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If you do a fair bit of travel and can't be without your laptop wherever you go, you'll understand the annoyance of having to dig your laptop out of its bag every time for carry-on scanning.
QANTAS is actually working on a technology that could see an end to this hassle which harnesses new multi-view X-ray machines that provide an enhanced display that is much clearer and more detailed.
A trial of the technology took place in Sydney recently and Qantas officials and passengers were both very satisfied with the results. The security process was sped up noticably and helped eliminate delays caused by people who don't take their laptops out ahead of time.
But despite the trial's success, there is still a hurdle; the Office of Transport Security is not fond of any new procedures that would allow passengers to keep their laptops in their bags. Hopefully in time they will take a closer look and see it is a faster alternative without security being compromised.
For some people a tablet computer is just a cool bit of tech and for others depending on the way they normally work a tablet can be integral to actually being able to work. Those who work in an environment where they are standing without a desk most of the time will find typing on a normal laptop to be very difficult to do. A tablet on the other hand can be used effectively with a single hand.
Fujitsu has announced new additions to the line of Lifebooks with a few new tablet computers. The new machines are the Lifebook T730 and the TH700. Both of the models have optional GPS and sport embedded 3G connectivity, WiFi, and Bluetooth. Both of the machines have 12.1-inch screens and are designed for portability weighing in at about 1.8kg.
Tablet computers are hot right now thanks to the iPad that is selling so well for Apple. Most of the tablets coming from other companies like HP are more like netbooks than a normal tablet like the iPad though. A company called Axon has unveiled all the specs for its Haptic tablet machine. The Haptic will run Mac OS X according to the firm.
However, as other firms have found out putting OS X on non-Apple hardware will incur the swift wrath of Apple legal types. Therefore, Axon "strongly recommends" you not install OS X on the machine. It can run Windows or Linux as well if you like those better. The hardware is typical netbook fare under the tablet cover.
Field workers that don't have a desk to sit at most of the time would have a hard time using a normal rugged laptop of netbook. Without somewhere to sit the notebook or netbook, typing would be impossible. This type of worker often uses a tablet because input can be made with one hand and these tablets have to be rugged to survive the inevitable drops.
A company called Armor has announced a new tablet computer for this type of use called the Armor X10gx tablet PC. The machine has a 10.4-inch 1024 x 768 transreflective LCD that can be reading direct sunlight. The machine stores to a 64GB SSD by default but has options for an 80GB SSD or a 160GB SSD. The machine also has an SD/SDHC card slot.
The folks at APC have taken a closer look at the Jolicloud OS which is based around Ubuntu and aimed squarely at the netbook crowd.
The particularly interesting aspect of this OS is that the main guts of it are located on hosted servers. Almost everything is based inside the browser which is like an open source version of Google Chrome (called Chromium). As an example, rather than this OS making use of apps like Open Office or Koffice, its default productivity suite is set up to harness Google's cloud based Google Docs.
The shot above of the desktop shows a sparse, but clean layout. It's all fairly straight forward stuff and most people should be able to fathem out what's going on in a very short space of time. Certainly, from APC's experience with it they were quick to feel how 'lightweight' it is, but for a lot of people buying netbooks Jolicloud could potentially be an ideal alternative and does away with a lot of unecessary clutter found on the likes of Windows 7 or even XP.
Check out the full rundown on it via the source link folks.
There's a new kid on the block from Fujitsu with its latest mid-size LifeBook which you should start to see hitting aussie retailers shelves this week.
This is the LifeBook AH530 which will set you back $1,199. What do you get for your 1200 Bucks? quite a good deal, really. The 15.6-inch sized lappy sports a dedicated numeric keypad, while internally is where the real bang for buck commences. Under the hood there's a 2.4GHz Core i5-450M processor, 2GB RAM and a 500GB hard disk in base form; some well spec'd hardware for the price you pay.
The six-cell battery is said to be good for about four hours and the unit comes shipped with Windows 7 Professional installed.
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Asus has notebooks for just about every conceivable user group and market. The company has just announced a new line of notebooks that are aimed at business users that want power and portability.
The best part of the new machines for me is that they all have matte screens. That means less glare! The B series includes the B53J, B53F, B43J, and B43F. The 53 models have 15.6-inch screens and the 43 versions have 14.1-inch screens. The J and F models are the same other than the screen sizes.
Dell have made available a new 11.6-inch ultra-portable to the Australian market today as a new member to its Inspiron family; the M101z.
This unit comes with an optional dual-core AMD Athlon II Neo processor running at 1.3GHz, or you can go for the cheaper single core Neo K125 which operates at 1.7GHz. Everything else is much of a standard fare; including 2GB RAM and a 250GB HDD running Windows 7 Home Basic in base form, with options to boost it to 4GB with a 320GB HDD and 7 Home Premium if the wallet allows.
Dell claims battery life to be around six hours with this unit, but reports abroad are saying you can more or less expect four hours out of it if you're relatively light on usage.
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