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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • ARM: Android needs more work before it will sing on netbooks

    Posted June 4, 2009 - 8:25 pm

    Echoing comments by other industry experts, an ARM Holdings plc executive said Thursday that "more work" is needed to make Google Inc.'s Android operating system work well on ARM-based netbooks.
  • Intel buys Wind River to push Linux

    Posted June 4, 2009 - 5:00 pm

    Intel's acquisition of Wind River on Thursday is a strong push by the chip maker to extend Linux support across devices that use its processors, analysts said.
  • Acer will use Moblin Linux across its products

    Posted June 3, 2009 - 10:20 am

    Acer plans to roll out the Moblin Linux operating system, championed by Intel, in its products, a top executive said Wednesday.
  • Intel targets all-day battery life for netbooks

    Posted June 3, 2009 - 9:42 am

    The ability to run a netbook all day on a single battery charge is one of the goals Intel has set for itself as it develops the Atom platform.
  • Ultra-low voltage laptops draw interest at show

    Posted June 2, 2009 - 5:15 pm

    Laptops using Intel's low-power chips for machines bigger than a netbook checkered PC displays at Computex Taipei on Tuesday, revealing growing popularity for the chips and the class of laptop.
  • Acer may be first with Android netbook

    Posted June 2, 2009 - 5:08 pm

    Acer plans to launch a version of its Aspire One netbook with Google's Android mobile operating system in the third quarter of this year, a top executive at the company said Tuesday.
  • Asustek puts Android netbook on ice for now

    Posted June 2, 2009 - 11:14 am

    A day after an Asustek Eee PC running Google's Android operating system was shown at Computex Taipei, top executives from the company said the project will be put on the backburner for now.
  • RealPlayer for Mobile coming to Linux netbooks

    Posted June 2, 2009 - 9:51 am

    Saying it will improve the netbook user experience on Linux, RealNetworks Inc. is licensing its RealPlayer for Mobile for the popular Ubuntu Linux distro running on x86 and coming ARM-based netbooks, as well as three up-and-coming "instant-on" Linux operating systems.
  • Never mind the netbook, here's the smartbook

    Posted June 2, 2009 - 9:28 am

    If you still blanche at the term "netbook" for being an ungainly piece of vendor-speak, then prepare to be nauseated later this year as "smartbook" supporters start to bang that marketing drum.
  • Companies to show 5 or 6 ARM netbooks at Computex

    Posted June 1, 2009 - 2:06 pm

    Netbooks made with the processors required to run Google's Android software will be on show at Computex Taipei 2009 this week from at least five or six companies, an executive from Arm Holdings said Monday.
  • Pegatron to show touchscreen netbook with ARM chips

    Posted June 1, 2009 - 1:56 pm

    Pegatron, the former contract manufacturing arm of Asustek Computer, will show a netbook with a 10-inch touchscreen display at Computex this week, an industry source revealed Monday.
  • Qualcomm shows Eee PC running Android OS

    Posted June 1, 2009 - 11:12 am

    Qualcomm showed off a previously unannounced version of Asustek Computer's Eee PC based on its Snapdragon processor at the Computex exhibition on Monday, including one running Google's Android operating system.
  • Giga-byte shows CULV laptop, netbooks with Windows 7

    Posted June 1, 2009 - 11:09 am

    Giga-byte Technology revamped a netbook that takes advantage of touchscreen and tablet functions in Microsoft Windows 7 and put its first laptop with an Intel CULV (consumer ultra-low voltage) microprocessor inside on display at Computex Taipei 2009 on Monday.
  • Inventec ready to ship Snapdragon laptop in Q4

    Posted June 1, 2009 - 10:59 am

    One of the world's largest contract PC makers expects to begin shipping its first laptop based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon microprocessor later this year, it said Monday.
  • Microsoft loves, hates netbooks, says analyst

    Posted May 29, 2009 - 3:40 pm

    Microsoft wants OEMs to toe spec line for netbook-only Windows 7 to limit revenue damage.
  • Bye-bye Kindle, e-reader screens coming for netbooks

    Posted May 29, 2009 - 9:22 am

    Netbook screens from Pixel Qi will be in devices by the end of this year.
  • Computex: Show sidesteps slump, swine flu on Android hopes

    Posted May 28, 2009 - 9:57 am

    Threats from the outbreak of swine flu and the weak global economy don't appear to be a problem for one of the world's largest computer and electronics exhibitions. One of the main draws for Computex this year is the likely appearance of mini-laptops, or netbooks, with Google's Android mobile operating system on board.
  • Linpus sets date with Moblin 2.0 for netbooks

    Posted May 28, 2009 - 9:43 am

    Taiwanese Linux distributor Linpus Technologies plans to make a version of Moblin 2.0 available for download next week, a move timed to coincide with the annual Computex hardware exhibition in Taipei.
  • HP snubs Moblin, rolls out Mi Linux-Atom netbook

    Posted May 27, 2009 - 1:26 pm

    In a pre-emptive strike against the expected onslaught of ARM-based netbooks running Google's Android operating system, HP on Tuesday announced a new Intel Atom netbook that will run HP's custom version of Linux and cost just $279.
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