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Microsoft: No more Windows XP for netbooks from October 22nd

Microsoft: No more Windows XP for netbooks from October 22nd

Windows XP has survived a whole lot longer than it ought to have - predominantly after getting a second lease of life on low-powered netbooks - and while they've warned manufacturers of such machines about the deadline for new installs before, there was a sense that we'd always be seeing XP as at least an option.  However, Microsoft has sent out a reminder to OEMs that, as of October 22nd 2010, they won't be able to use XP Home and must instead look to Windows 7 Starter Edition.

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EROS 10-inch Shenzhen tablet: nice idea, shame about the battery

EROS 10-inch Shenzhen tablet: nice idea, shame about the battery

Can't wait until next Wednesday?  Have to have a sizeable webslate right now?  Then get yourself to China, my impatient friend, and pick up this 10.2-inch EROS tablet, an Atom N270 based Windows XP/Windows 7 machine that's on sale there for under 3,000 yuan ($440).  Your money gets you a 1366 x 768 resistive touchscreen, 720p HD video playback and some reasonably clean (if uninspiring) design.

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PsiXpda UMPC review

PsiXpda UMPC review

Tablets are a fashionable topic right now - Apple are expected to announce their own model next week, and CES 2010 was positively dripping with touchscreens - but we've been hammering on about how useful a compact ultramobile device can be for years now. Before Christmas new UK startup PsiXpda dropped off their first offering, a compact UMPC with a slick, sliding/tilting form-factor, and asked us to give our honest opinion. At a shade under £500 ($820) the PsiXpda isn't cheap, especially in a world of netbooks and "superphones"; check out how it does in the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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PsiXpda UMPC video unboxing & first impressions

PsiXpda UMPC video unboxing & first impressions

UMPCs are still niche products, and native US or European vendors for them are even rarer, so we're quietly intrigued by UK startup PsiXpda and their first UMPC. Having broken cover yesterday, SlashGear's demo unit arrived in this morning's post and we promptly shot an unboxing video together with a brief hands-on demo. After the cut, two videos with the PsiXpda UMPC and some first impressions.

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Shenzhen HT560 MID packs VIA C7 CPU

Shenzhen HT560 MID packs VIA C7 CPU

Given how popular Android has tuned out to be among no-name tablet manufacturers, it's almost a surprise to see a new Windows XP slate.  Still, the Shenzhen Seed Industrial Co. HT560 has a few tricks up its sleeve: behind the 5.6-inch WVGA 800 x 480 touchscreen lurks VIA's 1GHz C7 processor rather than the Intel Atom we've come to expect, paired with 1GB of memory and between 8GB and 32GB of SSD storage.

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ViewSonic N01 3G MID spotted

ViewSonic N01 3G MID spotted

ViewSonic's deluge of new products back in July failed to include a MID or UMPC style device, but it seems they were merely waiting for the holidays to arrive in order to roll out just such a model.  The ViewSonic N01 is a reasonably striking MID with a 1.1GHz Intel Atom Z510 processor, 1GB of RAM and a scant 10GB of onboard storage; it also has integrated 3G connectivity along with a TV tuner and Windows XP.

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Can Anything Replace Windows XP As the Best Netbook Operating System?

Can Anything Replace Windows XP As the Best Netbook Operating System?

As someone who has been running Windows XP as a primary operating system for the past eight years and has seen more netbooks with the dated OS in the last year or so, I was probably more excited about the arrival of Windows 7 than Twilight fans are about the upcoming release of the vampire packed New Moon movie. However, the last two netbooks I have gotten my hands on run the lower-end and feature-missing Windows 7 Starter edition. Although it pains me to admit it, I miss the rolling green mountains and blue skies of Windows XP.

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Soyea Z5 Atom MID packs 3G

Soyea Z5 Atom MID packs 3G

If you've seen one Chinese MID, the saying goes, you've seen them all, and yet we still keep digging through the dross in the hope of turning up something shiny and loveable.  The latest glimmer amongst the grubs is the Soyea Z5, an Atom Z515 1.2GHz based ultraportable with a 5-inch WVGA touchscreen, 1GB of RAM, integrated 3G and a choice of Windows XP or Linux.

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