ViewSonic has unveiled a pair of new 10-inch tablets, along with a smartphone, at CES today, including a dual-boot Android and Windows model along with dual-SIM support. The ViewSonic ViewPad 10pi runs both Windows 7 and Android 2.3 on an Intel Oak Trail Z670 processor, serving both OSes up on a 1280 x 800 IPS touchscreen.
There comes a time in every operating system's life when it needs to have an emergency patch slapped over a security hold in its guts, and for Windows, that time is today - and it's an emergency. What you're going to see here is a bulletin by the name of MS11-100 that acts as a sort of public service announcement as Microsoft wants you to update your system several weeks before the regularly scheduled "Patch Tuesday" in mid-January. What this patch does is to cut off access to a security hole that'd allow hackers to launch a DoS attack against people with Microsoft's ASP .NET application framework in place.
This week we've got the newest offering in the ultraportable PC space with the Lenovo IdeaPad U400 sitting on the review block, and with its simplistic appearance, Core i5 processor inside, and classic "breathable" Lenovo keyboard, we've got what would appear at first to be an all-round lovely little number. This laptop has a 14-inch HD display, up to 4 hours of battery life off the cord, and it runs Windows 7 Home Premium out of the box. Is this the relatively tiny yet super powerful Windows machine you've been looking for all your life?
Research firm IDC has published its top 10 systems software predictions for 2012, and it is quite skeptical about the success of Microsoft's Windows 8 in terms of the number of upgrades. It believes that very few users will choose to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 as the new Metro UI skin offers no value to traditional PC users.
The brand new Acer Veriton Z2620G is a lovely all-in-one machine that's meant to look nice on your desktop at home or in the office. What you'll notice in this machine that sets it aside from the rest of the pack is its ability to impress even before the cool green-lit on button is pressed. You'll be running Windows 7 professional out of the box, but what you get when you run it is so so much more. This isn't the highest spec-having computer in the world, but it's definitely worth a double-take look for the cash it costs. Is this your new desktop computer for the next 2 years or so? Let's have a look!
Microsoft's Kinect voice and motion control capabilities will soon expand beyond the Xbox 360 gaming console. The software giant has revealed plans to release new Kinect hardware designed specifically for Windows. This new device would sport hardware components optimized for PC scenarios and will be made available by early 2012.
Having the right gadgets to take 3D photos and videos doesn't have to be expensive, especially with Vivitar's new digital camera and camcorder offerings. The company is releasing an incredibly budget-friendly camcorder called the DVR 790HD along with a budget HD digital camera called the ViviCam VT135 that both pack a dual-camera array for 3D stills and video capture.
Facebook begun letting a limited group of users to download and try out a new Facebook Messenger for Windows 7 desktop client (much like in the way they started off with their newly-revamped Facebook Timeline user interface, which still hasn't rolled out to all users yet). Apparently, the new desktop client provides access to Facebook Chat, the Ticker feed, and update notifications. From what it looks like, the social networking company is trying to gauge user interest in desktop client access to these real-time features that could keep users engaged all day without the need of having to keep a browser window open for the Facebook website itself. If I say so myself, such a client could become instantly popular, especially since Facebook is essentially the largest contact list for most people these days, the author included.
HP's original Slate 500 was a highly anticipated tablet that failed to make a splash, but found itself a loyal group of followers. Now months after the TouchPad's sadly curtailed run, HP is returning to its Windows stomping grounds with the Slate 2, a refreshed model with some tweaks more appropriate for touch and pen-based input. The new Slate will improve on the first with six hours of quoted battery life - a 300% increase.
We got a glimpse at the upcoming Dell Latitude ST earlier this week, and now the company has outed the juicy hardware details for all. Like the rest of the Latitude line, the ST tablet is aimed at business users, even if a 10.1-inch tablet is something we're not entirely used to in that space. The slate runs a full version of Windows 7 with enterprise-class customizations and some targeted accessories, detailed in the official pics below.