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The Daily Slash: May 19th 2010

The Daily Slash: May 19th 2010

Today was the middle of the week, but it didn't really feel like it until about half-way through. At least it wasn't the beginning of the week again, right? Not yet, anyway. Welcome to tonight's edition of the Daily Slash. Tonight, after the wake of the first keynote from Google's I/O, in the Best of R3, we've got a screenshot of the Motorola Cliq with a certain numbered update, and the Motorola i1 has finally launched. And then in the Dredge 'Net, LaCie has introduced a new net-connected RAID, MSI's revealed two new notebooks, and Foxconn's got a tablet that may actually rival another already on the market.

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MSI Slatebook Windows 7 tablet at Computex; Tegra 2 M Pad still in development

MSI Slatebook Windows 7 tablet at Computex; Tegra 2 M Pad still in development

While the future of HP's Windows 7 slate apparently hangs in the balance, MSI are supposedly gung-ho about their own tablet running the Microsoft OS.  According to DigiTimes' sources, the company will bring the MSI Slatebook to Computex 2010 in early June.  Based, so "sources at notebook players" would have it, on Intel's Menlow Atom Z5xx processor range (not the newer Moorestown Z6xx chips), the Slatebook apparently has a 10-inch display and integrated WiFi and 3G.

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Courier is dead, long live Courier?

Courier is dead, long live Courier?

Ah, Courier, we hardly knew you. "We have no plans" Microsoft say "to build such a device at this time." Now, perhaps it's my tablet-addled, ever-hopeful mind, but that doesn't sound quite the same thing as "you won't see a Courier-style device." In fact, you could easily interpret it as a carefully worded workaround: we're not going to build a Microsoft Courier, the company says, but other firms might. After all, they've already mention that "its technologies will be evaluated for use in future Microsoft offerings."

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ASUS Eee Pad launch at Computex; on market end of July 2010

ASUS Eee Pad launch at Computex; on market end of July 2010

Apple's iPad may have reached the market first, but ASUS and MSI are hot on their heels.  ASUS chairman Jerry Shen has confirmed that the ASUS Eee Pad, the company's Android-based tablet, will make its press debut at Computex 2010 in early June, with a commercial launch in Q3 2010 (more specifically, late July, at least according to component makers).  Meanwhile, MSI are also ramping up to launch their tablet, the M Pad, in Q3, though they're apparently watching to see response to the Eee Pad before deciding on precise shipments and marketing.

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MSI Wind12 U230-040 gets reviewed: decent performance but runtimes short

MSI Wind12 U230-040 gets reviewed: decent performance but runtimes short

MSI's Wind12 U230 range are described by the company as netbooks, but with 12.1-inch displays we'd say they slot more into the consumer ULV segment; either way, one of the newer models, the U230-040, has shown up for a review over at TestFreaks.  Based on a dual-core AMD Athlon Neo X2 processor, along with ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics, MSI reckon it's a step up from the regular Intel Atom based crowd.

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