Practice safe mobile computing this Christmas

Subject: Mobile | December 14, 2009 - 11:14 AM |
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Thieves are always looking for an easy target, but the following two stories show that law-enforcement's efforts in prevention and tracking stolen laptops is getting equally crafty.

In the UK, a woman has been sentenced to jail for stealing a laptop thanks to evidence provided by a keylogger that was loaded and running while the thief was using the stolen goods. This in itself isn't newsworthy since we've heard about keyloggers catching thieves before.

Source: TG Daily

ASUS looks to beat Apple to the punch on a tablet PC

Subject: Mobile | December 10, 2009 - 01:44 PM |
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Yes, the Apple tablet doesn't really exist yet, but can't we all just assume that it will in the not too distant future?  Even if that "distant" is like 2011?  And even though a non-item has been making the world of tablets exciting again, at least there is something new cooking up.  The JooJoo tablet (ugh) seems to be making a big splash after ripping of the TechCrunch guys and we at PC Perspective are all for innovative new mobile designs. 

Source: engadget

Tablet PCs - the next mobile PC battleground

Subject: Mobile | December 10, 2009 - 10:15 AM |
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Netbook weary consumers take note, the next war in the mobile PC market is likely the tablet PC. With inexpensive OS alternatives, cheaper LCDs, proliferation of multi-touch components, and a recovering economy, you'll likely find manufacturers looking to expand their budget offerings.

Source: Pocket Lint

Give some sugar this Holiday!

Subject: Mobile | December 9, 2009 - 11:10 AM |
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Sugar Labs, the makers of the Sugar OS for the OLPC project, has released their OS bootable from a USB drive - or "Sugar on a Stick". The real potential of this is the ability to load a fool-proof OS onto a system without having to create an alternative boot partition.

Dell Vostro V13 Announced

Subject: Mobile | December 8, 2009 - 12:08 PM |
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It almost seemed like a fact of life: if you wanted a corporate laptop you’d have to settle for ugly and boring. Ironically, laptops have become a kind of status symbol – so what does your laptop say about your company? Today, Dell is announcing the new Vostro V13 laptop aimed squarely at the small-medium business segment.

Source: Dell

Pown your phone

Subject: Mobile | December 7, 2009 - 03:50 PM |
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The Nokia N900 is not your average cell phone, for one thing it is running Maemo 5, a flavour of Debian and it has a prominent X Terminal
icon that gives you access to a fully functional command line.  The apps are not only developed by you, the people of Nokia are working on programs for kite aerial photography, an Etch-A-Sketch, light graffiti, a wearable compass, and skateboarding.

Source: Extremetech

PCPer PSA: Protect yourself and your laptop this season

Subject: Mobile | December 7, 2009 - 02:30 PM |
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Not exactly your typical tech news, but one that's important to highlight. On December 4th, a man in Manchester was shot and killed for his laptop and cash.
This story is tragic and could happen to anyone given the current economic climate and the holiday season - you can bet crooks will be out looking for an easy mark.

Ready for 16TB SDXC cards? Intel has you covered, even if you're not!

Subject: Mobile | December 4, 2009 - 02:00 PM |
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With mobile devices gaining downloadable content, full-HD video recording, and digital cameras crossing the 20 MP mark, it's no wonder that once massive 16GB SDHC card suddenly feels inadequate. Thankfully Intel has you covered in the upcoming Arrandale mobile chipset which will support the new SDXC standard. SDXC has a whopping 16TB capacity (on paper), but at 300 MB/s you will be waiting a long time to transfer a high capacity card. I suspect we'll see a new standard before this maximum is reached.

Source: Daily Tech

Coming soon to a lap near you; in life like 3D!

Subject: Mobile | December 2, 2009 - 06:27 PM |
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The lyrically named Acer Aspire 5738DG-6165
sports an interesting feature you might not twig on to from the name, 3D vision.  Not the active kind that involves funky active shutter glasses, but the laid back passive 3D night at the movies type glasses.  You don't need anything special apart from the glasses either, Acer purports that this will turn any DVD into a 3D version of its self.  Drop by I4U to see the rest of its specs.

Source: I4U News

Travelling out of the Yukon and into the Congo

Subject: Mobile | November 27, 2009 - 02:10 PM |
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The new ultramobile CPU from AMD, codenamed Congo, has appeared in a new MSI Wind.  A 1.6GHz Athlon Neo X2 L335
processor along with the new 780M + SB710
chipset and a DX10 compatible ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3200
power the 12.1" MSI Wind 12 U230.  HEXUS snagged this laptop just a hair over a month in advance of its release, to see if the lowered battery life is worth the performance increase from the dual core Athlon.

Source: Hexus

Atom plus ION in this HP netbook

Subject: Mobile | November 24, 2009 - 01:18 PM |
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The HP Mini 311
is an 11.6" Atom powered netbook an Integrated NVIDIA ION LE
chipset, aka a GeForce 9400M without DX10.  Along with the usual input and output ports there is also an HDMI port and HP offers an external USB Blu-ray/DVDR combo drive for only an extra $130 to take advantage of the video capabilities of the ION LE chipset.  If you pick up the new Flash 10.1.51.45, HD flash video plays without dropping frames.  Drop by AnandTech to see if this netbook measures up to the competition,

Source: AnandTech

Eee Box 1501 nettop brings ION to just about anywhere

Subject: Mobile | November 19, 2009 - 05:00 PM |
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The Eee Box line has become quite popular as the low-cost desktop versions of ASUS' popular line of netbook computers.  As the name kind of implies, the Eee Box machines aren't laptops but instead are small form factor computers that can be attached to a TV as a basic HTPC or even to a standard keyboard/monitor setup if this is all the power you need.

Shame about the early death rate, though

Subject: Mobile | November 19, 2009 - 12:47 PM |
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All-In-One PCs like the HP TouchSmart 600
fall in between mobile and stationary systems, just like netbooks straddle the line between ultraportable PC and glorified calculators.  Powered by a C2Duo P8700 @ 2.53 GHz with 4GB of DDR3, an NVIDIA GeForce 9300 mGPU and even a 1TB HDD, the TouchSmart is fairly powerful but its all-in-one build keeps it fairly portable.  A TV in as well as audio are wonderful but with its built in Blu-ray drive and an HDMI port you can also stream content from the TouchSmart. 

ASUS EeePC 1201N Seashell Netbook sports NVIDIA ION chipset

Subject: Mobile | November 18, 2009 - 08:00 PM |
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ASUS couldn't have picked a better time to release a netbook based on the NVIDIA ION chipset.  With the release of the first public beta of Flash 10.1, which supports GPU accelerated Flash for the first time, the usage models for a netbook or nettop computer have shifted pretty dramatically.  Prior to this release, the benefits of the ION chipset were somewhat muted - better gaming support (but who gamed on a 10" netbook anyway?), support for H.264 video file decode acceleration (cool but no Blu-ray drives on netbooks) and support for GPU-accelerated applications like Badaboom and vR

ASUS and NVIDIA showcase new notebook with 3D Vision integration

Subject: Mobile | November 18, 2009 - 03:36 PM |
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Yesterday I got to spend some time with an interesting new notebook from ASUS - the G51J 3D.  As the name implies, there is something special about the gaming notebook in that it supports NVIDIA 3D Vision technology.  If 3D Vision is a new term for you, you should definitely check out my reviews of other 3D Vision offerings in the desktop world to get some background.  The basic premise is that a user wears NVIDIA-built active shutter glasses in conjunction with a true 120 Hz LCD panel to produce real-time 3D effects that are in

Acer's man in the middle

Subject: Mobile | November 12, 2009 - 05:39 PM |
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Acer's new Timeline 4810T notebook tries to bridge the gap between a low powered netbook and a full laptop.  It has a 14" screen with 1366x768 resolution a Core 2 Solo SU3500 @ 1.4GHz and 4GB of DDR3, giving it at least some power.  Many will be disappointed to hear the graphics are controlled by an integrated Intel 4500MHD
onboard graphics controller but it still manages HDMI out.  Drop by Tech Spot for a closer look at Acer's new Timeline.

Source: Tech Spot

Inconspicuous mobility

Subject: Mobile | November 2, 2009 - 02:42 PM |
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Lenovo laptops are ubiquitous in the workplace, many companies having opted for a contract with them to supply their mobile PC needs.  These notebooks tend to the larger size with a matte black finish as opposed to the shiny and tiny look to most other laptops.  Their new IdeaCentre Q100 breaks that mold, being the size of an external HDD (6.0" x 6.8" x 0.8") and having no fan to create noise.  The drawback is the power, with a single core Atom and Intel 945GSE
providing only basic computing ability.  At $

A netbook with some processing power

Subject: Mobile | October 27, 2009 - 03:51 PM |
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At only 3.8lbs the Averatec N3400 13.3" ultraportable sits at the heavy end of the netbook spectrum but it also houses a dual core Intel T3400, which will give you noticeably more power than an Atom.  Intel's GMA4500 graphics
powers the 1280x800 display so don't expect the power of a gaming notebook but in Tech Spot's testing found it powerful enough to happily run Windows 7.  That seems fairly impressive for an $800 dollar ultra portable, especially as there is very little in the

Source: Tech Spot

5 pounds and it lasts 4 hours

Subject: Mobile | October 21, 2009 - 05:49 PM |
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Dell has been making laptops for quite a while now, building up a reputation for the choices they offer for configuration.  The new x41 is no different, offering choices on everything from the screen resolution to the CPU.  At 4.3lbs with a 6 cell battery this is not a huge laptop but with a Core 2 processor inside it is not a netbook.  Ars Technica took one of the more powerful versions of the x41 out for a spin, drop by and see how it went

Source: AnandTech

Never mind the netbooks, here comes the power

Subject: Mobile | October 14, 2009 - 04:51 PM |
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AnandTech grabbed three of the most powerful laptops on the market, all powered by the new mobile Core i7 Clarksfield processors.  Two of the three offer a single GTX 280M
to provide graphical power; one offers you the chance to have an SLI laptop.  The benchmarks are impressive and the prices even more so, the only low numbers come from the battery lifespans.  If you need mobile gaming power, these are the laptops you should be looking at.

Source: AnandTech