One of the coolest computers that Dell offers in my book is the thin and very cool looking Adamo 13. The thin little notebook has been around for a while now and when it first hit stores, it was aimed directly at the MacBook Air (and still is). The Adamo 13 gets more than just a simple price cut though.
The rig gets its prices slashed and while the price is $100 less than the $999 the basic unit sold for previously, you actually get components for the price that are better than the old base machine. A version of the Adamo 13 with a 2.13GHz CPU sold for $1099 before. The $899 price tag now gets you that processor and some other choice hardware.
The new $899 machine has the same 13.4-inch screen, 6-cell battery, and 4GB of RAM along with 128GB SSD for storage. The processor is the Core 2 Duo SL9600 and the machine runs Windows 7 64-bit. If you want a thin machine, the new $899 price point makes the Adamo much cheaper than the $1299 starting price of the MacBook Air.
Gigabyte has as of late been sliding it's skirt up it's knee about it's G1-Killer motherboard and now, we're finally getting that sexy shot of something on the motherboard.
Even though it's a discretely covered in black shot, we'll take it anyway. After all, it's Christmas. The shot is from some G1-Killer themed wallpaper. Gigabyte's G1-Killer is set to launch at CES along side various other Sandy Bridge capable motherboards.
Facebook has looked at Yahoo's traffic, laughed and sped past. Facebook has now surpassed Yahoo as the second-biggest website with 648 million visitors compared to Yahoo's 630 million (based on November 2010 traffic).
The top two spots are held by Google and Microsoft with 970 million and 869 million respectively. Microsoft has been increasing monthly for a the last quarter, where Google's traffic seems to be steadily flat-lining. Someone call McDreamy!
Well AMD, you've certaintly rustled some feathers in the community over Christmas. Reports are flying in that AMD's Radeon HD6950 can be unlocked to a full blown HD6970 with just a few clicks of your mouse.
You are able to safely perform this procedure from Windows - even if something goes wrong, you'll be ok, thanks to AMD's new Dual-BIOS feature on the HD6900 cards. The source has tested 3 cards (AMD engineering sample, HIS media sample and a retail Asus card) - all working as a HD6970.
Merry XMAS readers! I'm going to go a bit off topic for my usual news posting job here, but why not spin a bit of change here at TweakTown, eh?
What did you get for XMAS? Post in the comments section, or our Facebook page and let us know what you got. What's that you say? What did Anthony get? Well, he got various toys for his entertainment room! Ice Crusher, Popcorn Maker, lots of booze (hoorah!), Bean Bag, and various other things. What did I buy myself?
Tons of Skype fans were left in the dark after a software issue took out Skype's "supernodes," which work as routers for voice, video, and instant messages calls between users. As of last night, Skype is reportedly back to 90% capacity, and hopefully all of you are back to Skyping for the holiday.
Skype CEO Terry Bates has announced that compensation vouchers are going to be issued to both subscribers as well as Pay As You Go and Pre-Pay customers. Subscribers will receive a free one week extension on their subscription, while Pay As You Go and Pre-Pay customers will receive a voucher good for around 30 moniutes of free landline calling. Bates stated in a blog post, "I realize that it's difficult to compensate you for not being able to talk to or see your friends, family, or colleagues, but we're planning to offer Skype Credit vouchers to all of our loyal paying customers to thank you for your continued support."
I may be stretching a bit calling this mobile news, but it was too good not to share. A 20 year old man was arrested after walking into a restaurant and demanding money from the staff. He was waving what some believed to be a gun in the air while threatening the kitchen help. The weapon in question? An iPhone.
He wasn't ready for the retaliation as the kitchen staff grabbed their knives and set themselves to face off with the assailant. The suspect gave himself up, and according to reports "became apologetic and told the cooks he was only kidding and that he needed money for his child." The restaurant, obviously feeling some holiday spirit, refused to press charges but the man was arrested anyways on charges of attempted robbery and interfering with an officer. The moral of the story? Don't bring an iPhone to a knife fight.
The latest news around the Skype rumor campfire is that they have been saying that a "series of video-related announcements" are coming at CES in a couple of weeks. Could this be the video calling feature that nearly everyone's been waiting for?
Engadget received word from Skype already on how to make video calls on the iPhone, so it looks like the official leakfest is in full force. There's no official word out the for those of us with Android, Symbian, or anything else non-iOS related, so we'll have to wait and see. Skype's full-fledged domination of video calling from nearly any platform could be complte with a full release on all major mobile operating systems.
Santa's run has already begun for those on the other side of the world from the U.S. and Google has teamed up with NORAD (North American Aerospace Defence Command) to keep up with his present giving and cookie and milk gobbling trip.
By checking out noradsanta.org (m.noradsanta.org for you on mobile browsers), you can check out which cities have already had their visit from Santa, where he's headed next, and check out "Santa Cam" videos to learn more about those locations. A Google Earth plugin is also available for those of you who prefer to view the trip from that aspect. Keep track of Jolly old St. Nick at the Source Link.
Netbooks already seem to be dying off as a category with the soaring growth the tiny machines were experiencing slowing and many consumers flocking to tablets today. Despite the slowing sales for netbooks, there are still new machines coming to market today. A new rig from Acer has leaked called the Aspire One 522 and it looks pretty cool.
The machine has a 10-inch screen and runs an AMD processor under the hood. The machine is based on the AMD C-50 Ontario APU, which is a dual-core part. The TDP is 9W for the machine, which should mean decent battery life. The 10.1-inch screen has a resolution of 1280 x 720 and the GPU inside is an AMD Radeon HD 6250.
The other features of the machine include 2GB of RAM, Windows 7 Starter, 500GB of storage, a HD webcam, WiFi, Bluetooth, and a 6-cell battery. The little rig won't be great for listening to music with the onboard sound system; it doesn't even have stereo speakers. The price is said to be about $425.