Struggling with the economic downturn, the biggest names in PC makers seem to lag on staying clean.
In the March issue of the Guide to Greener Electronics, released Tuesday, Greenpeace decided to knock a point off of , HP's, and Lenovo's green scores for procrastinating their commitment to eliminate toxic substances from their products by the end of 2009.
The toxic substances in question include vinyl plastic (widely known as PVC) and brominated flame retardants (BFRs). Lenovo has delayed its deadline by one year, while HP and Dell have yet to set a new timeline.
The NGO praised Apple and Acer for being the only ones firmly committed to phase out these substances. Apple has already met its commitment to have all of its products free of PVC and BFRs by the end of 2008. This is with one exception, which is a technical challenge: getting certified PVC-free power cords.
To Greenpeace, Apple is now the example for other PC makers to follow. "If Apple can find the solutions, there should be no reason why the other leading PC companies cannot," said Casey Harrell, Greenpeace International toxics campaigner. "All of them should have at least one toxic-free line of products on the market by the end of this year." … Read more
Imitation is the sincerest of flattery. It appears that Lenovo designers must really like the iPhone interface, though we're not sure if the Apple legal team will feel the same. A Chinese blog has posted some early screenshots of the Android-based OPhone and--let's be honest about it--it's a dead ringer for the iPhone.
Menu icons, as pictured, are square with rounded borders. There are also tiny circles at the bottom edge of the display panel and we assume these will bring you to the different menu pages like the iPhone. The key differences are the Search bar … Read more
Lenovo announced an internal overhaul Wednesday, reorganizing both its regional and product groups.
Think products, like the iconic ThinkPad and the desktop ThinkStation, will be separated from the Idea group, which makes the IdeaPad and IdeaCentre PCs. The Think group will focus on commercial customers as well as high-end small and medium businesses (SMB). The Idea group will target consumer and SMB transactional customers.
The reorganization also spawned two new business units: one that targets mature markets, and another that targets emerging markets. They will replace the current business units that focus on specific regions. Lenovo considers the U.S., … Read more
Full HD, 16:9 monitors will soon be all the rage. And why not? For roughly the same amount of screen size, you get more screen real estate. Sort of.
For example, while the new Lenovo L215p we just got in has a 21.5-inch screen and the Gateway HD2201 has a 22-inch screen, the Lenovo is actually capable of displaying more pixels per square inch.
The Gateway has a native resolution of 1680x1050, and the Lenovo can natively achieve full 1080p resolution (1920x1080).
In addition to its native 1080p compatibility, the Lenovo L215p includes a 2-megapixel USB Webcam, a … Read more
I got an e-mail from the folks over at O'Reilly Media mentioning that keynotes and other presentations from the company's ETech 2009 conference, held earlier this month, were now online at the ETech 2009 site. I missed that show, but I was interested in one of the keynotes, so I surfed on over to take a look.
The keynote I was looking for was indeed online: Mary Lou Jepsen, CEO of Pixel Qi and formerly CTO of the One Laptop Per Child organization, talking about "Low-Cost, Low-Power Computing." You can watch a video of the presentation … Read more
Lenovo is hoping to lure game developers and others to its refreshed workstation line, the ThinkStation.
Originally launched in late 2007, the ThinkStation S20 and D20 get some spit and polish, including the latest Intel Xeon processors, and a choice of either the Nvidia Quadro or ATI FirePro graphics cards.
The desktops will be on display at the Game Developers Conference here in San Francisco this week, powering a new virtual customer service world called eLounge that Lenovo is launching Tuesday. Built on the same engine as Unreal Tournament by Epic Games, eLounge looks very Second Life-esque, and functions similarly, … Read more
The Lenovo Yoga isn't a Netbook; it's a ripoff of the HP Jornada. It also apparently fits in a pocket, but it's a little long for all our pockets, even Jason's. We also cover iPhone 3.0 rumors and the truth about battery life lies.Listen now: Download today's podcast EPISODE 931
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AMD comes clean about battery stats http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/03/16/1447218 … Read more
Update: Lenovo says there's no actual product behind these mockups, which were of an old concept piece and just recently published on flickr.
We've seen a handful of "leaked" photos recently of a tiny laptop prototype from Lenovo. Looking suspiciously like Sony's Vaio P series, the system has an extremely wide screen, flat edge-to-edge keys, and looks to be similar in size--about the same footprint as a standard business envelope.
The device, called the Pocket Yoga, features a tablet screen … Read more