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Asus to launch a $180 smartbook in early 2010

Asus CEO Jerry Shen says that the company will launch a smartbook during the first quarter of 2010. There aren’t any further details, but smartbooks are typically defined as low power, 3G-enabled ultraportable laptops with ARM-based processors. There’s no word on whether the Asus smartbook would run Windows CE, Linux, or Google Android, but the […]

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It’s official, Adobe Flash 10.1 to support NVIDIA GPUs, a whole slew of smartphones

Adobe has finally gotten around to announcing one of the worst-kept secrets in the mobile computing space: The next version of Adobe Flash will take advantage of GPU acceleration features to enable HD video playback on low power computers with NVIDIA ION graphics. This means if you’ve got a machine like the Acer AspireRevo desktop […]

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Google Chrome + NVIDIA Tegra = smartbooks of tomorrow

Google Chrome OS is an upcoming operating system with a heavy emphasis on web integration. At launch, Google plans to optimize the operating system to work with netbooks. NVIDIA Tegra is a platform that bundles a low power ARM-based processor with NVIDIA graphics to enable 1080p video playback on extremely low power devices. What happens […]

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Microsoft, dozens of others trying to revive the tablet PC concept

Touchscreens. They make a lot of sense on cellphones and handheld devices. They make sense for artists looking for a precise way to draw on a screen without a mouse. And they make sense for tablet-style devices without keyboards, because how else are you going to click or enter text? But I’m still not entirely […]

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Intel shows Atom Pine Trail chip, unveils Atom developer program and app store

At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco today, Intel launched a new Intel Atom Developer Program. In other words, the company is trying to attract third party developers to write applications designed for use on netbooks and other devices that use the Intel Atom processor. Eventually Intel will launch an Atom App Store similar […]

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Chip news: ARM launches 2GHz chip, AMD introduces affordable quad-core CPU

Chip makers ARM and AMD both launched interesting products today. ARM is introducing a new 2GHz chip based on its Cortex A9 dual core architecture. While 2GHz may be old hat for companies like Intel and AMD, that’s blazing fast for a chip maker best known for producing low power processors for cellphones and mobile […]

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Pegatron smartbook is thinner, lighter, boxier than the Asus Eee PC 1005HA

Pegatron has been showing off pre-production prototypes of its upcoming smartbook prototype with an ARM processor for a while. But IT Pro Portal has some of the first photos I’ve seen o the prototype hanging out next to the popular Asus Eee PC 1005HA. And in terms of size, there’s no contest: The Pegatron smartbook […]

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Rumor: Asus to launch Moblin-powered Eee PC soon

Asus may have pulled its experimental Google Android-powered netbook from sight after teasing journalists with it at Computex in June. But that doesn’t mean the company is sticking to Windows and Xandros Linux. Sascha at NetbookNews says a reliable source has told him that Asus will launch a netbook with Moblin Linux in October. Moblin […]