Friday, January 28, 2011

BlackBerry Curve Touch Gets Leaked

BlackBerry Curve TouchThe BlackBerry Curve has been one of the most popular devices in BlackBerry's lineup of smartphones. The device has always had a solid keyboard as well as a lack of pretense to any kind of functionality aside from exquisite messaging, but things could be changing, and fast.

CrackBerry has just released a photo of what appears to be a BlackBerry Curve Touch. This new device, codenamed "Malibu", appears to be all touchscreen. This doesn't seem to be the rumored Apollo device as that device was said to have a functional keyboard nor the Sedona which is what has led CrackBerry to determine that this is the Curve Touch.

So far there are only specs for the CDMA version available now, but the good news is that they are right in line with everything that you would expect from a midrange device due out in the late 2011 / early 2012 time slot. Full specifications include:
  • Qualcomm MSM 8655 800MHz CPU processor
  • CDMA - EvDo Rev A radio
  • 3.25" 480x360 HVGA display
  • Trackpad and Navigation keys
  • 5 megapixel camera with HD video recording
  • 1GB Flash + 512MB RAM with Hot Swap Micro SD memory
  • 802.11 b/g/n WiFi
  • Autonomous and A-GPS
  • NFC, Micro USB and Bluetooth 2.1
  • Ambient Light Sensor and accelerometer
These are still technically "proposed" specs and could change at any moment. Despite that, people are getting very excited about the possibility of an all touch BlackBerry Curve. This could very well redefine everything people know or do not know about BlackBerry. Stay tuned in here as we will have all the details as they emerge.

Source: Engadget
Picture Via: CrackBerry

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Amazon's Kindle E-book Sales Surpass Sales of Paperbacks

Amazon has just announced that their digital book sales on have overtaken the sales of their paperback books. The company also reported that for the fourth quarter of 2010 it had a 36 percent increase in its net sales. This is definitely some interesting and exciting news for Amazon.

However, despite the fantastic sales numbers reported by Amazon, their stock went down about 9 percent. According to Wall Street, the issue was that Amazon’s growth was completely expected.

Amazon’s chief financial officer Tom Szkutak said during a conference call that the revenues that Amazon reported for the fourth quarter were the strongest numbers in the company’s history since 2000. The company reported a net income of $416 million for the fourth quarter and a net sale of $12.95 billion. On a year-to-year basis, Amazon’s net income has increased 8 percent, while its revenues went up a whole 36 percent.

As I said, the sales of digital books at have passed the sales of paperback books, but it’s not by a whole lot. Since the start of the new year, Amazon has sold 115 Kindle books for every 100 paperback books. The company also reported that since January 1, it has sold three times as many Kindle books as hardcover books. Amazon made sure to mention that this information was coming from “across's entire U.S. book business and includes sales of books where there is no Kindle edition." The company also said that Kindle books that were free were excluded from the numbers.

So far, the company has not revealed the number of Kindles that have been sold. Some predict that Amazon probably sold more than 8 million Kindles in 2010, but who really knows? The company did say though that during the fourth quarter, it sold “millions” of its Amazon Kindles with the new Pearl screen.

"Thanks to our customers, we achieved two big milestones," said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of, in a statement. "We had our first $10 billion quarter, and after selling millions of third-generation Kindles with the new Pearl e-ink display during the quarter, Kindle books have now overtaken paperback books as the most popular format on Last July we announced that Kindle books had passed hardcovers and predicted that Kindle would surpass paperbacks in the second quarter of this year, so this milestone has come even sooner than we expected - and it's on top of continued growth in paperback sales."

Amazon doesn’t really seem too eager to report their numbers concerning the Kindle all of the time, but the company did report that there are currently 810,000 books in the Kindle Store. That number doesn’t even include the millions of free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books that are also available e-books for the Kindle.

Things seem to be going pretty well for Amazon. They have some up and coming projects that they are currently working on that should boost their numbers even higher. Szkutak declined to comment on Amazon's plans for Lovefilm. Lovefilm is being kind of described as Europe's version of Netflix. "Stay tuned on that one," Szutak said.

Szutak also declined to say anything about whether or not Amazon was planning on expanding its local grocery delivery system that they are doing a trial run of in Seattle called Amazon Fresh.

Amazon says that it really expects to grow somewhere between 28 and 39 percent in the first quarter.

All of these latest developments for Amazon are definitely exciting. It’s still pretty incredible that Kindle e-books outsold paperback books, but I guess this is beginning to look like a very bright future for Amazon, as well as other e-book providers.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Early Results of the eReader Project

It appears that a decent amount of students at the University of Notre Dame have decided to throw textbooks to the wind and have instead chosen to adopt the iPad as an e-reader replacement. Seven weeks into the study, students said that they learned more and were able to enjoy their classes more.

There is currently a yearlong study being conducted called the eReader project. Forty percent of a school’s management students (mostly undergraduates) are given an iPad as a loan for the study. Other schools besides Notre Dame are doing similar studies, but Notre Dame is the first school to release some early results concerning the study.

According to the eReader project, students said that the iPad really helped encourage them to further explore additional course topics, increase their knowledge, and keep their interest in the course. They also loved the portability of the iPad.

Dr. Corey M. Angst, the professor who taught the management class, noted that one advantage to the iPad was that it didn’t have the annoying and distracting clicking sound that a laptop has.

The students who enrolled in Angst’s class were not aware that they would be offered an iPad free of charge when they signed up for the class. It’s not a surprise that not one single student out of the forty offered an iPad rejected the offer.

Once the students were given the devices, there were a few rules that were laid down about what they could and could not do on their iPads. "We did this because we wanted to understand how or if the iPad changed the way students read, studied, participated, took notes, etc. We also anticipated that students would 'invent' ways of using the iPad to improve their course engagement," the authors wrote in their report.

This is a very interesting way to conduct the study because it allows users the freedom to figure things out on their own.

The success that Notre Dame is reporting from the study could possibly cause some two-year colleges' wheels to turn. The Obama administration just recently outlined funding that would provide eligible two-year colleges with new technology. The grant program plans to provide $2 billion in funding to support online learning strategies. This funding includes providing new ways of delivering core material to students.

Although most of the comments from the students were positives, the one negative comment was that it was frustrating using the highlighting and note-taking tools.
College is not the only place that iPads are popping up though. The New York Times reported that New York public schools went ahead and ordered more than 2,000 iPads for $1.3 million. In Chicago there were 200 public schools that applied for iPad grants totaling $450,000. In California there are six middle schools that are only teaching algebra courses via the iPad.

"It allows us to extend the classroom beyond these four walls," Larry Reiff, an English teacher at Roslyn High School in Long Island, which has 47 iPads, told the Times.

Scott Wolfe, the principal of a New Jersey elementary school, said that the iPad could quite possibly be the best new technology that has come to the school “since the overhead projector.”

Technology coordinator at the Bronx Green Middle School Michael Little wrote a blog discussing the integration of iPads into the school system. "For the students who don't remember the old math and can’t quite grasp the new, they can shut down in class or act out because of the frustration. The MathBoard app helps with the basic skills, but oftentimes I pull up a math game through the game center app and let those students focus on that while working with the rest of the class."

Not everyone is so excited about the devices though. "There is very little evidence that kids learn more, faster or better by using these machines," Larry Cuban, a professor emeritus of education at Stanford University, told the Times. "iPads are marvelous tools to engage kids, but then the novelty wears off and you get into hard-core issues of teaching and learning."

I’m not exactly sure where I stand on whether or not the iPad is a helpful device within the classroom. I feel like it could easily become a distraction instead of a help. It will be very interesting to see the final results of the eReader project when the year is over and whether or not the iPad really made much of a difference with the college students at Notre Dame.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Logitech M515 Wireless Mouse

Logitech M515 Wireless MouseIf you are always working on the go, then you know how annoying it is when you have to pack everything up. The amount of things you need to take can sometimes be staggering, so packing as little as possible is always ideal. Wireless may not be the absolute best solution for the fastest connectivity, but it is most certainly the best if you are trying to cut down on clutter.

By going wireless, you can save a lot of space in your travel case and also reduce the clutter on your mobile workstation. That is one of the main reasons I use a wireless mouse. The only problem with a wireless mouse is that the batteries do not last forever, and it is hard to use one on anything other than a hard, flat surface. But those days may very well be behind us as Logitech has created a new wireless mouse that doesn't seem to have a problem with either.

Logitech unveiled today the Logitech Wireless Mouse M515. This device is said to deliver easy navigation on soft surfaces like a sofa, bed or even a pillow. The M515 features a sealed bottom case that allows it to easily glide along fabric as well as a hand-detection sensor which only activates the mouse when you place your hand on it.

According to Marcus Harvey, General Manager UK & IRE, Logitech, "Millions of people are connecting their computers to their TV and the M515 mouse was built to address the unique needs of this experience. As technology evolves and consumers' habits change, Logitech continues to develop navigation devices that make it easier to control and access the things people love to do in the digital world."

Thanks to the hand-detection sensor, the M515 is only active when you have a full grip on it. This activates the mouse only when you want it to be active and leaves it in sleep mode when you are not using it. The sealed bottom also helps to protect your mouse from collecting fuzz in the sensor opening. This allows your cursor to remain in control at all times. The base is also ideal for mousing around on any kind of soft surface including couches and blankets.

The M515 also features Logitech's Hyper-Fast Scrolling allowing fast and smooth scrolling through long web pages. If you need more control, then you can always switch to click-to-click mode. Don't worry about replacing the batteries every couple of months either as the M515 holds up to a two year charge. The tiny Logitech USB receiver that you use is also very handy as it does not take up a lot of space and is barely noticeable. There is even a storage compartment in the mouse itself for traveling.

The Logitech M515 will hit store shelves in Europe first in April for a retail price of £49.99 ($79.99 US).
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

iPad Hackers Finally Arrested

On Tuesday, January 18 two men were arrested by federal officials for allegedly hacking into AT&T’s servers last year.

Andrew Auernheimer, 25, from Fayetteville, Ark. and Daniel Spitler, 26, from San Francisco supposedly stole e-mail addresses and other information about AT&T’s iPad customers. The two men were taken into custody by the FBI on Tuesday morning.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Newark, New Jersey, Auernheimer and Spitler are being officially charged with allegedly attempting to hack into AT&T’s network in order to obtain personal subscriber information.

Auernheimer was arrested when he appeared in an Arkansas state court for drug charges that were completely unrelated to the hacking charges. He was quickly scheduled to appear in court before the U.S. Magistrate in Fayetteville, Judge Erin L. Setser, later Tuesday. Spitler’s arrest was a little less complicated. He gave himself up to the FBI in Newark and will be appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Claire C. Cecchi in Newark’s federal court.

The maximum potential penalty for both Auernheimer and Spitler is five years in prison as well as a $250,000 fine.

Back in June 2010, AT&T did recognize the fact that a breach to its server had taken place. The breach exposed approximately 114,000 e-mail addresses and ICC-IDs of Apple iPad users, including such users as Michael Bloomberg, Harvey Weinstein, and blogger Kara Swisher. Later on, AT&T blamed the breach on hackers who had utilized a feature that was meant to help users log into their accounts more quickly.

The simple function allowed users to link the iPad’s unique identifier to their personal e-mail address so that they would be able to sign on to AT&T’s Web site as quickly as possible. The problem was that sometimes the ICC-ID was displayed in the AT&T Web site URL.

"Seeing this, and discovering that each ICC-ID was connected to an iPad 3G user e-mail address, hackers wrote a script termed the 'iPad 3G Account Slurper,'” said the Office of U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman. They then “deployed it against AT&T's servers," Fishman’s office continued.

In June 2010 the “Account Slurper” attacked AT&T’s servers for several days. It worked to collect as many e-mails as it possibly could. The script tricked AT&T’s servers into providing access for the Account Slurper by mimicking the behavior of an iPad 3G.

"Once deployed, the Account Slurper used a process known as a 'brute force' attack – an iterative process used to obtain information from a computer system – against the servers, randomly guessing at ranges of ICC-IDs," Fishman's office said. "An incorrect guess was met with no additional information, while a correct guess was rewarded with an ICC-ID/e-mail pairing for a specific, identifiable iPad 3G user."
After stealing all of the information, the hackers provided the gossip blog Gawker with the stolen e-mail addresses. Gawker then posted the stolen information and said that a group known as Goatse Security was claiming responsibility for all of the hacking.

Fishman reported that Auernheimer and Spitler discussed all of the hacking over an instant messaging program known as Internet Relay Chat. Fishman’s office said that both men formulated the attack to "simultaneously damage AT&T and promote themselves and Goatse Security."

"Hacking is not a competitive sport, and security breaches are not a game. Companies that are hacked can suffer significant losses, and their customers made vulnerable to other crimes, privacy violations, and unwanted contact," Fishman said in a statement. "Computer intrusions and the spread of malicious code are a threat to national security, corporate security, and personal security. Those who use technological expertise for malicious purposes take note: your activities in cyberspace can have serious consequences for you in the real world."

"Such intrusion cases, regardless if the motive is criminal gain or prestige among peers in the cyber-hacking world, must and will be aggressively pursued to ensure these rights are protected to the highest degree," added Michael B. Ward, a Special Agent in charge of the FBI's Newark field office.

Hacking is something that we have to deal with if we’re going to be part of the tech world. It’s intimidating though to see that AT&T took several days to even realize that a hack was occurring. Despite all of this, the Apple iPad is an incredibly convenient device that people are going to keep using in spite of a few issues. Hopefully AT&T and Apple have worked through any other possible hacking issues that could occur on the iPad so that iPad users can continue with their on-the-go use of the devices free of any worries.

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Leaked Release Date for the Motorola Atrix 4G?

Motorola Atrix 4GEverybody loves leaked news, just look at all the hubbub caused by WikiLeaks. If people can get information they know they are not supposed to have, then that makes it all the more exciting. Well, there may be some news leaked from AT&T about their upcoming Atrix 4G from Motorola.

The Motorola Atrix 4G from AT&T was easily one of the hottest devices on display at the recent CES 2011 event. The device has a dual-core processor, a laptop dock and an even cooler HD dock which can turn your smartphone into a mini-desktop computer complete with Firefox browser.

Yep, everything was told about the Atrix 4G at CES 2011, everything except for a release date. People were extremely excited about the device but were severely disappointed when they were not told when they would get their hands on this impressive device. However, thanks to an internal leak from AT&T, we may have that now.

A leaked internal AT&T screen has been found showing March 1, 2011 as well as the SKU of 65230 and many other specifications. Some people out there are skeptical over this release date though for one main reason. AT&T has a history of launching new phones and devices on Sunday. March 1, 2011 is a Tuesday. This could very well be a legitimate release date though it does break away from AT&T's traditions.

Pricing is also still a mystery and the leaked information didn't say anything about that. That being said, the Atrix is a smartphone, and not just any smartphone, a 4G smartphone. So you can probably expect nothing less than $200 on a new 2-year agreement. But that is definitely worth it for a phone with the dual-core Tegra 2 processor and performance strong enough to give you 1080p video.

Source: Android Central, Electronista
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Friday, January 7, 2011

Samsung Sliding PC 7 Series

Samsung Sliding PC 7 SeriesWhen tablet pcs came onto the market, they opened up a whole new array of ideas and possibilities, one of which was the possibility of combining a tablet pc with a small, portable netbook. Many technologies like this have already been created though none of them really work perfectly. But there is a new product that may be changing that, and that is the Samsung Sliding PC 7 Series.

The Samsung Sliding PC 7 Series is a Windows 7 tablet/laptop hybrid. It is a full touch screen tablet that has a slide out keyboard to transform it into a fully functioning laptop. Powered by the 1.66GHz Z670 Oak Trail Processor from Intel, the Samsung Sliding PC 7 is a 2.2-lb tablet that features a 1366x768 resolution, 10.1-inch 340-nit touchscreen, 32GB / 64GB SSD options and 2GB of RAM.

At its core the device is running Windows 7 Home Premium though Samsung has created its own Touch Launcher that indicates a ton of applications which are "optimized for the touchscreen." Other apps will be available through Samsung's App Manager as well as Windows Product Scout. It is still unclear what Windows Product Scout is all about, but this device does come with a USB port as well as an HDMI port, 4-in-1 card reader, an ambient light sensor and a 1.3 megapixel webcam.

Another great feature for this product is the fact that, according to Samsung, it boots in under 20 seconds and will also be available with WiMax. But, this device also comes with its fair share of concerns from the tech world, mainly battery life. However, in response to that, Samsung is claiming that the six-cell lithium-polymer battery that is powering the device will last up to nine hours on a single charge.

This device is looking pretty awesome, especially for the $699 price tag. This is a great product for anybody who loves the functionality that they get from their tablet but hates lugging around both a tablet and a laptop. Look for the Samsung Sliding PC 7 Series when it hits store shelves sometime in March, 2011.

Source: Engadget
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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Top iPad 2 Rumors

The rumors about Apple’s iPad 2 have been swirling around everywhere. Everyone seems to have their own speculations about the highly anticipated tablet. Even industry analysts can’t help but make some predictions of their own. Analysts like iSuppli are already predicting that Apple will ship close to 40 billion iPad 2s by next year and will far surpass the estimated 12.9 million original iPads that they shipped in 2010.

So, there are plenty of rumors, but here are the most prevalent rumors currently floating around about the iPad 2.

1. There will be three different versions: Wi-Fi, CDMA, and GSM.

The original iPad comes in two different versions: Wi-Fi only and GSM (3G). Supposedly, upstream component makers told DigiTimes on Wednesday, December 29, that there would be three versions of the iPad 2. They even claimed that Apple will begin shipping these devices out sometime in January which, according to the iPad’s supply-chain schedule, would allow the iPad 2 to hit stores by April 2011.

2. Certain functions will be very much like the iPhone 4.

Various reports, including Reuters, are claiming that the iPad 2 will feature things like two cameras (a front-facing VGA camera and a back-facing 5-megapixel one), a three-axel gyroscope that is useful to gamers, and retina display technology.

3. It will be the very first Apple mobile device with a USB port.

This would be an awesome addition to the iPad 2. Reports have said that this would be an attempt by Apple to bridge the gap between phone and computer. According to Digitimes, the iPad 2 should come complete with two micro USB ports. This would open up so many more connectivity options for iPad users.

4. There will be a smaller version of the iPad 2.

The Japanese blog Kantedian cited an unknown Chinese source when they claimed that they had “found” the specific dimensions of the iPad 2. They said that the iPad 2 would measure in at 9.41 inches by 7.32 inches. This is smaller than the original iPad, which measured in at 9.56 inches by 7.47 inches.

In August an unknown source told Digitimes that the iPad 2’s screen would be 7 inches; however, in October Steve Jobs shot this down when he said, “The 7-inch tablets are tweeners.” What he meant was that a 7-inch tablet was too big to compete with a phone and too small to compete with a 10-inch tablet.

5. Apple has ordered 65 million units.

Digitimes has also been spreading around that Apple was ordering 65 million screens from their Asian suppliers. They said, “"Market players noted that the 65 million unit shipment goal indicates that Apple is very optimistic about the tablet PC market in 2011, and it may also mean that Apple is overbooking panel capacity."

6. The iPad 2 will feature an anti-smudge, anti-reflective screen.

The Kindle is known for its anti-reflective screen and is doing quite well.
DigiTimes claims that Apple is “also working on strengthening the iPad 2's anti-smudge and anti-reflective treatments in order to compete against Kindle and attract more consumers" only makes sense.

7. The back will have wide-range speakers.

Mac Otakara, a blogger for Japan’s May-The-Force-Be-With-You, cited leaked photos from a source in China claiming they showed “a hole in the lower right of the rear panel is neither a USB connector nor a SD card slot. It is a large, wide-ranged speaker unit covered with metal mesh."

8. The new device from Apple will have an SD card.

New York analyst at Rodman and Renshaw Ashok Kumar said, “Apple is on track to refresh the iPad by March and iPhone by late summer. A key component upgrade across these platforms will be a dual-core processor featuring a pair of 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 cores."

Other analysts agree, claiming that the rear slot that was seen on the early iPad 2 cases was made for SD cards. It would be a great addition to the tablet.

9. It will feature a dual-core processor.

As Kumar said, the iPad 2 will feature a dual-core processor. This could definitely satisfy the Apple haters who criticize the iPad and are awaiting the dual-core RIM PlayBook and the Motorola Android tablet.

10. Cases already exist for the iPad 2.

Pictures popped up on the trading site Alibaba showing cases for the iPad 2. Unfortunately, an unnamed company contacted the site and asked them to take down the pictures. John Spelich, a spokesman for Alibaba, said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, “We do not know whether these products are what they say they are, but we have received a legitimate takedown request and are removing the listings.”

Despite this, it definitely looks like there are iPad 2 cases already made and ready for the device.

Now, of course, all of these claims are only rumors, but there are some very interesting claims to consider. No matter what, it looks like the iPad 2 will definitely be leaps and bounds ahead of the original iPad. Hopefully, Apple will soon release some information so we can stop all of the speculations about the fascinating new device.

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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Nook is Best-Selling Item at Barnes & Noble

On Thursday, December 30, Barnes & Noble announced that the Nook, the company’s popular line of e-book readers, is now their best-selling item.

They went on to say that they sell more e-books than any other physical book on their website at The company, which has been around for 40 years now, has sold “millions” of devices. They now offer a variety of different devices in the Nook line including versions of the devices that are available with 3G, Wi-Fi, and color. Barnes & Noble said that the Nook Color, which was introduced in October just eight weeks before Christmas, was the company’s top selling gift for the 2010 holiday season.

A press release stated that the device “has received high praise and critical acclaim from leading technology and consumer media outlets including being named ‘Editors' Choice’ and the ‘Best Android Tablet of The Year.’”

The company did not volunteer any numbers concerning the top selling device, but they did say that the sales numbers for the Nook Color have “continued to exceed the company’s highest expectations.” Barnes & Noble did, however, release some numbers concerning sales on Christmas Day. The company said that 1 million Nook e-books were purchased and downloaded on Christmas Day alone. The top downloaded titles included James Patterson's "Cross Fire," Stieg Larsson's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," John Grisham's "The Confession," and former President George W. Bush's memoir "Decision Points."

"Nook Color became the gift of choice over the holidays for people who love to read everything – books, magazines, newspapers, children's books and more – in rich, beautiful color," said William Lynch, the CEO of Barnes & Noble, in a statement. "The success of Nook Color, along with our unique ability to market Nook devices to readers in our stores and through our strong channel partnerships with Best Buy, Walmart and Books-a-Million, resulted in the continued explosive growth of our digital content business and our Nook line, our most successful products ever."

This announcement from Barnes & Noble came just a few days after the announcement from Amazon that the Kindle 3 is the best-selling product in the company’s history. Like Barnes & Noble, Amazon has not released any specific numbers, but they did say that they have sold “millions” of devices as well.

In July, Amazon announced that they were at the “tipping point” at which they were beginning to sell more digital books than actual physical hardcover books. Analysts now believe that is the current leader in the e-reader market.

Unfortunately, since neither Amazon nor Barnes & Noble have released any specific, concrete numbers, there is no way to compare the sales numbers of the two companies to determine who the true leader is.

For those curious about the Nook Color, the press release describes it as “the first full-color touch Reader's Tablet that integrates books, magazines, newspapers and children's books – all in amazing, rich color in a device that weighs less than a pound. It features a stunning 7-inch VividView™ Color Touchscreen and is the most social reading device ever built.”

The device is available at Barnes & Noble,, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and Books-A-Million stores. The Nook Wi-Fi is available for $149, the Nook 3G is available for $199, and the Nook Color is available for $249.

I really hope that Barnes & Noble and Amazon release their sales numbers for their e-readers sometime in the near future. It would be really interesting to compare them side by side. It’s incredible how well e-readers are doing. This holiday season has definitely proved that the public is very excited about the possibilities included with e-readers. At first I didn’t exactly understand how an e-reader could replace a physical book. I’m a pretty avid reader and I like the feeling of a hardback book, but the convenience of an e-reader has won me over. To have an entire library in your hands at all times is incredible. I can definitely say that they have made a e-book fan out of me. I’m glad that the companies are both doing well, and I can’t wait to soon see who the true leader in the e-reader market is.

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Dell Latitude 2120 to Appear at CES 2011?

Dell Latitude 2120It seems that Dell may be updating their line of notebooks at CES 2011 in Las Vegas. It was reported a few days ago that Dell was expected to show off their Dell XPS 17, the Dell Precision M4600, Precision M6600, Dell Latitude E6520 and the Latitude E6420. However, Dell may also unveil a new range of netbooks. The Dell Latitude 2120 is the newest version of the popular Dell Latitude 2110. The Latitude is specifically designed for the traveling professional as well as students.

The chassis is coated with soft rubber as well as an anti-microbial treatment for added comfort and protection, and the keyboard is pressure resistant to prevent the detachment of keys. The design seems to be pretty similar to the 2110, but the real difference is in the hardware. The Latitude 2120 will house a dual-core Intel Atom N550 processor instead of the Intel Atom N455 and the Intel NM10 Express chipset.

In addition to that, the 2120 has an optional Broadcom Crystal HD video accelerator which is good for watching live streamed tv. The 2120 also comes with a 10.1-inch touchscreen. Aside from that, the 2120 seems to be almost identical to its predecessor. There has yet to be any word on a price or release date but stay tuned to CES 2011 to get all the details.

Source: Engadget, Notebook Italia

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