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It looks like Verizon has officially confirmed the company will start selling netbooks, and will do so by the end of June.
Verizon is afraid that AT&T is stealing some of their thunder. AT&T has been offering Acer and Dell Mini's for a while and needs to get in the game fast before they lose too much ground.
The real question to be asking though is not when, but what will Verizon have to offer? The quick and easy solution would be for Verizon to have offerings from either HP or Dell since Verizon has worked with both for quite some time.
There have been rumblings of using ARM for netbooks (I wonder how well they will 1080p) and of course there is much ado about what OS will be used.
ARM has asked Microsoft to port Windows 7 over so that people with the low power SoC ARM setup can run that as an option. But the Linux community is already one step ahead.
It seems that Unbuntu is in the process of being ported as it Xandros; however Novel has decided not to port over and has stated there will be no SUSE for ARM based netbooks for now.
If Ubuntu and Xandro for ARM get out quickly Linux may again beat MS to the punch like they did when netbooks were first introduced.
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But Novell Inc. said no, for now. Markus Rex, acting senior vice president and general manager for open platform solutions at Novell, told Computerworld on Monday: "There certainly is a lot of hype around ARM-based netbooks, [but] at the moment, we don't do anything on ARM-based devices."
"Linux runs just fine on ARM," Rex said. "But we decided to focus on a couple of opportunities that are in the pipeline now."
Our Deal of the Day today is the Acer Aspire Laptop with Intel Pentium Dual-Core Processor, 2GB Memory, 250GB HD, DVD Burner and More for $399.99.
Offer: 399.99 buys you this 14.1" widescreen Acer Aspire laptop with 2.16Ghz Intel Pentium Dual-Core T3400, 2GB of DDR2 SDRAM, 250GB hard drive, DVD+/-RW double layer burner, 5-in-1 media reader, Windows Vista Home Premium, and a 1 year warranty.
With the popularity of solid state drives increasing by the second, it should come as no surprise the more external SSD's are popping up all over the place. Buffalo has taken it a slight step further however, and released an external SSD that also works as an internal upgrade for the ASUS Eee PC.
The new external drive connects via USB as you would expect and is available in both 32GB and 64GB varieties. Those wishing for more space on the EeePC over the small 16GB drive that comes with it can remove the Buffalo drive from the enclosure and use it to upgrade the Eee PC.
After swapping the drive out of the Eee PC, you can place the old drive back in Buffalo's enclosure and you still have your external drive, albeit a smaller one that original.
I tell you, who would have thought the netbook craze would have blown up the way it has. You know it reminds me of the $100 E-Machine craze in the late 90s early 2000s. Almost everyone had a $100 system after E-Machine did.
Well this is fever is now moving over to the ARM manufactures as they plan out their very own netbooks.
According to Digitimes both Freescale and Qualcomm will be launching netbooks at Computex. Let's hope that the netbook craze does not end as badly as the $100 PC did.
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A model equipped with Freescale's i.MX51 CPU (ARM Coretex A8) and manufactured by Pegatron Technology, and a model with Qualcomm's Snapdragon CPU and manufactured by Wistron will both appear at Computex Taipei 2009, while Nvidia Tegra-based models will appear at a later time.
Micro-Star International (MSI) has reportedly expressed interest in developing Tegra-based products, while the company and Asustek Computer have both confirmed that they are evaluating the possibility of launching Qualcomm CPU-based netbooks.
We told you yesterday that Digitimes was flogging a rumor about a new Mac Netbook. Well it seems that Dow Jones has gotten a hold of the story and gotten more confirmation on it.
This does not make it a certainty but it would make it more likely. As Digitimes claimed Apple will be using touch screens from Wintek and Quanta will build them.
While none of the companies would comment on this news it does seem rather odd after Steve Jobs made his statement "we don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." That Apple would build a netbook.
This could mean that it will still be a cheap product with the usual Apple price tag or it could simply mean that all the fuss is over a different product altogether.
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Apple's entry may come in what is expected to be a very tough year for computer sales. Desktop-computer shipments in particular are expected to fall by nearly one-third globally in 2009 as consumers increasingly shift to laptop computers, according to projections released by research firm Gartner Inc. earlier in March.
While netbook computers have become a major sales driver for computer companies, Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs last year dismissed netbooks, even going so far as to suggest Apple's third-generation iPhone - a smartphone device that offer multifunctions - could serve as a netbook. Jobs told analysts in October Apple isn't "tremendously worried" the slump will drive customers to less-expensive PCs and added, "we don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk."
Jill Tan, a spokeswoman for Apple in Asia, declined to comment Tuesday. Wintek spokeswoman Susie Lee and Quanta Computer investor relations officer Carol Hsu declined to comment.
Now that we know the rumors about the new MacMini were true we are starting to see a whole new crop of rumors. According to DigiTimes Apple may be gearing up to release a touch screen netbook in the near future.
According to the DigitTimes report Wintek will be supplying the touch screens while Quanta will build the new iToy. The new netbook, if real should start shipping in Q3.
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Taiwan-based Wintek will supply touch panels for Apple's new netbook, and shipments will start in the third quarter this year, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.
Wintek revealed that it is currently working with Apple to develop some new products, but it said it does not know what applications the new products are for. Wintek added that no shipment schedule has been worked out yet, but shipments are likely to begin in the second half of the year.
Quanta Computer will be the maker of Apple's new netbook, the Commerical Times report said.
This is something that while not new is a new twist on an old idea. The folks over at Front Door Software have developed an application that can help in the recovery of stolen laptops.
The way it works is pretty simple; you install the software and setup an online account. After this if someone steals the laptop, you simply logon to your account and report is stolen. From there the laptop will display owner contact information and can also play a loud recorded message indicating it is stolen. There is also an IP tracer function that can allow you to track the stolen laptop as well as a lock down feature.
The application is available as a 90-Day trial while purchasing a full 3-year license is only $29.95.
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The main concept behind the software is that simply by displaying owner information, with full details on how to contact them, most individuals will be honest and return a laptop if found. On its website the company claimed that this data will increase chances of recovery from three per cent to 97 per cent, though it provides no evidence for this.
Once a user finds that the laptop is stolen, the user logs into their online account and can then send a message to the computer, or even get it to play a message out loud repeatedly at intervals from either five minutes to every four hours. A lockdown code can be sent to prevent its use, and owners can even try and track the laptop using an IP location feature.
This software is one of many attempts from technology companies to protect laptops. At the end of last year, Lenovo revealed a system that would remotely deactivate laptops via an SMS message, while Intel announced that it was working with Ericsson on putting a 'kill switch inside' laptops.
OCZ is jumping on the netbook bandwagon with a DIY product of its very own.
Named the Neutrino, it will be covered under OCZ's DIY blanket that means users can upgrade or change memory and HDD without voiding their warranty.
The Neutrino will sport an Atom N270, 945GSE and ICH7M chipset, 10-inch (1024x600) led screen. You can stuff up to 2GB of RAM into the Neutrino and there is support for up to a 250GB 2.5-inch drive.
Read a little more here at Fudzilla.
The rest of the specifications are basically identical to most netbooks on the market. It comes with Intel´s N270 Atom processor, 945GSE+ICH7M chipset, and a 10-inch 1024x600 LED backlit screen.
It also supports up to 2GB of DDR2 memory and up to 250GB of 2.5-inch hard disk drive at 5400RPM. It will also be available pre-equipped with OCZ´s memory and OCZ´s 250GB SSD drive. It will be available with either Windows XP or Ubuntu Linux OS.
The Neutrino netbook should be available in next two or three months
AsRock is about to enter the Note/Netbook market and is showing off two new notebooks and a new netbook.
The notebooks with be dubbed the M12 and the M15 in conjunction with the names the M12 will be a 12" model and the M15 will be a 15"
The two notebooks should use Intel CPUs (Core 2 or Celeron) with prices starting under $500. There is very little information on the netbook but it should fall in at under $300.
Read more here at Digitimes.
ASRock plans to launch two entry-level notebooks in late April this year - the12-inch M12 and the 15-inch M15, which wil be equipped either Intel Pentium or Celeron processors and multi-touch pads, while the company will also launch an Intel Atom-based 2.5-liter nettop along with the notebooks, according to a Chinese-language Apple Daily report.
All three PCs will be manufactured by Pegatron Technology, the paper said.