Lenovo has launched a new ultra-mobile laptop, the X300, weighting just 1.4 kg.

The X300 offers SSD storage, wireless connectivity options including integrated Wireless WAN and W-LAN, as well as Ethernet. Just about what MacBook Air is missing, as you can see in this fact sheet:

Thinkpad X300MacBook Air
Display13.3”13.3”
Weight1.4 kg1.36 kg
Thickness18.6 mm19 mm
Processor1.2 GHz1.6/1.8 GHz
Memory2 GB2 GB
USB Ports31
EthernetYesNo
WirelessYesYes
BluetoothYesYes
DVD - RWYesNo

I can only hope for a faster processor.

X300

Check out this aggressive web ad from Lenovo. Big words: “The art of thin”, “No-compromise” and “Everything else is just hot air?”. Is this the sound of war?

Maybe it isn’t as sexy or inexpensive as the MacBook Air, but it has a lot of features the Apple lacks, especially a wide array of ports and connectivity options, a built-in DVD-RW drive and a removable battery.

Apple and Lenovo have reset the bar for the next generation of incredibly thin notebooks. The next “Big Thing” is probably going to have two drives (one small capacity flash drive where you put your OS and applications, and a larger capacity magnetic drive data, so you can get fast load times), a longer battery life , in order to keep the cost of the product down to something the market can afford.

See a full review at geek.com

Sad news today: Sir Arthur C. Clarke, the famed science fiction writer and visionary died early Wednesday morning at a hospital near his home in Sri Lanka, at the age of 90, as The Times reports.

Most famous for expanding his short story "The Sentinel" into a novel and screenplay that served as the basis for Stanley's Kubrick's 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, the British-born Clarke authored more than 100 books involving space, science, and science fiction, and he's often credited with inventing the concept of satellite communications. Clarke was the last surviving member of what was sometimes known as the "Big Three" of science fiction, alongside Robert A. Heinlein and Isaac Asimov.

In recent years, he has been largely confined to a wheelchair due to post-polio syndrome, but his output as a writer continued undiminished.

Marking his “90th orbit of the Sun” in December, the author said that he did not feel "a day over 89" and made three birthday wishes: for ET to call, for man to kick his oil habit and for peace in Sri Lanka.

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