Monday, June 30, 2008

Medion Akoya mini E1210 unboxed

Smell the fresh plastics!

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Jump to MSI for full set [ translated ]

Details, News and Links for Medion Akoya

Aware A-Pad, convertible netbook

7 inch, touch, 3G, GPS and SSD.... goodie?

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7 inch 800 x 480 touch screen
Aday5G-800 MHz X86 with 512RAM
Wifi, Bluetooth and optional 3G/GPS
USB x 2
VGA out
4 hour battery life with 7.4V 3400mAh battery
225 mm x 165 mm x 40 mm, 870g

LINOS 2.6.21

Target price: $300, available in 2 months.

Expect to see it here soon...

Meet Eee PC 903, 900 with Atom?

Asus is trying a record for releasing new netbooks? 903 up now..

Continue reading...

Looks 100% like Eee PC 900 ... so whats new? Atom? SSD? 3G?

So specs are not yet clear... posting as soon as i get more..

UPDATE: It's now 900A. Specs here

Thanks Sascha [ translated ]

Asus to make Eee PC 904 and 905, dropping 900 and 901?

New models again?? ... UPDATED

Continue reading...

Asus Eee PC 904:

Asus is prepping Intel Atom based models 904 and 905 with 8.9 inch screen, but on the Eee PC 1000 chassis... and dropping 900/901?

It would be Eee PC 901 on Eee PC 1000 body:

Eee PC 1000 is 268mm wide, 194mm deep with weight almost 1.5kg

Eee PC 901 is 225mm wide, 170mm deep and weights 1.1kg

Now Digitimes is saying that Asus will put smaller screens to bigger housings to give users bigger keyboards...

I hope this is not true. ..UPDATE: looks true.. pictures from Blogeee

Is Asus listening only tech journalists that think mobile computers are for typists and there for bigger is always better???

UPDATE: It's official: 904: 8.9 screen, Celly, 80GB HDD and big 1000H body kit

Engadget: Asus' Eee 904 gets official


Thursday, June 26, 2008

HTC Shift X9501 to get GPS upgrade

3G version of HTC Shift will get software update to enable onboard GPS..

Continue reading..

HTC is making SnapVUE far more useful now.. as GPS chip and antenna are already there, we just need drivers and software, and that's what they are doing.

HTC will use TeleNav navigation software.

..and as you can hack Opera Mobile to it, it might be something to consider again.

Read the full story at Pocketables

Details, News and Links for HTC Shift

MSI Wind hits FCC

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Link to user manual

Link to all FCC docs

Details, News and Links for MSI Wind

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Charger adapter for Asus Eee PC batteries

If you have more than one battery, this is must have.

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It charges your spare battery while you use your Eee PC.. brilliant!

Works on any Eee PC. Expansys is asking $40, shipping 31st July.

• Optional cell-temperature monitoring before and during charge
• Dual LED lights for indicating the charge status
• Supply voltage: 9~12 V
• Input current: <3.0A
• Output voltage: 8.5±0.1 V
• Output current: <1.9A
• Charging time: <4 (5200mA)
• Dimension: 42x 23x0.8 mm

UPDATE: there is different adapter for 700/701 and 900/901/1000 series.



Product Pages are now up and running

Want more info, pictures, different reviews or compare the devices?

Here you are: Product Pages are now ready for your use.

3G and netbooks

Yep, 3G is finally coming to netbooks too..

Continue reading..

Asus Eee PC 4G has already been sold and subsidised from mobile carriers, but with external usb 3G modems. Now we are getting 3G radios inside the netbooks.

ECS has signed deals with European operators; their G10IL, 10 inch netbook, will be branded and sold with internal 3G modem by October. Their smaller and cheaper J-series will be soon available too.

Acer has 3G option too. Their Aspire One, 8.9 inch netbook, will be sold without the 3G at first, but I wouldn't be surprised to hear some operator deals pretty soon.

Asus has 3G possibilities on their Eee PC 901 and 1000. There is no official info about the future 3G models or deals, but our earlier investigations point to that direction.

VIA is also promoting their OpenBook platform with mobile connectivity options.

In overall this looks really good. Connectivity and lower prices can't be bad for the netbooks.

Sources: PC World and UMPCPortal

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Future of Windows XP

Microsoft has released the facts about the future of XP.

Continue reading..

First up: Support

" With the June 30, 2008, "end of sales" date for Windows XP approaching, many people have asked me if they will still be able to get support for Windows XP. The answer is an emphatic "yes, you will continue to be supported." We recently released Service Pack 3 for Windows XP and we will continue to provide security updates and other critical updates for Windows XP until April, 2014."

Second: Future availability of XP

If you want to have XP on new PC, and your OEM is too lazy to make "XP downgrade CD" for you;

" you should get a new PC with Windows Vista Business or Windows Vista Ultimate, and then take advantage of downgrade rights to use Windows XP Professional for as long as is necessary."

" For customers interested in buying a low-end personal computer (often referred to as a "NetBook" or "NetTop"), we are making Windows XP Home and Windows XP Starter available for use on these budget systems."

" Additionally, System Builders (sometimes referred to as "local OEMs"), may continue to purchase Windows XP through Authorized Distributors through January 31, 2009. All OEMs, including major OEMs, have this option."

As you can see, there are ways to enjoy XP on UMPCs... ( we really need those as there are no ways to enjoy Vista on UMPC )

My 2 cents to all OEMs making UMPCs: Start shipping downgrade restore CDs!

An Update on the Windows Roadmap

Windows XP: The future

Gigabyte M704 UMPC first impressions

It seems to be better than I thought..

Click to see the video

Available now at MobilX, €645 exc. VAT

Read Steve's thoughts about it

Details, News and Links for Gigabyte M704

Monday, June 23, 2008

Kohjinsha SC Series: 7 inch convertible with GPS

This one is small! 189mm wide..

Continue reading..

7 inch 1024 * 600 touch screen
Intel ® Atom ™ processor Z520 (1.33GHz) with 1GB RAM
Wifi, Ethernet and bluetooth
Built-in GPS module
ExpressCard/34 slot
SD/MMC and Memory Stick
USB2.0 x 2
VGA out

3.2 hours battery life with standard battery
6.4 hours battery life with extended battery
189mm * 155mm * 25/33mm, 820g


550 to 650 euros in Japan..

UPDATE: PC Watch has some live pix [ translated ]

Details, News and Links for Kohjinsha SC

Kohjinsha SX Series: 8.9 inch convertible with DVD drive

This one packs it all into a very small form...

Continue reading..

8.9 inch 1280 * 768 touch screen
Intel ® Atom ™ processor Z520 (1.33GHz) with 1GB RAM
Super Multi-DVD drive
Wifi and Ethernet
Dual cams
ExpressCard/34 slot
Micro-SD, SD/MMC and Memory Stick
USB2.0 x 2
VGA out

4.2 hours battery life with standard battery
8.2 hours battery life with extended battery
225mm * 185mm * 22/33mm, 1250g


650 to 800 euros in Japan.. Not bad.

UPDATE: is taking pre-orders, shipping end of July

KOHJINSHA SX3KP06MA (Black) with Vista Ultimate $1199
KOHJINSHA SX3WP06MA (White) with Vista Ultimate $1199

They are shipping worldwide with no shipping cost..

UPDATE: PC Watch has some live pix [ translated ]

Details, News and Links for Kohjinsha SX

Friday, June 20, 2008

Asus Eee PC 1000H open, hints 901's HDD adapter

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It looks like this HDD adapter will fit to 901 too...

UPDATE: It's actually a 2.5 inch drive on 1000H.. and the connector if different... so it will not fit to 901.

Hmmm... SIM card slot pins there too..

Thanks Rayman, more at [ translated ]

Thursday, June 19, 2008

How big is small?.. Aspire One with 901

If you look these netbooks alone, they all look really small..

Continue reading..

Acer Aspire One and Asus Eee PC 901

..but some are way smaller than others... And smaller one of these 2 has 2 * better battery life..

Put MSI Wind on that pile, and it would be even wider than Acer on top.

The reason I'm using Eee PCs and taking about them here, is pure mobility. Yes, all these netbooks are light and small, but for me the away from desk use counts the most.

Away from any desk; I hardly ever have any place to put my computer when I'm working out of the office, so my mobile computer needs to be as small as possible but also needs to get the job done.

Right now, the Eee 900 still seems best for me..

I'll try to show what I mean on the video I'm doing: Eee PC 900 with touch and 3G is ready soon.

Thanks Crave Via EeePCNews

Details, News and Links for Eee PC 901

Details, News and Links for Acer Aspire One

VIA OpenBook dissected on video

VIA openly opens OpenBook..

Click to see the video

It is open...

Details, News and Links for VIA OpenBook

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

LG XNOTE B831 UMPC, available soon?

Aving talked with LG at WIS 2008...

Continue reading..

LG Electronics official said, "LG is scheduled to launch Intel's MID platform Mellow-based products in the second half of the overseas market,"

Check our hands-on while waiting it...

Sooner the better LG!

Thanks Aving [ translated ]

Details, News and Links for LG XNOTE B831

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Asus Eee PC 901 fully dissected, future plans revailed

Like I said, Asus has some plans for the 901..

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Marked on the empty places under the mainboard:

- IDE3

Bad news is that the 3G card place doesn't have the connector... but IDE 3 has.. and 4GB primary SSD is not soldered..

Testing soon..


Details, News and Links for 901