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Subject: Mobile | December 26, 2009 - 07:38 PM | Ryan Shrout
An interesting story at Arstechnica is talking about that thing that always seems to make the news: the Apple tablet. Sure, no one has actually seen it and stories about it are as common as crime in New York, but hey, why not bring it up again, right?
This time, the news is from an anonymous comment from an Apple executive that gives more credence to the tablet product:
Subject: Mobile | December 26, 2009 - 07:25 PM | Ryan Shrout
Again, despite all the noise around the updated Atom processors and platforms, ASRock has announced a new motherboard using the previous (current) generation of Atom processor and the NVIDIA ION platform. The ASRock A330ION combines a solid mix of great features for advanced users in an incredibly small package.
Subject: Mobile | December 26, 2009 - 06:58 PM | Ryan Shrout
Though most of our discussion about notebooks recently has been centering around the freshly announced Intel Pine Trail platform and the Atom processors, it looks like ASUS is getting at least one new sweet looking gaming notebook ready to show off as well. The ASUS X77 specs we are seeing rumored are pretty impressive:
Subject: Mobile | December 23, 2009 - 09:35 AM | Jonathan Hung
While NVIDIA may be facing some issues with their Fermi GPU and getting ION (or even ION 2) into your netbook, their Tegra line continues to gain wins in portable mobile devices. The latest rumour is an Asus Eee tablet to be announced in March 2010 that will use some form of Tegra chip (likely a Tegra 2, but who knows). The details are scant, and we don't have any official word from Asus about their plans.
Subject: Mobile | December 22, 2009 - 07:24 PM | Ryan Shrout
The fun of Intel's new Pine Trail will never cease it seems. Both Dell and MSI spent the day sending out announcements of some new netbooks based around the new Atom processor and chipset. First up, the Dell Inspiron Mini 10:
Subject: Mobile | December 22, 2009 - 04:32 PM | Ryan Shrout
Well, maybe they didn't say it like that, but he obviously meant it. Anil Nanduri, director of netbook marketing at Intel, interviewed at Laptop Mag had some interesting things to say about NVIDIA's ION platform:
Subject: Mobile | December 19, 2009 - 01:55 AM | Ryan Shrout
Every once in a long while us nerds get some kind of redemption with the mainstream markets. Tonight was supposed to be one of those nights. After seeing about 500 tweets from NVIDIA employees about a "mystery Tegra device" being shown on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, I decided I would pay attention and see what was up.
Well, the device we saw was the NVIDIA Tegra tablet that was making the rounds last month:
Subject: Mobile | December 18, 2009 - 02:21 PM | Ryan Shrout
I have to say, just looking at this device, without even known the specs, makes me want one. The Notion Ink smartpad is a 10-in tablet computer that utilizes the NVIDIA Tegra chip along with a bunch of other specs to create what everyone drooling about the rumored Apple tablet could want.
Subject: Mobile | December 17, 2009 - 02:28 PM | Ryan Shrout
While the current NVIDIA ION chipset has been a well received product in the media and with very select few enthusiasts thanks to its higher performing graphics and ability to accelerate decoding of both HD/Blu-ray and Flash video, it would be safe to say that the chipset has been less successful in the mass market than NVIDIA would have liked. Until very recently, there were only a handful of netbooks/notebooks/nettops released with the ION chipset, the most notable of which was the HP Mini 311 which we are currently testing in house. This winter we will see a new series from ASUS
Subject: Mobile | December 14, 2009 - 01:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The networked mobile worker of today is still very much tied down with recharging cables for all the various devices that they use. About the most flexible recharging option is the USB cable, but even though many devices can be recharged that way there are a number that can't. This has lead to a market in rechargers capable of delivering a variety of amperage and voltage along with a number of connectors to fit the varied plugs. Legit Reviews checks out the
Subject: Mobile | December 14, 2009 - 11:14 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Mobile | December 10, 2009 - 01:44 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Mobile | December 10, 2009 - 10:15 AM | Jonathan Hung
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.
Subject: Mobile | December 9, 2009 - 11:10 AM | Jonathan Hung
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.
Subject: Mobile | December 8, 2009 - 12:08 PM | Jonathan Hung
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.
Subject: Mobile | December 7, 2009 - 03:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Mobile | December 7, 2009 - 02:30 PM | Jonathan Hung
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.
Subject: Mobile | December 4, 2009 - 02:00 PM | Jonathan Hung
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.
Subject: Mobile | December 2, 2009 - 06:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Mobile | November 27, 2009 - 02:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.