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The Convergence Con

The Convergence Con

Tablets, iSuppli tells us, are the new epicenter for convergence, part smartphone and part notebook. It's not a new story; every few months the convergence debate rears its head, suggesting the latest and greatest device category is pulling together the disparate threads of modern digital life and blurring the overall lines between segments in the process. Yet, despite the soothsaying, the "converged" experience still falls well short of the holistic ecosystem we've been promised: we have more devices than ever before, and they seldom talk well to each other.

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Intel Netbook and Tablet Group Formed Behind Closed Doors

Intel Netbook and Tablet Group Formed Behind Closed Doors

Sometimes companies still like to do things under the radar. No press release, and no public announcement to be heard. Intel, this time around, is the company in question, and it looks like the chip maker is all set to make sure that in the near future, they've got some buffer zones built against the competition within the netbook and tablet market.

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Chinese netbook rips off Dell duo and Sony Vaio P

Chinese netbook rips off Dell duo and Sony Vaio P

The Dell Inspiron Duo is an undeniably cool convertible netbook. It has a different design than other convertibles, which makes it appealing to many users on the design of its screen alone. With any cool and innovative design, you are bound to get clones, especially coming from the Chinese firms that seem unable to do anything but rip off other designs.

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Samsung NF210 Netbook & SF510 Notebook Land in India

Samsung NF210 Netbook & SF510 Notebook Land in India

Samsung has just launched a brand new netbook and notebook over in India, after their official unveiling back in September. Samsung says that these new notebooks show their commitment to providing the best portability, performance, and an enhanced battery life, all the while putting it together in a nice package.

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PeeWee launches new PeeWee Power 2.0 laptop for kids

PeeWee launches new PeeWee Power 2.0 laptop for kids

PeeWee is a company that makes notebook and netbooks that are specifically aimed at kids getting their first computer for use at home and in school. The little machines offered by the company are basic netbooks in the inside for the most part with a little ruggedness on the side to survive use by kids. The latest offering from PeeWee for kids is the PeeWee Power 2.0 Laptop.

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Toshiba NB500 and NB520 netbooks pack dual-core Atom [Video]

Toshiba NB500 and NB520 netbooks pack dual-core Atom [Video]

Toshiba has outed a pair of new netbooks, the NB500 and the NB520, each toting Intel's latest dual-core Atom N550 1.5GHz processor. Each machine gets 1GB of RAM, a 250GB hard-drive - shock-protected on the NB520 - and WiFi, but the NB520 also throws in Harman/Kardon Speakers which, thanks to a "sleep audio" function, can be used with an external PMP source even when the netbook is turned off.

Video demos after the cut

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Google “Mario” and “Andretti” Chrome OS netbooks in internal speed testing?

Google “Mario” and “Andretti” Chrome OS netbooks in internal speed testing?

Google is tipped to be "dogfooding" two own-brand Chrome OS netbooks, internally codenamed "Andretti" and "Mario", with frequent mentions of the two computer types showing up in bug reports online. The models appear to be named after IndyCar driver Mario Andretti, known for being a particularly fast driver, and would suggest that Google is prioritizing netbook performance with its first self-branded models.

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Digia MeeGo custom UI gets netbook & smartphone demo [Video]

Digia MeeGo custom UI gets netbook & smartphone demo [Video]

MeeGo seems to be catching the attention of developers, with a new custom bubble UI by Digia showing us the benefits of being able to bring the same software to both netbook and smartphone hardware alike. Digia's seabed-themed UI puts icons into floating, bobbing bubbles, and runs on both Lenovo's Atom-powered IdeaPad S10-3t and the Nokia N900.

Video demo after the cut

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Dell Inspiron Duo hits UK on December 2

Dell Inspiron Duo hits UK on December 2

Dell is slowly filling in the blanks about the Dell Inspiron Duo convertible netbook which we played with yesterday, confirming that the hybrid tablet will begin shipping in the UK on December 2. There, the Duo will be priced from £449 with a 250GB HDD, £499 with the optional dock, or £479 - later in the year - with a 320GB HDD.

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Jolicloud netbook now officially on sale

Jolicloud netbook now officially on sale

We have been talking about the Jolibook netbook from Jolicloud landing in the UK soon and there are a lot of geeks looking forward to the day when they can order one up. We had thought that the machine would land on Friday of this week, but we were off a few days.

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Google Chrome OS netbooks delayed, but beta software release on track?

Google Chrome OS netbooks delayed, but beta software release on track?

Google Chrome OS is unlikely to make a significant launch on physical netbook hardware before the end of 2010, missing the search giant's previously stated release window, though a beta release is still expected sometime in December 2010. CEO Eric Schmidt confirmed that Chrome OS netbooks won't be on sale for the "next few months"; however, the company also insists that it is on track for a release of some sort this year, though they are "not going into details at this point."

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Dell Inspiron Duo hands-on [Video]

Dell Inspiron Duo hands-on [Video]

Dell's Inspiron Duo convertible hybrid netbook/tablet made waves back at IDF 2010 in September, and is fast approaching for an early December launch in the US and Europe. We caught up with Dell today to grab some hands-on time and see whether it's possible to deliver the portability of a tablet with the usability of a netbook, all with Windows 7.

Video demo after the cut

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