Apple Inc. this week updated the MacBook Pro notebook line with new CPU and hard drive upgrades.

The MacBook Pro 13-inch SKU includes a new 2.4Ghz Dual Core Intel i5 CPU, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive at $1,199.99.

The prior SKU held a 2.3GHz Dual-Core CPU and 320GB hard drive.

The premium 13-inch SKU include the 2.8Ghz Dual Core Intel i5 CPU, 4GB RAM and 750GB hard drive at $1499.99.

The prior model held a 2.7Ghz Dual-Core CPU and a 500GB hard drive.

The MacBook Pro 15-inch entry SKU now includes 2.2Ghz Quad-Core Intel i7 and a new AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 512MB RAM at $1799.99.

The MacBook Pro 15-inch premium SKU includes a 2.4Ghz Quad-Core Intel i7 and a new AMD Radeon HD 6770M with 1GB RAM at $2199.99.

Finally, the 17-inch SKU includes the 2.4GHz Quad-Core Intel i7, 4GB RAM, 750GB hard drive, AMD Radeon HD 6770M with 1GB RAM sells at $2499.99.

Sales for the Steve Jobs autobiography ranked at the top of charts at post release of the new title.

This week, the Steve Jobs autobiography ranked as the No. 1 hardcover and digital book in Amazon’s Books division.

Written by Walter Isaacon, Steve Jobs is an exclusive autobiography based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years.

Jobs cooperated with the book, though he asked for no control over what was written or to read it before it was published.

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. this week outperformed Apple Inc. in smartphone sales in a fourth quarter financial statement.

The company this week said smartphone sales totaled 27.8 million units between July and Sept., a 44 percent increase from the year prior.

By comparison, Apple sold 17.1 million iPhone units in the third quarter, 16 percent lower than the year prior. It cited customers holding back purchases for the next model of the device.

Apple said it sold 4 million units of the iPhone 4S at launch.

Samsung in Oct. said it has sold 10 million Samsung Galaxy S II units worldwide to date.

AT&T Inc., T-Mobile Inc., and Sprint Corp. now carry the device at U.S. retail stores.

In addition, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be the first device to utilize Google Inc.’s new Ice Cream Sandwich Android OS.

It will include a 4.65-inch display at 1280 x 720 resolution, 1GB RAM, 5MP camera with 1080p video recording, 1.3MP front-facing camera, barometer, and NFC technology.

Pricing and carrier information is to be determined.

Hewlett Packard Co. this week said it will keep its PC division following the discontinuation of the TouchPad tablet and speculation that it would sell its low-margin PC business.

HP wagered to spinoff of the Personal Systems Group, which has held as the No. 1 PC business against low net profits.

HP Aug. 19 price cut the TouchPad 16GB SKU to $99.99 from $499.99 and the 32GB SKU to $149.99 from $599.99.

Best Buy Co. Inc. this week said it will offer customers the option to purchase Hewlett Packard Co.’s HP TouchPad 32GB SKU at clearance price with the purchase of a select PC.

Beginning Nov. 1, customers who purchase an HP or Compaq desktop, notebook, or All-in-One computer can purchase the HP TouchPad 32GB SKU at $149.99.

An analyst this week said Inc. may sell five million Kindle Fire tablets this in the fourth quarter, in a new report.

Douglas Anmuth, an analyst at JPMorgan analyst, wrote in a research note that the Amazon can sell five million Kindle Fire units this holiday season.

In addition, Anmuth said Amazon will sell 7-inch and 10-inch Kindle Fire models with 3G functionality in the future.

The Kindle Fire, to be sold Nov. 15, includes a full-color 7-inch multi-touch IPS display, Dual-Core CPU, 8GB Internal Memory, Wi-Fi functionality, and up to eight hours of battery life at $199.99. Inc. said this week it is increasing production of the
Amazon in Nov. will sell the Kindle Fire tablet due to high pre-order demand.

Google Inc. this week updated the Google TV product with new interface, search functions, and developer options for Android apps on the device.

The company said the new Google TV interface is simpler with a customizable home screen and an ‘all apps’ tab to view all current applications like an Android smartphone.

A new app called ‘TV & Movies’ allows owners to browse through content from cable, satellite, Netflix, Amazon, YouTube and more.

YouTube is now more closely integrated with Google TV to allow users to turn any topic into a channel.

Finally, Android developers can now push Android Market apps to Google TV or develop new apps specifically for the device.

Google Inc. this week said it will not update the Nexus One smartphone with Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of the Android OS, due to age of the product.

Hugo Barra, Product Management Director for Android, told The Telegraph this week that the Nexus One was too old to run the new operating system.

The Nexus One, developed by HTC Corp., was released by Google in 2010.

The new Android 4.0 OS, code-named Ice Cream Sandwich, includes the ability to create folders of apps, list view and flick away currently running apps, take screen shots, save e-mails for offline search, set mobile data limits, Android Beam to bump info to another user, and a new face unlock feature to unlock the phone via facial recognition technology.

Netflix Inc. this week said it lost 810,000 subscribers in the third quarter post a 60 percent price hike in July that left members disgruntled.

From Sept. 30, Netflix U.S. subscribers totaled 23.79 million, down from 24.6 million the quarter prior.

The company cited higher-than-expected cancellations by long-term members.

Netflix posted a profit of $62.5 million in the quarter, an increase from $38 million one year prior.

However, it said revenue and profits in the fourth quarter will be lower than initial forecasts, though said it would remain profitable.

T-Mobile Inc. this week said it will release the T-Mobile SpringBoard and Samsung Electronic Co. Ltd.’s Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets in Nov.

The T-Mobile SpringBoard, manufactured by Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., is a 7-inch HD multi-touch tablet that includes a 1.2Ghz Dual-Core CPU, 5MP camera with 720p HD video recording functionality, 1.3MP front-facing camera, SD card slot for up 32GB of storage, and Google Inc.’s Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS. It will be sold Nov. 9.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 includes a 10.1-inch HD display, 1Ghz Dual-Core Nvidia Tegra 2 CPU, 1GB RAM, 3MP camera with 720p HD video recording functionality, 2MP front-facing camera, GPS, and the Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS. It will be sold Nov. 2.

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