[News] Linux-based Gadget Gets Games; Linux-based Laptop Still a Hit

Linux-based device gains accelerometer-based games

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| Chumby Industries announced a partnership with Albino Blacksheep to provide 
| Flash-based games for the Linux-based Chumby "alarm-clock" computer, 
| leveraging its motion-sensing capabilities. Meanwhile, Chumby's development 
| site is growing, providing a forum, wikis, and other information for hacking 
| the Chumby's open-source hardware and software.    


Asus: Eee PC Shipments to Soar in Second Quarter

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| The original Eee PCs went on sale for prices as low as NT$7000 (US$230) for a 
| stripped down version running a Linux OS late last year. The newest version, 
| the Eee PC 900, has a larger 8.9-inch screen and other improvements, and 
| launched in Taiwan earlier this month for NT$15,988. The original Eee PC 701 
| sports a 7-inch screen. Both devices weigh less than a kilogram.    
| New versions of the Eee PC could sport more functions and better 
| specifications, including larger screen sizes, executives have said. The 
| company hopes to capitalize on the popularity of the device.  
| Shipments of the Eee PC have ramped up so fast that they could challenge the 
| company's other laptop PC products. Asustek predicts it will sell between 1.3 
| million and 1.4 million notebook PCs during the second quarter, up from 1.3 
| million in the first quarter.   



Programmers, DIY Types Embrace Soft, Hackable Chumby

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| "The key part of the Chumby's appeal is that it's an embedded-hardware device 
| that's open," says Andrew Walton, a seasoned Linux programmer and Chumby 
| software hacker who moderates his own Chumby-hacking forum. "Everyone's used 
| to open source software, but with open source hardware it's a whole new game. 
| When you combine them both, Chumby hackers can literally do anything they 
| want."      


Chumby Redux

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| Now that George is right about where I want him, I've started to think that 
| maybe it's time to add a second Chumby to the family. The problem that I'm 
| having more and more with George lately is that he is so useful at what he 
| does I don't want to clutter him up with other things, or move him somewhere 
| else, or experiment with him. In fact, if I tried to do any of those things, 
| I would probably get in trouble with the rest of the family. He belongs in 
| the kitchen doing what he is currently doing. His experimental days are 
| basically over.       
| I'd like to set up the new Chumby as an office assistant that lives next to 
| my computer. Something I can use as a photo viewer, a news/weather/sports 
| reader, a webcam viewer, and to just experiment with.  
| I think I'll call her Gracie.


Chumby maker nets cutest Series B round ever

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| Chumby Industries, manufacturer of the eponymous huggable touch-screen Wi-Fi 
| widget gadget, announced Monday that it has raised $12.5 million in Series B 
| venture funding. The lead investor in the round was JK&B Capital, but 
| existing investors Avalon Ventures, Masthead Venture Partners, and O'Reilly 
| AlphaTech Ventures also contributed.    


Chumby offers widgets of fun and data in miniature

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| At its core, the Chumby is a tiny Linux-based computer stuffed into a soft, 
| leather-like case that resembles a beanbag. It uses Wi-Fi to connect to the 
| Internet, from which it downloads widgets that deliver specific bits of 
| information to its 3.5-inch touchscreen.   



Linux-based programmable clock radio arrives

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| The Linux-based Chumby started shipping in limited quantities in November. 
| Designed for the bedside, desktop, and kitchen counter, the alarm-clock sized 
| Chumby boasts hackable, open source hardware, software, and "outerware" 
| (patterns are available for those wishing to dress their chumby in new 
| jackets).     


The Chumby: Fun, Hackable and full of Potential

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| All in all I give the Chumby a big thumbs up. It's fun to use and easy to 
| hack so it's perfectly suited to satisfy your inner geek. It's also useful 
| and cheap enough that you can convince your non-geek Significant Other to buy 
| you one. If the community comes through with a decent package repository and 
| tools, I see lots of potential besides just playing Flash widgets. I just 
| hope that they can fix the touchscreen's responsiveness when using your 
| finger instead of a stylus or the tip of your nail.      


Review: Chumby

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| So far it’s a nice piece of gadgetry to have around. I’ve been enjoying 
| letting it auto-cycle through a bunch of channels including Woot!, Google 
| News, and others, and occasionally I lookup to see what the Panda at the zoo 
| is doing, which is always fun. I also find myself occasionally playing one of 
| the many Flash-lite based games around, so it’s a key tool for any 
| procrastinator. I could also imagine using it as a reminder tool or alarm 
| clock and even having it cycle through my pictures on Picasa. The 
| possibilities are definitely endless.       


Linux gadget to replace the clock radio?

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| Chumby, a venture-backed San Diego startup, is readying a 
| soft, leather-covered Linux-powered gadget conceived as an
|  Internet-era replacement for clock and table radios. 
| Expected to ship in "early summer," pending FCC approval, 
| the "Chumby" device features open, hackable hardware, 
| software, and yes, "outerware" APIs. 

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