$100 Laptop now a reality

A Linux-based laptop produced by China’s HiVision has undercut the $100 threshold for laptops. For $98 and employing Linux, it includes a MIPS-based processor, 1GB flash storage, 3 USB ports, Ethernet, an SDHC card reader, WiFi, audio in and out, voice-chat and Firefox browser support. Video below;

Sony and Samsung both claim “world’s first” 200Hz LCD TV

Harry McCracken’s blog post dated August 29th, day speaks of his day at IFA. IFA is a giant consumer electronics show in Berlin that’s often called Europe’s equivalent of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. One thing he noted was that both SONY and Samsung claimed the worlds first 200Hz LCD TVs. These innovations are important given that  a faster frame rate provides smoother action on an LCD TV with less motion blur.

McCrackens image from SONY's booth

McCrackens image from SONY’s booth

In the video below the BBC reports on this 200Hz technology at the show. In addition the report covers SONY’s MP3 Walkmans with built in noise canceling technology and Tom Tom GPS technology that delivers advances in car GPS navigation that collects information on the driving habits of local drivers and then updates its directions based on that information.