Acer Unveils Acer Aspire 8935G Notebook

Notebooks are quire in demand today and apparently there is another one in the market from Acer. This new notebook, the Acer Aspire 8935G Notebook joins the lines of new and middle class notebooks in the market today, specifically for business and multimedia purposes.

And with quite an array of notebooks being preferred mainly due to its mobility in being able to accommodate and be flexible in the various tasks needed by yuppies today, nothing beats the reliability of a tested brand like Acer.

Some specifications of the machine are not announced at this time. What we do know is that the machine will use Intel Core 2 Duo CPUs, run Windows Vista Home Premium, and sports a massive 18.4-inch LCD.

The LCD has 1920 x 1080p resolution and a Blu-ray burner is built-in to take advantage of that resolution. Other features include an 8-cell battery, backlit keyboard, graphics via ATI Radeon HD 4670 and more. The downside is that the machine is massive weighing in at 10.1 pounds. The 8935G is set to launch in June at unspecified pricing.


Netbooks Being Sold under $49.99

If you can buy a netbook for under $50, then by all means go for it. Add to the fact that it is also brand new and surely you will see customers swarming to get one!

When you hear of popular gadget such as Netbooks being offered at $49.99, the loose ends are the immediate concern of interested parties. For AT&T, it is about tying up the consumers on their end with data service contract plans. In short, it is a marketing ploy to entice subscriptions for AT&T.

The wireless provider is offering subsidized netbooks for as little as $49.99 in two markets, Atlanta and Philadelphia. The catch is that buyers must sign a two-year contract for an AT&T data service plan, which starts at about $60/month. As usual, the devil is in the details, and these low-cost netbooks, despite their tempting price, may not be a good buy for everyone.

What does $49.99 get you? An Acer Aspire One with an 8.9-inch display, 1GB of memory, and a 160GB hard drive. A quality netbook, certainly, but the catch is that you have to sign a two-year deal for AT&T’s Internet at Home & On the Go service, which starts at $59.95 a month. My gripe with this plan is that its home service is DSL at a poky 768Kbps. Besides, if my netbook has built-it 3G mobile broadband, why should I bother with DSL at all?

The package also includes 3G wireless, but the monthly data limit is just 200MB — fine for occasional remote access, but not enough for full-time use. Need more 3G? You can upgrade to a two-year DataConnect plan, which ups the monthly data cap to a healthy 5GB. Ah, but doing so doubles the Aspire One’s price to $99.99.

AT&T sells the Aspire One with no plan for $449.99, and it has similar subsidized plans for other netbooks. The Dell Mini 9, for instance, starts at $99.99. At the high end, a Lenovo Thinkpad X200 starts at $749.99.

The move to cellphone-style pricing for netbooks has been in the works for some time. Radio Shack already offers a $100 Aspire One with a two-year mobile broadband plan, and Verizon is reportedly working on similar deals.


MSI Releases All-in-one NetTops

MSI, a known motherboard and notebook manufacturer, has unveiled the all-in-one nettops which is sure to cost people not because of its specs but because of its size and weight. All boasting of various features that include bigger LCD screens, higher memory and hard drive capacity as well as energy saving features, these NetTops are bound to be a hot demand in the market soon.

The MSI Wind NetOn AP1900 has an 18.5-inch WSXGA 16:9 display, Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz processor, up to 2GB of DDR2 memory and both a 160GB SATA hard-drive and DVD burner. According to MSI, at full operating load the 35mm wide NetOn AP1900 requires just 35W, saving around 86-percent on a traditional PC.

As for connectivity, it includes gigabit ethernet, WiFi b/g, three USB 2.0 ports, a D-Sub video output and a 4-in-1 memory card reader. It includes audio in/out and a 1.3-megapixel webcam, together with stereo speakers. Graphics can accommodate up to 228MB shared memory.

The MSI Wind NetOn AP1900 measures 550 x 420 x 35mm and has both an adjustable stand and a VESA mount on the back. No word on pricing or availability, but it is expected to cost in the area of $500 and above.


Chargepod Powers Your Laptops and Gadgets

Power is the source of all laptops and gadgets and apparently that is one theme that most CES onlookers have noticed. While charging of laptops can normally be done by the usual plug and charge method, there are a couple of neat chargers on show that many would surely love to have.

Among them include that of the Chargepod. While it can certainly help power up a laptop that is not all you can do. You can charge up to four other gadgets plus room for a USB hub. Now that is a great looking multi-task gadget if I ever saw one and surely, this is something any techie geek would love to have.

Callpod is releasing the successor to its wonderful Chargepod 6-way charger. The Chargepod V2 will be able to handle your laptop (either PC or Mac, surprisingly) and four gadgets, with room to spare to act as a three-port USB hub while it’s juicing your equipment back into the green.

Besides the V2, Callpod will also be releasing the Drone Class 1 Bluetooth adapter, which will give you over 300 feet of range under optimal conditions and automatically sync up to your headsets.

Powering up is something important for people who have lots of gadgets today. And for people who want to use them ever so frequently, it would be advisable to make sure you have an add-on gadget that can assist you once the batteries run low.


PC Demands Bound to Soar Through Laid Off Workers

Out of a job? Laid off? A lot of people have lost jobs these days and if there is one worthy investment that they should consider, it would be perhaps through PCs or laptops. The best time to invest in these technological breakthroughs is now not only because they have been offered at great bargains but also because they can do a lot with them.

There are a lot of potential money-making schemes that anyone can do online and it does not need the immediate call to enroll in computer schools. In fact, the simplest way of making money on the web is to check out telecommute jobs.

There are a lot of jobs people can consider and these include:

1. Content writing or blogging
2. Data Entry
3. Social Media Marketing
4. Graphics Designing
5. Documentation and Reports

Now all of these would require a PC and a reliable Internet connection. While the latter is already a given, a computer can be used as a great source of income if you look in the right places. You can even use the web to get references as well. Some companies can even offer you a work from home job and all you would need is a device, a computer in this case, to conduct such an interface.

So if you are looking for a worthy investment, a computer is one of the wise decisions to go about it. You don’t even have to spend your entire final pay on it. This is a small investment that can perhaps help people who are direly looking for income these days.


New Memory Chips Unveiled by Kingston

New memory chips will be available in the market soon thanks to the efforts of the developmental team of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., a known brand name in the world of memory chips in the computer industry today. Their latest memory chips, an ultra-low latency HyperX DDR3 SO-DIMM, is expected to hit the market soon, targeting initially the laptop and notebook users. The new features of this new memory module is the new metal aluminum heatspreader that dissipates heat better than any other metal, for added consistent performance.

We all know that when chips heat up, a slow down on processes occur and while we find the proper ways to provide ventilation for them, it seems that the overheating issue is far from being addressed. But leave it to the memory module manufacturing companies to make the necessary adjustments and Kingston has become the first to address the heating memory chips issue.

End users tend to use their notebooks more and more for intensive performance applications such as video editing, photo manipulation or running multiple programs simultaneously. This slows the computer down and thus requires a high performance memory configuration running at high speeds.’


So with that said, improved computing may be in store for all laptop and notebook users who extensively use their gadgets for personal and professional use. Backed with a lifetime warranty, it makes you wonder if Kingston would introduce a similar memory chip module for the desktop users. Knowing for a fact that desktops have their share of users, it should not be surprising if they do. Besides, many are sure to be waiting for that as well!

Are We Shifting to a Touch and Talk Technology Soon?

At the rate that we see new gadgets set out in the market, the time may come where we would be using a different kind of interface as far as PC computing is concerned. Among them would be a shift towards using voice technology and simple touches of a keypad from the usual mobile phones largely used in carrying out computing works. In short, the possibility of a keyboard-less world looms over the horizon and it seems to be coming pretty soon.

“Talk and touch are common technology interfaces. People have adjusted to hearing individuals dictating information in public to their computing devices. In addition ‘haptic’ technologies based on touch feedback have been fully developed, so, for instance, a small handheld Internet appliance allows you to display and use a full-size virtual keyboard on any flat surface for those moments when you would prefer not to talk aloud to your networked computer.”


The transformation of the standard desktop or laptop towards mobile computing is happening today. People put to good use their mobile phones and mini PC devices and one can just be amazed at the things that people can do with them. There is no doubt that connecting to the web has been made easier and no longer are people constrained to stay in the office or their home which normally becomes a problem when they want to move around and do multi-task activities.

If today we are seeing the growth of mobile technology, just imagine what is in store a couple of years from now. Voice technology is not far behind. It was tried out some years back but died down due to lack of support and peripherals compatible to it. Today is a different story and with all the players in the computer market vying for credible market share, don’t be surprised if it develops this time around.

NBA Coaches Shifting Towards Computers for Plays?

We see them on television most of the time. In any basketball game, plays have to be reviewed and with the use of the standard coaching board using magnets or perhaps a water-based marker, a coach is able to direct the offense or defense of his players on the court and make sure that they execute their plays accordingly.

But this is a form of ancient practice. Sure we have seen the shift from the initial use of chalk and mapping out plays on the ground towards the useful whiteboards. However, could we see the shift from manual to computerized use of player positions and moves soon?

We see the technology from television broadcasts. The sports analysts do it on their own but as far as actual coaches in leagues such as the NBA is concerned, would we see them carrying a laptop soon?

There may be a lot of issues here considering that at their age, current coaches may not be that adept nor flexible towards using advanced means of coaching. There are drawing boards in use and while it seems that technology is known to make life easier, computer integration may have to come up with a new gadget that is not bulky nor hard to handle.

It is possible but unless that specific gadget for coaching comes out, don’t expect to see the coaches bringing a laptop or a touch screen monitor to each game. They will be looking at something better and handy than their whiteboard and that is a sure thing to consider.


It is All About Storage in Desktops

If you will notice in desktops, the feature that allows you to upgrade storage in the form of hard disks and optical media players bolsters the need of addressing storage issues. Unlike in laptops where hard disk changing may not always be present, the use of various hard drives such as SATA or SCSI has made all the difference in addressing the storage issue.

Storage for some desktop users would depend on what files they are pointing. Normally, it is not plainly about documents and spreadsheets. With technology offering a lot of things for the modern computer geek, audio, pictures and videos have likewise entered the fray. With that in mind, you can just imagine the space that these files would occupy and normally it can negate the usual gigabyte capacity of hard drives as well.

Laptops are not made for storage of large files. Some of these mobile computers have been equipped with higher capacity drives these days but you will notice the timing. They only offer larger storage after some time. At this age, we are already exposed to larger capacity drives, perhaps double than what laptops can carry. Why? For one thing, laptops are not designed to be storage space. They are made for assisting mobile users and not the hardcore programmer or designers.

So the next time you are wondering why desktops differ from laptops, just look beyond what they have to offer. The specifications are there but you need to look further. Storage is only one part of the entire picture for their variance.