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Recap from IDF: Hands on with 2 New HP Laptops, the Pavilion d8 and Envy 15, and Intel's Core i7 for Laptops October 20, 2009

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HP Pavilion dv8 and Envy 15

HP’s Core i7 packing Pavilion dv8 and Envy 15

While at IDF we got to see a bunch of sick new laptops coming to the Best Buy’s and Walmart’s near you very, very soon. We’re talking about some insane new stuff, and HP and Intel really pulled out all the stops here—sleek designs, incredible amount of features, and previously unheard of power for laptops. Wanna learn more? Who we kidding, of course you do—and we got a bunch of pix and more info on both of these major bad boys after the break.

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Recap from IDF: Hands on with 2 New HP Laptops, the Pavilion d8 and Envy 15, and Intel’s Core i7 for Laptops October 20, 2009

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HP Pavilion dv8 and Envy 15

HP’s Core i7 packing Pavilion dv8 and Envy 15

While at IDF we got to see a bunch of sick new laptops coming to the Best Buy’s and Walmart’s near you very, very soon. We’re talking about some insane new stuff, and HP and Intel really pulled out all the stops here—sleek designs, incredible amount of features, and previously unheard of power for laptops. Wanna learn more? Who we kidding, of course you do—and we got a bunch of pix and more info on both of these major bad boys after the break.

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A Windows-Mac Alternative: Moblin by Linux October 14, 2009

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RUN! IT’S A MOBLIN!


Alright, so chances are, if you’ve used a computer in the past few years, you’ve heard of the basic factions of operating systems – Mac, and Windows. Chances are you’ve used both over the years. But, there is a third major OS – Linux, which I for one, and I’m guessing that many of you as well, haven’t had a chance to use. Now, unlike the Mac or Windows, Linux comes in tons of varieties. But the one I’ll be focusing on here is Moblin, which Intel is involved in, and we had the chance to see at IDF this year.

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Live From IDF: Hands on with the Archos 9 Windows 7 Tablet September 30, 2009

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The Archos 9 Windows 7 Tablet

For what seems like forever, there’s been talk of Apple making an all touchscreen tablet for the Mac. Now see, if you’re a Windows user (even though now there is talk of Microsoft making their own tablet…. but we’ll cover that another time), you can pretty much point and laugh at every Apple “fanboy” who freaks out with each Apple event and rumor hoping for said inevitable tablet—as thanks to Archos, you got a real, and really nice looking Windows tablet that’s ready to make full use of the upcoming Windows 7’s improved touch features.

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Playing Hearts with your fingers!

At IDF, we made sure to stop by Archos’s booth and check out the Archos 9 for ourselves, and we came away pretty impressed. The Archos 9 tablet looks great and is insanely thin and light that taking it around wherever you go should be a breeze.

Archos did though do a couple things interesting with the tablet—for one, it doesn’t use a capacitive, more finger friendly touchscreen like those on the iPhone and iPod touch, instead going with a surprisingly very responsive resistive touchscreen (usually with resistive screens they only work well if you use a stylus or pen like object to tap the screen– but if we hadn’t known before that this was resistive we would have definitely thought it was a capacitive screen. That’s how good it is with just using your fingers! Though that lack of a capacitive screen also means no gestures like “pinch to zoom” etc). It also has a lot of the netbook type specs like 9 inch touchscreen, 1 GB RAM, 1.2 GHZ Intel Atom processor, 1.3 megapixel webcam, Bluetooth, 60-120 GB hard drive…, but all this isn’t a terrible thing, as Archos is planning to sell this at a very solid price of $499 when it launches with Windows 7 on October 22nd.

Oh, and if your worried about using an all touchscreen device like this to write long reports or take notes in school, don’t be. Archos plans to be selling a very thin wireless Bluetooth keyboard along with the Archos, which also is pretty solid and will definitely make things a whole lot easier.

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For more info on the Archos 9, see Archos’s site here.

Live from IDF: LoJack from Absolute Software September 29, 2009

Posted by Chaim Gartenberg in Computers, IDF.
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Over our time at IDF, we had the chance to meet up with Absolute Software, the maker of the laptop recovery tool LoJack. What, you ask, is LoJack? If you’re a laptop owner probably one of the most useful pieces of software out there for laptop owners. LoJack exists because a warranty can only take you so far; what would happen if your laptop got stolen? (cue dramatic music)…

LoJack software is here to catch the thief and save the day (and more importantly, your laptop). Basically, you install the app, (most computers actually have it built in on a factory level, which allows a greater level of security – check the list here), and every so often, once you activate it by, well, buying the software, it’ll check in with LoJack on a daily basis. If you report your computer as being stolen, the program reports in more frequently, enabling LoJack, (who works with local police), to retrieve your computer. Which, as you probably realize, is pretty awesome. The more costly Premium Version has the additional feature of allowing you to remotely wipe your data on the computer, before it is returned, as a just in case feature. Also included in the premium is insurance – if they can’t get your computer back, they’ll give you up to $1000 for a new computer.

As a teenager, I think that the appeal of this is obvious – I carry my laptop everywhere, and I’d have no way of finding it if it was ever stolen. So for me, it’s pretty awesome. Thankfully, I haven’t had to try out their services, but they do note a rate of 3/4 laptops recovered.

LoJack is both Windows and Mac compatible, and costs $50 (1 year subscription) or $100 (3 years) in stores for the Standard Edition, [its cheaper on their site as a digital download], and $70 (1 year) or $120 (3 years) or the Premium Edition.

But, stick around –  later in the week, we’ll have three copies of the LoJack Premium Edition (3 years) to give away. So check back here soon!

Live From IDF: Dell Teases New Ultrathin Latitude Z series September 25, 2009

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Dell Latitude z Pic 1

Ok, file this into the “what in the world?” category, as Dell decided to show off—albeit in a glass box nobody could touch– their all new Latitude Z series 16 inch laptop. So you may be thinking right now “Alright Eli, so why should we possibly put this in the “what in the world?” category?” Well astute reader, I answer you with a couple of pictures:

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Dell latitude z 2

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Yeah, this ain’t a bad “what in the world?” but rather a good and excited one. As you can see, this is no ordinary 16 inch laptop, seriously how in the world did they possibly make it that thin! No real news is out on this guy yet (though it’s rumored to charge WIRELESSLY!!!! Kinda like the Palm Pre and it’s Touchstone dock), and we’ll make sure to pass along info on this once Dell makes it official in, as the Dell rep told me “in the coming days!”

Live From IDF: Hands On with the Intel Classmate PC September 24, 2009

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Classmate Tablet PC Intel Reg Laptop Style Classmate PC

The Intel Classmate Tablet PC and regular laptop style Classmate PC

So taking a regular laptop or netbook to school is great (I love using my HP Mini netbook everyday — so much easier to take around school), but sometimes you want something a little more durable, or maybe something that gives you the ability to use a touchscreen and “write notes” (or doodle). Intel, not usually known for designing whole computers themselves, actually has designed a small tablet like PC that lets you do just that– full keyboard to take notes, or twist the screen and just write on the touchscreen, and even a bigger more traditional netbook style Classmate if you want all the ruggedness without the touchscreen.

Here at IDF we got to spend a couple of minutes with the Classmate, and overall, were very impressed and found the Classmate to be a very cool idea. Pix and full details after the break.

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Intel’s 2009 Concept Laptop September 23, 2009

Posted by Chaim Gartenberg in Computers, IDF.
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Seen @ IDF (Intel Developer Forum): TeenTechBlog is blogging live from IDF in San Francisco this week, and to kick it off, here’s a bit of info on Intel’s 2009 Concept Laptop. Basically, every year Intel makes a concept laptop based on new tech and consumer interests. This year’s hot concepts? Think widgets and multiple screens. Check  the screenshots below.

Image011That’s – Count ’em – 4 Screens. Yep – 4.

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Yup, Intel showed off a laptop featuring three miniature touch-screens built into the laptop, above the keyboard. Not only is it seriously cool, but it frees up your main screen for the important stuff, taking notes or writing an essay, while easily allowing you to control, say, your music, Facebook, and AIM. Also, you can use those screens for system preferences as well, providing easy access to live feeds on your battery life, WiFi connectivity, and audio volume. Overall, this is some awesome stuff, and I’m hoping to see it in a laptop soon.

More on this coming soon, but someone (we’re looking at you Dell, HP, Lenovo and all the other PC manufaturers) make this into a reality soon…please?

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