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!

Toshiba and Fujitsu hard drive agreement explained

Toshiba and Fujitsu hard drive agreement explained

Toshiba and Fujitsu recently came to an agreement regarding a transfer of Fujitsu's hard disk drive business to Toshbia, and both companies announced today the terms of this deal, including when it will be completed and what will take place.

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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.

Dell Studio notebooks get more design options

Dell Studio notebooks get more design options

The Dell Studio notebook line is known for its unique designs and numerous options provided to customers. However, the line has just been expanded once again to include even more artwork options.

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Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray player now available for some

Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray player now available for some

We first heard about the Oppo Digital BDP-83 Blu-ray player back at CEDIA last year but now those select few customers that e-mailed Oppo to find out about the player will be able to purchase it before anyone else.

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Disney buys a stake in Hulu

Disney buys a stake in Hulu

Well, this is interesting. It seems Disney has decided to buy an equity stake in the popular video streaming website, Hulu. The deal is looking pretty good for both Disney and Hulu. So, does that mean YouTube can eat their heart out?

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AT&T Palm Eos to be second webOS phone?

AT&T Palm Eos to be second webOS phone?

Hot on the heels of the tiny, blurred preview shot of the second webOS smartphone comes this, a far more impressive render of what's said to be the Palm Eos. A quadband GSM/HSDPA candybar headed to AT&T, the Palm Eos has a 2.63-inch 320 x 400 capacitive touchscreen, 2-megapixel camera and measures just 10.6mm thick.

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Microsoft Windows 7 RC launched today

Microsoft Windows 7 RC launched today

Microsoft have launched Windows 7 release candidate (RC) to subscribers of MSDN and TechNet, the first widespread distribution of the company's upcoming OS.  As well as features seen in early betas, the Windows 7 RC includes remote media streaming, to access media files across the internet from another W7 PC, and the Windows 7 Upgrade Adviser.

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ASUS Eee PC 1008HA up for UK pre-order

ASUS Eee PC 1008HA up for UK pre-order

ASUS' prince among netbooks, the Eee PC 1008HA "Shell", is beginning to show up for pre-order at various UK retailers.  The rumor had been that the 1-inch thick Atom netbook would land in the UK sometime during April, but right now there doesn't seem to be a consensus among stores: estimates at Amazon are still putting it 1-2 months away, while the BT Shop suggests just 1-2 weeks.

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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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MID concept gets Filofax-style shortcut tabs

MID concept gets Filofax-style shortcut tabs

I'm a sucker for a pretty MID concept, and this is one of the slickest I've seen in a long time.  The handiwork of Jan Rytir, what's particularly appealing - aside from the slick curved-slide QWERTY keyboard - are the seven colored shortcut tabs along the edge, which are pleasingly reminiscent of a Filofax.

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