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Well I suppose that after the Eee PC line up was leaked we needed some good information about the small Atom powered line. This time it is the EeeBox that we are hearing about. It is a confirmation of rumors from earlier in the year.
The EeeBox PC EB1012 was rumored to contain nVidia's ION and a dual core Atom (N330). Well it turns out the rumors were correct. The new box will feature the MCP7A ION (GF9400M) an Intel Atom N330 (Dual Core) a 250GB 2.5-inch SATA HDD, 2GB of DDR2-800 (supports up to 4GB).
The best thing is going to be the ability to push out 1080p video to your display. This would put the EeeBox PC EB1012 in line as a decent low cost HTPC. Unfortunately Asus has chosen to put Windows Vista Home Premium on the new EeeBox, It would be much better with Windows 7 but maybe they will change things once it is officially released.
In our most recent poll, we asked you all what type of computer you primarily use.
We had a good turn out with the voters bringing in almost 4500 unique results. A large percentage of 40% of our readers primarily use a gaming system, while 36% use a standard desktop system.
19% said that they mostly use a laptop, while 3% said they are using netbooks.
Only 1% said they mostly use a mobile phone or mobile device and 1% also use a home theater PC, while there wasn't enough votes to register a percentage vote for tablets or other devices.
That means a staggering 76% use a full size PC still, while only 22% of our audience is mobile.
For the actual numbers, go here.
In our latest poll, we want to know what type of storage you use in your computer system. Let us know! Please go here to vote!
Asus has officially released a nettop with nVidia's ION under the hood. The product in question is called the Eee Top ET2002T. This is a full 20-inch widescreen, touch capable nettop.
It will have a DVD burner, a 1600 x 900 resolution, a dual core Atom 330 1.3GHz CPU and a full 2GB of RAM.
Some of the more interesting features include an HDMI input. This means that you can connect an HDMI device to this and use the ET2002T as a monitor.
The ET2002T looks to be a nice system and should have enough power to do a few content creation tasks in addition to its role as web surfing outlet. Its all-n-one construction makes it a great space saver for any house. I could see this fitting into a kitchen, media/internet system if Asus would offer a TV tuner option.
As of this writing there is no word on pricing.
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Offer: The HP TouchSmart IQ524 is an All-in-One Desktop PC with a very nice 22" multitouch screen. While that is the coolest feature and the main selling point, it also has a 2.0Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM, a large 500GB hard drive, a slot load super multi DVD drive, wireless 802.11b/g/n, integrated sound, 5-in-1 memory card reader, FireWire, Webcam, and more!
This is something interesting, a company has created an Atom based system board that can operate at just under 4.5 Watts.
The company's name is InHand Electronics, they put together a system board they are calling firefly. This is the world's smallest and most power efficient Atom single board computer.
To get this size they did not remove functionality. I have you have both onboard DDR2 and an expansion slot for an extra SODIMM.
In most current systems you need to have an additional power board to run the system and offer the same performance as the Firefly. The Firefly can act as a stand-alone board but also has spots for daughter cards to increase functionality.
I have been trying to ignore this one all day but after a few persistent e-mails and some IMs I guess I need to get it out.
Fujitsu has a teaser site up for a new system called Celsius Ultra. There is no word on the specs, no word on price just a few tidbits that indicate Fujitsu is looking to make a hardcore system.
Some of the information that is being spoon fed out is that the new Celsius Ultra is capable of "Ultra" clocking. This, according to a few sites, is a combination of a special mainboard and custom BIOS that allows for overclocking the CPU, GPU, FSB, and RAM.
I am still not seeing too much to get excited about. In fact I did not even know there was a Fujitsu Gaming team or that Fujitsu had any plans to make a gaming system. I think it is the fact that this is coming out of the blue for most that will cause it a rough launch.
Well, well, well; Acer is going to have another go at releasing the Predator. This is the same system that had massive cooling problems earlier this year.
By massive we mean that some were reported to have actually caught fire.
So now they are going to put even more heat generating hardware in the box and stuff it inside that nice eye catching orange case.
The new specs are looking like;
Core i7-950 @ 3.06GHz CPU
6GB of DDR3 RAM (up to 12GB)
Intel X58 Express Chipset (board manufacturer not mentioned)
1TB SATA HDD @ 7200rpm
2x Nvidia GeForce GTS 250 1GB,
Blu-ray disc drive
11x USB 2.0 ports
2x eSATA ports
Two Gigabit Ethernet
I hope they upped the cooling in this system first.
As we predicted a couple of days ago Apple's servers are unable to deal with the excessive amount of traffic caused by the availability of the new iPhone OS 3.0.
This is a sad repeat of the past 2 major releases and does show that Apple has not learned from their past mistakes. If this is not cleared up in the next couple of days new iPhone 3G S owners will find themselves not able to activate their shiny new phones.
On the other side this could be an intentional issue. It brings press to the launch, makes people wait and want it more. In general it drives interest.
UPDATE - Good news! It seems like Apple has fed its servers some more muscle and now the activation server is back online. I'm updating my iPhone now and it seems to be working fine - CW.
It has been a while since I have done any major Apple news and while I was feeling the beginnings of withdrawals I found a blurb on Apple's plans to build a new data center in North Carolina.
It seems that North Carolina passed a bill to give Apple a nice $46 million state tax credit. The new site will only have around 50 full time employees but for some reason NC is claiming it will create 250-300 jobs in the region. I am not sure what math they are using but that sounds a little off to me.
No matter the data center will be good for the local economy, I just wonder if it will actually help the consumer, after all it won't be in place to prevent another iPhone upgrade fiasco that is sure to happen when iPhone 3.0 hits. But maybe just maybe it will impact iPhone 4.5
Read more here.
IChanges in the tax laws were not without opponents. Last week when the House voted in favor of the tax credit by a vote of 80-34, House Minority Leader Rep. Paul Stam was clearly upset with the incentives.
"They're playing us," Stam said. "And they're going to keep playing us as long as you agree to be played. They'll either come or they won't come, but whether they come I can virtually assure you it will not depend upon whether you pass this bill."
North Carolina said the Apple server farm will have about 50 full-time employees. One of the regulations that Apple has to follow is that the average wage in the facility exceed the wage standard in the county where it's located.
As we have talked about the home is becoming more like the enterprise these days. We see PoE (Power over Ethernet) Home Servers, IP cameras, and complex wired and wireless networks.
Dell and HP already have Home Server products based on Microsoft's Home Serve Operating system and now Acer has one of their own.
The new system is called the easyStore Home Server and features a nice combination of features and expandability. With a price tag of $400 Acer is going to offer storage of up to 7 terabytes (1 TB built in and 3 extra 3.5-Inch bays, an Atom 230 CPU, and 2GB of DDR2 RAM.
This is not a bad way to enter the market if you ask me.
Read more here.
Acer's entering the home server market, and its first entry's gonna be the easyStore AH340-UA230N with built-in Windows Home Server. It's juiced up with Intel Atom 230 processor and 2GB DDR2 RAM, and in addition to 1TB of storage, you've got three 3.5-inch hot swappable bays for a possible total of 7TB of storage.