June 3, 2009
Dell axes hackintosh makers’ favourite netbook
Tony Smith writes that Dell is discontinuing its Inspiron Mini 9 netbook product.
“Dell has knocked the nine-inch machine on the head, preferring instead to point punters at the 10-inch Mini 10 and Mini 10v. The latter offers the same spec as the Mini 9, but with a bigger screen and keyboard, and a 160GB hard drive. What’s not to like? asks Dell.”
Toshiba debuts its first netbook, the mini NB205
Andrew Nusca writes about Toshiba’s new mini NB205 netbook.
“The mini NB205 netbook, a system boasting a full-sized keyboard, large touchpad and nine hours of battery life, according to the company. It marks Toshiba’s first such entry into the growing netbook market. Positioned as a premium netbook, the system features a 10.1-inch diagonal widescreen LED backlit display, a full-size QWERTY raised-tile (‘chiclet’) keyboard and a full-size touchpad. It has Microsoft Windows XP installed.”
iPhone 3.0: Little New Expected, Yet Still No Major Rivals
Brian X. Chen writes about Apple’s third-generation iPhone.
“With only minor hardware updates likely for the third-generation iPhone, which Apple may detail at its Worldwide Developers Conference next week … Apple has little to fear from upstart smartphones like the Palm Pre, which launches on Saturday, June 6. Apple’s dominance in the smartphone market, combined with the iPhone’s already innovative feature set, put the company in a strong position to stave off competitors, including the upcoming Palm Pre, said Roger Entner, an analyst at Nielsen Mobile.”