OQO Updates Model 02 Tablet PC, Lowers Prices
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The OQO model 02 is now coming packed with bigger hard drives, new flash memory SSD, faster CPU speeds and improved wireless connectivity. All of this comes with a reduced price tag as well. The new and improved model 02 has prices starting at $1,299.
OQO is bumping the hard drive capacity up to 120GB and if users need more then that they can opt for the new flash-based 32GB solid state drive. They also bumped the processor up to 1.6GHz, which is an industry first for UMPCs. EV-DO Rev A is also available from Verizon or Sprint, which offers faster data rates of up to 1.4Mbps, improved upstream speed and lower latency.
Order Starbucks From Your Laptop
Even though there are a lot of Starbucks coffee shops, there always seems to be a line inside. Now that line can be avoided. In Starbucks stores located in the U.K., customers can log on to the in-store Wi-Fi and order a drink from their computer. Shortly after placing the order someone will bring it to you. Now that is what I call customer service. Lets hope this Wi-Fi ordering process will hit some U.S. Starbucks.
InnoDisk Introduces 32GB Flash Disk ExpressCard and USB
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InnoDisk recently introduced their new 32GB Flash Disk, which works with both ExpressCard slots and USB 2.0. It has a read speed of around 30M/S, a write speed of 20M/S and also will be available in a few smaller capacities for those not needing all 32GB. Combining the two really makes for a nice gadget and less stuff we have to carry around. There is no word yet on pricing or when they will be available.
Asustek Eee PC to Bring Down ASP of Mobile Devices
The average selling prices (ASPs) of notebook computers and other portable devices like UMPCs will come down with the introduction of the Asus Eee PC into the notebook market according to a DigiTimes report. Asustek expects the Eee PC to begin to make an impact in the consumer notebook market in the second half of next year. The introduction of the device is expected to have a large impact on the entire notebook industry. It could be dangerous for the UMPC market as their ASPs have stayed high.
Intel Looking to Put Processors Inside OLPC
Talks are currently being held to discuss putting an Intel processor inside the OLPC. The OLPC currently runs on a 433MHz AMD Geode processor, which is quite slow by mainstream standards. However, it is very power efficient and does not cost much.
The OLPC will go into production at the end of September or early October. No decision has been made on whether or not OLPC will use Intel processors. Using Intel processors will require a redesign. Intel plans to use modified versions of the Celeron M processor, the A100 and the A110. The "Silverthorne" processor will be built on a 45nm process and is dual-core. The chip is extremely small so production costs should be low, but it is not known yet whether or not the chip will be cheap enough.
A switch to Intel chips would not mean the discontinuation of the use of AMD chips. The OLPC wants to offer systems with different processors.
Acer Focused on U.S. Market
Acer currently holds a slipping rank in notebook sales in China, which has spurred speculation of mergers. Acer made a statement saying they are more focused on the U.S. and European markets at this point in time, and views China as a second key market that it will actively pursue once it establishes a strong foothold in the U.S./Europe. Acer says it is not giving up on China; they have a plan to spread globally for the best long-term growth. Acer plans that Gateway will secure its position in the U.S. market and maybe then we will see some new and improved Tablet PCs.