Today, Apple released an updated firmware/SMC update, 1.3. The purpose is to improve startup performance on certain MacBook models when booting off of battery power.
It affects 13.3-inch polycarbonate (“white”) MacBooks released earlier last month. Some of those had the following issue:
…may display slower performance when started up using battery power only. Restarting using battery power may not clear the condition.
Main site: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3435
Download: Support.Apple.com Downloads
All EFI/SMC Firmware Updates: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1237
(check the above link for eligibility)
At this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Asustek is showing off Microsoft’s Windows 7 on the highly-anticipated 8.9″ touchscreen Eee PC T91. The Eee PC T91 Touch is a convertible – it converts between a Tablet PC and a conventional laptop/notebook form factor. They were also using Windows 7 to show off the mobile broadband functionality available with the T91, as well as the upcoming Eee PC 1003HA.
Both the 1003HA and T91 are using a Huawei EM770 WWAN module for mobile broadband connectivity. The reasoning for Windows 7 – it shows off Windows 7’s networking/mobile broadband capabilities and the Huawei EM770 module was designed from the ground up for Windows 7. According to the press release, the 1003HA will only be offered through mobile providers.
In addition, they announced the Eee PC 1000HG, which will have 802.16e and WAVE2 wireless networking as well as 802.11a/b/g/n.
Fujitsu Limited and Toshiba Corporation have announced today that Fujitsu will be transferring its hard drive (Hard Disk Drive – HDD) business over to Toshiba, through the creation of a new company. Fujitsu will move its HDD-related assets and business into this new company, in which Toshiba will have around 80% ownership (Fujitsu will have less than 20%). It will then fall under the Toshiba Group as a subsidiary of Toshiba. At some point in the future, Toshiba will acquire the remaining 20% and become the sole owner.
The goals are to boost Toshiba’s market share in 2.5″ and 1.8″ HDDs (in the laptop/notebook/netbook market), as well as their enterprise-level storage systems. They also mention that it will help boost Toshiba’s Solid State Drive (SSD) business.
They are working to complete this by the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2009.
Read: Japan’s Corporate News
Back in January at CES, the new 10.1″ LG X120 had been demonstrated by LG. Last week, an LG Xenia (Xenia = X, X110 or X120) had been recently mentioned as a candidate for one of the netbooks/ultraportables that AT&T was considering offering through their stores (along with data plans/contracts). This week at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) LGE has began talking about specific details of the sequel to their LG X110.
The major differences over the X110 – it’s got a “Smart-On” system, which is another type of “Instant-On” functionality. The X120 is also going to be geared towards mobile broadband carriers.
It also has “Smart-Link” which is similar to some of the software that Apple uses when people migrate their data from one Mac to another or allowing the MacBook Air to use another computer’s CD or DVD drive. Smart-Link allows you to use a USB cable to copy data from another machine to the X120. The press release mentions that you can use Smart-Link to transfer files from another computer’s CD or DVD drive.
Previously we had mentioned that it had a 10.2″ widescreen display – in fact it has a 16:9 10.1″ display, with a resolution of 1024×576
If you cannot wait on the new Asus Eee PC 1000HE and you’re located in the US, you are in luck if you are willing to pay around $390. There’s quite a bit of interest in it – it’s got a fairly cheap price – $365 – $390 USD, and it’s packed with a high-capacity battery and Intel’s new Atom N280 which offers a faster frontside-bus than existing N270 CPUs.
ZipZoomFly has it listed as shipping within 24 hours (this is for the black version).
NCIX.com (Canada) shows it shipping within 1-2 weeks for $469.99 CAD (around $376 USD).
Some retailers have an instant rebate of $25 through Feb 28, 2009:
– Amazon ($374.99) – EPC1000HE-BLK005X – Black (Fine Ebony)
– Amazon ($374.99) – EPC1000HE-BLU002X – Blue
– J&R ($364.99) – ASUS EPC1000HE-BLU002X – Blue
– J&R ($364.99) – ASUS EPC1000HE-BLK005X – Black (Fine Ebony)
Amazon actually caught quite a few people off guard and started shipping the 10-inch Acer Aspire One, before Acer’s official ship dates, and J&R is listing the above black 1000HE as “Temporarily out of stock” indicating either that they’ve already received a shipment or notification of a shipment and all of those are allotted to pre-orders, or they had already received some and then shipped those out.
All of the currently listed 1000HE models have the same specifications – Intel Atom N280 (1.66GHz), 1GB RAM, 160GB HDD, Bluetooth, Windows XP Home, and a 6-cell battery.