xpPhone Now with More Customizations, Windows 7

You know, I have been writing about the xpPhone for quite a while and it still never ceases to amaze me. Every time a few days pass, this phone seems to be even better looking especially where specifications are concerned. Believe it or not but this has all the makings of a winner, now that it has been made extremely configurable with new CPU clock speeds, a choice of screens and so on.

And seeing how most of them have either changed or have had some interesting extras added, how about we check out the full spec list regarding what the ITG xpPhone will be outfitted with? First of all, the processor. It seems that it will still be using the AMD Neo processor but the user will get a choice of speeds, namely anywhere below or above the 1G standard speed. As far as network connectivity is concerned, it comes with WiFi 802.11b/g/n, optional WiMax, Bluetooth and, of course, GPS.

It is compatible with 2G, 3G and 4G networks, and handles GSM, GPRS, EDGE or WCDMA as well. I have to admit this is the first dual-SIM phone that I am actually impressed about. As for storage, prepare to really be amazed seeing how this phone can be outfitted with an SSD with sizes ranging from 8GB to 64GB or an HDD whose size ranges from 30GB to as much as 120GB.

You also get a 5-megapixel camera (but you can go for a lower quality one as well) and can opt for a 4.3-inch, 4.8-inch or 7-inch TFT liquid crystal display (800 x 480 or 1024 x 600 resolution). Next up is the memory, which starts at 512MB and reaches an interesting size of 2GB (DDR2, I think). Should you desire to know what operating systems it can be outfitted with, you’ll be happy to know that you can choose MS DOS, Windows XP Professional/ Home/ Embedded or Windows 7. If they throw an option to go for Windows 98… I am sold.


VIA Nano 3000 CPU series to rival Intel’s Atom


We suppose dreams really do come true. Nearly a full year after we heard that VIA was toiling on a new processor line to really give Intel’s aging Atom a run for its money, the company has come clean and confessed that those whispers were indeed true. The Isaiah-based Nano 3000 Series is a range of six new CPUs clocked between 1GHz and 2GHz, all of which boast an 800MHz FSB, 64-bit support, SSE4 instructions, Windows 7 / Linux compatibility and power ratings that check in some 20 percent more efficient than existing VIA Nano processors. There’s also the promise of 1080p multimedia playback, and VIA swears that we’ll see these popping up in all-in-one desktops as well as thin-and-light laptops in the very near future. How soon, you ask? Samples are shipping now to OEMs, with mass production slated for Q1 2010.


What you need to know: Windows 7


It’s out! October 22nd is at last upon us, bringing with it Microsoft’s latest generation of Windows, Windows 7. With preview editions released to the public, reviews galore to be found as early as August, and plenty of manufacturers already shipping product, it’s probably not hard to find an opinion on the operating system or to try it out for yourself. Most folks will probably just end up getting a machine with it pre-installed, instead of going through the hassle of an upgrade, but if you want to know if it’s worth the effort of a standalone buy, or even looking to buy a new all-new computer right-just-now to celebrate the OS, check out our helpful guides below:

Read the reviews (Windows 7 review | Windows 7 Media Center review)

What’s clear from the review and our look at what’s new in Media Center is that this is an enhanced version of Windows, but not some sort of revolution that will have Linux users repenting of their open source sins and Apple fans dropping their photorealistic icons. The articles should give you a good idea of what enhancements are in store and whether Windows 7 could truly make your old machine sing.

Pick a version
(Windows 7 official pricing)

An age old confusion for Windows users has been slightly simplified here — most users will end up with Windows 7 Home Premium when they buy a PC, but folks buying a copy outright have some more soul searching to do.

How to upgrade
(How-To: Install Windows 7 and live to tell about it)

So you’ve got a copy, how are you gonna get it onto your Vista or XP box without causing the complete ruination of your digital lifestyle? Microsoft has provided some pretty good tools for this process, but we break it down and help out where we can.

Pick a computer (Launch day hardware spectacular)

Decided to skip the upgrade route and go straight for the sexy new hardware that’s accompanying this release, huh? Well, you’re in luck. We’ve rounded up some of the more notable releases


Belkin’s Easy Transfer Cable to make Windows 7 migration easier


Okay, so maybe nothing can really be too easy, but Belkin’s really stretching things by asserting that you need a dedicated cable to use Windows Easy Transfer, an application bundled with Windows 7 and detailed by yours truly right here. At any rate, you may recall that this very outfit milked the whole upgrade situation in a similar fashion when Vista hit the scene, and now a slightly redesigned version is out to transfer files easily between your existing Vista / XP-based machines and what will become your new Windows 7 system. Of course, this thing’s really only important if you’re buying a new Win7 machine rather than upgrading the rig you already own, and if you’re willing to pay $39.99 to have your hand held through the migration process, you can be our guest on October 23rd.