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NEC Smartia gives Cloud Communicator tablet an expensive consumer focus

NEC Smartia gives Cloud Communicator tablet an expensive consumer focus

NEC's tablet plans have crossed over into their consumer line-up, with the 7-inch Cloud Communicator getting a rebrand as the NEC Smartia. Specifications for the Smartia are unchanged - you still get Android 2.1 on a WVGA resistive touchscreen, for instance - but the UI has been tweaked and there's the Andronavi app store. Unfortunately, NEC is being rather too ambitious with their pricing.

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NEC LifeTouch Android tablet “cloud communicator” revealed

NEC LifeTouch Android tablet “cloud communicator” revealed

It's been a long time since NEC promised a cloud-centric tablet - over 12 months ago, in fact - but the NEC LifeTouch is finally near. A 7-inch WVGA touchscreen slate running Android 2.1 (it's described as "pen operable" so we're guessing NEC is using a resistive touchscreen), the LifeTouch is targeted at Japanese corporate customers who will use the tablet as a mobile email, shopping, communications and systems-monitoring device.

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NEC PanelDirector IDs viewers & serves personalized adverts, Minority Report style

NEC PanelDirector IDs viewers & serves personalized adverts, Minority Report style

Minority Report may have tickled us with its floating multitouch displays, but it also warned us of what might happen when adverts start recognizing us.  Unfortunately, it seems NEC didn't heed Tom Cruise, and has developed a new individual-recognizing system for their PanelDirector advertising system.  The prototype can identify the age and gender of the people currently looking at the screens, and serve up contextually-suitable adverts.

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NEC unveils 3D Valuestar computers

NEC unveils 3D Valuestar computers

NEC has unveils three new desktop computers that use 3D technology and a couple of them don't require expensive active 3D glasses. The first of the new 3D machines is the Valuestar L which is a high-end model using NVIDI A3D Vision. The machine has a 1920 x 1200 resolution screen measuring 23-inches with a 120Hz refresh rate. It supports 3D films and games.

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NEC fit Nissan Leaf speed chargers in Oregon: 80% in 30 minutes

NEC fit Nissan Leaf speed chargers in Oregon: 80% in 30 minutes

NEC aren't just responsible for the batteries in Nissan's Leaf EV, they've also been working on the chargers too.  The Japanese company has kicked off a new pilot scheme in Oregon, installing chargers that can rejuice electric cars to around 80-percent in just 20-30 minutes.  The scheme follows on from a project started in October 2009, with around fifty of the new third-gen chargers being installed.

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NEC begins Nissan Leaf EV battery mass production

NEC begins Nissan Leaf EV battery mass production

NEC has begun mass production of high-capacity lithium ion batteries for electric cars, and while that might not sound interesting, if you're considering a Nissan Leaf it's NEC's power packs that will be keeping you moving.  Initially production is at the company's Sagamihara plant in Japan, but in of 2013 the joint-venture started by NEC and Nissan plan to shift production to a new facility in Tennessee, USA, for EV models destined for domestic use.

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