First Acer 3D notebook PC revealed to the world

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Wow. When it rains, it really pours in Taiwan, apparently. Acer has been keeping remarkably busy these last couple of days, unveiling smartphones, tablets, and more. Adding to that list is the new Acer AS5745DG-A54E/L. It matters because it’s the first 3D laptop from the company.

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Dell preparing “a whole slew” of products to battle iPad

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Dell isn’t just about laptops and desktops. The Axim line may not have been the most successful thing in the world, but the world’s largest computer maker is ready to give it another go with “a whole slew” of new products that aim to battle with the iPad and other tablets.

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webOS 2.0 coming ‘later this year’, HP Slate is for the enterprise

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In an interview with Fortune, HP’s Jon Rubinstein, former CEO of Palm, stated that webOS 2.0 is slated to be released “later this year.” That’s a good indication that we can look to expect a few different devices coming from the Palm and HP camp; since they are working on developing new hardware “aggressively.” I personally would love a Palmpad, or even a revamped Pre 2.

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HP’s McKinney shows rollable high-tech mylar display at MobileBeat

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When HP bought Palm their minds were set on delivering a complete experience to the end-user, similar to Apple’s hold on all aspects of their products – from software to hardware. HP’s CTO Phil McKinney at MobileBeat expressed in a not so direct way, how this is also their plan, “When you look at success in the marketplace, it’s about those companies that can control the end-to-end experience,” McKinney said. With Palm now in their back pocket we can be sure future HP devices will not be built around Windows or Android operating systems.

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Hanvon Chairman: e-Readers to replace cell phones

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Chinese company Hanvon, makers of the Touchpad B10 tablet, are also known as Hanwang. Chairman Yingjian Liu during a keynote speech at Computex 2010, discussed the increasing popularity and evolution of the e-book reader. He proclaimed the strengths of the e-ink format and how his company was leading the way in his home country of China. Then, his declarations got very bold. He called the e-book reader the “fourth screen,” referring to TV, PC, and cell phone as the other three screens. He observed that some people say the mobile phone will replace the e-reader, but he responded by saying that the e-ink book reader will replace cell phones instead.

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Nvidia supporting Google Android at Computex

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The big bang of computing devices into the mobile space clearly looked like Apple’s iPhone. But as this new universe cools and expands at an unthinkable rate, the early constellations are coalescing around (Google’s) Android’s impressive gravitational field. At the annual Computex show in Taipei, Apple’s iPad has once again set the bar; the hip device this year is the tablet. But where Microsoft’s Windows and Android are both represented, a clear preference for the Android is emerging (sorry again, Steve Ballmer).

“Windows is too big and it’s too full featured for smartbooks and tablets,” Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO at Nvidia said, speaking with reporters in Taipei on Monday. Smartbook is a term used to describe low-cost laptops containing processors designed by Arm instead of x86 chips from Intel or Advanced Micro Devices. “The good news is that we finally have an operating system to unite behind. Android is an operating system that has gained a tremendous amount of momentum all over the world,” Huang said. Strong words in an industry still ruled by Microsoft’s founding principles of fear, uncertainty, and doubt.

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Apple the new alpha dog in tech

Apple the new alpha dog in tech Photo: Funny Hub

In only one month Microsoft lost a $25 billion lead over Apple in market capitalization, dropped behind by $3 billion, gave Apple the alpha dog status of tech, and all the leverage and power that comes with the sought after top spot.

This is not news to consumers who continue to eagerly mob Apple’s hot new iPhone and iPad models; Microsoft’s consumer products business continues to struggle for every breath. Their decline was underlined by the past weeks of market instability, bringing down the former heavyweight champ’s shares 15%, while Apple’s stock is down just over 6%.

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Google Android smartphones get loaded with Firefox Mobile

Fennec Mobile (FireFox Mobile) Beta for Android devices

People got pretty excited when the Mozilla crew said they’d be making a mobile version of the popular Firefox web browser. Unfortunately, the versions released were for less popular platforms. That’s changing, because they now have Fennec for Android and it’s available for download today.

As you may recall, the first version of “Firefox Mobile” (Fennec) was made available for Nokia Internet tablets, but not too many people are rocking those just yet. Then, they shifted their attention to Windows Mobile, but few people are using those smartphones too. Android is on the rise, so it seems that Mozilla has it right this time.

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JooJoo smartbook gets a new look, shipping March 25

Original Monochrome-esque Interface of JooJoo smartbook tablet

Setting aside all of those troubles that Fusion Garage had with Michael Arrington and his team, the new JooJoo tablet (the smartbook formerly known as CrunchPad) didn’t have the most attractive of operating systems in its initial showing. But now a new user interface is born making the whole package a lot prettier with only just a few weeks left before the companies ship date of March 25.

As you may recall, the old user interface consisted of a near monochrome-like design with icons on a simple grid, still hot when next to the Kindle, but a Commodore 64 when next to the iPad.

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Microsoft Courier video “leaked,” the iPad killer?

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Nothing is more capable of keeping us on the edge of our seats than the development of major Tablet computers coming from every Steve, Bill and Asghar. We are witnessing the revolution of mobile computing right before our eyes, and the best part about it, no one knows who will be the big player in the end. Will the iPad be another iPhone? Will Microsoft’s Courier be a flopping Zune? Can content providers and application developers shape the way Tablet computing evolves, taking control away from hardware providers? Only time will tell, but until now, here are more details on Microsoft’s latest “leaked” achievements.

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Amazon Kindle Development Kit to perpetuate new app store

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Amazon is contemplating a big move from Apple next week, in an attempt to keep their share of the e-book market they have released a software development kit for the Kindle e-book reader today. Developers will be able to build and eventually sell applications for the device like games, puzzles or other useful applications for a portable handheld tablet style device.

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Checking Out the Dual Screen Notebooks from MSI

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We’re still waiting to see what Cupertino is going to do to enter this market, but it seems that Taiwan is more than ready to jump into the fray first. Over at CES, MSI had a notebook that featured dual touchscreen displays, ditching the hardware keyboard altogether. In this way, you could say that this […]

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Kohjinsha Netbook Boasts Dual 10.1-inch Screens

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I remember when I went to visit Japan a couple of years ago, the whole netbook thing hadn’t really caught on in North America yet. Even so, there were tons of ultraportables on sale in Akihabara, including some crazy compact tablet PCs from Kohjinsha. Well, they’ve done it again. Now that everyone and their mother […]

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