India has agreed to work on the planet’s cheapest laptop. The Minister of State for Human Resource Development D. Purandeswari says that the country will try to develop $10.00 units for school kids. Back in 2006, the Indian Government decided not to go for the OLPC program but seems to have changed its mind. The project will be funded by the Reliance Anil Dhirubahi Group and will launch in Maharashtra’s Khairat village. They are hoping to cover about 25,000 towns 6,000 villages by the end of this year.
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There’s good news for travelers. The Transportation Security Administration will soon allow those with laptops to leave them inside their “checkpoint friendly” cases. In order to qualify, the cover must have a designated laptop-only section that would lie flat when it rolls through the X-ray machine. It cannot have metal zippers, snaps, buckles, or inner pockets. The new rule will take effect Aug. 16. Already approved are bags from Mobile Edge, Tagus, and the Skooba Design Checkthrough that will become available in the next few weeks.
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Looking for inexpensive solar power? This 20000 ma/H gadget can be plugged into a wall or car and comes with plenty of adapters so that you can use it on 5V MP3 players, cell phones, or other small devices. It is also good for 16 or 24V laptops. The high capacity charger features overcharge, discharge, short circuit, and heat protection. The 205 x 282 x 18mm charger takes about 3 hrs. by AC, 8 to 10 on solar power, and can be yours for $149.25.
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Fujitsu has released 6 LifeBook Notebooks with Intel Centrino 2 Processors. Here is a basic peek at the new line.
- The A6210 has a 15.4-inch LCD display, wireless USB, an E-SATA port, and a touchpad for $1,149.00.
- The T5010 is the successor to the flagship LifeBook T4220 convertible notebook with a 13.3-inch dispay and weighing 4.5 lbs. for $1,769.
- The T1010 has a 13.3-inch display and weighs 5.3 pounds at a price of $1,299.00 with a $50.00 mail-in rebate.
- The E8420, S6520 and S7220 notebooks are available now and come with prices starting at $1,359.00, &1529.00, and $1,299.00 respectively.
All of the LifeBooks come with a 1 year warranty and can be customized for an extra charge.
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It seems everything we found today comes in a mini-size. The Vye S41 Notebook features an optical drive and a convenient swivel screen. Features include a 7-inch WSVGA (1024 x 600) TFT and TSP touchscreen display, holds an 80 GB HDD, GPS, and an internal DVD burner. The device has been loaded with Vista Home Premium, an Intel A110-800MHz processor, and carries a price of $1,499.99. We think that if you get a Vye and a Willcom 9, you have saved some space the next time you board a plane so they can’t charge you for extra baggage.
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Earlier this morning we put up our Voodoo Envy 133 gallery, and once we glanced at our MacBook Air, we knew it was so on. It was time to put them head-to-head, in an epic battle of the world’s thinnest notebook computers. So, we put together another gallery, where the MacBook Air and Voodoo Envy 133 sit side-by-side. We take pit them together from a few different angles. Now, the Envy 133 does take the victory for being the thinnest notebook computer - but the thin side of the MacBook Air is technically thinner than the uniform thickness of the Envy. Really, it all comes down to what OS you want to run, and if you don’t care, then it comes down to form factor. Oh, and of course, the Envy 133 has way more ports (including HDMI) than the MacBook Air can even dream of having at this point.
Hit up our MacBook Air vs. Voodoo Envy 133 gallery for all the goods.
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Everyone knows that thin is in, and HP is no exception, as their Voodoo line is about to drop the Voodoo Envy 133 notebook computer into their selling channels. What’s so cool about this notebook? Well, it currently has the bragging rights of being the world’s thinnest notebook. Yes, even thinner than the MacBook Air, and it even packs in more features than Apple’s ultraportable as well. We’ve got a comparison gallery of the two devices coming to you later today, but first we wanted to push out a gallery dedicated to showing off the Envy 133. It is definitely a beautiful piece of machinery with lots of style packed in. Heck, even the keyboard keys look cool. So click on over to check out of Voodoo Envy 133 gallery.
EDIT: We just put up our MacBook Air vs. Voodoo Envy 133 photo gallery.
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Gallery: Voodoo Envy 133 hands-on gallery
Amidst a flurry of small and seemingly underpowered netbooks, HP has taken a slightly different tact in their release of the surprisingly capable HP Mini-Note device. While its up-to-$850 price tag places it in a significantly different category than the Eee PC and other cheap sub-notebooks, it easily makes up for this price difference with functionality and power approaching that of its larger siblings: full sized laptops.
We’ve got an HP Mini-Note unboxing gallery for you to check out if you want to see how the thing looks from all angles, and of course, you can click through for Gear Live’s in-depth review of the HP Mini-Note 2133’s features, capabilities, and user experience, below.
We got our hands on one of the new HP Mini-Note ultraportable netbooks, and thought you guys would enjoy seeing a gallery that’s chock full of unboxing shots. The Mini-Note is HP’s entry into the netbook (very tiny, ultraportable computers that are geared towards Internet tasks) realm, and we think they nailed it in quite a few key areas. From our HP Mini-Note review:
The HP Mini-Note 2133 impresses with its over-all well thought-out design and strong focus on business performance. While the unwieldy mouse button placement will likely throw most users for a loop, it is possible to adapt after a few hours of usage. If you are in the market for an ultra-light laptop with a roomy keyboard and high resolution screen, but don’t feel like waiting around to see if an Atom version is on the way, the 2133 seems like an ideal choice.
Of course, you can check out our full review of the Mini-Note if you think you might have a need for such a device. In the meantime, head on over and check out our Mini-Note unboxing gallery to see it in all its glory.
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Gallery: HP Mini-Note 2133 unboxing gallery
So we told you that we are giving away an HP HDX Dragon alongside 31 other tech sites. We just wanted to hit you with an update on the 31 Days of the Dragon contest. Today is May 22, which means you have access to the following contests today - click on the site names for the details on their contest rules:
Of course, our contest starts on May 31, so you are going to want to check back here in nine days to get our specific contest rules. If you want to get a jump on it, one thing we will say if you will need a Gear Live account to enter. We’ve already said too much!