Intel has launched its first major effort to win market share in tablet devices, while revealing how it will defend the netbook market it dominates from this year’s slate onslaught. The world’s biggest chipmaker is announcing the availability of its first chip specifically designed for tablets and is giving a sneak peek at its developer forum in Beijing this week of its next-generation netbook chip. Read more
Steve Jobs says netbooks are just slow, cheap laptops with low-quality displays and are no good for anything.
He dissed them as such during the unveiling of the iPad and, judging by falling sales since then, he may have a case. Except that the new MacBook Air, launched on Wednesday, has just become my new favourite netbook. Read more
Schoolchildren can safely spill water on the keyboard and even drop a new ruggedised version of Intel’s Classmate PC, but they may be tempted to take more care of it anyway.
The Classmate is no longer cheap in looks or price and has features that would not shame a $600 laptop. In fact, according to an Engadget review , that is precisely the cost of the version they tested, running Windows 7 Professional. Read more
Touch is becoming a common feature on netbooks, with HP launching its first touch-enabled netbook a day after Lenovo announced its own entry at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The HP Mini 5102 has a capacitive touchscreen option , like the iPhone’s, but it may be a little used feature at first , with few applications able to take advantage of the display’s capabilities. Read more
The semiconductor industry appears to be recovering rapidly from the recession, according to the latest industry figures.
Sales in July were down 18.2 per cent on the same month last year, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
However, that compares to an average monthly fall of 25 per cent in the first six months of the year. Read more
@CES, Las Vegas: Apple, which claims its MacBook Air is the thinnest portable PC on the market, faces new competition from an unexpected source – Taiwan-based Micro Star International.
MSI, best known for its PC motherboards and ‘Wind’ netbook PCs, used the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to launch the ultra-thin X-Slim X320 notebook – a low-cost machine that looks remarkably similar to the MacBook Air but runs Microsoft Windows. Read more