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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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ITG xpPhone gets second video demo

ITG xpPhone gets second video demo

ITG have released a second video of their xpPhone UMPC/smartphone crossover in action, and this time rather than merely show the boot sequence their demo shows the device actually working.  The clip - which you can see after the cut - starts with the xpPhone hooking up to a 3G network, before accessing IM and VoIP apps and finally browsing the web.

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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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ViewSonic VPC08 Windows XP MID-phone caught in wild

ViewSonic VPC08 Windows XP MID-phone caught in wild

ViewSonic might not be the first name you'd associate with a smartphone, but then the ViewSonic VPC08 isn't your typical handset.  It's actually a voice-enabled clamshell MID, running Windows XP on an 800MHz Atom Z500 processor with a 4.3-inch 800 x 480 touchscreen, while there are also external dialling controls and a 2-inch display.

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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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NVIDIA Ion LE DirectX 10 hack suggests purposefully crippled features

NVIDIA’s Ion LE promises to deliver the same 1080p HD playback as its regular Ion sibling, but at a cheaper price; to do that, it drops DirectX 10 support in favor of solely accommodating DX9.  It turns out that the limitation is, in fact, an arbitrary one and that the Ion LE seems to have been artificially crippled by NVIDIA themselves; MyHPMini forum member runawayprisoner found that by slightly modifying HP’s own Ion drivers he could get them to install for the Ion LE.

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The FrankenBook: A Creation that Cannot be Killed

The FrankenBook: A Creation that Cannot be Killed

Leading computer manufacturers along with Intel and Microsoft have inadvertently created a monster. And like Frankenstein, it is a monster they’d like to destroy. Although the industry’s hot-selling brainchild is physically quite small –perhaps more analogous to a gremlin in scale— with its small 10-inch screen, underpowered Intel Atom processor, cheaper version of Windows and under $400 price, netbooks are devouring corporate profit margins.

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