Have a buck? Buy a Netbook!

Have a buck? Buy a Netbook!

Yup, you read that right – a buck for a Netbook – no kidding.

With the advent of pint-sized computers, more and more computer companies are jumping in the bandwagon and producing their own Netbook models as demand for them increases.

Mega-retailer Best Buy and Sprint has joined forces and resulted to what could be the cheapest Netbook to date. Compaq Mini 110c-1040DX Netbook will be sold for 99 cents with a two-year service contract provided by the telecommunications company and will be available in participating Best Buy stores.

The Compaq Mini 110c-1040DX Netbook runs on a 1.6GHz processor and 160GB hard drive.

The 3G wireless service from Sprint will cost you $60 a month for the 5GB data monthly for two years. I’mma do a quick math here – so the netbook’s true cost would be $1,440.

Consumer response this plan however, is still shaky as they might be deterred of the overall pricing for the Netbooks with the two-year fixed data contract when they can surf the web for free if there are Wi-Fi spots available.

Best Buy also plans to sell the Netbook to Verizon Wireless and AT&T for $199.99, again, with a two-year lock-in period.

Source:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-10280886-94.html

Google OS coming soon

Another news from Google and this time, they’re not just staying on the web. Rumors have been going on about an operating system from the giant company and now it’s confirmed!

Google has announced last Tuesday night in its blog that there will be an operating system based on Google’s browser, Chrome soon, which was released to the public December 11 of last year.

This OS will be carried by lower-end PCs more known to the public as Netbooks and will be included in the second half of 2010. Manufacturers of Netbooks haven’t been revealed though. This open-source project will be run under the covers by Linux.

This move by Google shows how serious they are with their business. “Google Chrome OS is being created for people who spend most of their time on the Web, and is being designed to power computers ranging from small Netbooks to full-size desktop systems,” Sundar Pichai, vice president of product management, and Linus Upson, engineering director has both said in the blog post.

Google’s browser is created with a “minimal design with sophisticated technology”, makes you curious about what the OS would look like eh?

Something tells me Microsoft will be making a run for its money soon now!

Source:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-10281744-2.html

Happy Birthday App Store!

Another event to celebrate for all those Apple fans out there!

The App Store which was launched on July 11, 2008 will be nearing its first birthday and Apple is making sure it gets the celebration it deserves.

First off, to celebrate this milestone, Apple has dedicated an entire section on the iTunes store where it lists some of the company’s favorite apps for iPhones and iPod Touch. It also lists new apps as well as titles of the top paid apps.

Apple also recently celebrated its one billionth download on the App Store, giving that downloader some pretty cool gifts.

Since its launching, the App store has boasted more than 50,000 applications on its virtual shelves and still counting. Among the applications include crowd favorites such as IM utility BeeJive, ebook reader Stanza, and games such as The Sims 3 and Flight Control.

Pretty awesome for something barely a year old, huh? J

Source:

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/07/apple-pre-celebrates-app-stores-one-year-anniversary/

Gmail is Beta no more!

So five years was all it took for Google to finally shed its beta preface.

Google has just announced today that its applications which included Gmail, Calendar, Google Docs, and Google Talk is up and ready to tackle the world and is ready for prime time. Google engineers have finally given the go signal and are now satisfied with the applications’ performances.

So why did it take so long for them to get of the beta phase? According to Google’s product management director Matthew Glotzbach, they’ve “focused their efforts on reaching their high bar for taking their products out of beta, and all the applications in the Apps suite have now met that mark”.

If you’re guessing that there will be upgrades after this, guess again. There is still no word from Google about upgrading their enterprise applications as of this writing.

For applications in beta phase though, Google’s apps doing pretty well. The company boasts that some 1.75 million companies are already using their suite of enterprise software to this day and TechCrunch writer Erick Schonfeld notes that Gmail users have increased to an astonishing 48 percent in 2008!

Source:

http://www.reuters.com/article/bigMoney/idUS428885852120090707

iPhone 3G S unlocked

Yes, he did it again.

George Hotz, 19, who was first known to the world as the first person who unlocked iPhone, claims to have developed an application that can “jailbreak” the latest gadget from Apple.

The application – purplera1n – allows third-party software to be installed in the iPhone 3G S which means even those applications not approved by Apple can run in the phone.

This recent development in the hacking world is a big deal because not only does it make the phone more open to more apps, it also shows that overcoming Apple’s built-in security is not an impossibility.

Hotz released the software which can run on a Windows-based computer on July 3, less than a month after iPhone 3G S was made available to the public. This can run on a PC and the latest version of iTunes and an iPhone 3G S running on the latest iPhone 3.0 software. He released a Mac version of the app today.

He is quick to point out to people though, to do a backup before starting the application as this is still a Beta version.

A lot of blogs posts scattered in the internet have confirmed that the application does work, thus testifying to his er..hacking prowess. And so he says, “We release, Apple fixes, we find new holes”.

Source:

http://digital.venturebeat.com/2009/07/05/teen-hacker-releases-windows-and-mac-jailbreaking-programs-for-iphone-3g-s/