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Facebook has 70 million members, so if the owners change something about it the users don't like, the angry virtual mob that appears outside the window with digital pitchforks and torches is something to behold. Facebook's attempt to share information about user's purchases through a utility they called Beacon didn't go down too well,  for instance, and the ensuing outcry included just about everything except calls for a guillotine outside Facebook's office. So Facebook is cautious now, and even though they've announced they're going to dramatically change the appearance of their website in June, they're quick to point out that it's only on a test basis. We'll go slow. Very beta. Nothing... Read more...
OLED displays share the promise of low power, high def, ultra-high contrast goodness.  In fact Samsung claims their new line of AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic LED) panels boast 20X the contrast ratio of standard LCDs.  In addition, since the panels do not require any back-lighting, they consume much less power, so they are well suited for portable applications obviously.  Also, since they're based on LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology, viewing angles, response times and brightness are also wonderfully impressive.  Though Samsung is currently shipping OLED-based screens for small, power sensitive products like cell phones, Samsung's SDI group claims their manufacturing... Read more...
OCZ Technology Group Introduces Do-It-Yourself Gaming Notebook Solution and Initiative Developed to offer “Infinite Possibilities,” the OCZ DIY program gives gamers on the go just what they have been asking for Sunnyvale, Calif. - May 14, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled their pioneering Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Gaming Notebook Program. Under this program, users ranging from hardware enthusiasts to mainstream gamers can partake in configuring and building their own gaming-grade mobile solution. The OCZ DIY program enables users to purchase an unconfigured notebook and ultimately customize the system... Read more...
Eurocom launches Portable Server Notebook with Intel Quad Core XEON Processor for On-the-Road Development. The World s First server-class notebook with Intel Quad Core XEON processor; 1.5 Terabytes of storage, RAID 5 and internal 1 hour Battery. Eurocom, the world's leading developer of highly personalized, high-performance notebook PCs and energy efficient All-in-One PCs, introduced the EUROCOM D901C PHANTOM-X Mobile Server powered by Intel's newest line of Quad Core XEON processors. The EUROCOM Mobile Server significantly reduces the time and cost of deploying short-term LAN based solutions and of extending usage of existing business applications to users wherever is required.EUROCOM PHANTOM-X... Read more...
Just yesterday, Dell unveiled some new Art Series Inspiron 1525 notebooks that feature artwork from Mike Ming Designs on theirs lids.  Although the machines hit the Dell website only yesterday, we had a chance to get our hands on a couple of the units and snap off a few pictures.As you can see, the appliques applied to the lids were vibrant.  They also seemed like they'd stand up well to typical daily abuse.  Below are a couple of photos, along with the official press release...     Downtown Art Scene Arrives on Your Laptop with New Mike Ming Designs from Dell Exclusive Dell Inspiron 1525 designs signal new personalization options attuned to youth culture and... Read more...
The continued demand for laptop memory appears to be overshadowing the need for faster graphics memory, at least according to inside sources at unnamed players in the DRAM industry:"Some DRAM makers have started allotting more capacity for commodity DRAM, especially SO-DIMMs for notebooks, the sources said.  Capacity for GDDR has started to strain amid the strategic capacity allocation, they noted.  As DRAM makers are expected to reserve capacity priority for commodity DRAM for 1-2 quarters, a price revision for GDDR is thus likely, they said.  The sources indicated that a price hike is likely to be seen from the second half of May, as some system makers are expected to completely digest their... Read more...
The President of Toshiba, Shozo Saito, delivered  a fascinating look at near future of solid-state memory last week. He's in a position to know about NAND flash memory and Solid State Drives,  and the future not only looks bright, it looks like the future is right now. He predicted one-quarter of notebook PCs will have a solid state drive within three years. Toshiba cited notebook PCs as the most likely market where demand for NAND flash memory will strengthen. The global market for SSD for notebook PCs will expand 313% every year from 2008 to 2011, the company said.Toshiba is planning to extend its SSD lineup, which currently ranges from 32 to 128 Gbytes, up to 512 Gbytes in the future.... Read more...
You know you have compensation issues when you buy the latest Apple thin & light laptop and feel the need to replace the shell with a 24k gold coated, gem studded variant.Whatever drives people to want such outrageously and expensive mods, Computer Choppers is there to meet those needs.  The company offers so many services and customization options, but here are just a few examples of the plating and polishing to virtually any piece of electronics:Aluminum (polishing)NickelBlack NickelCopperChrome24kt Yellow GoldWhite GoldRose GoldPlatinum The exact price of the gem-studded, 24k mod to the AirBook is unknown at this time, but if we had that kind of money we might spend it trying to actually... Read more...
If you’ve ever wanted a laptop computer that resembled a thick book, you might want to make friends with a chap named Kyle Bean.  His mod is certainly an interesting one, in that it puts the ‘book’ back into ‘notebook’, or the other way around.Here’s a little background on the project:With everything turning towards technology, we have adapted the out with the old, in with the new mentality.  Designer Kyle Bean has created a design that illustrates the issues with “technology and the Internet, and the effect it is having on the way we source information.”  We are becoming a society that is more virtual.  We download music rather than purchase CD’s, we research on the net, rather than going to... Read more...
Just in case you missed it, we're writing to let you all know that we have just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features and performance of Lenovo's sleek ThinkPad X300 ultra portable notebook.  According to Lenovo, the ThinkPad X300 was designed to be the most efficient notebook the company has ever offered, with claims of a 25% reduction in power consumption in comparison to previous X-Series models.  To achieve this, Lenovo attempted a balancing act of sorts, equipping the X300 with a low power Core 2 Duo CPU, a Solid-State Drive and an LED backlit monitor.  The question is, has the focus on low power consumption come at too big a price, both... Read more...
While he may not have invented the Internet, Al Gore has played a major role in bringing the issue of Global Warming to the masses.  In his book and movie "An Inconvenient Truth", Gore made a compelling case, and whether his message convinced you or not, one thing is certain, it's clear people were listening.  Today, there is increased research and development searching for innovative solutions to energy conservation in virtually all areas of our lives.  Technologies are being improved to collect solar, wind, geo-thermal and water power, while alternative technologies are under development as well.  Regardless of your position on the topic, the benefits... Read more...
Toshiba has announced that they are delaying the release of their Dynabook SS RX1 notebook which has been heavily advertised as featuring a 128GB SSD.Toshiba cited parts delays.  It's not clear whether the delays are SSD-related, but Toshiba postponed the launch of a notebook last year with a 64GB SSD due to flash memory chip "procurement" delays.Originally due to ship this month, the SS RX1 is now due to ship to the Japanese market sometime in June.... Read more...
Ever since the ASUS Eee PC stole our hearts, we’ve been longing for a similar product with a few extra features such as an ExpressCard slot and more storage. When we hear about HP’s 2133 we were certainly eager to see how it’d stack up. Sadly, it seems that the VIA CPU isn’t winning it many benchmarks: "On paper the 1.6GHz VIA C7-M processor should provide excellent speed for general computing tasks," said Notebook Review's JerryJ. "In reality, web pages rendered slower than expected, multi-tasking was painfully slow, and most processor-hungry applications like Photoshop or video encoding software just didn't like the VIA processor."The rumor going around pre-launch is that HP might launch 2... Read more...
Only two years ago Apple unveiled their new lineup of Intel-powered laptops, but for the most part the biggest changes were internal. The new laptops bore a strong exterior resemblance to their G4-powered predecessors, but all of that could be nearly at an end. Rumor has it that the next updates to Apple’s portables are going to see some major styling changes."Of the two, the 13-inch consumer MacBooks will undergo the most significant metamorphosis, shedding their plastic enclosures for ones constructed from more eco-friendly materials such as aircraft-grade aluminum and stainless steel, people familiar with the matter say.The move, which makes good on a promise by company chief executive Steve... Read more...
Asustek caused quite a stir with their inexpensive little Eee PC notebook computer. There's been a lot of speculation about the how when why wherefore of the second generation of the unit. According to Digitimes, you can expect an 8.9",  touchscreen equipped, 512 to 1GB memory-packing,  8 to 12 GB solid state hard drive wielding, $500 unit in May or June of this year.The company aims to ship up to five million Eee PCs in 2008 through retail channels and contract orders combined, with quarterly retail-only shipments expected to total 650,000-700,000 units, according to the company. The device is seeing a 50% supply shortage in the Taiwan and Hong Kong regions and 70% worldwide in the... Read more...
Facebook has been garnering all sorts of bad press lately about the iffy security and privacy of their users' information. Today's version of Whoops! for Facebook is a security lapse that allowed unauthorized strangers to see personal photographs posted in areas on Facebook that were supposed to be private. And I wasn't just making a cheap Paris Hilton joke in the headline; Paris Hilton has a Facebook page, and even she has pages labeled private that were exposed. Short of X-Rays, I can't imagine there's any more of Paris Hilton that we haven't seen, but Facebook users should be able to expect things labeled "private" to be private, shouldn't they?The Associated Press verified the loophole Monday... Read more...
You may recall that Chris Avenir, a first-year chemical engineering student at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, faced expulsion after it came to light that he had created a Facebook-based chemistry study group.  The horror, the horror!Chris Avenir's apparent exhortation to fellow Ryerson University engineering students to "input solutions" to assignment problems on the social networking site raised the ire of a professor.On Tuesday, the 18-year-old was told that while he wouldn't be expelled he would receive a zero on the assignment section of the chemistry course, which was worth 10 percent of his final grade.Despite that, Avenir still passed the course.He still passed the course... Read more...
ASUS Launches Stylish Ultra-light Leather-Bound Notebook--ASUS U2E Integrates Luxury, Style and Functionality into an 11-inch- 2.7lbs. Hand-Crafted Notebook--FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (March 19, 2007) -ASUS today announced availability of the long-anticipated U2E, the perfect companion for road warriors. The 11-inch all-in-one leather crafted notebook is designed to deliver the highest level of versatile performance while conveying an individual's sense of style.  Rich, Varied ConnectivityThe U2E is the lightest notebook with a built-in DVD-RW. To deliver the ultimate mobile experience on Windows Vista, the ASUS U2E comes equipped with 3GB high-speed DDR2 memory. With an energy saving back-lit... Read more...
Just in case you're the type who like to jump right down to the news, we’re writing to let you all know that we’ve just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features, performance, and overall value of Toshiba’s new Satellite X205-SLI4 gaming notebook.  The Toshiba Satellite X205-SLI4 is a feature-rich laptop geared toward mobile gaming, with a potent Core 2 Duo T8100 processor, plenty of memory and storage, and SLI ready GeForce 8600M GT GPUs.   This notebook also sports an HDTV tuner and a gorgeous 17” WSXGA+ LCD with TruBrite Technology.  Click the link below and check it out...Toshiba Satellite X205-SLI4 Gaming Notebook... Read more...
Mobile computing has come a long way in the last few years.  Notebook manufacturers have been squeezing more power and features into ever more portable packages.  As technologies have continued to be refined, shrinking in size and power requirements, manufacturers have been able to expand their creative ideas, bring ever more impressive options to market to fit virtually any budget.  In recent months, we have seen excellent examples of both ends of the spectrum, from the budget oriented Asus Eee PC to powerful gaming/desktop replacement systems from Dell, Lenovo and Asus.  Today, we're happy to add Toshiba to that list with an evaluation of their Satellite X205-SLi4... Read more...
The high-definition format war's over, of course. So it's Blu-ray or nothing now. But as manufacturers start including Blu-ray drives in your notebook computers as standard equipment, get ready to see your batteries drained like a frathouse keg.For now, the laptop manufacturers that have offered Blu-ray drives have also avoided revealing the precise effects of Blu-ray playback on battery life. That's probably for a very good reason, as some claim battery life can top out at one hour in some cases."The laser that runs the show [in Blu-ray players] is a very high-power laser," notes Mercury Research analyst Dean McCarron. That laser is one of the main things that conspire to raise power consumption.The... Read more...
Lance Ulanoff can't help noticing that the social networking site Facebook has more than a passing resemblance to AOL just before it went down like the Titanic: disgruntled users, ill-advised and unsuccessful attempts to monetize traffic, and inflated user rolls kept artificially high by the difficulty of removing your account from the service. Facebook has finally succumbed to pressure from users to allow them to remove their information from the service, so now all they have to do now is to start flooding the world with disks with installation hardware and the transformation will be complete.A recent report from The New York Times stated that the company is going to try to make it easier for... Read more...
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