Acer and Asus Digests Their Netbooks. Next Course in August. YUM!

Subject: Mobile | July 8, 2010 - 03:05 PM |
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Digitimes is reporting that both Acer and Asus have successfully digested their current inventory of netbooks. This means that no new netbooks will be made by Asus or Acer until August reportedly. This coincides with Intel's deprecation of current Core CPUs and Atom CPUs.

A quick look at NewEgg reveals decent discounts on current Asus and Acer stock:

Source: Digitimes

Lenovo Idea Centre A310 Proves Beauty is Screen Deep

Subject: Mobile | July 7, 2010 - 11:01 PM |
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Lenovo is readying to launch the IdeaCentre A310 in the Japanese market this July, and hopefully here overseas in the near future.

The IdeaCentre A310 is a stunning All-in-One PC featuring the Intel Core i3-350M and a 1920x1080 21.5" LED LCD panel. While a little short on the RAM side (up to 3 GB), it does have the unique HDMI input which allows it to be doubled as an external display for another source (i.e. a notebook or a game console).

Source: Lenovo

Google to Compete in the Notebook Market

Subject: Mobile | July 7, 2010 - 05:03 PM |
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Google, already a search engine behemoth, is poised to enter the hardware market this year with a new portable computing device which will run the Android operating system. This move comes after Google has recently diversified its already formidable internet presence with a new browser called Chrome and, with its entry into the hardware sector of computing, the search-engine giant stands to become a force to be reckoned with in the next several years.

Dell Adamo 13 Desire, taking Admire to a new level

Subject: Mobile | July 6, 2010 - 07:14 PM |
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What you notice about first on Dell's Adamo series is the aluminium unibody casing, very different from Apple's choice of shell but similar in that it is designed to be attention getting.  Inside the differences mainly lie in two parts, the CPU has been upgraded to a 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400 and the storage is handled by an 80GB Intel X18-M G1 SSD.  That does end up causing the price to double, putting it in a very expensive league of CULVs.  AnandTech's testing shows that while th

Source: AnandTech

Toshiba to Launch eBook Store Powered by Kurzweil's Blio

Subject: Mobile | July 6, 2010 - 09:36 AM |
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Last week we posted some news about Toshiba's upcoming Android-Tegra powered SmartBooks. It looks like Toshiba is ready to launch a eBook store called "Book Place" to compliment those new products.

Source: Toshiba

Apple addresses iPhone 4 complaints: It's the software, stupid!

Subject: Mobile | July 2, 2010 - 11:06 AM |
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Apple has finally come forward and addressed the issues of the iPhone 4 antennae without condescending remarks from its CEO.  As it turns out, according to this letter published by Apple today, the problem is not with the iPhone 4's antennae but rather the algorithm that Apple has been using to go from the signal decibel ratings to a non-linear "bar" scale that we are all used to.  From the letter:

An overview of the mobile market

Subject: Mobile | July 1, 2010 - 03:22 PM |
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AnandTech takes a look at the mobile market, laptops of the 14" or more variety as opposed to the now well established ultramobile segment.  These models eschew the Atoms, Ions and Neos of the world in favour of the more powerful CPUs that are mobile varieties of desktop CPUs with full capabilities and integrated graphics chipsets that have seen large performance increases recently.  Still not all are created equally and Anand covers the gamut from a $900 Acer Aspire to a $1505 ASUS G73Jh
that can game on a level comparable to many an enthusiasts desktop.  There are a lot of ch

Source: AnandTech

Lenovo and Toshiba Ready to Launch Google Android Netbooks

Subject: Mobile | June 29, 2010 - 10:13 AM |
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Toshiba and Lenovo are readying their fall launch of Google Android based netbooks.

Toshiba will be launching their new Dynabook line of products featuring NVIDIA Tegra 250 processor, Android, and a 10.1" glass. Also, Toshiba is readying two ARM based tablet PCs at the end of 2010 and will be manufactured by Pegatron (who is also manufacturing Asus' EeePad ARM tablet). One of these may be the dual-screen Libretto W100.

Source: Digitimes

Lenovo adds a touchscreen tablet to their lineup

Subject: Mobile | June 25, 2010 - 02:18 PM |
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If you are looking for something like the iPad or one of the many similar products that have recently hit the market but haven't found one that you like enough to pick up then Lenovo might have something for you.  It looks like your average Atom powered netbook, but the IdeaPad S10 has some tricks hidden inside.  The screen is capable of rotation, to the point where it can completely cover the keyboard, which is not an issue as this tablet-like machine has a touch screen. 

Source: InsideHW

Gateway Launches New "Chic" ID Series Notebooks - Slim with NVIDIA Optimus

Subject: Mobile | June 24, 2010 - 12:15 PM |
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Gateway has announced today two new Intel Core i3 / i5 slim 14" and 15" not

Intel Releases Updated Mobile CPUs - New Extreme and Low-Voltage Versions in Tow

Subject: Mobile | June 24, 2010 - 11:03 AM |
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Intel is updating their current line-up of mobile CPUs across the whole range of processor classes. Coming out first are new Core i7-940XM, i7-840QM, and i7-740QM processors for $1054, $546, and $364 USD respectively for 1000 part trays.

Source: Digitimes

MAINGEAR Launches New 17" eX-L 17 Notebook Featuring NVIDIA GTX480M

Subject: Mobile | June 23, 2010 - 10:57 PM |
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MAINGEAR, the makers of custom high-end gaming PCs and notebooks has released a new 17" model: the eX-L 17. What makes this system so special is that for the first time, you have the choice between NVIDIA and AMD DirectX 11 mobile GPU parts.

The eX-L 17 can be outfitted with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870, GeForce GTX480M 2GB, and even an NVIDIA Quadro FX 2800M. Like all other MAINGEAR systems, you get a choice of Intel CPUs, RAM, and hard drive configurations (including SSDs).

Source: Maingear

Mobile platform deathmatch: Intel versus AMD

Subject: Mobile | June 22, 2010 - 03:13 PM |
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In one corner is the $500 Acer Aspire 5542 with a dual core AMD Athlon II M300 CPU, the chipset is the AMD RS880M and the SB710 and the graphics are powered by the ATI Radeon HD 4200.  In the other corner is the $550 Gateway NV5933u with Intel's dual core i3-330M, the Intel HM55 chipset
and Intel's new HD Graphics.  It is not just the internals that they tested, as LCD quality and battery life also play a big part in determining a winner.  Can Intel's new integrated graphics push their performance closer to AMD's and does AMD's new chipset bring anything new to their mobile pla

Source: AnandTech

Prodigal Son(y) Returns - Selling AMD Notebooks Again

Subject: Mobile | June 22, 2010 - 09:55 AM |
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The last time Sony sold an AMD notebook, 400GB spindle hard drives were still considered "huge", Apple announced it was moving to Intel processors,  and Firefox was still wearing diapers!

Source: engadget

NEC to Release LifeTouch Tablet in Japan in October - Scares Little Children

Subject: Mobile | June 18, 2010 - 10:42 AM |
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NEC will be releasing their LifeTouch tablet in Japan this October. The unit will be running Android 2.1, supports 800x480 resolution, and weighs just 400 grams. Under the hood will be an ARM Cortex A8 processor (no word on the speed), 256MB RAM, SD slot, a full and mini USB port, 801.11b/g WiFi, GPS, 3MP camera, and up to 8 hours of battery life.

Lenovo Readies IdeaPad Y560D 3D Notebook with AMD Radeon - Wait... What?

Subject: Mobile | June 18, 2010 - 10:07 AM |
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You read that right. Lenovo is preparing to release the IdeaPad Y560D - a 15.4" notebook featuring an ATI HD5730 mobile GPU and the ability to view 3D content using DDD's TriDef. Thus far, the stereoscopic 3D world has been dominated by NVIDIA and their 3D Vision technology (which we have reviewed previously and tested on the Asus G51J-3D), so this is the first AMD GPU based product supporting 3D in some way.

Source: Lenovo

Getting a decent gaming laptop for just over a grand

Subject: Mobile | June 16, 2010 - 05:48 PM |
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If you are looking for a speedy laptop then the MSI GX640 review on AnandTech is a must see.  The 2.26GHz dual core i5-430M should be able to keep up with the star component, the Mobility Radeon HD 5850 1GB and having 4GB of DDR3-1333 certainly doesn't hurt either.  You will be pushing that HD5850 fairly hard with a 15.4" @ 1680x1050 screen, though that screen and the 7200RPM HDD are going to be pushing your 9-cell 85Wh battery just as hard.  MSI has made mobile gaming a little bit more acc

Source: AnandTech

Toshiba's New Notebooks with NVIDIA Optimus and 3D Vision - Get Yours this Weekend

Subject: Mobile | June 15, 2010 - 11:20 PM |
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Toshiba is announcing today a pair of new laptops that leverage NVIDIA's Optimus and 3D Vision technology.

First up is the Satellite A665 that comes with a 16" screen and a choice of Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 processors, or a AMD Phenom II Quad Core CPU (no word on the processor models and speeds). NVIDIA Optimus can be found on the Intel SKUs, although the press release only specifies "select models".

Source: Toshiba

Asus Eee T101MT Finally Being Released .... in Japan

Subject: Mobile | June 11, 2010 - 01:53 PM |
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The long awaited Asus Eee T101MT is finally going to be released... but in Japan. The Eee T101MT is an Intel Atom based netbook with a convertible screen for a tablet-style interaction. The screen is 10.1" with 1024x600 resolution, WiFi, Bluetooth, an Atom N450 CPU, and 2GB of RAM.

It will begin selling in Japan next week at a cool 62800 Yen, or about $685 dollars. While I like the design and the concept, I think the price will make many customers think twice. It's definitely a niche product which I suppose justifies the price tag.

Fujitsu's New Lifebook AH Series has Hands-Free "Natal Like" Interface

Subject: Mobile | June 11, 2010 - 01:30 PM |
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It seems Fujitsu has solved one of life's biggest computing annoyances - the pervasive problem that you need to use a mouse or keyboard to interact with a computer. The new Lifebook AH series features a special camera that is designed to track your hand movements. In the preview posted at Akihabara News, a middle-aged man is seen making awkward (and perhaps even suggestive) circular motions in the air which allowed him to control the Windows Media Player.