Dell goes Atomic

Subject: Mobile | September 30, 2008 - 02:42 PM |
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The new Dell Inspiron Mini 9 is an 8.9" netbook powered by an Atom N270 (1.6GHz) with 1GB of DDR2-533 RAM.   It's 60GB SSD drive runs a flavour of Ubuntu and it features wireless support as well as a host of input and output plugs.  Hardware Zone did find out that it is expected to sell at $799, but they didn't manage to get a firm number for the battery life of the netbook.

Another site thinks NVIDIA will be in new MacBooks

Subject: Mobile | September 22, 2008 - 11:54 AM |
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Hmm, well this is interesting.  Arstechnica is reporting that MacSoda is reporting that Expreview is reporting that we might see the NVIDIA MCP7A chipset in the new MacBooks coming next month.

Source: Ars Technica

Worry about eye strain, not back strain

Subject: Mobile | September 15, 2008 - 06:37 PM |
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If you are headed back to school and find yourself in need of a notebook that doesn't take up much space or add weight to your backpack you have probably at least considered a netbook.  These have become quite popular over the last year and there are a huge amount of models and manufacturers to choose from.  Dropping by The Tech Report may help you out.  They've compiled stats on the best that are out there, plus they take a look at what will be available to you soon.

It's so tiny it's almost cute

Subject: Mobile | September 9, 2008 - 03:41 PM |
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The new Eee from ASUS PC 901 netbook is tiny, 8.86" wide by 6.9", just over twice the size of a CD case.  Powered by an Atom N230 running at 1.6GHz and with 1GB of 533MHz DDR2, the tiny size doesn't mean you will be lacking in power. You can also keep using it on long flights, it is rated 7.8 hours of run time thanks to some interesting power savings tweaks.  Check out the new face of ultra mobile at The Tech Report.

Power in your pocket

Subject: Mobile | September 4, 2008 - 03:11 PM |
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If you don't have an Altoids tin handy to make a MintyBoost, or just aren't that into creating your own homebrew projects, you may find you really like a company called Ecosol.  Their Powerstick, a USB powered portable charger with a big pile of connectors that will let you hook up to and recharge just about anything.  Check it out at AnandTech.

Source: futurelooks

Building a better battery

Subject: Mobile | August 29, 2008 - 12:19 PM |
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Tech Knowledge Arena takes a look at the current state of laptop batteries and the new types we can expect to see in the not too distant future.  Currently
Lithium Ion, Nickel Metal Hydride and Nickel Cadmium batteries are the main players, each with different benefits and drawbacks.  Soon we may see fuel cell and virus powered laptops.

OCZ goes with DIY laptops

Subject: Mobile | August 26, 2008 - 01:04 PM |
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One segment of the market that just hasn't grown the way enthusiasts would like is the ability to make your own laptop.  The 15" laptop chassis that OZC provides is fairly customizable, except for one small component.  You are stuck with a 8600M GT as your graphics chip, that is not customizable.  Check out the full deal at PC Mechanic.

Source: PC Mechanic

The new and improved Eee

Subject: Mobile | August 20, 2008 - 02:51 PM |
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The new Eee PC 1000 has a 10.2" display and measures 10.5 x 7.5 x 1.5, slightly larger than the original, and much blacker.  Inside is a Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz, 1GB of DDR2-533, an 8GB SSD for storage along with a 32Gb internal SDHC card.  See what The Tech Report thought of this Xandros-based Linux netbook.

A good thing gets better

Subject: Mobile | August 18, 2008 - 12:15 PM |
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AnandTech was rather impressed by the Gateway P-6831, a powerful gaming notebook with a $1300 price tag.  Gateway has updated that model with the P-7811, which not only has updated components, but also offers longer battery life.  Their testing didn't all go smoothly however, read on to see what problems they encountered.

Source: AnandTech

Help finding a way through the mobile GPU maze

Subject: Mobile | August 12, 2008 - 02:44 PM |
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Recently, laptop enthusiasts have been seeing a lot of action in the mobile graphics world.  Not only are there built in chipsets, but the mobile offerings from nVIDIA and AMD have been expanding at an incredible rate.  If you find yourself struggling to keep up with the changes, TechARP has compiled a list of 138 mobile GPUs and their respective stats.  Take a look and save yourself a lot of searching.

Source: Tech ARP

ASUS Looking to Launch S101 rather than Eee

Subject: Mobile | August 7, 2008 - 05:11 PM |
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It looks like even ASUS might be getting tired of the Eee name.  The company is apparently going to be launching a new notebook known as the S101 rather than be known as a $900 Eee PC.  More than likely ASUS simply realized that selling a $900 Eee PC defeated the purpose of the Eee PC to begin with.

Since its introduction the Eee PC has grown and become more of an
ultraportable in price and features in some of t

Source: Daily Tech

Details on the Nehalem mobility platform released

Subject: Mobile | August 5, 2008 - 09:31 AM |
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Digitimes is revealing some new information on the version of Intel's Nehalem architecture that will find its way into the mobile space.  The Calpella platform will include the Clarksfiled processor (Nehalem-based) will of course implement a DDR3 memory controller into the core while the Auburndale chip will add integrated graphics support as well.

Source: Digitimes

They grow so quickly nowadays

Subject: Mobile | July 25, 2008 - 01:58 PM |
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The Eee is growing up with the release of the 901 and 1000 models.  t-break tried out the 8.9" Eee PC 901, which has a larger SSD along with the larger screen and a battery that is rated to last 5 hours.  Probably the nicest change, apart from the 1024*600 resolution; is the processor which is now an Atom running at 1.6GHz.  Read the full review to see what else the new Eee has in store for you.

Source: t-break

Something to do while waiting in line for the iPhone 3

Subject: Mobile | July 22, 2008 - 05:43 PM |
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Wondering what all the hype about the free games and apps that are available for the new iPhone?  Heard awful things about how the accelerometer handles games like Super Monkey ball, or just how much fun a free game can be?  I4U has spotted a little game called Aurora Feint, and not only did they try it out, they liked it!  If you have recently spent several hours in line in front of a store to get your hot new gadget and activation, check out the review.

Source: I4U News

$5000? Seriously?

Subject: Mobile | July 18, 2008 - 11:57 AM |
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It is hard to place all of the blame on Alienware or on Dell who bought them, but the high powered gaming laptop seems to be going extinct very quickly.  Even with the high end components in the Area-51 m15x, it can't keep up with a desktop system of less than half the price.  Trying to display 1920x1200 on a 15.4" screen is a bad idea, there is no way to keep the components reasonably cool, and don't even think of using the battery, it will be flat in half an hour.  ThinkComputers recently reviewed model was a bit less expensive, though still prohibitive. 

Source: Tech Spot

Thinking like Rommel

Subject: Mobile | July 15, 2008 - 12:07 PM |
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Intel's been talking up their Centrino 2 for so long that not a lot of what we are hearing today is news; most are things we;ve known about for quite a while.  The focus is apparently on "performance, battery life, form factor, wireless and security", extending some, but attempting to shrink the form factor.   Get the full story in Ryan's article, with slides from Intel as well as his perspective on Intel's second go at dominating the mobile world.

OCZ Technology Group Unveils Intel Centrino 2 whitebook

Subject: Mobile | July 15, 2008 - 11:27 AM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. - July 14, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, components, and systems, today introduced a new whitebook solution powered by the long awaited Intel Centrino 2 ("Montevina") platform. This state-of-the-art platform technology provides a breakthrough in mobile computing for higher performance, advanced connectivity, and longer battery life.

New Intel-Based Laptops Advance All Facets of Notebook PCs

Subject: Mobile | July 15, 2008 - 11:24 AM |
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SAN FRANCISCO, July 15, 2008 - Intel Corporation unveiled its Intel Centrino 2 Processor Technology products for laptops today, powered by five new Intel Core2 Duo processors. Close to 250 innovative consumer and business notebook PC designs are on the way, including those equipped with the right combination of powerful processors, graphics and battery life to enjoy viewing stunning high definition videos and myriad other computer and Internet activities.

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