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There was a fantastic little device, launched years ago, that HTC called the "Advantage." It was a unique, slide-out handheld computer, with a design that made tons of sense, but we haven't really seen sense. Fujitsu's TH40/D was on pace to become the "next" Advantage, but all of that has apparently come to an end. The company revealed that they are postponing the release of the tablet/laptop, but there's no clear indication of when it'll ship. In other words, it probably won't ship. The unit was scheduled to launch with Windows 7 in June, but based on unspecified "development delays," it looks... Read more...
MSI introduced the WindPad 110W, a tablet computer that features Windows 7 and AMD's latest dual core Brazos platform processor. This tablet offers a 10-inch 1280x800 multipoint touch screen with a wide viewing angle IPS design and SRS wrap around sound. The APU processors come with x86 architecture cores and the AMD Radeon HD 6250 Discrete-Class display chip. The tablet supports DirectX 11. Other key specs include  4GB DDR3 of memory, 802.11 b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth, a G-Sensor, an ambient light sensor, an SSD hard drive up to 64GB, and a total weight of 850 grams (about 1.87 pounds). According... Read more...
At its financial analyst meeting earlier this week, Intel unveiled a series of strategic changes to its roadmap and gave investors a peek at the company's general strategy for the next few years. We've already touched on the company's decision to ramp more powerful Atom processors and its new, 15W mainstream notebook TDP target, but the company is playing a deeper game. If Medfield lives up to expectations, it'll be the first Intel SoC truly capable of challenging ARM. Later this year, Intel will introduce Medfield, its 32nm Atom SoC. The current solution, Moorestown, did reduce Atom's platform-level... Read more...
Today, Microsoft released its detailed security report covering the latter half of 2010. Industry tends in general are positive—vulnerability disclosures in 2010 fell 16.5 percent from their 2009 levels and approximately 35 percent from 2006. Microsoft's own share of the vulnerability pie rose from 4.5 percent in 2009 to 7.2 percent in 2010; the company claims this is largely because industry disclosures fell so sharply in just one year. The general decline in disclosures hides sharp changes in the nature of the exploits roaming the Internet. From the report: Malware written in Java has existed... Read more...
Intel is on record as talking about MIDs, netbooks, and the device ecosystem it envisioned in between long before much of the current tablet craze, but the company has been oddly quiescent in recent months. Talk of dual-core ARM-based products, from Tegra to the iPad 2, has dominated the industry, with scarcely a peep from Intel. As of now, that's changed. Intel has unveiled its first Atom explicitly aimed at the tablet market. It's the Atom Z670, and it's Intel's chosen SoC for reclaiming lost mindshare that's been snapped up by other solutions. That's netbooks on the left, tablets on the right... Read more...
It appears that Microsoft has officially atoned for the debacle that was known as Vista. Don't get us wrong, Vista actually became a serviceable OS once the kinks were ironed out with its first Service Pack, but up until then, driver issues, poor file transfer performance, and networking headaches left XP users feeling vindicated in sticking with their tried-and-true OS. With the warm reception following the release of Windows 7, however, XP users had to think long and hard about whether to stick with their legacy OS or forgive Microsoft for Vista and make the jump to its latest and greatest. Many... Read more...
The world's getting more and more crowded when it comes to tablets, but one sector that's still lacking is that containing Windows 7 tablets. Microsoft's desktop OS just hasn't integrated well into the tablet side, and many non-Apple companies are siding with Android, particularly Honeycomb, which scales to tablets in a far superior way. But that doesn't mean it's a dead market. Netbook Navigator has just produced their newest device, and sure enough, it's a Win7-based slate PC. The NAV7 Slate PC is powered by Windows 7, and ships with a 1.6GHz Intel CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 1.8" SSD (up to 64GB), two... Read more...
Getting tired of running the same benchmarks and staring at the same screens every time you upgrade a component or build a new system? Futuremark feels your pain and just moments ago announced PCMark 7, the latest version of its PC performance analysis software. PCMark 7 is intended for Windows 7 platforms equipped with at least a DirectX 9 graphics card. According to Futuremark's PCMark 7 fact sheet, the updated benchmark will include 20 individual workloads and 7 separate suites to give users a multi-pronged analysis of system performance. Some of the highlights include: The PCMark Suite measures... Read more...
Note:  This is not a full review of IE9 in all its puissant glory but a quick tour of the new browser, its additional features and UI changes, and a quick check of its performance vis-à-vis the other major browser options. Internet Explorer 9 debuted this week into a flourishing browser market; Microsoft's new browser will have to shine in order to win back any users who've since transitioned to Safari, Chrome, Firefox, or even Opera. Internet Explorer 8 Internet Explorer 9 The first thing you'll notice about IE9 is that it's essentially been Chrome'd. Most of the various toolbars IE8... Read more...
Fujitsu getting into the tablet game? It's true! With the world waiting patiently for Microsoft's big push into this market, the Stylistic Q550 will be one of the first Windows 7-based tablets to come from a major name in the industry. A few options popped up last year, but all of them seemed underpowered and short-lived. But this particular tablet, which should be fully revealed at CeBIT in Germany next month, will be one of the first to ship with Intel's Oak Trail platform. That should provide more power and less battery drain, and it may be the magic bullet that finally makes Win7 a legitimate... Read more...
Way back at Computex last year, Microsoft let the world know that they were serious when it came to tablets. Apple had the iPad, and there were already a bunch of Android tablets heading to market. The question was simple: "Does Microsoft plan to compete in this space?" The answer was "yes" but no one really knew how Windows 7 would react on a tablet form factor. And even today, only a couple of Win7-based tablets have found it to market, and none of them have put a dent in the sales of the iPad, Galaxy Tab and the other high-brow tablets that have been released. AHX Global certainly isn't a major... Read more...
Most of today's tablets, like it or not, aim for the same market. The Galaxy Tab, iPad and every other mainstream tablet on the market appeals to the generic consumer, but there are a few companies out there who are really pursuing the fringe markets. DRS Technologies is one of those companies. Just as Panasonic has done with their ToughBook notebook line, DRS is hoping to appeal to the rough and rugged crowd with their newest tablet, the ARMOR X7. It's a small, compact unit, and specially-designed for use on mission-critical applications that demand connectivity, mobility and durability. The X7... Read more...
Microsoft's demonstration of Windows 8 running on ARM processors may have been one of the major events of CES, but the OS's 2012/2013 release date has been criticized as a day late and a dollar short. One of the tidbits that slipped out of CES is that IT analysts aren't the only ones frustrated with Redmond's timetable. Intel Senior VP and general manager of the sales and marketing group, Tom Kilroy, revealed at CES for a long time. Us, and others like Dell...We’re very bullish on the tablets segment. It’s very good for the industry as a whole." It was Microsoft, ironically, that put... Read more...
Lenovo really is on a roll here at this year's CES. First came a bunch of new notebooks, and now this: the official introduction of the IdeaPad U1 Hybrid with LePad Slate. Now, we have heard about and seen these devices before. Even as far back as CES 2010, this units were making the rounds as prototype devices. It's been a long ride for them. There was even rumblings last year that the U1 would be scraped altogether. But now, the company is clearing the air. This particular product isn't exactly like the ones we saw before. Instead, it's a 2-in-1 device that combines the mobility of a slate with... Read more...
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