Do cell phone service providers really break even just five months into a long term postpaid contract? Comments Off on Do cell phone service providers really b …

If you’re feeling adventurous or simply want to test the integrity of your WiFi network, you can use BackTrack to crack your own WEP passwords. Comments Off on If you’re feeling adventurous or simply …

iphone-pool-dropCan an iPhone 3GS really survive a dip in the pool without any damage? Apparently, someone was happily recording videos by the poolside with his new iPhone when it suddenly slipped and fell into the pool. The phone kept on recording until it was fished out of the water just a few seconds later. Unfortunately, I find this a bit hard to believe. A frame from the video also shows a strap you typically see in compact cameras. Or maybe I’m wrong. Comments Off on iPhone Swimming Pool Drop

HFS for Windows is an upcoming app that will allow your Windows PC to read/write your HFS+ Mac disks, just in case you really have to. Now I don’t know why people would rather do that. Comments Off on HFS for Windows is an upcoming app that …

Wondering how much power a laptop actually consumes at the outlet? This should help. And yes, screen brightness is still the best way to save battery. Comments Off on Wondering how much power a laptop actual …

Switcher is an Expose clone for Windows Vista (it requires Aero). Now you can task–switch like on a Mac. Comments Off on Switcher is an Expose clone for Windows …

Intel’s next mobile CPU for the Atom platform will be fanless and will consume about half the power of the older N270 and its siblings. Comments Off on Intel’s next mobile CPU for the Atom pl …

Samsung’s NC310 netbook is supposedly capable of doing 11 hours on battery power. I find this simply hard to believe. Comments Off on Samsung’s NC310 netbook is supposedly c …

Mac OS X Snow Leopard is coming in September and here’s a preview of things to look forward to in OS X’s next version. Comments Off on Mac OS X Snow Leopard is coming in Septe …

The 7–hour battery life on the new MacBook Pro was made possible by new lithium–polymer batteries embedded in the unibody case. Yes, they are now non–removable. Comments Off on The 7–hour battery life on the new MacB …

Updated Apple MacBook Pro line announced

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Finally, the WWDC excitement is over. Just a few hours after the annual event, everyone is still quite surprised with Apple’s changes to the MacBook Pro line which consequently affects the mainstream MacBook line too.

First of all, the MacBook Pro is now available with a 13.3–inch screen. It inherits the unibody MacBook’s form factor while reportedly using the better screen from the MacBook Air. Though some would say the changes are not exactly “revolutionary,” from a unibody MacBook user’s point of view, they certainly still are worth having. Most important of all is the update on prices: the 13–incher MacBook Pro can be had for just 1,199 USD, which is much cheaper than what we paid for the MacBook last year. Here’s the summary of changes as TAB reports:

  • Processor speed bumps. From 2.0 to 2.26 on the entry model, 2.4GHz to 2.53 on the high-end.
  • FireWire 800. There you go! Probably the single biggest complaint about the MacBook just got silenced.
  • SD Card Slot. I’ve wanted one of these for a while. Easier to use on the road; no cable needed.
  • Improved battery. A whopping 7 hours battery life; and the battery itself should last nearly five years. When they did this for the 17” MacBook Pro I mentioned that I’d love them to bring this technology to the rest of their line, I’m glad they did so.
  • Better screen. It’s hard to quantify this, but I believe it’s the same screen they use in the MacBook Air, which is a visibly better screen than the first unibody 13” MacBooks.
  • Base Memory on the entry remains 2GB, but increases to 4GB on the high-end (maximum memory for both increases from 4GB to 8GB).
  • Hard Drive configurable maximum is now 500GB.
  • Backlit keyboard for all models (previously just at the high-end).

It’s quite interesting because the MacBook line is now basically just the old polycarbonate white model. It retails at 999 USD, still the since the past months, but this makes it positioned to take on mainstream laptops offered today. With the cheapest MacBook Pro coming in at just 1,199 USD, it won’t be a surprise if people start going for them instead—they’re priced to make it appear to be a better value. With a better screen and all the niceties of the MacBook Pro, Apple will likely sell a lot of these pro models soon.

Lifehacker rates the 5 best netbooks you can get right now and not surprisingly, the Asus EeePC 1000HE comes out on top. Comments Off on Lifehacker rates the 5 best netbooks you …

Asus releases EeePC Seashells in the Philippines

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Also known as the Asus EeePC 1008HA, the EeePC Seashells is Asus’ new update to the netbook line that started it all. The new design certainly looks classy and very well done, a lot better than netbooks from previous generations. But that’s the problem — it’s not really any prettier than every other netbook we have in the market now. Most maufacturers have raised their game to produce beautiful portable machines at a reasonable price. And then there’s the issue of pricing. If Asus Philippines gets to do it their way, the EeePC Seashells will come out at around 32,000 pesos. Ouch. That’s a lot of money for a netbook; in fact for a bit more than that you can buy a netbook and a desktop PC.

The EeePC Seashells comes with things typical in netbooks: Intel Atom processor, a large hard disk (160GB), 1GB of RAM, 6–hour battery life. That battery life is impressive for this design, you don’t get the unattractive bulge typical in high–capacity batteries. Unfortunately, the battery is not user–replaceable as it is integrated; it is not the removable type.

As this review would suggest, the EeePC Seashells (1008HA) is a good performer that’s thin and light with a gorgeous design. It is sadly hampered though with a non–removable battery and a Philippine SRP that puts it way above its competitors. 32,000 is steep for a netbook. Anywhere in the 20-25,000 peso range would make this an excellent choice especially with the chic colors it is available in.

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Acer’s new AO751H netbook comes with an 11.6–inch HD screen (1366×768 pixels) and a better keyboard. Unfortunately, the Intel Atom Z520 it sports is slower than the common N270 on netbooks. But with more than 5 hours of battery, this is still a good netbook. Comments Off on Acer’s new AO751H netbook comes with an …

Intel has released the Pentium SU2700, a new ultra–low–voltage processor that runs at 1.3GHz with 2MB of L2 cache. Though single–core, it is aimed towards ultraportable devices that should rival the MacBook Pro and probably high–end netbooks. Comments Off on Intel has released the Pentium SU2700, a …

The entry–level white MacBook now has a 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo processor along with 160GB of storage. On paper, it’s now almost as good as the cheaper unibody/aluminum MacBook. Comments Off on The entry–level white MacBook now has a …

Should we start untrusting Apple’s MagSafe adapters? Apparently, some of them are causing accidents and burning MacBooks and MacBook Pros. Be warned. Comments Off on Should we start untrusting Apple’s MagS …

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y450 seems like a good value for a laptop with a 14–inch screen. Considering the new “sportier” design and Lenovo’s Thinkpad–inspired history, this should really be worth your money. Comments Off on The Lenovo IdeaPad Y450 seems like a goo …

While the world waits for its upcoming release, someone sneaks in a review of the Palm Pre and gives us the lowdown on the much–hyped smartphone. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to make test calls at all! Comments Off on While the world waits for its upcoming r …

The new Playstation Portable, the “PSP Go,” is now here! Comments Off on The new Playstation Portable, the “PSP …