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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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Intel Medfield smartphones/MIDs on sale Q3 2011 tip insiders

Intel Medfield smartphones/MIDs on sale Q3 2011 tip insiders

The first Intel Medfield based devices could ship as soon as Q3 2011, according to Taipei component sources, with the low-power devices making their debut at Computex in late May. According to DigiTimes, Intel has accelerated Medfield testing so as to better challenge the dominance of ARM-based chipsets in the mobile device market.

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Dell Inspiron Duo price slash cuts convertible by 27%

Dell Inspiron Duo price slash cuts convertible by 27%

Dell's Inspiron Duo has seen its price slashed, with the official Microsoft store knocking more than a quarter off the convertible netbook. Now down to $399, the Inspiron Duo packs a dual-core Atom N550 processor, 2GB of RAM and a 320GB hard-drive but, most interestingly, a rotating 10.1-inch 1366 x 768 multitouch display that can be flipped between regular notebook and slate orientations.

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Build Your Own Telepresence Robot For $500

Build Your Own Telepresence Robot For $500

Remember that Vgo telepresence robot for the kid that couldn't go to school? The one that cost the school $6000 plus $1200 a year service contract? Well, a hacker by the name Johnny Chung Lee has come up with a way to create his own telepresence robot that's a whole lot more affordable. His hack robot is made from relatively cheap components including a netbook and an iRobot, each costing $250, plus an acrylic stand. Watch the video after the cut for full directions on making your own.

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Why Nokia’s CEO Chose Microsoft

Why Nokia’s CEO Chose Microsoft

In the end, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop really didn’t have a choice. When he surveyed the competitive landscape, he found that he was boxed into a corner. While Android might have looked attractive as an alternative for their fledgling smartphone business, to back it would make him just another Android licensee. And while he could have tapped into their software ecosystem, it would have been hard for him to differentiate at the hardware level and thus be thrust against the dozens of Android handset vendors chasing the growing smartphone market.

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SunBook netbook ships with Pixel Qi transflective display

SunBook netbook ships with Pixel Qi transflective display

A new netbook from Clover Systems has surfaced called the SunBook. The little machine is the first 10-inch netbook to ship with the Pixel Qi transreflective display. If you have forgot what that fancy display is, the thing lets you turn the backlight off for viewing in the sunlight or any other time you want to save power.

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SlashGear Week in Review- Week 5 2011

SlashGear Week in Review- Week 5 2011

Welcome to this week's edition of the SlashGear Week in Review! If you are a PC hardware geek an AMD spokesman causally showed off an unannounced video card on Monday called the HD 6990. The card has dual GPUs and should be very fast. We heard a bit of early detail on the PSP2 from Nikkei that claimed the new portable would have an OLED touchscreen, 3G and a new CPU. That would make for a very impressive portable indeed.

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Acer Aspire One E100 Education netbook dual-boots Windows & Android

Acer Aspire One E100 Education netbook dual-boots Windows & Android

Acer has unveiled its latest netbook, the Aspire One E100 Education, and as the name suggests it's targeted at classrooms. The 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 ultraportable dual-boots Windows 7 and Android - the latter being positioned as an instant-on option for quick browsing - and can be specified with a rubberized coating for bump protection; there's also a pocket into which a student can slot their name card, so that multiple E100 units don't get confused.

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Dell Inspiron Duo hybrid hits Three in February

Dell Inspiron Duo hybrid hits Three in February

UK carrier Three has announced that, as of February, it will be offering the Dell Inspiron Duo convertible hybrid netbook/tablet. Based on Intel's dual-core 1.5GHz Atom N550 with 2GB of RAM and a 320GB hard-drive, the Windows 7 based Inspiron Duo has a 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen that can rotate in its bezel to face forward, for regular notebook use, or outward, to be used as a tablet.

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SaberTooth ZF Turbo ZIF 1.8″ SSD for notebooks debuts

SaberTooth ZF Turbo ZIF 1.8″ SSD for notebooks debuts

Active Media Products has announced a new SSD that is a replacement for notebooks and netbooks that use 1.8-inch storage drives inside. The new drive is called the SaberTooth ZF Turbo ZIF SSD. The storage drive connects to machines using parallel ATA (PATA/IDE) ZIF interface.

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Acer deny netbook phase-out: Tablets “will find their space”

Acer deny netbook phase-out: Tablets “will find their space”

Acer has gone on the netbook defensive after comments from a Taiwan sales manager were interpreted as suggesting the company was planning to phase out the budget ultraportables in favor of tablets. According to the PR, Acer expects tablets "will find their space next to netbooks and notebooks, without taking over."

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ASUS Sirocco netbook is Eee PC 1015PW?

ASUS Sirocco netbook is Eee PC 1015PW?

ASUS' upcoming "Sirocco" Eee PC may well be the the Eee PC 1005PW 1015PW, according to the latest tips, with the dune-textured netbooks getting an unofficial pre-unveil preview. According to imidoresc, the ASUS Eee PC 1015PW Sirocco will be a 10.1-inch WSVGA netbook with Intel's Atom N550 processor and up to 10hrs battery life.

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