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OS X Touchscreen Netbook: Gigabyte M912X gets the Apple sauce

OS X Touchscreen Netbook: Gigabyte M912X gets the Apple sauce

Netbooks running Apple's OS X have been done before, so this software install hack takes it one stage further by putting Leopard on a touchscreen Gigabyte M912X.  Since Leopard has inking facilities built-in - including an on-screen keyboard and handwriting recognition courtesy of InkWell - it looks to be a very successful transplant.

Check out the video demo of the Gigabyte touchscreen MacBook after the cut

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 40 2008

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 40 2008

Biggest news this week has been in gaming, with Nintendo announcing the latest iteration of their DS handheld.  The DSi introduces new multimedia features - for instance a 3-megapixel camera - and an even thinner body, at the expense of battery life.  Don't get too excited, though; the US won't see the DSi until "well into" 2009.

In netbooks, ASUS slipped in a few new models at both the low and high-end of the market, with the Eee PC 900HA and 904HA offering bargain 160GB storage while the S101 corners the more-fashionable (and expensive) end.  That's a niche the ASUS N10 already occupies; that netbook ran the review gauntlet this week, proving "technologically clever" but simply too expensive.  ASUS - and MSI, whose Wind U90 was panned too - must be looking enviably at Gigabyte's M912M convertible touchscreen netbook, which was good enough to pull a credit card from the wallet of one reviewer.

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Gigabyte M912M touchscreen netbook reviewed: best model yet

Gigabyte M912M touchscreen netbook reviewed: best model yet

Gigabyte's M912X touchscreen convertible netbook certainly has the performance, the resolution and the upgrade potential, but it still wasn't the perfect mini-tablet.  Battery life was the key complaint, suffering from the CCFL backlight.  Thankfully Gigabyte also have an LED-backlit model, the M912M, which drops pixels (the M912M is 1024 x 600 versus 1280 x 768 on the M912X) but brings with it frugality.  UMPC Portal have been marking the differences between the two versions, and the M912M certainly comes out ahead for most users.

Check out the review video of the Gigabyte M912M after the cut

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Intel embedded IPTV system announced: Yahoo! Widgets, HD downloads

Intel embedded IPTV system announced: Yahoo! Widgets, HD downloads

Intel have announced a new IPTV consumer electronics System on Chips (SoC), Media Processor CE 3100, intended for advanced cable set top boxes and direct integration into digital TVs.  Previously known as Canmore, CE 3100 includes an IA processor core with multi-stream video decoding and processing hardware capable of high-definition media.  It also features a 3-channel 800 MHz DDR2 memory controller, dedicated multi-channel dual audio DSPs, a 3D graphics engine enabling advanced UIs and EPGs, and support for multiple peripherals, including USB 2.0 and PCI Express.

Gigabyte M528 MID gets $685 US pricing (£429 UK)

Gigabyte M528 MID gets $685 US pricing (£429 UK)

Retailer Expansys has listed the Gigabyte M528 MID for preorder on its US and UK sites.  According to the listing, the 4.8-inch touchscreen device will cost $684.99 in the US and £429 in the UK, figures that tally with the Taiwanese pricing Gigabyte recently confirmed.  Although both Expansys sites now list the MID as "ordered on request", an earlier screenshot suggested availability on September 17th.

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 32 2008

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 32 2008

The fight got dirty in the netbook arena this week, as Monday saw VIA's Nano CPU take on Intel's Atom with a 1080p smack-down video only to become mired in controversy when bloggers ran the tests themselves and came up with wildly different outcomes.  Still, we had Lenovo's finally-official IdeaPad S10 and S9 to cheer us up, together with the rumor that Gigabyte plan a 10-inch dual-core version of the coveted M912 tablet-netbook. 

Of course, ASUS couldn't bear to be out of the headlines for a single minute, and so announced the S101 (the size of an Eee, the branding of an Eee, but it's not an Eee) together with a cloud storage option.  Netbooks are so much the niche of the moment that this week's "He Said, She Said" editorial was all about whether the best value comes from there or from a second-hand laptop off of eBay.

SlashGear Week in Review – July 27th

SlashGear Week in Review – July 27th

It's become somewhat traditional to start the week's review with what's happening in the netbook world, a niche that's arguably the fastest developing right now in consumer tech.  Fujitsu kicked things off with the proclamation that budget ultraportables "don't add up" and that the current race to the bottom line doesn't give manufacturers enough room to make profit; Fujitsu were rumored the week before to be planning a netbook of their own, only with the emphasis on build quality rather than solely the price tag.  Sony also picked up a few netbook-in-progress rumors, tipped for Q4 2008, and HP revealed that they're working on a follow-up to the 2133 Mini-Note that will be less sturdy but also less expensive.

LG, too, are said to have a netbook in the works, with a model tentatively named X110 running Intel's Atom CPU and made for them by MSI.  It's uncertain whether, if this turns out to be true, the X110 would be a rebadge of the MSI Wind or a whole new design.  Finally, ASUS confirmed they wouldn't be letting up the pressure as firm most associated with the segment; there's talk of an "all day" battery and cloud storage option for release later on in 2008.

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