Archive for December, 2008

MSI U115 Hybrid dual SSD & HDD netbook official

MSI U115 Hybrid dual SSD & HDD netbook official

MSI have officially announced the U115 Hybrid netbook, which they're calling the world's first with "hybrid storage".  While the MSI U115 Hybrid might be powered by the usual Intel Atom 1.6GHz processor, where it differs from the mainstream is in its duo of storage: both a standard hard-drive (either 120GB or 160GB) and a solid-state drive (either 8GB or 16GB).  The benefit, according to MSI, is battery life and speed.

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Sony VAIO Netbook keyboard photos emerge

Sony VAIO Netbook keyboard photos emerge

Sony Japan's 'VAIO New Mobile' teaser campaign - otherwise known as "this is the netbook we're announcing at CES 2009" - has added two new images for us to obsess over.  Both detail the upcoming netbook's keyboard, which appears to bear a strong resemblance to that on the VAIO TT/TZ only with the addition of a trackpoint control stub.

Second picture after the cut

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Tokyoflash Giveaway: And the winners are…

Tokyoflash Giveaway: And the winners are…

SlashGear's Tokyoflash Radio Active Giveaway ended yesterday, and we now know the three winners.  Taking away first prize - a limited-availability Radio Active Active Reactor watch, no longer officially on sale - is Kathy Schreiber; our two runners-up got to pick a timepiece from the current Tokyoflash catalog.  M.J. Coward, our first runner-up, selected the Pimp Star Performer IP Black, while our second, Andrea Woodworth, chose the Nekura Progression.

Congratulations to all three winners, and thanks again to Tokyoflash for sponsoring this giveaway!

Hualu, Panasonic-made Blu-ray Players launched to counter CBHD in China

Hualu, Panasonic-made Blu-ray Players launched to counter CBHD in China

The Format War might have ended many moon’s ago, but Blu-ray never took control of the world’s largest market, and in fact, China has its own HD format (China Blue High-Definition) to counter foreign license fees from BDA. Darn CBHD is much more resilient than HD-DVD despite having zero studio endorsements. Nevertheless, recent setback; the Taiwanese pullout, and now the China made Blu-ray for Chinese market could finally put this issue to rest, or could it?

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Quanta is out, Foxconn to contract the next-gen iMac

Quanta is out, Foxconn to contract the next-gen iMac

Apple must be laughing at this so-called reliable source, Digitimes has revised its last report on Economic Daily News regarding the manufacturer behind the iMac all-in-one PC. As of today, Quanta is out of the picture, it was Foxconn who has secured a 800,000 units shipment per month contract with Jobs to build the allegedly next gen iMac to be announced at Macworld Conference next week.

So unless there are new updates next week on who makes what from which contract. Here’s the new standing : Foxconn and Catcher Technology are in bed to supply the magnesium-aluminum alloy chassis while Foxconn will seek partnership in cooling module from Auras Technology. A cooling module? Could that possible hint a change in current-fan based cooling system?

In any case, we will find out in a week there will be a new iMac or just another rumor. Just a reminder that Slashgear will be bringing MacWorld conference live coverage. Be sure to check us out at http://live.slashgear.com

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