December 16, 2009
Why “good enough” simply isn’t with laptops
John Morris shares his thoughts on why he thinks notebook battery performance should be improved.
“It’s true that the typical $600 mainstream laptop on the shelf at Best Buy can handle most tasks. And there’s more choice than ever in terms of size and weight, price, and performance. But if you think about it, we’re still far from having it all in one laptop. Netbooks and thin-and-lights based on ultra low-voltage chips are highly portable, and have excellent battery life, at the expense of performance. Budget and mainstream laptops are priced right and have decent performance, but they are too bulky and battery life is poor. If you really want the best performance, you can choose notebook with an Intel Core i7 quad-core (Clarksfield) processor, but these are generally available only in expensive 17-inch desktop replacements that are marginally portable and designed largely for gamers.”
Smartphone sales up 23.6 percent in 2009
Jim Dalrymple writes about smartphone sales.
“According to the study (from Gartner), Smartphones will account for 14 per cent of the total number of mobile devices sold worldwide, up 23.6 per cent over 2008. Gartner predicts that number will increase to 38 per cent by 2013.”
IT Can Boost Employee Productivity
Robin Gareiss explains why IT will help to improve the job market and the economy.
“Bottom line: Increasing employee productivity through the use of IT is a good thing, and one that ultimately will expand the job market and improve the economy.”