netbook News

  • Chrome OS gets strong rebukes for privacy, pointlessness

    Posted December 15, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    Google's Chrome OS hasn't gotten much glowing press coverage. Now, Richard Stallman, father of the GNU public license, and Paul Buchheit, creator of Google's GMail and founder of FriendFeed, offer additional criticism when it comes to privacy and whether Chrome OS has a point in today's tablet-oriented world.
  • Has Google missed the boat with Chrome OS?

    Posted December 7, 2010 - 10:00 pm

    Google's Chrome OS was full of revolutionary ideas when it was announced, but the mobile market has been forever changed by the iPad and other tablets. With a six month delay, will anyone really want a Chrome OS notebook when they ship next year?
  • Chrome OS: Why it'll succeed, why it'll fail

    Posted December 6, 2010 - 1:05 pm

    Tomorrow is the big day for the long-awaited Chrome OS as sources are suggesting that Google will unveil its netbook-only OS at the Chrome event on December 7 in San Francisco.
  • Can Google's Chrome save the netbook market?

    Posted November 4, 2010 - 1:50 pm

    A year ago, the idea of netbooks with Google's Chrome OS was big news, but that was before the iPad changed the mobile computing landscape. As Google nears the first shipments, their success (and that of the netbook market as a whole) is a lot less assured than when they were first announced.
  • Survey Says: iPad Is Killing Netbooks

    Posted May 26, 2010 - 11:29 am

    A new survey shows consumers are "overwhelmingly leaning" toward the iPad instead of netbooks, and cheap laptops are also taking a toll on netbook sales. The study, which surveyed more than 1,000 U.S. consumers, was commissioned by consumer electronics site Retrevo.
  • Reports of netbook sales death greatly exaggerated, says analyst

    Posted May 7, 2010 - 2:32 pm

    It's way too early to conclude that the success of Apple's iPad has slowed down netbook sales, a retail analyst said today.
  • Google sheds light on Chrome OS Netbook security

    Posted March 6, 2010 - 10:14 pm

    Google's Chrome OS Netbook will feature a host of built-in security technologies designed to protect users from malware and other threats, a Google engineer said at the RSA Conference Thursday.
  • Asus Debuts Slimmer, Trimmer Netbooks

    Posted March 3, 2010 - 10:02 pm

    Asus, which seems to have a new netbook every month, is showing three new ones this week at CeBIT, the giant tech trade show in Hannover, Germany.
  • 'iPad as netbook-killer' concept ignites controversy

    Posted January 29, 2010 - 2:53 pm

    The reaction to Apple's announcement of the iPad on Wednesday has been both passionate and mixed. Many have shrugged at what appears to be a big iPod Touch they can't easily carry around. "I'd get better value in buying an iPod Touch and a magnifying glass," says Kory Salsbury, a tech support specialist at Web publisher IDG. Others, including Gene Munster of the Piper Jaffray investment bank and myself, see it as the first step toward a platform that makes netbooks and low-cost PCs obsolete in favor of a tablet that does both entertainment and basic business apps without all the baggage of a PC or Mac.
  • enTourage eDGe: an e-reader and netbook rolled into one

    Posted December 4, 2009 - 9:30 am

    Yet another company is launching a dual screen e-reader, but enTourage is taking the concept way beyond what the Barnes & Noble Nook and Spring Designs Alex offer. Two generous screens try to provide both an e-reader and a full netbook experience in a single device.
  • Are you ready for a Windows 7 cell phone?

    Posted November 13, 2009 - 5:47 pm

    The xpPhone uses the Burger King, have-it-your-way model of build-to-order. Will the idea catch on? Will buying a cell phone become like buying a PC on Dell's web site?
  • Canonical matures Linux-based netbook OS

    Posted October 29, 2009 - 9:51 pm

    Canonical on Thursday updated its Linux distribution for netbooks, simplifying the interface and adding new programs that the company says will make it easier for users to access and use Web content.
  • Microsoft unwraps netbook Windows 7 upgrade tool

    Posted October 25, 2009 - 8:52 pm

    Microsoft has released a tool that lets netbook owners install Windows 7 on their machines using a USB flash drive, sidestepping the usual requirement of a DVD drive.
  • Windows 7 is hot pick in enterprise netbook market

    Posted October 17, 2009 - 10:09 pm

    According to a new study of 145 IT professionals, the operating system of choice for IT netbooks is Windows 7, followed by Windows XP. The three alternatives, Linux, Mac OS X and Google Chrome, each won the allegiance of 10% or fewer respondents.
  • Are Service Provider Netbook Bundles a Good Deal?

    Posted October 15, 2009 - 1:35 pm

    You can get a deeply discounted netbook from either AT&T or Verizon, as long as you're willing to sign up for a two-year data plan; but no matter which service provider's netbook deal you choose, the price will be about the same.
  • Windows 7 May Equal Fewer Bargain Netbooks

    Posted September 28, 2009 - 3:44 pm

    Microsoft is racing to put Windows 7 on netbooks - but would rather see it on $500 ultrathin machines than at today's popular $300 netbook price point. As the pressure builds on PC makers to shake up the product mix, what will it mean for your netbook choices?
  • New Linux Moblin netbooks to be announced at IDF

    Posted September 22, 2009 - 9:30 am

    A new Linux netbook based on Moblin will be introduced this week, and it may represent a new way that the Linux community is approaching the mass market.
  • Netbooks: Are they ready for the enterprise?

    Posted September 21, 2009 - 11:32 am

    Netbooks are winning over consumer hearts and credit cards. While some consumer products, like iPhones, have pushed their way into the enterprise, netbooks haven’t. Is it just a matter of time before netbooks become an enterprise staple or will they remain a consumer-only product?
  • Screens still growing on mini-notebooks and netbooks

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 11:40 am

    Netbook sales keep growing, as do the sizes of their displays, according to new research from UMPC Portal.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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