Archive for Apr 23, 2009

Acer Aspire One Pro 531 gets official: OS choice & optional SSD

Acer Aspire One Pro 531 gets official: OS choice & optional SSD

The rumored Acer Aspire One Pro 531 netbook has appeared on Acer Germany's website.  First tipped back in March, the Pro 531 has the same 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 display and choice of N270 or N280 Atom processors as the standard Aspire One 531 (aka A531) but adds a choice of OS, larger hard-drives or an optional SSD.

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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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DIY twin-stick Xbox 360 Virtual On controller

DIY twin-stick Xbox 360 Virtual On controller

It's not pretty but it's certainly clever: tired of trying to play Virtual On on the Xbox 360's standard controller, one nifty modder crafted his own dual-joystick interface out of candy packaging.  Of course, there's more to the controls than just upright 'sticks, so a spot of wiring moved the control buttons too.

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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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MSI bargain PMPs hit Chinese shelves

MSI bargain PMPs hit Chinese shelves

When they're not making netbooks, MSI also have a neat line in PMPs for the Chinese market.  Five new models have surfaced, ranging from the super-budget to the MSI MV882A, shown here, with 720p HD support and up to 8GB of storage.  Still, even the top-end PMP still comes in under $75.

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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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Viliv S5 MID 3G-version gets video unboxing

Viliv S5 MID 3G-version gets video unboxing

After the last unboxing video, it's something of a relief that this Viliv S5 unboxing doesn't end up with the MID disappearing down someone's trousers.  It's frustrating in another way, though: it shows the 3G version of the S5, whereas the April 27th pre-sales will only offer the non-3G model.

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MSI Wind unboxing video: True gadget lust

MSI Wind unboxing video: True gadget lust

With the rise in internet shopping, suffering the anticipation of waiting for a new gadget to be delivered can become simply too much for the average person.  Take, for example, this happy fellow and his brand new MSI Wind U123 netbook.

Unboxing video after the cut

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OQO Model 2+ pre-orders all canceled

OQO have apparently canceled all pre-orders for their Model 2+ UMPC, leading to the assumption by many that the company is facing receivership.  The OQO Model 2+ was recently pulled from online retailer Expansys; we’re yet to hear anything concrete regarding the situation from OQO themselves.

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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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