Sony Netbook Rumoured

December 22, 2008

At the moment its just speculation but Sony might just enter the netbook market. All will be unveiled on the 9th of January. Lets hope “the revolutionary new VAIO” is something more than just another netbook.

Edit: read more link updated on 21/12/2008 because Sony couldn’t stand to wait any longer :)

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Firmware updates for Late 2008 Macbooks released

December 11, 2008

Apple has released 2 firmware updates for the late 2008 models of the Macbook, Macbook Pro and Macbook Air. The 1st update is for the EFI and the 2nd update for the SMC (you need to run the Software Updater again after the 1st update).

Note: When the Macbook reboots during the EFI update, you could hear a loud beep. This is normal behaviour.

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Apple release update for glass Trackpad Macbooks

November 18, 2008

Apple has released a firmware update for the glass Trackpad on the new generation Macbook and Macbook Pro. Many users had reported an issue where the Trackpad didn’t recognize the input regularly.

The update can be installed through Software Update, and the actual installation of the firmware update requires the Macbook to be connected to AC power.

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Superspeed USB 3.0 Specification Officially Released

November 17, 2008

USB 2.0 is getting upgraded to USB 3.0! Simply it means is you get faster transfer speeds (up-to 10 times)! USB 3.0 also offers backwards compatibility with all existing USB/2.0 devices e.g. storage, docks etc. OK, so now your wondering now what next? well now you play the waiting game! The specs have been released but we won’t actually see any consumer devices until 2010 (maybe late 2009)!

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Dell Inspiron Mini 9 and the ASUS N10 reviewed

November 10, 2008

Dell Mini 9 and the ASUS N10 netbooks have been reviewed by register hardware! They seem to like the Mini 9, calling it the “nicest netbook out there” but does come with a two year 3g contract! I personally like the Samsung NC10 which many reports suggest has excellent battery life. Jump for the full reviews.

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Fujitsu LifeBook P8020 12.1-inch ultra-portable announced

October 21, 2008

Fujitsu have announced their latest ultra-portable, the LifeBook P8020, based on Intel’s Centrino 2 platform, it features an Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400 ultra low voltage 1.4GHz processor with up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 12.1-inch WXGA driven by integrated Intel GMA 4500MHD video card and a dual-layer DVD burner.

P8020 also offers WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, SD card slot, fingerprint Sensor with TruePoint Technology and Gesture-enabled touchpad. The price of Lifebook P8020 starts at $1,799 and should be available from November 2008.

WPA2 Personal Cracked, Russian Company Claims

October 13, 2008

The Russian based security firm ElcomSoft is claiming to be able to crack WPA2 Personal wireless authentication security in a matter of weeks rather than years. According to their press release, they’ve employed purpose-written software which is powered with a backend of clustered, commodity-grade NVIDIA GPUs.

This all sounds rather alarming at face value. But how effective would their methods be in real-life application? Read on for my dissection of this development.

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MSI to introduce the Wind U120 netbook

October 4, 2008

MSI will introduce the Wind U120 netbook in the next few months. Apparently, the U120 will support 3.5G wireless networking, 10 inch screen, 20GB or 40GB hard drive, with an optional Solid state drive in the future. Also pricing details are a bit sketchy at this point, but should cost less than $600 from what we’re told.

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Packard Bell “dot” 8.9-inch netbook announced

September 23, 2008

Packard Bell have followed the latest trend and have announced their the “dot” netbook. It features a Atom processor, 1 GB if RAM, 160GB HD space, web cam, 3g module and a 6-cell battery for improved battery life. Its priced at £315 and due for release in November this year! Its been a while since I’ve heard the name “Packard Bell”, whatever happened to them?

Averatec Buddy 10.2 Inch netbook announced

September 19, 2008

Following the current trend, Averatec have announced their latest netbook “Averatec Buddy”. The specs favour portability more than anything else which means low specs! It should be priced at $449.99 on release.

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