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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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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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Notebook growth forecast slashed for 2011/12 as tablets dominate

Notebook growth forecast slashed for 2011/12 as tablets dominate

Throw out your notebooks: Gartner says they're old hat. The research firm has significantly downgraded its sales growth forecast for 2011 and 2012, notching off almost six points to predict a 10.5-percent rise this year and 13.6-percent (down from 14.8-percent) the next. According to Gartner analyst Ranjit Atwal, tablets are a main cause of the reduced estimates as the fashionable slates leave notebooks unloved.

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