Archive for December, 2008

Gdium ‘One Laptop Per Hacker’ scheme announced

Gdium ‘One Laptop Per Hacker’ scheme announced

Owing no small amount of conceptual-gratitude to the OLPC project, netbook manufacturer Gdium have announced their "One Laptop Per Hacker" scheme.  The OLPH is intended to not only encourage modification, enhancement and general tweaking of the physical Gdium netbook, but also to promote adoption and experimentation with the Gdium Linux-based OS.  Unfortunately it's not a way to get a free machine: more of a system by which Gdium can control early-adopters.

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NVIDIA pushes new GPU chips to OEMs to bypass underfill failure

NVIDIA pushes new GPU chips to OEMs to bypass underfill failure

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade: that's obviously NVIDIA's motto, as the company is apparently using GPU failures in their previous generation products to encourage manufacturers to adopt their new range.  According to a memo obtained by VR-Zone, NVIDIA "strongly recommends that customers transition to this latest revision of the NB8E-SET GPUs as soon as possible" in order that OEMs and ODMs aren't affected by the GPU substrate issue that can lead to systems overheating.

Full memo after the cut

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LG GD910 3G cellphone watch coming to CES before European launch

LG GD910 3G cellphone watch coming to CES before European launch

LG have confirmed that their 3G cellphone watch, the LG GD910, is going into production.  The concept was originally demonstrated as a concept at CES 2008 in January, but will be among the products on-show by the company at CES 2009 next month.  In addition to 7.2 Mbps HSDPA compatibility, the GD910 has a 1.43-inch touchscreen and a front-mounted camera for video calls or still/video capture.

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Psion Netbook trademark case continues: targets those “profiting” from misuse

Psion Netbook trademark case continues: targets those “profiting” from misuse

Further details of the Psion netbook trademark case have emerged, thanks to a number of statements from the legal team, Origin, supporting the UK company.  The situation came to light last week, with several UK sites reportedly receiving cease & desist letters regarding their use of the term "netbook", a term which Psion trademarked back in the 90's for use on a range of sub-notebook devices.  While the devices themselves are no longer in production, Psion does still hold the trademark and produce accessories for the line; according to their legal representation, they're not in fact targeting fan-sites and bloggers using the term "netbook" but those making "a direct, financial profit" from its use.  

Full legal correspondence after the cut

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ASUS R50a UMPC reviewed: underpowered for Vista?

ASUS R50a UMPC reviewed: underpowered for Vista?

ASUS' R50a UMPC was always taking on a serious challenge: Windows Vista on a 1.33GHz Atom Z520 processor with 1GB of RAM is asking either for nth-degree fine-tuning or just plain trouble.  Initial reports seemed vaguely promising, but Ben over at UMPC Portal has found things less impressive.  Chief criticism - aside from the bloatware, cramped writing area and difficult form-factor - is the sluggish performance.

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HP MediaSmart EX487 Home Server Review

HP MediaSmart EX487 Home Server Review

HP's first-generation MediaSmart EX475 was the poster-child for Windows Home Server.  Now, HP are back with their second-gen version, the MediaSmart EX487; the hardware looks the same, but what's under the hood has seen some serious improvements.  Is this the best backup option for Windows and Mac users?  SlashGear set to finding out.

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