PC Briefs: Apple, Fujitsu, Toshiba

PC Briefs: Apple, Fujitsu, Toshiba

Apple ships G4 dual-processor on time

Apple has begun shipping the dual-processor Power Mac G4, unveiled in July.

The G4 features dual 800MHz processors, 256MB of RAM, an 80GB hard drive, and a SuperDrive, which is a combination CD-RW/DVD-R (compact disc rewritable/digital versatile disc recordable) combination drive. Apple's SuperDrive allows users to burn audio and data CDs, as well as DVDs that can be played in many home DVD players.

The G4 will also feature two FireWire and two universal serial bus (USB) ports, a built-in modem and Apple's iDVD, iTunes and iMovie 2 software.

The Power Mac G4 is available immediately for $7699.

Fujitsu restructures

Fujitsu plans to lay off 16,400 workers worldwide. The restructuring, which will hit the company with extraordinary losses of 300 billion yen ($4.66 billion), is the company's answer to deteriorating business conditions in many of its business units worldwide.

The main strategy of the plan is to shift the company's business activities towards software, Fujitsu said. The company's service and software division was the best performer in its four main internal divisions in the most recent quarter.

The company's restructuring will force a total of 16,400 people out of work, of which 11,400 will be overseas and 5 000 in Japan.

Toshiba employs Web tracking system

Toshiba has introduced STOPWeb's Web tracking system to help fight theft of notebooks in schools. The software system is being employed as part of the vendor's school notebook access plan (SNAP) program and records the connection details of notebook. If the notebook is stolen and connected to the Internet, police are then alerted to its location. Toshiba already uses the STOP marking system that identifies each notebook with an indelible number, which is linked to an international database and tracking service.

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