Archive for January, 2009

Acer Ferrari 1200 12.1-inch ultraportable launches in Milan

Acer Ferrari 1200 12.1-inch ultraportable launches in Milan

Not content with the budget end of the ultraportable market, Acer have announced yet another Ferrari notebook as part of the branding deal with the Italian supercar manufacturer.  The Acer Ferrari 1200 has a 12.1-inch LED-backlit display, AMD Turion X2 Ultra dual-core mobile processor and up to 4GB of  DDR2 memory, but we all know that far more important is the carbon-fiber cover, anodized-metal touchpad (said to resemble the car's pedals) and soft-touch coating.

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Indian $10 laptop to get February 3rd unveil

Indian $10 laptop to get February 3rd unveil

A collaborative team between the Indian governments ministry of science and ministry of technology will unveil a super-low-cost computer on February 3rd, as part of the country's $10 laptop project.  Specifications of the notebook - which is intended for education use - are unconfirmed, but unofficial sources suggest it will have 2GB of memory, both ethernet and WiFi connectivity, the ability to expand the storage and low power requirements of just 2W, all in a small, portable package.

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Google GDrive online storage & backup service leaked

Google GDrive online storage & backup service leaked

Further evidence suggesting Google is preparing to launch an online file storage service called GDrive has emerged, this time detailed in a file within the company's Google Pack.  Categorizing GDrive under "Online file backup and storage", it goes on to describe it as "reliable storage" for files and media that can be accessed from multiple devices including cellphones.

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Amtek U560 UMPC gets Windows 7: 600MHz A100 CPU, just 512MB RAM

Amtek U560 UMPC gets Windows 7: 600MHz A100 CPU, just 512MB RAM

We've seen plenty of netbooks coaxed into running the Windows 7 beta, and eventually doing so at a faster clip than Vista could ever manage, but how about a real challenge?  The Amtek U560 UMPC was first demonstrated back in 2007, and uses an Intel A100 processor running at just 600MHz; it also only has 512MB of RAM.  A tough prospect, but Windows 7 not only works but manages to give an Experience Index score of more than 1.

Video demo of the Amtek U560 running Windows 7 after the cut

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Orbita Mouse Unboxing: squeezable wireless compass-enabled mouse

Orbita Mouse Unboxing: squeezable wireless compass-enabled mouse

Cyber E-Style's Orbita Mouse caught some attention last month with its promise of full-spinning, squeezable flexibility.  Fitted with a digital compass, the Orbita can be free-rotated for as much scrolling as you like, yet will always know which direction is up.  Promising stuff, so SlashGear was keen to get the Orbita in for a play; it landed on our desk today, and so we've thrown together an unboxing video and preliminary gallery to keep you occupied until the full review.

Check out the video unboxing of the Orbita Mouse after the cut

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Senate tries second DTV delay bill: Broadcasters would decide on switch

Senate tries second DTV delay bill: Broadcasters would decide on switch

Having been rebuked by uncooperative Republicans in the House of Representatives earlier this week, with the first attempt at the DTV switchover delay bill rejected, the US Senate is back with a second attempt to postpone the shut-off of analog television.  The resubmitted bill, which has already been passed by the Senate, is generally identical to the original version, but manages to pass the buck to the television broadcasters themselves.

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