Dell Adamo XPS — How Thin is Too Thin?

I am as big a sucker for cool, thin laptops as anyone, but I have to admit I’m having a hard time getting my head around the über-thin Dell Adamo XPS. The Adamo XPS is billed as the thinnest notebook on the planet, but we have to take Dell’s word on it since they won’t let anyone play with it yet. They have been content to drive a near viral campaign consisting of brief glimpses of the XPS so far.

Dell put up a web site that shows how thin the profile of the notebook is, but the whole site exists to collect email addresses for future notifications about the XPS. Then Dell held the XPS up at a press event for other stuff, but quickly put it out of sight. Now they have released a couple of pics that shows how thin (I see a pattern here) the XPS is, along with a unique hinge system that lets the screen sit down flush with the unit when closed.

I’m getting a feeling that the XPS is too thin (9.99 mm) to be practical. I can see breaking this thing without even trying hard. I can image TSA tossing something in the bin at some airport and hearing a sickening crunch. I am very easy on gear, but I think I’d break the XPS.

Everything’s Relative, Especially Wireless Broadband Speeds

Swedish wireless companies, in an effort to satisfy the nation’s consumer ombudsman, have come up with what they’re hoping is a better representation of wireless broadband speeds, what they’ve dubbed the “practical maximum speed.” In most countries, network operators advertise their wireless speeds based on the maximum levels achieved in the lab, which is the equivalent of advertising the maximum amount of weight lost by people shown in weight-loss commercials as typical. But in reality, wireless broadband speeds depend on several constantly changing variables, such as how far a person is from a tower and how many people are on the network at any point in time.

So to help consumers get a better sense of what they’re really buying, earlier this month, the ombudsman, Gunnar Larsson, said that Tele2, Telenor, Telia and 3 shouldn’t be allowed to advertise theoretical maximum speeds. Using the maximum speeds for an HSPA network, for example, means operators are advertising speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps down. But I’m not convinced the Swedish operators are being all that transparent with their ombudsman, either, for they have decided that the “practical maximum speed” of an HSPA network is some 6 Mbps. Read More about Everything’s Relative, Especially Wireless Broadband Speeds

Sweden Racing to an LTE Future

imagesSweden is fast becoming the epicenter of the LTE universe, with three of the country’s four major wireless carriers — Tele2, Telenor and TeliaSonera — racing to build 4G wireless networks. These carriers bought spectrum in the 2.6 GHz band in 2008 and are looking to roll out LTE networks by 2010, according to Wireless Intelligence, a market research service. According to some estimates, mass deployment for LTE will happen around 2012.
TeliaSonera has plans to do a commercial rollout next year starting with Sweden’s capital of Stockholm. Rivals Tele2 and Telenor are jointly building a network with service due to launch by the end of 2010, covering 99 percent of Sweden by 2013. This service will have speeds of up to 80Mb/s in rural areas and up to 150Mb/s in urban areas. 3 Sweden and Intel (s intc) also own spectrum in the 2.6 GHz band but have not announced related plans just yet. Read More about Sweden Racing to an LTE Future

4G Coming to Sweden: 2 Carriers Team Up to Deploy LTE by 2010

Telenor Sweden and Tele2 Sweden said today they will share spectrum and build a joint Long Term Evolution 4G network in Sweden with an eye to having it up and running by the end of 2010. The timing means Sweden will get LTE around the same time Verizon Wireless deploys it in the U.S. and NTTDoCoMo offers it in Japan. The two Swedish carriers will be equal partners in the joint venture, which also comprises spectrum-sharing in the 900MHz and 2600MHz frequency bands.
Such network-sharing is becoming more common because the costs associated building out networks are high, and because regulations in some parts of the world are making it more difficult to locate a lot of equipment in places where people desire coverage.  Read More about 4G Coming to Sweden: 2 Carriers Team Up to Deploy LTE by 2010

Jon Lajoie, Macs vs. PCs: NTV Station Today

Highlighting the conflict between operating systems isn’t anything super-new, but Goodie Bag’s Macs vs. PCs is a stunning bit of viral video, a West Side Story-esque dance battle that quickly gets ugly and bloody. A diverse cast, references to Steve Jobs’ signature wardrobe, and stellar songs and choreography make each beat a delight.

And today we also look at Jon Lajoie, a musically-gifted comedian who’s broken out online thanks to a passionate Canadian fanbase and support from Funny Or Die founders Adam McKay and Will Ferrell. Delve into his highly varied comedic stylings at NewTeeVee Station!

Vodafone Bulks Up On Broadband

[qi:064] Vodafone is adding Spain and Italy to a growing list of countries where it will be offering triple play services. London-based mobile services provider has acquired Spanish and Italian-assets of Tele2 for about $1.1 billion in cash, reports The Wall Street Journal.

It beat out competitors Tiscali and Fastweb in the bid for Tele2 assets. It already offers broadband service in UK, Portugal, Germany and Greece. Triple-play is part of CEO Arun Sarin’s Mobile Plus strategy that is necessary for the company to boost its revenues.

“What is clear to us is that mobility and broadband are the two core things that our company needs to participate in, ” Sarin said at a recent investor conference. (PDF Transcript.) “DSL is a local, country-by-country strategy. There is no one strategy for Europe, simply because the industry structure is very different, the regulatory structures are very different.”

The company is also looking at WiFi and Mesh WiFi as options as well, depending on locations, but one thing is clear – if Sarin continues on the current path of acquisitions, then Vodafone might emerge as a pan-European broadband supplier.