ASUS prepping new dual-core ION 2 Eee PC

Subject: Mobile | August 26, 2010 - 10:23 AM |
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According to a story over at Engadget ASUS has announced a pair of new Eee PC's based on the newly unveiled Intel dual-core Atom Z550-series processors.  It should come as no surprise though as ASUS is usually on top of these new technology releases.  One of the two models will be the Eee PC 1015PEM that uses the 1.5 GHz Atom N550 processor and will feature the Intel integrated graphics and come with 2GB of DDR3 memory for about $450 US.

Source: engadget

2.4GHz Bamboo, the new U33Jc notebook from ASUS

Subject: Mobile | August 23, 2010 - 09:18 AM |
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ASUS' new U33Jc-A1 is a 13.3" notebook with an interesting look as it sports bamboo panelling on the outside and below the keyboard when opened.  Inside lies a 2.4GHz i3-370M, 4GB DDR3-1066
on an HM55 board with Optimus to control the GeForce GT 310M with 1GB GDDR3 that powers the 1366x768 LCD screen.  The Tech Report noticed a few blemishes on the laptops software and lackluster graphics but were quite taken by the look and would happily recommend the notebook to a fashion conscious non-gamer.

HP takes on the office with the HP ProBook 6540b

Subject: Mobile | August 17, 2010 - 09:05 AM |
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It might historically have been the sole feeding grounds of IBM and then Lenovo but that hasn't stopped HP from making incursions into the providing office and mobile professionals with their own line of notebooks.  The new HP ProBook 6540b is a 16" laptop with a dual core i5 430M @ 2.26 GHz, 2GB DDR3, a 320GB HDD and Intel's GMA HD driving the 15.6", 1366x768 display.  There is a long list of connectors on this laptop, including DisplayPort which seems to be substituting for HDMI.  It is fairly heavy and the battery life is not terribly long, neither of which is a disadvantage

Source: InsideHW

Keeping your lap and your laptop cool in the summer heat

Subject: Mobile | August 9, 2010 - 03:39 PM |
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Toronto, Canada has been having a very warm summer which makes it the perfect testing ground for three new laptop coolers from Antec, the Basic, Mini, and Designer.  The Basic model is very much that, a basic way to get some airflow underneath the laptop and is best suited for netbooks and notebooks under 14".  Next the Mini which refers more to the size of the cooler, which is active, than to the size of the laptop expected.  Finally the Designer which is also active and significantly more heavy duty than the other two cooler. 

Eurocom Debuts Gaming Notebooks with NVIDIA Optimus - Optimus. Done Your Way.

Subject: Mobile | August 5, 2010 - 07:35 PM |
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Here at PC Perspective, we've covered NVIDIA Optimus thoroughly by examining the underlaying technology and also products that integrate it (see our review of the 16" Asus N61v). We haven't been shy about recommending Optimus as something worth getting and our review of the Asus U30Jc shows it can help achieve a stunning 7+ hours of operation.

Perhaps the last Neo laptop you'll see

Subject: Mobile | August 5, 2010 - 09:56 AM |
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The MSI Wind U230 is a 12.1" notebook that has opted for the older Neo X2 L335 as opposed to one of the newer Turion based mobile processors.  It features the RS780M northbridge and SB750 southbridge, 2GB of DDR2-800 and a 320GB 5400 RPM
HDD, with a host of input and output connectors including HDMI.  The performance is above average for this size of notebook but that comes with a price as is usual, the battery life is about 4 hours pu

Source: AnandTech

Free your smartphone from wires

Subject: Mobile | August 2, 2010 - 02:55 PM |
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Over at Hack a Day is an example of ingenuity
for those who would like to be able to charge their cellphones without needing a plug and adaptor.  With a little work this project will enable you to inductively charge your cellphone and you will not need to do anything that would void your warranty.  The mod is external and the wiring uses the existing charging port so you do not have to worry about any soldering or other tricks, though you may end up looking for a diff

Source: Hack a Day

NVIDIA shows off Optimus driver updates

Subject: Mobile | July 28, 2010 - 01:22 PM |
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NVIDIA Optimus technology is a feature that allows discrete NVIDIA GPUs to interact with integrated graphics, either on a chipset or on a CPU package like Arrandale, in such a way that allows the performance of the discrete option to be available only when it is necessary and idle otherwise.  This ability allows notebook vendors to include a discrete graphics solution in their design without having to worry about have it sucking up power and bringing down battery life when not in use.  

ASUS provides Optimus and USB 3.0 on the N61Jv

Subject: Mobile | July 27, 2010 - 12:42 PM |
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Yesterday Ryan finished up his review of the ASUS N61Jv Optimus Core i5 16" notebook.  As the name implies this notebook does have Optimus technology allowing you to switch between the GeForce GT 325M GPU and the Intel HD graphics that are a part of the HM55 chipset.  It is a bit on the heavy side at 6lbs, though a part of that weight is the battery which lasted 2 hours and 23 minutes
during Ryan's testing.  Another feature worth mentioning is that this laptop has USB 3.0, something that can be very handy moving files back and forth when you are on the road. 

MeeGo Gaining Steam: In-Dash OS by Car Makers, and Intel Plants MeeGo R&D Group in China

Subject: Mobile | July 26, 2010 - 11:46 AM |
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In the most current installment of the Slate of the Nation - Your Guide to Upcoming Slate Devices, I listed the MeeGo mobile OS as something worth keeping an eye on, but not necessarily something to go out of your way to acquire because of its early development state.

Well it seems MeeGo is getting a big boost on two fronts today and we may see MeeGo being used in a lot more places than you'd expect.

Source: engadget

The Slate of the Nation, a mobile decoder ring

Subject: Mobile | July 23, 2010 - 09:53 AM |
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Similar to the SSD Decoder Ring that Allyn created to bring some illumination to the internals of the new breed of hard drive, Jon spells out what you can find inside that tablet.  From the OS that runs on the hardware to the internals themselves, he has covered all the current ultramobile platforms available.  There is even a downloadable pdf at the end of the article so you can have a synopsis handy.

Lenovo Prepping LePad for China, and HP's New Intel Slate

Subject: Mobile | July 21, 2010 - 07:26 AM |
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Engadget has some tasty morsels from the slate word, and first up is Lenovo.

Source: engadget

Wireless hotspot racing: MiFi versus Overdrive 4G

Subject: Mobile | July 20, 2010 - 12:16 PM |
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If you suddenly find yourself in need of an internet connection and are far away from a nice open WiFi signal then the cell network can save you, if you can connect to it.  Two popular choices are Sierra Wireless' Overdrive 4G which can connect to Sprint's 3G and 4G networks and Novatel's MiFi 2200 which comes in a Verizon and a Sprint model, both 3G connections.  Apart from the aesthetic differences between the two devices, the most important aspect is the speed of the connection. 

Source: Ars Technica

MSI to Launch 3D Notebooks in September - Not using NVIDIA 3D Vision

Subject: Mobile | July 20, 2010 - 07:15 AM |
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When it comes to 3D on a notebook computer, NVIDIA's 3D Vision has been getting a lot of attention. However, products using 3D Vision don't exactly appeal to the general consumer who is more interested in watching movies than 3D gaming and higher performance. According to this Digitimes report, MSI is looking to change this by adopting Dynamic Digital Depth's (try saying that 3 times fast) software which converts 2D images into 3D, and employs the use of polarized glasses.

Source: Digitimes

Asus Dropping Windows Embedded Compact 7 in Favour of Android

Subject: Mobile | July 20, 2010 - 06:44 AM |
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During Computex, we followed Asus as they announced to the world that it was working on a 10" slate based on the enigmatic Windows Embedded Compact 7 called the Eee Pad 101TC. According to Netbook News, Asus will be switching from WEC7 to Android (presumably Android 2.2) thus making the total slate count using WEC7 a solid zero.

Source: Netbook News

A good reason to avoid the Droid X

Subject: Mobile | July 15, 2010 - 10:47 AM |
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Verizon and Motorola have made the Droid X and you will soon be able to buy it, but you really might want to avoid it.  One of the main attractions of this phone is that it uses the supposedly open source Android 2.1, allowing you to mod the OS and hardware and to play with a large variety of apps.  How would your decision be influenced if you knew that any mod on this phone at all will kill it, requiring a hardware fix to bring it back to life.  Slashdot repor

Source: 3DCenter

RIM to Enter the Slate Device Market - "Slateberry" Tablet by End of Year

Subject: Mobile | July 13, 2010 - 09:04 PM |
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While this is all still speculation at the moment, the impact of this possibility has some real consequences in the legions of Blackberry users - RIM may be entering the slate device market by the end of the year.

Source: The Register

Samsung Galaxy Tab Earthbound Before October

Subject: Mobile | July 13, 2010 - 09:03 PM |
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While the HTC Evo and iPhone 4 have grabbed majority of the smartphone headlines of late, the Android-based Samsung Galaxy S has been winning the hearts of consumers. Given the customer satisfaction with the Galaxy S, when Samsung has revealed that their upcoming Galaxy Tab slate device will be coming before October, we sit up and pay attention.

Source: General

Are you brave enough to put a Fermi notebook on your lap?

Subject: Mobile | July 13, 2010 - 09:39 AM |
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The AVADirect Clevo W880CU is quite a machine, a 17.3" 1920x1080 display which is powered by a Core i7-820QM, 4GB of DDR3-1333 and most importantly a GeForce GTX 480M.  Surprisingly, the laptop weighs under 10lbs which is certainly heavier than a netbook shouldn't break your shoulder carrying it all day.  The battery functions more like a UPS than a battery, as it disables most of the power of the GPU when you use the battery, not using Optimus but something similar.

Source: AnandTech

The Celeron is Dead. Long Live the Celeron!

Subject: Mobile | July 9, 2010 - 06:33 AM |
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The smaller but spunky spunky sidekick to Intel's Pentium may finally get the axe. According to a DigiTimes report, Intel will begin slowing production of the processor and finally ceasing new Celeron branded CPUs in 2011.

Originally released back in 1998 and based on the Pentium II core, it's a wonder that the Celeron line has lasted so long in light of the much more popular and similarly priced Atom.

Source: Digitimes