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HP Compaq Airlife 100 arrives in Spain for €230

HP Compaq Airlife 100 arrives in Spain for €230

We've been waiting for pricing details of the HP Compaq Airlife 100 smartbook since the 3G-enabled, Android based ultraportable was first announced back in February, and carrier Telefonica has just now delivered.  According to Telecompaper the carrier's Spanish arm, Movistar, has priced the Airlife 100 - which is based on a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset and has a 10.1-inch touchscreen - at €230 ($304) presuming you're willing to sign up to a €49 ($65) per month data plan.

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HP Compaq Airlife 100 smartbook US launch tipped by product page

HP Compaq Airlife 100 smartbook US launch tipped by product page

Specs on the HP Compaq Airlife 100 smartbook weren't exactly in short supply - the company covered pretty much everything we'd want to know in their original release and when we grabbed hands-on time with the ultraportable a few months back - but it's nice to have everything in one place.  HP's US site has been updated with a product page for the Airlife 100, confirming its 1GHz Snapdragon chipset and customized Android OS.

Video demo after the cut

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HP Compaq L2105tm multitouch Win7 LCD drops today for $299

HP Compaq L2105tm multitouch Win7 LCD drops today for $299

Looks like Dell's SX2200T won't have the whole multitouch monitor playground to itself.  HP have announced a new, Windows 7 compatible touchscreen display, the HP Compaq L2105tm, a Full HD 1920 x 1080 LCD with an optical touchscreen supporting one- and two-finger control.  There's also, for those old-school moments, a plastic stylus hidden in a nook round back.

Best Buy offer Sprint Compaq 3G netbook for $0.99

Best Buy offer Sprint Compaq 3G netbook for $0.99

Sprint and Best Buy are offering a Compaq Mini 110-series netbook for just $0.99, assuming you're willing to sign up to 2-years of EVDO Rev.A data service from the carrier.  The netbook, The Mini 110c-1040DX, can be picked with either a CDMA EVDO Rev.A module for use with Verizon or Sprint, or an HSDPA module for use with AT&T; however only the Sprint subsidy brings the price down to under a buck.

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Verizon FiOS internet speed boost: up to 20Mbps uploads

Verizon FiOS internet speed boost: up to 20Mbps uploads

If you've considered Verizon's FiOS internet service but dismissed it for being too slow for your tastes, the news that they're speeding up the fiber-optic system will come as a pleasant surprise.  The company is boosting downlink/uplink speeds of its entry-level package from 10/2 Mbps to 15/5 Mbps, while the mid-tier 20/5 Mbps climbs to 25/15 Mbps.  New York City and Long Island will see even greater increases.

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HP mini-Q nettop with dual-core Atom 330 CPU

HP mini-Q nettop with dual-core Atom 330 CPU

HP should be ashamed of themselves: this poor model (who isn't really dressed appropriately, considering it's almost December) is so excited by the new HP mini-Q nettop that she's entirely failed to notice the ominous red sponge-man creeping up behind her.  I'm no lawyer but that's a sexual misconduct lawsuit just waiting to happen.  Still, you can sort of see why she's happy: the mini-Q 2030 uses Intel's dual-core Atom 330 processor together with 2GB of DDR2 RAM, a 160GB 7,200rpm SATA hard-drive and a dual-layer DVD burner.

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Sony batteries recalled on several laptop models

Sony batteries recalled on several laptop models

Talk about a super bummer. Looks like we have another laptop battery recall situation on our hands. In fact, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall of 35,000 laptop batteries manufactured by Sony.

And the reason is what you would expect. It seems the Lithium-ion batteries have the tendency to overheat, catch on fire and pose a burn hazard to people. And this is no joke. Apparently, 19 people have already reported problems with overheating. 17 reports involved actual flames and 2 people received mild burns from the faulty batteries.

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