Archive for October, 2010

You may have seen a lot of mobile phone concepts, but the one you are going to see below will blow you away, seriously this is one of the best concepts ever made. The concept is made by the masterminds over at Mozilla Labs, and they are calling it Sea Bird. The Sea Bird is running on Android, and there are a lot of amazing features in the concept phone. Since Mozilla Labs launched the Concept Series with an open call for participation they have had thousands of people join in, share ideas and develop concepts around Firefox, the Mozilla projects and the Open Web as a whole.

Overview

The Mozilla Seabird, part of the Mozilla Labs’ Concept Series, is an experiment in how users might interact with their mobile content as devices and technology advances. Drawing on insights culled from the Mozilla community through the project’s blog, a focus quickly developed around frustrating physical interactions. While mobile CPUs, connectivity and development platforms begin approaching that of desktops, the lagging ability to efficiently input information has grown ever more pronounced.

Interaction

Interaction Seabird

Interaction Seabird

The Seabird, then, introduces a few possibilities into how user interaction might evolve with the advancing motion capture and projector driven innovation in the market. First out, the Seabird imagines how a multiple use dongle might augment the crowded gestural interface with greater precision and direct manipulation of content in 3D space.

Pico Projector

Pico Projector in Seabird

Pico Projector in Seabird

With mobile phone companies such as Samsung, LG and Motorola moving towards display applications for projectors, the technology remains open for expanding user interaction and input at the same time. The Seabird, on just a flat surface, enables netbook-quality interaction by working with the projector’s angular distortion to deliver interface, rather than content. With the benefit of a dock, each projector works independently and delivers laptop levels of efficiency.

Design

Design of Seabird

Design of Seabird

The form development took its cues from various aerodynamic, avian and decidedly feminine forms. Its erect posture intends a sense of poise while its supine conformity to the hand reconciles that with the user’s desire for digital control. The curvature of the back also serves a functional role in elevating the projector lens elements when lying flat.

So all that means does Mozilla have plans to produce a mobile phone?
As per Mozilla themselves the answer is “No”, The idea is to get Firefox on your Android phone, Seabird is not a Mozilla or Mozilla Labs project but part of the Mozilla Labs Concept Series. The Concept Series provides a place for the wider community to create and collaborate on projects which push the boundaries of the Web and the browser. To get the complete answer to this let’s wait and watch, in the meantime share your thoughts with us on this new concept phone…

If you have kids today’s post is a definite read of you.. So you want to keep your children away from cyberbullying? Well, below are the names of websites that kids should never visit. Experts have suggested that parents can protect their kids from websites that abound with the worst of the Web: rampant insults, slurs, demeaning topics and ultimately cyberbullying. Here are the low websites experts say are the ‘dark alleys’ of the Internet.

Chatroulette.com

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In theory, Chatroulette connects random strangers around the world for video chats, shortening the distance between them, but in reality, experts cited it as simply dangerous, a “predator’s paradise.” Gwenn O’Keeffe, the author of the new book CyberSafe: Protecting and Empowering Kids in the Digital World, said that Chatroulette has spawned a number of clones-including JayDoe and Zupyo and CamCarousel-all of which parents should watch out for.

What to do? You could disable your Web cam, if it’s external, but — contrary to reports that entering the site automatically fires up your camera — that won’t stop your kid from cam-off one-way browsing. So if you’re really concerned, simply block the site with a parental-filtering gizmo (for some good ones, see sidebar). Experts say, though, that it’s also advisable to talk to your kid about what they might stumble upon online, rather than laying down the law, no questions asked. To be fully informed, of course, you might have to visit ChatRoulette yourself.

formspring.me

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Intended as a question and answer website with deep ties to such social networks as Facebook, Twitter and Google’s Blogger, formspring.me is anything but innocent.

Advise to parents is to steer their children clear of it. “It’s found that children could remain anonymous much easier on the site than on Facebook,” FoxNews.com quoted her as saying. “They would post questions and send them to others — and the only purpose of the questions seemed to be to hurt other’s feelings,”

Facebook

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Don’t Believe me, hmm That’s right, Facebook. With more than half a billion users, it’s the world’s most popular social-networking site. But is it appropriate for your kids ? Just go look at there Terms and Privacy policies, It’s against the terms of service, and young kids online interacting with older kids places them at risk for content exposure inappropriate for their age and cyber issues such as privacy violations and cyberbullying,.. So just a cuation take care of it..

JuicyCampus.com

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Sites that target college students can often be enticing to kids. And with lists like the top ten sluts and biggest idiots on campus,” they are often wildly inappropriate,..

txtspoof.com

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A new startup seems designed to facilitate cyberbullying, ao TxtSpoof lets you send a text message that appears to come from someone else’s cell phone. So parents need to train their kids in the appropriate ways to send texts.

So there are lot more websites like this in one way the internet itself would offer danger online for innocent kids, As important as it is to hear that your child can find themselves in trouble online, if you do not know what internet safety steps can help to protect them, you may be looking for more information. You also may be curious as to what it is about the internet that can be so dangerous. For your convenience, five reasons why internet use can be dangerous for children and teenagers are highlighted below.

1 – False Identities Are Easy to Create

Making new friends online is easy and convenient, but it is much different than doing so in person. Why? Because you can’t see who is at the other end of the computer. The internet makes it easy for someone to be anyone else in the world. For example, if your child is using social networking websites online, they have to enter in their age. They could easily lie themselves or they could be talking to someone else who is.

2 – Internet Predators

As it was previously stated, the internet makes it easy to create a new, false identity. Often times, the individuals who lie about their ages are internet predators. They are the ones who target children, like yours. Unfortunately, many children, teenagers, and their parents cannot tell an internet predator until it is too late, like when the predators try to approach your child or contact them in person.

3 – So Many Websites To Choose From

What is nice about the internet is that you have so many websites to choose from. In fact, that is why it is a good way to research school projects. With that said, having so many websites to choose from can be dangerous. Your child can gain access to social networking websites, adult chat rooms, pornographic websites, and websites that are violent in nature. Unless you have parental controls set up, your child can easily access any type of website with a standard internet search.

4 – Not All Information Is Private

Unfortunately, many individuals, including both children and parents, do not know that the information that is posted online isn’t always private. For starters, most teens have their MySpace profiles set to public, as opposed to private. This means that anyone can view it. There are also online message boards that are indexed by the search engines. This means that others can view the conversations that were discussed, even years down the road.

5 – They Are In Control

When your child uses the internet, they are the ones who are in control. This can be okay if your child is older and mature, but you honestly never know. You may ask your child not to communicate with strangers online, give out their phone numbers, or share pictures with strangers, but that doesn’t mean that they will follow your rules. For that reason, if you do let your child use the internet, be sure to monitor their use.

From within your operating system, there are tools you can use to help ward off evil software, too. All browsers today, for instance, provide some security tools, including anti-phishing filters or lists of Web sites that are known carriers of harmful software. Use these features — they won’t slow you down. Common sense is your biggest defense.

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First things first: you should have some kind of antivirus protection on your PC, especially if you surf the Internet or trade files with anyone. There are plenty of people, though, who hate antivirus programs — and with good reason. Most of them are resource hogs, slowing down your computer; many of them throw up more false positive warnings than legitimate ones, slowing down your work and annoying you in the process. These days, most are leased on a yearly basis, meaning you must pay up every year in order to keep your antivirus signatures current.

All of that adds up to some pretty painful medicine to have to swallow to potentially rid your PC of some malicious software. Can you possibly just say “no” to antivirus software? The short answer is, “yes, you can.” But to remain virus and spyware free, you’ll need to adopt some precautions — and stick with them.

    Use clean software

An antivirus-free computer should start and stop with legitimate, clean software. That means eschewing copies of programs that can be downloaded through warez sites or on newsgroups, borrowed from friends through file sharing, or found on shareware and freeware sites.

Remember that being without an antivirus program often means living without on-demand scanning, so a file you download online isn’t as easy to check for viruses as it would be if you had an antivirus program installed. Still, plenty of people can and do assemble systems solely with commercial, off-the-shelf applications, and you can, too.

    Scan your PC remotely

If you have more than one PC, you can install antivirus software on one while leaving the other machine without antivirus software. If the two machines can see each other over a network — home or office — then you should be able to map the drives of one computer onto the one with antivirus software installed and check individual files or entire drives through your network connection.

Or you could take advantage of free online virus and spyware scanning tools. Trend Micro’s House Call (http://housecall.trendmicro.com) and Eset’s Online Scan (http://www.eset.com/onlinescan) will perform a scan of your computer right from the Internet. Such scans might not remove any viruses or spyware found, but they will at least tell you how clean your computer is.

    Use built-in protections

Antivirus protection might not yet be a built-in feature of Windows and other operating systems, but security has long been of concern to everyone who uses computers, and the result is that you’ll find some malware protection already built in to the computer you’re currently using.

Before your computer even loads your operating system, it launches the code found in your system’s BIOS (basic input-output system), which initiates the hardware in your PC and enables your operating system to identify the components you have. Within the BIOS of most PCs — accessible by pressing F2 or Del during bootup — is an optional boot sector protection mechanism. Enable this, and you’ll protect against boot sector viruses without ever installing a single antivirus tool.

From within your operating system, there are tools you can use to help ward off evil software, too. All browsers today, for instance, provide some security tools, including anti-phishing filters or lists of Web sites that are known carriers of harmful software. Use these features — they won’t slow you down.

    Free Operating System tools

In addition, there are free tools available that are less obtrusive than most antivirus packages. Microsoft provides Windows Defender for free on Windows Vista, and it’s available as a free download for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.

Windows Defender’s focus is on spyware, which can be among the most dangerous types of malicious software, since its primary purpose is to track what you do and, in some cases, steal personal information.

    Watch those websites

Common sense will go a long way toward keeping your computer safe if you don’t use antivirus software. Stay away from sites that are frequent carriers of spyware. These include, ironically, many sites that purportedly sell anti-spyware software.

A list of such sites is at the Spyware Warrior Rogue/Suspect Web Sites page (http://www.spywarewarrior.com/rogue_anti-spyware.htm#sites). Porn and gaming sites are also to be approached warily if you have no spyware or antivirus protection.

    Email with care

Delete any e-mail message from an unknown source if it contains an attachment. The majority of malware contracted through e-mail comes in the form of attachments that the sender tries to get the recipient to open.

Just say no. The large majority of viruses are contracted from unsolicited e-mail, so use an e-mail application with a built-in spam checker, if at all possible. Sometimes viruses are carried in Word documents from friends or colleagues who are not aware that the files are protected.

In such cases, without an onboard antivirus tool, it makes sense to run the file through one of the free online scanners mentioned earlier. Do this before you open the file.

The payoff for all of this caution should be well-known to anyone who has watched with chagrin as an otherwise speedy and trouble-free computer was made to feel like yesterday’s technology after the latest bloated antivirus software was installed. Less really is more, if you can get away with it. And for those intrepid computer users with a survival plan, doing without antivirus protection can be a giant step in the right direction.

So you checked. You don’t suffer from halitosis, no body odour problems, and you’re not even bad-looking , but you just can’t seem to make any breakthrough with people at social gatherings. Why? Well, it’s probably because you’re bad at conversations. You don’t know where to begin, and when you do, you mostly don’t have anything interesting to say. Mostly, you’re the person nursing a drink at the periphery of a party conversation, nodding sagely, at least that’s the look you’ve been going for so far. But why stand at the edge when you can be bang in the middle of all the action; holding court, narrating anecdotes, and generally just appearing well-informed on anything and everything.

Here are seven websites, equipped with which, you can appear intelligent to almost anyone. Well, not everyone, but at least it’s a start…

1) http://www.thefreedictionary.com

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This resource is one of the best places in Cyberia for any information of any sort. Besides dictionaries in English and 13 other languages, the site boasts of a thesaurus, a section for abbreviations, idioms, an encyclopaedia, as well as a literature reference library, and all supported by a nifty search engine.

Daily visitors can also expect regular features such as word of the day, quote of the day, article of the day, this day in history, and so on. But my personal favourite has got to be the word game section, which includes Hangman and Spelling Bee. But I digress. Equipped with this resource, you can wax eloquent on practically anything under the sun.

2) http://www.acronymfinder.com

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Every now and then, someone might try to appear smarter by spewing out an acronym or abbreviation at you with a condescending smirk. But if you have bookmarked Acronym Finder in you browser, that’s one less tactic they can use to make you feel stupid.

Now, while it won’t keep you informed about everything there is to know, at least it will help you mitigate your losses. This site has more than 7,50,000 ‘human-edited’ definitions, abbreviations and acronyms about computers, technology, telecommunications, and the military. So bookmark it ASAP before people start ROTFL at your ignorance.

3) http://www.etymonline.com

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This site is all about polishing you into a fairly decent wordsmith. You know you can’t have a conversation without being equipped with the right linguistic skills. Also, it always helps to know the root of words so you don’t trip while trying to appear smart. Enter Etymonline.

This resource will help you understand the origin, development, and the ‘true sense’ of a word. In simpler language, if you need to know the basis of any word in English, then this is the place to go to. Heck, it even covers “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” . You might want to look that one up while you’re at it.

4) http://www.biography.com

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Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people . But how will you ever discuss people, if you know nothing about them? I suggest you make haste to this resource. Whether it’s Pope or Martin Luther King, or , Genghis Khan or the Great, Princess Diana or, you’ll find all their biographies here; complete with photographs, videos snippets, etcetera. And on those nights when you don’t have any social invites, visit Biography.com anyway. It definitely makes for interesting reading. True story.

5) http://www.wolframalpha.com

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How do I put this mildly without sounding like a fanboy? Wolframalpha is a with a difference. Enter your birth date as a search parameter, and the engine will throw up details like the number of years, months and days you have spent on this planet; famous personalities that were born on the same day; the phase of the moon on the day you were born, etc.

Enter in a colour, say ‘pink’, and it will throw up its RGB value, its hexadecimal code, complementary colours and the like. But don’t take my word for it, go on, type in Mumbai and Tokyo in the box, and see what you get. Useless facts and statistics can be a great conversation opener.

6) http://www.pantheon.org

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Everyone likes a story, and mythology has always a good subject to mine for conversations . So for your fill of gods and demons, check out Pantheon.org and Theoi.com; both excellent places to start. While the latter only covers Grecian divinity (and does it exceedingly well), Pantheon includes mythological characters from across the globe: From our own Ganesha to the Greek Zeus, the Roman Jupiter to the Nordic Freya, from the Egyptian Anubis to the Aztec Quetzalcoatl.

The gods, it seems, have made these two URLs their personal domain. So if the exploits of the gods has always been your Achilles’ heel, then this site is your river Styx. Take a dip.

7) http://www.brainyquote.com

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So you’ve you’ve managed to get a few guffaws out of your soft-headed friends. But now it’s time to up the ante. If you’re looking to impress people with higher IQs than your cronies, you must take recourse to BrainyQuote.

The site is a repository of quotations from humourists, playwrights, presidents, authors, humanitarians and practically everybody who is anybody. Like someone famous said and I don’t remember who, but you’ll probably find the quote on the site itself: “Next to being witty, the best thing is being able to quote another’s wit”. I agree.

Smaller and cheaper than a laptop, netbooks continue to make a strong impression in the market. The next trend in computing is the introduction of the super compact netbook computer or mini laptop computers which sacrifice very little in terms of features and computing power while giving the user a portable alternative to trying to type on a smart phone and enjoying almost all features of a full sized computer. Announcements of upgraded netbooks are coming through thick and fast in the market !! So here are the top 10 netbooks in the market today.

1. Toshiba Mini NB305

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Toshiba has applied the old ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ adage to its latest netbook, the NB305 – not a bad way to go, considering the NB205 was one of our favourites in 2009. The newer model uses the same stylish hardware design of its predecessor (available in blue, brown and white), but throws in the 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, a larger 250GB hard drive, and Windows 7 Starter Edition. The new Pineview processor has enabled Toshiba to shave 100g off the NB305’s weight to 1.2kg, and extend run-time with the 6-cell battery from nine hours to a remarkable 11 hours – this works a treat with Toshiba’s Sleep and Charge technology, which lets you use the netbook’s battery to charge gadgets over USB even if it’s hibernating or switched off. The 10.1-inch display still has the same dinky 1024 x 600 resolution..

2. HP Mini 210-1142CL

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Netbooks are more than capable at playing music and standard definition videos, but try to run a HD video on one and it’ll curl up into a weeping stuttery mess – a problem that hasn’t really been touched on in the new Pinetrail platform. Like the previous Atom architecture, however, Pinetrail supports third party video processors, and the HP Mini 210 HD takes advantage of this by running the updated Broadcom BCM70015 Crystal HD video accelerator; this enables it to play 1080p movies (as well as videos in other codecs like H.264/AVC, MPEG-2, WMV9, DivX and Xvid) “with no frame drops or jitter”. But high-def video isn’t the Mini 210 HD’s only talent. HP has blazed a trail for sexy netbooks with its highly-regarded Mini series, and the Mini 210 HD is no exception, offering the same glossy edge-to-edge display, a distinctive Celtic design on the lid, and shapely curved corners. The HP Mini 210-1142CL includes a high-capacity battery that delivered over 9 hours of battery life.

3. Acer Aspire One AO521-3782

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What a difference a year makes. In 2009, $499 would’ve gotten you a last-gen netbook with entry-level specs. This year, however, the same money will land you the new Aspire One AO532h. Compared to some of the other new netbooks, its feature set isn’t so impressive, but it’s nevertheless fantastic value for money and raises the bar significantly for entry-level machines in this category. Features include the new 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, Windows 7 Starter Edition, a 250GB hard drive and 10.1-inch 1024 x 600-pixel display. The standard 6-cell 4400mAh battery lasts for eight hours, and the optional high-density 6-cell 5800mAh battery runs for up to 10 hours. 6-cell battery notwithstanding, the AO532h weighs only 1.1kg and measures less than an inch thick – a testament to the space and weight savings achieved with Intel’s new Pinetrail platform (last year’s netbooks with 6-cell batteries averaged in at 1.3kg). The colours it’s available in are blue, red and silver.

4. Asus EeePC 1215N

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The Asus EeePC 1215N is updated with a dual-core Atom processor and Nvidia Optimus technology, trumping all other netbooks in speed and graphics power. Up to 13 Hours of Battery Life, The only dual-core Atom netbook. Nvidia chip is great for 1080p HD video and light gaming. Lightweight. 2GB of memory. HDMI port. Windows 7 Home Premium. With the Cons being Resistant mouse buttons. Plain design and a
Bottom Line with Asus updates the EeePC 1215N with Nvidia’s Optimus and dual-core Atom processor, making it the fastest netbook on the market..

5. Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t

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Move over Asus Eee PC T91MT – you’re no longer the only multi-touch convertible netbook sheriff in town. The IdeaPad S10-3t borrows liberally from Asus’ tablet design in its ability to swivel the display 180 degrees to fold back onto the keyboard, but goes two better by offering a capacitive touchscreen (the T91MT uses the older resistive touchscreen technology) – which should prove to be more responsive to finger taps – and a larger 10.1-inch screen. The extra screen space also allows for a larger keyboard, making the S10-3t equally good to use in netbook and tablet configurations. Lenovo has reportedly leapfrogged over the competition by tricking this netbook out with an Intel Atom N470 processor, which has a faster 1.83GHz clock speed, although the inclusion of this faster chip means we won’t see this netbook until after March. It comes with a 320GB hard drive and a standard 4-cell battery that’s good for four hours – the optional eight-cell battery brings the run-time up to 10 hours.

6. BenQ JoyBook Lite U103

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BenQ’s past efforts at netbooks have never really inspired much interest on our part due to their basic specs and uninteresting hardware designs. But the JoyBook Lite U103 – which won a coveted 2010 iF Design Award – could very well change the company’s position in the market. The U103 is anything but ordinary, with a dual drive architecture that pairs a huge 500GB hard drive with an optional 32GB SSD, SRS TruSurround HD audio, and SRS CS Headphone (a technology that simulates 5.1-channel surround sound over standard headphones). It comes with a 3-cell battery as standard – which lasts around four hours – and an optional 6-cell battery that runs for eight hours. BenQ’s Q-charge technology offers a quick recharge function that can restore 4.5 hours of battery life (with the 6-cell battery) in just an hour of charging. With the 3-cell battery attached, the U103 weighs 1.1kg and measures under an inch thick.

7. Samsung N210

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The Samsung N210 doesn’t have any single feature that sets it apart from its competitors, but taken in its entirety, the N210 amounts to a solid all-rounder that improves on its predecessors in almost every respect. Like most of the other netbooks in this article, it runs the new 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor with 1GB of RAM and Windows 7 Starter Edition, and it’s equipped with a 10.1-inch display (1024 x 600-pixel resolution), a 250GB hard drive and a 6-cell 5900mAh battery that’s good for around 11 hours. Sound quality gets a boost with support for High Definition audio, SRS TruSurround XT, SRS WOW XT and SRS CS Headphone, and the stereo speakers output an above-average 3 watts. Samsung has also emphasised durability on the N210, with a scratch- and smudge-resistant casing and a spill-proof keyboard. Recommended retail price is $599.

8. Dell Inspiron Mini 10

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Not to be confused with the identically-named Inspiron Mini 10 of last year, the updated version has more features than any other netbook hands-down – the only catch is that you’ll have to pay more to add each one of them, as they’re all optional extras that you can tack one when you’re configuring the system. The optional features that are up for grabs include the same Broadcom Crystal HD media accelerator found in the HP Mini 210 HD (only on that netbook it comes as standard), GPS, a HDTV receiver, mobile broadband, a larger 250GB hard drive (the standard config comes with 160GB), a higher-res 1366 x 768-pixel display and two higher-capacity 6-cell batteries – the larger of which is good for 9.5 hours. Unlike most netbooks, all three of the battery sizes fit flush with the bottom of the case, so you don’t have that weird bump on the bottom that tilts the netbook up.

9. MSI Wind Series Special Edition U135

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MSI was one of the first vendors out the gate running Pinetrail on its Wind U135 netbook, and while the company has since announced the sleeker U160 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, we find the U135 more interesting on account of its support for 3.5G WiMAX. This is an optional feature that lets the U135 tap into the ultra-fast WiMAX networsk for ADSL2-like data speeds over the air, although WiMAX is currently only available in Perth and Adelaide. The U135 uses a similar hardware design to past Wind netbooks, but the colour choices are a lot more eye-catching (silver, black, blue and cherry red) and the lid features a striking rippled water design that’s been treated with MSI’s Color Film Print technology to make it scratch-resistant. The touchpad is also 20% larger than previous models, but we weren’t able to confirm whether it supports multi-touch gestures.

10. Gateway LT21

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Relative newcomer (or long-absent veteran, whichever you prefer) Gateway is set to release its first netbook on Aussie shores, the LT21. At first glance, there isn’t much to get excited about in the specs list: a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, 1GB of RAM, 10.1-inch screen with 1024 x 600-pixel resolution and a 250GB hard drive, but hidden amongst its 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1wireless options is the surprising gem of built-in 3G – still a rarity in netbooks. We weren’t able to confirm whether this will be tied to any particular 3G carrier, but in any event it adds welcome flexibility for using this netbook for web surfing and email on the go – especially when paired with the respectable 10-hour battery life. The LT21 is also quite the looker, with the lid available in black, red or white, an inlaid wave pattern and engraved silver logo. Recommended retail price is $599.