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Broadcom describes its vision for tablet devices

Chip maker Broadcom designs the HD video accelerator found in a handful of netbooks today, as well as a wired and wireless communication technology found in a huge number of phones, computers, digital media boxes, and other devices. With tablet-style devices set to take over the world (or at least with dozens of PC makers […]

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The Qualcomm Snapdragon-based smartbooks of Mobile World Congress

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipset is showing up in a growing number of smartphones including the Google Nexus One and HTC Desire. But this 1GHz ARM-based CPU with integrated wireless and HD video capabilities isn’t just for phones. It’s also capable of powering tablet and smartbook-style devices. And Sascha from Netbook News.de checked out a few of […]

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Stantum touchscreens with 10-finger, stylus input coming soon?

There are all sorts of touchscreens out there. But one of the biggest lines diving, say, an iPhone touchscreen from those found on many tablets, notebooks, and Windows Mobile phones is the line between screens that accept stylus input and those that are finger-friendly. It’s rare to find a touchscreen that can handle both types […]

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Foxconn iWonder Android tablet to sell for just $100 (in China)

Looking to spend some quality time with Google Android, but don’t feel like plunking down the cash for a smartphone and then shelling out more money each month for a data plan? I already told you about one relatively affordable option this week: The Archos 5 Internet tablet which starts at just $250. But Taiwanese […]

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Acer TouchPortal software makes Windows 7 tablets more finger-friendly

Windows 7 includes a number of touch-friendly features including support for tap-and-drag, pinch-to-zoom, and other gestures. The new taskbar is nice and big and features large icons for launching applications. And the on-screen keyboard is designed for tapping with your fingers rather than a stylus. But PC makers Asus and Acer seem to think that […]

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OpenPeak OpenTablet 7 is pretty much what it sounds like

The OpenTablet 7 from OpenPeak is a touchscreen tablet with a 7 inch display. You could probably have figured that out from the name. Here’s what the name doesn’t tell you: It features 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, and 3G mobile broadband connectivity. It’s powered by an Intel Moorestown CPU, and can serve double duty as […]

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Nokia and Intel merge Maemo, Moblin to form MeeGo Linux for netbooks, tablets, etc

The companies behind the Moblin Linux interface for netbooks and Maemo Linux-based OS for Nokia Internet Tablets such as the Nokia N900 have announced that they’re merging the two projects to form one uber-OS designed for netbooks, tablets, mobile devices, in-vehicle entertainment systems, and internet-connected televisions. The new OS is called MeeGo, and there’s not […]

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Compaq Airlife 100 smartbook pops up at Mobile World Congress

A few days after HP Spain unveiled the company’s first ARM-based Smartbook running the Google Android operating system, Chippy from UMPC Portal spotted one on display at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Chippy says the user interface looks good and works well with the touchscreen. He was impressed with the build quality, keyboard, and light […]