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The tech industry just can't seem to keep any secrets anymore. Conspiracy theorists will tell you that is exactly how companies like it, as it builds up plenty of viral buzz before a hotly-anticipated product is ever officially unveiled. The latest product to prove the rumor mill right is Dell's entry into the netbook market, the Inspiron Mini 9. (Of course, it did show up a day earlier than was predicted. )The Dell Inspiron Mini 9 is a 1.07x1.25x6.77-inch (HxWxD) netbook with a starting weight of 2.28 pounds, and a glossy 8.9-inch LED display with a native resolution of 1024x600. Pricing starts at $399 ($439 minus $40 "instant savings") for the basic configuration, which includes:Processor:... Read more...
VIA Announces Major Mini-Note Design Win for China Tsinghua TongFang - Taipei, Taiwan, 2 September 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the S1 imini Mini-Note Series from Tsinghua TongFang, Co. Ltd., a leading PC OEM based in Beijing. Easy to carry and use, the S1 imini has a maximum power consumption of just 15W, and its distinctive, lightweight design makes it perfect for today's digital lifestyle.Powered by the 1.6GHz VIA C7-M processor combined with the VIA VX700 chipset, and sporting a bright 10.2" screen, the S1 imini provides all the functionality of a standard notebook plus an array of special features, such as... Read more...
Electronic Arts' Spore could easily be one of the most-anticipated games of all time. Created by Will Wright--the genius behind the Sims series of game titles--Spore has been referred to as "Sim Everything." It is a game where you manipulate the evolution of an entire species of creatures from single-cell organisms through the development of civilization and even onto deep-space exploration. Spore is still on track to start shipping in the U.S. on September 7th, and Spore Creature Creator is scheduled to hit the shelves in just six days from now. As launch time gets closer, EA has released the minimum system requirements for Windows PCs with discrete graphics cards: 2.0GHz P4 processor or equivalent512MB... Read more...
VIA Unveils Mini-ITX 2.0: The Mini PC Platform of the FutureSeven years after inventing the form factor, VIA defines the next generation of Mini-ITX platforms enabling greater performance and freedom of choice in small form factor computing and multimedia Computex, Taipei, Taiwan, 5 June 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced a new standard for Mini-ITX boards to ensure an optimized multimedia and computing experience in small form factor desktop PCs.Mini-ITX 2.0 is a set of minimum specifications for the next generation of Mini-ITX boards to encourage the integration of the latest PC technologies into the small form factor... Read more...
New VIA EPIA M700 Mini-ITX Enables Brilliant Dual Digital Displays First board to feature the new VIA VX800 digital media chipset delivers enhanced video playback, dual display and dual Gigabit LAN Taipei, Taiwan - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA M700 Mini-ITX board, the first to feature the VIA VX800 chipset, for sophisticated digital signage and retail display systems. As today's information, entertainment and commercial display system feature ever more immersive content, the VIA EPIA M700 addresses the increasing demands for enhanced media playback and visual clarity across multiple displays in digital multimedia... Read more...
I know it's Microsoft that has the reputation for being computer monopolists. But all they supply to the affair is the Operating System and a free browser, after all. You can run it on any computer you like, or one that has enough horsepower to render Vista, anyway. You want a monopoly? Apple is a vertically integrated competitor killer. Psystar, a small manufacturer from Miami thought you'd like to get what is essentially Mac Mini performance, but with twice the memory, at half the price. Persuading a generic PC to run OS X isn’t that hard to do. Ever since Apple (AAPL) switched from PowerPC to Intel, hackers in the OSx86 movement have been playing cat-and-mouse with Cupertino, writing a series... Read more...
ASUS Takes the Mini PC to a Mighty Level with Essentio CS5110 Taipei, Taiwan – Extensive research and development have resulted in ASUS innovations that help pack more versatility and performance into compact frames. Packed with innovations, the ASUS Essentio CS5110 is a Mini PC that features exceptional graphics performance as its main focus – and is the world’s smallest Desktop PC equipped with a fully embedded discrete graphic card to give you high definition movie pleasure and smooth gaming fun. Mighty Fluency - 1080P High Definition PleasurePlaying HD movies easily and smoothly, the CS5110's superior graphic quality and HDMI display output allows for entertainment enjoyment in high definition.... 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...
HP has a new ultra portable notebook available for purchase today, that seems poised to do battle with ASUS' upcoming 8.9" version of the EeePC.  The HP 2133 Mini-Note PC is offered in a wide variety of configurations with price points starting at $499.  At the moment, five different pre-configured options are listed on the HP website, with VIA C7-M ULV processors speeds ranging from 1.0 to 1.6GHz and DDR2 memory configurations from 512MB to 2GB.All of the HP 2133 series Mini-Note PCs feature 8.9" WXGA screens, VIA (S3) Chrome 9 graphics processors, and Broadcom WiFi controllers.  Two models also feature Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity.  Operating systems options include the 32-bit... Read more...
Over the last year, there has been an influx of ultra small form factor PCs, from companies like Asus and Acer.  But Everex has also gotten in on some of the action and have just unveiled yet another new mini-PC at their on-line store. In the post, Everex says the new MyMiniPC, as it is called, is exclusively created for the +100,000,000 MySpace users of the world.  But the system is essentially a standard, albeit tiny, PC with a custom Linux-based operating system with a few MySpace related applications integrated.  According to Everex, the MyMiniPC is "...what happens when you combine an award winning design* with the power of Open Source.  The limited edition gPC mini... Read more...
The “switcher's” Mac hasn't done so well in sales, but it seems that somebody in Cupertino thinks that at least having a low-cost Mac brings people into Apple Stores and thus the little Mac is going to get a refresh instead of the axe:“Among the improvements destined for the new lineup are 45-nanometer Core 2 Duo mobile chips starting at 2.1GHz with 3MB of shared L2 cache, an 800MHz front-side bus (up from 667MHz), and a step up to the same Intel GMA X3100 integrated graphics processor employed by the existing line of 13-inch consumer MacBooks.”The release date is unclear, but currently retailers are experiencing a shortage of iMacs in preparation for a rumored update of that lineup.  It... Read more...
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...
As with all rumors, please take this particular piece of news with a grain of salt.  Since rumors about future Apple products are a dime a dozen you might want to take 2 grains of salt, however this particular rumor comes from a relatively reliable source (as rumor sources go): Apple is preparing to release their own take on a mini-notebook at the upcoming Macworld Expo.If this particular rumor is true it seems that Apple's replacement for the long-defunct 12" PowerBook isn't quite as small as some might have hoped for:“The 13-inch portable, which AppleInsider first detailed back in February, will mark the Cupertino-based Mac maker's re-entry into the sub-notebook market -- arriving in a... Read more...
Well, not exactly. But a technology developed by British boffins to protect soldiers from chemical attack, called "ion-mask," has been released for civilian use to P2i in Oxfordshire, England. It's poised to become the method of choice for protecting electronic devices of all kinds from exposure to water. It doesn't rely on elaborate gaskets to keep moisture out of the case of a protected device. The entire device, including moving parts and circuit boards, can be coated and protected with the marvelous material. Invisible to the naked eye, ion-mask causes water to bounce off treated surfaces like beads of mercury by decreasing the surface energy of the component materials, and, by applying a... Read more...
A fun e-mail just landed in the in-box that we thought some of you would like to see.  It seems that some folks at Intel have gotten together and come up with a cool appreciation website and set of videos that will bring a tear (of laughter) to a seasoned sysadmin's eye.  Did you know that July 27th is System Administrator Appreciation Day?  Enjoy new humorous videos by Christopher Guest developed for the IT guy/gal... If you are wondering why there is a random jockey in one of the videos - it's trademark Guest.  He tries to work in Jockeys, miniature horses and little people into all of his work.  In this case it's supposed to perpetuate the chaos... Read more...
VIA Introduces Dual-LAN, Dual-LVDS Mini-ITX Mainboard Combining a range of leading-edge features and connectivity, the versatile new VIA EPIA LT-Series mainboard is the complete solution for high-end POS, digital signage and networked systems Taipei, Taiwan, 26 June 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA EPIA LT-Series Mini-ITX mainboard based on the VIA CX700 system media processor. Powered by the highly efficient 1.5GHz or fanless 1.0GHz VIA C7 processor, the VIA EPIA LT has a maximum operating power consumption of less than 20... Read more...
Apple Computer's "low end" below $800.00 desktop computer, the Mac Mini, appears to have died alone and unloved. At least according to AppleInsider, who declared it dead yesterday. And according to AppleInsider,  it's only dead because Apple never really cared about an inexpensive line of computers in the first place. Since then, the Mac mini has been treated to a rather mundane life-cycle. It has seen just four updates since inception, one of which was so insignificant in Apple's own eyes that the company didn't even bother to draft a press release. Even now, the current minis' 1.66GHz and 1.83GHz Core Duo processors are a far cry from the silicon offered in the rest of Apple's PC offerings.... Read more...
GIGABYTE, AMD and SiS Collaborate on Mini DTX Home Server Platform Home Server Mainboard to be Unveiled at WinHEC 2007 Los Angeles GIGABYTE, a leading provider of high-performance, high-quality and advanced consumer products, has worked closely with AMD and SiS to jointly develop a motherboard for the emerging home server market. Demonstrating GIGABYTE’s strength in consumer design, the motherboard has been designed to address the low-cost, small form factor, platform-specific needs of home server products and is compliant with Microsoft’s Windows Home Server operating... Read more...
Perhaps the only Mini-ITX AM2 motherboard on the planet at this time, the KI960-AM2 has a lot going for it other than a name that sounds like some top-secret military hardware. The board seems to have almost everything one could reasonably expect in such a small form factor and then some. Here's what Charlie from theinquirer.com had to say: "Albatron had the best mobo that I saw at CeBIT, bar none. It is called the KI960-AM2, a mini-ITX full featured AMD690 based AM2 board. There is nothing else like it here. In case you can't tell from the ratio of the socket to the entire board, this is either the largest AM2 socket you have ever seen... Read more...
Sub-$400 VoomPC X86 Car PC Platform Ideal for Telematics, Entertainment and General PC Applications FREMONT, Calif, Jan. 24 2007 - Mini-box.com, a subsidiary of Ituner Networks Corp., today announced it has launched the VoomPC-2T family of low power, high performance car PCs. Based on the small form factor Mini-ITX platform and with an integrated battery management unit, the VoomPC family is ideally suited for navigation, productivity and entertainment with superior audio and video performance. The unit is equipped with an intelligent power supply eliminates battery drain and prevents damage from unwanted power surges, a key requirement for successful car PC designs. The VoomPC-2 is now shipping,... Read more...
It's an SFF PC, it's a Mac Mini, it's a toaster, no wait... "The cute little AOpen mini PC MP915-B (Super Multi) system is based on the Intel 915GM chipset and supports Socket 479 Pentium M 400/533 MHz processors. There is a single 200 pin DDR-2 SO DIMM slot which accepts up to 1GB of DDR2-400/533 memory. On devices packed into the dictionary sized PC include a Realtek Gigabit network adaptor, a 5.1 channel sound card, IEEE 1394a, an onboard Intel GMA900 videocard and even a dual layer slot loading DVD writer!" Easy for you to say!... Read more...
VIA Launches Ultra Low Power VIA EPIA CN Mini-ITX Mainboard   VIA EPIA CN Series mainboard embodies VIA's "embedded made easy" approach, featuring the VIA C7 processor with dual monitor output, DDR2 and extended connectivity for embedded devices   Taipei, Taiwan, 1 June 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA EPIA CN-Series Mini-ITX mainboards, the latest in the range of VIA C7 processor-based ultra compact platforms boasting an average power consumption of just 16 watts.   With VIA's hallmark rich integration in the ultra compact Mini-ITX form factor, the VIA EPIA CN mainboard... Read more...
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