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Microsoft pressuring Acer & ASUS with royalty fees to stem Android netbooks & tablets? [Updated]

Microsoft pressuring Acer & ASUS with royalty fees to stem Android netbooks & tablets? [Updated]

Microsoft is apparently planning on using royalty fees on smartphone technologies in an attempt to persuade Acer, ASUS and other netbook manufacturers to stick with Windows and bypass Android and Google Chrome OS on netbooks and tablets, according to sources in Taipei.  DigiTimes claims that  Microsoft is threatening to charge manufacturers for using its patented tech - including email and multimedia systems - as with their agreement with HTC, with fees amounting to around $10-15 per handset.

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Chromepad iPad hack gets Chromium OS video demo

Chromepad iPad hack gets Chromium OS video demo

A photo and now video seemingly showing Google's Chromium OS running on an Apple iPad has prompted no small amount of controversy these past couple of days, and it's still unclear to what extent the open-source platform has infiltrated the iOS slate.  Modder Hexxeh revealed the fruits of his hacking labors earlier this week, though with very few details, prompting speculation both that he had installed an unofficial ROM and that he was merely using some sort of iPad remote display.

Video demo after the cut

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Dell 7-inch Android tablet imminent; 10-inch slate in 6-12 months

Dell 7-inch Android tablet imminent; 10-inch slate in 6-12 months

Dell's larger tablet plans have been confirmed, with Dell Greater China President Amit Midha revealing that the company's 7-inch slate will drop "in the next few weeks" while a 10-inch Dell tablet will follow on in 6-12 months.  According to the WSJ, Midha revealed in an interview that Dell has "a whole slew" of new products for release in the next twelve months, including 3-, 4- and 10-inch devices.

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Eric Schmidt: No Nexus Two or Google-brand Chrome OS netbook

Eric Schmidt: No Nexus Two or Google-brand Chrome OS netbook

Google has no plans for a second-generation Nexus Two smartphone, according to CEO Eric Schmidt, since the Nexus One met its desired goal of spurring on the Android hardware market.  In an interview with The Telegraph, Schmidt confirmed that "the idea a year and a half ago was to do the Nexus One to try to move the phone platform hardware business forward. It clearly did. It was so successful, we didn't have to do a second one. We would view that as positive but people criticised us heavily for that."  However, Schmidt said he doubts Google will have to follow a similar route with upcoming Google Chrome OS netbooks.

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Dell Chrome OS netbooks in works tips exec

Dell Chrome OS netbooks in works tips exec

Dell executives have confirmed that the company is working with Google on putting Chrome OS, the search giant's cloud-centric platform, on future netbooks.  Speaking to Reuters, Amit Midha - Dell's president for Greater China and South Asia - said that "with Chrome or Android or anything like that we want to be one of the leaders," though declined to make any official announcements.

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