It's been around a long time. The Microsoft-Apple war. People on both sides of the fence argue until they're foaming at the mouth about "who is better." The media has even poked fun at it but Apple has full on embraced it with the Mac and PC Guys in commercials. That being said, these CEO icons are no longer really at war, and even though Microsoft still pushes more units each year, Apple is the clear winner.
As much as I hate to admit it, Steve Jobs is the jock. He's the cocky guy that knows he's the best and most of the time, he's right. Bill Gates is the nerdy type with a chip on his shoulder. He knows he's smart and he wants to let you know too. Both guys lack social decorum, but one comes out on top as the victor time and time again, and that's Steve Jobs.
With all the Apple rumors over the past week or so, Brenda and I were discussing whether we'd rather see a grown-up iPod Touch-style UMPC from the company, or a full-sized MacBook Tablet. As a Tablet PC user in the past, I'm a sucker for the full-sized option running OS X; Brenda is more keen on something super-portable that will kick Microsoft's UMPC format into the dust. In the end, we decided to argue it out online and give SlashGear readers the chance to throw in their opinions too; we're calling it "He Said, She Said" and you can read our thoughts (and leave your own) after the cut.
Lenovo are the next big computing manufacturer to plan a budget netbook, according to a report from DigiTimes. Quoting Ken Wong, general manager of Lenovo Taiwan, the device being considered would be aimed at both consumer and enterprise markets, differentiating themselves from the existing netbooks on offer which generally target entry-level education or budget individual consumers.
Apple has "strongly suggested" that retailers place bulk orders for certain product lines - four weeks' worth of iPods and three weeks' worth of 13-inch MacBooks and 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros - warning that supplies could be short over the coming month. The move has further stoked the rumors that the company will announce replacement models in the next financial quarter.
Intel's Classmate PC, a low-cost laptop intended for educational use and already on sale in 35 different countries, will undergo an imminent hardware, design and software overhaul, claim the company, with an official announcement in "a month or so". In the meantime, the existing Classmate 2 model has been updated with Intel's Atom processor.
Matsushita has stuck its large-size display neck on the line and announced it intends to be selling 40-inch OLED HDTVs by 2011. As a result it has spent an estimated $930m on an OLED panel mass production plant based in Himeji, Japan; that should begin producing panels in 2010, based on the findings from a different, prototype production line ramping up early next year that will produce 20-inch and larger OLEDs.
Nintendo have announced their financial performance figures for Q1 2008 [pdf link] and year-on-year sales are looking healthy: at 423,380 million Yen ($3.92bn) they've seen an increase of almost 83,000 million Yen ($768m) in net sales over the same quarter in 2007. Net assets are down slightly from the last quarter but net sales are up to 107,267 million Yen ($993m). The company also announced sales figures for their product lines, both quarterly and lifetime, which makes for interesting reading.
Vuzix's iWear VR920 has been around since the tail-end of last year, promising virtual reality for multiple games. Of course, software tends to move faster than hardware does, and while the iWear's compatibility list was pretty comprehensive back then, mid-way through 2008 and it's not looking so hot. Perhaps I'm a cynic but I'd half expect a manufacturer to selectively ignore their old product and instead concentrate on a fanfare for a new one; happily Vuzix have been in touch to point out they've added eleven new titles to the VR920's list.