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Dell's all-in-one multitouch desktop, the Dell Studio One 19, is now officially available in the US and Europe. Launched in Japan back in March, the Studio One 19 is based on Intel's Pentium, Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad processor ranges, with standard NVIDIA GeForce 9200 graphics and optional GeForce 9400.
Microsoft have launched a new service which aims to keep groups of friends and family updated and located during periods of crisis. Eighteen months in development, Microsoft Vine is a system that integrates local news with status updates from Facebook, presented in a desktop client, by text message or by email. The concept is that local emergencies can be quickly spotted and then group-wide alerts sent out, with users "checking in" to report that they're safe.
Sentry robots like WowWee's Rovio are all well and good - wandering around your house while you're away, and allowing you to log-in remotely and make sure nothing amiss is taking place - but they generally fall short when it comes to actually dealing with a problem. That was the starting point for RoboCommunity member Colt45, who hacked his Rovio into a remote fire extinguisher.
Acer's AspireRevo nettop has been causing ripples since its existence first leaked, bundling a low-power Intel Atom processor with NVIDIA's HD-capable Ion GPU and promising 1080p from something smaller than an external DVD drive. Engadget have had the diminutive desktop in for review, and describe it as "a tale of two chips".
Video of the Samsung I7500 Android phone has emerged, showing off just how impressive an AMOLED display can be. The 11.9mm-thick smartphone is not set to arrive in Europe until June, but that hasn't stopped one lucky tester from flaunting his own pre-production handset.
Samsung I7500 video demo after the cut
Averatec are developing a new netbook that is "a merger of cellphone and PC technology", prompting speculation that the company will use Android as the budget ultraportable's OS. Company CEO Tae-Hyun "Tiger" Cho has described the OS as "a surprise" and would neither confirm nor deny the Android rumors; the Averatec netbook will reach the market in August or September 2009.
Apple have hired an ex-ATI graphics chip designer, Bob Drebin, and while the specific department he will be placed in is unknown, Drebin's background as CTO of ATI's product group makes it a sensible guess that he's helming a GPU project. Drebin was responsible for leading GPU engineering at ATI since 2000, while before that he was a product developer at Silicon Graphics and ArtX; while at the latter, he worked on the "Flipper" GPU that was used in Nintendo's GameCube.