Items tagged with laptop

Laptops sales have been on the rise for several years now, and many have been wondering if or when they'll eventually exceed desktop sales.  While we don't have a crystal ball, we do know that hard disk manufacturer Seagate believes that they will ship more hard drives for laptops than desktops in 2011:“Recent market data analysis from Seagate Technology details what the hard disk drive industry expects in the near future. According to Seagate, the company claims there was a 20% increase in the number of desktop drives shipped from 2000 to 2007, roughly 120 million and 150 million respectively.On the other hand, notebook hard disk drive shipments show a 400% increase in shipments from 25... Read more...
Just like the rest of us nerds, Toshiba got to wondering what would happen if you put a Playstation 3 Cell processor into a laptop. They put one in one of their Qosimo G45 notebooks, which already sports an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU.  They've named the system the Spurs engine. It allows the laptop to react to user hand gestures; scan through all your video files for particular faces and sort them into thumbnail lists; allows you to take a picture of your face and digitally alter it in various ways in 3D; and maybe most interesting, lets you change standard-definition video into sweet, sweet, 1080p. Toshiba had four demos running, the first of which transformed standard-definition video into 1080p.... Read more...
Initially Microsoft showed little interest in the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project until the orders started to pour in.  The thought of all those laptops going to developing countries (and even Alabama school districts) sans a Windows OS seems to have made an impact.As soon as MS saw how many sales they were passing up, they decided that they'd develop a variant of XP specifically for the OLPC and its limited storage capacity.  Then we heard that there might be a dual-boot setup in the works, and now this:“Microsoft is not developing dual-boot Windows XP support for One Laptop Per Child’s XO laptop."Perhaps we'll just have to wait a while to find out, but it does seem a bit odd that... Read more...
While it's no secret that Microsoft has been working on getting Windows XP to run on the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Foundation's XO-1, they also said in December that it wasn't exactly an easy process. Despite this, Wednesday, the chairman of the OLPC, Nicholas Negroponte, indicated they are working on a dual-boot version of the XO-1."We are working with them very closely to make a dual-boot system so that, like on an Apple, you can boot either one up. The version that's up and running of Windows on the XO is very fast, it's very, very successful. We're working very hard to do both," said Nicholas Negroponte, chairman of OLPC.It's a brand-new development for the XO laptops, as the low-cost notebooks... Read more...
With MacWorld next month, the constant flood of rumors about a small professional notebook just won't stop.  But we're starting to get wind about a new laptop for 'the rest of us' but not the super-slim pro model we've been reporting about.This time around we're hearing that a new style of notebooks are being seen carried around the Cupertino headquarters.  The new books are described as similar in size to the existing MacBooks, but thinner with a metallic sheen.“Still, there has been no definitive evidence to link these sightings the company's sub-notebook project, which has been detailed (1, 2, 3) by well-respected sources over the past year and is due to culminate early next... Read more...
Dell has produced a 'tweener for their XPS line of high-end laptops.  The 15" XPS 1530 fits rights between their 13" and 17" systems.While the M1530 is certainly larger than the M1330, it's not exactly a heavyweight at a mere 5.78 pounds.While the new M1530 doesn't come with an LED backlight screen option like the M1330, standard features include a high-definition 15.4-inch display, WiFi wireless networking, a slot-load optical drive, DirectX 10 capable graphics, touch-sensitive media buttons and HDMI support.Users can also choose from Intel Core 2 Duo processors ranging from 1.5 to 2.6 GHz, a 128 or 256 MB Nvidia GeForce graphics processor, and hard drives ranging from 64 GB for a solid... Read more...
Dirty screen getting you down? Did your last LOL!!!11!!!  involve spraying Mountain Dew all over your laptop display? LG Philips feels your pain. They've come up a single coating that reduces glare while it makes your screen more dirt-resistant and easier to clean."Our new panel employs a principle similar to that used on non-stick frying pans," Ahn Byung-chul, who leads development of advanced technology at the company, said in a statement. "Dirt and oil can easily be wiped away."LG.Philips LCD Co., the world's second-largest manufacturer of liquid crystal displays, said the new coating even facilitates the removal of ink.The new technology is slated to go into production the first half... Read more...
It never ceases to amaze us when we hear stories of large organizations losing computers containing sensitive data of thousands of people.  In the case of the VA laptop theft, it looks like a class-action law suit is potentially in the works, and will seek to compensate users for the added stress of worrying about their credit and embarrassment.  In other words it isn't exactly the kind of additional burden that somebody suffering from post traumatic stress disorder needs to be dealing with.Considering the 26.5 million or so records that went missing, it certainly had an impact on a lot of former service members.  For those who missed the initial story, here is a quick recap:“A... Read more...
Look, if the OLPC can be used to surf for porn, why would this surprise anyone? These are MacBooks, after all ... built-in webcam ... and as Apple likes to say, great for multimedia!The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into three Greene County Central High School students accused of creating and sending pornographic material with their school-issued computers.In one case, a 16-year-old student reportedly sent video of himself with his 15-year-old girlfriend to a teacher by mistake.Lesson one: if you're going to email something like this, zip it and encrypt with a password, then double-check the email address.  Seriously, though, perhaps this will be turned into one of those Mac vs.... Read more...
It appears that a few major players such as Google, Everex and gOS are collaborating again, this time on a follow-up to their sub-$200 PC: a sub-$300 Laptop.We're not expecting the laptop to be the fastest thing out there, but for frugal shoppers it could represent quite a bargain.  Perhaps this could even start a new trend and usher in an era of Linux, at least that's what some of the people behind the project are hoping for:“The founder of gOS, David Liu, has been quoted in news media as saying his company intends to do for Linux what Steve Jobs did for the Mac OS -- create an alternative OS that is packaged for the consumer. The gOS focus is to offer Linux-based computers that use familiar... Read more...
We've been living in a world where a spilled beverage too close to a laptop could result in disaster, but for some unknown reason those people at StarBucks continue to sell untold numbers of drinks to laptop users.  It looks like Intel engineers may have been putting in some time at the local StarBucks as well, because they've got an answer: A spill-proof keyboard for your laptop.“Traditionally, a laptop computer has its air inlets on the underside. Fans use the drawn-in air to cool the computer's inner working.However, at home, many owners work with their laptop on their lap, blocking the vents, causing the microprocessor to overheat and stressing the fan.”Intel's new approach involves... Read more...
Croucher Brewing Company in New Zealand is offering a lifetime supply of beer for the return of a stolen laptop --- no questions asked. The laptop contains designs, financial information, and business contact details, according to co-owner Paul Croucher."So we decided that if anyone does come into possession of it we'll be happy to offer them a reward — a dozen (bottles) of beer a month for the rest of their life," he said.Croucher estimated the total value would likely be about $19,500 for a lifetime of beer. Since making the offer, "plenty of people" had called to say they were looking for the computer, he said.Waitasec, only 12 bottles a month?  Hmmm ... we know plenty to whom that wouldn't... Read more...
One nice thing about the recent transition Apple made over to Intel platforms is that Mac users spend less time touting their G5 CPUs and more time digging up interesting tidbits about future Intel CPUs.  Details like the next-generation mobile technology going quad-core while remaining at 45W TPW are the sort of buzz we live for here.Perhaps the best part about this mobile quad-core is that it's not some nebulous product that Intel will release years down the road.  It's something that Intel is demonstrating engineering samples of.Of course the 45W TPW is a bit higher than the existing 35W envelope, and a lot higher than the rumored 25W for some of the new Penryn based mobile CPUs... Read more...
Taiwan-based Asustek announced today a new laptop line, dubbed Eee PCs, that are directly aimed at both existing and developing markets. It's just a solid no-frills inexpensive unit for existing markets, aimed at casual users. In so-called developing markets Asustek expects to sell the computers to large educational and governmental buyers for as little as $200 per unit. In a departure from earlier announcements, Asustek is going to offer Microsoft's Windows operating system, which will add about $35 to the cost of the original free Linux system.   The Eee PCs will carry Asustek's brand name, as the Taiwan firm seeks to follow in the footsteps of hometown rival Acer in trying to develop... Read more...
Just about anyone who lived through the 90's knows what The Gap is.  It was almost impossible to escape their advertising blitz, and even harder not to spot people wearing clothing from one of their brands.Life is generally just peachy at The Gap until somebody nabs a laptop with 800,000 personal information belonging to applications, not all of which became employees.  Did we mention that the information contained their SSNs and wasn't even encrypted?“The San Francisco-based retailer said it has begun notifying on Thursday those applicants whose Social Security numbers were included in the information on the laptop."Gap Inc. deeply regrets this incident occurred. We take our obligation to protect... Read more...
MIT's Nicholas Negroponte has been touting his idea of giving an inexpensive laptop to kids in developing countries. His One Laptop Per Child foundation started out with a per unit target of $50 by 2010, then became widely publicized as the $100 laptop project.  How far have the goalposts moved to date?  Well, you can have one for $188 -- if you buy two and give one away. Negroponte's plan to heal the world with laptops is well-meaning but fundamentally flawed. What good is a laptop in the middle of rural Thailand when electricity, much less Internet access, are spotty at best? Rather than getting laptops into the hands of every schoolchild across the world, why not start with an... Read more...
Following up on their prior announcement that they were mulling over public sales of the XO-1, the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Foundation has announced the "Give 1, Get 1 Program."One laptop will be sent to the buyer whilst a child in the developing world will receive the second machine The G1G1 scheme, as it is known, will offer the laptops for just two weeks, starting on the 12 November. The offer to the general public comes after the project's founder admitted that concrete orders from the governments of developing nations had not always followed verbal agreements If you go to the OLPC Foundation's website you can sign up for an email reminder of the date of the offer.  You can also,... Read more...
The One Laptop per Child program's XO-1, orginally slated to be $100, has now nearly reached $200 in price.  Current estimates have risen to $188. While less than $200 for an innovative, wireless-enabled, hand-powered laptop is a relative bargain, a price nearly twice what the project's memorable nickname promised could make it harder for One Laptop Per Child to sign up international governments as customers. Those governments are expected to give the computers to children for them to keep and tinker with, which the project's founders believe will cause critical thinking and creativity to blossom. "Where does it end? It started out at $130, then it was $148,... Read more...
Yesterday Microsoft introduced a nifty new wireless mouse for your laptop. The Mobile Memory Mouse 8000 includes 1GB of flash memory, and since it transmits wirelessly, people who need USB ports for other things should love it. It works on Bluetooth enabled notebooks as well by flipping a switch on the underside of the unit and connecting directly.    "The magnetic charging system allows users to continue working while the mouse recharges. The charging cord magnetically connects at one end to the underside of the mouse, and the other to the tip of the transceiver.  The included AAA rechargeable battery offers more than... Read more...
When will people learn?  If you have a laptop with sensitive data on it, you should encrypt it.  So many laptops or hard drives have been lost or stolen.  And here we go again. A laptop containing unencrypted personal data on current and former employees of the AT&T Corp. was stolen recently from the car of an employee of a professional services firm doing work for the company. That theft prompted the company to notify an unspecified number of individuals about the potential compromise of their Social Security numbers, names and other personal details. As is typical in these incidents, employees whose data may be compromised will be offered a year of free credit monitoring.  Also typically,... Read more...
A few days ago Ageia announced a mobile physics processor.  At the time we speculated that a good first match for it would be one of the laptops in Dell's lineup.  It looks like we were right. Though apparently as yet unofficial, we received word today from sources at Dell that the company will soon begin to offer Ageia's PhysX dedicated physics processor in the laptop line. Though our source could not tell us specifically which among Dell's lappies will be getting the upgrade, we think it's safe to assume it will be the XPS M1710, the company's 17-inch flagship gaming model. The M1710, eh?  It would make a lot of sense, as that model has been their top-of-the-line... Read more...
As the visual quality of video games, movies, music, and other entertainment media improve, HDD manufacturers continue the endless pursuit of higher capacity in order to keep up with the demand. One such manufacturer, Fujitsu Computer Products of America, may have a leading position in the HDD market of tomorrow. In fact, Fujitsu is working on a technology that will allow 2.5 inch HDDs to carry up to 1.2TB of storage space. “The company is announcing later this week that it has created ideally ‘ordered’ alumina nanohole patterns for isolated bit-by-bit recording on a large disk area. With that feat, Fujitsu says it has successfully demonstrated the ability to perform basic read/write capability... Read more...
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