Hardware

Fri
27
Apr
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Microsoft Active in Windows 8 Ultrabook Design

Microsoft is reportedly taking a more active role than ever before in the development of hardware for planned touchscreen Windows 8 ultrabooks. It's a change of strategy for a company that usually keeps to the software side of the business. ... Ultrabooks are slowly emerging as a popular new form factor for consumers who are showing remarkable interest in a light, portable laptop but who are not willing to compromise on performance and storage space. Although Apple's MacBook Air fits the description, the term 'ultrabook' is most often associated with Windows-based computer systems. Clamshell ... (view more)

Tue
24
Apr
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Windows 8 Tablet PCs: More Than 30 Due by 2013

According to a new report, by the end of this year consumers should be able to choose from more than thirty different tablet computers running Windows 8, with a wide variety of form factors and capabilities, and prices ranging from $300 to $1,000. ... Taiwanese technology blog 'Digitimes' reports that tablet makers Dell, Lenovo, Acer, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Asus, and Toshiba should be offering some thirty-two different Windows 8 tablets by the 2012 holiday shopping season. (Source: informationweek.com ) ARM-Based Tablets to Wait Until 2013 Digitimes doesn't name its sources, but claims that every ... (view more)

Wed
18
Apr
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Toshiba Unveils Tablet With 13.3-Inch Display

The tablet market has developed into a surprisingly lucrative hardware niche for major manufacturers. One reason is that tablets fill a void between full-size laptop computers and smartphones. So Toshiba's recent unveiling of a rather massive ... 13.3-inch Android 4.0 tablet computer has taken a great many industry experts by surprise. Toshiba has now unveiled not one, not two, but a total of three brand new tablet computers for the home market. Together, these new Toshiba tablets -- known as the "Excite" line -- offer a wide range of display sizes, from a 7.7-inch model, to a 10.1-inch model, up ... (view more)

Fri
23
Mar
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New Processors Bring Internet to Household Devices

A major microprocessor company has designed a new chip that requires far less energy to work than more conventional chip designs. The breakthrough could allow millions of non-computing devices to benefit from an Internet connection. The new design ... comes from British-based firm ARM Holdings, which builds the processors used in most smartphones. While PC chips generally require so much power from batteries that they are limited to only a few hours of portable operation, the new ARMchip allows smartphones to run for several days without recharging. Cheap and Tiny 'Flycatcher' Chip Uses One-Third ... (view more)

Thu
22
Mar
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Nokia Windows 8 Tablet In Development: Report

Nokia has announced plans to release a Windows 8 tablet computer. No shipment date has yet been scheduled, but a key Nokia manager recently indicated a launch for the product could be on the horizon. In a recent interview, Finland's Kauppalehti ... Optio magazine asked Nokia executive Marko Ahtisaari about his company's plans to launch a Windows 8-based tablet, and reports that he answered: "We are working on it." (Source: informationweek.com ) Ahtisaari even went so far as to admit that he is devoting approximately one-third of his own working time to overseeing the new tablet's ... (view more)

Fri
16
Mar
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Unique Glass Ultrabook Design Wows Critics

A new "ultrabook" from Hewlett-Packard (HP) is getting high marks for squeezing solid performance from a very small package. And the packaging itself is drawing lots of extra attention: the HP Envy 14 Spectre is covered almost entirely in glossy, ... scratch-resistant glass. By the numbers, it's hard to tell the HP Envy 14 Spectre is a premium laptop. For example, it's only modestly powerful for the price: you'll find a Intel Core i5 processor under the hood, along with 4GB RAM, a 14-inch or 13.3-inch display, and a battery capable of lasting eight hours unplugged. Laptops with this level of ... (view more)

Thu
15
Mar
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Dell Working On Windows 8 Business Tablet

Dell has joined Apple in announcing a brand new device for the growing tablet market. However, unlike Apple's iPad 3 , the new Dell slate will run Windows 8 and will be engineered primarily for business use. Not much is known about the upcoming ... "business friendly" Dell tablet, except that it will run Windows 8. In a recent interview with Bloomberg News, chief executive officer (CEO) Michael Dell said consumer demand for a Windows 8 tablet is growing, and his company plans to give them what they want. Dell Tablet Focused On Security, Microsoft Office Compatibility Michael Dell claims ... (view more)

Fri
09
Mar
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PlayBook Update Allows Android Apps, Many Fixes

Research in Motion (RIM), best known for its BlackBerry smartphone, has recently released a highly-anticipated software update for its struggling PlayBook tablet computer. The updates help to resolve interactive features of the device. The PlayBook ... was first launched in April, 2011, in an attempt to siphon off sales from the iPad. Unfortunately, it sold just 500,000 units in its first quarter of availability, only 250,000 units in the next quarter, and a disappointing 150,000 units in its third quarter. (Source: thestar.com ) Email Issues, Lack of Apps Kept Down PlayBook Sales Several factors ... (view more)

Wed
07
Mar
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$35 PC On Sale; Can Program, Browse Web

One of the most ambitious computing projects of recent years has now become a reality. The Raspberry Pi, a computer that costs just $35, has been manufactured by a British organization and is now on sale. As reported last May , the aim of this new ... device is to make a computer affordable enough that schools and parents can buy them for children to learn programming and other computing skills. The device is roughly the size of a credit card and, to save money, has no external casing -- which means its circuit board is exposed. Mini PC as Powerful as Desktop PCs 10 Years Ago Despite the small ... (view more)

Tue
21
Feb
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Irate Dad Shoots Daughter's Laptop Over Facebook Post

When a 15-year-old daughter complained on Facebook that having to perform chores without being paid a decent allowance made her a "slave," her angry father took her laptop into the yard and blasted it with a handgun. Having thoughtfully ... video-recorded the entire event and posted it for Internet consumption, Tommy Jordan (the father) now finds himself a YouTube phenomenon. So far, more than 22 million people have watched Jordan's eight-minute YouTube video, in which he reads his daughter Hannah's Facebook note entitled "To My Parents." Dad Accused of Overworking Teenage Daughter While ... (view more)

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