Archive | June, 2008

New Internet Tablet "Diablo" update released

Posted on 29 June 2008

It looks like the folks at Nokia are still working hard as ever to improve the user experience on the Nokia Internet Tablets, specifically the N8x0 models. While the new update isn’t OS2009, it offers some significant improvements to OS2008 that were frustrating to users. I can tell you personally how annoying it was to have to reflash my N810 if there was an update to the system. No back […]

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Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1 gets demonstrated on video

Posted on 28 June 2008

The guys over at Gottabemobile.com have found a video showcasing some of the intended applications of the new Panasonic CF-U1. The video is surprisingly high quality when it comes to scene and prop setups, but the acting is, dare I say, pathetic. Still, the video gives a pretty good idea of how the U1 is designed to be used; shown in the video is a wide range of industry applications. […]

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Germany’s netbook day grows bigger and bigger. See you in the Queue!

Posted on 27 June 2008

A few days ago I highlighted July 3rd as an important one on the netbook calendar. Aldi Süd, an important supermarket chain will have the Alkoya Mini in stock as part of one of their Thursday offers. MSI-Wind.de now reports that not only Aldi Süd will be carrying the product. Aldi Nord has 2000 shops and will also be offering the device. If that wasn’t enough, Aldi’s Austrian chain, Hofer, […]

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AMD introduces XGP, opens doors for high end graphics on low powered hardware

Posted on 27 June 2008

Gottabemobile.com tells us of a new platform that AMD is introducing. XGP (eXternal Graphics Platform) as AMD calls it, is a sort of external graphics card platform that will hook into laptops (and potentially other computer hardware; *cough* netbooks *cough*) and enable them to make use of desktop quality graphics cards. Of course this will enable a lower powered computer to handle more graphically intensive applications while hooked up to […]

MSI Wind shows up at the FCC

Posted on 27 June 2008

Jkk has spotted the much anticipated MSI Wind netbook exposed over at the FCC. Click through for plenty of up close and personal photos including some nice internal shots. Also the user manual can be found online in PDF format (MSI manual follows the Bluetooth Module manual in that PDF). Speaking of the MSI Wind, don’t forget that Jenn over at Pocketables.net is giving one away on July 1st, you […]

Opera Mobile 9.5 public beta on July 15th

Posted on 27 June 2008

James says we should jump on this and Matt highly recommends we should download it. If you’ve got a compatible device that is! Opera Mobile 9.5 will be available as a public beta for Windows Mobile on the 15th July. Its based on the same browser engine as the desktop 9.5 version which has quite a fast rendering engine. (I had some issues when I tested 9.5 Desktop with javascript-heavy […]

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Panasonic Toughbook UMPC is impressively feature packed

Posted on 26 June 2008

I dropped a quick line about the upcoming Panasonic Toughbook UMPC the other day, and now that more details are available it looks as though the device is actually shaping up to be a very well rounded piece of hardware. Before I start listing specs, lets keep in mind that this is a rugged ultra mobile PC that Panasonic says surpasses military specifications for hardware of this class, meaning that […]

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Kohjinsha to launch as SC130 in Korea. (AKA SC3 in Japan)

Posted on 25 June 2008

Kohjinsha will launch the S130WG, a slightly modified SC3 (DMB receiver instead of 1-Seg) in Korea. Local price for the GPS version will be just under $1000. For more information check out our Kohjinsha SC3 coverage and the SC3 datasheet. We should have one of these a few days after they are launched in Asia (expected 2nd week July) so check back for hands-on news. Aving.net

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XP after June 2008. Plenty of options.

Posted on 25 June 2008

It looks like there are definately a few options for getting Windows XP after June 2008. All OEMs can take the ‘system builder’ route to provide XP until Jan 2009 as we mentioned on Podcast #15. JKK has the summary of options and highlights that OEMs should be shipping XP restore CDs with editions of Vista that include downgrade rights.

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Aldi’s Netbook promo could achieve 20,000+ sales…in a few hours!

Posted on 25 June 2008

There’s a wonderful institution called the ‘Aldi promotion’ here in Germany. Somehow this cheap, almost storage-room style supermarket with very few known-brands on the pallets has reached out to people from every walk of life. Aldi exists in other countries too but in the UK, you certainly wont find the chattering classes in there. I heard that it got the seal-of-approval from some A-class German celebs a few years back […]

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Ubuntu Mobile (MID Edition) released.

Posted on 25 June 2008

I’ve been using the RC3 version of Ubuntu Mobile (now called Ubuntu Mobile Internet Device Edition) on the Q1 Ultra for a few weeks and had been wondering why the ‘RC’ was dropped from the install package in the last few days. Now I know. I’ll bring you a mini-review in the next few days. It works well but it’s definately a ‘developers’ edition. It reminds me of the first […]

ECS G10L in Europe by Oct. Look for Carrier branding.

Posted on 24 June 2008

ECS, the people that made one of the first Origami UMPCs, the Tablet Kiosk i7209, will be bringing their netbook to the European market via a different route to many of the other big netbook brands. An article in PC World today describes how the ECS G10L will include a 3G module and that deals with carriers in Europe have already been made. The high-end ‘G-series’ model includes a 6-cell […]