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WindowsAndroid runs Android without emulation on Windows 8

WindowsAndroid runs Android without emulation on Windows 8

This week the folks at Socketeq have been pushing for a widespread testing of their software setup known as WindowsAndroid, running Android natively inside Windows OS. This system takes the Android mobile operating system and runs it on the Windows kernel - instead of Linux, that is, and therefor making everything move ultra-swift as it takes away the emulation layer that would otherwise be present. Sound like a fun project to you? Have at it right this minute!

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Sharp Mebius NJ70A netbook gets second touchscreen mod [Video]

Sharp Mebius NJ70A netbook gets second touchscreen mod [Video]

We can't say we looked at the Sharp Mebius NJ70A netbook - with its nifty touchscreen trackpad - and thought "what this needs is a second touchscreen", but then we're not SKY at UMPC Fever.  After unboxing the N270-based netbook, he loaded up Windows 7 and then installed a touchscreen layer so as to use handwriting recognition direct onto the 10-inch display.

Video demo after the cut

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Windows 7 HDD and SSD performance benchmarked: whips Vista

Windows 7 HDD and SSD performance benchmarked: whips Vista

Benchmarking Windows 7's performance with various hard-drives and SSDs may not sound like much fun, but when you consider how many people will end up using the new OS once it officially launches you can at least see its uses.  HotHardware have been testing out Windows 7 and contrasting it with Vista's performance, and the good news is that the new platform bests its predecessor, particularly when it comes to SSDs.

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Windows users will be allowed to downgrade to XP from Win7, skip Vista

Windows users will be allowed to downgrade to XP from Win7, skip Vista

I like Windows XP. It's a solid operating system, if a bit outdated. The Windows 7 Beta has been promising, and is a definite improvement in both speed and stability over Windows Vista. However, some people might not share my warm feelings towards Microsoft's latest OS, and would prefer that their new computers have XP preinstalled, or have the capability to install XP over Windows 7.  It has been confirmed that users can do this without having to deal with Vista at all.

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