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Asus releases brushed-aluminum Eee PC 1002HA 01 December 2008 at 11:56 am by

A brushed-aluminum chassis distinguishes the 1002HA from the rest of the Eee PC crowd.

Unveiled last month, Asus’ latest addition to its ever-expanding Netbook line is the Eee PC 1002HA. It’s your standard 10-inch Netbook–Intel Atom N270 CPU, 1GB of RAM, 160GB hard drive, and Windows XP–but comes wrapped …

Windows 7 WARP system to allow for DirectX 10 CPU acceleration By 28 November 2008 at 12:34 pm and have No Comments

We’ve already heard that Microsoft plans to make use of GPU acceleration in Windows 7, but it looks like the company is also going to be doing its part for the GPU-less out there, with the OS’s new so-called WARP system promising to allow for DirectX 10 acceleration using nothing more than a plain old CPU. Among other things, that’s apparently being done to avoid a recurrance of the Vista-capable debacle that happend last time around, when some systems that were said to be capable of running the OS were, in fact, anything but. According to Microsoft, WARP (or Windows Advanced Rasterization Platform) will work with as little as an 800MHz CPU, although it says it’ll work better on multi-core processors with SSE 4.1. To really put it to the test, Microsoft apparently even went so far as to run a few Crysis benchmarks with the system, and managed to clock in a blistering 7.36 fps frame rate at 800 x 600 on a Core i7-equipped PC, which is actually slightly better than what Intel’s current integrated graphics were able to eek out.

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Windows 7 WARP system to allow for DirectX 10 CPU acceleration originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 28 Nov 2008 12:34:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HP shows off Atom-powered mini-Q nettop in Taiwan By 25 November 2008 at 8:18 pm and have No Comments

It’s no slate PC / digiframe hybrid, but it is a touch unorthodox. HP Compaq is reportedly preparing to launch a mini-Q nettop, though it could ship under a totally less exciting Presario 2030 / 2020 moniker. Packed within the diminutive box will be an Atom 330 / 230 CPU (respectively), Windows Vista / XP (also respectively), 2GB of DDR2 RAM, a 160GB 7,200RPM hard drive, dual-layer DVD writer and a 6-in-1 card reader. No mention of a release date just yet, but pricing is expected at around NT$9,900 ($296) / NT$12,900 ($386).

[Via Electronista]

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HP shows off Atom-powered mini-Q nettop in Taiwan originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 25 Nov 2008 20:18:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Dell Mini 9 gets built-in AT&T 3G option By 25 November 2008 at 2:30 pm and have No Comments

It’s never been much of a secret that the Dell Mini 9 has been 3G-ready from day one, and Vodafone customers have been able to get a 3G-equipped model direct from the carrier for a little while now, but it looks like folks in the US can now finally get in on the mobile broadband action as well, with a built-in 3G option now configurable on Dell’s site. Unfortunately, anyone that already took the plunge on a Mini 9 is out of luck, as the $125 upgrade is only available new orders (and only available on Windows XP-equipped models). If that doesn’t preclude you, however, you can also expect to get a $120 rebate if you’re willing to sign a two-year contract for AT&T’s DataConnect service, although it looks like you’ll also have to put up with a delay in your ship date at the moment.

[Via Mobility Site, thanks Chris]

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Dell Mini 9 gets built-in AT&T 3G option originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 25 Nov 2008 14:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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QuickPWN Adds Street View to iPod Touch By 25 November 2008 at 4:49 am and have No Comments

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The excellent iPhone jailbreaking tool, QuickPWN, has been updated to crack the v2.2 iPhone and iPod Touch software.

Jailbreaking your iPhone lets you install third party applications other than those available from the iTunes App Store, and with QuickPWN it is easy — you just click a few buttons on screen and wait. After it’s done, you’ll see two new application icons on the iPhone’s home screen, Cydia and Installer. Both of these can be used to browse new applications and to download them direct to the iPhone.

For iPod Touch users, there is the added bonus of Google Street View, the feature left out of the v2.2 update. A couple of things that QuickPWN doesn’t do: It won’t unlock your iPhone from your cell carrier, and it won’t work on the second generation iPod Touch (the one with the curved back and volume buttons). For everything else, its a free download for Windows or OS X.

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G1′s browser getting hijacked like a cab in Liberty City? By 24 November 2008 at 7:17 pm and have No Comments

There’s already been a G1 firmware pushed out to patch up a browser security issue, but you know how it goes with those — two flaws seem to magically sprout up in place of every one that’s snuffed out. It’s unclear exactly what’s going on here, but some G1 users are reporting that attempting to visit Yahoo!’s home page is intermittently redirecting them to a totally legit-looking page imploring them to download some bogus Microsoft AntiSpyware crap — and while we’re thinking that this fake site was intended to target slightly larger computers of the Windows variety, it’s disturbing that this redirect somehow managed to filter down to Android. It could be a DNS hack or a problem with T-Mobile’s proxies, in which case the G1′s own defenses are absolved for the time being, but that’s not much comfort for Joe Yahoo-User, now is it?

[Via Android Community, thanks Dooosthy]

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G1′s browser getting hijacked like a cab in Liberty City? originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 24 Nov 2008 19:17:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Open Source Wi-Fi Service Claims Ten Million Hotspots In Network By 24 November 2008 at 5:18 pm and have No Comments

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Connecting to free Wi-Fi can be extremely frustrating. But WeFi, a three-year old start up, says it has solved the problem.

Ten million Wi-Fi access points have been recognized and classified so far onto a map says the Fairfax, Virginia-based company.

About one million users are currently using the company’s service, it claims.

Most Wi-Fi enabled devices show users a set of available connections and allow them to choose. But the process can be a bit of a hit-or-miss as users have to try on different connections to see what works best.

WeFi claims its software will automatically connect users to the best available free wireless connection. After the first user discovers and successfully connects to a previously unknown hotspot, the software maps the spot and uses the connectivity data to make it easier for future users to log on.

The network is user-generated, which means as more users join in more access points are discovered and added to the community.

To get started users have to download the free software from WeFi, which is available in PC, Symbian and Windows Mobile versions.

The WeFi directory is the largest virtual global Wi-Fi network claims the company.

Members can also map and rank open hotspots in any location. They can locate each other on the WeFi global map, send messages and share content.

Anyone tried this? What did you think?

Photo: (herzogbr/Flickr)

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Verizon gets its own HTC Touch Pro By 24 November 2008 at 12:08 pm and have No Comments

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Without much fanfare, the HTC Touch Pro popped up on the Verizon Wireless Web site on Monday, complete with specs and pricing. The Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone is available for purchase online and through telephone sales now and in stores on December 1 …

Palm axes an undisclosed amount of employees, sort of blames itself By 21 November 2008 at 11:03 pm and have No Comments

My, my — how’s this for truth in advertising? Palm InfoCenter has confirmed with a Palm spokesperson that the flagging outfit will be laying off an undisclosed amount of employees as the economy worsens and the firm attempts to keep that final nail from being slammed down on its coffin. According to the spokesperson, the company will undergo a certain amount of restructuring (sound familiar?) that will “result in company reductions in the US and internationally.” Incredulously, the statement also included this gem: “The global economic downturn continues to dampen demand for consumer goods around the world, and the impact on the economic environment is worsened by our maturing Centro line and the length of time it is taking to ramp our new Windows Mobile products.” We won’t say for sure that it’s actually taking some of the blame here, but it sure sounds like it. Now, if only it would take charge of its future…

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Palm axes an undisclosed amount of employees, sort of blames itself originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 21 Nov 2008 23:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Tiny Wiimote "projector" is not nearly as impressive as it sounds on paper By 21 November 2008 at 10:10 pm and have No Comments

This image is not necessarily one we are thrilled about having projected upon our walls, but we are pretty fond of anything in miniature. This 2.25-inch Wiimote is actually a semi-ingenious mini-projector which projects an image (yes, only one) from Super Mario Kart when its button is pressed. When you order you’ll get a random choice of one of the six possible images, each less exciting and more pointless than the next. They’re available from ThinkGeek now for $6, which is maybe worth the roughly one minute of amusement you (or your cat) will get out of the thing.

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Tiny Wiimote “projector” is not nearly as impressive as it sounds on paper originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 21 Nov 2008 22:10:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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