Archive for May, 2008

ASUS confirm 5 Express Gate laptops

ASUS confirm 5 Express Gate laptops

Mere weeks after ASUS confirmed it would be loading the quick-launch Express Gate Linux OS onto all of its upcoming motherboards, the software developers behind the distro, DeviceVM, have announced that several ASUS notebooks will also include it.  The M70T, M50V and M51Vr multimedia series and the F8Va/Vr series will be the first five models in ASUS notebook range to feature Express Gate.  With it, users can be online in seconds, watch videos, listen to music, chat over IM and VoIP apps and share photos.

Check out the ASUS Express Gate demo video after the cut

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BenQ T850 World’s Thinnest 8MP: touchscreen gesture control

BenQ T850 World’s Thinnest 8MP: touchscreen gesture control

BenQ have announced what they're calling the "world's slimmest 8-megapixel camera", the T850.  Featuring 1600 ISO, a 3x optical zoom and smc PENTAX lens, the T850 measures in at just 14.9mm deep, with a stainless steel body available in either red or black.  BenQ have obviously been looking to the latest cellphones for their UI, as the 3-inch touchscreen responds to gestures such as tap, circle and swipe.

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Centrino 2 Montevino delay confirmed; no chips until August

Centrino 2 Montevino delay confirmed; no chips until August

Intel has confirmed that the launch of its next-generation Centrino chipset, "Montevina", has been delayed until mid-July.  The platform was originally slated to launch in Q2, with the official launch predicted by the end of May.  Intel are blaming both hardware and documentation issues for the hold-up; the new chipsets won't be available in volume until August 2008.

"There were two minor issues we found during final testing – one with our integrated graphic chipsets, which we have found a workaround for but need to re-screen our parts, and second around our wireless wi-fi chip, which was a paperwork and certification mistake we made" Bill Kircos, Intel spokesperson

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DIY SSD Samsung UMPC upgrade dramatically boosts performance

DIY SSD Samsung UMPC upgrade dramatically boosts performance

As solid-state drives gain popularity, we've seen a few products that offer a way to retro-fit flash-based storage to your notebook, usually in the form of an adaptor that allows you to plug one or more Compact Flash cards into a traditional hard-drive socket.  Steve from UMPC Portal has taken the plunge and used a Ably-Tech PA-CF18Z adaptor and a Transcend 8GB CF card with a theoretical 45MB/s transfer speed.  Best of all, he's not just walked through the installation but benchmarked it against the UMPC's original performance.

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Dell working on ‘Mini Inspiron’ ultraportable budget notebook

Dell working on ‘Mini Inspiron’ ultraportable budget notebook

Looks like Dell aren't content to see rivals sweep through the budget ultraportable market, and want to pick up some market share themselves.  The company has confirmed - but only just - that it's working on a "mini Inspiron" with no official name, spec list or pricing details.  However Michael Dell himself told Brian Lam that it was intended as "a low-cost notebook meant for developing countries". 

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A look at Guitar Hero IV from D6

A look at Guitar Hero IV from D6

Man, I feel like I'm being really harsh on Guitar Hero today, but I really just can't help it. First we have the horrible video for Guitar Hero: On Tour, now we have a new one for GH: World Tour. This isn't a bad video, but some lady manages to say something to Activision CEO Robert Kotick that I think we've all had on our minds. Hit the jump for the video.

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UK retailers cut gamers a break on Rock Band

UK retailers cut gamers a break on Rock Band

We all know that when it comes to video games, our friends in the UK almost always get shafted. Whether it's from a delayed release or a jacked-up price (usually both), it seems that they just can't catch a break. Well they've waited long enough to get their hands on Rock Band, and now a few retailers are throwing them a bone by cutting the price right off the bat.

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