Opinion - American mobile phone buyers endure pushy sales
people, multi-year contracts and high prices, but it’s a completely
different story in Thailand and the rest of the civilized world. Here
cash is king and I’ve just snagged a nice Samsung E250 phone, case and
SIM card for a mere $138. But even more amazing is the time it took –
or, more accurately, didn’t take.
Dell is hitting back at reports that its solid state
drive laptops are experiencing 20-30% return rates. According
to Lionel Menchaca, Dell's Chief Blogger, return rates of those laptops
are much lower than those published by Avian Securities. Menchaca adds
that media reports have “no basis in reality”.
As some of you know, I actually like the Macbook Air but found the
Lenovo ThinkPad X300 to be a vastly more useful product in the class.
I’m one of the few folks that have been using an early version of the
HTC Shift , a smaller screened ultra light tablet with a keyboard and a
touch screen which is superior to both offerings in some ways and just
released on Amazon.com for $1500 (someone screwed up, this wasn’t
supposed to happen until next week). This got me thinking: The perfect
next generation ultra-sexy notebook should be a blend of all three
Living in the fast lane these days usually
means toting a laptop through TSA screening lines and into hotels. But
how do you keep those important computers clean and cool? We review a
few inexpensive products that promise to keep your laptop and your lap
in top condition.
Adobe announced late Sunday that Microsoft has licensed its Flash
Player runtime for the Internet Explorer Mobile browser as well as
Reader LE to display PDF documents on Windows Mobile-based phones.
According to the announcement, both products will be made available to
OEMs who license Microsoft’s Windows Mobile software.
Although the new iPhone firmware won't be released to the public until this summer, hackers have already found their way into the inner workings of the next-gen phone update and cracked the code. Apple opened up the new iPhone software to developers last week, but they only have access to an emulator of the iPhone 2.0 firmware. The iPhone has become a veritable hot spot for hackers to test out their code-breaking chops, so it was really only a matter of time before this happened.
Design, of course, is always a matter of taste but if you like to stand
out and enjoy the interest and attention a MacBook Air is sure to
deliver, you typically will have to shell out extra bucks for that
privilege. That could change somewhat with Acer’s new Gemstone
notebooks, which incorporate lots of unusual design details, but remain
relatively affordable: Starting at around $900, the system scales from
a basic multimedia notebook to a capable high-definition machine with a
1200p display and Blu-ray support.
Apple’s iPhone software developer kit (SDK) is off to a good start:
More than 100,000 copies have been downloaded within the first four
days after release, the company announced today. The free software
includes the XCode IDE, instruments, an iPhone simulator, samples and
compilers to create free and commercial iPhone and iPod touch
Asus’s chief executive officer has revealed juicy details about the
upcoming EeePC. Jerry Shen told Laptop Magazine that he prefers Intel’s
Diamondville processor over Via’s Isaiah chip. Slowly but surely, the
EeePC will get more features, including wireless broadband. And yes,
the new EeePCs will be more expensive than the debut model, even if
Shen believes that prices will drop quickly.
Video editors and ray-tracers will probably salivate at the
quad-core laptop we saw yesterday at the HD Expo in Beverly Hills.
Made by 1 Beyond, the GoFlex317 HD uses a desktop Intel Q6600 quad-core
processor to provide desktop-like performance. But don’t you dare call
this a laptop, because the 17-inch screen and 12-pound weight makes it
more like a shrunken down desktop.