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eviGroup Pad 10.2-inch Win7 slate with Seline AI

eviGroup Pad 10.2-inch Win7 slate with Seline AI

French tablet company eviGroup have unveiled their large-display device - the eviGroup Pad - and like the rumors suggested it's an Atom-based 10.2-inch touchscreen slate.  The Pad has a 1024 x 600 display, integrated WiFi a/b/g and 3G, and runs Windows 7; it also works with French software project Seline, a so-called "artificial intelligence" interface that supports spoken, text and handwriting control over various aspects of a computer system.

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One Device to Rule Them All – I Think Not

One Device to Rule Them All – I Think Not

There's a lot of discussion about the role of convergence of devices. Everywhere you go, it seems that someone's pushing the notion that every function needs to be converged into one device. Now convergence is a great idea: the idea of carrying one device instead of multiple devices is compelling, but is it really realistic? Sure, I'd rather carry one device than two, but our research shows consumers will carry two or, in some age demographics, they'll even carry as many as three.

Viliv X70 arrives at Newegg; more expensive than rivals

Viliv X70 arrives at Newegg; more expensive than rivals

If there's one thing capitalism has taught us, it's that competition is usually good for prices.  Newegg have just joined Dynamism in offering the Viliv X70 UMPC, the 7-inch Korean touchscreen tablet, which you'd expect to mean prices were pushed down.  Unfortunately Newegg don't seem to have got that memo; their prices are actually a little more expensive than the existing offers.

Viliv S7 lands at reviewers, gets video unboxing & hands-on

Viliv S7 lands at reviewers, gets video unboxing & hands-on

It's not quite the same as having a Viliv S7 here in our sweaty, bitten-to-the-quick hands, but we'll certainly settle for an unboxing video for that vicarious, new-gadget thrill.  As we commented the other day, several S7 units have been winging their way to reviewers worldwide, with jkkmobile and jkOnTheRun both receiving theirs this week.  From the former we have an unboxing, while the latter has a live gallery and video demo.

Video unboxing after the cut

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Pierre Cardin PC-729 UMPC lands in China

Pierre Cardin PC-729 UMPC lands in China

Chalk another one up to bizarre branding: you're looking at the Pierre Cardin PC-729 UMPC, the handiwork of Shenzhen Industries, and while you might assume the Chinese firm have "borrowed unofficially" the designer branding, in actual fact this is the result of a legitimate licensing deal.  The PC-729 has a 7-inch 800 x 480 WVGA resistive touchscreen, 1.2GHz VIA C7-M processor and 16GB SSD, and is set to hit Chinese shelves priced at 2980 yuan ($436).

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