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Thursday, June 14, 2012

1 thing you should know before buying the new Apple MacBook Pro

Apple's newly announced MacBook Pro, available for $2199, has already got Apple aficionados drooling.  But before you part with your money in exchange for the latest and greatest from the trail blazer in everything tech known to man, you might want to be aware of this: you cannot upgrade parts of the box and it's also the "least-repairable!"

According to Computerworld, citing an email from iFixit, "The new MacBook Pro is virtually non-upgradeable -- making it the first MacBook Pro that will be unable to adapt to future advances in memory and storage technology. The teardown revealed that Apple used many of the same assembly techniques as it does with the self-contained and virtually un-upgradeable MacBook Air, including proprietary screws, copious amounts of glue, expensive parts -- the screen in particular -- that must be completely replaced even after the smallest failure, and fused components that will likely break when a neighboring part must be removed."

Basically, you order the MBP with the amount of memory and storage you require. Trying to do that after purchase will be analogous to the camel going through the eye of the needle. The reason for such restricted hardware is simply in line with Apple's whole strategy of breaking whole products into individual components, a move that quickly adds up for you the buyer, financially. It's little wonder actually, seeing that the MBP does not come with an ethernet port and optical drive, both available as extra add ons from...guess where.

So before committing funds to the shiny all trail blazing, retina-display MBP, you might want to know that:  You cannot upgrade the memory or storage(at least for now) after purchase, limiting your chances of having a future proof box, at least for the foreseeable one. 


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Skype 4.0 for Linux available for download

After like forever, Skype version 4.0 code named Four Rooms for Improvement for Linux is available for now for download. This version comes with four main changes:

  • Conversations View for tracking chats in a unified window
  • Improved audio quality
  • New Call View
  • Improved video quality and support for more cameras



There are a host of other improvements and bug fixes in this new version of the ubiquitous voip app. 

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5 things I can do with the value of the new MacBook Pro in Ghana

The new Apple MacBook Pro is going for a $2199 starting price. As someone who once read economics at both first and second years in the university, I decided to just list a few of the innumerable things I can do with that money in Ghana here, assuming an exchange rate of Gh¢1.9 to the Dollar. Here's a shortlist of 5 of those:


1. Pay for 2 of the 4 years of university education at Ghana's Institute of Professional Studies in Legon. The tuition there goes for approximately $789.47/year. I could have some change to pay for about 70% of the third year's as well.


2. Buy a plot of land for development. A 70 X 100ft parcel of land goes for roughly Gh¢4100 or $2157.


3. Buy 4 of these locally made desktop computers and donate them to these kids. Who knows how far that can go into shaping their IT future. I would also be helping grow a local computer assembling company, helping increase employment. 


4. Buy this  laptop with roughly the same specs and be able to upgrade the hardware as and when I want, with change leftover for other things. 


5. At a current rate of 20% for the 91 day government of Ghana treasury bills, I could make a quick $440 in 3 months. 


This is in no a slight or anything whatsoever on those who have the money and are willing to spend the fortune on the shiny new MacBook Pro. No. It's just me thinking out aloud, day dreaming about how my life could be transformed in not so an insignificant way if I get the value of the MBP in my hands. 


Update:

My compatriot on Google Plus, Kwabena Brenya passed a comment that I believe deserves a place in this post. So we now have 6 instead of 5. He wrote:



You left out the most important thing $2200 can do in Ghana:
Feed a kid in an orphanage with 3 square daily meals for a whole year! 

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Video- Why Augmented Reality is the Future

Erstwhile Nokia exec and mobile consultant Tomi Ahonen in this Ted video talks about the Augmented Reality and why it's the next big thing in the fast paced world of technology.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Windows RT to cost OEMs $85 per device in licensing fees?

According to VR-Zone, Microsoft's Windows RT - the iteration of the Windows OS for ARM powered devices- will cost OEMs willing to load the software onto their devices between $85-$90 per device in licensing fees. According to the site, initial estimates were that Redmond would charge $35 but "the reality is that Windows RT will cost staggering USD$80-95 dollars, with $85 being the most commonly quoted price."


At this price, we should expect to see Windows RT (sounds like retweet to me, really) tablets are going to be at par with the iPad rather than Android devices. With expected prices to range between $500-$900 for a device, it's going to be interesting to see how Microsoft plans to take on both Android powered tablets and Apple's iPad.


A late to comer to the raging table battle, one would have expected a more overwhelming strategy from Microsoft to take on Android instead since it cuts across both the high and low spec'd spectrum, but instead they chose to go after the iPad. The next year is going to be really interesting in the tablet market for observers and consumers alike. 



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Infographic- International Internet Scam Hotspots

With a lot of people getting scammed everyday, the world of online scammers is vast. This infographic from Background Check sheds some light on where these scams originate from, broken down into country specific percentages. Some of the highlights are 


  • The Internet Crime Complaint Center receives over 300,000 complaints each year. 
  • These internet scams amounted to an almost $600 million loss in 2009. 
  •  Men lose $1.25 for every $1.00 loss reported by women. 
  • Nearly 66% of the complaints originated from the US.
  • The more than half of internet scams originate from the US



  International Internet Scam Hotspots
From: Background Check Guide

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Google acquires Quickoffice

Quickoffice, the popular mobile office productivity suite has been acquired by Google. Alan Warren, Engineering Director at Google wrote on the official Google blog regarding the acquisition


We're happy to announce that we have acquired Quickoffice, a leader in office productivity solutions. Today, consumers, businesses and schools use Google Apps to get stuff done from anywhere, with anyone and on any device. Quickoffice has an established track record of enabling seamless interoperability with popular file formats, and we'll be working on bringing their powerful technology to our Apps product suite.


Clearly this is part of Google's strategy of making the use of Google apps seamless regardless of device or platform. It does not come as a surprise seeing how the battle for domination has shifted over the last few years to the mobile terrain. Google naturally is bolstering its mobile arsenal, chiefly Android, in the face of increasing competition from the other platforms.

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