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If you use a MacBook or an Apple device like an iPod or the iPhone, you may be familiar with HyperMac. The company offers some nice accessories like charge cables and external batteries for the Apple devices that will keep them powered up for longer. Apple sued HyperMac a while back for taking original Apple cables and modifying them for use in HyperMac products.
The suit prompted the start of licensing negotiations between the two companies, though no terms have been agreed to at this point. That means the end of HyperMac external battery packs for Apple gear. That also means that if you want one of the battery packs you will need to buy one while the getting is good. After the current supply, runs out there may be no more, and if you wait until after November 2, you will be out of luck.
One thing we can count on is that over the coming months there will be a ton of new tablets that hit the market with various hardware configurations, operating systems, and price points. Most users are seemingly waiting on Android tablets to hit the market, but there will be many that want Windows so they can use the Office software they are used to. A new Windows 7 tablet has surface from a company called bModo called the bModo12.
The tablet sounds like netbook on the inside with an Intel Atom processor, dual USB ports, a single SD card slot, HDMI output, and a SIM card slot. That SIM card slot will mean the device will be able to get mobile broadband access. The tablet also has a VGA resolution camera mounted on the front for video conferencing. The processor runs at 1.6GHz and the machine has 1GB of RAM. bModo says the tablet is like a combination of the iPad, Tablet, and notebook PC.
WiMax service is rolling out to many of the major cities around the US making more and more folks want a PC that can get on the faster mobile network. Notebook users can get dongles for access to WiMax in some service areas, but the best way for those who are on the go a lot is to get WiMax built into their notebooks. Toshiba has announced that it is offering WiMax on two new Portege R700 models.
The models with WiMax include the R700-S1332W and the R700-S1322W. The two machines share the same magnesium chassis, 13.3-inch full HD LED backlit screen, DVD drive and the integrated WiMax modem. Both models weigh about three pounds and are about an inch thick. The machines differ in the hardware on the inside.
In Europe and other countries, the practice of subsidizing notebooks and netbooks in exchange for a contract on a new mobile broadband account has been going on for a long time. The practice isn't new in the US with many wireless providers now doing the same thing, though it took much longer to become normal in the US than it did in Europe. Verizon Wireless has announced a new addition to the subsidized notebook line called the HP Pavilion dm1-2010nr.
The notebook runs on an AMD Athlon II Neo K325 CPU that runs at 1.3GHz and has dual-cores. The notebook also has 2GB of DDR3 RAM with one single memory slot. HP uses Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OS on the machine and it has an integrated microphone and webcam. The notebook is finished with the HP imprint finish with champagne gold color.
The iPad has bit into netbook sales significantly according to some analysts. The netbook market is still doing well though with robust sales. There are many netbooks to choose from on the market already today, and that number just keeps growing. Samsung has several notebooks and netbooks already and the company has announced the addition of a new netbook to its lineup called the NF301.
The NF310 is a 10.1-inch netbook with a screen resolution of 1366 x 768 and LED backlighting. The netbook has an Intel Atom N550 dual-core CPU and runs Windows 7 Starter. Other features of the machine include 1GB of DDR3 RAM, 250GB of storage, and a 3W stereo speaker system. The battery promises over nine hours of run time per charge and the netbook has 802.11b/g/n networking.
Acer has one of the more popular lines of netbooks on the market with the Aspire one offerings. The company has a wide range of netbooks with different specifications and features inside to cater to the needs of different users. Tablets like the iPad may be talking away sales from netbooks, but there are still new offerings coming to market that consumers will like. Acer has a new machine today that has CPU options and nice features called the Aspire One AOD255 netbook.
The AOD255 can be had with two different Atom CPU options. One of the CPUs is a single-core N450 and the other is the newer dual-core N550 CPU. Both of the processors support DDR3 RAM and the netbook gets 1GB of RAM no matter the CPU you chose to start with. Acer says the netbooks are good for a full day of use on a single charge with a battery life claim of 8-hours per charge.
Having the batteries blow up inside your notebook and break the thing is not a good deal. This is exactly what happened to one geek's 2007 model MacBook with a Core 2 Duo CPU inside. The batteries overheated, exploded, and killed the machine. Rather than toss it in the trash the guy took it apart and crafted his own Mac tablet.
The guy cobbled together some of the internal components from the notebook with a touchscreen and a custom made case. The finished product is a very nice looking tablet that has touch capability in a package with the bezel turned the correct way rather than being flipped around.
ExoPc has been talking up its slate computer for a long time now and the thing has run in a number of issues that have resulted in long delays. The ExoPC was set to ship this month based on the order it was pre-ordered in. That shipment will not happen for many users due to a manufacturing error that resulted in damaged machines.
The manufacturing error had to do with a faulty piece of equipment on the Pegatron assembly line where the ExoPC is built. The faulty equipment was responsible for the touchscreen install and was pressing too hard, resulting in cracks in some of the screens. The faulty gear has to be replaced, leading to a delay in shipment. A stronger LCD with the same specs has also been sourced for the ExoPC.
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Panasonic is probably best known for its TVs and other home theater gear like Blu-ray players. The company has a line of notebooks that are used in a lot of business settings because they are ruggedized called the Toughbook line. Toughbooks come in a number of models to suit the needs of each user and the latest new machine to be added to the range is the CF-C1.
The CF-C1 is a convertible notebook that can be used as a tablet as well. The machine has a multi-touch resistive touchscreen that supports gestures and can be used by workers that wear gloves. The screen also uses a matte finish so glare is not such a problem as it is on glossy screen notebooks. The machine also has dual batteries that can be hot swapped allowing for up to ten hours of use.