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LG’s ultrathin Windows 7 powered X-Note T380

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on October 22nd, 2009

LG's ultrathin Windows 7 powered X-Note T380 Here’s yet another Windows 7 machine debuting today, this one from LG. The X-Note T380 is a 13.3-inch ultraportable powered by a Core 2 Duo SU3700 with 4GB of DDR2 RAM, a GMA 4500MHD graphics set, 500GB of hard drive space, 802.11a/g/n WiFi and Windows 7 Home Premium.

LG has also updated its X-Note P510 to include Microsoft’s newest OS, but is otherwise exactly the same. Nothing yet on price or release yet, but we should know soon.

Burger King Japan sells Windows 7 burgers

Posted in Windows by Conner Flynn on October 22nd, 2009

Burger King Japan sells Windows 7 burgersMicrosoft is promoting Windows 7 in Japan with the help of Burger King, who is offering a Windows 7 Whopper. And they really mean Whopper this time as it has seven patties in an otherwise normal Whopper. It measures 5.1 inches tall and costs 777 yen ($8.53).

Microsoft has repeated the “seven” theme in multiple publicity events, but none so tasty as this one. I wonder how many of these Whoppers they will sell.

Gateway’s EC18T tablet with Windows 7

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on October 5th, 2009

Gateway's EC18T tablet with Windows 7Gateway’s new EC18T tablet laptop is one sexy beast. It’s like the Ferrari of laptops. It boasts an 11.6-inch touchscreen that rotates and folds back onto the keyboard, keeping the whole thing slim and sleek.

Inside it’s packing an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, up to 4GB of RAM, and a Mobile Intel GS45 Express graphics chipset, with Windows 7 Home Premium or Basic running the show. That’s about all we know at the moment. Nothing yet on pricing or availability, but we’ll keep you posted.

Onkyo announces two Windows 7 ready amplifiers

Posted in Onkyo by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2009

Onkyo announces two Windows 7 ready amplifiersOnkyo Japan has announced the TX-NA5007 and TX-NA1007, the company’s first Windows 7 ready amplifiers. The TX-NA5007 (200x9ch) and the TX-NA1007 (180Wx9ch) are both sexy in black and also DLNA compliant. Both support Dolby NR Professional Logic IIz, , Dolby NR TrueHD, DTS-HD Mater and playback of WAV (linear PCM)/WMA (DRM)/WMA Lossless/MP3/AAC/FLAC/Ogg Vorbis formats.

Both the models have plenty of HDMI ports. You’ll find 8 on one and 6 on the other, along with 2 outputs. They should hit Japanese stores by September 11.

Shuttle certifies barebones PCs for Windows 7

Posted in Shuttle by Shane McGlaun on August 14th, 2009

shuttleht4500h-sbSmall form factor computers are great for users who don’t have lots of room around their desk or in their entertainment center. The only real drawback to the systems is that they tend to be pricey and not have as much power as larger machines.

Shuttle has announced that it has certified several of its barebones computers to work with Windows 7. The company’s product team certified the barebones systems with Windows 7 Ultimate RTM. Shuttle says that all of the tested machines are ready to use and have appropriate drivers from various manufacturers.

Microsoft talks Windows 7 Upgrade

Posted in Microsoft by Shane McGlaun on June 26th, 2009

windows7-sbThe only Microsoft operating system I can recall being anywhere near as disliked as Vista has been in the tech world was Windows ME. That said I have used Vista since it has launched and other than early driver issues with NVIDIA graphics cards it has given me no problems.

Microsoft is set to launch Windows 7 in the next few months and has detailed the upgrade program that will allow consumers who buy a PC running Windows Vista June 26 or after to get a free upgrade to the equivalent Windows 7 version. Microsoft says to support the upgrade program it will defer 50% of the revenue from sales under the program to upgrade licenses.

Archos launches 9” Windows 7 Tablet UMPC

Posted in Archos by Conner Flynn on June 11th, 2009

Archos launches 9” Windows 7 Tablet UMPCArchos has announced the Archos9, a UMPC that runs Windows 7. Its predecessors may be basic touchscreen internet media tablets, but the Archos9 can run a full OS. Some other features include a built-in webcam, 120GB of memory, full touch support, an external mic, streo speakers, and an optical trackpad as well as an on-screen keyboard.

The tablet will be available in Europe this October, just in time for Windows 7′s release. It will cost you €450 ($635).

Windows 7 to go on sale October 22nd

Posted in Windows by Conner Flynn on June 2nd, 2009

Windows 7 to go on sale October 22ndIt was pretty clear that the latest incarnation of Windows would be available this fall. Now Microsoft has announced the date. The latest version of the Windows operating system, Windows 7, will hit general commercial availability on Oct. 22.

That should give you plenty of time to choose which of the million versions is good for you. Will you be buying a copy?

Microsoft gives Windows 7 away free for a year

Posted in Windows by Conner Flynn on May 3rd, 2009

Windows 7 Starter Edition headed for NetbooksOn May 5th, general users will have access to Windows 7 for one full year. It is already available for download for MSDN and TechNet subscribers. This is only the Release Candidate version and will expire on June 1, 2010. The Release Candidate is basically the near finished product and the final stage in testing.

Supposedly it will have all the features of the final version. We still don’t know when the final version will be released but according to rumors it’ll be late 2009 or early 2010. Windows 7 features a bunch of new features including a new taskbar, libraries, jump lists, and more. Windows 7 will also come packaged with the newest Internet Explorer (IE8).

Windows 7 Starter Edition headed for Netbooks

Posted in Windows by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2009

Windows 7 Starter Edition headed for NetbooksThe upcoming Windows 7 Starter Edition seems kinda lame when you consider that it can only run three applications at a time, but if you are using it with a netbook, it makes a little more sense. Most people use netbooks to browse the Internet and maybe check their email, with some MP3s playing in the background.

And since more applications are becoming Web-based, those applications can be stored online instead. We will be keeping an eye on Windows 7 Starter Edition to see just how well it fares. Of all the Windows 7 editions, this one is the oddest.

Hello Kitty Netbook runs Windows 7

Posted in Windows by Conner Flynn on April 1st, 2009

Sotec’s latest netbook is Hello Kitty-branded, but don’t let that fool you. It packs some heat when it comes to performance. Powered by an Intel Atom N270 1.60-GHZ processor and 1GB of RAM, it runs Windows 7 with ease, as you’ll see in the video below.

The netbook performed decently with normal web surfing with data being transferred in the background and also when opening 400 pictures in Bridge. Need more? Even while editing in Photoshop CS3 with that 1.6 Ghz Atom CPU and 1 GB of RAM.

Albatron 22-inch multi-touch LCD coming in March

Posted in LCD by Conner Flynn on January 20th, 2009

Albatron 22-inch multi-touch LCD coming in MarchAlbatron doesn’t waste any time. After Microsoft announced Windows 7 would natively support multi-touch displays, Albatron was one of the first to quickly create a prototype panel to take advantage of that functionality. Here we are, seven months later and the company is ready to let you buy one.

Of course, they are also using this opportunity to talk up their optical touch tech. It features sensors embedded in the bezel instead of the surface. Apparently this results in a brighter image with greater durability. Albatron is planning to release its 21.5-inch LCD in March. Details are scarce but we can tell you that the display will support 120Hz, with DVI and VGA inputs, and that it relays touch information to the PC via USB.

Is Microsoft working on a Zune phone?

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on July 24th, 2008

Is Microsoft working on a Zune phone?It was inevitable that more rumors of a possible Zune phone would begin circulating. It makes perfect sense. Microsoft has got to want a slice of Apple pie. Why wouldn’t they be planning a Zune phone to go up against the iPhone?

It’s expected to be a touchscreen based smartphone. One of the rumors has the Zune phone running on a special version of Windows Mobile 7, with key functionality built around Windows Live Services. We’ll find out one way or another. Hopefully a Zune phone would fare better then zune Vs. iPod.