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Pixel Qi conjuring up black magic technology for 40-hour laptops 29 November 2008 at 3:40 pm by

Sure, you can go out and get yourself a laptop right now that’ll go 12.5-hours strong, but what if your portable computer could nearly outlast your Aigo A215? While L’s mythical quad core lappie came close in theory, Mary Lou Jepsen’s (the former CTO at OLPC) startup is hoping to eventually create a machine that can last between 20 and 40-hours between charges. Pixel Qi is being pretty closelipped right now (and understandably so) about what exactly it has going on, but we get the idea the secret sauce is in a highly efficient display that will require far less power than traditional LCDs. The best part? We could see one of these longevous notebooks in the pipeline as early as 2H 2009, so we’d probably start stocking up on Red Bull right about now.

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SanDisk slashes some prices for the weekend, heading into world’s worst-named Monday By 29 November 2008 at 1:48 pm and have No Comments

“Cyber Monday.” You probably couldn’t pick a worse name for a day of conspicuous, retailer-defined consumerism, but you’re welcome to try. SanDisk decided to forgo the Black Friday insanity and instead run with three days of Cyber Monday sales, with up to 60% off those boring, ever-necessary flash memory products it’s so well known for — and Sansa players aplenty.

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SanDisk slashes some prices for the weekend, heading into world’s worst-named Monday originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 29 Nov 2008 13:48:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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ASUS’ 12-inch bamboo laptop gets a price By 27 November 2008 at 11:36 pm and have No Comments

ASUS may have been beaten to the punch by a few other companies and their bamboo-ensconced offerings, but it looks like it’s now getting its first bamboo laptop out the door at long last, and it’s taken the opportunity to finally get official with a price. Apparently, the first few 12-inch models will go on sale at Taiwan‘s IT Month exhibition on Saturday, where they’ll run NT$59,900, or just over $1,800. Unfortunately, it’s not clear exactly which configuration that’ll get you, but, judging from the last word out of ASUS, even the base config seems to be pretty capable.

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ASUS’ 12-inch bamboo laptop gets a price originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 27 Nov 2008 23:36:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Acer readies 10-inch Aspire One for Q1 launch By 25 November 2008 at 5:11 am and have No Comments

Acer’s top-selling Aspire One is set to break into 10-inch territory as early as February or March. This according to Scott Lin, Acer Taiwan president. Also on the books are 12.1-, 13.3-, and 15.6-inch LED-backlit laptops for 2009 — a 14.1-incher should hit this year with a price of NT$40,000 or about $1,200 of the green, presidential stuff.

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Acer readies 10-inch Aspire One for Q1 launch originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 25 Nov 2008 05:11:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Epson’s Endeavor Na01 mini is a netbook By 19 November 2008 at 9:17 am and have No Comments

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Not much to say here, just an Atom N270 1.6Ghz processor, 10.2-inch 1024 x 600 LCD, 1GB of RAM, 160GB HDD and a dash of Windows XP, doing what they always do. There’s a nice complement of completely standard interfaces, like three USB 2.0 plugs, 802.11b/g WiFi, Ethernet, mini VGA out and a multicard reader, all stuffed into a slightly frumpy 1.5-inch thick enclosure, but let’s not get off message: Epson’s new Endeavor Na01 mini is all Microsoft-proscribed netbook and nothing more. The Japan-only computer is available today for the completely palatable price of 46,800 Yen (about $484).

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Epson’s Endeavor Na01 mini is a netbook originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 19 Nov 2008 09:17:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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MSI unveils Neton all-in-one nettop models ranging from mild to somewhat less mild By 19 November 2008 at 8:39 am and have No Comments

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MSI unveils Neton all-in-one nettop models ranging from mild to somewhat less mild

MSI and Asus, having apparently found the bottom in the netbook race, are now working hard to find that magic point on the desktop. Asus has its B202 and all-in-one Eee Top nettops, the latter of which MSI is now countering with the new, all-inclusive Neton series. The smallest is the M16, starting at $400 and featuring a 15.6-inch 1366 x 768 screen — exactly the same size as Asus’s impending offering (coincidence, surely). Then there’s the slightly larger but otherwise identically spec’d $500 18.5-inch M19, and finally the range-topping $800 22-inch M22, offering an HD-loving 1920 x 1080 display fed by an optional Blu-ray drive. As you can see in pics after the break the guts of the M16 have been placed into an unsightly, over-sized stand, while on the M19 and M22 everything is tucked neatly behind the monitor itself, making for easy wall mounting (more room for Coke cans and miscellaneous clutter). No word on memory or disk space, but each will offer touch-screens and will come with XP or Vista depending on whether you opt for a single- or dual-core Atom processor. The M19 ships first in January, the M16 next in Feb, and the M22 last in March.

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MSI unveils Neton all-in-one nettop models ranging from mild to somewhat less mild originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 19 Nov 2008 08:39:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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ASUS 15.6-inch touchscreen Eee Tops launching tomorrow — $499? By 19 November 2008 at 8:02 am and have No Comments

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Can you feel it? That dull sense of ennui isn’t the result of the diminished hours of daylight, oh no, it’s the sensation of the Eee Top‘s imminent launch in Taipei. ASUS has a news conference scheduled for Thursday to out the ET1602 and ET1603 XP PCs into the wonderfully erect world of all-in-ones. Something we’ve been expecting since January of this year when we first heard about ASUS’ Eee branding promiscuity. We’re still looking at 15.6-inches of touchscreen LCD, a 160GB hard disk, 802.11n WiFi, a pair of 4-watt speakers, and 1.3 megapixel webcam all propped up by a tepid 1.6GHz Atom N270 processor — a CPU that ASUS knows a thing or two about. The ET1603 packs a better ATI HD3450 graphics card and battery for 4.4-kilograms (9.7-pounds) of luggable PC. We’ll have to wait for the pricing and country details but we can speculate that it’ll arrive in the US pronto after seeing its wireless (EK-C2) keyboard slip through the FCC yesterday. Could be a holiday winner if it hits for the $499 price rumored way back when.

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ASUS 15.6-inch touchscreen Eee Tops launching tomorrow — $499? originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 19 Nov 2008 08:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Power-sipping Funai Dynamic ECD display don’t need no backlight By 19 November 2008 at 7:23 am and have No Comments

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Got OLED on the brain? What about FED? Holograms suit your fancy? Regardless of how you feel about the world’s latest and greatest up-and-coming display technologies, we’ve got one more that you should probably keep an eye on. Funai has just announced the development of a swank new panel that consumes just 0.16-milliwatts of electricity per square centimeter, or around 1% as much as traditional LCDs. The Dynamic ECD is made of a reflective display that uses color-changing dyes that light up and morph as electricity flows through. In other words, there’s no need for a backlight, and it even boasts 80% reflectivity (compared with 50% on reflective LCDs) for easier viewing in broad daylight. The real kicker? It should cost around one-third as much as an LCD to manufacture. Expectations are to have 7- and 14-inch units out in 2009, though ultimately it hopes to completely dominate the mobile phone and e-book market.

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Power-sipping Funai Dynamic ECD display don’t need no backlight originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 19 Nov 2008 07:23:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Lego safe is made from robot parts, will guard your mint condish Robocop figurines just nicely By 19 November 2008 at 6:09 am and have No Comments

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No, your eyes don’t deceive: it’s a Lego safe. Apparently Lego’s computer-equipped Mindstorms NXT can be used for something more practical than launching robots into space (great as that was), and believe it or not, this box is actually kind of secure. Five double digit codes protect your valuables, and the dial goes both ways, so there’s a left and right entry for each number — hence, over 305 billion possible combinations. Moving the safe will trip motion sensors and set off an alarm, and bars inside strengthen the structure, so while master diamond thieves won’t be deterred, surreptitious little siblings might. Video after the break, and check the right nav through the read link to dig up building instructions.

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Lego safe is made from robot parts, will guard your mint condish Robocop figurines just nicely originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 19 Nov 2008 06:09:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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NASA’s interplanetary Internet tests a success, Vint Cerf triumphs again By 19 November 2008 at 5:25 am and have No Comments

NASA is reporting the first successful tests of its Deep Space Network modeled after Earth’s own Internet. Instead of using TCP/IP, however, the interplanetary communication network relies upon DTN (Disruption-Tolerant Networking) co-developed by none other than Google’s Vinton Cerf. As such, NASA’s network does not assume a continuous end-to-end connection — if a link is lost due to solar storms or a planetary eclipse, the communication node will store the information until the connection is re-established. So, what’s the big deal you rightly ask, after all, we’ve been (purposely) transmitting data to and from space for a half-century. As Leigh Torgerson, manager of NASA’s DTN Experiment Operations Center explains it:

“In space today, an operations team must manually schedule each link and generate all the commands to specify which data to send, when to send it, and where to send it. With standardized DTN, this can all be done automatically.”

Testing of the Deep Space Network began in October with twice-weekly communications between NASA’s Epoxi spacecraft (on a mission to rendezvous with Comet Hartley 2) and nine ground-based nodes meant to simulate Mars landers, orbiters, and operation centers. The International Space Station is scheduled to join the testing next summer. Although the nature of the data transmitted wasn’t specified, we can only presume that it was laced with Google ads for Mr. Lee’s Greater Hong Kong.

NASA’s interplanetary Internet tests a success, Vint Cerf triumphs again originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 19 Nov 2008 05:25:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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