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Mac sales are strong

 by John Moe // Posted: 07/21/10 11:11 AM

When the iPad launched, a lot of people wondered if Mac sales would suffer. It’s not just a business question; it’s a question of whether people would move away from the standard computer and move toward the cheaper and simpler tablet. Well, I guess not. As part of Apple’s $15.7 billion quarter there was news that the company sold 3.47 million Macs. That’s a new quarterly record and a 33% increase over a year ago. Not a real shocker since you need something to sync your iPad too. Apple says this shows the iPad is not cannibalizing the Mac but it may be dining on the sweet flesh of the PC. That’s me paraphrasing Apple.  iPad, Mac, and iPod shipments were all stronger than expected: 3.27 million iPads, 3.47 million Macs, and 9.4 million iPods during the June quarter.

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What will we do with all this "white space"?

09/26/10 11:15 AM

There’s a vote coming up this week in Washington that will have a big impact on how you use the internet, what’s available to you, how much faster you’ll be able to get things online. On Thursday, the FCC is expected to open up unused parts of the broadcast spectrum, a lot of people call it “white space”. This is space that was positioned to be something of a buffer between television stations but such padding is proving less essential since the conversion to digital TV.

On today’s show, we talk to Glenn Fleishman from Wi-Fi Networking News and The Economist about how the spectrum works and what kind of new space we’re talking about. We also check in with Tim Wu from Columbia Law School about the companies that will look to use the space and what it all might mean for you and me as internet consumers.

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