Earlier this week at CeBIT MSI displayed their new Wind Box nettop without making much of a splash.
The modest machine, which will feature a 2GHz Celeron M processor, an Nvidia GeForce 9400M GPU, 2GB DDR2, a 160GB HDD, 802.11 WiFi and a Blue-ray player, has yet to be shown with any pricing or availability information, but we can expect that MSI will keep their handiwork nice and cheap – just the way this economy likes it.
MSI has unveiled a new "Classic Series" of laptops at CeBIT, which the company says will be value oriented. Among the new models are the CX700, CX600, and CR400.
The CX700, CX600, and CR400 will ship with 17.3-inch, 16-inch, and 14-inch widescreen LCD displays respectively, utilizing the 16:9 aspect ratio and MSI's Vivid Image Technology. Pushing pixels on the two larger models will be ATI's Mobility Radeon HD 4330 with 512MB of video RAM, with the CR400 sporting Nvidia's GeForce 8200MG.
All three models will come spec'd with a Super Multi DVD burner, 4-in-1 card reader, and 1.3MB webcam. As for the rest of the hardware, final specs remain a mystery, but it's a safe bet you won't find anything earth shattering if this is to be a value-oriented line-up.
There's also no word yet on pricing or availability.
Open-source software and hardware are common elements of the technological world. And now the ancient counterparts to these modern products, written books, have finally jumped the gap into open waters as well. Virginia's currently accepting public comments for its first-ever open-source school textbook, "21st Century Physics FlexBook: A Compilation of Contemporary and Emerging Technologies."
Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike, the project ran from concept to creation in a little under four months. That's an impressive amount of time for the creation of a full textbook. Thirteen teachers from Virginia's K-12 physics community joined up with university and industry volunteers across a number of states to develop the book's eleven chapters. And each chapter was given no less than three peer reviews from college professors, related authors, and high school and college students.
A-DATA this week launced its 512GB XPG 2.5-inch solid state drive (SSD), which it claims is the highest capacity SSD to date. The new drive will be pitched to both laptop and desktop users.
Balancing capacity with performance, A-DATA says its 512GB XPG reads data at up to 230MB/s and writes up to 160MB/s. By comparison, Intel's highly touted X-25M boasts read and write speeds of up to 250MB/s and 70MB/s, respectively, giving A-DATA's a sizable paper-spec advantage in write speeds and a slight disadvantage in read bandwidth.
The new drive comes enclosed in a "dashing, durable, lightweight aluminum casing" and boasts a shock resistance rating of 1500G/0.5ms. In other words, it could probably survive an accidental drop or three, even if the rest of your laptop doesn't.
By now you should have received a pop-up alerting you a new version of Firefox, 3.0.7. If not, select 'Check for updates' from the 'Help' menu, as 3.0.7 introduces fixes for several stability and security issues, some of which are considered critical. Among the more notable fixes include:
URL spoofing with invisible control characters - LOW
Upgrade PNG library to fix memory safety hazards - CRITICAL
XML data theft via RDFXMLDataSource and cross-domain redirect - HIGH
Mozilla Firefox XUL Linked Clones Double Free Vulnerability - CRITICAL
Crashes with evidence of memory corruption (rv:126.96.36.199) - CRITICAL
A full list of bug fixes can be found here, including those which are specific to Windows, Mac, and Linux, and those which affect all three operating systems.
Another day means another netbook on the horizon, this one from former memory-maker-gone-everything-maker OCZ. And another netbook means another Atom processor on the spec sheet, but OCZ adds a twist.
OCZ says its new Neutrino netbook will part of its DIY program, meaning power users can select from a list of validated components (in this case, probably RAM, HDD or SSD, and WiFi) and install it themselves. OCZ's DIY line so far includes a handful of 15-inch and 17-inch gaming notebooks, but this will be the first time that we know of where end-users can assemble their own netbook.
For those who'd rather not dink around inside such tight quarters, OCZ also plans to offer a pre-configured Neutrino with a 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 LCD display. Other specs include an Intel Atom 1.6GHz CPU, 945GSE chipset, up to 2GB of RAM, optional 250GB OCZ SSD, two USB 2.0 ports, WiFi, 13.MP webcam, and either Ubuntu or Windows XP.
Look for the new models to start shipping in 2-3 months and "priced competitively."
Some game developers and publishers are vehemently opposed to used game sales, and for them, Amazon's announcement of a new used-game trade-in program is nothing to jump for joy over. For everyone else, it just might be.
The Good More options is always a good thing, right? The obvious comparison here is to GameStop, and Amazon bursts out of the gates with over 1,500 eligible titles. But the real surprise is how the trade-in values compare. Amazon appears to be offering more than both GameStop and Game Crazy on most titles. For example, Little Big Planet (PS3) fetches $29 at Amazon versus $26.25 at GameStop and $22.73 with Game Crazy. In that same order, Left 4 Dead for the Xbox 360 pulls in $26.50, $24, and $22.73 respectively.
Not only that – it’s also over-taken World of Warcraft on the PC sales charts! (Anyone? Anyone?) In fact, according to NPD, Dawn of War II has quietly commandeered a place atop most every PC sales chart in existence: US, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Australia – you name it.
Naturally, publisher THQ – who’s definitely feeling the heat emanating from the economic laser slowly inching toward its region (wink, wink) – is pleased as punch, whatever that actually means.
“We have built ‘Dawn of War’ into a premier PC gaming franchise based on the Warhammer 40,000 universe,” said Brian Farrell, THQ president and CEO.
“We are pleased with consumers’ strong response to Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II across many of our key markets and believe the game’s success clearly demonstrates our primary objective of delivering high quality games with strong global appeal.”
We, for, er, a few, welcome our new RTS overlords. How about you?
With the introduction of four new specialized Atom processors (as well as two new system controllers to accompany them) Intel is looking to put their wildly popular Atom processor into more platforms. Notably, they’re making a push for internet-pones and in-car devices.
The processors, which are made from the same 45nm manufacturing process as their siblings, aren’t too different from the others that already exist. The processors, which will clock between 1.1GHz and 1.6GHz will consume very little power, and fit perfectly into a whole myriad of industrial options.
So who knows, perhaps in the coming years not only your computer, but your car might have Intel inside.
As if Asus hadn’t been revealing enough in their notebook line lately, they’re adding one more to the pile with their fancy new U/UX series laptops.
The ultra-thin series of notebooks will feature light-up chicklet keys (with auto-adjusting backlights, a 15.6-inch glossy LCD and a touchpad that uses fading lights to follow the movement of your fingers. Powering it all will be a Core 2 Duo processor, Nvidia’s GeForce G105M GPU, up to 500GB of storage, and Altec Lansing speakers with SRS true surround sound.
These are expected for Q2 of this year, but no word yet on pricing for the U or the UX.