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.
I have a confession to make; I get a kick out of leaked Intel roadmaps. They almost always tend to be revealed mere days after I purchase a new CPU and are pretty effective at taking all the joy out of my new purchase. Of course, in the world of technology my fancy tends to be fickle, and a bit of CPU lust never hurt anyone.
The latest Intel roadmap doesn’t contain too many surprises but it does show that the transition to 32nm is well underway. The few standouts are a new sub-brand called Core i5 “S” that drops the chip down from 95w to 82w, and a Core i3 that strips away the turbo mode to bring down the cost. Intel’s movement at the low end of the market clearly shows their commitment to taking on AMD in the budget realm and it will be interesting to see benchmark comparisons on these new parts.
As for the high end, the new Core i9 “Gulftown” 6-core chip appears to be currently on schedule for a Q2 release next year. This gives us about 6 more months to enjoy our measly old quad cores. Click the jump to check out the detailed roadmap, or hit up PC Watch Japan for all the gory details in “loosely” translated Google English.
In motherboards—as in life—it’s the little things that bring the greatest pleasure.
Take the new Core i5/i7 LGA1156 board, the Asus P7P55D Deluxe. Enthusiasts are used to the flashy heatsinks and tons of ports and slots, but small touches like Asus’s innovative RAM slots will make you take notice. Instead of using the typical latch connectors that can snag the GPU, Asus has designed a system that requires only one side of the RAM to be latched in.
But adding unexpected conveniences is Asus’s M.O. of late. The board also features snag-free I/O shields, a quick-connect for front-panel connectors, and ExpressGate—the somewhat handy pre-OS boot environment. Besides adding such extras, Asus said it spent an inordinate amount of time making sure the board overclocks like a champ. There are multiple ways to overclock: using the Turbo V function, AI Suite, and the OC Tuner in the BIOS. If that’s not enough, the company even includes three ominous switches to let you override BIOS limits on RAM, memory controller, and CPU voltage. Even more interesting is the Turbo V remote. This wired remote lets you power up or down and select from three overclocking profiles or crank up the Bclock in real time.
Now available from USB Geek is the aptly named USB Wireless Handheld Keyboard and Touchpad. The marketing gurus have pegged the device as a simple wireless input device, but this could be the perfect stocking stuffer for HTPC enthusiasts.
You won't find a multitouch interface nor is there an LCD. But it does come with a trackpad, wireless USB dongle, and a QWERTY keyboard in a form factor that will have all those hours honing your text messaging skills paying off.
It works from up to 30 feet away, and a bright backlight ensures you'll have little trouble manipulating your DVR in the dark. It also comes with a built-in rechargeable battery and supports Windows 7, Vista, XP, and 2000. And at $62, it's not going to break the bank either.
Check out a video of the remote USB Wireless Handheld Keyboard and Touchpad in action here, then hit up the product page for more info.