Verizon and Apple announce iPhone 4

Subject: Mobile | January 11, 2011 - 11:07 AM |

Well kids, it finally happened: the Apple iPhone is coming to the Verizon network. 
Live blog over at Engadget here.

Source: engadget

CES 2011 Video: Corsair Link technology looks to expand on monitoring and control of your PC

Subject: Mobile | January 8, 2011 - 03:19 PM |

Corsair of course had some new cases and storage technologies to show off, but they are also introducing a new Corsair Link Technology coming later in the year that is a combination of system monitoring and hardware control, similar to what NVIDIA ESA was attempting to accomplish.  Can it succeed where NVIDIA and several others failed?  We will see later in the year when the software is finalized and released.  

CES 2011 Video: ASUS demonstrates the new line of tablets

Subject: Mobile | January 8, 2011 - 03:15 PM |

We already talked about the new line of tablet devices from ASUS, some using the Tegra 2 embedded processor and another using a CULV Core i5 processor, but we swung by the ASUS booth to have representatives gives us a quick visual demonstration.  All three cater to slightly different segments of the growing tablet market even though there is some definite overlap.  

CES 2011: AMD demos Fusion APU against Atom on thermal camera

Subject: Mobile | January 7, 2011 - 02:35 PM |

AMD had an interesting demonstration at CES this week where they compared one of the new Fusion based E-series APU netbook against an Intel dual-core N550 netbook when viewed through a thermal camera.  The results were intriguing - both machines were playing back 1080p video on YouTube and while both were stutter free experiences, the heat produced by the Atom machine was definitely higher.  

CES 2011 Video: NVIDIA shows Tegra 2 "Super Phone" and Cross-platform gaming

Subject: Mobile | January 6, 2011 - 12:31 PM |

NVIDIA's announcements and discussions at CES have likely been the most interesting for those of us at PC Perspective.  Yesterday, Josh wrote up a great editorial analyzing the NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and its goals for the mobile market as well as the VERY dramatic news that they would be developing high-performance ARM processors for applications from notebooks to servers.

CES 2011: NVIDIA GeForce 500M graphics to complement Sandy Bridge

Subject: Mobile | January 5, 2011 - 04:00 PM |

With all of the discussion surrounding the new Intel Sandy Bridge platforms and how it will affect the discrete graphics markets of AMD and NVIDIA in both the desktop and mobile space, NVIDIA is being very deliberate in their promotion of the newly announced NVIDIA GeForce 500M series of mobility GPUs.  NVIDIA is currently the discrete graphics market leader in the mobile space and has much to lose should the Intel HD Graphics 3000 turn out to be "good enough" for the majority of consumers. 

CES 2011: HP Focuses on Hardware Updates at CES

Subject: Mobile | January 4, 2011 - 12:00 AM |

Apparently secure in its current product portfolio, HP didn’t announce any new products for its consumer products in early 2011. Instead, the company is focusing on hardware updates, the nature of which weren’t surprising. 

CES 2011: AMD Fusion APU Era Begins with E- and C-series APUs

Subject: Mobile | January 4, 2011 - 12:00 AM |

LAS VEGAS — CES – Jan. 4, 2011 — Today at the Consumer Electronics Show, AMD (NYSE: AMD) launched a new class of accelerated processor that combines more compute capabilities than any processor in the history of computing.

CES 2011: New ThinkPad Edge leads new Lenovo products at CES

Subject: Mobile | January 3, 2011 - 12:00 AM |

Lenovo’s decision to use the ThinkPad Edge to go more mainstream with the brand was a gamble, but apparently it’s paid off.  Edge seems to be doing so well, in fact, that Lenovo is launching four new Edge laptops at CES.

CES 2011: ASUS will have tablets, lots of tablets at CES

Subject: Mobile | December 31, 2010 - 12:12 AM |

Engadget found some posted and then removed data from ASUS that clearly seems to outline their pending lineup of tablet devices to be unveiled at CES.  

Source: engadget

CES 2011: Toshiba NB550D netbook to use AMD Brazos Fusion platform

Subject: Mobile | December 31, 2010 - 12:02 AM |

According to information found over at engadget, Toshiba is another vendor to decide on adopting the AMD Brazos Fusion platform complete with a C-50 1.0 GHz Ontario APU (accelerated processing unit).  

Source: engadget

Alienware's new $1300 M11x

Subject: Mobile | December 10, 2010 - 02:25 PM |

The base model of the Alienware M11x is $799, but if you are going to go with an Alienware laptop you can't just buy the base model.  That is why Matt had to add $500 worth of options to the 11.6" review model he received.  It is really the size that is interesting about this notebook, as it offers a balance of playability and portability without sacrificing too much of one for the other.

The general purpose B&N Nook Color

Subject: Mobile | December 6, 2010 - 01:42 PM |

The Nook Color has been rooted to limited fanfare, perhaps less that it deserves considering what it can do.  For instance, it is capable of playing Angry Birds “as smoothly as on the Galaxy Tab,” and with an 800MHz Cortex processor should handle productivity tasks.  The rooting process is still being smoothed out and you can see how to do it yourself thanks to Slashdot.

Source: Slashdot

Netbook race, which is faster - Windows or Ubuntu

Subject: Mobile | November 19, 2010 - 02:40 PM |

Netbooks being trimmed down laptops, it seems logical that a trimmed down OS will help the little PCs run a bit faster when it comes to booting, loading programs and resuming from sleep.  Slashdot found someone who didn't want to make that assumption and took an Asus Eee PC 1008HA
and loaded it with WinXP, Win7 and Ubuntu to see just how the netbook performed doing a variety of common tasks.  Follow the link to see how these OSes fared.

Source: Slashdot

Apple's fancy SSD in RAM form will soon be available for everyone

Subject: Mobile | November 11, 2010 - 02:54 PM |

It is news that will bring joy to the heart of any mobile user wanting a big performance gain and a power use drop, the tiny, DIMM shaped MacBook Air SSDs upgrades we saw hint of last are not a proprietary Apple design.  Toshiba is already releasing 3 models, 64Gb, 128GB, and 256GB
which can be used in any laptops, as it turns out this is a rather simple aesthetic change and not a complete change in design.  Photofast is already working on a model that wi

Source: 3DCenter

10 gaming class notebooks vying for your dollars

Subject: Mobile | November 8, 2010 - 02:32 PM |

InsideHW assembled a team of 10 notebooks, from a variety of manufacturers that covers a large gamut of price and performance.  All the notebooks tested are at least theoretically gaming class notebooks, though some are more powerful than others.  See which models offer the best value as well as raw power and extra peripherals right here.

Source: InsideHW

nVIDIA's totally redesigned ION2 platform

Subject: Mobile | November 2, 2010 - 12:05 PM |

With the total redesign of Intel's Atom processor, similar to what they did with Clarkdale, the old ION platform will not work with the new Atoms from Intel.  Undaunted, nVIDIA redesigned the ION 2 to work with CPUs that have parts of the North Bridge onboard and updated the IGP with a part that is roughly similar in performance to an nVIDIA GeForce 210 (ie. GT219). Drop by X-bit Labs to see how much better this platform performs compared to Intel's Pine Trail.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Dell tries for a notebook in netbooks clothing

Subject: Mobile | October 28, 2010 - 12:56 PM |

Matt had a chance to play with the Dell Inspiron M101z, a netbook which you may have read about before.  At 11.6" it is rather tiny but hides an Athlon Neo processor as well as a Radeon HD4225 and DDR3 inside.  See what he thought of this mobile PC that tries to bridge the gap between netbooks and notebooks while staying at or under the $500 mark.

Atom and Ion together in the Eee PC 1015PN

Subject: Mobile | October 25, 2010 - 01:18 PM |

The new 10.1" netbook from ASUS has a lot of power, but unfortunately a problem for users as well.  It runs Windows 7 Starter Edition which is a very poor choice for a notebook that sports bot nVIDIA's Ion and Intel's GMA 3150
as the Starter Edition does not support Optimus.  That means that you cannot switch IGPs on the fly, in order to switch between the energy saving GMA 3150 and the powerful ION IGP means that you need to reboot the machine.  The Tech Report did find quite a few things to like about the netbook, after all it is the most powerful of it's size, but with the

Toshiba's new laptop, powered by AMD's Nile

Subject: Mobile | October 19, 2010 - 01:31 PM |

We have heard of the coup that AMD managed with many major notebook makers that found their new mobile Nile processor powering their new line up of mobile platforms but we haven't seen many available for purchase.  One of the first is the Toshiba T235 which is the subject of Matt's newest review.  Powered by a dual core K625, mobility HD4225 graphics and sporting 4GB of DDR3 in a 13.3" form factor, there is a fair amount of power in an easily portable form.  Check out just how powerful it is here.