Articles about Netbook

The survivors: Intel's Apollo Lake netbook CPUs stagger from Goldmont bloodbath

Amid the Kaby Lake noise this week, Intel slipped out six processors, codenamed Apollo Lake, for cheapo netbooks, tablet-laptop mutants and small PC boxes. These are 14nm low-power system-on-chips that use the x86 Goldmont architecture, and are branded Pentiums and Celerons. In April, Intel axed its Goldmont-based Broxton …
Chris Williams, 02 Sep 2016

Kindle Paperwhites turn Windows 10 PCs into paperweights: Plugging one in 'triggers a BSOD'

Plugging a Kindle Paperwhite into a PC running Windows 10 with the Anniversary Update installed sparks a full system meltdown, it is claimed. Connecting the Amazon e-reader to a fully up-to-date W10 machine via USB triggers an immediate Blue Screen of Death, according to complaints on Microsoft's support forum. All the trouble …
Chris Williams, 25 Aug 2016

Microsoft’s Continuum: Game changer or novelty?

Hands On Microsoft’s Continuum is one of the spookiest computing experiences you can have. Either plug a phone into a dock, or turn on a nearby wireless display and keyboard, and the phone doubles up as an ersatz Windows PC. No more lugging a laptop around. Back in January, we described Continuum reviewers as sharing the surprise and …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Aug 2016

Wanna build your own drone? Intel emits Linux-powered x86 brains for DIY flying gizmos

IDF16 Intel has a bunch of new and updated hardware kits for engineers to toy with and use to build prototypes – from a DIY drone kit to a bunch of beefy Internet of Things packages. The most interesting is the Aero drone-building kit, available now to order. You use this single-board computer as the control electronics in a …
Chris Williams, 17 Aug 2016

Quiet cryptologist Bill Duane's war with Beijing's best

AusCERT In March 2011, a suspected-to-be-Beijing-backed hacking unit infiltrated security giant RSA, successfully subverted its SecureID product and hacked top American defence contractor Lockheed Martin. That attack left Bill Duane stressed and exhausted. Duane is a quiet cryptologist who co-developed the SecureID token. As the …
Darren Pauli, 27 May 2016
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Windows 10 free upgrade offer ends on July 29th

Microsoft has announced that the free all-you-can-eat Windows 10 upgrade buffet will close forever on July 29, and that after that you'll have to pay for all the fun of its latest operating system. US$119 is the price Redmond has set for the Home version of the operating system. A sales person in a live chat session on the …
Simon Sharwood, 06 May 2016

12,000 chopped: Intel finds its inner paranoid

Only the Paranoid Survive, or so former Intel chief executive Andy Grove once wrote. And it seems that, faced with the demise of the PC market, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has found his inner Andy Grove. Grove, who died last month aged 79, left both an awesome business record and some great quotes behind him. While Intel co- …
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Waleed Aly's NBN intervention is profoundly unhelpful

Australian political commentator Waleed Aly has made a spectacularly non-useful intervention into the debate about the technologies used to build Australia's national broadband network (NBN), setting the ridiculous expectation that streaming video must always load in under a second and must never pause. Aly's piece on The …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Apr 2016
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Microsoft's done a terrible job with its Windows 10 nagware

When Microsoft let slip that it had snuck some new Windows 10 upgrade nagware into a security patch, we asked Redmond to explain just what the offending patch was about. The company's response leaves us with a simple conclusion: all the nagware that's been irritating people for months was a botched effort. In fact, Microsoft's …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Mar 2016
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Remember Netbooks? Windows 10 makes them good again!

Among the many bizarre and stupid mistakes Microsoft made with Windows 8.x was the decision to require screens to have resolution of at least 1024 x 768. That decision meant that hordes of Netbooks, the very small laptops popular in the late noughties, had no obvious upgrade path from Windows XP to Windows 8.x. Back in …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Feb 2016
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North Korea is capable of pwning Sony. Whether it did is another matter

Sysadmin blog Researchers think they have figured out how Sony was hacked. Long story short: the hackers knew what they were doing and covered their tracks with some clever, but really basic, tricks. I'm not particularly surprised by this, but I am surprised that others are surprised by it. The Register commenter Yet Another Anonymous …
Trevor Pott, 24 Nov 2015
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We're not killing Chrome OS ... not until 2020, anyway – says Google

Google hopes to ease fears that its Chrome OS is not long for this world. The Mountain View ad giant said on Monday that it has no immediate plans to kill off Chrome OS nor the army of lightweight Chromebook PCs it has spawned: the web goliath has promised a "regular six-week software cycle and guaranteed auto-updates for five …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Nov 2015
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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

Comment Steve Jobs would confide that LSD was a formative influence on his life, one that distinguished him from his less-adventurous peers in the tech industry. Jobs is gone, but I wonder if someone left some Pounds Shillings and Pence lying around the Cupertino campus? You may not have noticed, but the world's richest company* …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Mar 2015

Will fondleslab's fickle finger of fate help Windows 10?

Just two and half years ago Microsoft dropped Windows 8 on the world, playing Redmond’s card in the touch-tablet game against Apple’s iPad and Google’s Android. Windows 8 was remarkable for three reasons: the touch-inspired Metro interface, the fact Microsoft built its own-branded tablet running Windows, and it put Windows on …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Jan 2015

Suits vs ponytailed hipsters: What's next for enterprise IT

Comment After all the predictions I read about 2015 (and many of them are pretty ridiculous) I can’t help but make my own, which I will approach in a totally different manner, using common sense first and trying to make an "anti-prediction" for enterprise IT in 2015. 100 per cent flash Flash dominance? It won’t happen any time soon. …
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Pick a superior Christmas No. 1 from El Reg's computer crooning compilation

Poll With December 25th bearing down upon us, we're mere days away from anointing a festive chart-topper as Christmas Number One. A hot tip for this year's top tune? It'll be sentimental and/or disposable pop junk. Reg readers deserve better, so we've cobbled together a list of ten songs that reflect the fare we serve up around here …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Dec 2014
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Heads up, Chromebook: Here come the sub-$200 Windows 8.1 portables

IFA 2014 Microsoft has been promising dirt-cheap Windows 8.1 devices for months now, and as the IFA 2014 consumer electronics conference kicks off in Berlin this week, the first round of penny-pinching Windows kit has finally started to arrive. Acer, Asus, and Toshiba have each announced sub-$200 Windows tablets or laptops at the show …
Neil McAllister, 05 Sep 2014
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Chromebooks to break out of US schools: Netbook 2.0 comeback not just for children

It may be a niche, but the market for Chromebooks will grow, according to research company Gartner. The analyst has predicted 5.2 million of the Google OS-powered laptops will be sold this year. Not only that, but the number-crunchers also reckon sales will nearly triple by 2017. That growth will come from Chromebooks breaking …
Simon Rockman, 11 Aug 2014
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Panasonic's seven-inch Windows slab has tough exterior, confused mind

When Samsung announced that the Galaxy S5 had earned the IP67 rating, the next-to-highest moisture-and-dust-resistance score attainable on the intrusion protection rating scale, it made ruggedisation look easy. After all, the only visible difference between the S5 and its predecessor is a flap over the USB slot and a thin …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jun 2014

Archos ArcBook: An Android netbook for a measly hundred-and-seventy clams

French tablet, smartphone, soon-to-be-smartwatch, and "connected objects" maker Archos has announced an Android-powered netbook that will be available this June for the low, low price of "under $170" – and yes, as you might have guessed, that means $169.99. Archos ArcBook Modesty can be a virtue (click to enlarge) "Archos …
Rik Myslewski, 13 May 2014

Yaarrgh! LOOK OUT! UK set to be BURIED under MOUNTAIN of TABLETS

Retailers and distributors are buried under a "consumer mountain" of fondleslabs with the major channel-cramming culprit – according to our sources – a certain large South Korean vendor whose name begins with an S. According to current stats from Stock In The Channel, a web-based tool that provides live data feeds from …
Paul Kunert, 07 May 2014

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: Great changes, but sssh don't mention the...

Review The future is here, or at least the next five years of it for Ubuntu fans. Canonical has released Ubuntu 14.04 Long-Term Support (LTS) release, meaning the Linux shop will be supporting this distro until 2019. Significantly, this is likely the first look that more conservative users will get at the direction Ubuntu has been …
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Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?

Way back in 2011 we covered a handy category of portable computer that has completely disappeared. The early A4 portables were a specialist item, much beloved of journalists but not a big hit with the wider world. It took a different design to win those hearts. Psion Organiser II Psion Organiser II Source: babbagecabbage …
Liam Proven, 07 Mar 2014
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Microsoft may slash price of Windows 8.1 on cheap 'slabs

Microsoft has reportedly slashed the price of Windows 8.1 for anyone willing to install the operating on a device that sells for fewer than $US250. Bloomberg cites “people familiar with the matter” as saying Microsoft usually sells Windows for $50 a pop, but is floating the idea of a $15 price tag for OEMs working on low-priced …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Feb 2014
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Why 2014 might just be the year of the Google Chromebook

Can Google’s Chromebook become the laptop platform of choice during 2014? Probably not, but there’s certainly demand for it. According to US market-watcher NPD, during the 11 months from January through November 2013, the platform’s share of the computing device market had risen to 9.6 per cent from just 0.2 per cent in the same …
Tony Smith, 10 Jan 2014
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Asus Transformer Book T100: Xbox One? PS4? Nah, get a cute convertible for Christmas

Review The Asus Transformer Book T100 looks like it’s going to be surefire hit, but not because it runs a quad-core Intel "Bay Trail" Atom processor. And not because it’s a convertible taking on tablet form or becoming and touchscreen notebook in a snap. And not because it runs Windows 8.1 and not one of the original wishy-washy …
Bob Dormon, 29 Nov 2013
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DEATH-PROOF your old XP netbook: 5 OSes to bring it back to life

My son's school has decreed that next year he'll need a computer of some sort. Mr 12 wants an iPad. I want him to use the 2009-vintage Lenovo S10e Netbook gathering dust in the study, because it's already been paid for. The netbook is also fit for purpose: it was the very model handed out in Australian schools circa 2009. It' …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Nov 2013
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Mass Effect: Ten lightweight laptops that won’t bust your back

Product Roundup The arrival of Intel’s Haswell processors this year promised a new generation of ultraportable laptops that would be slimmer, lighter and provide better battery life than ever before. With that in mind, El Reg decided to round up 10 of the lightest laptops that we could find and see if they really delivered the goods. Not …
Cliff Joseph, 28 Nov 2013
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French Joli OS surrenders on the desktop, retreats to cloud

Jolicloud, a company headquartered in Paris, France, has surrendered its ambition to give the world a desktop operating system and will henceforth operate only in the cloud. The company has been around since 2009 and has crafted a cloudy environment that conceptually resembles Chrome OS, inasmuch as offers not much more than a …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Nov 2013
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Acer kills CEO job before CEO starts: All goes Wong after Wang pull-out

It is a momentus day for ailing PC maker Acer: founder and former CEO Stan Shih has agreed to exit retirement, albeit temporarily, to try to dig the business out of a deepening hole. Just weeks after the resignation of CEO and chairman JT Wang - the man that replaced Shih in 2005 - the board at the Taiwanese firm elected the …
Paul Kunert, 21 Nov 2013
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The Raspberry Pi: Is it REALLY the saviour of British computing?

Opinion It is fair to say that the Raspberry Pi is a success. I love them, you love them, the whole world loves them. It has reminded the rest of the computing world that the UK - and Cambridge especially - has a proud computing heritage. It’s hard to miss mentions of the Pi in the technology press each day. It is spoken of in hushed …
Kris Adcock, 28 Oct 2013
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PC sales continue meteoric death plunge through 3rd quarter, drop another 8.6 per cent

The latest figures from Gartner on PC sales will make dispiriting reading for manufacturers; sales for the third quarter are down 8.6 per cent overall, with European sales down nearly 14 per cent. "The third quarter is often referred to as the 'back-to-school' quarter for PC sales, and sales this quarter dropped to their lowest …
Iain Thomson, 10 Oct 2013
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Acer UK seeks new overlord for Blighty tentacle

Neil Marshall, the Brit Acer brought home to clean up its British business, has bagged a promotion. An internal candidate will be lined up to replace him as he moves further up the ladder. Staff in Blighty were told this week that Acer UK managing director Marshall is rising to regional director for northern Europe, an area that …
Paul Kunert, 04 Oct 2013
Dell Venue 11 Pro

Dell revives WinPho handset brand for Win 8.1 fondleslabs

Dell has revamped its tablet line-up, hoping to hook punters in - professionals in particular - with removable batteries, full-size USB ports, quad-core chippery and the revival of an old but apparently popular moniker, Venue Pro. Dell last used Venue Pro back in 2011 for its first and only foray into Windows Phone 7 handsets …
Tony Smith, 02 Oct 2013
Shot of Palm Folio

‘Priceless’ unique Palm ‘FAILEO’ laptop goes under the hammer

Pics It was the product that was almost immediately dubbed the ‘Faileo’. It was announced but never released. And it can now be yours - if you pony up enough cash to beat other bidders to a one-of-a-kind auction item. Devised by Palm co-founder and chief engineer Jeff Hawkins, the Foleo - to give the gadget its correct handle - was …
Tony Smith, 18 Sep 2013
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Stylus counsel: The rise and fall of the Apple Newton MessagePad

Archaeologic It will forever be remembered as the butt of a-thousand-and-one jokes about its poor handwriting recognition, but Apple’s MessagePad was bold in its conception. Its legacy is ARM’s conquest of the mobile microprocessor world. The company said on 8 August 1993: The Newton MessagePad is the first in a family of communications …
Tony Smith, 17 Sep 2013
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It's the software, stupid: Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch bags big apps

Analysis Samsung is not a great innovator, yet it’s certainly one of the world’s greatest imitators. Although it follows other companies into booming markets with me-too products, it remembers to add a little more sparkle to its offerings so that it not merely to catches up with its rivals, it eventually pushes past them. That’s what …
Tony Smith, 05 Sep 2013

Acer shakes fist at rising DRAM and R&D costs

Acer has swung to a calendar Q2 loss caused by rising component costs and R&D investments, the Taiwanese PC maker has claimed. The world's fourth largest shifter of computer tin reported operating losses of NT$613m (£13.2m) for the three months ended 30 June compared to an operating profit of NT$433m (£9.3m) a year earlier. " …
Paul Kunert, 07 Aug 2013
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Penguins, I give you: The SOLAR-POWERED Ubuntu laptop

WeWi Telecommunications has built what it claims is the world’s first “fully solar-powered laptop”, which it says never needs to be juiced up at the mains. The SOL, a solar-powered Ubuntu machine on the Canadian telco’s blog here, is billed as “the all-terrain, off-road, sport-utility laptop.” SOL is for when you need to be “ …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Aug 2013
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Apple MacBook Air 11-inch 2013: Netbook with next-gen tech

Review “Can’t innovate any more, my ass,” said Apple veep Phil Schiller as he unveiled the redesigned Mac Pro at the company’s Worldwide Developer Conference in June. The smooth, black cylindrical design of the Mac Pro and the visual revamp of the forthcoming iOS 7 were clearly intended as a riposte to the critics who had argued that …
Stephen Dean, 17 Jul 2013
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Mint 15 freshens Ubuntu's bad bits

Review Mint is a relative newcomer to the world of popular desktop distros, but it has recently started to take the GNOME and Unity-hating Linux world by storm. The recent release of version 15, called Olivia, should help it secure a reputation as “the” alternative desktop. If you'd like a modern set of desktop tools without a …

My bleak tech reality: You can't trust anyone or anything, anymore

Opinion Virtually everything we work with on a day-to-day basis is built by someone else. Avoiding insanity requires trusting those who designed, developed and manufactured the instruments of our daily existence. All these other industries we rely on have evolved codes of conduct, regulations, and ultimately laws to ensure minimum …
Trevor Pott, 03 Jun 2013
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Tablet? Laptop? HP does the splits with Tegra-based SlateBook x2

HP is to follow its Windows 8-based tablet keyboard combo, the Envy x2, with an Android Jelly Bean version - the computer giant’s take on Asus’ popular Transformer series. Set to ship in August - in the US at least; the UK release is less certain - the SlateBook x2 will be built around a 10.1-inch, 1920 x 1200 IPS LCD screen …
Tony Smith, 17 May 2013

Hey, Acer: Is that a rounding error, or did you actually make a profit?

Only a foreign exchange tailwind and stock disposal helped ailing Acer return to profit for calendar Q1 of 2013. The Taiwanese firm booked sales of NT$91.9bn (£2bn) during the period, down more than 18 per cent year-on-year. This was "in line with the original shipment outlook", Acer said in a statement accompanying the numbers …
Paul Kunert, 07 May 2013
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Ten ancestors of the netbook

Feature Come 2015, we’re told, the netbook will be dead and gone, out-evolved by the more fleet of foot, more desirable media tablet. We shouldn’t mourn the netbook’s passing, though. It has had, in one form or another, a good innings. While some folk may look back to the category’s debut in 2007 with the launch of Asus’ Eee PC 701 - …
Tony Smith, 29 Apr 2013
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Ubuntu without the 'U': Booting the Big Four remixes

Review It's the end of April, so that means that there's a new release of Ubuntu. Well, actually, no - it means that there are eight of them. Don't like standard Ubuntu's Mac-OS-X-like Unity desktop? Here's where to look. There are umpteen "remixes" alongside the eponymous distro. These mostly differ by having a different desktop - …
Liam Proven, 26 Apr 2013

Netbooks projected to become EXTINCT by 2015

Proving yet again that fame and fortune are fleeting – even for computer hardware – the analysts at IHS are projecting that the netbook, the New Hotness just a few short years ago, will disappear completely by 2015. "Once a white-hot PC product that sold in the tens of millions of units annually," IHS writes in an email …
Rik Myslewski, 12 Apr 2013
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The ten SEXIEST computers of ALL TIME

Product Round-up Does a computer need to look sexy? You might say that the looks of such a pragmatic gadget don’t matter. After all, most of us have, at one time or another, had to make do with bland, beige boxes almost exactly like everyone else’s bland, beige box, and it didn't hinder us from getting the job done, or made play any the less …
Tony Smith, 09 Apr 2013
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Review: HP ElitePad 900 Atom tablet

If HP’s ElitePad 900 is anything to go by, not everybody expects a business Windows 8 Pro Atom tablet to be a pocketable wafer. You only have to hold it in your hand to get the impression that this model has been built for endurance rather than designed as a fashion accessory. That’s not to say that it doesn’t look good, quite …
Bob Dormon, 08 Apr 2013

Microsoft Xbox gaffe reveals cloudy arrogance

Comment On Thursday afternoon a Twitter conversation between Adam Orth, creative director at Microsoft Studios, and a developer friend about the contentious issue of server-connected gaming sparked something of a storm after being posted on Reddit. "Sorry, I don't get the drama around having an always-on console," Orth tweeted. "Every …
Iain Thomson, 05 Apr 2013