Acer Aspire One  

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Specifications

Dimensions (WxDxH): 249x195x36 mm; Weight: 1.26 Kg; CPU: Intel Atom N270, 1.6 GHz, 533 MHz FSB, 512 KB L2 cache; Memory: 1 GB; Hard drive: 120 GB; Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g; Audio: built-in speakers & mic; Battery: 2200 mAh, 3-cell.

A Stylish Choice
The word “netbook” has now become the standard with which we describe miniature laptops with 7–10-inch screens, low-power components and budget pricing. Every hardware manufacturer seems to be testing the market with at least one model, and Acer’s first leap into this market is called the Aspire One. In terms of core specifications, there’s nothing very different about this device. The 1.6 GHz Intel Atom CPU, 1 GB of RAM, 1024x600 pixel screen, 120 GB hard drive and Windows XP as the operating system are all standard fare for netbooks now; it seems that every single model from every single company has the same specifications. The configuration is fine for basic productivity applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel, web surfing, and audio/video playback. Just don’t expect to run any heavy multimedia or graphics design programs.

However Acer has tried to differentiate its offering a little. It’s wider and deeper than the original Asus EEE PC, but is quite well styled, and available in multiple colors. The hinges are a little too weak and plasticky for our liking, but the angled design does give the Aspire One a unique look. They keyboard was cramped, but not too uncomfortable to type on. Thankfully, the [Shift], [Ctrl] and [Windows] keys are in the right places, and the arrow cluster is of a decent size. But the trackpad is a disappointment, with the left and right buttons on each side of the pad, rather than below it. This wouldn’t be such a problem in itself, but the trackpad is also much too small, and our fingers kept running off the edges when dragging things across the screen.

Expansion is taken care of by the three USB ports, Ethernet, and a surprise bonus: two card reader slots. One of them is a standard SD/MMC/MS/XD multi-format reader, and the other, labeled “Storage Expansion”, accepts only SD cards. We think this is a great idea, especially for netbooks with solid-state drives where storage space is severely limited. (full story)

Apple Sued Over iPhone Web Surfing Technology  

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BOSTON (Reuters) - Apple Inc is the target of a lawsuit that claims a technology the iPhone uses to surf the Web infringes on a patent filed by Los Angeles real estate developer Elliot Gottfurcht and two co-inventors.

The lawsuit was filed by EMG Technology LLC on Monday in the U.S. District Court in Tyler, Texas. EMG was founded by Gottfurcht, is based in Los Angeles with an office in Tyler, and has just one employee.

The suit alleges that the technology the iPhone uses to navigate and display some websites designed for small phone screens infringes on a patent obtained last month by Gottfurcht and his co-inventors and assigned to EMG.

Apple spokeswoman Susan Lundgren declined to comment on the lawsuit, saying that the Cupertino, California-based company does not discuss pending litigation.

EMG has not considered suing companies such as HTC Corp, maker of the G1 Google phone, and Research in Motion Ltd, maker of the BlackBerry, which also produce devices that can display mobile websites, according to Gottfurcht's lawyer Stanley Gibson, a partner with the Los Angeles law firm Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro.

Mobile websites are essentially reformatted versions of ordinary websites, with their content manipulated to be easily viewed on tiny screens.

"We haven't looked at anything other than the iPhone," Gibson told Reuters. "That was the device that we looked at. Obviously it's very popular." (full Story)

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