We always take leaked information with a healthy grain of salt, though in this case, it's worth noting that HTC's leaked 2009 lineup turned out to largely true. It's déjà vu for HTC all over again, as the company's 2010 lineup has been leaked to the web.
There are 10 new smartphones in all, with both Windows Mobile and Android devices broken up into four categories: Design / Lifestyle, Social, Performance, and Productivity. And naturally it's the Performance category that's going to draw the attention from power users. According to the roadmap, only one smartphone will fall under this designation. The 'Bravo,' as it's being called, will support DivX playback and 720p video capture through a 5MP AF cam with flash. It will also boast a 3.7-inch AMOLED display and Qualcomm Snapdragon chip racing along at 1GHz. Look for this one to ship sometime in April.
What's interesting about the list is that HTC has seemingly positioned all of its upcoming WinMo devices under the Productivity heading, while Android roams freely about the other categories.
View detailed specs of all 10 upcoming smartphones here.
Microsoft is setting itself up to do one of two things this holiday shopping season. The Redmond software maker can either play the part of the Grinch, the one who's heart was two sizes too small, and stand firm on not selling any more three-license Windows 7 Family Packs, or it can emerge as the ultimate good guy and restock vendors' shelves, even though the promotion has always been "while supplies last."
As it stands right at this moment, the Windows 7 Family Pack is pretty much sold out everywhere. This includes both brick and mortar stores, as well as every online vendor you'd want to do business with. Do enough digging and you may find a smaller site still selling its little remaining stock for $270 or more, but that's a tough price to swallow when for the past 6 weeks you could pick up the package for $150.
So how could Microsoft let this happen in the middle of the holidays? Hit the jump to see what an MS spokesperson had to say, and what you can do about it.
For obvious reasons, Microsoft has never held a soft spot for software pirates, and according to TGDaily, the Redmond company has opened fire with a number of lawsuits aimed at companies allegedly distributing counterfeit software.
The cases are pretty widespread, including one against Kiev Camera USA and Mikhail Fourman, an individual accused of selling illegal software in Atlanta, Georgia and on the Internet.
Similar cases have been filed against BC Tech Gear, Dallas Computer Parts, The Computer Shop (aka mycomputerlady.net), Seifelden Electronics, Royal Distribution, and Viosoftware Corporation, TGDaily reports.
In addition to going on a legal rampage, Microsoft has also just launched an education and enforcement campaign in over 70 countries. Microsoft claims over 150,000 voluntary reports have come in over the past two years from victims who unknowingly purchased counterfeit software, which Microsoft says often comes "riddled with viruses or malware."
More info here. Oh, and pat yourself on the back if you identified the disc on the right as the counterfeit.
CompuLab, an Israeli outfit specializing in circuit boards for embedded systems used in telecommunication systems, automotive devices, gaming systems, and a bunch of other applications, announced what it claims is the world's smallest dual-Gigabit Ethernet PC.
They'll get no argument from us. The tiny nettop measures a scant 4x4.5x1.05 inches and weighs a measly 13 ounces.Yet despite its diminutive stature, the die cast aluminum enclosure manages to engulf an Intel Atom Z530 (1.6GHz) or Z510 (1.1GHz) processor, 1GB of DDR2-533 onboard memory (optional 2GB), an internal 2.5-inch SATA drive bay to supplement the optional 4GB of onboard Flash storage, and Intel's GMA500 graphics.
Other features include 5.1-channel audio, Wi-Fi, four USB 2.0 ports, and choice between Windows 7 Professional, Windows XP Home with SP3, Ubuntu Linux 8.04, or "other operating systems" that you choose to install on your own.
The Fit-PC2i will start shipping in January for an as-yet undetermined price.
Citing un-named industry sources, news and rumor site DigiTimes reports that Acer has been working on a new netbook built around Google's upcoming Chrome OS since the middle of this year, and will launch the unit sometime in the second half of 2010.
DigiTimes also claims to have heard it straight from the horse's mouth, with Acer chairman J.T. Wang expressing confidence during an interview that his company will beat all others to the punch and bring the first Chrome-based netbook to market.
And if Wang's saying it, there's reason to believe it. Acer, after all, was the first top-tier vendor to release a Google Android-based nebook. Though demand for the model didn't meet the company's expectations, that apparently hasn't given Acer cold feet when it comes to releasing netbooks not sporting the Windows platform as the sole OS.
Need proof that Windows 7 represents a significant improvement over Vista? Just take a peek at the nearest XP users, or maybe we should say former XP user. According to data by web metrics company Net Applications, XP usage dropped in November by 1.45 percent.
Vista's share only dropped by 0.2 percent, which is indicative of a much lower market share altogether. By the end of the month, OS usage numbers sat at 69.03 percent for XP, 18.6 percent for Vista, and 3.98 percent for Windows 7, which was released to the general public on October 22nd. Not a bad start.
Mac OS X usage was also slightly down, dropping 0.16 percent to 5.11 percent. That's the third time this year Mac has given given up market share. Meanwhile, Linux climbed to a 1 percent usage share in November, the highest it's been since July.
What OS are you rocking? Hit the jump and tell us!
We were looking forward to seeing how the comedic minds behind Family Guy would tie in a Windows 7 advertising campaign to a live variety show which, among other things, would have the Family Guy cast pitching the new OS. But that all came to a screeching halt when Microsoft decided to pull out of the deal because of concerns over the content.
But while Microsoft wants nothing to do with "Family Guy Presents: Seth and Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show," the Redmond outfit apparently has cut a deal for independent ad spots with the Family Guy cartoon characters, some of which you may have already spotted on television.
If not, you can check out the full assortment of videos here. Once you do, hit the jump and share your impression. Was it what you expected?
The list of people who are jonesing to get their netbooks up and running with the alpha version of Google’s ChromiumOS is fairly short, especially given the relatively poor driver support for Wi-Fi. Its hard to hold a grudge against any piece of software with the “alpha” tag, but lets be honest, a netbook OS without Wi-Fi is sure to put a bit of a damper on our enthusiasm.
Some users have reported early success getting wireless working with the newest line of Asus EEE PC’s, but Dell is among the first to offer semi-informal Wi-Fi driver support on its Mini 10v line of netbooks. To further sweeten the deal for Dell owners, you can pickup a preconfigured USB key image that is ready to rock and roll. The file contains the OS along with functioning support for the Broadcom Wi-Fi adapter.
Before you get too excited however, you should know that Dell describes the image as “highly experimental, untested, and unstable”, so it would be best to keep your expectations in check. If you’re thinking of giving this a try, make sure you check out the Dell blog posting to see the complete list of caveats.
Have you given Chrome OS a try yet? Make sure you let us know what you think.
Here's a holiday treat for you Windows Home Server users. Power Pack is now available for download, and to get it, just head over to the Windows Update section of your Home Server install and mash on Update.
For those of you running any pre-release versions of Windows Home Server Power Packs, a little maintenance will be in order before upgrading. Specifically, you'll need to first run the correct version of Windows Home Server with Power Pack 2, and any beta or release candidate versions of Power Pack must in uninstalled before moving up to the latest update. Full instructions can be found on the official Windows Home Server blog here.
Power Pack 3 brings to the table better support for netbook computers, the ability to backup and restore computers running Windows 7, Windows 7 Libraries integration, enhancements for Windows Media Center, and a handful of other goodies, as outlined here.
Interestingly, Windows 7 usage trailed that of OS X by almost a percentage point earlier in the week. "Certainly, the trend line shows Windows 7 will surpass Mac (market) share soon,” believes Vince Vizzaccaro, executive vice president at Net Applications, according to Computerworld.