Archive for Apr 23, 2009

Acer Aspire One 531 gets video unboxing & first-impressions

Acer Aspire One 531 gets video unboxing & first-impressions

Acer's Aspire One 531 (aka the Aspire One A531) may have made its official debut on April 1st, but it's no joke.  The super-skinny netbook has begun shipping in Europe, and Netbook News have the first unboxing video and hands-on impressions we've seen.  Their particular 531 has the N270 Atom processor, though the 1.66GHz N280 is an option, and reportedly plays 720p HD video well.

Unboxing video after the cut

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Sugar on a Stick: OLPC without the XO-1

Sugar on a Stick: OLPC without the XO-1

Part of the OLPC project's appeal has been its innovative Sugar OS; now Sugar Labs have released a public beta of Sugar on a Stick (SoaS), which allows anybody to create a portable Sugar environment that will run on any computer.  Fitting onto a 1GB USB memory stick, SoaS combines a compressed version of Fedora 11 with the Sugar Labs amendments.

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Apple dismiss Verizon CDMA: sticking with AT&T for iPhone

Apple dismiss Verizon CDMA: sticking with AT&T for iPhone

As well as taking a swipe at the "junky" state of the netbook playing-field, Apple COO Tim Cook also used the company's triumphant financial conference call to dismiss Verizon's CDMA network and reiterate their support for AT&T.  Asked whether the iPhone would spawn a CDMA version, Cook confirmed that Apple "do not have a plan" to change their relationship with AT&T, and suggested "CDMA doesn't really have a life to it after a point in time".

The reluctance - or at least Apple's public reason - appears to be CDMA's limited international appeal.  While the Verizon network is strong in the US, CDMA hasn't been a popular standard in Europe or Asia, where GSM is the more common format. 

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T-Mobile UK offer BlackBerry Pearl with prepaid email/internet

T-Mobile UK offer BlackBerry Pearl with prepaid email/internet

T-Mobile UK have announced an unusual pre-pay BlackBerry deal, which sees contract-cautious buyers getting a Pearl handset, 12-months unlimited email and internet access, and the option to easily manage call and SMS/MMS messaging bills.  For £180 ($262) the BlackBerry Pearl 8110 and year's email support is included.

Beyond that, owners "top up" their BlackBerry with credit in the usual pay-as-you-go (PAYG) fashion, adding money to their account to cover any calls and SMS or MMS messages.  T-Mobile are hoping the deal will appeal to those interested in push email but wary of ongoing contract costs.

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Apple Q109 results best ever: $1.21bn in profit

Apple Q109 results best ever: $1.21bn in profit

Apple's first-quarter financial results are in, and rival firms may be gutted to see that it's been the Cupertino company's best ever Q1 revenue and earnings.  Thanks to healthy iPod and iPhone sales, revenue for the three-month period climbed to $8.16bn, resulting in a net quarterly profit of $1.21bn; up from $7.51bn and $1.05bn respectively in Q1 2008.

After the cut: key Apple sales breakdowns, and why Tim Cook thinks netbooks are "junky"

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MSI Android netbook planned for Computex?

MSI Android netbook planned for Computex?

MSI are planning to demonstrate a netbook running Google's Android OS at Computex 2009, according to the Chinese-language paper Economic Daily News.  The company will apparently be using the event to sell the Android Wind reference design to PC vendors; the original MSI Wind netbook was a great success as a white-box product, rebadged by other companies.

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