Year of the UMPC

Subject: Mobile | June 13, 2007 - 11:47 AM |
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This may not be the year in which the UMPC catches on as a mainstream consumer product, but it is certainly a year that has seen these ultra mobile platforms make huge leaps forward.  It was the main focus of this years VIA Tech Forum, which VIA Arena participated in.  They have posted a video of the keynote speech, as well as embedding slides from other presentations, all about the new NanoBook.  This will be VIA's reference design for all UMPCs in the next while and will influence most of their mobile prod

Source: VIA Arena

VIA to Define Mobility 2.0 with Revolutionary New VIA NanoBook UMD Reference

Subject: Mobile | June 8, 2007 - 11:14 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 05 June 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator
and developer of silicon chip technologies and device platform solutions,
will unveil the new VIA NanoBook UMD (Ultra Mobile Device) Reference Design
at VTF2007 on 6 June 2007 in Taipei.

Designed to meet the needs of today's Mobility 2.0 lifestyle, the VIA
NanoBook packs the performance, connectivity and functionality of a notebook
PC into a sleek and light ultra portable clamshell form factor that weighs
less than 850g.

Source: VIA Arena

Lenovo goes Santa Rosa

Subject: Mobile | June 5, 2007 - 03:50 PM |
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The ThinkPad series has been updated with new models, the T61 & R61 as well as the X61 & X61s.  XYZ Computing has had the pleasure of trying out both the ultra mobile X61s as well as the larger X61.  They include all of the features you would expect the successor of the X60 series to have, as well as some handy new features.  Not to mention updated hardware.

TV for your cellphone

Subject: Mobile | June 1, 2007 - 02:42 PM |
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MobiTV is the new way to get TV on your cell phone, and they offer service in the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and the UK.  Ars Technica tried out the service on Cingular, and found 43 channels to watch while on the go.  As you might expect, changing channels takes a bit of waiting, as it has to find that signal, but there was some onerous waiting times for Ars when they were simply watching a program.  Get more info on the service in the full article.

Source: Ars Technica

Fanless Embedded Designs Can Now Take Advantage Of AMD64 Technology

Subject: Mobile | May 31, 2007 - 11:13 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. May 30, 2007 AMD (NYSE AMD) today announced an expansion of its Embedded Solutions offerings to include the new AMD Sempron Processor Model 2100+ and the AMD Geode LX 800 @ 0.9W Processor, which can now support designs to be deployed in harsh temperature environments. The addition of these new features in AMD's broad embedded product portfolio showcases AMD's commitment to delivering processor options that address the expanding and often unique needs of the embedded market.

Source: AMD

Toshiba Taps AMD Platform for New Notebooks

Subject: Mobile | May 29, 2007 - 06:10 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. May 29, 2007 AMD (NYSE AMD) today announced that Toshiba will launch three Satellite notebook PCs based on an AMD mobile platform. Combining advanced mobile processor performance with outstanding graphics, Toshiba will offer systems in the popular Satellite product line based on AMD Turion(tm) 64 X2 dual-core mobile technology and the AMD M690 Series Chipset.

Source: AMD

CounterStrike: Shrunk

Subject: Mobile | May 28, 2007 - 05:13 PM |
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If you've ever been on the road and are desperate to frag something, look no further than the OQO model 02 that VIA Arena has been testing.  We've seen WoW and Starcraft from Blizzard, but now it's Valve's turn.  Follow the link to see Half Life and Counterstrike, in all their miniature glory.

Source: VIA Arena

Cutting corners on laptops

Subject: Mobile | May 23, 2007 - 03:00 PM |
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The LCDs on laptops really can't hold a candle to the desktop versions.  It isn't a size thing, so much as brightness, response rate and clarity.  Rather than depend on eyeballing to judge the difference, AnandTech tests 4 laptops against a Gateway desktop LCD.  The results are rather enlightening.

Source: AnandTech

Sony updates their VAIO

Subject: Mobile | May 21, 2007 - 04:30 PM |
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Sony has never been considered the makers of the best laptops around, but their VAIO series is the most portable laptop, without crossing the line into a UMPC.  This incarnation, the Sony VAIO TZ weighs in at 2.62lbs, and comes with a 1.06GHz C2D, Windows Vista Professional, 1GB of DDR2, an 80GB ATA HDD, a multipurpose DVD RW/R and integrated Intel graphics.  The display is 11.1" with a resolution of 1,366x768, which should be enough to let you see without a magnifying glass.  As Coo

Source: CoolTechZone

AMD Details Next-Generation Platform for Notebook PCs

Subject: Mobile | May 18, 2007 - 02:32 PM |
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Tokyo, Japan -- May 18, 2007 -- At a press conference in Tokyo, Japan, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today officially disclosed more details of its next-generation open platform for notebook computing. Codenamed "Puma," the platform is designed to deliver battery life, graphics and video processing enhancements and improved overall system performance for an enhanced visual experience.

Source: AMD

ePaper gets a step closer

Subject: Mobile | May 14, 2007 - 02:00 PM |
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DigiTimes has a look at the newest thing from LG.Phillips, a flexible colour LCD in A4 size (14.1" across).  By placing the TFT on metal foil rather that on glass, you get a flexible screen that is hopefully also durable.  Drop by and give it a look, if this catches on then ebooks and online newspapers will be a lot nicer to read.

Source: Digitimes

Intel's future in mobility looks rosy

Subject: Mobile | May 10, 2007 - 11:57 AM |
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AnandTech looks at the new Centrino, aka Santa Rosa.  It has been in development for a long time now, and many believed that it would be a huge jump in power savings.  It includes a draft 802.11n WiFi interface which may end up influencing the IEEE's decision as to the final implementation of the new wireless standard.  Read on to find out what they thought of the new chipset, and don't forget Ryan's look at it either.

Source: AnandTech

Multitude Of Innovations Boost New Intel-Based Laptops

Subject: Mobile | May 9, 2007 - 06:49 PM |
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NEW YORK and SAN FRANCISCO, May 9, 2007 — Faster processors and chipsets. Great-looking video and graphics. Stronger and faster wireless signals. Better security and manageability. Designed for energy efficiency to enable great battery life. An option to turbo-speed boot time and software application loading.

NVIDIA UNVEILS NEW VISUAL COMPUTING ARCHITECTURE FOR NEXT-GENERATION

Subject: Mobile | May 9, 2007 - 11:03 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA—MAY 9, 2007—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, has introduced a breakthrough NVIDIA Quadro® professional GPU architecture for notebook computers that enables entirely new graphics and visual computing capabilities for professionals who require uncompromised mobility.

Source: NVIDIA

ASUS remodels their Lamborghini

Subject: Mobile | May 8, 2007 - 12:00 PM |
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ASUS has followed up their original Lamborghini laptop with the VX2, updating the hardware and adding features as well as improving it's already well designed aesthetic.  TECHGAGE was lucky enough to get one to test out, and enjoyed every minute of it.  The added bonuses run from a webcam to a finger print reader just go to show how well thought out this laptop is; although perhaps designed more for the car fana

Source: TECHGAGE

Tips to keep it going and going and going ...

Subject: Mobile | May 1, 2007 - 12:00 PM |
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Big Bruin has some tips on how to extend your laptop batteries life.  They cover tips that will keep the battery going longer on a charge, as well as delaying the inevitable slow death of your battery.  From tips you would expect like hibernation mode, to making sure you don't expose the battery to temperatures beyond it's comfort zone.  Read on, if you don't feel like buying replacement batteries anytime soon.

Source: Big Bruin

New ultra-portable Pavilion

Subject: Mobile | April 25, 2007 - 01:18 PM |
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HP's ultra portable tx1000 offers a full set of features perfect for a laptop, including a screen that can be rotated 180° and reversed, as well as a button to reverse that mode for lefties.  The 12.1 WXGA screen may not be as large as many laptops, but it does keep the weight down to about 5lbs and the battery going for over 2 hours.  Read on at Digital Trends to get the full review<

TV on the go

Subject: Mobile | April 18, 2007 - 05:23 PM |
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Get HD broadcasts and analog cable TV on you laptop with the help of this little USB device from Hauppauge, called the WinTV-HVR-950.  On one end is a USB 2.0 plug, and on the other is a familiar looking Coax cable connector on the other.  [H]ard|OCP tried it out on a handy C2D laptop and found that the PVR function was perhaps the most impressive feature, and found the only disappointment was

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel Keeps Mobile Engine Humming, Fueled By Silicon Technology Advances

Subject: Mobile | April 18, 2007 - 02:40 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Beijing, April 18, 2007 — Describing the latest trends in mobile computing at the Intel Developer Forum today, Intel Corporation executives said that personalization and content are key drivers behind increased demand for notebook PCs and mobile Internet devices (MIDs).

Sony Offers Solid State Drive in new VAIO

Subject: Mobile | April 10, 2007 - 02:43 PM |
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If you want to be on the bleeding edge of technology, you'll be interested in seeing the first SSD notebook computer: the Sony VAIO G-series.

The latest Sony VAIO G forgoes the traditional 40GB HDD and instead uses a 32GB SSD (manufacturer unknown). The weight of the notebook drops from an already remarkable 1.97 pounds to 1.89 pounds.

Source: Daily Tech