May 2009 Archives

28
May

Apple has launched its 2009 Back to School promotion for education customers across a number of its international online stores a day after the launch of the U.S. and Canadian promotion was unveiled.  The timing of the international promotion comes as a surprise because Apple usually launches it later in the year.

27
May

Apple today quietly updated the specifications of the entry-level white polycarbonate MacBook portable.  Apple maintained the $999 price but bumped the specifications to a 2.13GHz processor (up from 2.0GHz), a 160GB hard drive (up from $120GB), and 2GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM (up from 2GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM).

27
May

Apple has announced the 2009 Back-To-School promotion. Qualified students, faculty, and staff can get a free iPod when they purchase a new MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, or Mac Pro.  A total savings of $719 can be achieved by combining a qualifying Mac, iPod, printer, and software.

06
May

When Apple redesigned Office for Mac 2008, it had to drop Analysis ToolPak (ATP) because Visual Basic was removed from Office 2008.  As a result, Excel 2008 doesn't have data analysis out of the box.  Microsoft and AnalystSoft have collaborated to release StatPlus:mac LE, a free download that will provide data analysis options in Excel 2008.

04
May

Apple's MacBook portables have taken three top spots in the June 2009 issue of Consumer Reports.  Apple Macintosh laptops ranked highest across the 13-inch, 14-to 16-inch and 17- to 18-inch categories as Apple readily beat out PC vendors who sell Windows based systems.  Interestingly the systems that Microsoft has featured in their recent television ads came nowhere close to Apple systems in the ratings.

02
May

Costco has another iPod 'Instant Rebate' to available to members that offers significant discounts on current generation iPod touch and iPod nano models.  An 'Instant Rebate' is available on four iPod models, the 32GB iPod touch, the 16GB iPod touch, 8GB iPod touch, and the 8GB iPod nano.  The 'Instant Rebate' provides buyers an additional saving off the already discounted Costco price.