Netbooks

Ultra-Thin Laptops To Be Next Intel-AMD Battleground

FinalAnkleHealer sends along an IBTimes article proposing that 0 ultra-thin laptops, capable of multitasking and editing multimedia content, could be the next market contested by Intel and AMD. “AMD partnered with Hewlett-Packard Co. in January to launch the Pavilion dv2. Intel launched its rival CULV (Consumer Ultra Low Voltage) chip this month and Acer Inc. and Asustek Computer Inc were among those that demonstrated laptops based on the new technology at the Computex trade show in Taipei. … With more people gravitating toward mobile and wireless technology, consumers want smaller laptops — and most of those people would prefer doing more than surfing the Web, which the no-frills netbooks now excel at. … Acer, the first company to introduce a cheap Intel-powered CULV laptop, expects revenue from that segment to account for 15 percent of its total sales by the end of 2009. Asustek, which pioneered the netbook in 2007, plans to launch five consumer-priced ultra-thins this year.”

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Monday, June 22nd, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Ultra-Thin Laptops To Be Next Intel-AMD Battleground

The Truth Behind the Death of Linux On the Netbook

eldavojohn writes “Groklaw brings us news of M|cr0s0ft holding the smoking gun in regards to the death of Linux on netbooks. You see, the question of Linux on netbooks in Taiwan was put forth to the Taiwan Trade Authority director, who replied, ‘In our association we operate as a consortium, like the open source consortium. They want to promote open source and Linux. But if you begin from the PC you are afraid of M|cr0s0ft. They try to go to the smart phone or PDA to start again.’ It’s simple; fear will keep them in line. PJ points out, ‘So next time you hear M|cr0s0ft bragging that people prefer their software to Linux on netbooks, you’ll know better. If they really believed that, they’d let the market speak, on a level playing field. If I say my horse is quicker than yours, and you says yours is quicker, and we let our horses race around the track, that establishes the point. But if you shoot my horse, that leaves questions in the air. Is your horse really quicker? If so, why shoot my horse?'”

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Saturday, June 20th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on The Truth Behind the Death of Linux On the Netbook

Nvidia Lauds Windows CE Over Android For Smartbooks

ericatcw writes “Google’s Android may enjoy the hype, but an increasing number of key industry players say the mobile OS isn’t ready for ARM netbooks, aka smartbooks. Nvidia is the most recent to declare Android unfit for duty, stating its preference for M|cr0s0ft’s Windows CE, which an Nvidia exec praised for having a “low footprint” and being “rock solid.” Nvidia is busy optimizing its multimedia-savvy Tegra system-on-chip for Windows CE. Such improvements won’t arrive for at least a year to Android, which has an inflexible UI and poor graphics support for devices larger than a smartphone, says Nvidia. Other firms echoing similar criticism include ARM and Asustek.”

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Microsoft pitches $40 mouse for Netbooks

It’s worth noting that, at that price, the mouse costs more than the revenue M|cr0s0ft gets from selling Windows XP on the same Netbook.

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Thursday, June 18th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Microsoft pitches $40 mouse for Netbooks

Smartbooks: Embracing Linux With Open ARMs


Asus notwithstanding, netbooks have received a great deal of attention in the Linux community for their role in gaining wider acceptance for our favorite operating system.
So, when Freescale and Qualcomm recently debuted a line of what they call “smartbooks” at Computex — prominently featuring ARM processors and priced as low as 9 — the blogosphere had no choice but to sit up and take notice. “Good opportunity here,” wrote jginspace. “I looked at the pictures in the article and was crestfallen,” countered fnj.

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Novell Ponders "Open-Source Apps Store"

Barence writes “Novell plans to bring the wealth of open-source software to everyday users through an ‘open-source apps store.’ ‘I would compare what’s happening on netbooks with what’s happening to the smartphone,’ Holger Dyroff, vice president of business development at Novell told PC Pro. ‘There’s a core experience, but then the ability to customise that experience. On the user end, all they’ll see is an open-source applications store with one-click downloads of new software. Unlike the other stores though, they won’t have to pay for any of those applications, which will be very attractive.'”

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Natal Drops Jaws, Nvidia Shines, Pre Sets New Bar


Last week, M|cr0s0ft stole E3 with what may be the closest thing to a “Star Trek” holodeck yet: Project Natal, which turns a gamer’s whole body into a controller. The only negative is that there is no announced release date for the product. Computex was all about battles between smartbooks and netbooks; Intel and AMD; and Windows and Android. Also last week, the Palm Pre actually showed up on my doorstep, and I got a first look. You may recall that I felt Palm really messed up this launch — but I’ve always been impressed with the phone, and I wasn’t disappointed.

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Natal Drops Jaws, Nvidia Shines, Pre Sets New Bar


Last week, M|cr0s0ft stole E3 with what may be the closest thing to a “Star Trek” holodeck yet: Project Natal, which turns a gamer’s whole body into a controller. The only negative is that there is no announced release date for the product. Computex was all about battles between smartbooks and netbooks; Intel and AMD; and Windows and Android. Also last week, the Palm Pre actually showed up on my doorstep, and I got a first look. You may recall that I felt Palm really messed up this launch — but I’ve always been impressed with the phone, and I wasn’t disappointed.

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The Rise and Fall of Traditional Journalism, Part 4


Ask someone about the future of journalism, and it’s likely that most people will point to something like E-Ink or perhaps the Amazon Kindle — high-fidelity readers that use millions of embedded, magnetically sensitive spheres which can show a black, white or in-between state to create dynamically refreshing text content. Such readers no doubt have a great deal of potential, but while it’s entirely possible that future newspapers will be displayed on such readers, they will also be displayed on laptops and netbooks, on cellphones, and on car heads-up displays.

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The Rise and Fall of Traditional Journalism, Part 4


Ask someone about the future of journalism, and it’s likely that most people will point to something like E-Ink or perhaps the Amazon Kindle — high-fidelity readers that use millions of embedded, magnetically sensitive spheres which can show a black, white or in-between state to create dynamically refreshing text content. Such readers no doubt have a great deal of potential, but while it’s entirely possible that future newspapers will be displayed on such readers, they will also be displayed on laptops and netbooks, on cellphones, and on car heads-up displays.

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