From one Air-a-like to another; MSI have announced the next in their X-Slim series of ultraportable notebooks. The MSI X-Slim X600 is the 15.6-inch big brother to the X-Slim X360 which we saw back at CES 2009 in January, complete with Intel's Centrino 2 platform, 16:9 widescreen display and a weight of around 2kg.
If imitation is the greatest form of flattery, then Apple must be one of the most flattered company's to date. Latest to "borrow" some of the Cupertino industrial design is Korean firm Hanuribiz, whose nurian X40 may only be an electronic dictionary and part-time PMP, but does it all in a slick little MacBook Air suit.
Fujitsu have announced a compact server that uses less energy than a desk lamp and offers a variety of RAID setups for home-office and small business users. The Fujitsu PRIMERGY TX120 S2 resembles a compact desktop PC, but uses Intel's latest power-saving Core 2 Duo processors paired with up to 16GB of RAM and remote ServerView Server Management control.
Both the P8400 (25W) or T9400 (35W) CPUs are available, using 25-percent less power than rival systems. As for storage, the TX120 S2 can be fitted with either four 320GB SATA or 146GB 15,000rpm SAS hard-drives. Nonetheless, according to Fujitsu it's still whisper-quiet at 27dB.
Cambridge Soundworks - a subsidiary of Creative - have announced the MovieWorks HD, a docking station for the Apple iPod range that can output high-definition video and digital audio to a connected HDTV or audio system. The MovieWorks HD also has an integrated X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity chip onboard, together with Creative's X-Fi Crystallize and X-Fi CMSS-3D technology, and connects via HDMI.
One of the reasons the Arduino is so successful is because of its flexibility - there's plenty of very complex ways you can implement the microprocessor board into a project - but that doesn't mean it can't do simple tasks just as well. Psycholinguist Franklin Chang used his Arduino to make a fetchingly homespun wristwatch.
Video overview of the Arduino watch after the cut
Huawei's "look but don't touch" Android handset at Mobile World Congress last week was quite the disappointment: if it wasn't for the display around it, you'd not know what OS the device was meant to be running. We could be seeing production handsets a lot sooner than expected, though, with Huawei claiming to have signed a deal with T-Mobile that will see the Android-based smartphone shipping in Q3 2009.
Cowon have announced an updated version of their D2 PMP, the Cowon D2+, with the same touchscreen control as the original but a newly tweaked OS. The D2+ has an integrated DMB digital TV tuner, video and audio playback, together with an ebook reader, flash player and up to 52 hours battery life.
Leaked images of an unannounced Motorola ROKR handset have emerged, with what appears to be a touchscreen display coupled with a hardware numeric keyboard. The ROKR - which is unnamed, but has been speculated as the Motorola ROKR E11 or E12 - also has a 3.2-megapixel camera although no flash.
Details of UMID's roadmap have emerged, which indicate the company's upcoming M2 follow-up to the recently-launched UMID M1. According to a company proposal document, the UMID M2 will have a sub-3-inch display, and both HSPA and WiMAX connectivity, all in a slim, smartphone-style body.