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The Daily Slash: September 24th 2010

The Daily Slash: September 24th 2010

Welcome to the Friday edition of The Daily Slash. Hopefully your week went by well, and fast. The weekend is just about on us, but we have just one last bit to get through. Tonight, in our story from around the Web, we've got a robot that learns something not so good (but it's awesome). And then, follow us as we wrap up what's been going on around the R3 Media Network.

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Marvell unleashes tri-core Armada 628 processor for smartphones and tablets

Marvell unleashes tri-core Armada 628 processor for smartphones and tablets

Marvell is content to let the other companies on the smartphone and tablet processor market smile about their dual-core offerings as it tosses the world's first tri-core processor for smartphones and tablets into the spotlight. The new processor is called the Armada 628. The new processor is a SoC design that has three high-performance ARM cores and operates as the world's first commercially available heterogeneous, multi-core applications processor.

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Marvell and Harman Bringing Integrated Mobile Hotspot Options to Automobiles

Marvell and Harman Bringing Integrated Mobile Hotspot Options to Automobiles

When it comes to the automotive industry, there's plenty of big names to play around with, as you think about what kind of features you want to have installed. It gets better when two huge companies, linked to the automotive industry, team up to bring you the coolest in new features, already tucked away inside. So what happens when you get one of the biggest names in-vehicle infotainment (Harman), and one of the largest names in integrated silicon solutions (Marvell)? You get integrated WiFi, of course.

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BlackBerry tablet rumors resurface: video calling & late 2010 launch tipped

BlackBerry tablet rumors resurface: video calling & late 2010 launch tipped

RIM's rumored BlackBerry tablet - aka the "BlackTab" or "BlackPad" - is once again doing the rounds, with Rodman & Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar pushing out a new report regarding the so-called companion slate.  Details are in short supply and most are recycled from Kumar's early May report; he's expecting a 7-inch screen, Marvell processor and 3G baseband, with "a marginal point of differentiation being the front- and back-facing cameras for videoconferencing."

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Russian RoverPad tablets raid the Tegra, Android & WinCE OEM closet

Russian RoverPad tablets raid the Tegra, Android & WinCE OEM closet

Russian company Rover Computers has just outed a five model tablet/MID range, and judging by some of the designs we're guessing there's a whole lot of rebadging being done.  The various RoverPad models span 5- to 7-inches in screen size and run either Android or Windows CE; processors include basic Samsung, Marvell and RockChip ARM CPUs, together with NVIDIA's Tegra on the RoverPad TegA W70.

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ZTE V7 Maemo MID gets video hands-on

ZTE V7 Maemo MID gets video hands-on

ZTE's Maemo-running V7 MID showed up last month in render form at the Shanghai World Expo, but the company had a working prototype this week at Computex.  ARMDevices grabbed a hands-on with the compact, 4-inch WVGA handheld - which is based on an 806MHz Marvell PXA310 chipset and has a dinky little thumb-keyboard under the touchscreen - and to our surprise it looks pretty good.

Video demo after the cut

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OLPC Becomes the OTPC? Story still not credible

OLPC Becomes the OTPC? Story still not credible

I've written in the past about the tragedy of the OLPC. Last week, there was news that the OLPC folks were moving forward with a new device, the XO-3, a new tablet initiative designed to bring a tablet to market. Forget about the fact that the XO-2 never emerged from vapor, now it's all about the XO-3. It's also not about laptops anymore it seems. The new XO-3 is a tablet because keyboards aren't a good idea (perhaps the organization needs to be called the OTPC now?). Promising the best of devices such as the Kindle and high-end tablet features combined in one, the new device will be seen at CES 2011 for $75.

Call me skeptical. Very skeptical.

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2011 BlackPad tablet using BlackBerry OS after RIM junk Android intentions?

2011 BlackPad tablet using BlackBerry OS after RIM junk Android intentions?

After yesterday's whisperings of a RIM tablet for launch sometime in 2011, The Street is claiming that the touchscreen device is in fact the Canadian company's second approach to an iPad rival.  They quote Rodman Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar, who believes RIM first planned to launch an Android based tablet later in 2010 but scrapped the device after "taking a second look at that product roadmap ... it has to compare favorably to the iPad."

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