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Ubuntu comes to Android for a full desktop experience

Ubuntu comes to Android for a full desktop experience

Canonical has finally brought Ubuntu to the mobile world, and not as a tiny mobile OS for use on a 4-inch display - no - for desktop use FROM that mobile device. What Ubuntu is doing here is sitting on an Android device (they used a Motorola Atrix 2 for testing purposes, ironically enough*) which reveals the software only when the device is plugged into a large display with its HDMI port. This build works as a virtualized environment as an app in Android 2.3 Gingerbread AOSP build at the kernel level.

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Android 5.0 Jelly Bean gains Motorola desktop mode

Android 5.0 Jelly Bean gains Motorola desktop mode

If you've used a Motorola Android device over the past year or so, you've very likely experienced Motorola's own "webtop" mode, this allowing your smartphone a desktop-like interface when plugged into an HDMI-capable display. The tip comes from Staska of Unwired View who notes that information he's gathered leads to the idea that Android 5.0 will have a desktop mode which activates whenever the device is plugged into a larger display. Could this have anything to do with Google's recent near-complete deal in which they're acquiring Motorola Mobility? It certainly would allow them to avoid patent suits should they actually make a desktop mode!

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HP Z1 Workstation hands-on

HP Z1 Workstation hands-on

HP rocked the stripey ties off the high-powered workstation world today when they unveiled the Z1 Workstation, the first all-in-one form factor computer that incorporates workstation-class hardware. This impressive machine targets corporate customers from small graphics shops to medical imaging customers to high-end Hollywood 3D rendering. SlashGear was on-hand to check out the hardware, and we came away with some impressive first looks.

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Google Chrome web browser updated to reflect mobile release

Google Chrome web browser updated to reflect mobile release

Yesterday we saw the dropping of the first Android-based Chrome browser, made specifically to work with Android devices with version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and higher working on them. Today we're seeing an update of Chrome for desktop computers (the web browser, not the operating system) which integrates the functionality of the mobile release perfectly, including the pre-loading of content amongst many other tinier changes. It's time to adopt Chrome for all your platforms all over again!

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Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview announced for MWC 2012

Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview announced for MWC 2012

The consumer version of Microsoft's newest hero system Windows 8 will be previewed this year in Spain at Mobile World Congress 2012. We've been invited to the event, it taking place on the 29th of February at 3PM local time and will be bringing you all the action we can capture as it happens. This Consumer preview will likely let us know exactly what we'll be looking at in the release for Windows 8 to the broader market early this year, hopefully inside the end of February or soon after.

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As desktop PC sales decline, multiple monitor use is on the rise

As desktop PC sales decline, multiple monitor use is on the rise

Multiple monitor setups have long been an essential tool for computer power users and hardcore multitaskers, but it looks like the practice is rising significantly even as sales of traditional desktop PCs decline. The New York Times reports that while only 130 million desktop computers were sold in 2011, 179 million monitors were sold in the same period, with the 49 million unit discrepancy pointing towards a rapid expansion in multiple monitor use. Laptops aren't left out in the cold, since most include at least one monitor-out port, allowing for an almost instant dual-monitor setup.

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Lenovo IdeaCentre AIOs and desktops revealed

Lenovo IdeaCentre AIOs and desktops revealed

Lenovo has revealed its latest IdeaCentre touchscreen All-in-One PCs, along with a new K430 tower desktop and a compact H520s half-sized desktop, at CES 2012 today. The Lenovo IdeaCentre B540 and B340 offer 23- and 21.5-inch Full HD displays along with Intel Core processors and touch support, with the B540 having a distinctive bezel-free design and being VESA mountable.

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HP Pavilion HPE h9 Phoenix performance PC outed

HP Pavilion HPE h9 Phoenix performance PC outed

HP's second PC of the morning is the Pavilion HPE h9 Phoenix, a glossy performance desktop which the company says is its fastest to-date. Toting a choice of Intel X79 or AMD 8-core processors, along with up to 16GB of DDR3 memory and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 graphics, the HPE h9 Phoenix also debuts an imposing tower case design with faux armor-plating and highlight lighting.

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