Piper Jaffray- ultra-portable Mac “likely”

The discussion of an ultra-portable device from Cupertino just won’t fade and is now picking up some credible backing.  Investment bank Piper Jaffray’s analysts are claiming that Apple will either build an ultra-portable MacBook in the 10 to 11-inch screen range or a device similar to what we’ve been saying we think Apple should do, a handheld PC slightly bigger than the iPhone.

The ultraportable device could arrive in the form of an extensionto the Cupertino-based firm’s MacBook family of notebooks, Munstersaid, with a full keyboard and small screen of approximately 10 to 11inches. Such an offering would be "a logical addition" to the Macplatform, he added, as any notebook with a more compact form-factorthan the current 13-inch MacBooks would help Apple continue its sharegains in the portable space, especially in Asia where UMPCs are morepopular relative to other markets.

Alternatively, the analyst said, Apple is likely focusing a chunk ofits R&D development efforts on the multi-touch technology used inthe iPhone. He said an ultraportable product from this category wouldlikely be a tablet device similar to, but slightly larger than, the iPhone.

(via Apple Insider)

Debunking 5 Business Myths about Second Life

NBA IslandRecently Forbes featured a widely-cited article (reg. req.) on marketing in Second Life that was so spectacularly incorrect, it inspired me to whip up this reference guide, as the errors there keep cropping up elsewhere. As someone who worked for Linden Lab, consults on and is writing a book about Second Life, I have an obvious personal and professional interest in the topic. But what follows isn’t metaverse boosterism; it may very well be that Second Life is over-hyped or ill-conceived for business purposes. Even if so, however, it’s not due to the five provably bogus claims. [digg=http://digg.com/gaming_news/Top_Five_Second_Life_Myths_Exploded]
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Giveaway of the day: RSS-to-Speech

Rsstospeech_wave_whiteToday’s freebie over at Giveaway of the Day caught my eye, actually, it caught my ear. RSS-to-Speech is a Windows compatible standalone version of a Google gadget from Apexoft. The original gadget takes RSS feeds and reads them aloud; the standalone app has the same functionality and doesn’t require Google desktop like the original gadget does. Normally, RSS-to-Speech costs $19 but the budget-busting posse at Giveaway of the Day have it available free today. Remember, like all other G of the D deals, you’ll need to download and activate the app by midnight tonight.

My money is on James to download and install this in advance of his next Starbuck’s visit. It’s only fair that he do this since folks aren’t following his office rules. 😉

Fujitsu- we recommend Vista, but not from us

I’m not the only one who is following Fujitsu closely to see when Vista drivers and utilities appear for download for our PCs.  As of this writing they haven’t appeared yet, so I decided to check out the Fujitsu online store to see what flavors of Vista they offer on new computers.  Tablet geek that I am I headed there first and that’s as far as I got.  Right up at the top of each web page Fujitsu proudly proclaims this:

Fujitsu Vista Business

That’s a good choice for the Tablet PCs Fujitsu offers as most of them have good enterprise-friendly features.  There’s only one problem with this recommendation, which is painfully obvious when you look at each Tablet for sale from Fujitsu:

4215 XPP1610 XP

ST5100 XP

There’s no need to show every model, they’re all the same.  Fujitsu is not offering Vista as an option on any of their Tablet PCs, at least not yet.  Now I don’t have any formal training in marketing but isn’t recommending a product that you don’t offer like directing customers to your competitors?  I’m just sayin’.

Oregon’s bad Broadband Xmas

The Oregonian: reports that Portland, Oregon-based Network Elements is desperately looking for a buyer. Founded in 1998, the privately held Beaverton company made optoelectronic devices and had raised $115 million in funding altogether, including $15 million in new investment secured in November 2003. But as we all know, the market for fiber optic components is in a bit of a slump and even big players are finding the going tough. One of the investors in Network Elements is chip maker TriQuint, which I guess is going to take its lumps as well. Oregon’s local broadband ISP Internet CDS has decided to call it quits, and is sending its customers to Qwest. Chief Executive Officer Cleve Tooker told a local daily that “his company, caught between rising costs and increasing competition, had lost money every month of its operation.”