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HP Slate 500 hands-on [Video]

HP Slate 500 hands-on [Video]

We have to say, with manufacturers dropping their Windows 7 slate projects left, right and center, we didn't really expect to see the HP Slate 500 ever make a retail debut.  Imagine our surprise, then, when HP invited us over to see the production model, set to launch for $799 - paired with an HDMI docking station - and running Microsoft's OS on a multi-mode finger and pen touchscreen.  HP are trying hard to avoid any iPad comparisons with the Slate 500; check out our first impressions after the cut.

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HP Slate 500 Tablet PC gets official

HP Slate 500 Tablet PC gets official

Rumors of the demise of HP's Windows 7 tablet PC project, it seems, were seriously premature.  The company has officially announced the HP Slate 500, a 1.5lb 8.9-inch WSVGA tablet PC running Windows 7 with a hybrid capacitive multitouch display capable of recognizing finger control or HP's "Digital Pen" stylus for handwriting and sketches.

Our hands-on will be up shortly.

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New MacBook Air imminent tips component-tracking analyst

New MacBook Air imminent tips component-tracking analyst

At least one analyst is predicting a new, smaller MacBook Air taking center stage at Apple's "Back to the Mac" event next Wednesday, together with a potential preview of multitouch desktop computing.  Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu told investors he had been tracking a smaller MacBook Air for the past nine months through component supply chain leaks, reports AppleInsider, which fits in with previous rumors of an 11.6-inch machine.

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Apple Obtains Patent on Pinch-to-Zoom for Multitouch Displays, but It’s Limited

Apple Obtains Patent on Pinch-to-Zoom for Multitouch Displays, but It’s Limited

After obtaining the trademark for "There's an App for That," and managing to also figure out a way to censor filthy text messages, it looks like Apple is on a bit of a winning streak for the moment. (Which will probably only get better on October 20th.) Revealed today, Apple has just been awarded a limited patent on pinch-to-zoom for multitouch displays, but it's not as exhaustive as Apple probably would have liked. There are some limitations, and as it usually does, it comes down to the language found within the awarded patent.

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Displax Oqtopus is a Portable All-in-One Multitouch Table Featuring Windows 7

Displax Oqtopus is a Portable All-in-One Multitouch Table Featuring Windows 7

Multitouch tables are still expensive, but that's not stopping their development. Displax has unveiled their brand new Oqtopus multitouch table, featuring Microsoft's Windows 7. It's a portable method to bring the interactivity of a touchscreen table to the commercial market. Unfortunately, as it's been shown by Microsoft and their Surface project, getting that technology into an All-in-One table isn't cheap, even if it is a great way to showcase the technology.

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Apple tease virtual OS X controls in new patent application

Apple tease virtual OS X controls in new patent application

Sometimes figuring out a company's intentions from their patent filings is pretty straightforward; other times, like with Apple's new "Virtual Input Tools" filing, you have to read between the lines a little.  Patently Apple spotted what they're suggesting could be Apple's "new and revolutionary feature for Mac OS X" as teased in a job listing back in July.  The concept is that a virtual user interface - such as a trackpad shown on a touchscreen, or a sub-section of a notebook's display mapped to the physical trackpad - could allow for proportional control of the interface or what's being displayed.

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Acer Aspire AZ5700-U3112 and AZ3100-U3072 All-In-Ones outed

Acer Aspire AZ5700-U3112 and AZ3100-U3072 All-In-Ones outed

Acer seems to have taken a leaf out of Bang & Olufsen's design book with the aesthetic for their new all-in-ones, with the AMD-based Acer Aspire AZ3100-U3072 and the Intel-based Acer Aspire AZ5700-U3112 offering perhaps the best styling this side of an iMac.  The 21.5-inch AZ3100-U3072 is the cheaper option, with AMD's 2GHz Athlon II 170u CPU, 3GB of memory and a 500GB HDD, while the 23-inch Full HD AZ5700-U3112 gets Intel's 3.2GHz Core i5-650 CPU, 4GB of memory, a 1TB HDD and a touchscreen.

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