Earlier OLPC (One Laptop Per Child), then 2B1, now the XO, and what next? With a number of changes in the OLPC machine, the project will, now, officially be named as XO project. There are several hardware modifications, as well, that propped up the change of the title, such as earlier a crank handle was used to charge the machine that later was replaced by the XO module with a string. With Quanta as the official manufacturer for the OLPC project, it would certainly be interesting to see OLPC XO units in progress.
Monthly Archives: July 2012
Dell has come up with certain ideas to regain its top position, which it recently lost to HP, and boost its market. Dell has planned to launch 500,000 sub-$500, 15-inch notebooks with AMD Turion processors by next month, followed by 17-inch models next year. Dell has also announced that it has engineered the energy smart setting in its new OptiPlex desktops, which will provide with a better energy efficiency keeping in mind company’s commitment to the environment. Regarding the environment, it’s heartening to see tech companies taking responsibility for the recycling of their products, and Dell has been including such free recycling with its computers for some time. The recycling program aims to recover 275,000,000 pounds of equipment by 2009-nearly one pound for every American.
The Epson is offering new laptops in built to order (BTO) category. The Endeavor NJ2000 one of the laptops in this new BTO series is a professional laptop with a 15.4-inch display and screen resolution of 1280×800. It has got integrated 945GM Express graphics, up to 2GB RAM and a 160 GB SATA disk. The laptop has 3-in-1 memory slot, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi with the battery support of 5.5 hour. It weighs only 2.8 kg and you can switch between 4:3 and 16:9 display modes. The price of the laptop starts from Rs. 98,700 which comes to around $831.
Everex has teamed up with Via and the duo has launched a new series of Laptops the NC1500. The laptop is claimed to be the most energy efficient notebook as it has a 3-cell lithium-ion battery, which gives you an extra 90 minutes of mobile computing, when compared with other notebooks of its class. NC1500 has a 1.5GHz Via C7-M processor, 512MB RAM, 60GB HDD, DVD burner, 1280 x 800 15.4-inch LCD display, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and includes VIA UniChrome Pro integrated graphics and weighs just 5.3lbs. The Laptop is not whooping fast but its value for money when compared to its price as the NC1500 costs just $498…
Nokia has just unveiled the successor of its 770 internet tablet, The Nokia 870. The new Internet Tablet Nokia 870 is almost the same as the 770 but this includes a webcam and some added VoIP functions. The 870 also looks much more flashier than Nokia’s 770.
Wacom has introduced ‘Colorelli’, which is the combination of a computer tablet and game targeted for the children in the age group of 5 and above. The Colorelli teaches through a series of artistic and design oriented games and players are encouraged to learn practical drawing skills. The tablet has a 5-inch x 3.6-inch drawing area and comes with a 512-level pressure sensitive pen and a 1000 DPI resolution. The games on the tablets require a 1.2 GHz windows XP system with a DVD drive which you can connect by USB. Wacom is shipping Colorelli first to Europe on November 6th for 60 Euros ($75 US).
Earlier the price tagged to the Classmate PCs announced by Intel was sub $400. Though it may not be exactly like the OLPC machines but the newly announced price tag of “sub $300″ for the Classmate PCs is certainly attention grabbing and it might slash down to $200. Another interesting thing is that these machines will boast “several GB of memory, depending on the requirements”. Here are some more fine shots of the Classmate PC.
While Apple has already placed an order with Foxconn for its Merom enabled Macbooks, the latest news around the hot tub is that Foxconn will produce the 15.4′ Macbooks that will start shipping in May 2007. Well, Asustek, who is the only supplier of the 13.3′ Apple Macbooks has been deprived of the new order. Other than the Macbooks, Foxconn will also supply PS3 to Sony in February 2006 (I couldn’t get this awkward date). Anyway, the whole thing is that Asustek will not be the sole supplier now for the Apple Macbooks.
A new scrumptious feature in the new MacBook Pros has come into the limelight. The new MabBook Pros has a tiny dot on it that was not in the earlier models is located near the iSight built-in camera. This green LED illuminates from within the aluminum bezel and lets you know that the integrated camera is in activated state. The striking thing is that when the light is turned off, it just looks like a hole and it’s hard to tell anything about the green LED. That’s indubitably an incredible feature of the stylish machine.
MobilityGuru has some fine slideshows on its site that compare the two new quality notebooks from the house of Gigabyte-the 12.1-inches W251U (pictured left) and the 15.4-inches W551N (pictured right). The slideshows have been made on the basis of different tests including the 3DMark05 PCMark05, MobileMark 2005, Display Brightness and the Contrast tests. Anyway, the prominent difference is the display size. While both the notebooks are bestowed with the Core 2 Duo processors, the W551N supports Nvidia GeForce Go 7400 graphic processor and the W251U features Intel GMA 950. The W251U runs on a 2GHz T7200 processor while the W251U features a 1.83GHz T5600. To know the detailed info on both the Gigabyte’s machines, do watch the slideshows that will give you a proper analysis of the two.