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Nokia outsources Windows Phone production to Compal tip insiders

Nokia outsources Windows Phone production to Compal tip insiders

Nokia has reportedly turned to Compal Electronics to manufacture its first wave of Windows Phone handsets, rather than building them in-house at its own facilities. According to DigiTimes' sources, Compal has inked an agreement with Microsoft to produce its own Windows Phones - joining recent additions Acer, ZTE and Fujitsu - as a licensee, and will also be looking to produce Acer's line-up.

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Amazon tablets using TI chips not NVIDIA; due Aug/Sept tip sources

Amazon tablets using TI chips not NVIDIA; due Aug/Sept tip sources

More Amazon tablet rumors this morning, though a change of processor from what we've heard so far. The retailer is planning to launch tablets as soon as August or September 2011, according to DigiTimes' sources at component manufacturers, though they're tipping Texas Instruments' OMAP chips being at the heart of the slates, rather than NVIDIA processors as has previously been suggested.

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Microsoft Windows 8 own-brand tablet with TI chips tipped

Microsoft Windows 8 own-brand tablet with TI chips tipped

Microsoft is tipped to be considering an own-brand tablet PC running Windows 8, according to the latest rumors from Taipei, with the slate apparently powered by Texas Instruments silicon. That's the word from DigiTimes' sources in the supply chain, who suggest that Microsoft is looking to copy its branding strategy from its success with the Xbox/Xbox 360 - though not, of course, with KIN - and take on Apple's iPad directly.

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TI OMAP4470 1.8GHz dual-core coming 1H 2012 to take on Kal-El and Intel

TI OMAP4470 1.8GHz dual-core coming 1H 2012 to take on Kal-El and Intel

Texas Instruments has outed its latest OMAP4 platform processor, the OMAP4470, at Computex this week, a dual-core ARM A9 1.8GHz chip intended for smartphones, tablets and ultra-thin notebooks. Designed not only with Android and other Linux OS in mind, but with Windows on ARM - one of the incoming Windows 8 builds - the OMAP4470 takes on not only traditional TI rivals like NVIDIA's Tegra and Qualcomm's Snapdragon, but Intel's latest Atom and Sandy/Ivy Bridge chips too. SlashGear caught up with Mark Granger, OMAP platform marketing head, to find out how TI has delivered an 80-percent boost in browsing performance and 2.5x the graphics potency.

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TI OMAP 4 will be the chip Google builds Android Ice Cream Sandwich around

TI OMAP 4 will be the chip Google builds Android Ice Cream Sandwich around

When it comes to the Android Honeycomb world the chip that is in many of the tablets running the OS is the NVIDIA Tegra 2. NVIDIA has been showing off its next generation processor for tablets and more at Computex called Kal-El. The processor is a quad core and has major gaming capabilities that will appeal to tablet buyers. Despite the new quad core offering, a rumor has surfaced that TI may be the chip builder that Google builds Android Ice Cream Sandwich around.

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CUPP PunkThis packs full ARM PC into your notebook’s HDD bay

CUPP PunkThis packs full ARM PC into your notebook’s HDD bay

CUPP Computing had high ambitions for its hybrid PC technology, fitting a complete ARM-based mini-PC into the chassis of a regular computer, and giving users the choice between normal power and the long runtimes of the frugal chipset; now the production version, "PunkThis", is ready for showtime. A 2.5-inch SATA form-factor board, the CUPP PunkThis module is intended to replace the HDD in a typical notebook: in its place, you get a 1GHz TI OMAP DM3730 paired with 512MB of RAM, a Mini PCIe SSD to replace the host storage, and shared flash memory for both systems.

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Fossil Meta Watch: Phone updates on your wrist

Fossil Meta Watch: Phone updates on your wrist

The Fossil Meta Watch - first shown off by HP back in March - has got itself a release date and price, with the hack-friendly "wrist computer" set to go up for pre-order from May 9 and begin shipping in July. The $200 timepiece is available in digital or analog versions and is based on the TI MSP430 microcontroller paired with Bluetooth connectivity for hooking up to your phone, tablet or other device, while the open source Meta Watch SDK/API allows developers to push whatever information they want to the tiny display.

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AI runs Android, Chrome OS, Ubuntu & more on Beagleboard simultaneously [Video]

AI runs Android, Chrome OS, Ubuntu & more on Beagleboard simultaneously [Video]

Last we heard of Always Innovating, the company was talking about its Smart Book hybrid, a combination tablet and netbook, similar in concept to the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer. Now they're talking Beagleboard, and more specifically their custom environment, Super-Jumbo, to run Android 2.3, Ubuntu Maverick 10.10, Chrome OS and AI's own AIOS simultaneously on the OMAP3-based 'board.

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The State of Tech in Japan’s Recovery

The State of Tech in Japan’s Recovery

We've already written about the terrifying situation in Japan this past week, and how SlashGear readers can help the ongoing aid effort. Now, Japanese manufacturers are beginning to add up the impact the earthquake and tsunami have had on tech production, affected both by physical damage to facilities as well as ongoing power shortages and transportation break-down. Components used in everything from Apple's iPad 2 through digital cameras, mobile devices and computers have been impacted, with some estimates putting recovery several quarters out. Read on for more details.

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