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Apple reclaims speed title

For a brief period about four years ago, Apple Computer held on to the personal computer speed title with the release of its G3 chipsets. After slipping behind again with the introduction of chips from Intel and AMD with 64-bit architecture and speeds up to four Gigaherz, Apple is back on top with its new Power Mac G5.

The G5 chip, built by IBM, also employs 64-bit architecture and can handle twice as much data as PC microchips – which should put them on top for, oh, about six months, before something newer comes along.

Holding the speed title is expected to boost sales for Apple Computer, which has seen its market share drop to about two per cent in recent years.

The Mac OSX operating system, a new version of Quark Express, Apple iTunes, the iPod, Apple’s popular online music library, and a new line of affordable eMacs and PowerBooks are also helping to turn things around.

For more information on the G5, visit www.apple.com.

Harry Potter and the Order of all Orders

Amazon.com has shipped a record 1.3 million copies of Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix, breaking the previous e-commerce record of 410,000 copies held by Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in 2000. No other book, CD or product has sold as many items online.

Because of the volume they were dealing with, Amazon.com was able to offer a 40 per cent discount off the retail price of $29.99 US. Even with the shipping fee of $4, customers still saved money, and for the most part the books were delivered by the official release date on Saturday, less than a day after the book went on sale.

The Web for a rural elite

A new survey by Statistics Canada has revealed that students is rural areas rely more on institutional computers than students in urban area. The study also found that males were slightly more likely to use computers than female students.

According to Statistics Canada, 29 per cent of rural students use a computer at school every day, compared to just 19 per cent of urban students.

The interesting thing is that fewer rural homes actually have computers, which means that the majority of rural high school students are accessing computers at their schools and libraries.

Although you probably could have guessed, the study also found that parents with a higher level of education, high school and college or university, were more likely to have computers in their homes.

Hands-free no safer

Cell phones with hands-free headset are no safer for drivers, according to a recent study by the Swedish national road administration.

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