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System76 launches Ubuntu-powered 14 inch touchscreen notebook

Linux system builder System76 is now taking pre-orders for its first portable notebook with a touchscreen display. The Darter UltraThin is a 14 inch notebook with a full HD touchscreen display, an Intel Haswell processor, and a starting price of $899. It’s expected to ship starting October 28th. The laptop measures 13.4″ x 9.5″ x 0.9″ […]

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Lilbits (8-12-2013): The uncertain future of BlackBerry

There was a time when BlackBerry devices dominated the smartphone space. But the past few years have been tough for the company, with growing competition from Apple’s iPhone and an army of Android devices. BlackBerry’s brief foray into the tablet space wasn’t exactly a home run either. So what’s a struggling company to do? In […]

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Google adds preview touchscreen controls to Chrome web browser

Google’s Chrome web browser runs on a range of platforms including PCs, Chromebooks, and Android and iOS devices. Some features are only available on some platforms, but Google seems to be slowly erasing those lines. For instance, Google Translate is built into the latest versions of Chrome for Android. And now Chrome for desktop computers […]

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Lenovo IdeaPad S210 11.6 inch touchscreen notebook on the way for $429

Lenovo’s IdeaPad S210 will be the company’s cheapest touchscreen laptop when it launches this summer. It’s a Windows 8 notebook with an 11.6 inch display and a starting price of $429. At that price you get a model with an Intel Celeron processor, but the company will also offer models of this 3.1 pound laptop […]

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Lenovo IdeaPad U330, U430 Touch ultrabooks coming soon for $799 and up

As expected, Lenovo is updating its 13 and 14 inch ultrabook lineup with new models sporting touchscreen displays and Intel Haswell processors. The Lenovo IdeaPad U330 Touch and U430 Touch should be available in the US this summer for $799 and up. The IdeaPad U330 features a 13.3 inch display and will come with 1366 […]

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HP brings touch to its budget 11.6 inch notebooks with Pavilion 11 TouchSmart

HP has been offering notebooks with 11.6 inch displays and starting prices of $399 as part of the HP Pavilion DM1 line for a few years. Now HP’s low-cost portable notebooks are getting a new name, and a few new features. The HP Pavilion 11 TouchSmart launches June 26th for $399 and up. And for […]

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Chrome OS dev channel brings a virtual keyboard for touchscreen devices

There’s only one Chromebook on the market today that features a touchscreen display. But that hasn’t stopped developers at Google for adding support for an on-screen keyboard to the latest dev channel update of Chrome OS. If you’re using a Chromebook Pixel (or another Chrome OS device, I suppose), you can now turn on the […]

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Acer introduces 11.6 inch touchscreen notebook with AMD Temash chip

Acer is introducing a new notebook with a small screen and a relatively low price. The Acer Aspire V5-122 is a Windows 8 notebook with an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display and an AMD Temash processor. It’s expected to have a starting price of $450, which makes it one of the most affordable […]

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Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon table PC coming in June, up for pre-order for $1699 and up

The Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon is a table PC. No, I didn’t leave out a letter. It’s a touchscreen computer that’s the size and shape of a small table, not a tablet. You can use it like a digital air hockey or foosball table if you like, because that’s kind of what it looks like. But […]

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Are cheaper Windows 8 portables on the way? WSJ reports Microsoft is slashing Windows 8 prices for PC makers

Windows 8 is Microsoft’s attempt to get in on the touchscreen computing craze that’s currently dominated by tablets running Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. But there have been plenty of signs that sales of touch-capable Windows 8 devices have been off to a slow start. One possible reason is the high price of Windows notebooks […]