We're quickly coming up on a year since the iPad was released, and while opinions may have been divided early on, there's simply no questioning now that Apple's take on the tablet PC singlehandedly made that long-failing device category suddenly viable. Apple didn't invent the tablet; it was simply the first to craft one that was compelling enough to finally win over consumers. Along the way, it...
Researchers at Germany's Ilmenau University of Technology are developing flying quadcopter robots that can be used to form a self-assembling ad-hoc wireless network in the event of disaster. Built with off-the-shelf parts (including VIA's Pico-ITX hardware and a GPS unit) the robots are designed to provide both mobile phone and Wi-Fi access -- and they can do it far more quickly than a...
The market for cheap sub-notebooks is simply exploding. It all started with the OLPC XO, then Intel jumped in with the Classmate. Soon Asus revealed its critically acclaimed Eee PC, and these low-priced, low-powered (often Linux-running) machines truly started to take the world by storm. The latest entry into this field is the Hewlett Packard 2133 Mini-Note PC. The Mini-Note starts at $499, for...
You may not be familiar with the OQO 02 but the company is making some big announcements today regarding its pre-UMPC UMPC (Ultra-Mobile PC). This tiny little device is a getting trio of upgrades that make the miniature Via-powered Windows computer even more lust worthy. First up is a 64-gigabyte SSD (Solid State Drive). The 64-gig of Flash won't hold your massive collection of illegally...
If the previously mentioned Everex available through Wal-Mart isn't green or cheap enough for you, then Zonbu -- a new subscription-based PC service -- may be right up your alley. For about $12.95 a month, Zonbu provides subscribers with the Zonbox, a diminutive little box of a PC that completely embraces the concept of online computing by ditching the traditional internal hard drive for...
Wal-Mart is prepping for the back-to-school season with the Everex IMPACT GC3502 PC, a $298 PC running Vista Home Basic. Now don't get too excited as this computer comes without a monitor and is woefully underpowered for all but the most basic computing tasks. If you just want to read a few web sites, send some email, and maybe do a little word processing, the Everex might not be a bad choice,...
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