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updated 01:00 am EDT, Tue May 23, 2006

Dell takes retail shot

In Brief: MacNN has posted a review of Altec Lansing's AHP712i, its Active Digital Noise Cancellation Headphones.... Apple's newer 17-inch MacBook Pro apparently ships with a newer mouse driver that enables a right-mouse-click using a second finger on the trackpad--one user has posted an unofficial installer (and uninstaller) to enable the new feature via the preference pane.... Ars has a look at eMusic, the number two online music service (not including streaming music) with 12 percent (compared with Apple's 61 percent) that sells DRM-free music in an open-format.... Dell will break its long boycott against retail sales by opening two stores at shopping malls later this year in Dallas and West Nyack (NY), but will have shoppers order products online for delivery.... One reader has posted a list (along with details) of background processes in Mac OS X that take care of various "business behind the scenes."... Architecture students are being offered a free copy of the state-of-the-art industry standard architectural design application, ArchiCAD.

by MacNN Staff





  1. kw99

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I was going to comment on Dell going into the retail store business, but why bother. A Dell Store opening would be about as exciting as a new Radio Shack opening. Someone, please take pictures...

    [Message to Gateway, oops, I meant Dell: It's called a "store" because customers can pay money and take away product. Customers will be ticked off if all they can do is order the product for delivery.]

  1. no1biscuit

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Nice Gateway comment... LOL

  1. grovberg

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Dell has had Dell Direct Stores for years now.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: dell

    [Message to Gateway, oops, I meant Dell: It's called a "store" because customers can pay money and take away product. Customers will be ticked off if all they can do is order the product for delivery.]

    Oh, please, that's so 20th century. People don't want to buy something and take it home. They want to go in, find something they might like, order it up, and get it in a few days. Who wants to go to a mall on a Saturday, buy something like a computer or MP3 player, and take it home right then? I mean, you'll end up whiling away the hours playing with your new toy. "Dude, you're getting a Dell (in 3-5 business days)"

    And I wonder if they'll have their answer to the Genius bar, the "intern" bar, where, when you go in with a problem, there'll be interns watching and be impressed on how quickly the service people are able to disinfect all the viruses and malware from your computer (of course, practice makes perfect).

    And while Apple's stores have the look of a high-end clothing boutique, I just picture these stores being as cluttered and disorganized as your standard Wal-Mart.

    But, on the bright side, they won't have to worry about theft!

  1. OtisWild

    Joined: Dec 1969


    NY sales tax FTW!!

    Yay, now Dell has to charge NY residents sales tax!

    Granted, technically, NY residents are supposed to report any purchases made via mail/phone/online and pay sales tax on them when they file their income tax, but nobody does.

    Now Dells have just jumped between 6% and 8.75% in price in one of the biggest markets in the USA! SWEET...

    (even sweeter, I now live in a state with no sales tax, and a nice Apple store 5mi from my house...)

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