Advent’s Tegra 2 Vega tablet gets unofficial Market access

The Advent Vega Android tablet has acquired unofficial Android Market access, along with Gmail, Google Maps with Street View and Voice Search support, thanks to a new ROM. The work of MoDaCo's Paul O'Brien, the replacement firmware adds Car Home, Calendar, Contacts, Genie (News and Weather), Google Talk and YouTube support as well, and is offered with an optional "performance pack" to speed up the NVIDIA Tegra 2 powered slate.

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iPad 2 Up, Samsung Galaxy Tab Down & Tablets Out for the Count

Tablets are the new rage. There's no denying that the tablet market has exploded since the release of Apple's iPad. Their tablet device managed to stir the entire market up, and now everyone is racing to get the best of the best into the customer's hands. Or, perhaps the point is just to sell as many as possible. Whatever the case may be, it seems to be working. The iPad is still selling like hot cakes, and it's already targeted as one of the most wanted devices for this holiday season. But, there are competitors, some of them pretty strong in their own right. And yet, as tablet sales are surely going to continue forward with strong figures, it seems that some analysts see some of the strongest competitors out there holding back on production, due to low sales. While there are other tablets being sold out within just a few hours. So, what's the deal?

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Tablets: A Prescription for Confusion

"It appears to be just a handful of credible entrants" said Apple CEO Steve Jobs on iPad rivals, "not exactly an avalanche." It's certainly been a shaky few weeks for tablets in general; while Apple's slate can apparently do little wrong, contributing nicely to another record financial quarter for the Cupertino company, the rest of the market is looking deeply troubled. Qualms over platforms, sizes, pricing and usability have all come to a head over the past seven days, leaving manufacturers looking almost as confused as the would-be consumers.

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The Daily Slash: October 13th 2010

Welcome to the Wednesday edition of The Daily Slash. Today wasn't as hectic as the earlier parts of the week, but we did find out that Apple's got an event planned a week from now. The speculation is already rampant, but we do know it has something to do with the Mac. In our story from around the Web, Sony's got a new PS3 surround sound bar heading to the market next week. And then, to end the night, we'll wrap up what's been happening in the R3 Media Network.

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Advent’s Tegra 2 Vega budget tablet gets hands-on [Video]

Cheap Android tablets aren't anything new, but Advent's Vega promises to be a little different; a 10.1-inch Android 2.2 Froyo slate powered by NVIDIA's second-gen Tegra 2 chipset and priced at just £249.99 ($396).  Android Community managed to score some hands-on time with one of the first models in the country, and even had the chance to pit it against the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Video demo after the cut

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MSI Wind gets sliding touchscreen tablet mod

The slider form-factor isn't unusual in mobile devices - HTC's Touch Pro2 has a particularly nifty mechanism, and larger handhelds, such as the PsiXpda UMPC, have used it too - but how about a 10.2-inch slider tablet?  That's what InsanelyWind forum member c0ff33 is working on, turning his Advent 4211c (a rebadge of the MSI Wind U100) into a touchscreen tablet that opens up to reveal the QWERTY keyboard.

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Advent Altro bargain CULV notebook takes on MacBook Air

UK retailer Dixons is preparing its own MacBook Air rival for the holiday shopping season, in the shape of the Advent Altro.  The 13.3-inch CULV ultraportable measures 21mm thick and weighs 1.6kg, and packs 3GB of RAM and an Intel Celeron processor.  Unlike the Air, however, the Altro will start at just £600 ($987; the Air retails from £1,149 in the UK).

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Hackintosh netbooks benchmarked: on a par with 2004 G4 iBook

Since Apple won't give us the netbook so many people have been calling for, the past six months have seen a surge in Hackintosh netbooks: formerly Linux or Windows XP machines tweaked into running OS X.  It's not exactly allowed in the terms of Apple's EULA, no, but with the latest drivers it's not exactly difficult, either; question is, is the machine you end up with worth it?  Over at Apple Insider they've been running benchmarks on an Advent 4211 (an MSI Wind U100 rebadge), comparing it to a late-2004 G4 iBook and a first-gen MacBook Air.

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