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France wants tablet-tax for iPad and Android slates while Windows exempt

France wants tablet-tax for iPad and Android slates while Windows exempt

French legislators are considering imposing a tablet-tax that would affect all models with at least 40GB of internal storage, though Windows-based slates would be exempt. The proposal, reported by Numerama, is part of French "private copy" taxation which imposes extra fees on digital media like blank CDs, DVDs and thumb-drives; it's estimated it would add up to €12 ($16) to the cost of Apple's top-spec iPad or Android tablets. However, because Windows is classed as a "full" OS rather than a mobile one like iOS or Android, it escapes the taxation.

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Archos 70b Android ereader up for pre-order in Europe

Archos 70b Android ereader up for pre-order in Europe

Archos' 70b Android-based ereader has gone up for pre-order in Europe, with France the first country to get the 7-inch touchscreen device. Priced at €99.99 ($131), the Archos 70b is expected to ship sometime between the end of December and before January 7 2011; it has a WVGA resolution display - capable of video playback as well as showing ebooks - along with WiFi b/g and 4GB of onboard storage.

There's also an SD card slot for up to 16GB of extra capacity, stereo speakers and a USB port. Battery life is tipped at up to 10 hours of ebook reading, 6 hours of video or 18 hours of music with the screen turned off.

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Archos A101 Internet Tablet clears FCC ahead of US launch

Archos A101 Internet Tablet clears FCC ahead of US launch

Archos' 101 Internet Tablet has cleared the FCC as the A101IT, though a confidentiality agreement has seen all but the label positioning on a wireframe diagram hidden from our curious eyes.  Announced at IFA 2010 - you can read our hands-on report here - the 10-inch slate has a capacitive touchscreen, 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, 3D OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics accelerator and WiFi b/g/n.

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Archos 70 and Archos 101 hands-on [Video]

Archos 70 and Archos 101 hands-on [Video]

Archos weren't short of new internet tablets for IFA 2010, though it's their Archos 70 and Archos 101 which stood out when we stopped by their booth earlier today.  Measuring in at 7- and 10-inches respectively, the two Android slates (running 2.1 right now, but set to launch with 2.2 Froyo) are certainly thin and reasonable feature-packed, each toting a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, 3D OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics accelerator and WiFi b/g/n.

Video demo after the cut

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Archos 28, 32, 43, 70 & 101 Tablets Announced, Feature Android in Range of Sizes

Archos 28, 32, 43, 70 & 101 Tablets Announced, Feature Android in Range of Sizes

We can probably safely assume at this point that tablets are here to stay. At least for awhile. And considering the effort that Archos has already put into the Android-based "tablet" market, there's no surprise here that they've just pulled the curtain off five (5!) brand new tablet devices, all featuring Google's mobile Operating System. Ranging in sizes and prices, as well as plenty of Archos-based "improvements" to the User Interface, meet the family of new Archos tablets.

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Archos 32 Android PMP gets pictured & detailed at Amazon

Archos 32 Android PMP gets pictured & detailed at Amazon

Having made its debut at the FCC a few weeks back, the new Archos 32 Android PMP/MID is getting further pushed into the limelight with a new set of information added to the Amazon preorder page.  From the spec list, we know the Archos 32 has 8GB of onboard storage, a 3.2-inch 400 x 240 resolution display, WiFi, Archos AppLib software download access, a web-browser supporting multitouch pinch-zoom, and an integrated camera for shooting photos and videos.

There's also broad audio codec support, with the new PMP content with MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC, OGG, and FLAC formats for audio (together with optional AC3 5.1 support) and MPEG-4 HD, MPEG-4, H.264 HD, WMV9/ACP, and MJPG codecs with various extensions: AVI, MP4, MOV, 3GP, MPG, PS, TS, VOB, MKV, FLV, RM, RMVB, ASF, and WMV.  Under the hood is an 800MHz Cortex A8 processor with DSP, and 3D OpenGL graphics acceleration.

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