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Notebooks, tablets, and winning with Windows 8

Notebook PCs and media tablets are clearly different beasts, and today, research companies such as Gartner and IDC count them separately. This is easy because the vast majority of notebook PCs run Microsoft Windows on Intel processors, while the vast majority of tablets run Apple's IOS on ARM chips.

October 7, 2011 by

Pop quiz - Which would you choose?

Watching all those Microsoft "Laptop Hunter" ads got me thinking - if I offered you $2,000 to spend on either a Windows based or Mac OSX based notebook (don't get all excited, it's a hypothetical question!), which would you choose?

May 21, 2009 by

Microsoft: new USB-powered laptop cooling base, Arc mouse lineup

With laptop use rising steadily, Microsoft has decided to meet demand for accessories by introducing its new Notebook Cooling Base, designed to make notebook use more comfortable with a built-in fan and sleek form, and a new line of the company's award-winning Arc MouseThe Notebook Cooling Base provides cooling with a built-in fan and efficient cooling channel to prevent overheating. The base is contoured to rest on both desks and users' laps, and has a slim, portable design at 1.

March 10, 2009 by

Report: HP working on touchscreen laptop; new netbook

The company behind the Touchsmart all-in-one desktops is planning to release a notebook PC with a touchscreen display before the end of the year, according to a report in today's Wall Street Journal (subscription required). HP has hired Frog Design--the company behind the HP Touchsmart IQ500 and IQ800--to design the hardware while an internal team is refining the touch-enabled user interface that runs on top of Microsoft Windows.

October 16, 2008 by

Share OneNote notebooks online

OneNote has long had the ability to create shared notebooks but a newly released OneNote powertoy from Microsoft developer Dave Tse allows you to export a OneNote notebook as an interactive website. Even better, the project has been deposited at CodePlex for community input and enhancement. The exported notebook is, unfortunately, best viewed only in IE7 as the .MHT "single file" HTML format is not well supported by third-party browsers. The web export can be saved on a local drive, a network share, or a SharePoint server.

July 7, 2007 by

Dell's Linux PCs cost US$50 less than Windows PCs

in brief Dell desktops loaded with Ubuntu Linux will cost US$50 less than Microsoft Windows-based systems but it is still unclear if and when they will be available in Australia.The figure applies to Dell's Inspiron 1420 notebook, which offers the Ubuntu Linux distribution pre-installed.

July 4, 2007 by

Zoho Notebook now in Public Beta

At the end of January, I wrote about Zoho Notebook, the latest addition to the company's stable of web-based applications. At the time, I was very impressed with the concept and initial execution and today, Zoho has made Notebook publicly available as a beta. If you use a product like Circus Ponies Notebook on the Mac or Microsoft OneNote on Windows, you'll immediately grasp the general idea but Notebook, as I wrote in my original post, has internet-native capabilities that exceed what these fat client apps can do on the desktop. Zoho's Raju Vegesna has put together a video introduction that highlights some of the capabilities engineered into Notebook.

May 21, 2007 by

Image Gallery: Toshiba's first retail-targeted 4.1-pound ultra-portable runs Vista

As Microsoft was revving its engines for the launch of Windows Vista, notebook manufacturers like Toshiba were clearly looking for special niches to fill in the market when it came to offering Vista-enabled notebooks and one result of that process is the company's newest versions of its Satellite U205 notebook lineup (available starting February 6, 2007). According to Toshiba, the new U205 is "Toshiba’s first ultra-portable notebook for the retail market.

February 1, 2007 by

First look at Zoho Notebook

Zoho has taken what I consider to be a most important step beyond providing a online office suite experience with the announcement today of Zoho Notebook. If you're familiar with Microsoft Office OneNote on the Windows platform or any number of "junk drawer" applications on the Mac that allow you to aggregate, organize, and share content, you'll understand the space into which Zoho's newest application fits. But while categorizing Zoho Notebook is fairly easy, don't mistake that for pigeonholing this new web-based application as a me-too copy of what's already available.

January 30, 2007 by

New VMware Workstation beta to support 64-bit guests

In my quest for the perfect notebook that could double as both my production system to get my job done as well as a test system for a year's worth (or more) of testing Microsoft Windows "Vista64"  (see our new blog: Microsoft vistulations),  I've been playing around with the idea of using virtual machine (VM) technology like VMware Workstation 5 to minimize the headaches of having to re-provision my production setup (in the event that the test setup destroys it).

September 9, 2005 by

Microsoft sues controversial system assembler

The bizarre chain of events that unfolded around the alleged theft of notebook computers valued at AU$1 million last March continued today, with Microsoft revealing it is seeking damages for software piracy against a system assembler embroiled in the matter.

November 7, 2004 by

ViewSonic airpanel V110

This Smart Display lets you access your PC wirelessly from up to 45m away. But you can buy a fully-featured Wi-Fi-equipped notebook for a similar price.

February 10, 2003 by

ViewSonic airpanel V110

This Smart Display lets you access your PC wirelessly from up to 45m away. But you can buy a fully-featured Wi-Fi-equipped notebook for a similar price.

February 10, 2003 by

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