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Intel laptop for the extremely mobile professional

Intel Metro laptopIntel’s Metro laptop concept is causing quite a stir and for good reason. The thing is a svelte 0.7 inches thin and 2.25 pounds, making it the slimmest and one of the lightest portable computers ever conceived. According to this BusinessWeek feature, Intel may produce the machine as early as later this year.

But why would Intel, the processor company, be designing a laptop?

It’s keen to rev up demand for the computers running on its processors. The device might rely on Intel chips not just for computing but also for memory and connecting to wireless networks. The prototype also incorporates technologies developed by companies financed by Intel Capital, the chipmaker’s venture capital arm.

One side of the exterior features an E Ink display, good for showing you the day’s, week’s or month’s calendar or schedule, which is produced by a company partially funded by Intel Capital. The cool thing about the E Ink display is that it works without power. With a target battery life of 14 hours, however, this probably isn’t such a big concern! Now that’s mobility.

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Making business sense with Macs

Apple logoIn the world of business, with the notable exception of “creative” industries, IT is dominated by Microsoft Windows. Apple’s Mac enjoys niche success in art and media related circles, but hasn’t been able to crack into mainstream business use.

This is not for lack of trying. Apple’s website has a section devoted to how some businesses have switched to Macs and how they are using them to help run their businesses. I was delighted to find a page or two specifically about accounting firms, hoping to read some inspiring case studies.

One such study talked about a small, sole proprietor CPA firm in San Diego that was running exclusively on Macs. The main benefit the CPA cited for making the decision to use Macs was the lower total cost of ownership, from not having to spend money on maintenance.

“People say Macs cost more money than PCs. But Mac is really far more cost-effective over time, because there’s so much back-end cost in using PCs. Suddenly you’re bringing in consultants to battle viruses, or recover lost data, or troubleshoot network issues. So many businesses spend a fortune maintaining their PCs.”

That advantage, as well as some others, is highlighted in a recent opinion piece in Computerworld. More, after the jump.