MacBook Air Patched

Apple’s paper-thin notebook machine has received a fairly major software update, reports The Unofficial Apple Weblog. Accessed via the usual updating system within OS X, the patch addresses issues with video playback as well as – primarily – issues with heat. The CPU cores in the MacBook apparently don’t idle as they should out of … Read more

Une nuit à Paris, partie une (One night in Paris, Part one)

Well, when MightyGadget got the opportunity to visit Paris on an all expenses paid trip to have a ganders at the latest Toshiba gear the answer was already set in stone (that would be a resounding yes if you hadn’t already got it). Take a closer look was the objective and that is exactly what … Read more

Rock Direct (Gaming Laptops) goes into administration

A little late off the mark on this one but unfortunately Rock Direct has ceased trading and has gone into administration. Rock are a UK based manufacturer of Gaming laptops and notebooks. I personally always preferred them over other companies producing gaming laptops such as Alienware and Dell, so I am sad to see the … Read more

Style is the future… Apparently

I’m here at the Toshiba seminar entitled ‘Take a closer look’. When I return I will be giving you lucky people an insight into the latest technical goodies that they have on offer. I have to admit that there are some delightful little gems on offer and have some photos to prove it. It’s a … Read more

Everex Cloudbook vs Asus EEE PC

Ok so the ASUS Eee PC has been out for a little while, and Everex are planning to ship the “Cloudbook” UMPC shortly (release date was supposed to be 25/01/08). The Cloudbook appears to be aiming at the  Eee PC market but how do the two UMPCs compare to each other? Asus Eee PC 4G … Read more

MacBook Air Details

macbook-air Ok so I am about 10 years too late blogging about the MacBook Air, but it is pretty big news so I am going to blog about it anyway. So what is the MacBook Air? It is a ultrathin, ultraportable laptop with a 13.3 inch widescreen.

From Apple.com

MacBook Air is nearly as thin as your index finger. Practically every detail that could be streamlined has been. Yet it still has a 13.3-inch widescreen LED display, full-size keyboard and large multi-touch trackpad. It’s incomparably portable without the usual ultraportable screen and keyboard compromises.

The incredible thinness of MacBook Air is the result of numerous size- and weight-shaving innovations. From a slimmer hard drive to strategically hidden I/O ports to a lower-profile battery, everything has been considered and reconsidered with thinness in mind.

MacBook Air is designed and engineered to take full advantage of the wireless world. A world in which 802.11n Wi-Fi is now so fast and so available, people are truly living untethered — buying music and TV shows online, downloading software, and sharing and storing files on the web.

Some of the key features include:

  • 13.3″ backlit LED with 1280-by-800 resolution
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 80Gig hardrive
  • or 64GB solid-state drive (very expensive)
  • 1.6GHz or 1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • Built-in iSight camera
  • 5hrs Battery
  • Oversize trackpad with multi-touch technology
  • 1 USB Port
  • Headphone Jack
  • Micro-DVI

There is no CD/DVD drive built in to keep the size down, though a USB powered external drive will apparently be available.

The batter is not user replaceable but it is apparently possible to pay for a factory fitted battery for you. Apple are quoting $129, I would expect it will be a bit more here in the UK.

In order to reduce the size of the laptop it has been reported that Intel have used the Montevina based chip that was scheduled to be launched later this year. Combined with the Intel 965GMS chipset with integrated graphics the chip has had a 60% reduction on its footprint size. The power rating of the chip is just 20W, as opposed to 35W from the Core 2 Duo

Some more pictures after the jump.

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Hacked EeePC includes GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi Etc

Eee_overview_complete Hacking your EeePC is becoming a bit of a geek hobby at the moment, and this hacked EeePC has to be the ultimate of them all. This hacked EeePC has been documented over at IVC Wiki and takes hacking your EeePC to a new level.

The upgrades include USB hubs, GPS Module, Bluetooth, SDHC reader, WiFi, FM transmittor, modem and a 2 GB DDR2 module.

The cost? Well not that cheap really.

  • USB hubs – 11.20 USD
  • GPS module – 36.70 USD
  • Bluetooth – 5.65 USD
  • SDHC card reader – 6.45 USD
  • Adata SDHC 8 GB – 74.50 USD
  • Corsair VoyagerGT 4 GB USB drive – 90.94 USD
  • Switch + Prototypingboards – 2.66 + 30.10 USD
  • Intel Wireless adapter – 62.69 USD
  • Airplay FM transmitter – 14.98 USD
  • Conexant Modem – 11.89 USD
  • Crucial 2 GB DDR2 module – 106.62 USD

Totaling 454.38 USD which included the shipping to Europe. More Pictures after the jump or go to IVC for a detailed run down of the mod.

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Sony’s VAIO UX490N launched in US. Yours for $2,499.99

41HoDk7KgFL._SS400_The UMPC will pack a 1.2GHz Intel Core 2 Solo U2200 ULV processor, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, a pair of integrated cameras (0.3-megapixels in the front, 1.3-megapixels in the rear), a fingerprint scanner, 48GB SSD, 4.5-inch 1,024 x 600 resolution touchscreen and a GMA 950 graphics set to boot. Furthermore, you'll also find built-in Bluetooth / WiFi, an Ethernet port, audio in / out jacks, an MS Duo expansion slot, WWAN support (AT&T), Vista Business and a Li-ion good for 1.5 to 3.5-hours.

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