Computex Tablet Show Begins — MSI, Asus Drop Slates

All eyes are on the Computex show in Taipei which is underway today and there are already a number of tablets on display to compete with the iPad. Computer makers Asus and MSI are taking the scattergun approach as both companies are showing off several slates.

Vid-Biz: Auditude, Vudu, LimeWire

Web-connected TV: A Distant Dream for App Makers; app developers are staying away from Yahoo’s Connected TV and similar platforms because environment is too restricted, fragmented. (Business Week)
A Detailed Look at VUDU’s Streaming Technology, and What It Means to Walmart; optimized encoding and flexible UI deployment give VUDU advantage over competitors. (
AVG and LimeWire Secure World’s Largest Peer-to-Peer Network; version 5.5 of LimeWire offers paying users automatic virus scans for all downloads. (emailed release)
Auditude Announces Advertising Agreement with Dailymotion; ad platform will monetize Dailymotion’s 12 million videos. (emailed release)
Piracy Rises in France Despite Three Strikes Law; infringement up 3 percent in spite of law that boots repeat infringers of the Internet. (Torrentfreak)
Enterprise Webcasting Provider IVT Announces Jim McGovern As New CEO; McGovern used to be CEO of Marketwire and then itzbig before joining IVT. (
MSI Selects Roxio CinePlayer to Power Home 3-D Entertainment; company will bundle Roxio’s newly-released Roxio CinePlayer with its 3-D All-In-One PCs. (emailed release)

Dual Display Netbook Concept Looking For a Market

At Mobile World Congress, MSI was quietly showing off a dual-display netbook with a virtual keyboard. Do these type of designs have a place in the market or is this more of a solution in search of a problem?

MSI Wind U160 With 15 Hour Battery Life Pre-Order Begins

MSI’s newest Wind netbook — the U160 — is now showing on Amazon’s pre-order page. What do you get for $379.99? Quite a bit, it turns out, although it would be nice to have seen a screen resolution upgrade to complement the other components.

MSI Readies $500 Tegra Tablet for Market

The tablet talk may be all about the new iPad from Apple but they’re not the only game in town. Notebook maker MSI is getting a tablet of its own ready for release this year based on Android and the Nvidia Tegra chipset. For $500.

Why We Love CES: MSI Demos Projector PC

MSI just reached out to let us know about a few of the concept PCs it is showing at CES, and one of them particularly caught our eye: The Projector PC is “(c)ombining the brilliance of a projector with the versatility of a PC,” according to the company’s press release. Yes, you got that right. It’s a projector with a built-in PC, supposedly projecting up to 60 inches of HD video onto any white screen, wall, or, if rotated 90 degrees, even the ceiling.

The Projector PC is one of those things that seems to make sense for about ten seconds – and then you start to remember how cheap projectors nowadays are, how little wall screen you actually have now that you just bought that big LCD TV and how much you’d hate to see Windows errors while watching a DVD.

Read More about Why We Love CES: MSI Demos Projector PC

OS X 10.5.7 Dramatically Increases Netbook Battery Life


While some users are experiencing unpleasant issues thanks to Apple’s (s aapl) recent 10.5.7 update for OS X, others have plenty of reason to rejoice after updating. Specifically, hackintosh netbook users are reporting that battery life is seeing major improvements thanks to the update.

Wired’s Gadget Lab picked up on the user reports from the MSI (s msi) Wind forums. Like the Dell (s dell) Mini 9, the Wind is a popular choice for people looking to shoehorn OS X onto a netbook, which many users are doing since Apple seems unwilling to provide an official solution.

Better battery performance is great news for the hackintosh community, since it was one of the few remaining drawbacks to installing OS X on machines like the Mini 9, which is almost completely compatible with the Mac operating system. Personally, I’ve been considering picking up a Dell machine myself for just such a purpose, after numerous unsuccessful attempts with my Eee PC 1000HE, and this latest development will probably be the deciding factor. Read More about OS X 10.5.7 Dramatically Increases Netbook Battery Life