ABI surveyed 1000 people about netbooks. According to their results, only 79% see them as a secondary computer. 11% see them as a primary computer proving that there is a significant overlap an direct impact on notebook sales. No surprise…
Thursday, January 29, 2009
This is more a call for help from the French readers than anything else.
It seems to me that my French neighbors can pick up an SFR-branded Compal MID with 3G for 349 Euros without a contract commitment. The only thing…
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I really want to test out the BenQ S6. There’s no keyboard on it but its by far the cheapest 3G-enabled MID available. 299 Euros for a 3G, Wifi, Firefox MID is great value. Unfortunately it’s only available in Italy…
Monday, January 26, 2009
From Windows Team Blog:
The shutdown of general availability for the Windows 7 Beta will occur in 3 phases over the course of the next few weeks:
- Starting January 27th, the Windows 7 page will be updated with a warning that time is running out on downloading the Windows 7 Beta and that we will be limiting downloads shortly. People will be encouraged to register and start the download of the Windows 7 Beta sooner rather than later.
- February 10th, new downloads of the Windows 7 Beta will no longer be available. People who have already started their Windows 7 Beta download and have not yet finished will still be able to finish their download and are encouraged to do so.
- February 12th, people will no longer be able to complete their download of the Windows 7 Beta. Anyone who hasn’t finished downloading the Windows 7 Beta will be unable to do so.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
I probably won’t be able to attend Mix09 (March 18-20, 2009 Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas) again this year–with chemo I just can’t plan that far ahead and by the time I know if I can go, Mix has been sold out. This year looks like it’s going to be the same. But of the last couple years that I’ve missed going to Mix, I think I’m going to regret this year the most. Why? Because leading user experience advocate Bill Buxton is going to give a keynote.
You might know Bill Buxton from his book “Sketching User Experiences: Getting the Design Right and the Right Design.” Very creative. I’m hoping that the Mix team puts his keynote online. I’ll be sure to watch. As an aside: I wonder if he’s going to have an open dialog or roundtable with any of the attendees. I understand he’s fascinating to listen and talk with.
For those of you interested in going, Mix09 appears to be less than many of the other recent Microsoft conferences. With early registration (before Feb 13), we’re talking $999. Actually, in today’s economy let’s be fair, even $999 is going to be rough. I see that there’s a $595 rate for students. Hmmm. Why don’t they include unemployed people at this rate too, kind of like the IEEE is doing with its conferences?? Sure would make sense to me. Of course, even $595 is going to be tough for many when there’s no income coming in. Maybe if Microsoft were to be upfront about a good swag bag the price and opportunities could be justified. Eh, since Mix has sold out in previous years, I guess there’s probably no reason to give anyone a break like this. Might as well make as much money as you can off of those willing to pay.
Anyway, March 18-20. Put it on your calendar.
Friday, January 23, 2009
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Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Prepare to watch one of the nicest interface demos ever created. This 5 minute demonstration shows the new interface meant for the touchscreen EEE tablets, and it is quite spectacular. Every gestures seems thought out, and there is more eye…
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
This Toshiba mobile internet device may look just like any other, with one major difference. It can be submerged in water and still operate.
Finally! A water-resistant model!
This prototype is just a concept, nevertheless, good to see.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009
During CES, Intel's Mobile Internet Device Group displayed over 50 UMPC, MIDs, and Netbooks in its Intel Atom cafe. Some products, such as the OQO model 2+ you can order now. Other products were on display by ODMs like Compal, and in search of an OEM to produce. Other products, like the UMID M1, may be produced by an OEM - a hint was dropped about Samsung and availability by Q3 2009, but that was not an announcement. Nevertheless, the UMID M1 is an attractive clamshell PC and it is worth sharing its photos and specs.
UMID M1 Specifications
- 4.8" display
- 1024x600 display resolution
- Intel Atom processor Z5xx series
- 512MB and supports up to 1GB of memory
- 16GB SSD
- WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS option, HSDPA (regional), WiMax / WiBRO option, DVB-H, T-DMB, DAB, DVB-T option
- Windows XP Home or Windows Vista
UMID M1 prototype in white enclosure with white keypad. The keypad is standard QWERTY with reliance on function keys for extended use.
The UMID M1 comes with a stylus for you to use for navigation. This unit is running Windows XP Home. If it were running Windows Vista there would be access to Tablet technology, such as Microsoft Journal, TIP onscreen keyboard, etc.
Stylus storage area.
UMID M1 is extremely well balanced and can hold with little effort.
Power on button on far right, top of keypad. Wireless and bluetooth on / off button to the left.
What is the right way to hold and type? Thumbs.
SIM card slot on front, left.
Right side has USB port, audio jack, and power connector.
The UMID M1 has a touch screen (single point). You may navigate with a fingertip.
Pressing the Windows XP Start button with fingertip.
The UMID M1 is slightly larger than the Apple iPhone, yet runs a full operating system - Windows XP Home or Windows Vista.
Monday, January 12, 2009
What do you do when the Dell Mini 9 [Product page] and Mini 12 just aren’t enough? Well the only logical thing to do is come out with the Mini 10. The Dell Mini 10, shown at CES, has (obviously…
Saturday, January 10, 2009
When Microsoft releases Windows 7, Toshiba plans to offer notebooks that support multi-touch. Toshiba has concepts of two of these three Notebooks on display.
The first was the familiar convertible Tablet PC, Toshiba Portege M750 with a working prototype of a Wacom digitizer that supports multi-touch, using capacitive touch (fingertips).
Then, they showed another with standard clamshell design using the same digitizer. This one has a 13.3" display, and Intel Core 2 Duo processor.
The third, not on display, will be a 16.1" display and will use a Wacom digitizer too.
[Posted with iBlogger from my iPhone]
Friday, January 9, 2009
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NEC Electronics America, Inc. today announced that it will highlight its power management IC (PMIC) technology at the International Consumer Electronics…
Monday, January 5, 2009
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Saturday, January 3, 2009
While we knew much of Sony's new netbook's specs already, the price was still a mystery. But new leaks put the Vaio Pocket awfully close to the $1000 mark, which makes it a pricey toy indeed.
The leaks confirm the 1.33 GHz processor, and specifies it as a Z250 Atom, as well as the ultra-sharp 1600x768 8-inch screen. It'll be packing 2GB of memory as well as GPS, which suggests it'll at least have an option of Windows Vista. But the juiciest detail is the price: 700 Euro, which comes out to about $970 US. That'd make it one of the most expensive netbooks out there, and aside from the screen, it's not a huge bump in specs over HP or Dell's offerings. These are still unconfirmed rumors, so we'll have to reserve judgment until Sony rolls out the official announcement. Here's hoping that price isn't quite right. [UMPC Portal]
Friday, January 2, 2009
Our podcast partner, Sashca, from EeePCNews.de (which has just relaunched as netbooknews.de) reports that he’s secured some new info on the Sony UMPC.
Wie ich schon auf Eeepcnews.de berichtete, wird der Sony Vaio P eine Atom Z520 CPU (1,33 Ghz) aufweisen,…