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It rarely snows in my part of Texas so we have nothing in the way of winter sports here. For the most part, we stay in the 50-degree range during the winter with sub-freezing temperatures only at nights and during the day for a few days. That means we aren't familiar with companies that make skis and such for the most part. If you live where it gets cold and snows or if you like to travel where you can ski you probably know the Rossignol name.
Rossignol makes skis and other winter sports gear. It and HP have teamed up for some special edition notebooks that have artwork that are featured on some of its cool ski gear. The ladies can get the Attraxion design and the guys get the S7 design. Under the hood, both of the machines are your average Pavilion DV6 notebooks.
GelaSkins has been making skins for all sorts of notebooks and other devices like smartphones for a while now. The skins have some cool images and artwork on them and they protect your device for scratches in addition to making the notebook look better. If you are the owner of one of the new MacBook Air ultraportables GelaSkins has announced that it now has offerings to fit your notebook.
The skins are offered for the 11-inch Air and the 13-inch Air. You can choose for a bunch of different styles ranging from art to abstracts. My favorite skins are the Frank Miller ones that show Spartans from 300. Some of the designs are a bit creepy as well.
Anytime a new OS and a new notebook show up, you have our interest. When Google outted the Chrome Cr-48 notebook we wanted to know just how the thing works and the geeks over at Engadget have laid hands on the device to give us an idea. The machine looks a lot like the hoards of netbooks and ultraportable on the market and reminds me particularly of some of the newer Asus machines.
The entire device is made from a matter black plastic with a rubberized finish. The notebook is 0.9-inches thick and weighs in at 3.6 pounds according to Google. The rig has VGA out, USB port, and a headphone jack along with a SD card reader all built-in. The keyboard is the common chicklet style and it looks good with correctly located keys and nice size shift keys.
In the interest of helping out my fellow tech junkies instead of making my odds better of scoring one of these myself, here's the lowdown on how to get yourself in the running for Google's recently announced CR-48 laptop that will be used to beta test their new Chrome OS.
The process is pretty simple. Visit Google's application site, fill out a bunch of stuff about yourself and how you'll use the laptop if you're lucky enough to get one, and push send. You can even upload a video to tell Google how awesome a beta tester you would be. It was reported yesterday that 60,000 of these were shipped to Google by the manufacturer, but there's probably a good percentage set aside for Google employees and such. It's still not bad odds, so get your thinking cap on, click that Source Link, and apply today! Applications close December 21st.
Intel doesn't pull the curtain back on Sandy Bridge until next month, but production on products has been underway for a little while now and various products are leaking out with the new chips inside.
Enter, Alienware M17x. Benchmarks are looking good with 3DMark 06 results showing 2GHz Core i7-2630QM machine running Intel's integrated graphics scored 15,940, while a 2.2GHz i7-2720QM with AMD Radeon HD 6900M graphics scoring 20,155 marks, and a 2.3GHz i7-2820QM chip paired with a GeForce GTX 460M GPU did 16,957.
The Apple iPad is selling in droves and is taking a bunch of sales away from the computer market. The wild popularity of the tablet has meant that for a while it was very hard to find. Now that production has ramped up the iPad is easy to find in all sorts of locations. The tablet is selling very well and as Apple fans are apt to do, new rumors are already swirling about the next installment of the iPad dubbed the iPad 2.
According to the rumor, the iPad 2 will be landing at the end of February of 2011. The rumor also claims that Foxconn will have in the area of 400,000 to 600,000 iPad 2 units ready to ship at that time. To add a rumor within a rumor the source cited by Redmond Pie claims that the iPad 2 was supposed to land in January, but firmware testing has pushed the launch to February.
The most obvious design feature of the Dell Inspiron Duo netbook is the cool swiveling screen that the convertible netbook uses to go into tablet or netbook mode. When you have a device that has an interesting feature like that, you can bet that other companies will tray and make something similar. The little machine isn't pure duo knockoff though; it has some other elements to its design too.
The machine has a smallish 8.9-inch capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1024 x 600. It also has a webcam for recording video, runs Windows 7, and has a 7.4V battery with 3000mAh of power. The little netbook also uses 1GB of RAM and has a 20GB HDD.
The best part about the iPhone and the iPad is the huge number of apps for all different uses on the App Store. You can find things to make work better along with games and apps for just about anything else. We already know that Apple is planning an App Store for Mac users but when the announcement of the store was made, there was no indication given on how long it would take.
According to AppleTell an inside source has told the publication that Apple is targeting December 13 for the launch of the Mac App Store. The source claims that Jobs and crew had told devs to have software ready to go as early as today, but that launch is not going to happen today is seems. Apple is still mum on an official launch date.
NVIDIA has obviously not moved past it's renaming schemes. The 580 being a 480 but re-tweaked with 512 shaders and increased clock speeds with slight tweaks to power consumption, but still the same hardware (2 monitor output limitations, etc still apply).
Now the mobile GPU range hits with the 500M range. The 540M chip maintains the same 96 CUDA cores and 128-bit memory interface as the GT 435M but earns it's "next-generation" name by increase clock speeds.
ASUS held a press conference in Taipei today to announce its latest notebook, the U36JC. I couldn't attend the event personally, but luckily for us, Nicole of Netbook News fame was on hand to shoot a hands-on video of this new super slim laptop for us.
The U36JC features a 13.3-inch screen and comes installed with Windows 7 Home Premium and an Intel Core i5 460M processor and an NVIDIA GT310M GPU with 1GB of dedicated video memory. As far as memory goes, it comes with 2GB of DDR3 RAM and a 500GB hard disk drive. As Nicole explains in the video above, it's an ultra slim notebook coming in at just 1.66 kilograms, yet it still packs in an 8-cell battery that should be able to provide pretty decent battery life for most applications.
Nicole comments she is not a fan of glossy displays, but I reckon that style actually works pretty well, but I am still a bit on the fence. Getting a look at the notebook opened, we are presented with a stylish looking notebook with what Nicole describes a great chicklet keyboard, however she thought the shift keys are too small - I tend to agree.
Above the 1366 x 768 screen is a 0.3mp web camera for online chat, and as far as the track pad goes, it's a decent size and there is even a finger print scanner included. The mouse buttons are a little "clickly" (new word, Nicole?), but overall it looks to be a pretty decent notebook.