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Netbooks – Mini Laptops for Internet surfing

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What are Netbooks
Netbooks are the mini version of laptops. These are inexpensive, small and light-weight, thus easy to handle. The initial use of netbooks began in the late 2007 when Asus introduced the Asus Eee PC. However, by late 2008; netbooks became quite popular and now shares an equal market space with laptops. In the short period since their appearance, netbooks have grown in size and features, now converging with new smaller, lighter notebooks.

Basic Specifications of Netbooks
Netbooks are best suited for general computing and net surfing, basically meant to be connected with friends and loved-ones. You can also listen to songs, play videos and share your photos online. Most netbooks in the market today support Wi-Fi and can also be used on mobile telephone networks. Some also include Ethernet and/or modem ports, for broadband or dial-up Internet access respectively.

Netbooks are now available with good enough storage capacity of 160GB with up to 12” display size. Battery life of netbook is considered to be better than traditional laptops. Most netbooks also come up with a camera. Netbooks are now available with good enough storage capacity of 160GB with up to 12” display size. Battery life of netbook is considered to be better than traditional laptops.

Netbooks are also available in many colorful designs to attract the user, but netbooks are basically meant for general or basic computing only. If you want to run heavy applications, then netbook is not a suitable choice for you. Though, netbooks are still in the phase of development, more and more improvements can be expected in the years to come to make this gadget more robust in terms of speed and security.

India to give tough competition to Apple and tablet PC makers

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India is all set to manufacture Tablet PC, which will be a low cost computing-cum-access device. The expected price of the model is going to be around $35. The union minister for Human Resource Development, Mr. Kapil Sibal told that price may further get reduced to $20 and eventually to around $10.

Indian Tablet PC

He also states the primary aim is to provide these low cost devices to students and teachers of all colleges and universities, which will enable them to gain access to high-quality digital content. This concept is a combined effort of group of professors/experts at IISc, Bangalore, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras and IIT Bombay.

The development efforts are still on, and various refinements and enhancements are being tested to reduce the cost without affecting the quality of the device. The device is expected to be made available to students in 2011. It is a single unit system with a touch screen and a built in keyboard along with 2GB RAM, Wi-Fi connectivity, USB port and powered by a 2-watt system to suit poor power supply areas.

The minimum functionalities expected are:
• Internet browsing
• Wireless communication
• Multimedia content viewer
• Unzip tool for unzipping zip files

If India will successfully ship this computing device at the price mentioned, it will be really tough for Apple and other tablet PC makers to compete in India, which could be world’s cheapest laptop.

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Google shows off Chrome Notebooks based on Chrome Operating System

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Recently, search-engine giant, Google shows off the prototype of its first notebook based on Chrome Operating System. Google Chrome OSChrome OS is based on the open-source Chromium OS. Chrome laptops are designed to promote web-centric computing, where users will use online applications instead of downloading software on to their computers. Google will ensure users to get a faster, simpler and more secure experience without all the headaches of ordinary computers. It stores all data in the cloud, so even if you lost your notebook, you will never lose your data. Simply use another chrome OS powered laptop and access your data as before.

To provide various online apps, Google already opened a web store which sells more than 500 games, news and other software applications to simplify the consumer’s life. Google claims to have more than 120 million users who are already using its Chrome Internet browser. Google is planning to sell this awesome Chrome OS powered computers in large numbers to give a tough competition. Find below the main features of Chrome notebooks:

• Boots-up in about 10 seconds
• Instantly resumes from sleep mode
• Supports Adobe Flash
• Documents are stored safely in the cloud
• Integrated Wi-Fi and 3G network for easy web access
• Uses advanced technology to help prevent malware and viruses from accessing your data
• Upgrades itself automatically with the latest features and fixes
• Amazing apps for almost everything

This amazing Google notebook surely will give a tough competition to Microsoft and Apple. Google has already launched Chromebook and tied up with several hardware manufacturers like Samsung and Acer among others.

A chip to make desktop computers run faster

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Recently, scientists have unveiled an ultra-fast chip to make your computer run faster. A team in the University of Glasgow has developed a CPU with 1,000 cores on a single microchip while the modern computers have a processor with at most 16 cores to process different tasks. In testing, it was found that the chip was able to process around five gigabytes of data per second, which will make desktop computers run almost 20 times faster than the current ones.

These days, desktop market is shrinking with the advent of various high-end computing devices which are much compact than traditional desktop computers. To make the desktops run faster, scientists have used FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) chip, which contains millions of transistors. According to Dr Wim Vanderbauwhedea, the team leader of this project, “FPGAs are not used within standard computers because they are fairly difficult to program but their processing power is huge while their energy consumption is very small”.

Though, this project is still in its nascent stage, but if carried out effectively, the real potential of FPGA chips will be utilized to provide very fast processing power in future computing and electronic devices.

LG P990 – World’s first Dual Core smartphone | LG Optimus 2X

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LG has unveiled their latest and world’s first dual core smartphone, ‘LG Optimus 2X’ or ‘LG P990′. Until now, multi-processors were only common with desktop computers, LG Optimus 2Xbut now with the advancement in smartphone technology, mobiles also possess dual-core processors to run applications at maximum velocity. The all new LG Optimus 2X 3G smartphone comes with nVidia Tegra 2 chipset to offer users an unprecedented speedy performance, especially while web browsing, multitasking and downloading applications.

This mobile also supports HDMI interface to share photos or play back video easily. Now, it will be easier to connect your smartphone to your compatible TV to view content in full HD. You can even play games for the ultimate gaming experience on the wide 4.0” IPS Touch Screen.

Product Specifications:

  • NVIDIA dual-core 1GHZ processor
  • Android Froyo 2.2 (Upgradable to Gingerbread 2.3)
  • 4.0” IPS Screen
  • Full HD recording (1920×1080)
  • HDMI support
  • 8 MP camera with 8x Digital Zoom and LED Flash
  • 1.3 MP Front camera for video calling
  • 6.4 GB Internal Memory and expandable up to 32GBlg mobile P990

Google Image Search Redesigned

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Google VP of Search Product and User Experience ‘Marissa Mayer’ told media that the site sees 1 billion page views every day and the number of Image searches are increasing day-by-day. Earlier, Google added ‘Find Similar Images’ feature which lets you search images that are visually similar to the one you selected. Another feature that is gaining popularity is ‘color search’. We have seen increase in search views but still it seems everyone is not utilizing all these features and may not be aware of these great features.

Now, Google redesigned ‘Google Images’ and claiming it to be the largest redesign since 2001. Results are now shown on the screen without text and links; it’s all images that you will see and you can get up to 1,000 images on a single page. Users will be able to see a larger thumbnail preview on the same page. This change is as per the user’s perspective and Google is loved most by Advertisers. To get more advertisers, Google has announced a new ad product that allows you to run your own image as an ad on Image Search. Obviously, users will now see sponsored images and advertisers will get new model for business and Google will receive more love from advertisers. If users will continue to get worth and related images in sponsored results, all will be well for Google.

Toshiba’s dual-screen mini notebook PC – Libretto W100

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Toshiba, the world’s fourth biggest notebook PC vendor, unveiled the Libretto W100, a dual-screened 7 inch mini notebook PC that can also be used as an e-book reader. This new gadget will add to competition for the likes of Apple Corp’s iPad and Amazon.com’s Kindle, which can be used like a conventional clam-style notebook PC with a software keyboard. The two multi-touch screens can work separately to surf the web on one and compose a mail on the other or together to act like a book or newspaper.

The Libretto runs Microsoft’s Windows 7 Home Premium with 1.2GHz Intel Pentium U5400 processor, 2GB of DDR3 (double-data rate) memory and a 62GB solid-state drive. It also incorporates 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 1MP camera with face recognition and 1 USB port. This new touch-screen gadget is expected to go on sale in Japan in late August and later in Europe, the United States and other markets. Toshiba targeted global PC shipments of 25 million units in the year by March 2011. Watch out the below video to know more about Libretto W100.

World’s Lightest Smartphone – ‘Modu T’

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Good news for smart phone lovers!!! If you always wanted to buy a sleek smartphone, now it is time for you to get the latest and world’s lightest smartphone. An Israel based company, ‘Modu’, has recently launched tiny smartphone ‘Modu T‘, weighing just 60 grams and measuring only 7.5 cms. Modu T is already listed in the ‘Guinness Book of World Record’ as the lightest touch mobile phone in the world.

Modu T is a 3.5 generation smartphone with a 2.2 inch touch screen and 2GB of memory, which is expandable up to 32 GB via microSD card. It will have a simple user interface, with preloaded content and applications. It is based on Qualcomm’s Brew operating system and equipped with an array of Java-based applications, including Facebook, Flickr Snaptu, media player TuneWiki, and Google search widget.

Modu comes with various “jackets” to enhance the handset’s capabilities. The “camerafy” jacket makes this phone equipped with a 5-megapixel camera, while the “textify” jacket gives it a full QWERTY keyboard feature. The price of this handset is expected to be in range of $250 US – $350 US.

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