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You can detach Acer’s latest notebook touchpads and use them as media remotes

Acer has introduced a new line of multimedia laptops with a feature I haven’t seen before: You can remove the touchpad and use it as a touchscreen remote control. The Acer Aspire Ethos 8951G and 5951G are big, expensive laptops. They’re not the sort of computers we typically mention on Liliputing. But the touchpad/remote concept […]

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32GB HP TouchPad to run $599?

HP hasn’t announced the pricing for its upcoming TouchPad tablet line, but the folks at PreCentral got their hands on an inventory screenshot from Walmart which seems to suggest that the tablet will be priced about the same as Apple’s iPad. The image shows a 32GB HP TouchPad with WiFi for $599. That’s the same […]

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HP unsurprisingly has a Bluetooth keyboard for the TouchPad tablet

While the resizeable on-screen keyboard for the upcoming HP TouchPad tablet looks pretty nice, nothing beats a physical keyboard for getting some serious typing done. If you find you can eke out 100wpm per minute with a physical keyboard and just 20 to 30 with your thumbs, fear not: HP is showing off a Bluetooth […]

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Qualcomm unveils details on the chip powering the HP Touchpad tablet

You know that shiny new tablet HP introduced yesterday? The first 10 inch tablet to run webOS? It’s also going to be the first tablet to ship with a new Qualcomm chip called the Snapdragon APQ8060. Qualcomm officially announced the chip this morning. As you’d expect, it’s a low power ARM-based chip which should provide […]

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HP applies for trademark on “Touchpad”

HP has filed for a trademark on the term “HP Touchpad.” That could mean the company doesn’t plan to call its upcoming webOS tablet the PalmPad, which is great news because that’s just a silly name. On the other hand, TouchPad doesn’t seem all that great either — especially considering it’s what we call the […]

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Synaptics develops technology to make Windows ClickPads usable

Over the past year or so we’ve seen a growing trend of laptop makers eliminating touchpad buttons and instead using touchpads with integrated clicking, also known as ClickPads. While Apple has demonstrated that these ClickPads can actually be pretty useful tools, most of the Windows notebooks I’ve tried with ClickPads are plagued with problems: the […]

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Synaptics adds 4-finger support to PC touchpads

Remember two years ago when 2-finger touchpad scrolling was all the rage? You ain’t seen nothing yet, because touchpad makers Synaptics have introduced support for four-finger gestures. The company’s new TouchPad-IS platform also features SmartSense technology to prevent accidental cursor activation when your palm hits the touchpad. Synaptics is also starting to demonstrate a new […]

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Linux notebooks get multitouch gesture support for Synaptics touchpads

Synaptics has introduced technology to support multitouch touchpads on systems running Linux. Up until now, Synaptics drivers were available primarily for Windows systems with supported touchpads. But the Synaptics Gesture Suite Linux (SGS-L) is available for a variety of Linux distributions including Fedora, Millos Linpus, Red Flag, SUSE, Ubuntu, and Xandros. Synaptics says Google Chrome […]