After the Eee Box 206 from last week, ASUS have confirmed their latest HD-capable nettop, the ASUS Eee Box B208. Outfitted with Intel's 1.6GHz dual-core Atom 330 processor and 1GB of RAM, the Eee Box B208 also gets ATI Radeon HD 4350 graphics with 256MB of video memory and an HDMI output.
A new month can mean only one thing: we're about to be overwhelmed with statistics about February. Today it's good news for Microsoft and bad news for Apple; the former saw its OS market share rise 0.22-percent from January to 88.42-percent, buoyed by a relatively healthy jump in Vista use, while the latter saw OS X's share drop by 0.28-percent to 9.61-percent.
Microsoft is planning to run a free upgrade scheme for Windows 7, under the terms of which anybody who buys a new PC from a participating vendor after July 1st will be eligible for an upgrade to the new OS on its release. Although the details of the scheme - particularly the date with which it comes into effect, and the manufacturers participating - are unconfirmed, Tech ARP managed to acquire a draft of the Microsoft proposal, which outlines their intent.
Acer America introduced two new PC platforms today, the TravelMate 6593 and TravelMate 6493. These new notebooks are designed to suite the professional on the go. The new TravelMate notebook series offers a robust, secure and powerful PC solution for corporate and business customers.
ASUS' R50a UMPC was always taking on a serious challenge: Windows Vista on a 1.33GHz Atom Z520 processor with 1GB of RAM is asking either for nth-degree fine-tuning or just plain trouble. Initial reports seemed vaguely promising, but Ben over at UMPC Portal has found things less impressive. Chief criticism - aside from the bloatware, cramped writing area and difficult form-factor - is the sluggish performance.
Microsoft will be widely selling the Windows Vista PRODUCT (RED) edition, debuted on Dell PCs, as of December 15th. The package consists of several new wallpapers, a screensaver, two sidebar gadgets and a Dreamscene, and for every sale Microsoft will make a donation to the PRODUCT (RED) fund.
Samsung’s MediaLive HDTV Media Center Extender has finally got a shipping date: October 15th. The compact box is intended to bridge the divide between your Vista Media Center and your Samsung HDTV; it basically straps to the back of the set and brings the Vista interface into your living room, streaming content either via WiFi draft-n or cabled ethernet.
Windows 7, Milestone 3 was just previewed and Mary Jo Foley got a brief look at it. And though Microsoft is now just one more preview away from the official Beta 1 version, not a whole lot has changed from Vista.
Having been unboxed on video, the Willcom D4 UMPC has now travelled over to Jenn at Pocketables for some darned good testing. While the system is still something of a miniturization marvel, the first reports aren’t exactly glowing. Top of the list (or should that be bottom?) is battery life; Willcom themselves only promise 1.5hrs and that measly figure looks sadly accurate. Worse still, Jenn found that leaving the D4 in Vista’s sleep mode for 7hrs drained it to just 19-percent: around 15 minutes of actual use.
Samsung has announced two new versions of the company’s Q1 Ultra UMPC. The Q1U-CMXP adds a 3G HSDPA modem, while the Q1UP-V replaces Windows XP with Vista Business. Both use Intel’s 1.33GHz Core Solo U1500 processor, but in a nod to Vista’s greater RAM hunger the Q1UP-V doubles standard memory to 2GB.