Netbook News Wed, 24 Mar 2010 01:27:28 +0000 // en hourly 1 Is Officially Dead /2010/03/22/google-cn-is-officially-dead/ /2010/03/22/google-cn-is-officially-dead/#comments Tue, 23 Mar 2010 03:04:59 +0000 Amin /?p=4324 SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: " Is Officially Dead", url: "/2010/03/22/google-cn-is-officially-dead/" });]]>

Google, after months of rhetoric and final plans announced only a week ago, has officially stopped hosting a separate site for  All people going to the old domain name are being rerouted to the uncensored Hong Kong site.  This is the result of a long standing row between the world’s largest search engine and the world’s most populous country.  For those of you who forgot how it all started, in January Google complained of several Chinese hackers breaking into email accounts in what it called a “sophisticated cyber attack originating from China”.

Three months and several failed negotiations between the Chinese government and Google later, Google has refused to operate in China if it needs to conform with censorship laws.  The US government expressed disappointment that the issues could not have been worked out between the two superpowers.  Meanwhile, China chastised Google’s decision, saying Google had violated its written promise when coming to work in China, and that it was in league with the US government.

While many bystanders and bloggers have criticized the Google decision as rash and too idealistic, I believe this is a decision that was long overdue on the part of Google.  Google has today made a move that the most powerful democracies in the world have been too afraid to: snub China for its censorship and human rights record.  Google was simply being used as a puppet by the Chinese regime to deflect concerns of a non-open society.  Now the contradiction known as is gone, and Google has a chance at re-attaining the “Do No Evil” motto they so dearly held to long ago.

Via BBC News


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IE Takes Hits Across The EU Following Addition of Browser Choice Screen /2010/03/22/ie-takes-hits-across-the-eu-following-addition-of-browser-choice-screen/ /2010/03/22/ie-takes-hits-across-the-eu-following-addition-of-browser-choice-screen/#comments Tue, 23 Mar 2010 01:33:37 +0000 Amin /?p=4323 SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "IE Takes Hits Across The EU Following Addition of Browser Choice Screen", url: "/2010/03/22/ie-takes-hits-across-the-eu-following-addition-of-browser-choice-screen/" });]]>

The European Union won a very decisive victory in the anti-trust case against Microsoft and its integration of Internet Explorer into the Windows operating system.  The greatest spoil of war was of course the Browser Choice Screen.  This gives Windows users in the EU an initial choice of web browser, rather than dropping IE on them without formal consent. Opera has already announced that it has had impressive gains in downloads across Europe.  However, this trend isn’t exclusive to Opera.

Mozilla has also posted steady gains, and anticipates even more when the screen is used on new computers. 200 million computers have already used the system. And Microsoft is feeling the burn: France has seen a 2.5% drop of IE users, Britain had a 1% drop, and Italy had 1.3% drop.  Still, IE holds a massive 62%  market share and it will likely need some time before it is equalized out.

Via Engadget


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Viliv Netbook & Notebook Models On Way to US Shores /2010/03/22/viliv-netbook-notebook-models-on-way-to-us-shores/ /2010/03/22/viliv-netbook-notebook-models-on-way-to-us-shores/#comments Mon, 22 Mar 2010 23:00:09 +0000 AlbertC /?p=4285 SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "Viliv Netbook & Notebook Models On Way to US Shores", url: "/2010/03/22/viliv-netbook-notebook-models-on-way-to-us-shores/" });]]> Viliv, a Korean PC manufacturer, has been creating efficient and creative portables for a while now. Although relatively unknown in the United States, Viliv’s visibility here does not accurately reflect on the quality of products released. Originally, Viliv’s merchandise was only available through online retailers, but that will change tomorrow: Best Buy plans on releasing a total of 5 new Viliv models, including the anticipated S7 convertible netbook. The S7 features a touch screen, Windows XP, 1GB of RAM, Bluetooth, and a 60GB hard drive.

Weighing a miniscule 1.76 pounds, and having dimensions of 8.3 by 4.6 by 1 inches, the S7 is highly portable. In the end, the S7 comes in at a reasonable cost of $579. As an added bonus, if the buyer registers a Sprint Mi-Fi or Overdrive hotspot, a $50 rebate will be included. Although $50 seems like a respectable offer, the mildly more expensive $649 S7 model has a 3G modem capable of utilizing any SIM card for internet connectivity. Which one’s the better investment? That decision will be left for you to decide.

Via CrunchGear and Liliputing


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“Gorilla Glass” Protects LG’s Premium Netbook /2010/03/22/gorilla-glass-protects-lgs-premium-netbook/ /2010/03/22/gorilla-glass-protects-lgs-premium-netbook/#comments Mon, 22 Mar 2010 22:53:49 +0000 AlbertC /?p=4274 SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "“Gorilla Glass” Protects LG’s Premium Netbook", url: "/2010/03/22/gorilla-glass-protects-lgs-premium-netbook/" });]]>
In recent weeks, LG announced the release of the X300 netbook – an ultra-thin, stylish, exceptional quality system. Weighing in at a slight 2 pounds with a thickness of .69 inches, the X300 becomes an extremely portable technological marvel. The specs are as follows:

• 11.6-inch LCD screen
• Windows 7 Home Premium OS
• 2.0 GHz Intel Menlow platform
• Up to 2GB memory
• 128GB SSD
• Embedded 3G modem chipset (Supports GSM, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS and HSDPA networks)
• 1.3-megapixel webcam
• SRS TruSurround HD sound

Although these premium specs make the X300 a very powerful and impressive netbook, its true uniqueness lies within the Gorilla Glass screen. The advanced substance covers the LCD screen and is nearly unbreakable and unscratchable. As a result, the X300 surely offers enough physical security for the clumsiest of netbook users.

Now for the downside: the X300 has not yet been released in North America, but judging from the approximate $1400 pricetag it sported in South Korea, we can expect a hefty price here as well. No specific release date has been announced yet, but since distribution of the product has already started, we can anticipate sometime within the next month.

Via Fast Company and I4U


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The Everyman’s Android MID: The Enso zenPad /2010/03/22/the-everymans-android-mid-the-enso-zenpad/ /2010/03/22/the-everymans-android-mid-the-enso-zenpad/#comments Mon, 22 Mar 2010 20:07:57 +0000 Amin /?p=4310 SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "The Everyman’s Android MID: The Enso zenPad", url: "/2010/03/22/the-everymans-android-mid-the-enso-zenpad/" });]]>

This is one of the better looking concepts for an Android tablet, but its not so much a concept as an actual selling product.  Yes, this cute little Android machine has been released at the exceptionally low price of $155.  Read that again: $155.  Seriously, their site was shut down because of the overflow of orders.  Here are the specifications:

  • 5” LED Glossy 800×480 resolution
  • Resistive touchscreen with stylus
  • Samsung  6410 533/667 MHz Processor
  • 256 MB DDR RAM
  • 1 GB on board flash w/ included 8 GB microSD
  • Android 1.6
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • GSM/EVDO support
  • 6 Hour Battery on Wi-Fi

Is it the best specced tablet in the market? Of course not, but with a 5” screen it is only competing with Dell Mini 5 (or now the Streak) and other MID/PMPs like the iPod Touch and Zune HD. There is an optional GPS for $25 and the GSM is an additional $35.  At a total of $210, it is still very competitively priced.

Via Engadget


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EAFT Magic Tile and Compal Bring Android Wonder To Another Pair of Tablets /2010/03/22/eaft-magic-tile-and-compal-bring-android-wonder-to-another-pair-of-tablets/ /2010/03/22/eaft-magic-tile-and-compal-bring-android-wonder-to-another-pair-of-tablets/#comments Mon, 22 Mar 2010 18:24:51 +0000 Amin /?p=4307 SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "EAFT Magic Tile and Compal Bring Android Wonder To Another Pair of Tablets", url: "/2010/03/22/eaft-magic-tile-and-compal-bring-android-wonder-to-another-pair-of-tablets/" });]]>

There are times where it really seems as if Android tablets just grow off trees.  Indian-based EAFT is providing us with yet one more of these times. The Magic Tile is another minor brand’s attempt at providing a tablet for Android to run off of.  Let’s see how the specs line up for this one:

  • NVIDIA Tegra 2
  • 7-Inch 1024 x 600 Touchscreen
  • Front mounted 1.3 MP webcam
  • Optional 3G
  • 1080p support
  • 8 hours of battery life
  • Accelerometer
  • Bluetooth
  • HDMI
  • USB

Not bad, not bad at all… until you look at the image.  Very bad.  That logo and body in general have some serious work to be done if this machine wants fit within the last decade. Still, if it’s your taste it will be coming out sometime during Q3 this year.

However, that’s not the only Android tablet news for today: Compal announced in Mumbai that it is releasing a similar tablet.  The specs include a 7-inch screen, Tegra 2, 3 MP camera, and 512 MB DDR2 RAM.  What it most notably doesn’t include is any form of Wi-Fi.  How useful is an internet tablet without Wi-Fi, anyway?

Via Engadget.



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Apple’s Snow Leopard to be Updated Soon /2010/03/22/apples-snow-leopard-to-be-updated-soon/ /2010/03/22/apples-snow-leopard-to-be-updated-soon/#comments Mon, 22 Mar 2010 15:30:34 +0000 Natalie /?p=4304 SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "Apple’s Snow Leopard to be Updated Soon", url: "/2010/03/22/apples-snow-leopard-to-be-updated-soon/" });]]>

An update to Apple’s latest operating system, Snow Leopard, is probably going to be released to the public in the near future. The private beta, Mac OS X 10.6.3, available to developers, has been undergoing testing. According to sources familiar with the beta versions, Apple is asking developers to focus on certain applications, such as Mail and QuickTime. In an earlier beta version, developers focused on iCal and fonts.

When Mac OS X 10.6.3 is released, there will be a QuickTime update that provides enhanced security and compatibility. There are still some other issues that will hopefully be solved, including a problem with copying files to a shared Windows volume.

Apple has given developers two betas of this update in very quick succession. It normally only does this if the update is due to be released soon or if there is a dangerous glitch in the system. No dangerous glitches have been reported about this update.

Via Network World, image via Apple.


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Amazon Introduces Kindle App for iPad /2010/03/22/amazon-introduces-kindle-app-for-ipad/ /2010/03/22/amazon-introduces-kindle-app-for-ipad/#comments Mon, 22 Mar 2010 15:19:49 +0000 Natalie /?p=4300 SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "Amazon Introduces Kindle App for iPad", url: "/2010/03/22/amazon-introduces-kindle-app-for-ipad/" });]]>

Amazon’s Kindle e-reader and Apple’s iPad are technically going to be competitors, but this hasn’t stopped Amazon from capitalizing off of the iPad by introducing a Kindle app. The app will offer more than 450,000 Kindle books and use Amazon’s Whispersync technology to synchronize the last page read with other compatible devices, such as an iPhone or a Kindle.

The app has been customized to the size and feel of the iPad and lets users customize the background color and font size, according to Amazon. The last page isn’t the only thing synced: bookmarks, notes, highlights, and annotations are also synced.

Amazon’s Kindle app will have a competitor in the form of a Barnes & Noble e-reader app. Both Amazon and Barnes & Noble make products whose sales could decline when the iPad is released.

In its announcement about the Kindle app, Amazon implied that the app would be available for tablet computers other than the iPad as well. It’s unclear right now what other tablets will get special Kindle apps.

Via PC World, image via PC World.


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Charlie Miller Discovers 20 Security Holes in Mac OS X /2010/03/21/charlie-miller-discovers-20-security-holes-in-mac-os-x/ /2010/03/21/charlie-miller-discovers-20-security-holes-in-mac-os-x/#comments Mon, 22 Mar 2010 04:04:45 +0000 Amin /?p=4297 SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "Charlie Miller Discovers 20 Security Holes in Mac OS X", url: "/2010/03/21/charlie-miller-discovers-20-security-holes-in-mac-os-x/" });]]> Hacker Charlie Miller has been snooping around Mac OS X, poking at its core elements to see if there are any major flaws in Apple’s security net.  In his attempts to remotely control OS X machines and steal various files from them, it appears he has racked up quite a list of problems.  Rounding up no less than 20 holes, he is planning on reporting at the upcoming CanSecWest security conference in Canada.  He has made several appearances there before, showing multiple flaws in Apple’s OS.

Ultimately, Miller points out that there are multiple elements in Mac OS X that put it at risk: a combination of open-source components, 3rd party closed-sourced apps, and Apple’s closed sourced pieces.  He sums it up with the sentiment, “Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town.” Read, Mac users: be grateful you are such a small demographic, because otherwise you would run a serious risk of being hacked.

Via Engadget


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HTC Plans to Defend Itself Against Apple /2010/03/21/htc-plans-to-defend-itself-against-apple/ /2010/03/21/htc-plans-to-defend-itself-against-apple/#comments Sun, 21 Mar 2010 22:56:41 +0000 Natalie /?p=4294 SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "HTC Plans to Defend Itself Against Apple", url: "/2010/03/21/htc-plans-to-defend-itself-against-apple/" });]]>

HTC, the company that Apple is suing over twenty alleged patent infringements, has said in a press release that it does not agree with Apple’s move to file the lawsuit and intends to defend itself.

HTC does not only say that it is innovative—it has a timeline that demonstrates this claim. Here’s a quick list of the company’s firsts regarding smartphones and PDAs:

  • First Windows PDA (1998)
  • First Windows Phone (June 2002)
  • First 3G CDMA EVDO smartphone (October 2005)
  • First gesture-based smartphone (June 2007)
  • First Google Android smartphone (October 2008)
  • First 4G WIMAX smartphone (November 2008)

Some of these occurred long before the iPhone was even out. Unfortunately for HTC, lawsuits can drag out for a long time, which could cause the company financial strain (Apple is so powerful that it probably would not be affected at all). I’m no lawyer, but Apple may be quite off the mark with its lawsuit against this company.

Via ZDNet, image via ZDNet.


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Apple Still Tying up loose ends for iPad Release /2010/03/21/apple-still-tying-up-loose-ends-for-ipad-release/ /2010/03/21/apple-still-tying-up-loose-ends-for-ipad-release/#comments Sun, 21 Mar 2010 22:43:01 +0000 Natalie /?p=4291 SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "Apple Still Tying up loose ends for iPad Release", url: "/2010/03/21/apple-still-tying-up-loose-ends-for-ipad-release/" });]]> Though the iPad is coming out in fewer than two weeks, Apple is still not entirely ready for its release. The company is still trying to tie up loose ends concerning its newest product.

Apple is trying to negotiate more content for the iPad. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Apple is hoping to sign additional agreements with media companies. Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs is famously against Adobe Flash content on websites, so this may explain Apple’s last-minute negotiations.

Another issue concerns accessories for the iPad. Due to the high demand, the ship dates for them have slowly been pushed later and later. At this point, it’s really anyone’s guess whether this will affect iPad sales or not. Analysts have widely varying opinions about iPad sales, with some speculating that Apple could potentially sell 1 million iPads in 74 days, which is how long it took Apple to sell its first 1 million iPhones.

Via eWeek.


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MSI Wind 12-U230 Trounces Competition With AMD Congo /2010/03/21/msi-wind-12-u230-trounces-competition-with-amd-congo/ /2010/03/21/msi-wind-12-u230-trounces-competition-with-amd-congo/#comments Sun, 21 Mar 2010 07:50:21 +0000 Amin /?p=4282 SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "MSI Wind 12-U230 Trounces Competition With AMD Congo", url: "/2010/03/21/msi-wind-12-u230-trounces-competition-with-amd-congo/" });]]>

MSI Wind is one of the most common family of netbooks in the world.  Usually most netbooks are about the same when it comes to performance, but the Wind 12 is a clear exception.  Using an AMD Athlon Neo X2 L335 CPU, it makes quick work of its Atom counterparts.  Its closest competition, the mighty HP Mini 311, is blown out of the water with every benchmark and test.  Indeed, the current generation of netbooks cannot stand a chance against the U230, and Testfreaks’ review leaves no doubt that a departure from the traditional Intel Atom platform yields impressive performance.

What is the reason for such awesome power?  It is a combination of the AMD Athlon Neo X2, dual cores at 1600 MHz, the ATI Radeon HD 3200 with shared memory, and the speedy Seagate Hard Drive.  Of course, this causes a hit to battery life, leaving it at 4 hours, and a boost in price, coming out to be $479 for pre-order.  At the 12.1” 1366 x 768 screen and all these other factors, one has to wonder, is this so much a high-end netbook as a low-end ultra-light notebook?

Via Engadget, image via Testfreaks


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Google: Viacom Secretly Uploaded Own Clips To YouTube, Asked For Subsequent Removal /2010/03/21/google-viacom-secretly-uploaded-own-clips-to-youtube-asked-for-subsequent-removal/ /2010/03/21/google-viacom-secretly-uploaded-own-clips-to-youtube-asked-for-subsequent-removal/#comments Sun, 21 Mar 2010 07:13:25 +0000 Amin /?p=4278 SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "Google: Viacom Secretly Uploaded Own Clips To YouTube, Asked For Subsequent Removal", url: "/2010/03/21/google-viacom-secretly-uploaded-own-clips-to-youtube-asked-for-subsequent-removal/" });]]>

Viacom’s one billion dollar case against Google over distribution of its copyrighted video on YouTube just took a turn for the worse.  Google has made the very damning accusation that Viacom actually supported in efforts to have its content put on YouTube as pirated material, only to demand from YouTube later to pull the infringing videos.  If these allegations are true, they would severely case Viacom’s legitimacy in the suit that began in March 2007 against YouTube for allowing 160,000 of Viacom’s videos to be posted.

The opening briefs of the case were released on Friday, and Google posted a scathing blog entry in the Official YouTube blog about this whole case.  The first portion of it is dedicated to the ideological factor of this case.  It points out that when content is made, regardless of who is the maker, there is a copyright on it, and the responsibility falls on the creator to whether or not it should be legal for the video to be hosted online.  The hosting service provider, in this case YouTube, does not need to make this distinction.

The earth-shattering stuff comes later on. Google begins describing a very systematic and sophisticated process used by Viacom to enhance the problem of pirated videos:

“For years, Viacom continuously and secretly uploaded its content to YouTube, even while publicly complaining about its presence there. It hired no fewer than 18 different marketing agencies to upload its content to the site. It deliberately “roughed up” the videos to make them look stolen or leaked. It opened YouTube accounts using phony email addresses. It even sent employees to Kinko’s to upload clips from computers that couldn’t be traced to Viacom. And in an effort to promote its own shows, as a matter of company policy Viacom routinely left up clips from shows that had been uploaded to YouTube by ordinary users. Executives as high up as the president of Comedy Central and the head of MTV Networks felt “very strongly” that clips from shows like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report should remain on YouTube.”

Already, these are pretty steep accusations which question Viacom’s rationale regarding this whole case.  It gets even worse when Viacom suddenly decided to demand YouTube remove videos en masse, only to ask for some of them to be reposted.  The situation is best summed up with line: “In fact, some of the very clips that Viacom is suing us over were actually uploaded by Viacom itself.”  If Google can show these allegations to be true, then Viacom’s entire case might be in the trash.

Via DailyTech


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Neofonie’s WePad Android Slate: Less Selfish Than Apple /2010/03/21/neofonies-wepad-android-slate-less-selfish-than-apple/ /2010/03/21/neofonies-wepad-android-slate-less-selfish-than-apple/#comments Sun, 21 Mar 2010 05:52:52 +0000 Amin /?p=4272 SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "Neofonie’s WePad Android Slate: Less Selfish Than Apple", url: "/2010/03/21/neofonies-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


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Apple is Accepting iPad Apps /2010/03/21/apple-is-accepting-ipad-apps/ /2010/03/21/apple-is-accepting-ipad-apps/#comments Sun, 21 Mar 2010 05:29:12 +0000 Natalie /?p=4269 SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "Apple is Accepting iPad Apps", url: "/2010/03/21/apple-is-accepting-ipad-apps/" });]]>

The iPad boasts a beautiful 9.7-inch screen.

The iPad is going to be released on April 3 and almost everyone is anxiously anticipating its release, as can be seen by how frequently the iPad is appearing in tech news.

Developers must be eagerly anticipating the iPad’s release as well. There has been a surge of interest in developing apps for Apple’s App Store. Apple begun accepting app submissions for the iPad and has announced that March 27 is the deadline for submitting apps that will be available on the day of the iPad’s launch. The submitted apps will be reviewed by Apple and the developers will be contacted by email concerning their submissions.

This email feedback is important because few developers have access to actual iPads. Most have to run their creations on the SDK simulator and hope that there will not be any major problems when the apps run on actual iPads. Apps will most likely be as important to the iPad as they are to the iPhone, so how Apple handles the approval of apps for launch day is important.

Via Overclockers Club, image via Apple.


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