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Category Archives: Technology

Palm May Bring Foleo Back as webOS Netbook

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By Shane McGlaun

Back in 1997 before the netbook revolution really began and ultimately turned into the hottest segment of the computer market, Palm announced a small netbook-like device called the Foleo. The company spent big bucks developing and even talked the product up a lot. Shortly after the hyped product was announced, Palm evidentially realized that the entire Foleo idea was flawed and never actually built it.

Some analysts are now saying that Palm is expected to revive the Foleo and bring it to market as a netbook running webOS. I’d just like to go on record pointing out to Palm that sales of alternate OS netbooks are not good. I’m just saying, you can’t act surprised if the product doesn’t work out again Palm.

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Hulu Romps into Top 3 Video Sites

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By Shane McGlaun

Hulu is my favorite video site thanks to the hoards of old TV shows that are available for free. YouTube is Ok, but I prefer the decently made content at Hulu to the stuff that is often poorly made at YouTube. YouTube is still the most successful video site online, but Hulu is moving up.

ComScore has released the video site numbers for March. According to the company, YouTube led in online videos viewed generating 99% of the 5.9 billion videos view on Google properties. Second place for the month went to Fox Interactive Media with 437 million videos viewed.

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Averatec 12-inch Notebook Offers Low Cost Portability

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By Shane McGlaun

IT wasn’t so long ago that if you wanted a 12-inch notebook you had to pay a significant premium for the ultra-portable machines. Today you can get small 12-inch notebooks for basically the same price you can get standard notebooks for.

Averatec has announced a new 12-inch notebook that packs some nice features into a machine selling for $699. For the money you get an Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 processor at 2GHz, 4GB of RAM, and 64-bit Windows Vista.

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HP ProBook Notebooks Offer Business Class Sex Appeal

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By Shane McGlaun

I worked on a few business class notebooks over the years and one thing they all had in common was that they were plain looking black boxes with nothing redeeming about the way they looked. I always thought showing up to a meeting with an ugly notebook was about the same as showing up with an ugly tie.

HP is offering some new business class notebooks called the HP ProBook series that are designed to be functional, but good looking as well. HP says that the new notebooks are designed with an eye towards minimalist style and combines matte and glossy surfaces. The machines are available with glossy and merlot finishes.

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OQO Model 2+ Shipping Not Likely

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By Shane McGlaun

Before the netbook revolution, if you wanted a tiny and very portable computer you had to go with a 12-inch notebook or move down to the even smaller UMPC often sporting screens of 7-inches or so wide. The catch was that the tiny computers offered keyboards typically only suitable for thumb typing.

Among the UMPCs on the market was the OQO Model 2. At CES 2009 OQO unveiled its Model 2+ that added an Intel Atom processor and offered a touchscreen as well. The machine was slick, but still had the tiny thumb keyboard that was a deal killer for me.

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Sharp Mebius Dual LCD Netbook Coming Stateside

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By Shane McGlaun

I am a big netbook fan, I like the portability of the machines and every netbook I have tried was capable of doing everything I need a computer to do this side of gaming. With the glut of netbooks on the market, manufacturers are trying everything from bright colors to odd features to set their virtually identical machines apart from the pack.

One of the strangest features I have seen on a netbook is the secondary LCD/track pad that is on the Sharp Mebius NJ netbook I talked about last week. The small secondary display accepts handwriting and turns it into text on the screen as well. If you liked the cool factor of the NJ netbook, you can get one here in America soon.

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Samsung Unveils N110 and N120 Netbooks

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By Shane McGlaun

I am a big fan of netbooks and often use an MSI Wind U100 when I am on the go. The only thing I have really wished for that the Wind lacks is a larger keyboard, without giving up the small and compact form factor that makes the netbook so appealing.

Samsung has introduced a pair of new netbooks called the N110 and the N120 that are virtually identical. Both sport the Intel Atom N270, 1GB of RAM, 160GB HDD, and 10.1-inch LED backlit LCD. Both also run Windows XP Home and have webcams, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth built in. The N110 measures 10.27-inches W x 1.19-inches H x 7.3-inches D and has a 6-cell 5900mAh battery good for nine hours.

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Sharp Mebius Netbook Offers Second Display

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By Shane McGlaun

I have seen some strange notebooks and netbooks before, but adding a second screen to a 10-inch netbook is one of the strangest things I have seen. Sharp has introduced the new Mebius netbook for the Japanese market.

The machine has a second 4-inch LCD where the track pad would normally be. The small screen has a resolution of 854 x 480 and can show video and other content on its little screen. The screen also doubles as the track pad and can be used to input handwriting into the computer.

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Dell Studio 15 Multimedia Laptop Launches

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By Shane McGlaun

With the sales of laptops down significantly you might think that computer makers like Dell would holding off on introducing new notebooks. Dell is still coming up with new gear for those with the money to buy and the latest new notebook is the Studio 15.

As the name implies the Studio 15 has a 15.6-inch LCD supporting 720p and full 1080p resolution. The machine can be optioned with an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570 discrete graphics card with 256MB of 512MB of RAM.

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