Clive Thompson’s recent article for Wired entitled “The Netbook Effect: How Cheap Little Laptops Hit the Big Time” details the adoption of the Netbook, machines powered by flash drives intended for running bare-bones applications. These low-powered lightweights took the tech industry off guard, and they point to a valuable lesson for companies in every every sector.
The mouse may be dead to many netbook users, but if Disney has anything to do with it, The Mouse will remain alive and well for young technophiles. This week, Walt’s little company announced that it has collaborated with the unfortunately-named ASUS to launch the Disney Netpal.
The hunt for my wife’s new laptop just got more difficult. Apple recently announced a planned reduction in prices for a pair of to-be-announced Macs. And the blogosphere is brimming with speculation.
Sometimes it takes a million square feet of gizmos to understand where humanity is headed. After all the pageantry and pixels, here's what the world learned about tech in 2010.
The netbook faces a challenge this year as the highest growth category in the personal computer market by a younger upstart – the smartbook. Smartbooks will make their full debut this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The chipmaker Freescale heralded their arrival with the launch of its reference design for the category.
Intel and Nokia unveiled plans on Tuesday to work together to create a type of mobile computing device beyond today’s smartphones and netbooks. The move takes Intel a step further towards a breakthrough into the highly prized mobile phone market. Nokia typically works with potential suppliers on joint research for several years before deciding to adopt a particular technology.
Gadget lovers have never had it so good. It seems, suddenly, that personal computing devices are turning up in all shapes and sizes. For nearly three decades, the PC has dominated the landscape. But a surge of innovation is ripping through personal technology as companies from the computing, mobile phone and consumer electronics worlds all race to define the next intelligent mass-market item.
Can't decide between a netbook, a smartphone, ultramobile PC or some other piece of mobile gadgetry? It won't be a decision bothering you for much longer.
Don’t say “Apple” and “netbook” in the same breath. In fact, contempt may be too kindly a term to describe the attitude of Apple’s COO Tim Cook toward the mini-laptop category that’s making waves in the market, but not, apparently, in Cupertino.
Mary Lou Jepsen didn't set out to invent the netbook and turn the computer industry upside down. She was just trying to create a supercheap laptop.
After all that teasing, Sony's finally unwrapped the small and slim Vaio P. And as Sony's spin has it, it's not so much a netbook as a Windows Vista-running, super-widescreen "Lifestyle PC," so very sleekly designed it almost redefines the netbook class.