Asus was the father of the booming netbook market when it tossed its first 7-inch netbook onto the market in late 2007. Since that time the netbook has gone on to become one of the best selling categories in the entire computer market.
Many of our mobile devices today that we take for granted like MIDs and smartphones don’t use full mobile processors. Many of these devices make do with lower performance MCUs and ASICs rather than full CPUs.
Another week has come and gone leaving us with memories and a hoard of cool stories to throw your way for weekend reading in case you missed them over the week. An Asus 900HA netbook was hacked into a touchscreen slate on Monday and we really liked it. DIY gear is so cool, especially when it turns out this good. Monday also brought some details on the Blackberry Storm 2 piezo touchscreen tech. We really hope its better than the original Storm.
The Zune Software is populated with many a great thing. From television shows, to podcasts, there's generally something for everyone. Of course, you can't expect any less from today's online marketplaces, now can you? And while many people were wondering why the Xbox 360 would be getting HD movies (via the upcoming update) before the Zune itself, those worries are now being addressed. And let's just say, the console isn't getting all the love.
Remember that "new" console we saw yesterday? You know the one: it looks a lot like the current Xbox 360 Elite, except that it comes with a 250GB hard drive this time around; and in the box, we've supposedly got two controllers and a copy of Forza Motorsport 3. Remember now? Good. And, even if you thought it was a fake ad brought up by Amazon Germany to excite people for no reason whatsoever, it looks like we've got another ad to (perhaps) solidify the deal.
We're always keeping our eyes open for crazy contraptions, or gadgets as we like to call them, and usually that means we have to point our eyes across the ponds, to really find something of interest. This time around, we've struck gold. These speakers look like bags, and are even just as mobile as a bag, but we assure you: they aren't.
Back at the beginning of the month, we had a whole slew of Android information come swirling into our offices. We did our best to cover it, and part of that coverage was this little piece of Mobile Internet Device (MID) Heaven. It's a pretty slick, piano-black piece of tech that's running some might Android goodness. And, despite the coverage we splattered all over it before, we were lacking any real live shots of the device. Well, now's as good a time for change as any other, right?
Android is a venerable Operating System, whether you prefer to use it or not, and it's popping up on all sorts of peripherals. One of the good ones coming down the pipe line, is Creative's Zii Egg. We're still excited about this thing, even if there isn't even the faintest of words about an official, consumer-based release for the device yet. But, if you're a developer, then you can start to get excited, because Creative is starting to release its first shipment.
It's been about 10 days now since we last spoke about TomTom's upcoming iPhone Car Kit, but it's getting a bit exciting now, with the device slipping through the FCC inspection with a passing grade. And although we knew there wasn't a ton of information to be had the first time around, we're still pretty excited by what the FCC filing has laid out for us. Right up front, we've got the TomTom Car Kit showing off its own GPS chipset. And if that wasn't enough, it also comes along with Bluetooth, for some good old hands free communication.
Science fiction is a means to realize the things of our imaginations, and put them to task in the real world. But let's face it, if this keeps up, machines are going to take over the world. And, if they're anything like the Little Prince here, they'll look cute, terrifying, and shiny while doing it. This little piece was inspired by the Naked Sun, written by Isaac Asimov; R2-D2 from Star Wars; an egg; and insects. And while it's obvious this thing looks like all of those at once, it gets even creepier.
Live footage of the Nokia N900 hasn't been in short supply - in fact Nokia themselves provided some decent walkthrough videos of their new smartphone/internet tablet hybrid - but there's nothing like a few in-the-wild shots to get the blood pumping. Happily there's more than just one prototype N900 in the wild, and now that the touchscreen Maemo marvel is finally official they're starting to come out of the woodwork.