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While the Eee PC didn't start the whole UMPC/Mini Notebook niche, it certainly kickstarted it, and now everyone wants in.  Including HP, who is bypassing the 7” model at this time and looking to meet the forthcoming 8.9” Eee PC head on.  Here's what specs we're expecting the forthcoming HP Compaq 2113:“...a big, scratch resistant 8.9-inch 1366 x 766 (WXGA) display, ExpressCard/54 slot, Wireless LAN, nearly full-sized QWERTY (95% of full), integrated webcam, and optional SSD in a 2.5-pound anodized aluminum sex pot running Vista or Linux.”We're not sure what kind of CPU or memory this machine will be packing at this time, but we'll be sure to pass along more info as we get it.... Read more...
Whenever Apple readies a product refresh they typically constrain supply of the outgoing models in an attempt not to stick any retailers with a less than top-of-the-line unit.  It looks like the limited supplies of MacBook Pros might finally indicate that a refresh is due shortly:“Apple retail partner and online reseller Best Buy has recently run out of 15-inch models, and lists on its online store wait times of one to two weeks for availability.”We don't have any solid leads on what kinds of upgrades the new MacBook Pros might have, but we're expecting Intel's new family of mobile chips to be present in all models.... Read more...
If you haven't noticed the fresh link at the top of the page, we want to let you all know that we’ve just posted a new article here at HotHardware featuring ASUS’ slick U6S notebook.  If you’re unfamiliar with it, the ASUS U6S is best described as a full-featured ultraportable laptop. Except for the relatively small 12.1" LED backlit screen, the U6S offers many of the same features of a standard full-size notebook, but in a compact ultraportable body.  Built on Intel's fourth-generation Centrino platform, also known as Santa Rosa, the U6S manages to cram the same level of performance as a full-sized notebook into a diminutive 3.5lb package.  Click the link below and check... Read more...
If you're the type who wants to make a statement with your notebook, names like Apple, VAIO, and Alienware may come to mind. But what about ASUS? While you may know them best for their motherboards and video cards, ASUS is a seasoned veteran when it comes to manufacturing notebooks, and they definitely make more than just EeePCs. Besides being a notebook contract manufacturer for the likes of Dell, Sony, Samsung and Apple, ASUS also has their own lineup of ASUS branded notebooks, and over the years they have produced some of the most attractive notebooks you may never have heard of. If you haven't flipped beyond the EeePC section of ASUS' notebook catalog, you may be surprised by the... Read more...
The small Intel Core 2 Duo chip that allows Apple to make their MacBook Air so slender is not exclusively licensed for use by Apple. Newsfactor reports that both Lenovo and Fujitsu are interested in using the 65 nanometer scale chip in their own ultrathin notebook offerings. Earlier this month, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the MacBook Air at the annual Macworld conference. The new laptop is so thin -- three-quarters of an inch at the thickest part -- that it fits into a manila envelope. The svelteness is achieved in part by a special chip Intel designed for the new machine, based on the older Merom line of processors.During the Macworld presentation, Intel CEO Paul Otellini said Jobs had asked... Read more...
Put this in the rumor category. Unconfirmed reports show 3 new MacBook Pros showing up in Best Buy's inventory.Last week, we'd heard an unconfirmed report that three new MacBook Pro models had appeared in Best Buy's inventory tracking system. Some inventory screenshots (1, 2) we received today appear to confirm this earlier report, showing off the upcoming $1999 price point MacBook Pro (name cut off in image).Information found in early inventory tracking systems, however, is difficult to rely on, as many of the details may be "best guess" placeholders only. For what its worth, these new SKUs come with the exact same price points as current MacBook Pros ($1999, $2499, $2799) and show an in-stock... Read more...
Steve Jobs said the MacBook Air would be available in two weeks.  While it's not in anyone's hands, it has shipped.The company's newest laptop, which CEO Steve Jobs called the "world's thinnest" computer when he unveiled it two weeks ago at San Francisco's Macworld, is shipping as of today, Apple said. The 3-lb. portable, which retails for $1,799 in its base configuration with a 1.6-GHz IntelCore 2 Duo processor, 2GB of memory and a 13.3-in. LED-backlit display, is also supposed to be available at retail, in both the company's own stores and its resellers.'Supposed to be' is the key phrase.  A survey of Apple Stores shows no inventory.  But the store employees were very interested... Read more...
Well, although there's likely a security hole there somewhere, the WSJ Online has accepted Facebook's friend request with the "Seen This?" feature.Hoping to tap into the growing buzz of online social networks, the Journal is adding a feature to its Web site that will allow readers to see which Journal stories are popular among that user's Facebook friends. The feature, which goes live early Wednesday morning, is called "SeenThis?" and is powered by a company called Loomia Inc. Financial terms weren't disclosed.This is the WSJ's Online second foray into friendship.  Remember they teamed with Digg earlier?... Read more...
ULTIMATE GAMING NOTEBOOKS: NVIDIA SLI and Dual GeForce 8800M GTX GRAPHICS perfect the GAMERS’ ROAD GAME News Facts: NVIDIA has enabled the ultimate gaming notebooks with the most powerful graphics processing solution available for notebook PCs—a combination of NVIDIA SLITM technology and two NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTX GPUs.  GeForce 8800M GTX GPUs, the world’s highest performance notebook graphics processors, are designed to deliver the best visual experience for 3D games, HD movies, and GPU-accelerated applications.  NVIDIA SLI technology allows two GPUs to work in tandem in a single notebook (or desktop PC), effectively doubling the available graphics processing capability.  The... Read more...
Remember when the MacBook Air was intro'ed? Steve Jobs said they'd be available in two weeks. Hmmm. Based on that info, it would be ... this week! Specifically, it would be Tuesday, two weeks after the Macworld keynote.Not that this is the biggest deal in the world, but for those hopin’ and wishin’ and prayin’ to get a MBA as fast as possible, you’ll be able to run down to your local Apple store to grab one on Tuesday! Here’s the deal: stores have them, no question because they arrived Friday / Saturday. But, since Steve-O said “2 weeks,” it’s 2 weeks, ok? An update at the BGR indicates it will be Wednesday, not Tuesday.  Either way, get ready.... Read more...
It isn't surprising that consumers were a bit worried about the battery replacements for the thin & light MacBook Air after the battery fiasco with the iPhone.  Apple has announced a battery replacement program for the Air, but the good news is that any defective battery will be replaced for free within the 1-year warranty period:“If your MacBook Air requires service only because the battery's ability to hold an electrical charge has diminished through normal use, Apple will provide a warranty against defects on the replacement battery for one year from the date of service.”For U.S. consumers the cost of replacing a battery is $129, and Apple suggests making a complete backup... Read more...
Everyone keeps telling me how smart Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook is, but I'm beginning to have my doubts. Fresh on the heels of his disastrous foray into datamining with Facebook's Beacon service, he seems to be unclear on the concept of copyright infringement. Hasbro and Mattel, owners of the copyright for the Scrabble word game, is directing Facebook to remove Scrabulous, an online application that is one of the ten most popular on Facebook.The Scrabulous add-on was not created by Facebook but was built for the site by Rajat and Jayant Agarwalla - software developers based in Kolkata. [India]According to the Scrabulous website it has 594,924 daily active users - about a quarter... Read more...
Steve Jobs unveiled the MacBook "Air" yesterday, Apple's ultra-thin and light notebook computer that looks like something you'd put into an interoffice envelope. That is, if it didn't cost $1800 you might.  But contrary to all the reports you're hearing, it's not the thinnest laptop ever, even if it is the thinnest available right now. Cast your mind back a decade, and remember the Mitsubishi Pedion.Mitsubishi's Pedion is the first notebook computer that actually approximates the dimensions of the well-known spiral-bound paper notebook. Its footprint (its width and length) is similar to standard-sized notebooks, but the Pedion measures 18.4mm (less than three-fourths of an inch thick) and... Read more...
Today Apple unveiled the much-anticipated razor-thin notebook, the MacBook Air.  One problem though.  More on that later.During his Macworld Expo keynote address on Tuesday morning, Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the MacBook Air Tuesday, a computer that the company billed as the world's thinnest notebook -- small enough to fit inside an interoffice mailing envelope. It's priced starting at $1,799 and will be available within two weeks.Sporting a silvery finish, the MacBook Air features a 13.3-inch LED-backlit widescreen display that has a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. The backlighting saves power and provides "instant on" response from the moment you turn it on, according to Jobs. The... Read more...
As usual, we tripped through the Asus product booth this year at CES.  And in traditional Asus fashion, we were privy to some sights and sounds that were rather interesting.  If you've been paying attention, you've probably noticed that Asus is making a big push into the notebook space and has even managed to penetrate some of the major brick and mortar retailers like Best Buy.  As such, Asus had a lot on display regarding their Notebook and UMPC offerings, with lots Eee PCs of course, front and center.  However, tucked off in the corner we stumbled upon a previously released model that was updated with a next... Read more...
While attending an NVIDIA event yesterday in Las Vegas, we got a chance to snap a few pictures of a pair of brand new GeForce 8800M GTS powered notebooks.  If you recall, we previewed NVIDIA's flagship mobile GPU back in November - if you'd like more details by all means, take a look at the article right here.For now, here are a couple of pictures of Gateway's first FX edition notebook and Sager's NP5792...    More information on the Sager NP5792 is available on the company's website.  As for the Gateway FX, here's a snip from the product's official press release: GATEWAY’S FIRST FX EDITION NOTEBOOK IS A MOBILE MEDIA AND GAMING POWERHOUSE Gateway extends attributes of... Read more...
AMD Introduces ATI Mobility Radeon(tm) HD 3000 Series - First Microsoft DirectX® 10.1 Graphics Processors for Notebook PCsFeature-rich graphics solutions to power next-generation AMD notebook platform built for a high-definition, mobile worldLAS VEGAS (2008 International CES) - Jan. 7, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the ATI Mobility Radeon(tm) HD 3000 series, a new family of discrete graphics for high-definition gaming and video in notebook PCs. The initial offerings consist of ATI Mobility Radeon(tm) HD 3400 series and ATI Mobility Radeon(tm) HD 3600 series. ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3000 series allows notebook users to experience the full power of HD through graphics processing designed... Read more...
Phishing scams grow more sophisticated every day. And as sites like banks and credit card companies become hardened against attack, crafty information thieves find ways to steal information further out in the digital landscape. Facebook users reported a phishing attack on Wednesday that is disguised as a message left for them from a trusted friend on their Facebook "wall," promising juicy pics, of course. The link looks like a standard Facebook link --if you don't notice the slashes have been replaced with periods.But the link leads to a fake Facebook login page hosted on a Chinese .cn domain. The fake page actually logs the victims into Facebook, but also keeps a copy of their user names and... Read more...
It was the present he'd wanted most for Christmas. And 13-year-old Brandon Burns tore into the sealed PlayStation 3 box to find ... a Thousand Oaks phone book.A Camarillo, Calif. teen dreamed of getting a popular game for Christmas, and he got it, almost. 13-year-old Brandon Burns tore the gift wrapped box to find that his parents got him a PlayStation 3. But when he opened the sealed box what he found was a yellow telephone book.He says was amused by the whole thing.His parents weren't amused.A later report indicates the matter was resolved.   Good thing, though since that box was shrink-wrapped, where did the PS3 go?  We have our suspicions, what about you readers?... Read more...
A recent update to Quicken Pro is having an adverse effect on some Macs.  By adverse effect, we mean that it's deleting non-Quicken related data on the desktop.  Yes, the desktop, the same place that users often put data they're currently working on.“The update caused several Mac users to lose data from their Desktop folders, infuriating many who were hoping to close their books this week for 2007, only to lose valuable purchase orders and spreadsheets. This problem doesn't appear to affect those using QuickBooks on Windows PCs, but it does appear to be causing problems for both Tiger and Leopard users. The update apparently came along with a prompt that read, "there is not enough space... Read more...
Manufacturers are exploring new ways to make laptops and PCs eco-friendly, and Asus has unveiled a prototype that a panda might salivate over: the bamboo-encased Asus Eco Book laptop.Apple Inc and other computer makers went on to make advanced PCs in metal and plastic casings, but now Taiwan's Asustek Computer Inc (2357.TW: Quote, Profile, Research) is finding potential beauty -- and sales -- in an eco-friendly notebook PC encased in another natural material: bamboo.The Asus Eco Book, as it's dubbed, has a case made of laminated bamboo strips available in different shades.Harvesting bamboo, an abundant, flexible, durable and fast-growing grass, is unlikely to harm the environment as processing... Read more...
Everex is planning to offer a competitor to Asus' nifty EEE PC. The "Cloudbook" UMPC (ultra-mobile PC) will be available in early 2008. All you open source fans out there will be interested to hear it will ship with the gOS Google Apps optimized Linux distro.  Like the EEE PC, the Cloudbook will use a 7-inch WVGA (800x480) LCD display, along with an identical keyboard, albeit in a different color, our source close to the company said. That's where the similarities end, though. The EEE PC uses a 900MHz Celeron processor, whereas Cloudbook will use a Via C7 ULV (ultra-low voltage), clocked at 1.2GHz. And, instead of the EEE PC's 4GB SSD (solid-state disk), the Cloudbook will pack in a 30GB... Read more...
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