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Microsoft muddies waters after Balmer blurts on Windows 8

Microsoft muddies waters after Balmer blurts on Windows 8

Microsoft has denied comments about the release of the next version of Windows, despite it being CEO Steve Ballmer who made them at a recent event. "It appears there was a misstatement" Microsoft insists, after Ballmer told Japanese developers that "as we progress through the year, you ought to expect to hear a lot about Windows 8. Windows 8 slates, tablets, PCs, a variety of different form factors" on Monday. It's unclear whether Ballmer's blunder was in the name of the OS or its release timetable.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Review

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Review

We got the new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 in our hands early, to get the skinny on this laptop targeted for the business user. This slim black laptop looks good on the outside, but like Mom used to say “It’s what’s inside that counts.” With rumors of Intel Core i7 processors and solid state drives, we were looking forward to checking things out. Here’s a sneak peak: could the X1 really signal the return of the Turbo Boost Button? It’s released tomorrow, so check out the full SlashGear review to see what the ThinkPad X1 is really made of.

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Microsoft says “Do the Math”: Windows notebooks are cheaper than MacBooks

Microsoft says “Do the Math”: Windows notebooks are cheaper than MacBooks

Microsoft has kicked off another of its periodic comparison campaigns, pitting PC against Mac and claiming that Windows-based hardware is far better value than the Apple alternative. This time targeting the Canadian market, "Do the Math" suggests that for the same price as a 17-inch MacBook Pro, customers could have an HP Pavilion DV7 and CA$1,350 to spend on a surfing trip in Hawaii. However, some of Microsoft's comparisons are likely to raise eyebrows even among the Windows faithful.

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“Uniquely Nokia” key to tablet plans says Stephen Elop

“Uniquely Nokia” key to tablet plans says Stephen Elop

Nokia's tablet plans have rumbled along for some time now, with no sign of any hardware - at least that's been revealed to us mere consumers - and it looks like we shouldn't expect an iPad rival any time soon, either. In an interview with YLE, CEO Stephen Elop has reiterated the stance first taken at the Nokia Windows Phone announcement, that the company's engineers are looking at all the possible options from Microsoft's software line-up, along with "other software assets" that likely includes MeeGo.

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Sony Freestyle Hybrid PC and “Ultimate” ultraportable notebook previewed

Sony Freestyle Hybrid PC and “Ultimate” ultraportable notebook previewed

Sony's two Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets, the S1 and S2, aren't the only new ultraportable devices the company teased earlier in the week. Slotted neatly at the tail-end of the presentation were teasers for a further two models, PC Watch reports, the Sony Freestyle Hybrid PC - with a slide-and-tilt form-factor, similar to Samsung's Sliding PC 7 - and a super-slimline notebook, the Sony Ultimate Mobile PC.

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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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