Computex Taipei 2011 - It wouldn't be Computex without a truck load of tablets. Next up Nicole goes hands-on with the Malata SMB-B1005 Honeycomb 10.1-inch tablet.
This device is based on NVIDIA's Tegra 2 processor and comes installed with Google Android 3.0. The screen responsiveness is really good and Nicole was impressed by the HD video playback. However, the speakers seem to be pretty shoddy - it was tough to near any noise at all, but maybe they will be improved in the final shipping version. If not, you are probably going to want a set of headphones nearby when using it.
Nicole was impressed by the weight of the device which she reckons would compare and go up hard against the Motorola Xoom tablet. The back of the device has a stylish Apple like back mesh finish.
It should go on sale within the next few weeks at a competitive price point.
Computex Taipei 2011 - Nicole went back to the Malata booth and went hands-on with their upcoming Intel "Cedar Trail" based netbook called the PCB1104.
This is an 11.6-inch netbook with a 1366 x 768 and it should end up shipping with a HDMI port since the new "Cedar Trail" Atom platform from Intel supports it. It is a super thin netbook with a white glossy finish with two stereo speakers on the back of the unit. It comes with a battery that should provide around 5 hours of usage.
Nicole was rather impressed with the island style chiclet keyboard (as am I, I reckon all laptops and netbooks etc should use them!), but she didn't like the size of the track pad or the small mouse buttons.
It will be shipping in July for around $399.
Computex Taipei 2011 - Nicole Scott goes back to her bread and butter with this video and takes a look at a newly released netbook from ASUS at Computex called the X101.
This is a super thin 3-cell battery powered netbook running the Intel Atom N435 processor that will come in a super affordable price of $199 USD. One of the ways ASUS were able to keep the price low on this model was by selling the unit with MeeGo, which is a free Linux based operating system.
When we say super thin, we mean it. The netbook doesn't exceed 18mm in width and it is also super lightweight at around 950 grams.
Connectors on the X101 are fewer than you would expect from a modern netbook these days, but do keep in mind the price. You do get a webcam though, which is a nice addition.
Apple have finally unveiled the goodness that is iOS 5 which is the next firmware slated for iOS-powered devices like the iPod, iPhone and iPad. iOS 5 is a major overhaul, which includes a completely revamped notification system which is very Android-like. Notifications are no longer temporary, but are viewable in the Notification Center which is accessed by swiping down from the top of the screen. The notifications are no longer pop-up bubbles, but text bubbles that temporarily swivel down while users are busy in another app.
iOS 5 also includes Newsstand which is poised to be a one-stop location for buying, downloading and reading magazines and newspapers. Issues that are acquired within Newsstand are downloaded automatically in the background and available for offline reading.
E3 2011 - Sony are on a roll today, Vita and now a brand new deal that consists of a 24-inch 3D HD display designed by Sony specifically for gaming. The monitor uses active shutter glasses to produce 3D. It includes one pair of glasses, a 6-foot HDMI cable and one of the major 3D games that is launching this year (pictured is Resistance 3). The package rounds off at a very nice $499 with additional glasses setting you back $70.
Theres also another bundle that includes Resistance 3 and the Sharpshooter Move accessory that is $150.
Our Download of the Day today is SeaMonkey 2.1 RC 2.
SeaMonkey is a web-browser, advanced e-mail and newsgroup client, IRC chat client, and HTML editing made simple -- all your Internet needs in one application.
Tabbed browsing gives you a better way to surf the net. You no longer have to open one page at a time. With tabbed browsing, open several pages at once with one click. Plus, your homepage can be multiple pages, in tabs.
Popup blocker lets you surf the web without interruption from annoying ads.
Image Manager lets you block images to remove offensive images or speed up the rendering of web sites.
Find as you type gives you another way to navigate a page. Just start typing to jump from link to link or to find a word or phrase within a page.
Plus all the features a modern browser should have including: Advanced security settings; Password, Download, and Cookie managers; Themes; multi-language and multi-platform support; and, the latest in Web Standards.
Deal of the Day: Seagate Momentus XT 320GB 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s with NCQ Solid State Hybrid Drive - $84.99 Shipped Free
Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - Seagate Momentus XT 320GB 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s with NCQ Solid State Hybrid Drive - $84.99 Shipped Free!.
Offer: NewEgg has the Seagate Momentus XT 320GB 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s with NCQ Solid State Hybrid Drive for just $84.99 shipped free! If you want something faster than a conventional drive and don't have the money for a full SSD, then the Seagate Momentus XT hybrid drive is a great option.
E3 2011 - Sony's Next-Generation Portable has had a fair bit of presence on the internet lately and today Sony has officially unveiled what the NGP will be: Playstation Vita. Playstation Vita will include what we've all heard rumors of; dual touchscreens, ARM Coretex A9 core CPU (4 cores), tilt-sensitive SIXAXIS controls, front and rear facing cameras, etc. All of the previously rumored specs are pretty much spot on but now we're seeing the actual branding and a set of the launch games.
Uncharted is being shown off and from what I've seen it actually looks phenomenal. Price wise it seems Sony have really hit a home run with the WiFi model setting you back $249 and the 3G model at $299.
E3 2011 - TweakTown advises you to sit down before watching the below video. Below is the first multiplayer footage of the upcoming Battlefield 3. The video is titled "Operation Metro". The trailer (without spoiling it) involves a tonne of never-before-seen multiplayer footage, and had me screaming like a girl and by the end I had goose bumps.
Watched it - now "like" it on Facebook and share it, it's that good. Shout out to my nephew Corey for having this "liked" on his Facebook, that's what made me see it! WOW!
E3 2011 - AMD's FX series was once the top end for any enthusiast or high-end gamer and AMD are hoping to reignite the same flame by reintroducing the FX series into play. The FX brand is associated with AMD's fastest processors and most powerful platforms - those designed for unrestrained PC performance for the ultimate gaming and HD entertainment experiences.
In addition, the FX series processors and platforms drive rich visuals for graphics intensive application and super high-resolution AMD Eyefinity configurations. The first platform to run with the FX title will be the "Scorpius" platform. Scorpius will feature the now-available AMD 9-series chipset motherboard and the AMD Radeon HD 6000-series of graphics card, plus the upcoming "Zambezi" unlocked, native eight-core processor.