As of this week, Acer has officially made available the Aspire One D255 in the United States. Originally uncovered at the beginning of July this year, the new netbook is one of the earliest to feature Intel's 1.5GHz Atom N550 dual-core processor. While the specifications of the new netbook may seem familiar with others on the market, it's the dual-core chip inside that Acer believes will give it enough of a performance boost amidst the other single-core netbooks already available.
Friday's news that open-source tinkerers had managed to get Ubuntu 10.10 up and running on Toshiba's hitherto-Android AC100 smartbook raised a few eyebrows, but the usability of the hack was significantly scuppered by the fact it wouldn't load past the boot screen. That's been ironed out over the weekend, and Carrypad now has video of the AC100 doing its Ubuntu thing.
Video demo after the cut
Toshiba's AC100 is certainly an interesting notebook on the face of it: Tegra 2 processor, full QWERTY and plenty of battery life, but the Android OS does mean it's definitely a companion device and not your sole ultraportable. That could all change, however, now a hack for loading Ubuntu onto the AC100 has been developed; Carrypad pulled together the instructions and files from tosh-ac100.wetpaint.org, ac100.gudinna.com and the official Toshiba forums and managed to get his AC100 up and running with Ubuntu 10.10.
Over the last few years, most all notebooks and other gadgets have started coming with glossy finishes that look nice when clean, but never stay that way. A glossy netbook will be covered with smears and smudges for its entire life unless you constantly clean the thing. If you hate smudges on glossy gadgets, Lifehacker has a fix for you that involves a scouring pad and scratching the gadget up.
AT&T has announced that it has several new mobile computers for customers to choose from that come with pay as you go mobile broadband service. The new machines include the Acer Aspire AS1830 notebook, the Acer Aspire One 532h netbook, and the Dell Inspiron Mini 10 HD netbook. The Acer AS1830 notebook and the Mini 10 HD can both be purchased in the 2200 AT&T retail stores around the country.
AT&T has added three new mobile computing devices to its 3G-enabled line-up, as well as launching a new pay-as-you-go data service it's calling AT&T DataConnect Pass. The Acer Aspire AS1830 notebook, Acer Aspire One 532h netbook and Dell Inspiron Mini 10 HD netbook are all available either with regular two-year agreements (in which case they're subsidized to as little as $39.99 for each of the netbooks) but can also be had with occasional data allowances.
Just a couple of days ago, Asus took some time at PEPCOM to announce a plethora of new hardware, ranging from netbooks to PCs. And while the announcement did well to let people know what was coming, Asus wasn't very clear on when each piece of new technology would find its way to the market, let alone where in the world they would be launching. If the Eee PC 1015PEM is any indication, then it looks like we won't have to wait long to start seeing the other announcements popping up.
After its brief demo on-stage at IDF 2010 earlier this week, Dell's rotating Inspiron Duo netbook/tablet has stepped out for a slightly longer preview. The company is still keeping most details - and the prototype hardware, for that matter - close to its chest, refusing to discuss battery life or pricing, but at least we now have some close-up video of that slick converting mechanism.
Video after the cut