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Intel bringing tablet & ultra-thin netbooks to Computex

Intel bringing tablet & ultra-thin netbooks to Computex

Intel has promised to deliver its alternative to the iPad and other ARM-based tablets at Computex 2010, with Mooly Eden - vice president of the company's PC Client Group - taking to the stage at the Intel Investor Meeting to show off a new ultra-thin dual-core netbook reference design together with a tablet.  According to Eden, Intel "are going to design silicon" for the tablet segment and will "actively participate" in the market.

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Flash delay and tablet hysteria to blame for smartbook shortage reckons ARM

Flash delay and tablet hysteria to blame for smartbook shortage reckons ARM

Lenovo's Skylight smartbook launch delay was rumored to be so that the company could rework the software and make it more competitive against the iPad; according to ARM, that reworking could predominantly be happening in Adobe's labs.  The company's VP of marketing, Ian Drew, told ZDNet that smartbooks had "stalled" because of Adobe's delay in bringing Flash Player 10 and AIR support to ARM chipsets; "Our target is mostly internet machines — it becomes sort of a requirement that they run the internet" he highlighted, before going on to suggest that would-be smartbook manufacturers had been "confused" by the flurry in tablet form-factor devices.

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Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Ready for Download

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Ready for Download

Ubuntu seems to have a nice road map for their updates schedule, and sure enough, here's another one. Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid Lynx" has just hit the market, available for download right now. There's plenty of changes to be had, along with the standard fixes and adjustments to the OS, there's surprises to be had by the latest edition of Ubuntu. Plus, "Lucid Lynx" is almost as cool as "Karmic Koala," so that's worth it.

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NorhTec Gecko Surfboard: $99 Linux PC in a keyboard

NorhTec Gecko Surfboard: $99 Linux PC in a keyboard

The oft-delayed ASUS Eee Keyboard is a great concept - squeezing everything from a nettop into a QWERTY form-factor - but what if your computing ambitions are even more moderate?  NorhTec reckon they have the product for you in the shape of the Gecko Surfboard, outwardly a regular QWERTY keyboard but actually packed with a 1GHz x86 system-on-chip (SoC), VGA and composite video outputs, 10/100 ethernet and optional WiFi b/g or even 3G.  The idea is you can hook it up to your TV or a spare monitor and get online without the hassle, bulk or cost of a regular nettop or PC.

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Astak 5″ EZ Reader Pocket PRO Review

Astak 5″ EZ Reader Pocket PRO Review

The ebook reader market has steadily segmented into two niches: the entry-level, non wireless devices and the generally store-affiliated, connectivity-stuffed models. Astak's EZ Reader falls resolutely into the former category, a compact tablet with a 5-inch E Ink display and basic functionality. Amid the Kindles and Nooks of the world is there room for the EZ Reader? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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