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Dell Latitude ST and Streak Pro tablets detailed; CEO predicts Android will squash iPad

Dell Latitude ST and Streak Pro tablets detailed; CEO predicts Android will squash iPad

Details of two 10-inch Dell tablets, one based on Intel's Oak Trail and the other on NVIDIA's incoming Tegra T25, have emerged. According to the tablet roadmap, acquired by Android Central, the Dell Latitude ST is expected to arrive in October running Windows 7 on a 1.5GHz Oak Trail chip, while the Dell Streak Pro will run Android 3.0 Honeycomb on the Tegra T25 and land in June. The leak comes amid Dell CEO Michael Dell admitting that he "didn't completely" predict the "rapid rise of the tablet" and predicted that Android would squash Apple's iPad.

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Is Dual-Touch the Future of Phones and Tablets?

Is Dual-Touch the Future of Phones and Tablets?

If one touchscreen is good, how great must two be? Tapping into the same part of the brain that screams how geekily-cool Star Trek tablet props are, the allure of a double-display smartphone or computer isn't new, but neither has it been done right. That's not stopped various new attempts, however, Acer's twin-14-inch Iconia Touchbook notebook for one, or the imminent Sprint Kyocera Echo phone for another. Double-vision each may offer, but the manufacturers responsible are still showing serious myopia in how they're delivering on the twin-touch dream.

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Dell 10 inch Windows 7 tablet delayed

Dell 10 inch Windows 7 tablet delayed

The launch date for Dell's 10-inch Windows 7 based tablet looks to slip until the fall according to industry analysts. Nobody knows why the 10-inch tablet won't make it's debut until at least September, but it's certainly going to spell doom for Dell taking advantage of the back to school run-up. Dell is planning to position the 10-inch as a business grade tablet anyway, so they not feel the urgency to make the back to school window, instead focusing on the Holiday crowd instead.

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BlueStacks is Android’s Parallels for Windows

BlueStacks is Android’s Parallels for Windows

Several companies I work with in the PC space had been asking me if I have heard of this new company called BlueStacks. These specific PC OEMs were interested in this particular company because the smart folks at BlueStacks have creatively developed a software solution that allows consumers to run the full Android experience on their Windows based PCs.

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ASUS Eee Pad Transformer and Eee Slate EP121 officially priced & dated

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer and Eee Slate EP121 officially priced & dated

ASUS has confirmed availability and pricing of the Eee Pad Transformer and the Eee Slate EP121, the company's two new tablets. The Tegra 2 based Android 3.0 Honeycomb Transformer will drop on April 6 - pre-orders will kick off today - priced at £379 ($608) for the 16GB version and £429 ($688) for the 32GB version. Throwing in the optional keyboard - which also has an integrated battery that boosts runtimes to 16hrs - bumps the 16GB model to £429. A 3G model will follow on in around two months time.

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Acer Iconia Touchbook dual-display notebook gets North American pricing

Acer Iconia Touchbook dual-display notebook gets North American pricing

Acer has officially confirmed pricing and availability for the Acer Iconia Touchbook, its dual-display 14-inch touchscreen notebook. The Windows 7 based twin-tablet will hit the US and Canada in April, priced at $1,199.99 US (or $1,199 CAD), packing an Intel Core i5 processor, USB 3.0, HDMI, WiFi b/g/n and a customized software suite.

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Acer Iconia Tab W500 and A500 tablets priced and dated

Acer Iconia Tab W500 and A500 tablets priced and dated

Acer has confirmed pricing and availability for several models in its Iconia Tab range, with a choice of Windows 7 and Android 3.0 Honeycomb slates to choose from. The Windows-based Acer Iconia Tab W500 will go on sale in the UK and Europe on April 8 2011, priced from £449 ($726) for the slate alone; if you want the optional keyboard, the bundle will cost £529 ($855).

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ASUS Eee Slate EP121 gets official release date

ASUS Eee Slate EP121 gets official release date

The ASUS Eee Slate EP121 has gone up for sale in the UK, priced at £999.99 ($1,627) and with shipping expected on April 20 2011. Your money gets you a 12.1-inch 1280 x 800 capacitive touchscreen, 1.86GHz Intel Core i5-470UM processor, 64GB of SSD storage and Intel HD graphics, but rather than running Android or some other smartphone platform, it gets a full copy of Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

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MAGIC W3 Win7 smartphone video demos: HD playback, Photoshop, more

MAGIC W3 Win7 smartphone video demos: HD playback, Photoshop, more

AdvanceTC's MAGIC W3 Windows 7 smartphone grabbed attention last month with its combination of a chunky phone form-factor but full-fat Windows install inside. The company has sent over some videos of the MAGIC W3 in action, and as you might expect it's a flexible little beastie.

Video demos after the cut

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Windows video timeline: 1.0 to Windows 7 in 10 easy minutes

Windows video timeline: 1.0 to Windows 7 in 10 easy minutes

The Windows install and upgrade process isn't normally something users get nostalgic over - in fact, more often it's an anxiety-provoking experience that most would rather avoid - but for one man it's an opportunity to track Microsoft's OS progress over the past 25 years. Andrew Tait started out with a copy of MS-DOS 5.0, installed Windows 1.0, and thus began a 10 minute video showing (almost) every upgrade to the platform up to Windows 7.

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Acer Iconia A500, A100 and W500 confirmed for Vodafone

Acer Iconia A500, A100 and W500 confirmed for Vodafone

Acer's trio of tablets have apparently been picked up by Vodafone Germany, with the latest out of CeBIT 2011 being confirmation that the three models will all arrive in mid to late April. According to Steve Paine, the Iconia A500Iconia W500 and Iconia A100 are locked in for the German market, though there's no word on whether Vodafone will be offering them in other countries.

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Windows Embedded Compact 7 released for content-consumption tablets & more

Windows Embedded Compact 7 released for content-consumption tablets & more

Microsoft's ARM-compatible version of Windows has been released, Windows Embedded Compact 7, intended for tablets, phones, medical devices, industrial systems and retail appliances. The new OS - which went up for download on February 28 - uses a new version of Internet Explorer 7 which borrows "performance updates" from IE8, Flash 10.1 support, Silverlight for Embedded support and the flexibility for OEMs to develop their own unique UIs on top of the underlying platform.

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