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Prometheus: We talk Alien and tech with Ridley’s writer duo

Prometheus: We talk Alien and tech with Ridley’s writer duo

Prometheus has arrived with a bang, Ridley Scott's expansive Alien prequel, and SlashGear sat down with writers Damon Lindelof and Jon Spaihts to talk Quadrilogy canon, SpaceX and angry androids. Jointly responsible for a screenplay that has spawned intense debate and no small amount of controversy, both Lindelof and Spaihts have a history of creating science-fiction that's as cerebral as it is explosive.

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Microsoft collars Compal for patent fees, criticizes Google

Microsoft collars Compal for patent fees, criticizes Google

Compal is the latest Android user to sign a patent licensing deal with Microsoft, following Samsung and Quanta in agreeing to pay the software giant for its Android and Chrome devices. The news, Microsoft says, means that more than half of the world's ODMs (Original Design Manufacturing) producing Android and Chrome hardware are paying them for the privilege of doing so. Meanwhile, Microsoft also takes the opportunity to criticize rivals that aren't as forthcoming in protecting manufacturers who use their software.

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AMD admits it’s ignoring smartphones

AMD admits it’s ignoring smartphones

AMD has admitted that it ceded the smartphone processor space to rivals, arguing that the company's strengths in graphics don't lend themselves to the handset segment. Instead, SVP and product group manager Rick Bergman suggests, tablets are where AMD's future lies, with the company's Z-series APUs delivering a balance of video performance and battery life. Speaking in Colorado this week, PC World reports, Bergman also reiterated earlier denials of ARM-based chipset plans.

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Razer Switchblade first to grab Atom Z690; still insists it’s just a “concept”

Razer Switchblade first to grab Atom Z690; still insists it’s just a “concept”

Razer has confirmed that its Switchblade gaming notebook will be the first device to use the Intel Atom Z690 processor. The Switchblade - announced at CES 2011 earlier this year, though at the time billed as merely a concept - will use the 1.7GHz chip to run its 7-inch multitouch-capable display and dynamic keyboard, which can change key-legend to suit whatever title is being played.

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ASUS Eee Pad Slider Passes Through FCC

ASUS Eee Pad Slider Passes Through FCC

ASUS had great success with the Eee Pad Transformer tablet/notebook hybrid that's surely a good sign for its upcoming Eee Pad Slider. Both devices re-imagine the basic tablet form factor with unique keyboard components that boost functionality and productivity without sacrificing the portability that tablets are known for. The Eee Pad Slider has experienced several delays, but today's FCC documents show that it should be on its way for fall.

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Ocosmos OSC9 pre-sale announced; OSC1 far behind?

Ocosmos OSC9 pre-sale announced; OSC1 far behind?

Ocosmos' compact Intel Oak Trail tablets - launched at CES 2011 earlier this year - the OSC9 and OSC1 could be on sale imminently, with the Korean company announcing pre-sale information for the larger OSC9 slate. According to OCOSMOS, pre-sales of the OSC9 - which has a 9-inch 1028 x 768 touchscreen and has a clever folio case with an integrated wireless keyboard remote - would begin in June.

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