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Acer Android netbook will be dual-OS: no escape from Windows

Acer Android netbook will be dual-OS: no escape from Windows

When Acer global vice-president Jim Wong said the company would continue to supply Windows netbooks alongside their new Android netbooks, we didn't expect that to mean dual-booting.  However, much to Linux-lovers dismay (and in fact anybody who wanted to avoid the so-called "Windows tax" of roughly $25 for an XP license), company president JT Wang has now confirmed that at least the first wave of Android netbooks will come with both open-source and Microsoft OS.

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Android-based Acer netbook landing Q3

Android-based Acer netbook landing Q3

Acer's Jim Wong, global president for IT products, has confirmed that the company plan to launch an Android-based netbook in Q3 this year.  Full details of the netbook are unknown, but it's believed to be based on the same Intel Atom processors as Acer's existing netbook range.

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iDOT CCI 3.8-inch VIA/Freescale MID with XP & Android [Video]

iDOT CCI 3.8-inch VIA/Freescale MID with XP & Android [Video]

It's not all Tegra and Snapdragon at Computex this week: VIA are also making an appearance with their processors showing up in the latest devices.  One such example is this iDOT CCI 3.8-inch mobile internet device (MID).  Using the familiar sliding form-factor of Aigo's MIDs, the CCI device has an 800 x 480 resistive touchscreen, full QWERTY keyboard and runs either VIA's 500MHz fanless Eden ULV CPU or an 800MHz Freescale MX51.

Update: Video demo after the cut

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UMID mbook M1 MID available worldwide

UMID mbook M1 MID available worldwide

It's now got a whole lot easier to pick up UMID's mbook M1, as exported Justek announce that they're shipping the clamshell MID to anywhere worldwide.  Rather than having to go to Korea, then, you can now order the Atom-based mini-notebook online; prices start from $659, and both Linux and Windows XP versions are available.

Intel CPU Virtualization confusion undermining Windows 7 XP Mode

Intel CPU Virtualization confusion undermining Windows 7 XP Mode

The widespread Windows 7 RC release has meant many users attention turned to the OS' recently-announced Windows XP Mode, only to discover what Microsoft had warned from the start: many processors won't support it.  XP Mode requires hardware-assisted virtualization, which means the CPU must support either Intel VT or AMD-V technology, and the motherboard BIOS must have it enabled.  What many Intel users are discovering now is that their CPUs - even high-speed processors still on sale now - don't support Intel VT, and as such XP Mode can't be used.

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Moneual MiNEW A10 nettop: this is no HTPC

Moneual MiNEW A10 nettop: this is no HTPC

Moneual have announced a new nettop, the MiNEW A10, based on Intel's Atom 230 1.6GHz processor and running Windows XP.  The company is billing the A10 as a basic HTPC, though looking at the specs it's hard to see how: connectivity lacks even an S-Video port to hook up your TV.

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Windows 7’s XP Mode requires chip-level virtualization

Windows 7’s XP Mode requires chip-level virtualization

Further details on the Windows XP Mode to be included in Windows 7 have emerged, suggesting that use of the Virtual PC legacy environment may be trickier than simply buying the Professional, Ultimate or Enterprise versions of the new OS.  Instead, Windows XP Mode will require at least 2GB of RAM, plus a CPU that supports chip-level virtualization. 

Microsoft XP Mode for Windows 7 confirmed

Microsoft XP Mode for Windows 7 confirmed

Microsoft thought it would leave Windows XP behind when it launched Vista, but the tide of netbooks has kept the old OS active for far longer than expected.  Now, the Windows team have confirmed that Windows 7 will have its own little slice of XP DNA, in the shape of an emulator intended for those with legacy apps.  Called Windows XP Mode, it will run as a Virtual PC in the new OS.

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Acer Aspire One Pro 531 gets official: OS choice & optional SSD

Acer Aspire One Pro 531 gets official: OS choice & optional SSD

The rumored Acer Aspire One Pro 531 netbook has appeared on Acer Germany's website.  First tipped back in March, the Pro 531 has the same 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 display and choice of N270 or N280 Atom processors as the standard Aspire One 531 (aka A531) but adds a choice of OS, larger hard-drives or an optional SSD.

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Hualu UCG501 MID gets iPhone-style launcher

Hualu UCG501 MID gets iPhone-style launcher

Borrowing no small amount from a certain Apple cellphone for its launcher, underneath the iPhone iconography the Hualu UCG501 MID is all Windows XP.  The 5-inch MID has an 800 x 480 touchscreen plus integrated 3G and GPS, together with an optical mouse pointer.

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ASUS Eee PC 1004DN reviewed: GN40 graphics let down by XP

ASUS Eee PC 1004DN reviewed: GN40 graphics let down by XP

ASUS' Eee PC 1004DN is one of the first generally available netbooks to include an integrated optical drive, something which has split opinions among aficionados of the segment.  HKEPC have been playing with the Intel Atom N280/GN40 netbook and, while on paper it's an impressive prospect, the reality is that hardware and software just don't tally up quite yet.

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Intel GN40 graphics hamstrung by XP

Intel GN40 graphics hamstrung by XP

After confirming back in March that their GN40 chipset was not intended for 1080p Blu-ray playback, Intel have now confirmed that, in choosing Windows XP, netbook manufacturers are leaving customers without some of the enhanced 3D graphics performance and hardware video decoding the graphics chipset supports.  The issue arises because the more advanced features require DirectX 10 and DXVA 2.0 (DirectX Video Acceleration 2.0) APIs, which demand Vista or above.

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