Use nettop command to check per-application network activity in OS X

While broadband Internet speeds let you do more online, if your system uses a lot of bandwidth, you might run into some limitations. In some cases, ISPs may throttle your network speed after you have reached a certain usage level, or may even charge you additional fees for the extra bandwidth used. In other cases, a constant upload or download from one system may saturate your bandwidth and greatly slow down Internet-based activities for the other computers that share the connection.

For the most part, programs will not use a great amount of bandwidth, but there are times when one … Read more

Telikin focuses on seniors with non-Windows touch all-in-ones

Traditional PC vendors often make claims that a certain application or function is "easy enough for grandma," but Chalfont, Penn.-based Telikin seems to offer a more ground-up approach to broad usability with its 20-inch Elite and 18-inch Touch touch-screen all-in-ones. Forgoing Windows, these systems use a custom operating system designed to provide intuitive access to basic computing functions like Web browsing, video chats, and other typical light-duty media consumption and communication-oriented tasks.

Telikin doesn't offer many details on its Web site as to the technical underpinnings of its two all-in-ones. You'll find no mention of … Read more

CompuLab launches its smallest Nettop PC ever

Known for their small, slim Nettop PCs, the folks at CompuLab have come up with their tiniest and most energy-efficient computer ever.

Powered by Nvidia's Tegra 2 ARM-based mobile processor, the new Trim-Slice is 5.1 inches wide, 3.7 inches deep, and just over half an inch tall. And it squeezes a lot into that space.

The Trim-Slice combines its 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor and a GeForce GPU (graphics processing unit) onto a single chip, saving both space and energy. CompuLab says the PC eats up a mere 3 watts of electricity when powered on.

Adding to the mix are 1GB of RAM and a 64GB SATA SSD (solid-state drive) for storage, along with two SD card slots and five USB ports. For connectivity, the slim PC offers built-in gigabit Ethernet as well as Wi-Fi 802.11n and Bluetooth. Positioning the Trim-Slice as a media PC, CompuLab has also outfitted it with both a high-definition HDMI port and a DVI port.… Read more

Google TV or a Nettop?

The Logitech Revue unveiling earlier this week provided details about yet another device in the $99 to $399 price range competing to bring Web-based video content to your television. Alongside the Google TV-based Revue, we also have boxes from Apple, Roku, as well as the forthcoming D-Link Boxee Box. We would also add the Xbox 360, the PlayStation 3, and Web-enabled Blu-ray players to that mix and, in addition to those specialized devices, Nettop PCs.

If a Nettop represents the most open option for its configurability and its access to the unfettered Web, and a PlayStation 3 offers the most … Read more

Ask Maggie: On dumping cable for online video

If you're like me, you cringe every month when you pay your cable bill. And you dream of the day you can cut your cable cord and stop paying that monthly bill.

It's not that I don't like to watch TV. I do. But I can't stand that I pay $140 a month to watch a handful of shows on five or six channels. The DVR has completely changed my viewing habits, so that I only watch the shows I want to see when I want to see them.

Meanwhile, there is a growing amount of … Read more

How new Blu-ray players killed the Nettop

We haven't been kind to Nettops since they emerged in the PC market in 2008. Their one intriguing scenario involved connecting a small form factor Nettop to your HDTV as a Windows-based set-top box.

In that kind of setup, you could access every major online video service, from Amazon Video on Demand to YouTube, and play video files stored on your home network or on the Nettop itself. Throw in the DVD player built into the system, a cable box if you must, and we'd challenge you to find a program, a movie, or a Web-based video clip … Read more

Intel: Moblin opens the way for Atom

For Intel, the driving force behind its Moblin software efforts is its main role in life: a chipmaker.

At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco last month, the company showed off the latest version of its Linux-based Moblin operating system, designed for smartphones, Netbooks, and Nettops. In most if not all of those cases, the idea is that the device is built around Intel's Atom processor.

Moblin has been slowly catching on in the Netbook arena. Dell, for instance, recently began selling its $299 Mini 10v Notebook with an option for Ubuntu Moblin Remix, and PC makers such … Read more

Intel's Moblin 2.1 to compete with Windows

Could Intel's new Moblin 2.1 OS make a dent against Windows in the mobile and desktop markets?

At this week's Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, the chipmaker debuted a beta version of its Moblin 2.1 open-source operating system targeted to run on a variety of devices, including smartphones, Netbooks, nettops, Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs), and in-car systems.

Moblin 2.1 will compete with other open-source operating systems like Google's Android and bump up against Microsoft in the burgeoning nettop arena.

Originally developed for Netbooks, Moblin 2.1 (short for mobile Linux) will come in three flavors--one for handhelds, another for Netbooks, and a third for nettops.

In the market for handheld gadgets such as smartphones and MIDs, Moblin 2.1 will run on Atom chip-based devices. The beta demoed by Intel at IDF showed off capabilities for touch-screen and gesture input. The new interface will also let users switch among different open applications and will provide shortcuts to social-networking apps.

The Moblin 2.1 Web browser will also support Flash and Microsoft's Silverlight 3 technology to run interactive Web-based apps.… Read more

Shuttle X50 all-in-one Nettop lands on U.S. shores

Correction: The previous price listed was incorrect. This post has been updated to reflect the correct price of $599.

The company famous for its stylish, small Linux desktops is trying its hand at touch screens.

The Shuttle X50, an all-in-one desktop with the low-power Intel Atom processor, is now available in the U.S. and Europe, the company announced Thursday. The X50 was first announced at CES in January.

It sports a dual-core Atom processor, 1GB of memory, a 160GB hard drive, Windows XP Home Edition, 5.1-channel audio, a Web cam and built-in microphone, 4-in-1 card reader, 802.11 … Read more