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Aussies get Pioneer DreamBook ePad L11 Windows 7 tablet next month

The tablet market is really heating up. Just about everyone is making an "iPad killer" these days and the latest to join the fray is the Pioneer DreamBook ePad L11. I'm more familiar with Pioneer's audio products, but it looks like they're expanding their portfolio into the touchscreen handheld realm too.

Video: Hanvon Windows 7 tablet takes on the iPad

This latest video shows a Windows 7 tablet and Apple iPad going head to head in a series of every day tasks. The hardware used for the Windows 7 contender is the Hanvon Windows 7 slate, one of many Windows 7 tablets that will be released before the year is out.

BlackBerry Torch 9800 makes a hot entry

Waterloo's Research in Motion made its triumphant reveal of the new BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphone this morning. Mere moments later, Canada's three biggest wireless providers and AT&T USA announced that they would be indeed picking up the hot new smartphone. The BlackBerry Torch 9800 is the first slider phone to come out of the RIM camp and it takes on a form factor similar to that of the Palm Pre.

Synaptics announces suite of advanced multitouch displays for Windows 7/Android tablets

The Apple iPhone wasn't the first touchscreen cell phone, but it certainly popularized the format. The same thing is happening with the Apple iPad, and now there's much more demand for multitouch tablets than ever before. Capitalizing on this trend is Synaptics with its new line of displays

Microsoft Windows Phone 7 to launch for the ‘holidays’ with plenty of hardware choices

Microsoft has revealed additional hardware partners for their Windows Phone 7 OS, announcing that Dell and HTC are now on the list of manufactuers who will be making Windows Phone 7 phones. This is good news for the company, who have already got Asus, Samsung and LG to pony up a few devices. You can expect something from each of the companies before the year is out; while no set date on the official launch day of Windows Phone 7 is keeping us in suspense.

Asus drops Windows for Android-based EeePad

It's clear that the Apple iPad is currently dominating the tablet market, but a number of new competitors will soon be entering that realm. I think one of the major keys to success is a properly designed mobile OS, so it's good to see that Asus is making the switch from Windows to Android for its EeePad.

Windows 95 ported to Google Android devices

For some inane reason, the crazy kooks at XDA-Developers have decided to port over a version of Microsoft Windows 95 to the Google Android platform. Yes, it means we're going backwards in time about 15 years, but it means that you can relive your solitaire dreams on the go. There are actually two different versions of Windows 95 for Android floating about out there. There's one version that is quite slow (just like the original!) but is reasonably stable. The other version isn't all that stable (just like the original!), but it's a lot faster. Pick your poison.

Review: Nokia CS-18 HSPA+ Rocket Mobile Internet Stick

As great as smartphone experiences have become, they're still not quite the same as surfing the Internet on a proper computer. At the same time, you may not always be in the presence of an available Wi-Fi hotspot. That's why products like the Nokia CS-18 are so useful. Available through Rogers Wireless, this is an HSPA+ Rocket Mobile Internet Stick. What this means is that it uses the HSPA+ cellular network to connect your computer to the Internet, rifling through a mobile data plan not unlike what you'd do on a BlackBerry or iPhone. This concept is not new, but it's good to see an HSPA+ option.

Hanvon Touchpad B10 Windows 7 tablet vonts to be an iPad

Now that the Apple iPad is officially available to all international markets, we can fully expect a ceaseless flood of clones and knockoffs. One of the newer devices to join the fray is the Touchpad B10 tablet from Hanvon. Never heard of Hanvon? You're not alone. I didn't know who they were either when I went to the press conference at Computex. Apparently, the Chinese company was founded in 1998, based in Beijing, and focuses on "various intelligent pattern recognition technologies and products."

X10 ‘Mobile Internet Device’ boasts 7-inch screen, outputs 1080p HD

This device totally came out of left field, because it's still unclear exactly who the manufacturer is and what badge it will carry. What we can tell you about the X10 is that it's a mobile Internet device (MID) and comes with a high-def surprise. Beyond the fairly standard seven-inch (800 x 480) touchscreen display, you'll notice that this MID comes with the ability to output 1080p HD content over an HDMI connection. Great for sharing videos on your HDTV, but with only 256MB of RAM I wonder if performance will be an issue.

Video: ExoPC slate with Windows 7 demonstrated

The Apple iPad isn't the only giant touchscreen tablet device, you know. We've been hearing about the ExoPC handheld for some time, but now we've finally managed to find a hands-on video with the slate. Based on what we see, it looks awfully impressive. Set to be showcased at Computex Taipei early next month, the ExoPC "slate" is a tablet device that comes powered by a full build of Windows 7. Despite using a true desktop operating system as its platform, the slate actually has a pretty good bootup time and the video playback is "flawless."

Windows Mobile Samsung Messenger arriving at Bell this week

Do you like descriptive names? Sure, it's fun hearing about the Dell Streak or the BlackBerry Curve, but these names don't really tell you anything about what these devices do. Bucking that trend is theSamsung Messenger, a phone designed with messaging in mind. How appropriate.

Dell Lightning strikes with Windows Phone 7

Not particularly impressed with the Dell Mini 3i? Don't really want anything to do with the Dell Streak series? That doesn't mean that the giant computer maker isn't going to go after your smartphone dollars with yet another offering. In a very exciting move, it seems that we could be getting our hands on the Dell Lightning smartphone. While the hardware looks pretty slick (and I'll get into that a little further in just a moment), the real news is that this will be powered by Windows Phone 7. Windows Mobile has really fallen into the background these last couple of years, getting overshadowed by the iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android (and even webOS from Palm to an extent), so this could be a major boon for Microsoft.

Intel ships “optimized” Windows 7 solid-state drive, quicker bootups

Intel has begun shipping the latest edition to their high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) lineup, the Intel X25-V Value SATA SSD. It's quick, small, durable and costs nearly 25 times the price of current magnetic platter harddrives, but when speed, ruggedness and durability are key, money isn't everything. The SSD market is quite small at the moment, this is due to the high cost per gigabyte, making it more of a high-end addon for performance-sensitive devices such as servers, high-end netbooks, laptops, smartbooks, and gaming computers.

Opera Mini 5 beta out for Windows Mobile 5/6 smartphones, no more java

What the Safari browser is to the iPhone, the Opera browser shall be to Windows Mobile devices. Today Opera Software announced a native version of Opera Mini 5 beta 2 for Windows Mobile 5 and 6-based smartphones. Opera on your Windows Mobile will give you a dramatic increase in browsing speed, tabs, and no more java. How the browser works is by compressing up to 90 percent of the data traffic coming from websites before they get to your handset, thus delivering you a really fast browsing experience, and ultimately lowering your data fees.

Motorola open to launching Windows Phone 7 devices

It’s no secret how Bill Gates views Google and its Android operating system. One fine afternoon Gates, while browsing the web discovered that Google was recruiting ex-Microsoft employees. That’s when the penny dropped - Google was competing with the 'Big Boys' in the OS market.

XDA Developers hack Windows Mobile HTC smartphones to run Android 2.1

We wont get into any details of why you wouldn't want to run WinMo on your HTC any longer, perhaps it could be the lame apps, or from a developers stand-point being stuck with .NET. Whatever it may be, you are now free.

Still alive: Windows Mobile 6.5 now Windows Phone Classic

With the recent launch of Windows Phone 7 Series, many Windows Mobile 6.5 (and Windows Mobile 6.53) owners cringed at the thought they would be dropped without a second thought. Contrary to those thoughts, Microsoft has announced that the OS will stay on board and will be re-badged as Windows Phone Classic. Why? Well, it's still popular and Microsoft doesn't want to turn their back on such an important core group of users.

Windows Phone 7 Series first look, HTC on-board, not enough cowbell

Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled the companies next-generation of Windows for smartphones today: Windows Phone 7 Series. Microsoft is adapting to consumer demand and tailoring the new OS to have a “smart design” and integrated experiences between web and other applications. The have also have managed to bring Xbox Live games and Zune music and video to the mobile phone.

Marvell Pantheon 800MHz chipset to create the $99 smartphone market

As it turns out, you won't need to break the bank if you want to get your hands on a surprisingly powerful smartphone. Yesterday, we heard about the ST-Ericsson U6715 mobile chipset that would bring smartphones down to about $135, but today it's even cheaper with the $99 Marvell Pantheon smartphone platform.

Sony Ericsson Aspen first to run Windows Mobile 6.5.3

It has arrived with a vengence, the holy grail of Microsoft's mobile efforts: Windows Mobile 6.5.3 and it's on the Sony Ericsson Aspen. Once known as the Faith, the sleek looking QWERTY smartphone with 2.4-inch QVGA TFT touchscreen LCD, multi-tasking, organizing and adapting the panels just the way you like it.

Panasonic unveils 48GB and 64GB SDXC cards for Hi-Def video and photography

The first SDXC memory card was revealed just less then a year ago in March, a 32GB from Pretec. Others have followed suit, Toshiba came out with the first 64GB SDXC memory card, and today Panasonic with a 48GB and 64GB SDXC card. As the cards keep coming, the devices will hopefully slowly appear.

Cowon W2 REVEALED; Touchscreen, Windows 7 and chunky

When Cowon's W2 info was leaked last November from the Bluetooth certification page we basically learnt all we needed to know, except for; what it looked like. The company has just thrown up a teaser page for the product.

MSI dual-screen e-reader and netbook runs Windows 7

MSI is the first company to show off a working prototype of their dualscreen e-reader. And it's everything you ever dreamt of - sort of.

Windows Mobile to Be Integrated with Xbox Live

The smartphone arena has gotten awfully competitive in recent years, seeing the emergence of the iPhone, Palm Pre, Google Android, and other viable alternatives....

New Windows Mobile, Android, Palm Pre Smartphones Coming to Verizon

It sounds like Verizon Wireless is poised to make a major run at the market early next year. Everyone is already pretty excited about...

Asus Eee PC 1008P with Pine Trail Atom CPU

As if there weren't enough variations within the Asus Eee PC line of netbooks already, here's another one for your buying consideration. If you...

Upcoming Windows Mobile 6.5 Update Comes with New Virtual Keyboard

The people over at HTC can develop their own on-screen keyboard to go with their TouchFLO 3D interface, as can the the Samsung folks...

Much-Discussed ITG xpPhone Will Do Windows 7 Too

Do you remember that ITG xpPhone? Remember how it was supposed to be one crazy smartphone that got powered by a full build of...

Bodily Functions Invade Windows Mobile with MyFart

It's a little sad, really, how the most popular apps on the Apple iPhone involve bodily functions and other crude forms of humor. Yes,...

18.4-Inch Acer AS8940G-6865 Core i7 Laptop Goes Big

Some people choose to buy a notebook for its portability. These are the kind of people that would likely value a 13-inch ultraportable subnotebook....

Asus Wins Battle of Sub-$800 Win7 13-Inch Notebooks

Yes, I realize that many people would much rather consider the newly upgraded white MacBook or even the 13-inch MacBook Pro at this size,...

Amazon Kindle for PC to Invade Windows 7 Tablets

You know how the Barnes & Noble Nook eBook Reader was announced earlier this week? It seems that the crew at Amazon are fighting...

Samsung Giorgio Armani with Windows Mobile 6.5

What do you get when you borrow some styling inspiration from the Nokia N97 mini and a little more inspiration for the HTC Touch...

Asus EeeBox EB1501 Nettop with Ion Graphics, DVD Slot and 1080p HDMI

Asus hits us with another, the EeeBox PC Eb1501 lightweight entertainment PC. In fact it's so light that it can balance itself on a single corner.

Get a Netbook with Any Windows 7 Version You Want

Several months ago, Microsoft made a formal announcement saying that it would restrict what version of Windows 7 could be installed on certain computers....

Onslaught of Windows Mobile 6.5 Smartphones This Year

So, we all know that Windows Mobile 6.5 will officially be launching next month and handset manufacturers will be able to produce smartphones that...

Pre-Orders Taken for ITG xpPhone with Windows XP

BlackBerry OS? iPhone OS? Symbian OS? These are all perfectly viable mobile platforms, but they still don't offer the same kind of utility that...

HTC Leo: Windows Mobile 6.5, 1GHz Snapdragon, 4.3-Inch Touchscreen

Prepare to be impressed. We caught a few glimpses of this phone through some shady and blurry spy shots, but now it seems that...

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 Gets Windows Mobile 6.5

Even though everyone else is still bandying around with Windows Mobile 6.1 and we're on the eve of a release of the Sony Ericsson...

Windows Mobile and Google Android, Together At Last

So, you're in the market for a new smartphone and you can't decide on which operating system you'd prefer. There are certainly some merits...

Windows Mobile 6.5 and Windows Mobile 7 to Co-Exist?

Normally, when you see different versions of the same operating system, the assumption is that the bigger number is the newer one and probably...

Upgraded Sony Vaio P Lifestyle PC Downgrades to Windows XP

It may cost a fair bit more than some of the MSI Winds and Dell Minis of the world, but the Sony VAIO P...

NEC VersaPro Ultralite VS Netbook Weighs 1.5 Pounds, Costs $1800

While most netbooks on the market today are already pretty small, they still may not be quite light enough for some people. Well, it's...

Dell Mini 11 Netbook Available with Windows Vista

Dell's roadmap for upcoming netbooks has been leaked onto the Internet and it comes with quite the notable surprise. Not only have we been...

Video: Firefox Mobile (Fennec) Available as Beta for Nokia N810

This has been a very long time coming and we know the people at Mozilla have been working on this project for quite some...

ICQ for Windows Mobile, But Why?

While Twitter and Facebook make up a good deal of my social networking online, there is still very much a place for instant messengers....

AMOLED-Equipped Samsung A877 to Hit AT&T This Month?

What if you want to get your hands on a QWERTY-equipped handset but don't want to deal with the complexities of a smartphone operating...

Windows Marketplace for Mobile Mirrors Android Market Shopping Bag?

Ever since the App Store launched for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch, it seems like every other smartphone manufacturer wants to start selling...

Get Ready for 10 Versions of Windows 7

In case you haven't noticed, most netbooks on the market today are running on Windows XP. By contrast, "full" laptops and desktops get their...

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These are the Wrong Arguments Against Net Neutrality

The past few months have been quite crucial, and sometimes filled with bitter dissent, because of the proposed removal of the FCC’s net neutrality...

Why Government Intelligence Services Won’t Share Discovered Software Bugs

It’s been more than a week since the WannaCry ransomware attacks began ripping across the world, affecting more than 200,000 people and 10,000 organizations in 150...

As Facebook Grows It Needs to Continually Scale Up Its Efforts...

On Sunday, Facebook showed off its internal rules on moderating graphic content to some media outlets. Their purpose was to show that the social...

Game Review: Hands-on with Bungie’s Big Sequel, Destiny 2

Destiny 2 on PC plays like a completely different game for any player who has clocked really serious hours on the PlayStation 4 version. The...

Majority of Victims of the WannaCry Malware were Using Windows 7

More than a week after it first hit, the WannaCry ransomware is still spreading quickly, though it has now been checked and controlled, and...

UploadVR is Being Charged in Court for Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

UploadVR is a San Francisco, California-based virtual reality startup company. It is being sued by a former employee alleging that the company engaged in...

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R.I.P. MP3: But the MP3 is Still Alive and Will Be Just Fine

People on the internet seem to be spilling a lot of pixels over the fact that the MP3 has been declared dead by its inventors...

People Don’t Buy Tablets Anymore and the Device Trend is Dying

You may be part of the dying breed if you own a tablet. Customers are buying fewer tablets so keep that in good condition...

5 Amazing Travel Gadgets That May Come in Handy on Your Next Trip

Sometimes you just need to get away. Go far away from the city and leave all the stress behind. However, there are times when...

Toddlers that Play with Touchscreens Get Less Sleep

A scientific study has discovered that toddlers and younger children that constantly play or use devices with touchscreens such as tablets have less sleeping...

Gaming Laptop Review: Razer Blade is the Ultimate in Gaming Laptops

The Razer Blade is actually a slim gaming laptop and is in the middle of a range sandwiched between the 14-inch Blade, bracketed by...

The New Leica Thalia Line is Every Cinematographer’s Dream

Memories are treasured moments that bring a smile on our faces each time we look back on them. Since the pleasure and happiness we...