Archive for Apr 30, 2009

Acer says Windows 7 coming October 23rd

Acer says Windows 7 coming October 23rd

Did Acer just let the cat out of the bag? Today, the company revealed that Microsoft will be launching Windows 7 on October 23rd when it's pre-installed on a nettop from Acer themselves called the Z5600.

Apparently, the new system will start shipping by the end of September, but you'll get a free upgrade to Windows 7 if your purchase is made within 30 days of the platform's release. Compal says they will be releasing a product before this, but it all comes before the date Microsoft officially announced.

In fact, Microsoft made a goal for themselves to have Windows 7 out by early 2010. But this new information means the platform will be ready for the highly coveted holiday season. We'll have to see how this plays out but one thing is for certain: it's very interesting!

Lenovo ThinkPad X200 to get CULV

Lenovo ThinkPad X200 to get CULV

According to a leak, Lenovo is apparently working on a new ThinkPad X200 that features a CULV processor. While this rumor is not confirmed, it would make sense since Lenovo has themselves admitted they are thinking about creating a CULV ThinkPad in the future, though they did not commit to a timeframe.

The ThinkPad X200 models currently feature a SL-series Core 2 Duo processor. This has made the price go up considerably, but with a 1.2GHz Celeron M chip, the cost would decrease, as would the voltage use. The new system would also have a 160GB hard drive and 2GB of memory.

Pricing is not known, nor is a release date. It may not even come to pass. We'll just have to wait and see. But it would make sense in this economy for Lenovo to be looking to drop their price point a bit.

Augmented Reality magic video

Augmented Reality magic video

We've talked about augmented reality (AR) here on SlashGear before, but we've never seen it incorporated into magic.  Performer Marco Tempest has created a unique act in which classic card tricks are integrated with real-time AR; in this demonstration video, he shows both what's happening normally and what's brought to the performance by the computer.

Augmented reality magic demo after the cut

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Palm Eos to be second webOS device?

Palm Eos to be second webOS device?

An image believed to be of Palm's upcoming second webOS smartphone has leaked, and while both small and blurry it nonetheless suggests that the handset will have a Centro-style form-factor.  Unlike the Pre, the hardware keyboard of which is on a slide-out section under the display, this new smartphone is a candybar with the QWERTY 'board fixed under the gesture area.

Recent rumors claimed that another Palm device that would be smaller than the Pre was "very far along" in development, and would likely be launched this year.  According to the source of this new image, that timescale is narrowed down to fall 2009, although no specifications or details regarding the device were forthcoming.

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