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Samsung N230 netbook boasts 14 hour battery life, smartbooks beware

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One of the advantages of ARM-based netbooks, or “smartbooks”, is supposedly the battery life. The Samsung N230, which runs an old-fashioned x86 chip begs to disagree – it offers 7 hours battery life with the small battery and up to 13.8 hours with the big one…

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Dell Streak goes SIM free for 449 GBP (550 euro)

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If you have decided that using a five-inch device as a mobile phone is something you can live with, but hate the whole long-term carrier commitment thing, I have some good news for you. Well, starting now you can get your shiny new Dell Streak SIM free and use it with whichever operator you see fit. It will set you back exactly 449 pounds, which is about 550 euro or 680 US dollars.

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Around 3 million iPads in 80 days – Apple manages the third million in just three weeks

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One, two, three… million iPads sold already. iPad sales reached the two million mark in the end of May and now, barely over 20 days later, another million iPads have found their way to their happy owners. By the looks of it, sales are picking up the pace…

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Atom D525 and D425 available, Intel gets further into wireless with Wireless Displays

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Intel just announced the D525 and D425 Atom processors for nettops. Intel is primarily known for their processors but they do other stuff as well. In related news, Intel’s Wireless Display technology is now available on over 25 new systems. …

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Another video of the touch-touting MeeGo OS v1.1 surfaces, reconfirms blazing speed and buttery smoothness

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Another demo video of the touch-supporting MeeGo 1.1 OS just appeared. It doesn’t show too many new things about the platform but is of much higher quality than the ones made available during Computex last month.

While the first (non-touch) release of MeeGo has failed to set the netbook world alight, the 1.1 version of the OS jointly developed by Nokia and Intel is expected to become the next big thing in the tablets realm. Read more »

Tegra-powered Toshiba AC100 smartbook runs Android 2.1, boasts 8 hours of battery life

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Toshiba introduces a new smartbook today – the Toshiba AC100. The Tegra-powered device looks deceivingly like a 10.1” netbook but it’s actually a “smartbook” – it uses the ARM-based NVIDIA Tegra 250 platform and runs Android 2.1. Not using a power-hungry x86 CPU obviously has its advantages – like the 8 hours battery life and up to 7 days of stand-by time, for instance…

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Samsung Galaxy Tab renamed to Galaxy Tape, Super AMOLED and 1.2GHz CPU inside

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The Vietnamese guys from Tinhte have just shed some light on the Samsung 7-inch Galaxy tablet.

The first thing to note is its changed name – it seems Galaxy Tab will be dropped in favor of Galaxy Tape.

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Microsoft to pull the plug on Windows XP for netbooks on 22 October, this time for real

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Microsoft wants to remind you and all of manufacturers that Windows XP sales will end on 22 October this year. After this date all netbooks must be sold with Windows 7 – probably Starter edition.

Netbooks are the very reason for Windows XP second lease of life, but its end is finally near. Read more »

AT&T messes up big time, exposes the email adresses of 114 000 iPad 3G owners, big shots in the list

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A security breach in the AT&T system allowed a group of hackers to obtain the email addresses of 114 067 iPad owners, along with their ICC-IDs (the unique number that identifies the SIM cards when they connect to a network).

And, as if the huge number wasn’t bad enough on its own, there’s a quite a lot of VIP customers in the list. Top executives at the New York Times, Dow Jones, Condé Nast, Viacom, Time Warner, News Corporation, HBO and Hearst, along with government members and NASA employees are among the victims. Read more »

Alienware M11x gets Core i7 bump and NVidia Optimus system

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The small but powerful 11-inch Alienware M11x gets Core i7 processor upgrade and NVidia Optimus system for switching between integrated and discrete graphic chips.

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7-inch Android 2.1-powered Huawei S7 has 1 GHz Snapdragon CPU under the hood, poses for a video

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Unless this is your first visit to a tech-dedicated website for the past year or so, you know that tablets are all the rage now. And while Huawei is hardly a big name outside the telecom solutions business, their offering in the tablet realm certainly looks interesting.

Dubbed Huawei S7, this Android 2.1-running tablet packs a 7” touchscreen and relies on a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU to do the math. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab is an Android tablet that’s going after the iPad, big time

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There were some rumors about Samsung preparing a tablet, but nothing certain until this moment. South African Samsung Blog however just posted a picture on Twitter showing Galaxy S next to that elusive tablet, which is obviously called Galaxy Tab.

The confirmed specs are the 7-inch 16:9 capacitive display, microSD card slot, front-facing video-call camera, 3G with HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a 3.5mm audio jack. And it’s obviously capable of GSM telephony. Read more »

We won’t see a Moorestown tablet like this one at least another six months

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Tablets are a hot commodity these days and it seems almost every company has a prototype on display at this year’s Computex. Unfortunately, there are only few tablets available on the market despite the huge demand. It’s like all hardware companies either totally missed this wave of touchscreen tablet love or manufacturers simply lack the optimized OS needed for creating a compelling tablet computer.

Whatever may be the case, the Intel’s Moorestown platform currently seems as one of the most promising upcoming tablet solutions. The Quanta Redvale tablet shown off by Intel at Computex is a living proof.
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Pixel Qi transflective LCD trounces the iPad unit in broad daylight

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Apple have long been the company to beat when you want to create the ultimate display on a mobile computer and for a very good reason. Their viewing angles, contrast and legibility when exposed to direct sunlight were always great. Yet after Samsung impressively outdid the iPhone LCD unit with its Super AMOLED screens, it now came time for the iPad unit to take its share of beating by the Pixel Qi transflective display.

The Pixel Qi transflective unit remains perfectly visible when exposed to sunlight, while the iPad turns into a mirror that is all but impossible to use. Check out the video and see for yourselves. Read more »

Intel announces Oak Trail and dual-core Pine Trail Atoms, shows off a 14mm thin netbook

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The Intel Atom CPU is ubiquitous in the netbook world, but Intel is working on new designs that will improve on current netbooks and move into tablet and handheld territory. There’s that and a new upcoming architecture called Sandy Bridge, which would become the new high-end CPU from Intel…

There are two new Atom architectures that Intel is working at. The first one is dual-core Pine Trail processors (current Pine Trail Atoms are single core), which will deliver more than just improved performance (could it be the N500?). Read more »