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ChromeTouch makes the Google Chrome web browser tablet-friendly

  Google’s Chrome web browser is great for netbooks, thanks to its minimal navigation bar which takes up significantly less screen real estate than Firefox, Opera, or Internet Explorer. If you have a netbook with a 1024 x 600 pixel display, you want a web browser that makes as much room as possible for displaying […]

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ARM: It ain’t the chips that are delaying the launch of smartbooks

It’s been almost a year since chip-maker Qualcomm coined the term “smartbook” to describe a new kind of device that would be a cross between a smartphone and a netbook. Like smartphones, these so-called smartbooks would have low power ARM-based processors, long battery life, and always-connected access to the internet through 3G wireless networks. But […]

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No optical drive? No problem! HP launches download store for netbook owners

One thing I still have difficulty making customers at my day job understand about netbooks is that they don’t have an optical drive. Ok, some thin and lights like the Gateway EC14 do, but they’re not that plentiful on Liliputers. “Then how do I get my Norton CD  installed?” they ask. It’s frustrating for customers, […]

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Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 now available for download

Microsoft launched the Touch Pack for Windows 7 last year to help showcase some of the touchscreen capabilities of Windows 7. But it was only available to OEMs, which meant that if your computer didn’t come with Microsoft Touch Pack preloaded, you couldn’t install it yourself… until now. Yesterday Microsoft released the Touch Pack for […]

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PeeWee Kit: Software package to make any netbook kid-friendly

I’m always a little skeptical when I hear about kid-friendly PCs. I’ve seen plenty of five year olds who are more adept than adults at using a computer to surf the web, find Flash-based video games, and pull up YouTube videos of their favorite songs. Of course, that same facility with computers is what will […]

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Intel AppUp Center (netbook app store) expands to Europe, Linux

Intel’s AppUp Center offers netbook users a single place to find and download applications optimized for netbooks with small displays and Intel Atom processors. You know, kind of like the iTunes App Store, but for netbooks instead of iPhones. Up until today, the AppUp Center was only available for Windows, which struck me as kind […]