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X2 announces cheekily named iTablet

In what would have to be one of the craftiest marketing ploys seen in recent times, UK company X2 Computing has announced the release of its new tablet PC named – you guessed it - the iTablet. Aiming to give the Apple iPad a run for its money, it features a 1.6GHz Intel processor, 250GB of memory and a 1.3MP webcam, the conveniently named tablet also offers support for Flash and the choice of Windows 7 and Linux operating systems. Read More

Electronics

Displax 'skin' turns virtually any surface into multi-touch display

Portuguese company Displax has announced the development of a “skin” that can turn virtually any surface into a multi-touch display. Based on capacitive technology, the “skin” is developed on a thinner-than-paper polymer film that turns a surface, be it glass, plastic or wood, curved or flat, into an interactive touch screen. The interface is so sensitive that it even detects when you blow on it, registering both the intensity and direction of the air flow.Read More

Mobile Technology

Apple's US$500 iPad - concise details of the announcement

The Apple iPad was announced today. In a nutshell, it’s a bigger iPhone that runs all the same apps on a 9.7 inch touch screen and has a 10 hour battery life and 30 day stand-by. It’s half an inch thick, weighs 1.5 pounds, and is powered by Apple’s own custom 1GHz ARM A4chip and can run up to 64 GB of storage. It has all the wireless connectivity of the iphone (802.11n, Bluetooth 2.1), a built-in speaker and microphone, accelerometer and uses the same 30-pin Dock connector as the iPod and iPhone. The first iPads will ship in 60 days, with 3G models taking another month. Pricing starts at US$499 and runs to US$829.Read More

Laptops

Lenovo IdeaPad U1

There has been a lot of pondering about exactly which niche the tablet PC will fit into in today's tech-centric mobile world. At this year's CES trade show in Las Vegas, Lenovo hopes to answer many of those questions by merging the familiarity of a laptop and the convenience and portability of a tablet PC into one package. The main innovation in the IdeaPad U1 is a detachable tablet PC screen which has its own operating system and processor but when docked in the laptop body shares both battery and processing power.Read More

Mobile Technology

Nexus One news roundup

We've aggregated all the latest news on the Nexus One so you don't have to. An impressive market share on debut, worldwide release on Vodafone, European multi-touch, 3G reception issues on T-Mobile, 150 million good reasons why the Nexus One will succeed, and...an angry Dick. Read on for more.Read More

Mobile Technology

Google launches the Nexus One smartphone

Google sees a future where carriers have to compete on price and the quality of their networks, rather than exclusive deals with handset manufacturers like AT&T's lengthy exclusive deal with Apple for the iPhone and subsequent models. The Nexus One is its first baby step toward that future and it's currently available in unlocked form to consumers in the US, UK, Singapore and Hong Kong for US$529. If for some reason you want to be locked into a contract, the only option is T-Mobile, with the phone available for $179 with a two-year contract, with Verizon (US) and Vodafone (EU) options available in the not-too-distant future. Read on for the full details.Read More

Computers

Amazon Kindle beta for PC available to download

Amazon is perhaps the best placed to really push the eBook reader as a global solution and with recent announcements confirming that local libraries will be offering eBook rentals there seems to be plenty going on in this area to warrant further support. To this end, Amazon has officially released its Kindle software for the PC, allowing users to purchase, download and read hundreds of thousands of books from the official store. Read More

Computers

Dell SX2210T - multi-touch, Windows 7 ready, full HD monitor

Spurred on by the release of Windows 7, the number of screens on the market offering the benefits of multi-touch functionality has jumped significantly in recent times. Acer, HP and Toshiba have released multi-touch notebooks and we've also seen multi-touch creep into the desktop and all-in-one PC arenas. Dell has had multi-touch PCs in its sights for a while and recently released the rugged Latitude multi-touch tablet. Now there's the Dell SX2210T – a 21.5 inch, 16:9 widescreen multi-touch monitor with full HD and integrated webcam.Read More

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