Applelinks Tech Web Reader - Wednesday, May 1, 2013

How Come Cash-Flush Moneybags Apple Is Borrowing More Money?
State of Maine Education Department Recommends HP Windows Laptops Over MacBooks
Acer, Asustek To Launch New Chromebooks In 2H13
Other World Computing Announces Envoy Pro Ex USB 3.0 Bus-powered Portable Solid State Drive Solution For Macs And PCs
New Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers with AC Technology Now Available


How Come Cash-Flush Moneybags Apple Is Borrowing More Money?

With a cash pile larger than the total valuations of most other companies and probably greater than some small nations, why is Apple.issuing bonds so as to borrow yet more money?

The answer says Forbes' Tim Worstall lies in one of the Byzantine complexities of the tax system. Worstall notes that according to analyst estimates, Apple has $145 billion of cash but only $45 billion on hand in the US, thus not enough to fully fund its share buy-back program, and explains that profits made outside the US are, if the company declares that they're going to stay outside the US, then free from U.S. corporate income tax. So since $100 million give ot take of Apple's $145 billion cash kitty having been earned outside the U.S., if it continues being held outside the US it isn't, currently, subject to U.S. corporate income tax.

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State of Maine Education Department Recommends HP Windows Laptops Over MacBooks

One of Apple's longtime loyalists in its education market since 2002, the State of Maine's education system has switched its affinity to Hewlett Packard laptop computer hardware running Windows 8.

On Friday, the Maine Department of Education announced HP as its preferred contractor in the Maine Learning Technology Initiatives latest bid process. The Hewlett Packard ProBook 4440 running Windows 8 software will be made available as the primary technology and learning solution as part of the Initiative.

Governor LePage stressed the importance of using technology that enables students to easily transition to the workforce. "It is important that our students are using technology that they will see and use in the workplace," Maine Governor Paul R. LePage said in a release ( "This is the lowest-priced proposal, and the laptops use an operating system that is commonly used in the workplace in Maine. These laptops will provide students with the opportunity to enhance their learning and give them experience on the same technology and software they will see in their future careers."

It appears that the governor may be a bit behind the trend curve, what with Apple's increased enterprise penetration, especially with the iPad.

The MLTI is an integral part of the Department's strategy to achieve the new Common Core State Standards, as well as implement new proficiency-based learning systems.

"It's about how we use technology to enhance student learning by giving students access to tools that will be used for creativity, to access content and to allow them to communicate and collaborate with peers around the world," comments Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen. "MLTI devices are as good as the teaching that goes with them. Laptops and the tremendous resources they allow students to access are a part of how we engage students in their learning and make that learning relevant."

However, while the Hewlett Packard laptop proposal is the state's new primary education hardware solution, Governor LePage said Friday that middle schools would be able to choose any of the five proposals awarded through a competitive bidding process and the state would cover the cost up to the amount of the HP proposal. At the high school level, where districts pay for the devices themselves with the support of state targeted technology funds, the state will leverage its buying power to get the lowest price possible on any of the solutions.

The five proposals come from three vendors: Hewlett Packard, which also was awarded for a tablet solution; Apple, which proposed both an iPad and a MacBook Air laptop solution; and CTL, with a Windows laptop solution.

Acer, Asustek To Launch New Chromebooks In 2H13

Digitimes' Aaron Lee and Joseph Tsai report that Acer and Asustek Computer are optimistic about the long-term prospects of Chromebooks and plan to release new models in the second half of 2013, during which Google is expected to aggressively promote the platform it has developed, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Le and Tsai note that Acer used to ship 150,000-200,000 units of its existing US$199 11.6-inch Chromebook, but volume dropped to only 20,000-30,000 units in January 2013, prompting the vendor to halt related shipment plans for the second half of 2013, according to insider sources.

However, they say Acer has recently resumed its Chromebook project and will release a new 11.6-inch model in July, targeting students, while Asustek, which originally had no plans to join the Chromebook competition, also reportedly will launch a branded Chromebook in the second half. They say Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard (HP) are also expected to release Chromebooks in the near future, citing the sources.

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Other World Computing Announces Envoy Pro Ex USB 3.0 Bus-powered Portable Solid State Drive Solution For Macs And PCs

Other World Computing (OWC) has announced the OWC Envoy Pro EX ultra-portable Solid State Drive solution. Elegantly designed in anodized aluminum to match modern Macs and PCs, the Envoy Pro EX fits easily into a coat pocket, backpack, or briefcase for rugged mobile high performance storage and/or backup capacity.


SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Bus-Powered SSD

Inside the Envoy Pro EX resides a SandForce Driven OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD which offers real world sustained reads up to 436MB/s and writes up to 429MB/s. Besides offering blistering fast performance, the USB 3.0 interface can bus-power the Envoy Pro EX so an AC power adapter isn't required.

Built To Start Fast and Stay Fast

Aura Pro SSDs utilize Tier-1 Synchronous NAND instead of commonly utilized Asynchronous NAND. Synchronous NAND enables reads and writes to be "synced" with the SSD processor's clock signal for maximum data throughput. Additionally, the Aura Pro SSD utilizes DuraWrite Technology and highly intelligent block management to ensure the highest obtainable endurance and reliability. As a result, the Envoy Pro EX can offer up to 100x greater protection of your valuable data than even an Enterprise class hard drive.

Complements Apple's Best Designs

The Envoy Pro EX combines elegance and functionality into a sleek, yet rugged portable storage solution. It's so impressive in form and function that it inspired Jim Tanous of The Mac Observer to proclaim it "absolutely beautiful and on par with the best that has come out of Jony Ive's (SVP of Industrial Design at Apple) labs."

"We're very excited to add the ultra-portable Envoy Pro EX to our storage solution lineup," says Larry O'Connor, Founder and CEO, Other World Computing. "Its functionality combined with its rugged, yet aesthetically pleasing aluminum design make the Envoy Pro EX a beautiful addition to any system."

OWC Envoy Pro EX Features:

  • Anodized aluminum enclosure

  • Aura Pro 6G SSD with Ultra-efficient Block Management & Wear Leveling

  • USB 3.0 interface for up to 436MB/s sustained data rates

  • Ultra portable:

  • Size: 4.5in Length x 2.125in Width x .4375in Height

  • Weight: 3.8 ounces

  • Silent, fanless operation

  • Bus-powered (no AC adapter required)

  • Three-year solution warranty

  • Two Configurations Available from $319.99 MSRP

  • The OWC Envoy Pro EX is available immediately in two configurations offering up to 480GB storage capacity:

  • 240GB Envoy Pro EX $319.99

  • 480GB Envoy Pro EX $599.99

Joins Lineup of Envoy, Envoy Pro Upgrade Kits

The OWC Envoy Pro EX joins the previously announced lineup of OWC Aura Pro+Envoy and OWC Aura Pro+Envoy Pro upgrade kits for the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina display (rMBP). The Envoy and Envoy Pro kits give MacBook Air and rMBP owners the ability to improve their internal SSD performance and/or capacity and the option to reuse their factory flash module as an external SSD. Both kits come complete with installation tools and installation video.

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New Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers with AC Technology Now Available

Linksys has announced the availability of the latest additions to its Smart Wi-Fi portfolio. The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC 1200 and AC 1750 are available immediately and the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC 1600, model EA6400, is planned for availability in late May. The new Smart Wi-Fi routers can be installed from virtually any device through browser-based set-up; and with Linksys SimpleTap, consumers can easily connect new devices to the home network through innovative ways, such as scanning a QR code or NFC tag. All new models feature industry-standard beamforming technology that significantly helps improve router speed, overall performance and wireless range in the home.


"The increase in smart devices has created a strong demand for smarter Wi-Fi solutions that can keep up with all of todays technology needs," says Mike Chen, senior director of product management, Linksys. "Our new, more powerful Smart Wi-Fi routers not only deliver unprecedented speed and range, but also game-changing Smart Wi-Fi tools and apps that allow users to do everything from manage kids screen time to centrally store and stream music and video, all through their smartphone and tablet, from anywhere around the world."

With routers becoming the hub of the home, the new Smart Wi-Fi Routers deliver incredibly fast Wi-Fi speeds with exceptional in-house Wi-Fi coverage and a host of innovative tools for home network monitoring and control. These new routers also are compatible with Linksys Smart Wi-Fi mobile apps, which make it simple to access and control your home network on the go.

Smarter Routers for Smart Devices

With more smart devices entering the home, consumers need Wi-Fi that is powerful, easy to use and enables them to get to their media fileswherever they are. The new dual-band Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers are equipped with the latest 802.11ac technology, offering fast wireless speedsup to three times the speed of Wireless-N(*), excellent range and backward compatibility with existing wireless devices. Additionally, the new Smart Wi-Fi Routers are IPv6-enabled, supporting the latest Internet Protocol technology to future-proof home networks.

Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC 1600 Video Enthusiast, EA6400 The dual-band AC 1600 is an ideal option for homes with five to seven connected devices. This router has Wi-Fi speeds up to 1300 Mbps on the 5 GHz band and up to 300 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band.
Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC 1200 Advanced Multimedia, EA6300 Offering up to 867 Mbps on the 5 GHz band and up to 300 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band, the dual-band AC 1200 is the ideal fit for a small home with three to five connected devices such as a PC, smartphone and Smart TV.

The new Linksys routers are also equipped with Gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0 ports. The USB ports can be used to share storage devices or printers throughout the home. With a USB flash drive or hard drive connected to the new Smart Wi-Fi Routers, media can be shared in and outside the home. With Gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0 ports, the routers can rapidly transfer files between the connected storage and other devicesideal for using the routers' USB storage capabilities to back up media from consumers smartphones, tablets or notebooks.

Linksys also added beamforming technology to all new 802.11ac routers to deliver better network range and faster Wi-Fi speeds in the home. Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers with beamforming technology are designed to precisely adjust, steer and monitor the direction and shape of the Wi-Fi signals for better performance. Beamforming technology is also supported in our coordinating Mini Wireless-AC Dual-Band USB Adapter, the AE6000.

The new Smart Wi-Fi Routers can be installed from most tablets, smartphones or from PC browsers. Consumers simply connect to the router with their device then follow the simple set-up wizard to complete installation. An optional Linksys Smart Wi-Fi account can be created for easy control of the home network, including settings, connected devices and Smart Wi-Fi tools on virtually any device, anytime, anywhere.

With SimpleTap now available on all Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers, the process of connecting devices to a home network is as easy as one touch of a button or a quick tap of a card. SimpleTap allows users to take advantage of Wi-Fi Protected SetupTM (WPS) by pushing the physical WPS button on the router or pushing the WPS button in the router's browser or app interface.

The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC 1200 Advanced Multimedia, EA6300, $169.99 MSRP, is available immediately, and the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC 1600 Video Enthusiast, EA6400, $189.99 MSRP, is planned for availability by the end of May on and at participating retailers.

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