Archive for Feb 24, 2009

Sony VAIO P gets Apple OS X Leopard hack

Sony VAIO P gets Apple OS X Leopard hack

Details are scant right now, but if this image is to be believed somebody has got OS X Leopard running on the Sony VAIO P.  The picture, which was flagged up on the Pocketables forum, shows the compact "I'm not a netbook!" ultraportable using the Apple OS, although apparently not everything is fully operational.

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Intel argue against Ion in anti-NVIDIA document

Intel argue against Ion in anti-NVIDIA document

Intel have taken their netbook chipset fight against NVIDIA into print, with the release of the "NVIDIA Ion Competitive Position Guide".  The document attempts to address several aspects of Ion which, Intel claim, make it a sub-par compared to their own chipsets.  One such reason is the fact that Ion is a development of the existing MCP79M/NCP7A chipset family, rather than a brand new product, with Intel conveniently forgetting that their 945GSE chipset is close to four years old itself.

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MSI Wind Box DC100, X-Slim X340 & Wind Top all-in-ones get hands-on

MSI Wind Box DC100, X-Slim X340 & Wind Top all-in-ones get hands-on

At the same time as launching the X-Slim X340 and X600, MSI were also flaunting their MSI Wind Box DC100 nettop, and the Wind Top AE1900, AE2010 and AE2200 touchscreen all-in-ones. Engadget Chinese grabbed some hands-on time with all four, together with the X340, and have come away considerably impressed. ASUS may have got there first with the Eee Box nettop and Eee Top all-in-one, while Apple certainly sired the X-Slim's design DNA with the MacBook Air, but there's still plenty of attraction in MSI's range.

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Eight Lenovo ThinkPads hit military rugged standards

Eight Lenovo ThinkPads hit military rugged standards

Lenovo has announced that eight of its ThinkPad notebooks have passed military-standards for ruggedization, making them not only resistant to pressure, humidity, temperature, dust and vibration, but to a greater extent than some "mil-spec" rivals.  The ThinkPad X200, X301, X200s, X200 Tablet, T400, T500, R400 and SL300 all passed durability tests despite not being specifically marketed as ruggedized models.

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SmartSwitch: tougher to turn when consumption is high

SmartSwitch: tougher to turn when consumption is high

You can tell some people about being considerate to the environment until you're blue in the face, but they'll still flagrantly waste power.  At that point, maybe it's time for the light switch to fight back: Peter Russo and Brendan Wypich of Stanford University have developed the SmartSwitch, a light control that gives tactile feedback as to how much energy is already being used, whenever you try to flick it.

Video demo after the cut

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Chumby widgets to appear on Broadcom-based TVs

Chumby widgets to appear on Broadcom-based TVs

Chumby and Broadcom have announced a collaborative effort to put the formers widget platform on internet-connected TVs, using Broadcom-based set-top boxes, DTVs and Blu-ray players.  There are currently in excess of 1,000 widgets available for the Chumby, a compact touchscreen WiFi device, and these will now be accessible along the bottom of big-screens too.

 

Video demonstration after the cut

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