Items tagged with Laptops

Apple's multi-touch technology is so popular among "the rest of us" that it seems destined to replace all existing laptop pointing devices shortly:“The next models to receive the oversized trackpads will be updated 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro models due for an introduction in the next several weeks, people familiar with the company's 2008 product roadmap say.”It seems possible, if not likely, that Apple will eventually migrate their entire laptop lineup to the new muli-touch trackpads.  It also seems likely that the new MacBook Pro models due soon will feature the new Penryn-family CPUs that offer up to 6 MB of L2 cache and SSE4 support.  As usual, we expect the MacBook Pro to get the... 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...
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...
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...
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...
Multitude Of Innovations Boost New Intel-Based Laptops NEW YORK and SAN FRANCISCO, May 9, 2007 – Faster processors and chipsets. Great-looking video and graphics. Stronger and faster wireless signals. Better security and manageability. Designed for energy efficiency to enable great battery life. An option to turbo-speed boot time and software application loading.Intel Corporation today announced a host of new technologies, including faster Intel® Core™2 Duo processors, for its latest-generation Intel® Centrino® processor technology used in notebook PCs for consumers and businesses. More than 230 Intel Centrino Duo and Intel Centrino Pro processor... Read more...
Engadget has the scoop on some brand new Asus laptops built around Intel's upcoming Santa Rosa platform. They've got some specifications and pics posted, and even mention some yet-to-be announced NVIDIA mobile GPUs. "Just in case the recent outpouring of Santa Rosa wasn't doing enough to keep you satisfied, ASUS just announced five laptops sporting the new mobile processor. None of 'em break much ground on the design or form factor side of things, but Santa Rosa isn't the only thing these laptops have going for them. The 17-inch A7S-7S006C runs a 2GHz T7300 Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of RAM, a 1440 x 900 screen and perhaps most excitingly, the new NVIDIA GeForce 8400G mobile graphics card with... Read more...
An article at X-Bit Labs has unveiled NVIDIA's confirmation for the production of the GeForce 8 series for notebooks. While not currently available, it is speculated the launch of the notebook GeForce 8 series will coincide with the release of Intel's Santa-Rosa notebook platform in Q2 of 2007. The head of Nvidia also confirmed that the company has plans to release a family of GPUs for notebooks based on the GeForce 8 architecture in time for Intel's code-named Santa Rosa platform launch, which is likely to be late Q1 or early Q2 2007, which means that commercial shipments of lower-power GeForce 8 are just around the corner. "We are ramping production on our GeForce... Read more...
For a college student like me who needs a laptop for school, the possibility of being able to plug a external graphics card into my ASUS W3J for playing games is awesome. Graphics power for a long time has been one of the limiting factors when it comes to laptops but AMD may have a new product to remedy the situation. AMD's Lasso, the codename of the external graphics card based on ATI's 600 series, is currently under development and may bring some newfound graphics muscle to the laptop scene. While the card may be primarily intended for use with desktops, it will also be useable with laptops featuring PCIe x8 and x16 connections.  Lasso is AMD's codename for external graphics... Read more...
New Intel Wireless Product for Laptops Extends Networking Speed and Range New Compatibility Program for Intel Centrino Users with Wireless-N SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 23, 2007 - Intel Corporation today introduced the Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N network connection, an upgrade to the wireless component found inside Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology and other Intel-based laptops that helps consumers better connect to wireless networks. As notebook PCs increasingly download broadband-intense content such as movies, videos and music, a more powerful networking solution is needed. Based on the draft 802.11n Wi-Fi specification, the Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N technology addresses that need by offering... Read more...
I have been expecting a slow switch to solid-state storage for a while now. NAND flash is lighter and requires less power that conventional hard drive storage. Its one draw back is price, however, NAND prices have been dropping over the past year due to higher yields and better processing techniques as evidenced from ever dropping thumb-drive prices.So it comes as no surprise that Fijitsu has jumped aboard the flash hard drive bandwagon. Fujitsu Ltd will release for the first time in Japan laptop computers that use flash memory instead of a hard disk drive, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported, without citing sources. Flash memory is lighter, more... Read more...
Now this is just too cool for words but also pretty far off in space.  Roll-up keyboards have been around for a while but these folks are taking it one step further. "Roll-up laptop displays and keyboards for more portable computing are just two of the proposed applications for a new "shape shifting" technology for solid structures developed at Cambridge University. According to Keith Seffen, an engineering lecturer at the university, "morphing" structures can be used to produce more flexible configurations for hard materials like metals without using complex parts or manufacturing processes. A specific area of interest is improving the portability of computer technology and to this end... Read more...
In response to the numerous reports of defective laptop batteries that could pose a fire hazard risk, Virgin Atlantic has banned the use of certain laptops from their flights. The ban covers certain Dell and Apple laptops, ones which contain the faulty batteries manufactured by Sony. The laptops are still permitted to be brought on the flight, though people are being asked to remove the battery before boarding the plane. "All seats in Virgin's Upper Class sections are supplied with power sockets allowing travellers in these cabins to plug in their laptop. Also some seats in Premium Economy in some newer Virgin aircraft also have power... Read more...
Users may soon see flash-based disks in laptops and other mobile computers after Samsung announced that it has started offering a 32GB drive to customers. The South Korean technology company showed off its solid-state disk (SSD), a flash-memory based replacement for hard-disk drives, at the Cebit IT trade show in Hanover, Germany, earlier this month. On Tuesday, the company said it was already offering the drive to customers. The company expects the market for SSD drives to reach US$4.5 billion by 2010 thanks to the growth of mobile computing, according to Chang-Gyu Hwang, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Samsung's semiconductor... Read more...
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