MeeGo Gaining Steam: In-Dash OS by Car Makers, and Intel Plants MeeGo R&D Group in China

Subject: Mobile | July 26, 2010 - 02:46 PM |

In the most current installment of the Slate of the Nation - Your Guide to Upcoming Slate Devices, I listed the MeeGo mobile OS as something worth keeping an eye on, but not necessarily something to go out of your way to acquire because of its early development state.

Well it seems MeeGo is getting a big boost on two fronts today and we may see MeeGo being used in a lot more places than you'd expect.

Source: engadget

The Slate of the Nation, a mobile decoder ring

Subject: Mobile | July 23, 2010 - 12:53 PM |

Similar to the SSD Decoder Ring that Allyn created to bring some illumination to the internals of the new breed of hard drive, Jon spells out what you can find inside that tablet.  From the OS that runs on the hardware to the internals themselves, he has covered all the current ultramobile platforms available.  There is even a downloadable pdf at the end of the article so you can have a synopsis handy.

Subject: Mobile
Manufacturer: Acer

A New Slate of Mind

This coming quarter, we are going to see multiple slate devices hit the market by different companies. With each slate unique from its operating system to screen size, it's hard to even begin digesting all the specs and features.

Luckily PC Perspective has you covered in this first installment of 'Slate of the Nation'. Be sure to check out the handy downloadable PDF guide as well!

Subject: Mobile
Manufacturer: Motorola

Introduction and Hardware Overview

The past year has brought forth the evolution of the Superphone. More than just smartphones, these 1GHz devices with high resolution cameras are the new hot item. Today we take a look at the newest member of this group, the Motorola Droid X and see how it stacks up to the iPhone 4, HTC EVO and more.

Lenovo Prepping LePad for China, and HP's New Intel Slate

Subject: Mobile | July 21, 2010 - 10:26 AM |

Engadget has some tasty morsels from the slate word, and first up is Lenovo.

Source: engadget

Wireless hotspot racing: MiFi versus Overdrive 4G

Subject: Mobile | July 20, 2010 - 03:16 PM |

If you suddenly find yourself in need of an internet connection and are far away from a nice open WiFi signal then the cell network can save you, if you can connect to it.  Two popular choices are Sierra Wireless' Overdrive 4G which can connect to Sprint's 3G and 4G networks and Novatel's MiFi 2200 which comes in a Verizon and a Sprint model, both 3G connections.  Apart from the aesthetic differences between the two devices, the most important aspect is the speed of the connection. 

Source: Ars Technica

MSI to Launch 3D Notebooks in September - Not using NVIDIA 3D Vision

Subject: Mobile | July 20, 2010 - 10:15 AM |

When it comes to 3D on a notebook computer, NVIDIA's 3D Vision has been getting a lot of attention. However, products using 3D Vision don't exactly appeal to the general consumer who is more interested in watching movies than 3D gaming and higher performance. According to this Digitimes report, MSI is looking to change this by adopting Dynamic Digital Depth's (try saying that 3 times fast) software which converts 2D images into 3D, and employs the use of polarized glasses.

Source: Digitimes

Asus Dropping Windows Embedded Compact 7 in Favour of Android

Subject: Mobile | July 20, 2010 - 09:44 AM |

During Computex, we followed Asus as they announced to the world that it was working on a 10" slate based on the enigmatic Windows Embedded Compact 7 called the Eee Pad 101TC. According to Netbook News, Asus will be switching from WEC7 to Android (presumably Android 2.2) thus making the total slate count using WEC7 a solid zero.

Source: Netbook News
Subject: Mobile
Manufacturer: Asus

Intro, Specs, and Packaging

The Asus U30j is a brushed aluminum beauty that proves it isn't just about good looks. With NVIDIA Optimus under the hood, this slim notebook begs you to consider why you even both with netbooks in the first place.

In this review, find out why you should leave your netbook at home.

A good reason to avoid the Droid X

Subject: Mobile | July 15, 2010 - 01:47 PM |

Verizon and Motorola have made the Droid X and you will soon be able to buy it, but you really might want to avoid it.  One of the main attractions of this phone is that it uses the supposedly open source Android 2.1, allowing you to mod the OS and hardware and to play with a large variety of apps.  How would your decision be influenced if you knew that any mod on this phone at all will kill it, requiring a hardware fix to bring it back to life.  Slashdot repor

Source: 3DCenter