NVIDIA shows off Optimus driver updates

Subject: Mobile | July 28, 2010 - 04:22 PM |

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 - 03:42 PM |

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 - 02:46 PM |

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 - 12:53 PM |

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 - 10:26 AM |

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 - 03:16 PM |

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 - 10:15 AM |

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 - 09:44 AM |

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 - 01:47 PM |

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 14, 2010 - 12:04 AM |

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 14, 2010 - 12:03 AM |

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 - 12:39 PM |

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 - 09:33 AM |

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

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

Subject: Mobile | July 8, 2010 - 03:05 PM |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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