Oct 10 2010

Hot Google Netbook Demand Opens New Possibilities

According to the google keyword tool there are approximately 33,100 searches per month for the term “Google Netbook.” Although there is no clear indication that Google will release it’s own Google netbook computer the company has spoken with netbook manufacturers about producing netbooks with the Chrome OS operating system. This begs the question though, with the current demand for Google netbooks will Google consider producing a netbook like it has cell phones?

Although it is unclear whether those searching for “google netbook” are simply looking for a netbook with google chrome OS pre-installed or a netbook produced by Google, there is clearly a demand for Google products in the netbook marketplace. Google did announce earlier this year that they do plan on releasing Chrome OS in the 4th quarter.

As the leading manufacturer of netbooks, Acer also receives 33,100 monthly searches for the term “Acer netbook.” If the leader in the market is receiving the same searches, the demand cannot be ignored. Only the future will tell if Google will one day produce its own netbooks.

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Jun 6 2010

MSI Introduces MSI La Mode and MSI Serene Netbook Concepts

We haven’t heard from MSI in a while, but rumor on the street is that they’ve come up with two new netbook concepts.  There aren’t much details on these, but here’s what we’ve heard.

The MSI La Mode netbook features a 10″ screen and looks similar to the MSI Wind U160 with a slightly different exterior design.  The “ebony cloth case with wave-pattern and luminescent MSI logo” is designed to help the netbook dissipate heat.

The (also) 10″ MSI Serene netbook will feature MSI’s thermal technology for heat dissipation.  It will not have a fan, so it will be as silent as a ninja when it’s turned on.

These two MSI netbooks might never even come to fruition, but we got excited when heard about them, so thought we’d just share the juicy rumors.

Via NetbookSpain.

May 25 2010

Google Enthusiasts Must Wait Longer for Chrome

Google has brought us a variety of wonders and many of their innovations synergize perfectly together to create an altogether smooth experience. One thing people are anticipating greatly is the release of Google’s Chrome OS. The Chrome OS will be intended only for netbooks, as it is a simple browser-based operating system that doesn’t demand much processing power.  Companies such as Acer are working with Google to release netbooks with the OS as soon as possible, and it is rumored that they could be releasing one as soon as June. This rumor however was denied by Acer.

Google has a lot on their plate, as Android’s success is gaining momentum. Google will need to keep its focused balanced in order for both Chrome and Android to do their best. The key for Chrome will be the apps that it will have available for the users, thus Google is focusing on having an app store up and running.

It also must be noted that Computex is just around the bend and unfortunately one thing spectators should not expect to see is the Chrome OS.  It is likely then that consumers will just have to wait until the fall to see the Chrome OS.

Via Wired

May 20 2010

MSI Introduces the Idea of a SketchBook Netbook/Tablet

Do you like drawing but hate wasting countless pieces of paper for your sketches?  MSI may have a solution for you.

The company has recently released the concept of their Sketchbook netbook/tablet to the public.  This device is essentially a netbook as well as a tablet that allows users to draw on an enlarged trackpad using a stylus. The MSI netbook/tablet combo features a standard QWERTY keyboard, which can be flipped over to expose an enlarged trackpad space.  It might still be unclear how this all works, but here’s a picture for further clarification.

MSI has not yet announced tech specs, launch information, or pricing for this device but there are rumors that it will be formally unveiled at the Computex convention next month.  In the meanwhile, we’ll keep you posted if we hear anything.

Via Electronista.

Mar 30 2010

A Solution To Netbook Keyboard Worries

Face it: your netbook has a tiny keyboard, and that sucks. It’s just one of those annoying things that comes with the form factor, and you wouldn’t trade it for the world. But does that have to be the case? Behold:

This tantalizing netbook prototype, first shown at Yanko Design, will allow you to pack a lot more keyboard into a small space, as you can see. An additional layer would definitely add some thickness to the netbook, but this could definitely be a worthwhile tradeoff if you’ve got man-fingers like me.

Once upon a time I would have doubted that this netbook could ever hit the market, but this is a world where we have dual-screen netbooks and netbooks with removable displays. Nothing’s surprising anymore, is it?

Mar 21 2010

Neofonie’s WePad Android Slate: Less Selfish Than Apple

The great thing about having an open source operating system is that so many different manufacturers can install it on their product and users get a wide array of choices to choose from.  The not so great thing is that it might take some time before that operating system finds a champion. Well, yet another company has announced the newest fad in mobile computing: an Android tablet.  German company Neofonie has plans and the oh-so necessary renders for their WePad.

The specs are not bad:

  • 11.6” 1366×768 LCD Display
  • 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N450
  • 16 GB Flash w/ expandable SD
  • Webcam
  • 2 USB Ports
  • WLAN, Bluetooth 2.1, GSM
  • SIM Card Slot
  • 6 hour battery life
  • Flash support
  • Multitasking

Of course, the last two are snipes at their obvious competitor: the Apple iPad.  Still, Neofonie wants to bring its own legitimate elements into this field.  It will have a WePad App Store and be Google-certified with the Android Market.  It also has a “publishing ecosystem” plan to become a mainstream eReader.  Of course, as with all Android products, the most important point will be price.

Via Engadget

Mar 14 2010

Qualcomm to Release Netbook-Tablet-Phone Hybrid

Products such as the iPhone, which combine the basic functions of a phone with a computer’s utility and web access, are exemplary of our desire to fuse technology into newer and better forms. Companies worldwide are trying to keep with this optimization momentum and build towards even smaller, multi-function devices. The next step appears to be incorporation of the tablet form factor.

According to GoRumors.com, Qualcomm has submitted a patent for a device that will combine aspects of a netbook, phone, and tablet. The device is intended to provide different functions based on its folding. In its most expanded state it would function as a tablet, and in its most compact state a phone. There is expected be some kind of netbook-like capability in between. If people become enthralled with the iPad, then a product such as this will most likely be able to dominate the market. As of now, there is no guarantee that such a product will be produced, but the news that such an idea is in the works is still exciting.

Via Liliputing.

Feb 27 2010

ASUS’ New Eee Netbook Line Delivers 14-Hour Battery Life

ASUS’ Eee netbooks may have been the first netbooks on the market, but they have maintained their position since this whole netbook thing started. Now their newest models have been revealed, and has a lot changed from the cute little plastic boxes that shocked us with their $200 price-tags back in 2008.

They new models include the 1015P, 1016P, and 1018P. Their old bodies have been chucked in favor of a new, more masculine, brushed metal chassis.  They come with styling tiled keyboards and nice wide touchpads, which are always very classy.

The leak source for this info, Blogee, doesn’t have much in terms of real specs. However, it does mention 10” screens, webcams, fingerprint scanners, and the highly awaited for USB 3.0 ports. There are currently no pics of the 1016P.

The most stunning piece of this however is the battery life of these little things. The 1018P is a mere 18 mm thick and will have 10-hour battery life; the 1016P, however, blows its sibling’s figures out of the water with an incredible 14-hour battery life.  The accuracy of battery lives aren’t known to be reliable pre-release, but to boast numbers like that means they have to be far above average.

Via Gizmodo, image via Blogee.

Feb 23 2010

T-Mobile May Join The Netbook Market

T-Mobile USA could be sidling into the netbook market alongside competitors Verizon and AT&T, according to blog TmoNews. The new entrant to the netbook arena is expected to offer the Dell Mini 10 netbook by the end of March this year. The Dell Mini 10 has historically been sold by both AT&T and Sprint Nextel.

T-Mobile has been working hard to climb ranks in network buildout and 3G access, despite trailing behind bigger names. It’s making up the difference by deploying an HSPA+ nework upgrade. At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week, T-Mobile announced that its first HSPA+ device, webConnect Rocket Laptop Stick, will be available this March.

Jan 13 2010

Did Apple Cause A 10-inch LCD Shortage For Netbook Makers?

That’s the word being passed around at CES 2010. One electronics designer claimed in a report that Apple had pre-ordered “all” of the 10-inch LCD panels on the market, as well as similar sized OLED displays as well. This sounds a little bit ridiculous, though most of the rumors about the Apple tablet claim it will have a 10-inch screen so the dimensions make sense.

A shortage of 10-inch screens could be a big deal for netbook makers. Machines like the Dell Mini 10 netbook and a billion others come with 10-inch screens, and if supply issues arise consumers might notice sparse netbook variety in stores or perhaps a rise in price. Again, this seems unlikely – most netbook makers probably have loads of 10-inch LCD panels stocked for situations like this.

Another rumor has popped up as well, and it’s summed up by the following sketchy but fascinating photo, courtesy of the Mac Observer:

This could be faked, but if nothing else it’s a thought provoker. Apple’s keeping us in the dark for now, but in the months to come, we should finally know the truth about the Apple tablet.

Jan 5 2010

Lenovo Announces Skylight Smartbook

Lenovo recently announced its all-new Skylight smartbook, a cousin of the netbook with a clever custom interface for Internet access.

We’ll be able to see more on the Skylight smartbook at the Consumer Electronics show this Thursday, but for now, we’ve got a bit of info on its specs. It will run the long-awaited Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset and come with a 1 GHz ARM CPU, a graphics processor, integrated GPS capability and HD video recording and playback. Connectivity is ample, coming by means of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 3G functionality.

The new smartbook by Lenovo will feature a 10-inch screen, clamshell design, and full-sized keyboard – making it look quite a bit like a netbook. It will have a fantstic 10 hours of battery life, thanks to the Snapdragon platform which boosts efficiency by 30%.

The Skylight smartbook will sell for around $499 this April.

Via InformationWeek.

Dec 30 2009

What The Google Netbook Will Look Like

We’ve been eagerly awaiting Google’s netbook for a while now, and for neither the first time nor likely the last, rumors have surfaced about what specs we should expect to see in the thing.

The Google netbook will run the Google Chrome OS on a 10.1-inch screen that will be HD-capable and powered by the Nvidia Tegra.

The system will also include an ARM CPU and 64 GB SSD – small, but lightning-quick. It should have 2 GB of RAM, Bluetooth, 3G suport, a webcam, 3.5mm audio jack, multi-card reader, and a few USB ports.

The Google Chromium OS will be a fascinating experiment when it comes out next year. It suffers from a constant need for a connection to the internet, but with Google apps like Gmail, Maps, Docs, Calendar, and Wave, it will feature an integrated and lively interface, streamlined for mobile use. A $300 price tag could be in the works as well.

All these details are moot until the Google netbook hits stores, but if the pieces come together as projected the Google netbook will be a fine thing to get one’s hands on.

Via TFOT.

Dec 24 2009

Leak: The All-New ASUS Eee PC T101MT Multitouch Tablet Netbook

Some watchful eyes have caught wind of the Eee PC T101MT over at the FCC, an update of the $532 multitouch Eee PC T91MT netbook. It’s a bit early to expect this thing at January’s CES 2010, but the few hints we have sounds promising.

The new netbook will be a multitouch tablet, as designated by the ‘MT’ in the model name. It should include a 10-inch display as well as 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi.

The ASUS Eee PC T101MT will most likely come with the ASUS TouchSuite, and hopefully an Intel Atom N450. For now, further details are nowhere to be found, but more could be forthcoming come CES 2010.

Via TechTree, image via BlogCDN.

Dec 24 2009

The Apple Tablet May Be a Reality This January

There have been so many rumors about the possible Apple tablet that it’s ridiculous. But two recent pieces of news indicate that this much-anticipated device may turn out to be a reality.

First, Apple told some of its developers to make versions of iPhone apps that will work on a device with a larger screen. Second, Apple has reportedly booked Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco for a period of time in late January. Add to this a mobile industry source who has said this “mystery device” will be shown at the event but will not be ready to ship.

Apple used to not announce products before launch, but changed their tune on this with the iPhone. The January event would be the perfect opportunity to announce their new tablet. Of course, it’s all rumors at this point, but it’s tempting to say that an Apple tablet is looking more and more likely.

The overwhelming question I have now is: are users ready for this kind of interface change? I am envisioning the Apple tablet without a physical keyboard, but I know I am personally not ready to give up mine. Any successful device might implement an external keyboard option, as displayed here.

Via CNET.

Dec 22 2009

Leaked Info On The Pine Trail-Powered Samsung N150 Netbook

Samsung is following the swarm of new Pine Trail-powered netbook releases with a new netbook of its own, according to recent leaks from online retailers and the FCC. The netbook is going to be called the Samsung N150, but as far as I can tell, it’s not making many changes from the old NC-series formula.

The Samsung N150 will run the Intel Atom N450 CPU on 1 GB of RAM, a 160 GB HDD, Windows 7, and a 10-inch screen. However, it also includes the Qualcomm Gobi2000 chipset, a GPS receiver, and 3G connectivity, making it a possible candidate for contracts with cellular providers.

Availability is unknown thus far, but some online retailers are taking pe-orders at $374.

Via Nexus404.

Dec 17 2009

Is Google Making a Netbook?

Is Google creating its own brand of netbooks? This wouldn’t be incredibly surprising, considering that netbook fever is running rampant in the technology world, but it’s still news that Google has decided to join in on the fun.

Michael Arrington, TechCrunch CEO, claims that more than one reliable source has revealed Google to be currently working with manufacturers to create a list of netbook specifications. The exact details of what Google’s netbook will contain are still a mystery, but it is speculated that the netbook will veer from the traditional and incorporate the new Nvidia Tegra graphics chip along with an ARM Processor.

The most exciting revelation is that Google will be selling their netbook and smartphone creations directly to consumers. That’s right – there might be a Google store popping up in your neighborhood in the near future.

ImageVia Tech-New

Via PcWorld

Dec 7 2009

More On MSI’s Upcoming AMD Netbooks

MSI will soon be launching a new line of larger netbooks in the near future, both of which will run AMD processors. The new machiens are the MSI MS-1243 and MSI MS-1241, which recently showed up on the FCC.

These netbooks should be making an appearance by 2010 with 1366×768 pixel screens in 12.1-inch and 11.6-inch varieties. They are rumored to include 3G mobile broadband, Wi-Fi, HDMI, and a TV tuner for an enhanced multimedia experience. Both will run the AMD Athlon Neo CPU.

The MS-1243 and -1241 are also expected to run Windows 7 and a momentous 4 GB of RAM. 250 GB hard drives could be on the way as well, which is great. Both machines will start with 3-cell batteries with the possibility of an upgrade.

Pricing and availability info are unknown for now, but if I had to guess I’d put the MSI MS-1243 and MS-1241 netbooks in the $500-$600 range, due to their huge RAM and other options.

Via TheLink.

Nov 25 2009

Google Plots to Take Over the World… with $20 Netbooks/Smartbooks

Google wants everyone to use their browser and what better way to do that than to provide low-cost bare-bones smartbook or netbook technology pre-installed with the Chrome OS? The company may look into advertising to cover the losses they may have to take for providing these rumored smartbooks and netbooks, but they also just acquired Teracent, a company that specializes in personalized display advertising.

The Chrome OS is free and most data is stored in the cloud anyway, so this situation would be quite feasible for Google. $20 per unit may seem a bit low, but you never know what’ll happen. Think Google will give out free smartbooks and netbooks? It could happen.

Via I4U.

Nov 25 2009

Pineview-Based Fujitsu Lifebook MH380 Netbook Appears on FCC’s Website

Pineview netbooks are starting to pop up left and right. Here’s one that’s recently been spotted on the FCC’s website – the Fujitsu Lifebook MH380. The rumored tech specs so far include a 10.1″ screen display with 1366×768 resolution, a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 CPU, Atheros 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Realtek 8103EL-GR 10/100 Ethernet.

RAM is rumored to be 2 GB DDR2 and storage is rumored to be 160 GB or more. No other news is yet available on this netbook, but since it’s a pre-production sample, specs could be very likely to change. We’ll keep you posted on any developments.

Via WirelessGoodness.

Nov 24 2009

Best Buy’s 2009 Black Friday Netbook and Notebook Deals

We’ve got the latest on Best Buy’s deals for Black Friday 2009. Best Buy loves to offer slashed prices on computers, and netbooks are the big thing this year, so as expected we’ll be seeing a host of great new netbook deals on store shelves on the 27th.

Their 12-page Black Friday ad reveals crucial details about the plan for this Friday. Best Buy will open its doors at 5:00 AM, passing out tickets for their specials at 3:00 AM. Certain deals, like the $197 HP Laptop with an Intel Celeron CPU, are only available in-store. Others are available online as early as Thanksgiving Day.

With no further ado, take a look at Best Buy’s Black Friday netbook and laptop deals:

  • Compaq Netbook w/Intel Atom Processor, 1GB Memory, 160GB Hard Drive – $179.99
  • Compaq Netbook w/Intel Atom Processor, 1GB Memory, 250GB Hard Drive – $229.99
  • eMachines Desktop w/AMD Athlon Processor, 3GB RAM, 320GB HD, Windows 7, w/18.5″ LCD Monitor and HP Deskjet Printer – $299.97
  • Dell 10.1″ Netbook w/Intel Atom Processor, 1GB Memory, 160GB Hard Drive – $379.99
  • Sony 15″ Laptop w/Intel Dual Core Processor, 4GB Memory, 320GB Hard Drive, Windows 7 – $399.99
  • Toshiba 16″ Laptop w/Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 3GB DDR3 Memory, 250GB Hard Drive (Model # L505-S5984) – $399.99
  • Sony 15″ Laptop w/Intel Dual Core Processor, 4GB RAM, 320GB HD, Windows 7, Sony Headphones, Built-In Blu-ray, Blu-ray Movie – $479.97
  • Toshiba 16″ Laptop w/Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 4GB DDR3 Memory, 320GB Hard Drive (Model # L505-S5984) w/Printer and Case – $499.97
  • HP Desktop AMD X4 Quad Core, 8GB Mem, 1TB Hard Drive, 20″ Monitor, HP Deskjet DJ350 Color Printer, Windows 7 Home Prem – $499.97
  • HP 15.6″ Notebook w/AMD Turion II Dual Core Processor M500, 6GB Memory, 320GB Hard Drive, Windows 7 – $599.99
  • HP 15.6″ Notebook w/AMD Turion II Dual Core Processor M500, 8GB Memory, 500GB Hard Drive, Windows 7 – $699.99
  • Macbook 13.3″ Notebook w/2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB DDR3 Memory, 250GB Hard Drive, w/$150 Gift Card – $999.99

Via Huliq.

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