of typical use. That’s really the best feature here; five years ago you’d be happy to get three hours out of a low-end machine.
But if you upgrade a MacBook to have 4GB of RAM ($1648) and compare that to a 13″ MacBook Pro (with 4GB of RAM as standard, $1788), it looks like a much poorer deal. $1648 vs $1788, for a difference of $140.
Here’s what that $140 gets you:
- A sturdier aluminium body that’s slimmer all around and just a bit lighter
- The option of upgrading to a maximum of 8GB of RAM, instead of 4GB for the MacBook
- An illuminated keyboard that dims in response to ambient lighting conditions
- Firewire 800
- An SD card slot
- The appearance of not being a cheapskate/noob/student.
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Link [BBC News]
Google publishes statistics on popular web searches the same way Twitter has its trending topics. Some of this stuff stays up on the charts for days, while other vague, ungrokkable keyword combinations burn brightly and then mysteriously slip away. Let’s have a look at what’s hot now:
Okay, that’s all! Tune in next time for more insight into what Singaporeans use this internet thing for.