Remember the baby Mac? The “1984” television commercial? Well, 25 years ago today, Steve Jobs introduced the Macintosh Model M0001 to the eager masses. Here’s the video of the live event to take you back in time:
Sony today took the wraps off the world’s lightest 8-inch netbook – the new VAIO® P Series. According to the company’s press release, the Vaio P is the size of a business envelope and roughly as thin as a cell phone, weighs just 1.4 pounds and is small enough to slip into a jacket pocket or handbag. The netbook will be available ins a series of colors including garnet red, emerald green, onyx black, crystal white and classic black.
Here are some of the key features:
- High-resolution, 1600 x 768, LED backlit 8-inch ultra-wide display (diagonal), making it easy to view everything from entire spreadsheets to full web pages- no side-to-side scrolling necessary.
- Sony’s XBRITE-ECO™ LCD technology, producing images in brilliant detail for razor-sharp viewing.
- Built-in wireless WAN 3G Mobile Broadband, 802.11n wi-fi and Bluetooth technologies.
- Up to four hours of battery life with the included standard capacity battery and eight hours with the large capacity battery.
- An instant-mode option that launches directly into Sony’s Xross Media Bar™ interface–rapidly boot up and access music, video, photos and the Web.
- A built-in webcam.
- Windows Vista®.
The VAIO P Series Lifestyle PC will retail for about $900. It will be available for pre-orders Thursday online. It will also be sold at Sony Style® stores starting later this month and at other major retailers around the country beginning in February.
To see photos and learn more about the world’s lightest netbook, visit Sony’s website.
Source: Sony press release (1/7/2009)
J.P. Morgan and Barclays Capital both released top tech predictions lists for 2009. Here’s a look:
Imran Khan’s 2009 Tech Predictions (J.P. Morgan)
- Potential search deal likely between Yahoo! and Microsoft
- Net Neutrality should become an important mainstream issue
- Challenges in monetizing video advertising should persist
- Mobile usage should continue its strong growth momentum, but mobile
advertising will likely be challenging this year
- Possible bankruptcies in brick-and-mortar retail should create opportunities
for eCommerce companies
- M&A consolidation activities could potentially resume during 2H’09 (IPO market is dead until 2010)
Doug Anmuth’s 2009 Tech Predictions (Barclays Capital)
- Yahoo and eBay will make major strategic decisions
- Performance-based advertising will be more important than ever
- Increased Competition For Search Distribution Via Toolbars, OEM Deals, and Partnerships
- Proliferation of Smart Phones Will Drive The Mobile Internet
- Small Strategic Acquisitions Will Re-Emerge
- Ad Networks To Consolidate
Hat Tip: Erik Schoenfeld, TechCrunch
Here’s a look at the top 10 best selling Netbooks — from our friends at Akihabara News. Asus, Acer and HP all make the list. Wait another couple of months for the latest, greatest new models to hit the market. Or get a good bargain next month on Amazon.
Here’s the list:
1. ASUS EEE PC (4GB SSD)
2. ACER ASPIRE ONE (120GB HDD)
3. ASUS EEE PC 901-X (12GB SSD)
4. ACER ASPIRE ONE (160GB HDD)
5. ASUS EEE PC 1000H (160GB HDD)
6. KOJINSA SA5KX08AL (80GB HDD)
7. ASUS EEE PC S101-X (16GB SSD)
8. ONKYO C101-4 (120GB HDD)
9. ASUS EEE PC 701-SD-007X (8GB SSD)
10.HP FR082PA (160GB HDD)
Source: BCN Ranking