Wednesday, June 30, 2010

ASUS Eee PC 1215N with NVIDIA Ion and dual-core Atom D525 is a netbook powerhouse

Technifcal Specification:
  • 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Atom D525 processor with NVIDIA
  • 12-inch 1,366 x 768 pixel display .
  • Bluetooth 3.0,
  • 802.11n WiFi,
  • Integrated webcam with lens cover,
  • Choice of 250GB or 320GB hard disk drives augmented by 500GB of ASUS WebStorage,
Sorry, no mention of battery performance, price, or availability on this so-called netbook.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Samsung T-Mobile Vibrant and Verizon Fascinate preview

Samsung's Galaxy S phones  after seeing AT&T's Captivate  and Sprint's Epic 4G, comes with the 4-inch Super AMOLED, Android devices.  Design-wise, both remind us of the iPhone 3G / 3GS -- they're all screen on the front, strikingly thin, and have black shiny backs. And just like the Captivate and Epic 4G, they've got four touch sensitive buttons along the bottom edge. The Super AMOLED screens continue to impress.

We didn't get to put the 1GHz Hummingbird CPU to the test in our short hands-on time, though both Android 2.1-running phones seemed to perform briskly when opening videos and pulling up the browser. Beyond Samsung's TouchWiz skin, both are preloaded with Swype and other carrier apps

Samsung's American Galaxy S phones pose for family portrait

Samsung's US team held a swanky event in NYC t to launch all four of its new US-spec Galaxy S phones in style. If you haven't been brought up to speed on Samsung's stateside Android invasion, the Captivate is headed to AT&T, the Fascinate   to Verizon, the Epic 4G to Sprint and the Vibrant to T-Mobile. Each of the phones have 4-inch Super AMOLED screens, 1GHz Hummingbird Cortex A8 CPUs, and cams that can capture 720p video.

Samsung Epic 4G preview

Technical Specification:
  • The Epic 4G has the same 4-inch Super AMOLED display
  • The Epic 4G will run Android 2.1
  • The physical keyboard, is pretty glorious -- the keys are slightly raised and there's a bit of space between each of them.
  • The Epic 4G's 1GHz Hummingbird CPU was zippy.
  • The Epic 4G has a VGA front facing cam, while the one on it's backside will take 5 megapixel shots.
  • It has four touch sensitive buttons along the bottom instead of those physical buttons.
  • Video playback also looked super smooth.
  • It's also preloaded with Swype and Qik as well as a few Sprint applications -- including the mobile hotspot app, notably. Speaking of Qik, 

Samsung says all Galaxy S phones will get Android 2.2

Samsung has mercifully confirmed at an event in New York this evening that all Galaxy S versions -- including the Captivate, Epic 4G, Vibrant, and Fascinate -- will be receiving updates to Android 2.2 Froyo later this year and offer compatibility with Flash 10.1. All of the devices will be shipping with Android 2.1 out of the gate, so considering that Froyo's already launched.

Samsung Intercept to replace the Moment on Sprint?

Looks like the Moment's over for Samsung and Sprint . Screen size is said to be the same at 3.2 inches, and the keyboard certainly looks much nicer, but we can't help but be bummed to hear this thing will launch Froyo-free with Android 2.1 -- a 2.2 update is said to be a "high probability," but it took Samsung and Sprint some seven months to update the Moment to 2.1, The rumored launch date is July 11, so we'll see how much of this is true ?

Sony's Yoshida says PS3 is now turning a profit, no plans for a price cut

Sony was lowering the manufacturing costs of the PlayStation 3, and it looks like that's now finally starting to pay off -- Sony exec Shuhei Yoshida has confirmed to IGN that the console is at long last actually turning a profit. Of course, that profit is apparently still a fairly small one (and might just be breaking even), with Yoshida only saying that "this year is the first time that we are able to cover the cost of the PlayStation 3," and that "we aren't making huge money from hardware, but we aren't bleeding like we used to." That also unsurprisingly means that Sony still isn't planning a price cut anytime in the near future, with Yoshida instead saying that Sony will focus on more bundles like Move / Sports Champions package announced at E3.

Google modifies its policies in China, resumes hosting some content on Chinese servers

Well, it looks like that "entirely legal" workaround  to Google's censorship woes in China may not have been the answer the company hoped it was. Faced with the possibility of China revoking its license to operate in the country ,Google has now stopped automatically redirecting Chinese users to its Hong Kong website and is simply presenting them with a link to instead. What's more, Google has now also starting hosting some content on Chinese servers again, including maps, music and translation services that it says cannot be censored, and which can be accessed on from within mainland China. Google will continue to host its main search operations on servers in Hong Kong,

Spy Shots: Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera Spyder caught testing?

The Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera is one heck of a performance machine. It's all about saving weight when it comes to this car ("Superleggera," after all, means "super light"), so it strikes us as something of a surprise to see this prototype of a Spyder version out testing on the Nürburgring.

Most noticeably, the hardtop Superleggera's rear wing is gone, but the large front spoiler and rear diffuser make it clear that this Gallardo means business. Besides, Lamborghini has been known to keep weight under control with its Erector Set roof assemblies, so we'd expect the Superleggera Spyder to generate the same sort of super lightweight thrills with a whole lot more wind in your hair.

HTC: expect Desire, Legend and Wildfire to get Froyo 'beginning in Q3'

It's summer. It's hot. Naturally, everyone wants to lick some frozen dessert in one form or another. Shortly after the Nexus One got its absolutely official Android 2.2 update, HTC has once again leaped out to tell us of its own Froyo offering. The Taiwanese mobile giant has informed Recombu that it's expecting "several of our 2010 models including Desire, Legend and Wildfire" to join Google's latest green bot party "beginning in Q3."

Seagate Momentus XT hybrid drive - best from both worlds

Seagate Momentus XT specifications:

  • Solid state drive capacity: 4GB
  • Hard drive capacity: 500GB, 320GB, 250GB @ 7200rpm w/32MB cache
  • Interface: SATA 3Gb/s w/NCQ
  • Size: 2.5 inches

Seagate busts out 3TB external hard drive for $250

Seagate has just unveiled the FreeAgent GoFlex Desk , which is the first 3.5-inch drive to store quite so much data. It also comes with a USB 2.0 adapter that can be upgraded to USB 3.0 or Firewire 800, depending on your preference (and cash reserves). Priced at $250,

Samsung announces rugged Xcover handset with 67-day standby time

Prefer your cellphone to be more tough than smart? Then you might want to give Samsung's new Xcover E2370 While it may not be ideally suited for much more than calls or the odd text message, it is fully ruggedized and IP54-certified for dust and splash resistance, and it boasts an impressive 67-day standby time (and 22-hour talk time) to ensure it lasts throughout your next arduous expedition Still no indication of a release over here, but the phone should be rolling out across Europe next month for just under $100.

Ford Mustang's 50th anniversary approaching - is a special Shelby in the wings?

The good people at Motor Trend have let it slip that Caroll Shelby may be planning something interesting for the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang. We're not just talking some fancy badges and a sticker program here, either. Evidently, the man behind some of the meanest snakes on four wheels has been camping out in Dearborn as of late, supposedly hard at work in the FoMoCo labs on the next creation to carry his name. Either way, you can bet Ford will pull something special when its pony hits the big half-century. Whether or not that means a fresh new Shelby remains to be seen.

HP Photosmart e-All-in-One with ePrint now on sale: iPad printing, solved

It's the first of a new line of web-connected printers from HP to feature ePrint, the ability to email messages with  attachments (Microsoft Office documents, PDFs and JPEG image files to name a few) to the printer from any device including smartphones and tablets .

Some Features:
  • A 2.36-inch touchscreen
  • prints at a rate of up to 29 ppm black (at up to 600 dpi) and up to 23 ppm color (at up to 4800 x 1200 dpi on photo paper).
  • Scans are captured at resolutions up to 1,200 dpi (optical).
  • It also prints directly off the web or via USB and SD / MemoryStick Duo cards 

Sprint halts EVO 4G update due to reports of it bricking phones

Oh oh. There's been a tiny little hitch in the latest EVO 4G update, which has resulted in a number of people finding their superphones  becoming unusable. Aside from rooted handsets having their predictable woes with new official software, some users have found that applying the update twice bricked their phones, stock OS and all. That's pretty worrying, particularly when you consider that checking for updates after a successful install gives you the option to apply it all over again.

Sprint and HTC have acted quickly to pull the OTA for the moment, and promise to restore it as soon as its lethal streak has been ironed out:
      While the vast majority of consumers successfully downloaded and installed the most recent HTC EVO 4G software update, we have received a handful of reports from customers having some issues with the update. In light of this, HTC and Sprint have decided to temporarily halt distribution of this software release until we can investigate further. We expect to be able to resume software updates shortly.

Dell Streak's supposed US packaging is gorgeous, unboxed with elegance

The below picture shows the packed DELL STREAK

iWork for iPhone revealed by AppleCare product description?

AppleCare Protection Plan may cover certain types of damage, but it sure didn't stop up today's alleged leak -- if you pick an unlocked iPhone at the online Apple Store for Canada, Australia or the UK today and click the "Learn more" button on the AppleCare option, you'll be treated to this "iWork for iPhone" containing screen. Coupled with the "Open in Keynote"

Acer Aspire 1551 hits retailers with 1.5GHz dual-core Turion II CPU

The Acer Aspire 1551-5448  falls  with an 11.6-inch LED-backlit display and a 1.5GHz AMD Turion II Neo K625 CPU. Like the single-threaded Aspire 521 and 721 cousins , this dual-core machine sports a ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4225 GPU for stutter-free 1080p playback, and extra memory to boot. Here, Acer crammed 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 320GB hard drive, 802.11n WiFi, HDMI-out and a six-cell, five-hour battery into a package weighing just over three pounds. If you've got $550 to drop.

HTC Wildfire review

If phones could make babies, then this HTC Wildfire would indubitably be the love child of the Desire and Nexus One. 

Technical Specifications:

  •  Android 2.1 r
  • 528MHz Qualcomm
  • MSM7225 processor,
  • 3.2-inch 320 x 240 capacitive LCD touchscreen
  • 384MB RAM instead of 256MB
  • 5-megapixel camera instead of 3.2

 So can this affordable handset provide enough bang for the buck to satisfy Europeans and Asians? Can the aging processor keep Sense UI well oiled?

Nokia muses on grip styles, says you can hold your phone 'any way you like'

If there's one company in the world who knows more about gripping phones than anyone else, it's Nokia -- you know, the creator and sole proprietor of sidetalkin'. So on that note, you might want to sit up and pay attention to this little piece over on Nokia Conversations detailing four popular grip styles that won't kill your signal, including the four-edge -- a work of art that we've attempted to demonstrate for you with limited success in the picture above.

Droid 2 rumored to be launching August 23rd with Android 2.2

We've certainly gotten a peak at quite a few Droid 2 details so far, but word of a release date has unfortunately never been among them. According to the site, that date was apparently chosen so the Droid 2 would be the first phone to ship with Android 2.2  out of the box, although that of course remains to be confirmed (current test versions of the Droid 2 are said to be running Android 2.1). If recent rumors pan out, however, the Droid 2 wouldn't be the first Droid to make the jump to Froyo -- the original Droid is said to be getting the update in "late July," while the Droid X will have to wait until late August.

HTC EVO 4G gets an OTA software update

HTC EVO 4G Software version 1.47.651.1

Update includes:
  • Improvements to Wi-Fi performance
  • Exchange Active Sync improvements, including fix to issues with new account setup, PIN policy usage and Exchange Calendar 2010 Sync
  • Addresses Facebook sync issue which can improve battery performance
Download Timing:
  • Customers will be notified that an update is available. The download will take a couple minutes (depending on the device connection) and the install will take a couple minutes which includes an automatic power cycle. Download will take a couple minutes if in 3g coverage.
  • HTC servers will push the OTA update on a daily basis.
  • FOTA server will check for old software version and prompt once a day on units without the latest firmware until customer accepts.  

Apple sells 1.7 million iPhone 4s through Saturday, June 26

There you have it. 600,000 pre-orders have turned into 1.7 million iPhone 4 sales through this Saturday. The Sunday transactions haven't even been tallied up yet. That total eclipses the 3GS' already phenomenal 1 million units sold over a weekend, and stands pretty much head and shoulders above any other launch the mobile world has yet seen.

Acer's updated Predator gaming desktop swoops down from the trees to decapitate the competition

Acer's Predator desktop was a mean gaming rig , just announced revision of the desktop won't suffer the same ailment, a non-customizable update that sports a 2.8GHz Core i7 930 CPU, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 GPU, 1.5TB of storage, 12GB of DDR3 RAM, and an asking price of one buck under $2,000. That's a solid deal, and the new black and orange case design looks solid too

Samsung N230 netbook ships with 13.8 hours of pretend fun

The Samsung N230 netbook consists of 1.66GHz N450 or 1.83GHz N470 Atom processors and options for 32Wh and 66Wh batteries for up to 7- or a whopping 13.8-hours of power, respectively. A, its 10.1-inch, 1,024 x 600 non-gloss, LED backlit display will remain absolutely stunning and reflection free even when used outdoors.

Symbian^3 C7 with nHD display confirmed on Nokia's own site

If Nokia's N8 is just too much smartphone for you then perhaps you'd like to take it down a notch with the C7. As part of the C-series of Nokia devices, you can expect it to trim some of the specs off the N8, but not much as the flagship device of the family. You know, something very similar to the apparently leaked image and specs (pictured above)  Parsing the XML posted on Nokia's own site reveals an ARM-based Symbian^3 C7-00 device with a Nokia favorite 360x640 nHD pixel display resolution and 3G UMTS/HSDPA, WiFi, and Bluetooth radios. Obviously no pricing is available

Monday, June 28, 2010

Deep Dive: Curve Control on the 2011 Ford Explorer

When the new 2011 Explorer goes on sale later this year, Ford plans to highlight the new unibody 'ute's safety and fuel efficiency. The Explorer will be exclusively powered by four- and six-cylinder EcoBoost engines, which are expected to increase efficiency by 20-25 percent, while delivering the power consumers crave. Expect more drivetrain details to be forthcoming, but before then, Ford invited us out to its Dearborn proving grounds to see what it has in store on the safety front.

Ford confirmed last fall that the Explorer would be the first vehicle to get its new inflatable rear seat-belts, but the latest – and arguably more interesting – feature on the Explorer is dubbed "Curve Control." The system is a software enhancement built on top of the existing roll stability control (RSC) and electronic stability control (ESC) systems, and we had a chance to experience it first hand.

Report: Ford Explorer to get 'curve control' system

The company has developed a new system that should help counteract understeer in the same way stability control nixes pesky oversteer in almost every new car on the road. The safety gurus at the Blue Oval have come up with a new system called Curve Control that works in coordination with a number of vehicles sensors to determine if the vehicle is turning as sharply as the driver needs it to. If necessary, the system can sample data from the steering wheel angle, wheel speed and vehicle pitch to cut engine power and engage the brakes to slow the vehicle by up to 10 mph per second.

Samsung's Epic 4G for Sprint seems to live up to its name

 Technical Specification:
  • 4-inch Super AMOLED  display,
  • 5 megapixel primary camera
  • LED flash
  • 720p video recording paired with a VGA front-facing cam for video calls,
  • 802.11b/g/n WiFi,
  • 1GHz Hummingbird core.
  • Android 2.1
  • QWERTY slide 

2011 Chevrolet Volt visits Consumer Reports

"What do you think about the Chevrolet Volt?" It's a question we get asked all the time. For most of us, the answer is, "I'm anxious to check it out." The staff of Consumer Reports' Automotive Test Center can offer more substantive replies. General Motors drove two Volts out to CR's Connecticut test facility and let the magazine's experts give the extended-range EVs some thorough study. Jake Fisher provides a succinct video overview of the Volt and comes away impressed with the promise the Volt shows based on its on-road behavior, space, and comfort

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Compaq Presario CQ62-225nr

Technical Specification:

  • Price as Tested: $500.00 List
  • Type: Value
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Processor Name: AMD Athlon II P320
  • Processor Speed: 2.1 GHz
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • Weight: 5.5 lb
  • Screen Size: 15.6 inches
  • Screen Size Type: widescreen
  • Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 4250
  • Storage Capacity: 320 GB
  • Networking Options: 802.11n
  • Primary Optical Drive: Dual-Layer DVD+/-RW

HP Pavilion dv7-4053cl

Technical Specification:
  • Price as Tested: $830.00
  • Type: General Purpose, Media, Value
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Processor Name: AMD Phenom II N620
  • Processor Speed: 2.8 GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Weight: 6.9 lb
  • Screen Size: 17.3 inches
  • Screen Size Type: widescreen
  • Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 4250
  • Storage Capacity: 500 GB
  • Networking Options: 802.11n
  • Primary Optical Drive: DVD+/-RW DL with Blu-Ray

HP Pavilion dv6-3010us

Technical Specification:

  • Price as Tested: $700.00 List
  • Type: General Purpose, Value
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Processor Name: AMD Turion II Dual-Core Mobile M520
  • Processor Speed: 2.3 GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Weight: 5.3 lb
  • Screen Size: 15.6 inches
  • Screen Size Type: widescreen
  • Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 4250
  • Storage Capacity: 320 GB
  • Networking Options: 802.11n
  • Primary Optical Drive: Dual-Layer DVD+/-RW

HP Pavilion dv5-2070us

Technical Specification:

  • Price as Tested: $850.00 Street
  • Type: General Purpose
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Processor Name: Intel Core i3 M350
  • Processor Speed: 2.27 GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Screen Size: 14.5 inches
  • Screen Size Type: widescreen
  • Storage Capacity: 500 GB
  • Networking Options: 802.11n
  • Primary Optical Drive: DVD+/-RW (Plus Minus)

HP G72-250us


The HP G72-250us ($749.98 list) costs and weighs less than most desktop replacement laptops  while offering close to the same application performance as its higher-end 17.3-inch competitors. Unfortunately, the audio output is weak, which is all the more disappointing considering its intended use as an entertainment laptop. The G72-250us, sold at Staples, boasts an updated design, part of HP's latest laptop makeover. Inside, it features an Intel Core i3 processor, which serves up excellent performance for the price.


HP TouchSmart tm2 review

When HP launched the TouchSmart tx2, it was the first convertible laptop for consumers featuring multitouch technology. Now, with its successor, the HP TouchSmart tm2, HP aims to take the touch experience up another notch. The tm2 continues to have a multitouch capacitive display, but now comes with a digitized pen stylus for use when the tm2 is in tablet mode, as well as a consumer ultra-low voltage (CULV) processor.

Technical Specificatiom:
  • The tm2 has an aluminum finish covering
  • The laptop has a HD LED convertible screen that measures 12.1 inches and has a 1,280 by 1,240 resolution.
  • It adds a FireWire port, as well as an HDMI port.
  • It has 3 USB ports.
  • The touchpad is  oversized, and nitrated the mouse buttons
  • The tm2 comes with new touch applications: BumpTop, a touch-enhanced 3D interface for organizing or sharing photos and documents over social media networks, as well as over e-mail; DigiFish Dolphin, an interactive 3D screensaver; and Corel Pian it! Touch
  • The tm2 will come standard with the Intel Core 2 Duo SU 9600 processor
  • 4GB of DDR3 memory.
  • There are options available to upgrade to an Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 CPU and/or up to 8GB DDR3 memory.
  • It also comes with a 500GB, 7,200rpm hard drive.
  • The screen rotates to lie flat on top of the keyboard; you can use the bundled digital pen to "write" on the screen.
  • With the CULV processor, HP is obviously focused on extending battery life. In fact, it claims that the tm2 can last over 9.5 hours with its standard 6-cell battery.
  • Base price for the tm2 is $949, 

Lamborghini builds 10,000th Gallardo

Lamborghini has announced it's built the 10,000th Gallardo. Naturally, the supercar manufacturer is pleased with this performance, pointing out that the now ubiquitous Gallardo is officially the most successful model Lamborghini has ever created. Says Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini


Saturday, June 26, 2010

ASUS Eee Pad & Eee Tablet get announced ahead of COMPUTEX 2010

The ASUS  Eee Pad and ASUS Eee Tablet. The Eee Pad model number EP121 is a 12-inch full-on Windows 7 Home Premium touch sensitive device with Intel Core 2 Duo CULV doing all the processing. It also has a webcam, a couple of connectivity ports  and a dockable physical keyboard. Battery on this one will be going on for 10 hours. 10-inch Eee Pad EP101TC on the other hand runs Windows Embedded Compact 7 . Anyway, prices on both fit in $399 - &36;499 range.

There is also ASUS Eee Tablet coming out. Compared to the Pads above this one is much limited in functionality, but still has a 2 megapixel camera, touch sensitive 2450 dpi screen, Micro SD card reader, USB, 10h battery life, all the rest for a rich-featured e-book reader


Intel Computex keynote roundup

The Intel’s keynote takes our attention with its three major announcements: Sandy Bridge processor architecture, Oak Trail netbook / tablet platform and Canoe Lake demo.

Sandy Bridge

This is the nearest future of Intel’s Core series processors. Going into production in late 2010 and appearing in the market in 2011 Sandy Bridge architecture features 32nm fabrication process, better energy efficiency, etc. The biggest notable improvement to date is 3D graphics performance and media formats decoding. This, of course, befits well notebook platforms rather than desktops. Anyway, to see for ourselves we’ll have to wait for 2011 when Sandy Bridge goes mainstream to face competition with some new discrete graphic cards we hope will appear by then.

Oak Trail

Oak Trail was obviously designed with growing tablet market in mind. Derived from Intel Atom’s latest N series it is also DDR3 compatible, power efficient, full HD capable and runs so cool that can do with just a low profile passive heat sink. But above all that Oak Trail is fully compatible with the range of operating systems starting with light on their feet Chrome OS, MeeGo, probably Android as well and up to Windows 7. More choice means better user experience? – right so, but it also means Intel can sell Oak Trail chips to OEMs regardless of operating system they choose for their gadgets. International appearance of the platform is targeted for early 2011.

Canoe Lake

Another very interesting demo. Canoe Lake platform with advanced cooling solution from Intel themselves coupled with leading at the moment Pine Trail platform and dual-core N series Atom processor cuts netbook’s height to just 14mm. No word on what exactly has been done to it or who will be the first to eventually offer it. All we know is that in average Canoe Lake allows netbooks to be 50% thinner. The netbook on the picture is entirely built by Intel, has a 10-inch display and GMA 3150 GPU. Canoe Lake solution will come out somewhere in second halve of the year.


Apple exaggerates iPad demand, underrates its customers

AdMob – one of the largest mobile Internet advertising companies has compiled a report on ad requests by iPhone  OS and Android as of April, 2010. All in all it is very interesting to see how these two mobile giants stack up as well as to forecast dynamics considering recently announced Android 2.2. You can find the report on AdMob official web site to see all the data for yourself. Some simple calculations helped me to work out that more than 25% of April’s iPad ad requests have been done from outside the U. S. And that is when we are only one day away from iPad international launch.

Of course, AdMob tracks ad requests – not device units. So, say U. S. citizen could buy himself an iPad and take it to a world tour making an ad request in every country he happened to visit. But then April is not quite the tourist season to rise up 25%. This probably means that at least some of AdMob indexes refer to iPads used by citizens of other countries (China mostly by the way).

I have to conclude here that iPad sales in America have been juiced up at least a bit by those who now use them outside the U. S., hence will not buy a new one when Apple starts selling it there. Boy oh boy does Apple have some enthusiastic customers!


Acer Aspire One AOD260

Acer Aspire One AOD260 specifications:

  • Processor: Intel Atom N450 @ 1.66GHz
  • System memory: 1GB DDR3
  • Hard drive: up to 250GB
  • Display: 10.1" WSVGA
  • Keyboard: 93%-sized
  • Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Ethernet LAN
  • Battery: 3-cell Li-ion, 8 hours on a single charge
  • Price: $298.00

Aspire One AO533

Aspire One AO533 specifications:

  • Processor: Intel Atom N475 @ 1.83GHz
  • System memory: 1GB DDR3
  • Hard drive: 250GB
  • Display: 10.1" WSVGA
  • Keyboard: 93%-sized
  • Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Ethernet LAN
  • Battery: 6-cell Li-ion, 8 hours on a single charge
  • Price: $329.99

Acer Aspire One AO521

Acer Aspire One AO521 specifications:
  • Processor: AMD Athlon II Neo K125 @ 1.7GHz
  • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 4225 w/384MB dedicated memory
  • System memory: 1GB DDR3
  • Hard drive: up to 250GB
  • Display: HD capable 10.1"
  • Keyboard: 93%-sized
  • Connectivity: HDMI , 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Ethernet LAN
  • Operating system: Windows 7 Starter
  • Price: $349.99

Acer Aspire One AO721

      Acer Aspire One AO721 specifications:

  • Processor: AMD Athlon II Neo K125 @ 1.7GHz
  • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 4225 w/384MB dedicated memory
  • System memory: 2GB DDR3
  • Hard drive: up to 250GB
  • Display: 11.6"
  • Operating system: Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Keyboard: full-size
  • Connectivity: HDMI , 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Ethernet LAN
  • Price: $429.99

Toshiba A100 smartbook runs Android 2.1, comes out this summer

Toshiba A100 specifications:
  • Processor: NVIDIA Tegra 250 @ 1GHz
  • System memory: 512MB @ 333MHz
  • Storage memory: 32GB SSD
  • Operating system: Android 2.1
  • Display: 10.1", 1024 × 600
  • Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, USB 2.0, HDMI
  • Price: around $550

Samsung 512GB toggle-mode DDR SSD is faster, smarter

Samsung  has prepared all new 512 gigabyte SSD based on toggle-mode DDR NAND memory. What does it mean? Well, for end-user it means 250 MBps and 220 MBps sequential read and write speeds respectively and lower energy consumption than industry’s standard. The interesting bit in the new Samsung toggle-mode SSD is 30 nanometer-class 32 gigabit chip. Lower figure nanometer-class for memory is much like lower figure fabrication process for microprocessors as I see it.


Nokia tablet with ARM and MeeGo tandem might appear in Q4

Nokia  is one of the few manufacturers that I think could play strong in tablet market.  Nokia, as we have it, is also building an ARM-based tablet with architecture-certified MeeGo in mind. They already have a hundred or so of working prototypes built by Foxconn for testing purposes and, if everything works out well, Nokia tablet starts shipping in Q4.


Virgin Mobile's pre-paid MIFI spotted, purchased, unboxed, and photographed

The below picture shows the packed Virgin Mobile's pre-paid MIFI