iPhone 3G on the exam table

Subject: Mobile | July 14, 2008 - 01:24 PM |
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The iPhone 3G has been touted by Apple as the solution to all your mobile communications needs.  Ars Technica decided to test that out, comparing it to other smart phones and the original iPhone, as well as looking at it as a business tool like the Blackberry.  You might not like some of the things that they found.

Source: Ars Technica

Make sure you want the extras

Subject: Mobile | July 9, 2008 - 05:35 PM |
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The Alienware m15x gaming laptop sports all the specs you would expect; a 2.8Ghz X9000 C2D Extreme, a 512MB 8800M GTX and 4Gb of 667Mhz DDR2 memory.  It also has the brand new Ripley design for it's overall looks and programmable LEDs behind just about every surface.  If you can find a laptop that has those components, without those extras; you might be able to match the performance that Think Computers saw in their review for less than the $3,674 that particular m1

Eee PC 901, 1000, and 1000H to Hit Shelves in North America

Subject: Mobile | July 8, 2008 - 11:07 AM |
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FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (July 8th, 2008) - ASUS today introduces the new generation of Eee PC. The new models include revolutionary features that are designed to enhance efficiency and connectivity. With up to 7.8 hours of battery life, Eee PC users can enjoy portability while work, learn and play on-the-go.The all new Eee PC 901 and 1000 are equipped with built-in SSD (Solid State Drive) while the 1000 H adopts a 3.5" Hard Disk Drive (HDD).

Enhanced Connectivity

Source: ASUS

Designing a good UMPC is a breeze for MSI

Subject: Mobile | July 7, 2008 - 02:58 PM |
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The MSI Wind is the newest model in that strange new world of subnotebooks/UMPCs that has become a very competitive market.  It is running an Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz on a Intel 945GSE and ICH7M chipset and supports 1024x600 on it's 10" LCD, so you don't have to squint to badly to see text.  HEXUS' favourite
feature has to be the keyboard, it's not full size but it is certainly bigger than the Eee's!  Read on to see how well it fares.

Source: Hexus

Take a good look, you won't see this one for a while

Subject: Mobile | June 30, 2008 - 11:51 AM |
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Legit Reviews has more information on the upcoming Toshiba Qosmio, the x305 model in this case which has some rather nice sounding components.  Built around a 3GHz Intel C2D, supporting up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM and with a pair of 200GB 7200rpm drives, the raw performance should be impressive.  Add a 17" 1680x1050 screen powered by a mysterious nVIDIA Geforce 9800M GTX graphics with 1GB RAM and you have one impressive laptop. 

The group of C7

Subject: Mobile | June 24, 2008 - 11:58 AM |
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VIA Arena has compiled a huge list of all UMPCs that have a C7-M at their hearts.  Some you probably have not heard of, but other like the OQO and Gigabyte's M700 are a little more famous.  Their first page gives you an overview and thumbnail of the UMPCs, the second page provides you with specs.

Source: VIA Arena

It's like Awesomo, only with smaller bones

Subject: Mobile | June 19, 2008 - 02:41 PM |
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The Inquirer had a chance to see three new Qosmio laptops, all using Toshiba's proprietary Synergistic Processor Elements, as opposed to a processor from VIA, Intel or AMD.  Drop by for a look at the hardware inside them, but we will have to wait a while before we can see the performance numbers

Source: The Inquirer

The Voodoo that you knew

Subject: Mobile | June 13, 2008 - 12:43 PM |
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Now that HP owns Voodoo, they have been changed into a 'lifestyle' brand and are targeted at a market similar to Apple.  The Envy 133 is the first notebook produced from this new focus, and apart from the lack of any citrus themed logos, it is a carbon fibre version of a Macbook Air.  They also have a full sized system, the Omen, which will run about $10,000 and require an invitation from Voodoo to purchase.  Otherwise; no Omen for you.  Check out the full specs at AnandTech.

Source: AnandTech

AMD Next-Generation OpenGLR ES 2.0 Graphics Technology Achieves Industry Conformance

Subject: Mobile | June 11, 2008 - 11:22 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - June 11, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it has reached a new milestone in the mobile graphics industry as the first 3D graphics technology provider to achieve OpenGL ES 2.0 conformance certification.

Source: AMD

Post-Computex 2008: OCZ DIY Notebook Shown

Subject: Mobile | June 10, 2008 - 02:39 AM |
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Even though we saw that the OCZ DIY notebook is already showing up for sale on some various online stores, for a price starting at $715 or so, they had it on display at their booth at the show.

Computex 2008: ASUS Demos notebook with built-in projector

Subject: Mobile | June 5, 2008 - 12:10 AM |
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While touring the ASUS booth this morning I noticed a notebook on display that didn't have a name attached to it or a PR person assigned to guard it.  It was big, it looked new and at first glace had no outstanding features.  But there was one VERY interesting little addition seen upon further review...


A laptop, or a miniature HTPC?

Subject: Mobile | May 30, 2008 - 03:45 PM |
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Acer's Aspire 6920G is really into multimedia, both making it look good, and making it easy to view.  It has a 16" screen, at 1366x768 resolution (aka 16:9) and a 'CineDash' a touch sensitive section of the keyboard to make playing movies easy as well as full 5.1 sound.  It is a choice for those looking not for the lightest or the most powerful, but for those wanting to watch a few movies while they are on the go.

Source: InsideHW

VIA Unveils VIA OpenBook Mini-Note Reference Design

Subject: Mobile | May 27, 2008 - 11:25 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 27 May 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today introduced the new VIA OpenBook mini-note reference design targeted at the rapidly growing global market for ultra-portable notebooks.

 

All inclusive ultra mobility

Subject: Mobile | May 26, 2008 - 11:53 AM |
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At two centimetres thick and 1.42kgs, or less than an inch and just a hair over 3lbs, the Lenovo ThinkPad X300 has a lot going for it.  A 13", 1440x900 screen, Intel C2D SL7100 and 1GB PC2-5300 DDR2 give it some nice power, but the real bonus is that Lenovo managed to get an ultra slim DVD burner in it.  Check out the Air's arch-nemesis at TweakTown.

Source: TweakTown

ASUS Eee PC In the Wild - Adoption higher than we thought

Subject: Mobile | May 20, 2008 - 06:33 PM |
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This was interesting - while I was out at the mall today I noticed in the local Cincinnati Bell store (local land line and cell phone provider) was demonstrating their in-home wireless networking with the ASUS Eee PC as the client machines.  The setup was meant to show how much faster Cincinnati Bell's DSL service was compared to other options, and they in fact had both a black and a white Eee PC model:

Tough enough?

Subject: Mobile | May 19, 2008 - 04:42 PM |
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In what has to be one of the most fun to do reviews ever, Slashdot has linked to a durability test of three ruggedized notebooks.  All three are 810F-compliant systems, one each from General Dynamics Itronix, Getac and Panasonic, which get frozen, broiled and drowned, among other things.  Check the videos by following the link.

Source: Slashdot

ASUS Eee PC 901 no longer getting WiMax

Subject: Mobile | May 19, 2008 - 12:48 AM |
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This seems more to be a blow towards WiMax than anything else, but according to this report the upcoming Atom-based ASUS Eee PC 901 machine will no longer come with WiMax support built-in but will instead be an option only for contract customers. 

Source: Digitimes

Intel's Atom in upcoming ASUS Eee PC 901

Subject: Mobile | May 15, 2008 - 12:13 PM |
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Even though its only an exterior image, apparently the new Eee PC 901 is being showcased as using the Intel Atom processor and platform.  The exterior is slightly modified and spiffed up but don't expect too much. 

Source: engadget

OCZ Technology Group Introduces Do-It-Yourself Gaming Notebook Solution and Initiative

Subject: Mobile | May 14, 2008 - 02:40 PM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif.—May 14, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled their pioneering Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Gaming Notebook Program. Under this program, users ranging from hardware enthusiasts to mainstream gamers can partake in configuring and building their own gaming-grade mobile solution.

VIA's UMPC

Subject: Mobile | May 14, 2008 - 12:36 PM |
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The Sungju TangoX Nano is one of the first VIA Nanobooks that VIA Arena has had a chance to look at.  It runs Windows XP Tablet edition, has a touch screen for those who have trouble with miniaturized keyboards and even comes with a Skype/VoIP phone.  It is going to be available in Korea soon, no word on anywhere else.

Source: VIA Arena