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Toshiba Android & dual-screen Windows tablets coming

Toshiba Android & dual-screen Windows tablets coming

Toshiba have thrown their hat into the tablet ring, promising their own iPad rival and to use Google's open-source Android platform for at least one such device.  According to Jeff Barney, general manager of digital products for Toshiba America, the company are looking at slate form-factor devices with various screen and OS options; one such example is a "dual-screen model running Windows" while another has a single 10-inch display.

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Has functionality finally caught up with the Android spec race?

Has functionality finally caught up with the Android spec race?

Samsung has woken up to context: the Galaxy Note 10.1 has a fast quadcore processor and twice as much memory as most rivals, but listen to Samsung's pitch and you'd hardly know it. Instead of the usual breathless glee over hardware and technical abilities, the Note 10.1 tells you exactly what it can do with all that's under the hood. Namely, bring the stylus back in style, and create a compellingly different approach to tableteering, distinct to what Apple's iPad offers.

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Samsung stokes content-creation controversy with Note 10.1 promo

Samsung stokes content-creation controversy with Note 10.1 promo

Is your tablet for consuming content or for creating it? If you've been tracking the slate market for any time then you'll know that's a big question, and it's one Samsung has been quick to take sides on with the new Galaxy Note 10.1. A freshly-released promo video - which you can see after the cut - for the 10.1-inch quadcore Android tablet shows just how its digital stylus can be wielded during work, rest and play.

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Samsung sets sights on stylus to beat iPhone and iPad

Samsung sets sights on stylus to beat iPhone and iPad

Samsung is set to have a pen-happy August with the arrival of styli-stroked slates large and small, as the company attempts to bypass the iPad and iPhone and establish its own niche. Challenging Apple's full-sized tablet is the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, announced back in February and finally hitting shelves worldwide this month in WiFi-only and HSPA+ flavors; however, long-standing rumors suggest a smaller "phablet" is also in the pipeline for an August reveal, replacing the Galaxy Note.

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Xbox father blames Zune failure on blinkered music industry

Xbox father blames Zune failure on blinkered music industry

Ex-Microsoft exec and shepherd of both Xbox and Zune, Robbie Bach, has admitted that the Zune PMP was a cavalcade of mistakes, though argues his entertainment division team did try to replicate its successful gaming strategy with its iPod rival. Speaking at a Northwest Entrepreneur Network event in Seattle, Geekwire reports, Bach described the Zune project as "probably universally viewed as less of a success" than Xbox, though denied that either had succeeded or failed because they were part of the Microsoft behemoth.

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Will the Stylus Have the Last Laugh?

Will the Stylus Have the Last Laugh?

There are times, the SlashGear team reminds me, when I sound like a broken record; not least is when I'm bleating on about stylus input and what makes a "proper" tablet. Apple's iPad convinced the market that fingers were most functional, and the clunky digital pens of Windows 7 slates did little sway them otherwise. Yet with the news that note-taking app Evernote has acquired Penultimate, a digital handwriting specialist, could we be nearing the second coming of the stylus?

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Wacom Bamboo Stylus duo adds ink to iPad, Android tablets and paper

Wacom Bamboo Stylus duo adds ink to iPad, Android tablets and paper

Wacom has outed its latest tablet stylus, the Wacom Bamboo Stylus duo, targeting both iPad and Android slate owners this time but also catering to those moments when you need to use traditional paper. Building on the original Bamboo Stylus for capacitive touchscreens, the new duo version has a blunt fake-finger tip on one end, along with a regular ballpoint pen at the other. Meanwhile, there are new apps to go along with the stylus.

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Sonos grabs ex-Xbox chief Robbie Bach for retail push

Sonos grabs ex-Xbox chief Robbie Bach for retail push

Ex-Xbox chief Robbie Bach has joined Sonos, where he will advise the company on marketing and retail presence. Bach was tempted onto the Sonos board by CEO John MacFarlane, the WSJ reports, having already been a longtime user of the company's streaming audio products. "Part of what makes the product magical is it’s really easy to use" he suggests.

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Is Dual-Touch the Future of Phones and Tablets?

Is Dual-Touch the Future of Phones and Tablets?

If one touchscreen is good, how great must two be? Tapping into the same part of the brain that screams how geekily-cool Star Trek tablet props are, the allure of a double-display smartphone or computer isn't new, but neither has it been done right. That's not stopped various new attempts, however, Acer's twin-14-inch Iconia Touchbook notebook for one, or the imminent Sprint Kyocera Echo phone for another. Double-vision each may offer, but the manufacturers responsible are still showing serious myopia in how they're delivering on the twin-touch dream.

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