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Android 5.0 Jelly Bean tipped for Q2 2012

Android 5.0 Jelly Bean tipped for Q2 2012

Android 5.0 Jelly Bean may arrive as early as Q2 2012, supply chain sources claim, with Google apparently integrating Chrome OS functionality for dual-boot tablets and netbooks. Those aren't the search giant's only dual-OS ambitions, however; insiders tell DigiTimes that Google is pushing Android 5.0 and Windows 8 hybrids to its manufacturing partners, for notebooks, netbooks and tablets that offer the best of both platforms.

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Acer on the attack with $699 Ultrabooks in 2012

Acer on the attack with $699 Ultrabooks in 2012

Acer plans to go on the attack in 2012 with a strong push in four major product categories, whereas its strategy last year was mainly to defend its position in the market. The company's Chairman JT Wang announced the strategy shift during the company's Lunar New Year ceremony, revealing that it would aggressively introduce new ultrabooks, notebooks, tablets, and smartphones.

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Windows 8 Kinect notebook prototypes spotted

Windows 8 Kinect notebook prototypes spotted

Microsoft is testing prototypes of Kinect-enabled notebooks using motion-sensing as an interface for Windows 8, it's been revealed, ahead of what are believed to be plans to license the technology to laptop vendors. Specially modified ASUS netbooks are being used to demonstrate the system, which builds on Microsoft's freshly-announced Kinect for Windows hardwareThe Daily reports; the ultraportables replace the single webcam above the screen with a row of sensors that can track movement.

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178m Ultrabook shipments predicted for 2016, but tablets still ahead

178m Ultrabook shipments predicted for 2016, but tablets still ahead

MacBook Air-rivaling ultrabooks will outpace tablets in growth over the next three years, new research suggests, though slates are expected to outsell the Intel-driven ultraportables for the foreseeable future. 178m ultrabooks are expected to be shipped per year by 2016, Juniper Research predicts, compared to 253m tablets, despite ultrabook shipments growing three times faster over the next half-decade. However, despite the rapid increase in overall demand, individual ultrabook manufacturers are still expected to struggle.

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HP Mini 1104 insists the netbook isn’t dead

HP Mini 1104 insists the netbook isn’t dead

The netbook isn't dead, HP reckons, but it is getting marginalized into business and education environments, with the new HP Mini 1104 targeting schools and suits rather than home users. A 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 machine running Intel's 1.6GHz dual-core Atom N2600 processor with GMA 3600 graphics and up to 2GB of RAM, the Mini 1104 promises durability and performance for those who may be frustrated by text-entry on a tablet.

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RIM should think Type not Touch for the new PlayBook

RIM should think Type not Touch for the new PlayBook

2011 wasn't Research In Motion's year and 2012 is shaping up to be equally dismal one, with dramatic PlayBook price cuts paving the way for an underwhelming financial quarter. It's easy to see why RIM went down the tablet route: the iPad made slates fashionable, and the Canadian company was stinging from criticism over its underwhelming touchscreen smartphones. The PlayBook was an opportunity to show that RIM could legitimately compete and perhaps even drive some ecosystem shopping in the same manner that iPhone users often pick up an iPad, and vice-versa. Yet in the process RIM managed to forget everything that gave it unique appeal in the mobile segment.

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Intel sticks with Netbooks, touts full package mobile proposition

Intel sticks with Netbooks, touts full package mobile proposition

At our meeting this week with Intel's Mark Miller and John Wallace, we spoke primarily about mobile, and as the conversation moved beyond smartphones and tablets and laptops came up, it was the word Netbook that got our attention. What Miller had to say about the Netbook as it stands today is not that it's time to be done with that classification of device even though more powerful mobile devices are on the rise. Instead the task, he said, was to show consumers what the difference between the types of devices are so that they can make an informed decision.

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Gigabyte S1081 tablet and T1006M convertible notebook pack Cedar Trail

Gigabyte S1081 tablet and T1006M convertible notebook pack Cedar Trail

Gigabyte has revealed a new tablet, the S1081, and a convertible notebook, the T1006M, at CES 2012, each running Intel's new Cedar Trail Atom CPUs. The Gigabyte S1081 has a 10.1-inch capacitive multitouch display, 500GB hard-drive (or a smaller-capacity, but bump-proof SSD) and USB 3.0, and can be paired with a Multimedia Docking Station that adds a DVD drive and 2.1 speaker system.

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Lenovo IdeaPad S, Z, G and Y Series notebooks debut

Lenovo IdeaPad S, Z, G and Y Series notebooks debut

Lenovo's IdeaPad ultrabooks are probably its computing stars of CES, but they're certainly not the only consumer-focused notebooks the company has this year. In fact, Lenovo has everything from from "mini laptop" S Series - apparently slotting in-between netbooks and notebooks - through the mainstream Z Series models, budget-friendly G Series, and up to the Y Series multimedia machines. Check out all the details after the cut.

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