Archive | March, 2009

New Wibrain M1 UMPC becoming a reality

Posted on 31 March 2009

Jkk has pointed out that according to Aving, the new Wibrain M1 ultra mobile PC has left the prototype stage and will now get built for production. The new device is a handheld slider form-factor with a thumb keyboard. It’s great to see a new ultra mobile PC using this sliding form-factor, though the specs aren’t too impressive. 4.8” 1024×600 touchscreen 1.33GHz Atom Z520 CPU 512MB/1GB of RAM 8GB/16GB SSD […]

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Gigabyte T1028 ‘Touchbook’ First Report Looks Good.

Posted on 31 March 2009

When I think back to the M912, Gigabyte’s first touchscreen netbook, I think about fast hard drive speed, a fun form factor and easy upgrade capability. Unfortuinately I also think about the noise and heat. [M912 Video]

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Thoughts on proxy browsers.

Posted on 31 March 2009

This post is based on some notes I made in 2008. Following the release of the Opera 10 ‘Turbo’ preview client and the announcement of Opera Mobile 9.7 with ‘Turbo’ (Proxy) option I thought it would make sense to publish the notes.

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How Location-Based Services could help ARM-based MIDs

Posted on 31 March 2009

Location-based services are an exciting and interesting area of mobile computing. Carriers, advertisers, developers and consumers all seem to understand the potential and as social networking grows in popularity, these services could be big sales drivers.  If these services become deciding factors for consumers in the mobile device space, mobile platforms that don’t support them will clearly suffer.  Leading mobile platforms like the iPhone, Blackberry, Android, Maemo and Symbian that […]

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Learning from the Mobile Internet Pro’s

Posted on 31 March 2009

Following the week-long visit to the South by South-West Interactive conference, I’ve written up an article that has been published over at the Intel Software Networks Blog. It talks about the devices we took and, more interestingly I think, some of the feedback and interaction we had with the advanced Web users that we met. Learning from the Mobile Internet Pro’s at SXSW: Part 1 Part 2

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The all-in-one Sony VAIO P review post

Posted on 31 March 2009

I just recently finished the last section of the Sony VAIO P review. Many thanks to Dynamism for lending us the unit. The review was done in rolling format, so each section came out at different times over the last few weeks. In addition to a short review summary, this post serves as a hub to access all of our Sony VAIO P review articles as well as any additional […]

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Dell Mini 10 now with higher resolution screen

Posted on 31 March 2009

I was pretty excited back in January when we first glimpsed the Dell Mini 10, the successor to Dell’s first netbook, the Mini 9 [Portal page]. There were several things that got me excited, but by far the biggest was the idea that the Dell Mini 10 [Portal page] would come equipped with a proper 16:9 aspect ratio screen and a native 720p HD resolution of 1280×720. Since the Mini […]

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iRiver D50N Second Peek.

Posted on 30 March 2009

We reported on the D50N back in Jan (and got the Model number wrong!) but following a tip-off from a reader (thanks Mike) I’ve been taking a closer look at the specs. The images and specs certainly don’t hint towards an Atom powered device but why are IRvier mentioning XP/Vista in their specifications? The IRiver website gives details of content partners too but I don’t recognise any of them from […]

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ISuppli: 60% of Smartphones are MIDs

Posted on 30 March 2009

Everyone is free to make their own definition of a MID. Intel like to define it as a pocketable web-capable device. Dell used the expression for netbooks at one point and I’ve talked about a wide-ranging Ring of FIE (right) which includes MID-like, internet-connected devices that don’t even need a browser. It looks like ISuppli take a similar idea and use it for their definition of a mobile internet device. […]

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Weekly Netbook Roundup 3/30

Posted on 30 March 2009

Welcome to this week’s netbook roundup. In this space every Monday I’ll highlight netbook news items that might not need their own individual posts but may still be interesting. Samsung N110 available for pre-order — The upcoming Samsung N110 [Portal page] has began preorders at Buy.com. Though the N110 was just recently announced, it looks like they will be releasing it soon. ASUS announces Eee PC E1004DN with optical drive, […]

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UMID M1 plays games and movies on video

Posted on 30 March 2009

While we still don’t have confirmation of a US release, the UMID M1 [Portal page] is already out in Korea, and has been demonstrated doing some multimedia tasks on video. Take a look at the videos below: In this video you can see the UMID play a nice selection of games. Starting off with an FPS which appears to be Quake, then an RTS which seems to be Warcraft III. […]

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Long term hardware impressions – Sony VAIO P

Posted on 29 March 2009

The Sony VAIO P is an impressively small unit that manages to pack some relatively powerful hardware into a small, envelope shaped footprint. Though it may not be practically pocketable like Sony wanted us to think, it is extremely light weight and slim. Let’s begin with the hardware tour, as usual. Hardware Tour Front (right to left): Wireless radio switch, SD card slot, Sony Memory Stick slot, power slider, battery […]

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