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Dell Adamo–a MacBook Air alternative with 3G

The aluminum-clad Dell Adamo 13 is more than a MacBook Air wannabe. And it's worth another look, considering the high-quality construction and, most importantly, its integrated 3G option.

Originally posted at Nanotech - The Circuits Blog

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Samsung I9020T Gets a Couple Antenna Swaps

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The I9020T(Nexus S) has made its way back to the FCC. The difference from old to new? A new BT/WiFi and GPS antenna. No information about the two changes. What did they do? What have they added? Removed?
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[via Engadget]

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G2 Free at Best Buy

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For those of you that thought 50 bones for the G2 was a crazy sweet deal, your socks are about to be rocked. Best Buy is offering the G2 for a mere $free with a new two year contract.
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This deal is only happening today and tomorrow as part of the Cyber Monday sales, which means online only!
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[via TmoNews]

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28Nov/10Off

Why Apple’s all-SSD, Light Peak MacBook Pro makes sense

Apple’s intentions for their flagship laptop range, the MacBook Pro, made headlines this week with a new set of rumors suggesting 2011′s model would mark the transition to not only solid-state storage but Intel’s Light Peak connectivity for high-speed data transfers. Whether this particular speculation turns out to be accurate or not, SSD – and abandoning optical drives – certainly seems the most likely route for Apple to take.

As the tipsters would have it, Apple’s 2011 MacBook Pro – set for an April launch next year – will see traditional, platter-based hard-drives dropped in favor of standard SSDs across the line. At the same time, Apple supposedly intends to throw out the integrated SuperDrive DVD burner, following the path set by the MacBook Air, instead relying on external optical drives should users want to burn discs. Finally, the last significant change is a new, high-speed connection type, bypassing eSATA and USB 3.0 and instead jumping to Intel’s Light Peak, capable – in its first iteration – of 10 Gbps bi-directional throughput.

SSD’s have been available as options on MacBook Pro notebooks for years now, and you can currently specify the existing 15- and 17-inch models with up to 512GB examples. Apple’s change would be remarkable because it would see, barring the fans, the MacBook Pro lose all its moving parts. It would also reintroduce a significant differentiator between the entry-level MacBook line and the high-end machines, where currently it’s all relatively blurry. Apple could also well use the MacBook Pro refresh to debut official SSD TRIM support in OS X, something that’s being mentioned in the About This Mac dialog in Snow Leopard but not currently enabled:

Dropping the SuperDrive, meanwhile, would create more space for batteries, which as we’ve seen in the iPad, the MacBook Air and other recent Apple models with non-user-replaceable power packs, have become the largest occupiers of the company’s sleek aluminum casings. Bigger batteries mean longer runtimes – the MacBook Pro line already offering significantly greater longevity than many Windows-based rivals – or the ability to offset faster processors. Steve Jobs has already said that he sees no place for Blu-ray in Apple’s machines, instead preferring online distribution of content and data; those still requiring “legacy” options would be welcome to pick from the low-cost array of external disc burners, but it’s clear that, by eschewing Blu-ray, Apple considers optical media a dying technology. We’ve seen the same ostensibly draconian decisions in the past, when Apple cut out floppy drives and parallel/serial ports.

It’s all a path to more speed, with the various components – and decisions on which to leave out or replace – conspiring to rid the flagship notebook line of its current weak links. Light Peak offers super-fast connectivity with peripherals and other hardware, but traditional hard-drives could present a weakness in the data chain. Fast solid-state memory would correct that. Simultaneously, Light Peak is intended not only as a USB 3.0 replacement, but a universal successor to SCSI, SATA, USB, FireWire, PCI Express, ethernet and HDMI. Rather than accommodating an array of ports – each taking up chassis space and making assumptions as to what connectivity users will demand – Apple could eventually offer just a few Light Peak ports. Not in this first new iteration, perhaps, but you can bet the company has an eye on the second, third and fourth revisions down the line.

Beyond bare speed, it also gives Apple more opportunity to keep users within their ecosystem: just as the Apple TV lacks a DVD player, meaning rentals and purchases generally have to be through iTunes, so the MacBook Pro will present another way for DRM-enabled content and connectivity to take hold. Oh, there’ll be a halfway house on offer, an entry-level “legacy” MacBook Pro for those not quite brave enough to make the jump, but from the shape of the rest of the range it’ll be clear that those who opt for it are missing out on what’s considered “the future”.

That offering will be alluring, certainly. Fast, slim, slickly-designed and long-running notebooks, with access to Apple’s ever-broadening iOS and OS X software catalogs and the speed of consumer devices like the iPad. On the other hand, Jobs & Co. haven’t been shy in their play for a connected ecosystem, one in which they have a strong hand in how data is managed, distributed and paid for, and while abandoning things like optical drives could lead to lighter or otherwise improved notebooks, there are compromises that will turn off many who resist the relatively controlled Apple world. Still, where Apple goes, the PC industry arguably follows, and what’s considered high-end is likely to stick closely to Cupertino’s idea of MacBook Pro perfection.


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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 47 2010

Welcome to this week’s edition of the SlashGear Week in Review! I hope you had a good Thanksgiving and all those irritating family members you really didn’t want at your house have finally gone home. Early in the week Cox Communications unveiled a new whole home DVR solution that was sure to make fans of TV and movies with packed DVRs happy. The service lets you watch and play DVR programs on any TV in your home.

Apple iSO 4.2 for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch landed this week. The update adds some really nice new feature to the iPad like AirPrint, AirPlay, Game Center and more. Audi unleashed its sweet TTS autonomous racecar to attack Pikes Peak. The car went up the legendary mountain racecourse in 27 minutes. A car with a driver is expected to make it in at least 17 minutes.

The NVIDIA dual GPU GTX 595 video card leaked and the thing looks very impressive. The leak claims that the card may be using dual GF110 GPUs inside. We grabbed some hands on time with the cool Dell Inspiron duo convertible tablet. First impressions are that it’s a heavier tablet than we are used to and we figure it’s more for the at home user than the mobile type.

Microsovision unveiled another of its tiny pico projectors early in the week called the SHOWWX+ laser projector. The thing is able to directly connect to Apple devices. Google Chrome OS notebooks have been delayed according to Google’s Eric Schmidt and won’t land for a “few months”. However it appears that the beta version of the OS is set to land soon.

The official website for the Notion Ink Adam tablet has gone live. The site gives you an easy to navigate area that tells all about the machine for those interested in getting hands on one. If you updated your iPhone to iOS 4.2 this week and want to jailbreak, Dev-Team has the steps you need to take. The bad news is that iPhone 4 users need to tether each time you reboot or turn the device off.

A really cool Acer 4.8-inch screen Android smartphone was unveiled with a screen resolution of 1280 x 480 and we are excited about the thing. It has a 1GHz CPU, 8MP camera, and a lot more. Acer also debuted a cool dual-screen laptop called the Iconia that is really awesome. The thing runs Windows 7 and I want one pretty bad.

We posted up our official review of the Droid Pro this week. We really liked the thing and think it has one of the best keyboards on any Android device but the small screen will leave gamers wanting more. Flash Rods took a model of that awesome Delorean from Back to the Future and crammed a 500GB HDD inside. The final product is one of the coolest external HDDs ever.

If you like to take your iPad with you everywhere and want to keep it dry and safe from dust and more the Drycase was revealed this week. The Drycase is sort of like a big zip lock baggie for your iPad and will keep liquids and more at bay. Scientists have devised a special food that can be fed to pigeons. Once the birds eat the food, their poo is sort of like soap that will clean your car and the things they crap on. This is cool and really gross all at once.

Moshi has unveiled a cool iPhone dock called the MM03i that has a Bluetooth phone attached that you can use for making and receiving calls. It reminds me of one of those old phones from back in the day. Google TVs from both Toshiba and Vizio are expected to surface at CES 2011 according to some rumors. That really is no surprise that the offerings are coming, whether or not people will be interested since networks have killed the best features of Google TV remains to be seen.

We posted up our review of the Logitech Revue Google TV box this week. The device promises lots of potential and at least for now that potential isn’t fully realized. Microsoft unveiled a new Christmas theme for Windows 7 users this week that has some really cool holiday lights images. They also promise an interesting Halo Reach theme for next week.

Russia is planning to spend about $2 billion to clean up some of the space junk in orbit around the Earth right now. The plan is for a pod that will knock stuff out of orbit where it would crash into the ocean or burn up in the atmosphere. Tokyoflash unveils a new watch called the Kisai RPM that looks really cool. The watch has a black stainless steel case and blue LEDs, and I can actually read the thing.

The TSA is the source of a lot of ire over their security practices and the penchant for fondling people. If you want to show them what you think on that full body scan you need these 4th Amendment underwear. Rumors are circulating that the long talked about Sony Ericsson PlayStation Phone will land at MWC 2011. If the thing does land then it had better be more interesting than the PSP or the PSP Go.

Some awesome space tires surfaced Friday that were granted a 2010 R&D Award and were designed by NASA and Goodyear. The tires are built out of 800 interwoven load-bearing springs and look like they were stolen off the lunar lander from the 60′s. That’s all for this week’s edition, have a great weekend!


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