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Acer Aspire One D250 Android netbook previewed: disappointing

Acer Aspire One D250 Android netbook previewed: disappointing

Acer's Android netbook has been regular grist for the rumor-mill, with delays tipped, buyer apathy prediced, along with vehement denials from the company themselves.  So it's with no small amount of interest that we read one of the first reviews of the Acer Aspire One D250 Android - as the netbook appears to have been labelled - courtesy of ePrice.  They found the AOD250 to be "semi-finished", with Android perhaps unsurprisingly causing many of the issues.

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ASUS Eee PC 1001HA offers Linux, odd texturing

ASUS Eee PC 1001HA offers Linux, odd texturing

ASUS' second netbook from this weekend offers a blast from the past, in the shape of a Linux OS option.  The ASUS Eee PC 1001HA is billed as an entry-level model, but will be available in three different versions: the 1001HA XP, with Windows XP, the 1001HA LX, with Linux, or a bare model that comes with no OS at all.

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ITG xpPhone preorder promises AT&T, Vodafone or Orange 3G

ITG xpPhone preorder promises AT&T, Vodafone or Orange 3G

ITG have launched a preorder page for their distinctive xpPhone, promising support for "the global three major 3G standards" from its integrated 3G chip.  Still unpriced, the xpPhone has a 4.8-inch 800 x 480 touchscreen, AMD processor, WiFi b/g and Bluetooth, together with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.  Unlike most smartphones, though, the xpPhone runs Windows XP.

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Pierre Cardin PC-729 UMPC lands in China

Pierre Cardin PC-729 UMPC lands in China

Chalk another one up to bizarre branding: you're looking at the Pierre Cardin PC-729 UMPC, the handiwork of Shenzhen Industries, and while you might assume the Chinese firm have "borrowed unofficially" the designer branding, in actual fact this is the result of a legitimate licensing deal.  The PC-729 has a 7-inch 800 x 480 WVGA resistive touchscreen, 1.2GHz VIA C7-M processor and 16GB SSD, and is set to hit Chinese shelves priced at 2980 yuan ($436).

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Lessons From a Mac OS Switcher

I used to be a total Macintosh user; however, over time, various places I worked depended on Microsoft Windows and other MSFT technologies so that I was forced to use Windows for much of what I do. I still kept using a Mac, mostly for creative work and where business use allowed, but I had to have Windows in my life. Over the last few years, Apple has created a new line of machines that more closely match my laptop needs and have made a lot of changes to their core platform OS X. The result is a combination that makes for a very compelling argument to use Macintosh full time.

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Sinchun UMPC-501 A bargain MID may actually hit shelves

Sinchun UMPC-501 A bargain MID may actually hit shelves

Room in your hearts for another generic Chinese MID?  Shinchun Electronic Co. certainly hope so, because their UMPC-501 A actually sounds like it may eventually go on sale, unlike some of the OEM designs we generally see.  The 5-inch WVGA touchscreen slate runs from a 1.1GHz Intel Atom Z510 processor, with between 8 and 32GB of SSD storage and 1GB of RAM.

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Sony VAIO virtualization block means most can’t run Windows 7 XP Mode

Windows 7’s XP Mode was billed as a way for upgrade-shy enterprise users to make the jump to Microsoft’s new OS without losing access to their prized legacy apps.  Unfortunately, if you’ve kitted out your workforce with shiny Sony notebooks it’s not something you’ll be able to take advantage of; Sony have confirmed that their current VAIO range do not support the Intel Virtual Technology (VT) necessary for XP Mode to function.

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Acer & ASUS delay Android netbooks; freeze launches until Pine Trail in Q1 2010

Acer and ASUS are tipped to have frozen new netbook launches in the second half of 2009, in response to Intel’s decision to postpone the launch of the Pine Trail-M platform – of which the Atom N450 processor is a part – until Q1 2010.  As part of that, Acer’s dual-booting Android/Windows XP netbook has been postponed with no known launch date; the netbook, first shown in prototype form at Computex in June, was most recently expected to arrive in August.

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ASUS Eee PC T91 Review Round-up

ASUS Eee PC T91 Review Round-up

Having showed up on Amazon earlier today, it seems the ASUS Eee PC T91 really is ready for US prime-time.  The reviews have already begun to spring up across the usual suspects, so what's the consensus?  It looks like it's time for another SlashGear review round-up, this time about what could be ASUS' most-anticipated Eee PC to-date.

Full round-up, plus video, after the cut

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Acer Android dual-boot netbook coming August?

Acer’s dual-booting netbook, which will offer users both Windows XP and Google’s open-source Android platform, is tipped to arrive in August 2009.  First announced back at Computex, the company had only suggested a Q3 release; contrary to initial expectations, Acer hedged their bets and decided to make Android the “quick-boot” option rather than the sole OS.

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BenQ S6 MID gets Windows XP upgrade for Taiwan

BenQ S6 MID gets Windows XP upgrade for Taiwan

Old MIDs don't die; they get reborn with a new OS.  At least, that's what's going on with BenQ's S6: the 4.8-inch touchscreen handheld has been given a new lease of life by replacing its Midinux OS with Windows XP.  You'll have to be in Taiwan to buy it, though; carrier FarEasTone are offering the 3G-enabled S6 for $424 outright or free with a $57 per month three-year data contract.

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HP Mini 110 Mi and 110 XP now on sale

HP Mini 110 Mi and 110 XP now on sale

HP's latest netbook, the Mini 110 series, has gone up for sale at the company's webstore in both Mi and XP editions.  Replacing the HP Mini 1000 Broadband, XP and Mi models, the Mini 110 starts from $279.99 for the Linux-based netbook and $329.99 if you'd rather have Windows XP.  The listings also confirm pricing for the accessories and upgrades, including how much the switch to Intel's Atom N280 processor will cost you.

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