We're getting just as tired of reporting on Barnes & Noble's continued delays of its Nook e-book reader are you are of reading about them, so imagine how those who prepaid for the digital reader must feel. Unfortunately, the backorder blues continue, and now B&N is saying that Nooks ordered after November 20th won't ship out until January 11th.
That's a week later than the January 4th date B&N was quoting yesterday afternoon, even as the company hijacks its own shipments to high-volume stores in order to fulfill preorders that a company spokesperson admitted exceeded expectations. Some B&N stores won't have any in-store Nooks until mid-December, if at all.
For those who were quick-triggered (and lucky) enough to place their preorders before November 20th, B&N says those will still ship in time for Christmas. For everyone else, let the waiting game being, although the company is offering to send out a Nook holiday certificate free of charge, so you'll still have something to put under the Christmas tree.
What sets a boutique builder apart from a huge OEM? Taking risks with hardware, that’s what.
Unfortunately, taking risks doesn’t always pan out. Take AVADirect’s Custom PC. Hot on the heels of numerous Core i7 rigs tipping the 4GHz and 4.2GHz range, AVADirect went a step further by clocking its Custom PC gaming rig at 4.4GHz. The company even goes so far as to include a custom profile for 4.7GHz—a speed the company had originally promised it would hit out of box, until cooler heads prevailed.
The bad news is that even at 4.4GHz, we were able to break the AVADirect machine with our stress test. The good news is that the machine remained stable in our benchmarking runs. Still, if we could stress it enough to reboot in two hours, someone else could, too. Working with AVADirect, we were able to get the machine to rock-solid levels at 4.4GHz, but it took several days of testing and more than 25 different BIOS combinations—which somewhat tarnishes the feat.
If you’re bored to tears with all the features high end motherboards tend to have, Asus is aiming this product at you. The new Asus ROG Maximus III Extreme has a trick new to motherboards. You can tweak the settings via a Bluetooth enabled cell phone. So if your CPU is feeling a little tired, why not overclock it via your wireless handset?
The current incarnation of the Republic of Gamers series allows users to connect another computer via USB to adjust settings on the fly. The Bluetooth can also be used for other purposes. “RC Bluetooth is also capable of performing standard Bluetooth functions, such as stereo music playback, Skype messaging, Internet access via a Bluetooth phone, and mobile phone or PDA synchronization,” said the Asus press release.
The Maximus III also packs all the features you’d expect plus a little more. It will rock USB 3.0 and SATA 6G. Users will also find 5 PCIe 8x connections. Curiously, this particular board will be socket LGA 1156 instead of the higher end LGA 1366.
According to Arrington, the CEO of Arrington’s partner, Chandra Rathakrishnan, told him, by email, three days before the CrunchPad’s coming out party, that his investors were pulling out their support, and that Arrington and his crew would no longer be associated with the project. The project itself wasn’t necessarily dead, but in a Machiavellian move by Rathakrishnan, it would be turned over to Fusion Garage, the group that has been working with Arrington on the latest revision, Prototype C, of the CrunchPad.
What happens next in the saga is unclear. Arrington, who is “completely perplexed as to what happened,” maintains the project “self destructed over nothing more than greed, jealousy and miscommunication.” And that the “legal system will work it all out over time.” This suggests that further development on the CrunchPad, in whatever reincarnation, will be on hold for some time to come.
Let's set the record straight. A 12.1-inch portable PC lands in netbook territory, even if it does toe the line between netbook and laptop. Going any bigger lands in that debatable gray area, so long as it still sports an Intel Atom processor or comparatively low power chip (VIA Nano, for example).
Asus' new Eee PC 1201HA doesn't have to worry about that, and the 12-1 inch netbook is now available for U.S. consumption. Essentially a larger version of the Eee PC 1101HA, the new model comes with a 12.1-inch 1366x768 display, an Intel Atom Z520 processor (1.33GHz), Intel GMA 500 graphics, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, Wi-Fi, and Windows XP (no love for Windows 7 here).
The 1201HA also comes with a 6-cell battery, which Asus claims is good enough to power the netbook for 5.5 to 7 hours before needing a lifeline to the nearest wall socket.
The newly launched V3 carries a suggested retail price of only $39, placing it squarely in budget territory. Even Ebenezer Scrooge would approve. But don't expect an ugly beige chassis. Instead, the V3 Black Edition lives up to its name with an all black coating, both inside and out. And so the interior view doesn't go unnoticed, it also boasts a left side panel window.
Thermaltake only includes a single 120mm exhaust fan, albeit with a blue LED. However, there are three additional 120mm fan mounts throughout the case (front intake, top exhaust, and side intake).
Thermaltake isn't boasting a tool-less design, which is curious considering a peak through the case's gallery reveals that both the hard drive cage and optical bays sport tool-less mechanisms.
The same sources say today's 10-inch models will be relegated to entry-level markets, where they'll do battle with smartphones. Expect the next generation of 10-inch netbooks to sport touchscreen displays, which will fill in the mid-range markets, while 12-inch models will drive the high-end.
Because Intel has pigeonholed its Atom platform to netbooks sized 10 inches and less, vendors are expected to turn to Nvidia's Ion graphics platform comibned with an Intel Atom or VIA Nano chip for 12-inch models. The downside to this is cost, as the Ion chipset raises the price by about $60.
After a long wait, Apple's iPhone arrived in South Korea over the weekend. Prior to Saturday, regulatory roadblocks and touch negotiations with a local telecommunications company prevented Apple from selling its iPhone in the technologically advanced country.
"We're hoping that this iPhone will be a trigger point for the smartphone market in Korea," said Yang Hyunmi, chief strategy officer at KT Crop., Apple's local partner.
Smartphones only account for 1 percent of all cell phones in South Korea, Yang added. He also said that he expects the iPhone to be "really huge." And he's likely right. Since November 22, some 65,000 South Koreans have placed preorders for the popular smartphone.
That doesn't bode well for Samsung and LG, the two companies who dominate the mobile phone market in South Korea and also rank No. 2 and No. 3 globally.
Barnes & Noble's shortage of Nook e-book readers may be more serious than initially thought, and that could mean bad news for customers hoping to purchase a Nook in-store in time anytime soon. In order to deliver preordered devices to consumers before the holidays, the company on Sunday said it will delay shipments of its Nook e-reader to stores.
"We expect to have them in our highest-volume stores on December 7th and in a very limited number," Barnes & Noble spokeswoman Mary Ellen Keating said, according to Reuters.
Barnes & Noble originally hoped to have a limited number of Nooks in some of its stores by November 30, but that no longer appears likely to happen. High demand caused the company to sell out of its newly launched e-reader earlier in the month, a situation some analysts say may end up helping sales of Amazon's Kindle.
With the release of its mid-range Eternus(R) DX 400 series and enterprise-class Eternus(R) DX8000 series disk storage systems, Fujitsu says it has completed its global Eternus DX disk storage lineup, which now spans solutions from the entry level on up to the high end.
The Eternus DX4000 series scales up to 428TB, while the DX8000 series offers up to more than 2.7 petabytes, the industry's largest capacity. Performance gets a boost with Fujitsu's 8Gb Fibre Channel host interfaces and quad-core processors.
Both solutions also up the ante with value added features like Data Block Guard, which helps further protect data in RAID arrays. Other features include advanced data copying and mirroring capabilities, native 128-bit AES encryption, and reduced power and cooling requirements with Eco-mode, Fujitsu says.