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Microsoft Origami Experience 2.0 Ready for Download

Pic from Gizmodo

[15 June] The Microsoft Origami Experience 2.0 for UMPC is finally here for you to download.

Microsoft Origami Experience 2.0 contains these four programs for an ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC) running Windows Vista:

  • Origami Central
    Central gives you instant access to all your media, programs, and the Internet, with the touch of a finger.
  • Origami Now
    Now gives you one-touch access to the most important information at any given time and place.
  • Origami Picture Password
    With a Picture Password, you can log on to Windows and unlock your computer by tapping a sequence of targets on a picture, instead of typing a password.
  • Touch Settings
    Touch Settings combines several settings in Windows Vista into one place to make it easier to customize a touch screen.

Requirements -

  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows Vista Business; Windows Vista Enterprise; Windows Vista Home Premium; Windows Vista Ultimate
  • Minimum 100 MB of available hard disk space
  • Minimum 1 GB of system memory
  • Touch panel display (required for Origami Picture Password)

The UMPC must have the following software installed: -

  • Windows Internet Explorer 7. Origami Experience 2.0 requires Internet Explorer 7 for its RSS platform.
  • Windows Media Player 11. Origami Central requires Windows Media Player 11 in order to manage and play media.
  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2007. The calendar tile in Origami Now works only with Office Outlook 2007 Calendar. The mail tile in Origami Now works with Office Outlook 2007 Mail and Windows Mail.
  • The Windows update available here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/932406 . This update is highly recommended if you use the mail tile in Origami Now with Microsoft Office Outlook 2007.

Microsoft Origami Experience 2.0 is distributed in nine languages. Each language version can be installed only on the corresponding language version of Windows Vista. For example, the French language version of Origami Experience 2.0 must be installed on the French language version of Windows Vista. However, any language version of Origami Experience 2.0 can be installed on the English language version of Windows Vista.

For detail download instruction, head over to Microsoft download page here.

[Updated - 17 June 2008] jkkmobile have the video review out on the Microsoft Origami Experience 2.0, enjoy.

Source – jkkmobile

June 17, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Microsoft, Mobility, Productivity, Software, UMPC | , , | Leave a comment

ASUS Eee PC 1000 Announced

Pic from UMPC Fever

[28 May 2008]This according to UMPC Fever, that ASUS is launching the new 10″ screen Eee PC 1000 at the upcoming Computex 2008 in Taipei, Taiwan. For more info, check out UMPC Fever’s post here.

Source – UMPC Fever

[Updated: 5 June 2008] This is the latest on the ASUS Eee PC 1000 from Daily Tech. “Eee PC 1000 and Eee PC 1000H. The Eee PC 1000 will be available with up to a 40GB SSD while the Eee PC 1000H will be available with up to an 80GB 2.5″ 5400RPM HDD.

The Eee PC 1000/1000H and Eee PC 901 are all equipped with an Atom processor and include ASUS’s Super Hybrid engine which allows for easy manipulation of CPU speed, CPU voltage, and screen brightness to extend the life of the battery. When running in its most extreme mode, the Super Hybrid Engine can extract 7.8 hours of battery life from the new Eee PCs.

In addition, ASUS is also providing its new Eee PC family with 20GB of dedicated online storage (per machine) to perform backups or store personal data.”

Source – Daily Tech

June 5, 2008 Posted by | Eee PC, Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobility, News Related, Notebooks, UMPC | , , | 1 Comment

Review – WILLCOM D4 (Sharp WS016SH)

Pic from Akihabaranews

The guys over at Akihabaranews got the chance to review the alpha version of the Willcom D4 (Sharp WSO16SH) last week in Tokyo, Japan and it’s looking sweet. Running on Vista, the D4 doesn’t seem as sluggish as most of the other UMPCs in the video.

The D4 features a 1.33GHz Centrino Atom Z520 CPU and according to Akihabara, the D4 is one of the first UMPCs on the market using the new CPU; a 40GB HDD, 1GB RAM, a 5″ 1024×600 TFT touchscreen. The D4 measures 84x188x25.9mm and weigh 470g.

Click here for the full review. For now, enjoy the video from Akihabaranews below.

from www.akihabaranews.co posted with vodpod

May 21, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobility, Review, UMPC, Uncategorized, Video | , , | 1 Comment

First Look – Origami Experience 2.0 on HTC Shift

Pic from pocketables

pocketables posted a thorough write-up on the new version of Microsoft Origami 2.0 which features application such as the Origami Central, Origami Now and Touch Settings.  Although there had been quite some flaws to the design to the HTC Shift, the write-up on the first look to the Microsoft Origami 2.0 is definitely worth the read.  Link to article here.

Source – pocketables

May 2, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HTC, Microsoft, Software, UMPC | , , , | Leave a comment

Video Review – ASUS Eee PC 900

Still want to know more about the ASUS Eee PC 900? jkkmobile just released a 34 minute long video review which is so far the most thorough review on the Eee PC 900, check it out.

Source – jkkmobile

May 1, 2008 Posted by | Eee PC, Gadgets n Gizmos, Notebooks, UMPC, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

First Look – HTC Advantage X7510

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[14 February ] The second generation of the HTC Advantage have just been announced. Spec wise, it features a Marvell PXA270 624 MHz processor, 16GB of flash memory, 5-inch VGA screen, 3 megapixel camera, 256 MB ROM, 128MB RAM, quad-band GSM, tr-band HSDPA, built-in GPS and a whopping battery of 2,100 mAh. Click here for the product sheet from HTC or here for the full specs from phoneArena.com. No news yet on the pricing but will update it once we hear more.

[Updated: 29 April] We’re closer and closer to the release of the HTC Advantage X7510. Mobile01 posted a review (in Chinese, warning: slow loading) with tons of pics of the HTC X7510, link here.

Source – Mobile01

April 29, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HTC, Mobile Phone, PocketPC, UMPC | , , | Leave a comment

HP 2133 Mini-Note Hong Kong Launch Details

Two versions will be launch in Hong Kong and both will be running on the VIA C7M 1.2GHz processor.

The Linux version will feature 1GB Ram on board together with a 120GB Hdd; price: HK$3,999 (US$513).

The Vista version will feature 2GB Ram on board together with a 160GB Hdd; price: HK$4,999 (US$641).

April 28, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HP, Notebooks, UMPC | , , , | 5 Comments

Video Review – HP 2133 Mini-Note

Both very interesting video, the comparison on HP’s Vista version and the ASUS Eee PC running on WinXP might bot be the best comparison but nonetheless gives you a vague idea on the booting speed on both different processor.

Source – PCMPodcast

April 28, 2008 Posted by | Eee PC, Gadgets n Gizmos, HP, Notebooks, UMPC | , | Leave a comment

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – The ASUS Eee PC 900 Mess

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My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “The ASUS Eee PC 900 Mess”. Click here for the read.

April 27, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, CNET, Eee PC, Gadgets n Gizmos, Notebooks, UMPC | , , , , | Leave a comment

ASUS Eee PC 900 – Battery Exchange Finally

Following my previous post on ASUS Eee PC 900 Battery – 4,400mAh or 5,200mAh or 5,800mAh?, ASUS Hong Kong finally announced that they will be exchanging all 4,400 mAH capacity batteries with the 5,800 mAH capacity batteries, that is, if your Eee PC 900 was purchased in Hong Kong since launch date (19 April). For information, please contact ASUS HK Royal Club, Tel: 2958 1620 (Kowloon); 35824770 (Hong Kong Island). Full press release (in Chinese) as follow -

Eee PC 900 免費升級更換至大容量 5800mAh 電池
親愛的華碩用戶

您好, 謝謝您對於華碩的支持與愛護.

EeePC 900系列所配備的電池有4cells (4400mAh) 及 (5800mAh) 兩種。由於在香港產品發佈會現場時機展示時間極短,因此本公司僅展示4cells (5800mAh) 之樣本機,可是經媒體報導後,令到有客戶誤以為與實際出貨4cells (4400mAh) 規格不符,華碩對此深感抱歉。

基於香港所有客戶對華碩的長期支持和愛護,華碩決定透過 ASUS HK Royal Club 將香港用戶的EeePC 900一律免費升級並更換為4cells (5800mAh) 電池。

再次感謝您支持和愛護華碩產品

查詢電話: ASUS HK Royal Club
九龍: 29581620
香港: 35824770

華碩電腦 敬上

Source – ASUS

April 23, 2008 Posted by | Accessories, Eee PC, Gadgets n Gizmos, Notebooks, UMPC | , , | 3 Comments

Photo Review on My ASUS Eee PC 900

The ASUS Eee PC 900 features a 8.9″ active matrix TDT LCD screen with 1024×600 resolution; 1GB DD2 Ram; 20GB SSD and 1.3 mega-pixel camera. My Eee PC 900 runs on Linux and Firefox browser.  The whole thing do look small and feels incredibly light at 990g.  The wireless connection is slow at disconnecting and connecting but nonetheless still pretty smooth.

Retail price at HK$3,998 (US$513), but because of limited stock available at present, prices are up to HK$4,488 in Mongkok Computer Centre and HK$4,688 in Wanchai 168 Computer Centre.

As the Windows XP version are not available yet, expect another HK$680 if you want the retailers to install a copy of Windows XP licence for you, that is, if you can’t wait till they formally release it.  As for the screen protector, you can get it for around HK$150 (tight fit).
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April 21, 2008 Posted by | Eee PC, Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobility, Notebooks, Review, UMPC | , , , | 1 Comment

ASUS Eee PC 900 is in DA House

Wow, what a trip to Singapore, will do a wrap up on that later tonight. While I was gone, ASUS Hong Kong launched the ASUS Eee PC 900 (Linus version) and the first batch was on sale yesterday. As I got back late last night (around 3:00am), I got a message that mine was ready for pick up today.

Okay, some pics for now and I’ll follow up with a more detail review in a few hours. If you have any questions, just post it up here and I’ll include them in the review.

April 20, 2008 Posted by | Eee PC, Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobility, My Gears, Notebooks, UMPC | , , | 7 Comments

ASUS Eee PC 900 Launch Imminent

Pic from XEPC.org

[13 April] Following my last post on the ASUS Eee PC 900, we learned that have just hit the FCC and the first unbox pics started surfacing so the launch date is imminent. Over the weekend, XEPC.org published the unbox pics of the ASUS Eee PC 900 and if you want to take a first look at it, the link is here.

Source – XEPC.org

[Updated: 15 April] Added the following video preview of the ASUS Eee PC 900 from PCMarket.com.hk.

Source – PCMPodcast

April 15, 2008 Posted by | Eee PC, Gadgets n Gizmos, Notebooks, UMPC, Video | | 4 Comments

HP 2133 UMPC vs ASUS Eee PC – Boot-up Test

XP vs Vista, not really a head-to-head comparison but well.

Source – TechnologyGuide

April 11, 2008 Posted by | Eee PC, Gadgets n Gizmos, HP, UMPC, Video | , , | 3 Comments

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