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Understanding the Mobile Rule of Three

Understanding the Mobile Rule of Three

It's an interesting challenge. Lots of mobile devices that are all vying for the consumer pocket (and wallet). But just how many devices will consumers carry with them at any one time? The answer is important as that also helps define which devices will be successful and which ones will fail. Conventional wisdom holds that most consumers prefer to carry only a single device, and while that wisdom is correct it only tells a partial story. We've done some interesting research at Interpret that says there's more here than conventional wisdom would indicate and that consumers are willing to carry more than one device; however there's also an upper limit on that number.

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Kohjinsha SK3 7-inch touchscreen netbook gets video unboxing

Kohjinsha SK3 7-inch touchscreen netbook gets video unboxing

Kohjinsha's SK3 UMPC landed quietly in Japan back in June, and since then we've heard little about the 7-inch touchscreen convertible.  Happily the team over at Conics have been able to source at least one SK3, and they've shared the video unboxing with us.  Let's just say, unless they have particularly large hands at Conics, the little Kohjinsha really is tiny.

Video after the cut

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Dell and Intel subscription-based tablet coming 2010 to conquer Kindle?

Dell and Intel subscription-based tablet coming 2010 to conquer Kindle?

Dell are tipped to be working with Intel on a 5-inch touchscreen tablet, which will be provided free of charge to users who sign up to one or more digital content subscriptions.  The unnamed device, expected to hit the market in around six months time, will be positioned as a direct competitor to Amazon's Kindle ebook reader, and offer would-be users turned off by that device's high initial purchase price an alternative way of accessing regular digital content.

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Viliv X70 UMPC delayed by components shortages

Viliv X70 UMPC delayed by components shortages

Preorders for Viliv MIDs and UMPCs just don't seem to be blessed with the best of luck.  After the Viliv S5 launch brought down importer Dynamism's servers and left many struggling to complete their orders, the launch of the Viliv X70 has been struck by components shortages at the factory.  In an email to those who preordered the 7-inch touchscreen device, Dynamism suggests that "MIDs have been especially popular this year" which surprised components suppliers.

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Apple tablet September launch reiterated by Chinese leaks

Apple tablet September launch reiterated by Chinese leaks

The September launch speculation for Apple's tablet - aka the Apple Media Pad - continues, with Chinese newspaper Apple Daily reporting that Wintek have won the contract for the touchscreen device's display, while Dynapack ITC will be supplying the battery.  The paper goes on to describe the device as having a 10-inch display and 3G connectivity, tipping its launch at the same time as Apple's iPod refresh in September.

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DIY wearable computer with head-up display

DIY wearable computer with head-up display

Augmented reality - integrating data from computer and internet sources with everyday life - is showing up more and more lately, as cellphones learn to geotag landmarks and webcams are coaxed into spotting special ID glyphs, but we're still a way off from a true mainstream-commercial head-up display.  MicroPCTalk forum member fiveseven808 decided to take matters into his own hands, and hacked together a wearable computer with the eyepiece from a Myvu Crystal, a Sony UMPC and a Motorola iDEN i425 for cheap, always-on connectivity.

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Viliv S7 flagship with 2GHz Atom & 3G tipped for international buyers

Viliv S7 flagship with 2GHz Atom & 3G tipped for international buyers

Earlier on today we told you about Viliv's Korean prices and specifications for their upcoming S7 convertible touchscreen UMPC; now we have word on the international versions.  Not only will these offer the same Intel Atom Z520 1.33GHz processor, but there'll also be a "flagship" model with a 2.0GHz Atom processor (likely the Z550), a 32GB SSD, integrated 3G and a free upgrade to Windows 7.

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