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Microsoft says “Do the Math”: Windows notebooks are cheaper than MacBooks

Microsoft says “Do the Math”: Windows notebooks are cheaper than MacBooks

Microsoft has kicked off another of its periodic comparison campaigns, pitting PC against Mac and claiming that Windows-based hardware is far better value than the Apple alternative. This time targeting the Canadian market, "Do the Math" suggests that for the same price as a 17-inch MacBook Pro, customers could have an HP Pavilion DV7 and CA$1,350 to spend on a surfing trip in Hawaii. However, some of Microsoft's comparisons are likely to raise eyebrows even among the Windows faithful.

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Samsung “Alex” Chrome OS netbook revealed

Samsung “Alex” Chrome OS netbook revealed

The Chrome OS leaks keep coming, with the Acer ZGB netbook and Seaboard tablet being followed by details of Samsung's offering with Google's new platform. The Samsung "Alex" is a 1280 x 800 netbook powered by Intel's dual-core Atom N550 1.5GHz processor, along with a SanDisk SSD P4 and Qualcomm Gobi 2000 3G WWAN connectivity.

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Bug reports out Chrome OS ZGB netbook and Seaboard tablet

Bug reports out Chrome OS ZGB netbook and Seaboard tablet

Yesterday I talked a bit about the details that had surface to the new Acer ZGB netbook that runs Chrome OS. The detail that we learned yesterday came by way of a bug report that showed some of the features of that notebook. We learned that it has a 1366 x 768 screen resolution and would be running an Atom processor for instance. Another bug report has pointed to the ZGB again along with a previously unknown tablet.

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Acer prioritizes Tablets over netbooks; Plans “Shuriken” screen ultraportable for May

Acer prioritizes Tablets over netbooks; Plans “Shuriken” screen ultraportable for May

Acer may have lost a CEO over arguments whether tablets and ultra-mobility was the future, but the company isn't acting too conservatively even with a PC stalwart at the helm. According to the latest rumors, Acer is phasing out netbook orders in favor of tablet production, with slates like the Acer Iconia Tab A500 - which went on sale today for $449.99 - replacing Aspire One netbooks. Meanwhile, the company is also reportedly using advanced "Shuriken" displays to create ultraportable notebooks offering more screen with less bulk.

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Hercules launches new 10-inch Linux and A8 eCafe netbooks

Hercules launches new 10-inch Linux and A8 eCafe netbooks

The netbook was flying high in the darkest days of the recession over the last few years as consumers that needed or wanted a new computer flocked to the cheap machines rather than full on notebooks. As the economy improved, the market moved back to notebooks that are more powerful and with the advent of the tablet, many that would have bought a netbook opted for a tablet like the iPad instead.

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Acer CEO quits over product development disagreements [Updated]

Acer CEO quits over product development disagreements [Updated]

Acer CEO and President Gianfranco Lanci has resigned, stepping down from the company with immediate effect. Acer claims the change - which will see chairman J.T. Wang take the acting CEO role in the interim - was down to Lanci holding "different views from a majority of the board members" which "could not reach a consensus following several months’ of dialog."

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$200 ASUS Eee PC could run Chrome OS in June

$200 ASUS Eee PC could run Chrome OS in June

You have to give ASUS its due; the company may have seen the netbook segment rise and, arguably, decline in the face of tablets, but it's still pushing to hit the sort of price points initially promised. According to DigiTimes' sources, ASUS is readying to launch a new Eee PC with a $200 to $250 price tag in June.

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ASUS Eee PC 1015B and 1215B AMD Fusion netbooks official

ASUS Eee PC 1015B and 1215B AMD Fusion netbooks official

ASUS has officially confirmed its two new AMD Fusion APU-based netbooks, the 10.1-inch Eee PC 1015B and the 12.1-inch Eee PC 1215B. The 1015B can be spec'd with either AMD's 1.2GHz single-core C30 or 1GHz dual-core C50, along with Radeon HD 6250 graphics, while the 1215B throws the 1.6GHz dual-core E350 into the mixture with a choice of Radeon HD 6310 graphics.

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Intel and Lenovo bring Classmate+ PC to school

Intel and Lenovo bring Classmate+ PC to school

Intel and Lenovo have partnered up to launch the Lenovo Classmate+ PC, an Atom-based 10.1-inch netbook running Windows 7 and targeted at schools and developing nations. Based on Intel's original Classmate PC reference design, the Classmate+ PC has a choice of HDD (up to 250GB) or SSD storage, along with a 1.3-megapixel webcam.

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Netbook with Sliding Keyboard Coming from China

Netbook with Sliding Keyboard Coming from China

At first glance, it looks like another tablet, but if you try to touch the screen...no response. No, it didn't get bricked by a bad operating system download, it's a netbook! The Shanzhai group in China has created a netbook with a sliding keyboard that folds underneath the screen. When folded, it looks just like a large Nokia N97. Observe:

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ASUS CEO: 3D quadcore tablet in 2011, maybe Windows Phone in 2012

ASUS CEO: 3D quadcore tablet in 2011, maybe Windows Phone in 2012

ASUS has confirmed plans to launch a 3D tablet running a quadcore processor sometime in 2011, though the slate will not have 3D cameras like the LG G-Slate. Speaking to hi-tech.mail.ru, ASUS CEO Jerry Shen said that quadcore chips - presumably NVIDIA's Kal-El - will be essential for smooth video playback at Full HD resolution or higher. The company is aiming to be the second largest player in tablets by 2012, with a 5 to 8 percent market share.

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Google Chrome OS update hits Cr-48 with trackpad, 3G & other fixes

Google Chrome OS update hits Cr-48 with trackpad, 3G & other fixes

Google has pushed out a Chrome OS update for users of the Google Cr-48 notebook, bringing with it multiple fixes and tweaks including addressing common complaints about the trackpad. The update also includes power optimizations, potentially improving the Cr-48's already impressive battery life.

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