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The average Apple computer owner may be a bit more open-minded than the company's snarky TV commercials would indicate.
According to a study conducted by The NPD Group, 85 percent of those who own an Apple computer also posses a Windows-based PC. The study also found that Apple's market penetration increased to 12 percent in 2009, up from 9 percent last year.
This data was derived from 2,300 panelists who were polled in an online survey.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
NetGear launched its latest RangeMax Wireless N router that is based on Linux's open-source software.
The RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit Router with USB (WNR3500L) is being targeted at developers and enthusiasts. The router supports several free open-source firmware applications, including DD-WRT, OpenWRT and Tomato, and additional titles can be downloaded at www.myopenrouter.com, the company said.
Lower average selling prices contributed to a 12.5 percent decline in back-to-school sales of CE and IT products, to $7.6 billion, despite a surge in notebook PC purchases.
The figures, compiled by market research firm The NPD Group through its weekly tracking service, cover the seven-week period from July 26 through Sept. 12.
Samsung Electronics unveiled a 250GB 1.8-inch external hard drive, the Spinpoint N3U.
The device incorporates a native USB controller on its printed circuit board, resulting in a smaller footprint, less power consumption and optimized performance, the company said.
The drive's native USB interface reportedly eliminates possible points of failure due to loose cable connections and optimizes performance by eliminating the interrupt-service time for the bridge board to convert PATA to USB signals.
DisplaySearch is estimating that 32.7 million netbooks will ship worldwide in 2009, with the majority going into the European/Middle East/Asian (EMEA) and North American markets.
If the 32.7 million figure is attained, the netbook, or mini-notebook, market will have effectively doubled in the course of just one year, said John Jacobs, DisplaySearch's notebook market research director.
Dell launched its FastTrack program this month, said to ship preconfigured systems for consumers and small- and medium-businesses from factories the next business day.
Dell said it would track consumers' orders directly and identify the most-requested laptops. These would then be available for quick delivery.
Acer America continued its summer product rollout last week with the introduction of an eMachines-branded all-in-one desktop.
The $399 EZ1601-01 has an 18.5W-inch display and built-in Wi-Fi, so it can be placed in a kitchen or family room without the need to run cable, the company said.
Sony debuted the Vaio W series of mini notebooks.
The W models feature 1,366 by 768, LED, 10.1-inch backlit displays. They are said to be Energy Star 5.0 compliant, as well as EPEAT Gold registered, with mercury-free LCDs.
Other features include Vaio Media plus Multimedia Streaming software, two USB ports, integrated Bluetooth technology, built-in Web cam and microphone, and a 160GB hard drive. Three colors are offered: Berry Pink, Sugar White and Cocoa Brown.
Chattanooga, Tenn. - Plantronics' Clarity division has launched two new DECT 6.0 amplified phone systems for the hearing impaired.
The two new phones - the D613 and the D603 - sport an ergonomic design with soft touch buttons and bold numbers and text.