If you don’t know, I’m a netbook guy. I go about my daily tasks all over the metro carrying my trusty Asus Eee with me, and when I find a nice (hopefully free) wifi hotspot, I sit down, grab a mug of hot coffee, and work away. But if I’m lazy to bring my netbook with me (admit it, even netbooks CAN get cumbersome at times), I have my trusty Nokia E63 always in my pocket, so if I need to make a quick Skype call, update Twitter, or check what my friends are up to in Facebook, it can suffice for my needs. [Read more…]
Microsoft recently released a software package that is aimed squarely at a new affordable laptop that is being introduced by the Portuguese government for its schools.
The Magellan computer began deployment last month in Portugal’s schools. The objective is to distribute a total of 500,000 laptops that cost only 50 euros to school children, their homes and eventually even export it to Africa and Latin America.
Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, officially introduced the Suite Magellan that will be bundled with the laptops. The package includes Windows XP and Home, a number of development applications, as well as free email and messaging functions.
ASUS is intent on maintaining its league-leading position in the netbook sector by adding more features to its Eee line of products.
ASUS has announced that it will be adding HSUPA 3.75G technology to the Eee line beginning October. The first product that will get the new tech is the Eee PC 901. Although no price was announced for this new iteration, the 901 will be available in both black and white. There were also no announcements whether the 901 will be partnered with any wireless supplier.
The 901’s specifications include an 8.9 inch display, Intel Atom processor, 1gb of memory, 802.11/b/g/n, bluetooth and Windows XP Home. The 901 will have a 16Gb SSD as well as 20gb of free online storage.
Worldwide electronics manufacturer LG has officially anounced its own entry into the netbook sector of the laptop market. The company will be releasing its X110 Momo a product aimed solely at the growing portable laptop market.
The X110 Momo has specs that are very identical to products already available in the market — 1.6Ghz Atom processor, Windows Home Basic, 1.3 megapixel webcam, bluetoot and SD card reader. It will also sport a 10-inch screen. Available colors are black, silver and pink.
LG has yet to announce when it will be released but it will most probably be unveiled before the year ends.
More details have emerged for Dell’s entry product to the UMPC market.
The Dell UMPC, otherwise called the Inspiron Mini, will have a 16gb SSD and an Intel integrated video solution that can be bumped up to 8mh of shared memory. This will result in a resolution of 1024 x 600 over an 8.9″ screen. The PC will also have a 1.3 megapixel web camera.
The Inspiron Mini will offer both Linux and Windows XP version. Finally, it will also have a 512mb RAM that can be upgraded up to 1GB, and an Intel Atom processor that runs at 1.6Ghz.
No price points have been announced yet though.