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It's been rumored, and now it appears to be on the way: LED-backlit Macbooks from Apple.  What else could Apple do to we who might have purchased recently regret it?It was bound to happen--I just didn't expect it so soon. I plunked down for a MacBook on Black Friday and now, not a week after receiving it, rumors are circulating that new and improved models are on the way. DigiTimes reports today that two Taiwanese manufactures, Kenmos Technology and Taiwan Nano Electro-Optical Technology (Nano-Op), have signed on to supply Apple and Dell with LED-backlit displays. LCDs that use LED backlights instead of traditional fluorescent lamps are thinner and more energy efficient.Thinner, more energy-efficient? ... Read more...
It appears there are a number of threads at HP's support forums.  These forums posts first started in June 2007, and there is no official HP solution yet.  In fact, customers are helping themselves, or at least trying, but there appears to be little or no HP response on the forums.Tipped off by a reader, David Berlind investigates what appears to be a serious problem with the Wi-Fi feature on some Pavilion notebooks. Despite many customer complaints listed on HP's website over a period of nearly five months, there's been little response from HP. Instead, customers have banded together on the forum to figure out remedies for the problems.Disappointingly, some... Read more...
Seagate announced yesterday that they're shipping  their new 5400 PSD "Momentus" notebook hard drive, which incorporates 256 MB of flash memory with its conventional hard disk drive. It delivers commonly used information in a -- well, in a flash. That should help lower boot-up time and lower power consumption overall. Windows Vista operating system incorporates a method of identifying and saving the most commonly used files onto any available flash memory, so this hard drive should be a boon to those running the OS on their lappies."We're thrilled Seagate is bringing to market hybrid hard drives that take full advantage of Windows Vista," said Dennis Moulton, product manager of Windows Client... Read more...
Dell has been experiencing delays in shipping their new Inspiron line of notebooks, but the reasons why have been kept under wraps until recently.  But now we know that it’s a combination of paint and screens.Yes, paint is one of the primary reasons for the delay, at least according to Dell.  Don’t forget screens, which are also in short supply due to the increasing demand for laptops. “To date, color options are the main source of delay on Inspiron notebooks. Basic colors like black are easier to produce. Premium colors and finishes like we use on the Inspiron models introduce complexity into the process, and that's holding things up. Just as Alex mentioned in his post about colors on the... Read more...
The AGEIA PhysX hardware accelerator has been a solution in search of a program.  Meaning, there's just not enough software available to really make it worthwhile.  That said, they have announced a mobile version for notebooks. Today, the company announced the PhysX 100M mobile processor, aimed at adding hardware-accelerated physics to high-end desktop replacement gaming notebooks. According to the press release, this new mobile part is designed to operate, "with power dissipation of nearly 10W under gameplay conditions." It also includes power management features not seen in the desktop version, to throttle down the clock speed if things get too hot or if the chip is idle.Judging... Read more...
Asustek Computer Inc. has recently included the Intel Turbo Memory offering to its line of Santa Rosa mobile platform-based notebooks. The Turbo-Memory-fitted notebooks will be available by late August of this year. “The new laptop configurations with Intel Turbo Memory, formerly codenamed ‘Robson’, are the 14-inch F8SV-A1 and V2S-A1, the 15.4-inch F3SC-A2, F3SV-A2/B2, G1S-A2, V1S-A1, VX2S-A1B/A2B (Black) Lamborghini, and VX2S-A1Y/A2Y (Yellow) Lamborghini, as well as 17-inch A7S-A2 and G2S-A2/A3.” As for the memory itself, it seems that the opinion is divided. While Asus claims that the Turbo Memory solution can reduce “boot time, improve application responsiveness, and accelerate application... Read more...
Over the years we have seen our electronic devices become smaller and more powerful. Even many of us humans are starting to slim down and tone up as the fitness fad takes hold. Now it seems that the masterminds at Compulab had both thoughts in mind when they introduced the so-called “fit-PC,” which comes with Linux preinstalled. The Haifa, Israel-based company notes that the fanless fit-PC is approximately the size of a paperback book. “Compulab says the fit-PC is based on the company's CM-iGLX computer-on-module (COM), touted as the world's smallest LX800-based single-board computer when it was introduced last fall. The module has a 500 MHz AMD Geode LX800 processor, and is equipped with 256... Read more...
We're all moody recluses now. We're weary from telephone salesman calling us, wary of people looking around for us. And we never offer any information to anyone about ourselves without a second thought anymore.  One of the results of this desire for telephone privacy, coupled to the rise of people who use a cellphone as their only phone, is that the number of people listed in the phone book is beginning to shrink -- and will likely do so for the foreseeable future. At the end of last year, 7.2 percent of American households used only a cellphone, up from just 0.7 percent six years earlier, according to TNS Telecom, a research company. Americans have not been eager to list... Read more...
DailyTech has an interesting story about Fujitsu offering a $1300 Samsung-made solid-state disk (SSD) to 2 of their sub-notebooks.  How much portable storage does one get for $1300?  According to the article: 32GB. "Fujitsu today announced that it will begin making SSD optional on two of its ultra-portable notebook computers. Its LifeBook P1610 and LifeBook B6210 will have the option of a 16GB or 32GB SSD for storage in place of a traditional hard disk drive (HDD)." DailyTech points out that the $1300 price is a lot higher than the cost of comparable drives from SanDisk, which go for about $350 in 1000 unit quantities. DailyTech also points out that the performance of the Samsung... Read more...
Keats must have had a vision of the new Estari notebook when he wrote "A thing of beauty is a joy forever". "Today's announcement that Estari, Inc. ( https://www.Estari.com ) is accepting orders for their new model of the patented Dual Screen(TM) Laptop Computer will revolutionize the way professionals do work outside the office. Study after study shows the efficiency of using two monitors on the desktop. Now computer users can have the same efficiency when they need to do work in a mobile environment." While 15" monitors are a great starting point, I have a feeling major players like Alienware and VicousPC are going to up the ante way past dual 17" with dizzying speed if... Read more...
The Register is reporting that Apple's first sub-notebook in almost a decade might very well come with a flash drive: "Rumours that Apple is working on a sub-notebook computer were given weight this week when a Wall Street analyst claimed the ultra-compact MacBook will use Flash storage. American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu wrote and told investors: "This is a new sub-notebook form factor that will use NAND Flash as primary storage. Our sources indicate that Apple would like to introduce the product in H2 2007." It won't be the first computer to do so. Sony, for example, is already shipping its Vaio UX1, a compact tablet form-factor... Read more...
Corsair 2GB DDR2-667 SODIMM Memory Modules Bring Performance Enhancement to Notebooks and Mini-PCs -- Designed for current and upcoming Vista-ready platforms, the new ValueSelect SODIMMs provide maximum memory bandwidth to accelerate end-user experience -- FREMONT, CA (January 30, 2007) - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high performance computer products, today unveiled production-ready 2GB DDR2-667 (PC5300) ValueSelectTM SODIMMs. Designed for current generation notebooks and mini-PCs, the new high density SODIMMs allow users to maximize memory bandwidth and minimize performance bottleneck to deliver superior user experience. The Corsair ValueSelect SODIMMs are optimized for Microsoft Windows... Read more...
Someone caught Asus a little early for CES it seems and was able to snap a shot of a very innovative new product they'll have on display at the show.  Asus' new XG Station will allow any PCI Express compatible graphics card to plug into it and in turn will then provide an interface to an Asus-built notebook external graphics connector. "CES Unveiled - If you think your current notebook is rather wimpy when it comes to graphical power, fret not. Asus has heard the clarion call and decided to help those who want to play The Elder Scrolls - Oblivion in high resolution on the go by unveiling the Asus XG Station at CES. This device... Read more...
DELL MOVES BEYOND HIGH DEFINITION WITH BLU-RAY ENABLED MULTIMEDIA NOTEBOOK ROUND ROCK, Texas, Dec. 11, 2006 - Dell today introduced Blu-ray Disc technology into its product line, offering the next-generation optical disc format as an option on the extreme-performance XPS M1710 consumer notebook computer. This enhancement furthers Dell's strategy to offer customers PCs that can function as a single platform for a compelling digital entertainment throughout the home. Blu-ray Disc technology offers significant advancements for customers requiring high-definition content and storage for archiving large amounts of data and digital content. For instance, a Blu-ray Disc offers the highest optical... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that widescreen notebooks have reached an impressive 79% of total market share for mobile systems. North America has fallen in love with wide-aspect notebooks as the market share for that region is an overwhelming 85%. In stark contrast however is the market in Japan where the traditional 4:3 aspect screens still hold a strong 48% of the market share. With notebooks being much more capable in terms of multimedia applications, it is not surprising to see that the widescreen LCD is gaining more and more traction though there will always be a home for the standard 4:3 aspect LCD with thin and light systems. "Differences in the penetration of wide aspect ratio notebooks for... Read more...
Apple has just released the latest version of the new MacBook notebooks with complete support for Intel's latest Core 2 Duo processor. Initially only available on the MacBook Pro, the more economical MacBooks can now enjoy the benefits of Intel's latest and greatest mobile architecture. Starting as low as $1099, you can now purchase a MacBook with a Core 2 Duo processor and be able to reap all the benefits of the faster processor without having to pay the premium for the MacBook Pro. If price was the only thing keeping you on the fence in terms of buying a Core 2 Duo equipped Apple notebook, you might not be sitting on that fence much longer. The most advanced and affordable Mac notebook... Read more...
Those who are browsing through Dell's website will find that the company has just released a new notebook which is using an AMD mobile processor. Dubbed the Inspiron 1501, the notebook platform utilizes a 15.4" WXGA display and incorporates AMD's Turion 64 and Turion 64 X2 mobile processors along with ATI's Radeon Xpress 1150 IGP chipset. Looking at the configurator, you can buy this notebook for as little as $549 with a Mobile AMD Sempron 3500+ processor. Should you want an AMD Turion64 processor, prices start as low as $704. Although this is the first AMD-based notebook from Dell, it seems safe to assume that this certainly won't be the... Read more...
As reported earlier this month in Unauthorized Access Denied, Lenovo is shipping encryptable hard drives in its ThinkPad series. Now we see hard drive manufacturers starting to eliminate the middleman and offer this functionality themselves. Seagate is the first to announce encryptable drives with their DriveTrust Technology. DriveTrust Technology delivers new levels of simplicity, transparency and cost- effectiveness for securing digital information. The Seagate security platform automatically protects all drive data, not just selected partitions or files, at all times, and its security functions operate independently of the hard drive, preserving... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that Dell will soon be launching a series of sub $500 notebooks which are using AMD processors. Supposedly launching in the beginning of November, Dell's first AMD notebook will utilize a 15.4" LCD and range in price from $449-$499. A similar 17" model will then follow with the product launching sometime in Q1 2007. ODM's for the two models include Quanta and Compal so there is a slight chance you might recognize the same chassis on some other notebook vendors' models. AMD currently accounts for less than 15% of the global notebook CPU market, but the company expects to grow its share significantly... Read more...
While the article suggests $16 million in losses for unauthorized access and theft for 2006, the actual amount is likely much greater since many violations go unreported. A single violation could easily result in losses of this magnitude when the loss is associated with confidential data from a Fortune 500 company. While some IT managers circumnavigate this problem by simply isolating critical data and prohibit it from being transferred to mobil devices, this is not a practical solution in todays mobile society. I protect sensitive information using EncFS, a Linux encrypted virtual file system. EncFS requires a typed password to decrypt (on the fly) certain folders on my laptop. While effective,... Read more...
Is Sony's portable text display gadget called the "Reader" poised to become the iPod for books? Sooner or later, text displayed on some sort of handy portable screen is bound to make ink-on-paper books obsolete. The question always is, just like a long car ride: "Are we there yet?" Blake Wilson at Slate.com doesn't think so: The iPod has succeeded because people are willing to spend money and put up with diminished sound quality in order to carry their music collections with them. Sony is clearly hoping that the same key feature - portability - will sell readers on e-books. But the Reader's advantage over the competitive... Read more...
X-Bit Labs reports that L International Computers Inc. is claiming to be preparing a Quad-SLI notebook which will be equipped with the latest enthusiast hardware. Here, the system will reportedly feature a factory overclocked Core 2 Extreme X6800 processor (3.37GHz), an Intel P965 chipset, support up to 4GB of PC2-6400 memory, two SATA hard drives, an HD-DVD drive, and a 19" LCD panel. Most importantly, the company plans to utilize four GeForce Go 7900 GPU's. Unfortunately, no price and specific ETA have been provided by the vendor though we assure you we'll have a preview of the unit as soon as humanly possible should the system ever come to fruition.... Read more...
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