• If Vista Can't Run on a Netbook, Will Windows 7?

    Posted July 20, 2009 - 5:48 pm

    Microsoft changed their tune about providing a brain-dead Windows 7 version limited to running three applications at once for netbook vendors. Now Microsoft says Windows 7's improvements make it perfectly fine for netbooks without such limitations, except for one we'll talk about soon. But if Vista bogs down your netbook, will Windows 7 really be much better?
  • Sony Announces Netbook, Apple Denies Netbook

    Posted July 17, 2009 - 4:58 pm

    Sony just announced their new Vaio W netbook, er, excuse me, mini notebook. While many hoped Sony would deliver a netbook er mini-notebook with extra style to justify the typical Vaio extra price, neither happened. The Sony Vaio W contains the same Intel Atom processor as other netbooks, ships standard with 1GB of RAM and 160GB of hard disk. Prices start at $499.

  • Netbook Sales Jump, Laptop Sales Slump

    Posted July 15, 2009 - 11:31 am

    The predications are clear: netbook shipments will double this year to around 32.7 million devices, according to Computerworld. The usual suspects are driving the sales boom, particularly the lower prices on netbooks at $300 - $500 are still hundreds of dollar less than most laptops, and marketing by cellular data network carriers.
  • Lisa, TechnoPhobe, Loves New Netbook

    Posted July 13, 2009 - 2:09 pm

    When hardcore technophobes start to tell me about their new computer, I usually hear complaints. Last weekend, my friend Lisa told me she was happy with a computer for the first time in her life. Her new system? A netbook, which fulfilled her goals of portability and providing just what she needed finally made her happy about computers.
  • Latest 'Apple needs a netbook' nonsense: Apple needs a netbook because, uh, Chrome OS!

    Posted July 8, 2009 - 9:55 pm

    Google's OS move might have repercussions for Apple -- but not necessarily what you'd think.
  • Netbooks offered virtually free with mobile contracts

    Posted July 6, 2009 - 5:17 pm

    Netbook prices in the U.S. are tumbling as retail stores are offering the machines virtually for free, but with caveats attached to them.
  • Review

    A Netbook Worth Buying: Samsung's N120

    Posted July 1, 2009 - 11:56 am

    It's been nearly two years since the first netbook, the Asus Eee PC 4G, became available to U.S. consumers. Even so, I just bought my first netbook, the Samsung N120. Why did I wait so long? (Several reasons.) And was it worth the wait? (Absolutely.)
  • HP “Insight From the Experts” Video Series

    Posted June 29, 2009 - 1:34 pm

    Many vendors say they love small businesses, but do little beyond talk. HP directs a huge amount of resources toward both small business education and their reseller channel, which provides the majority of their sales contacts with small businesses. HP just released a series of videos, including your humble narrator, called Insight from the Experts. My video is titled Backup Up Your Business.

  • Acer pushes AMD into netbook space

    Posted June 25, 2009 - 8:34 pm

    AMD has quietly released a low-voltage chip that has made its way into a new netbook from Acer, forcing the chip designer into the netbook space.
  • HP introduces new Mini 5101 business netbook

    Posted June 24, 2009 - 1:28 pm

    Seeking to cement its lead in the business-oriented netbook space, HP today announced an updated Mini netbook that sports a backlit-LED screen and an improved MacBook-like keyboard.
  • Netbooks Are Not Notebooks

    Posted June 23, 2009 - 6:16 pm

    ComputerWorld just ran a story about how “netbooks disappoint consumers” according to a recent survey. You know why, don't you? People bought netbooks when they really wanted notebooks, and were disappointed when they didn't get the power and performance of a real notebook while spending hundreds of dollars less. Guess what, folks, a chopped steak is not the same as a t-bone steak, and a used Mazda is not the same as a new Mercedes.

  • Moblin center seeks to popularize software in Taiwan, China

    Posted June 23, 2009 - 5:02 pm

    A development center built through a partnership between the Taiwan government and chip maker Intel plans to make the Moblin Linux operating system popular in small devices by creating applications as well as incubating a developer base on the island and in China.
  • Netbooks disappoint consumers, says survey

    Posted June 23, 2009 - 4:04 pm

    Netbook owners are more likely to be disappointed with their machines than people who purchase larger and more expensive laptops, according to a survey by the NPD Group.
  • Samsung shrinks SSDs for netbooks

    Posted June 23, 2009 - 11:37 am

    Samsung on Monday introduced solid-state drives (SSDs) for netbooks that are smaller than traditional SSDs and consume significantly less power.
  • DIY Netbook Linux

    Posted June 18, 2009 - 10:07 am

    There are a variety of netbook distros out there, but you can have a little fun creating your own. Here are some software packages and tips worth considering:
  • Moblin: 6 key things to know

    Posted June 16, 2009 - 5:08 pm

    The beta of the Moblin 2.0 operating system was released earlier this month, and supports netbooks and nettops. But the target is much broader, including personal devices, television, and in-vehicle automotive computing. Here are six things you should know about Moblin.
  • Windows 7 Will Give Netbooks the Magic Touch

    Posted June 16, 2009 - 9:49 am

    While current netbooks are already rapidly capturing the attention and credit cards of savvy travelers, the addition of multi-touch support in Windows 7 could be the spark that sets off a firestorm of netbook purchases later this year.
  • Android an alternative to Windows in netbooks, says Gartner

    Posted June 15, 2009 - 2:36 pm

    Google's Android mobile phone software worked well on mini-laptops at the Computex Taipei 2009 electronics show and, backed by the strong Google brand, may be headed for prime time, two Gartner analysts said Monday.
  • How white-box purchasing is affecting the channel

    Posted June 11, 2009 - 3:11 pm

    The overall Canadian client PC market is expected to decline this year by 13.4 percent year over year, says IDC Canada. The only area where the firm is expecting growth this year is in the consumer portable market space, which brings both good and bad news to the channel, according to the research firm.
  • MIDs still coming despite smartphones, netbooks, smartbooks?

    Posted June 10, 2009 - 9:59 am

    Some gadget observers wonder whether the Mobile Internet Device (MID) can share the same bed with the smartphone, netbook -- and now smartbooks -- and not fight over the blankets. Elektrobit Corp., which released a new MID reference design at Computex, says yes.
  • Netbook Vendor Shakeup Coming?

    Posted June 8, 2009 - 6:57 pm

    We cheered netbooks when they appeared two years ago, and many vendors jumped into that market. But is Two Years On, Netbooks on Verge of a Big Shake-Up really true? I'm afraid it may be, and we can only blame the vendors themselves for poorly managing their newly created market segment.

  • Two years on, netbooks on verge of big shake-up

    Posted June 8, 2009 - 11:23 am

    Asustek kicked off an entirely new category in the mobile computing space when it presented a prototype of its Eee PC at Taiwan's Computex trade show two years ago. Since then, the sector hasn't been a hotbed of innovation. But now, as the netbook sector enters its third year, new chips and operating systems hold the potential for massive change in the sector.
  • Microsoft's Ozzie airs cloud views, backs Windows-based netbooks

    Posted June 5, 2009 - 12:41 pm

    Ray Ozzie, Microsoft chief software architect, detailed Microsoft's embrace of cloud computing Thursday and also endorsed the concept of netbooks -- provided they run Intel x86 processors and Windows.
  • Intel aims to shape netbook evolution

    Posted June 5, 2009 - 12:21 pm

    Intel has definite ideas about how it wants small laptops based on its Atom processors to evolve and believes longer battery life is more important than larger screens or better graphics.
  • Freescale chips power Android smartphones, MIDs

    Posted June 5, 2009 - 12:18 pm

    Freescale Semiconductor displayed a number of devices containing its chips at Computex Taipei 2009 this year, including an e-book reader made by an Asustek Computer subsidiary, and a smartphone and two handheld computers with Google's Android software on board.
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