FlipStart pricing dropped to $699
The price of the FlipStart ultraportable PC has been dropped from $1,500 to $699, making it a competitor to the Asus Eee PC and the Everex Cloudbook. There are rumors that a v2 of the FlipStart is coming out soon, so that could be the reason for the price drop.
Dell now #1 in US sales, beats out HP
Although HP is still the world’s larger PC maker, Dell has overtaken HP in the US computer sales according to recent sales statistics for Q4. Texas-based Dell shipped 5.5 million units in Q4, a 15.2% increase compared to the same period last year and a 29.6% increase in market share. HP in comparison shipped 4.5 million units. Dell’s comeback has a lot to do with its move into retail stores, including Best Buy.
Asus Eee PC to get touch screen functionality?
Asus is currently testing out sample touch screens from panel makers to win orders for the next-gen Eee PC, coming out later this year. The second-gen Eee PC will have larger 8-, 9-, and 10-inch screen sizes; the 9-inch size is to have the touch panel. It reportedly costs less than $15 to add the touch functionality. Asus is predicted to ship 4 – 5 million Eee PCs in 2008.
New technology allows 40 hour battery life
Scientists at Stanford University have developed a way to increase the life of lithium-ion batteries to 40 hours. The scientists used silicon nanowires in place of the traditional graphite, which increased the amount of lithium held by the anode ten times.
Gigabyte low-cost PC coming this June
Gigabyte Technology has revealed plans to launch a low-cost PC in June. It will use Intel’s Basic Platform and feature a 7 – 9-inch screen. Gigabyte is likely to see its notebook business make a profit in 2008.
WaterField Designs introduces MacBook Air sleeve
WaterField Designs, a manufacturer of laptop bags and cases, has introduced a new SleeveCase designed for the Apple MacBook Air. It has a ballistic nylon shell and a neoprene interior. It is available in a horizontal or vertical orientation. The SleeveCase size 13-2 for the MacBook Air retails for $39.00 and will ship before January 25.