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The Tablet Is The Ultimate Mobile Personal Computer

Our firm has been doing an extensive amount of tablet analysis over the past year. The more I study the role of the tablet in the industry and in the lives of consumers the more fascinated I become with this form factor. To clarify, we believe and classify the tablet […]
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GOOD RIDDANCE: 9 Bad Tech Ideas That Expired In 2011

[credit provider=”Eliana M via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/elimag/5358127784/sizes/z/in/photostream/”] In high-tech trends and product ideas come and go.Remember when “push” media like Pointcast was going to replace the Web? Or when everybody was going to live in a kind of 3D virtual reality? Or when TV was going to merge with the Internet? […]
GOOD RIDDANCE: 9 Bad Tech Ideas That Expired In 2011
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HP Will Stop Trying To Sell WebOS And Give It Away To The World Instead

[credit provider=”Robert Scoble”] Hewlett-Packard has given up trying to make any money from the WebOS software it gained in its 2009 acquisition of Palm, and instead will release the source code under an open source licence, in hopes that a broader community of developers will find a use for it.HP […]
HP Will Stop Trying To Sell WebOS And Give It Away To The World Instead
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Actually, Windows 8 Will Be TOTALLY Relevant On Desktop PCs — Here’s Why

[credit provider=”eBay” url=”http://www.ebay.com/itm/Microsoft-Windows-8-Build-Samsung-Tablet-/250895305136?pt=US_Tablets&hash=item3a6a8689b0″] Research firm IDC issued 10 predictions for 2012 over the weekend.One of them seems to predict that Windows 8 will be a flop on desktop PCs, while doing OK in tablets.
Actually, Windows 8 Will Be TOTALLY Relevant On Desktop PCs — Here’s Why
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This Poor Student Built His Girlfriend A Windows Tablet For $125

[credit provider=”CFP”] Even if you can’t afford an iPad — or a $200 Kindle Fire tablet — all hope isn’t completely lost. This student, too poor to afford a regular tablet, went out and built one on his own as a present for his girlfriend.Wei Xinlong built a Windows 7-powered tablet […]
This Poor Student Built His Girlfriend A Windows Tablet For $125
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SCOBLE: Microsoft Can’t Win In Tablets

[credit provider=”Robert Scoble” url=”http://scobleizer.com/2011/02/23/an-ipad-lovers-review-of-motorola-xoom/”] Robert Scoble offers a pretty solid argument against Microsoft succeeding in the tablet space.In a recording posted to FlipZu, he offers two main reasons why Microsoft will fail.
SCOBLE: Microsoft Can’t Win In Tablets
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HP Takes Another Shot At Tablet Computers With The Slate 2

[credit provider=”Screenshot”] HP has come a long way from its August announcement that it was “exiting the hardware business.” Now it’s giving its Slatetablet some upgrades and putting a $700 price tag on it.The Slate 2 comes with a new Intel Atom Oak Trail Z670 processor, a zippy 64 GB […]
HP Takes Another Shot At Tablet Computers With The Slate 2
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The Real Reason Microsoft Nuked Its Promising Courier Tablet

[credit provider=”Engadget”] Microsoft killed off one its more promising products because it didn’t play nice with the company’s Windows franchise, according to a new report by Jay Greene at CNET.At the end of 2009, the tech world was whipping itself into a frenzy of hype and speculation over the “Apple […]
The Real Reason Microsoft Nuked Its Promising Courier Tablet
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HP Is Selling $150 TouchPads To Get More PCs Out The Door

[credit provider=”Flickr/ben Miller” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/benm_at/5445899028/”] You can now get a 32GB HP TouchPad for $149 when you buy a new HP or Compaq personal computer at Best Buy.It’s the last gasp for HP’s tablet. The tablet launched in July to high hopes, but HP canceled it — and all other WebOS […]
HP Is Selling $150 TouchPads To Get More PCs Out The Door
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The Perks Of Getting Gadgets In-Store

[credit provider=”GodsMoon via flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/godsmoon/4445456/sizes/m/in/photostream/”] Everyone wants to get their hands on tablet computers and e-readers this holiday season, but before you start snapping them up from direct-sellers like Amazon and Apple, you might want to reconsider those “old fashioned” electronics stores. You know, the ones with doors and shelves […]
The Perks Of Getting Gadgets In-Store
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A Close Look At The New $35 (!) Tablet Computer From India

[credit provider=”NDTV.com” url=”http://www.ndtv.com/album/listing/gadgets/first-pictures-the-aakash-india-s-50-tablet-11493/slide/5″] The Aakash, a tablet designed and manufactured in India, has a government subsidized price of US $35, according to BBC News. The tablet, translated as “Sky,” was built with students in mind. A commercial version of the tablet is set to retail at a maximum of $60.
A Close Look At The New $35 (!) Tablet Computer From India
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The One Huge Reason Why Amazon Will Not Beat Apple

[credit provider=” via Ronald Heft on Flickr ” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/cavemonkey50/1458972330/”] My Macbook is dying.Yesterday, the “M” stopped working. My wife took it to the local Apple Store — it’s only about a half mile away, as an Apple Store always seems to be — and they determined that the keyboard needed […]
The One Huge Reason Why Amazon Will Not Beat Apple
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The Big Unanswered Questions About Windows 8

[credit provider=”Microsoft”] The tablet interface of Windows 8 that Microsoft demonstrated this week looks great, and developers and reviewers are pretty excited about the test version that the company is giving away.But there are still way too many unanswered questions to know whether Windows 8 will be a hit with […]
The Big Unanswered Questions About Windows 8
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Windows 8 Looks Like A Winner — But It’s STILL A Year Away

[credit provider=”Illustration: Ellis Hamburger”] Microsoft revealed a lot more information about Windows 8 at its Build developer conference today, and overall it looks pretty impressive — it’s got a slick interface, support for future-looking hardware features like NFC chips and touch screens, and lots of neat treats for developers, which […]
Windows 8 Looks Like A Winner — But It’s STILL A Year Away
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Windows Phone Apps Will Run On Windows 8, Says NVIDIA

[credit provider=” via Zdnet ” url=”http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/windows-8-two-new-3rd-party-apps-using-the-new-metro-ui/56291?tag=content;photo-frame”] Microsoft has a platform problem: it’s building Windows 8 to be a great tablet operating system. But it already has a different platform for mobile phones, Windows Phone 7.That’s the exact opposite approach of Apple, which took its iPhone platform and moved it up […]
Windows Phone Apps Will Run On Windows 8, Says NVIDIA
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VMWare Chief To Microsoft: Who’s The Dinosaur?

[credit provider=”fantaz via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/farhan/2778943174/”] Yesterday, Microsoft released a funny video that portrayed virtualization company VMWare as living in a 1970s version of the past.But last evening, VMWare chief Paul Maritz — who used to lead Microsoft’s platforms group in the 1990s — shot back by pointing out that Windows […]
VMWare Chief To Microsoft: Who’s The Dinosaur?
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To Tablet Or Not To Tablet

[credit provider=”TechnoBuffalo”] Tablets have taken the world by storm. BMO Capital Markets forecasts that 45 million tablets will be sold in 2011. Apple’s easy-to-use iPad has captivated consumers with its ability to provide instant entertainment, take apps to the next level, and easily serve as a flexible, engaging technology device. […]
To Tablet Or Not To Tablet
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CHART OF THE DAY: People Only Want iPads

In light of HP’s decision to get out of the WebOS tablet making business, we’re highlighting this chart published at the NYT, via wealth management and analysis firm Robert W. Baird.
CHART OF THE DAY: People Only Want iPads
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Crappy Products That Lasted Longer Than The HP TouchPad

[credit provider=”Business Insider Illustration”] After just a month and a half on the market — 49 days, to be exact — HP is giving up the TouchPad and its mobile OS, WebOS.The tablet was no iPad killer, selling just 25,000 units for Best Buy over the 49 days it was […]
Crappy Products That Lasted Longer Than The HP TouchPad
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Michael Dell: Windows And Android Tablets Make Sense, Everything Else Is “Noise”

[credit provider=”AllThingsD” url=”http://allthingsd.com/20110601/exclusive-making-sense-of-what-we-just-learned-about-windows-8/”] On Dell’s earnings call yesterday, CEO Michael Dell revealed that he’s pretty excited about Windows 8 for tablets, while still planning to work with Google’s Android platform as well.Here’s how he answered a question from an analyst about the Google-Motorola deal:
Michael Dell: Windows And Android Tablets Make Sense, Everything Else Is “Noise”
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RIM Isn’t Making Any Money On The PlayBook

[credit provider=”Business Insider”] Research in Motion was so confident it would sell millions of PlayBooks this year, it discounted the first 500,000 to wireless carriers.The idea, according to BGR, is that when carriers saw that RIM was selling them at less than full margin, they would apply further discounts.The first […]
RIM Isn’t Making Any Money On The PlayBook
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Of Course HP Will Make Windows 8 Tablets

[credit provider=”Ellis Hamburger”] Hewlett-Packard launches the TouchPad this week, but expect the company to build Windows 8 tablets once it ships next year.Fast Company asked HP’s PC boss Phil McKinney if they’d ship a Windows 8 tablet. He said he couldn’t say much, but that HP is working very closely […]
Of Course HP Will Make Windows 8 Tablets
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Apple Leaked How Many iPads It Sold In Q2 And It’s A Good Number

[credit provider=”AP”] Based on numbers shared during Apple’s WWDC keynote this morning, the company is on track to sell 8 million iPads this quarterGene Munster of Piper Jaffray noticed that Apple said it had sold 25 million iPads to date. That’s a rate of about 87,000 per day, which amounts […]
Apple Leaked How Many iPads It Sold In Q2 And It’s A Good Number
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Windows 8 Will Have A Video Chat App Called Chatter

[credit provider=”jayneandd, Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/jayneandd/4500700731/sizes/m/in/photostream/”] It looks like video chat will be built into Windows 8.The move isn’t exactly surprising given Microsoft’s recent purchase of Skype, and could give the company a nice answer to Apple’s Facetime.
Windows 8 Will Have A Video Chat App Called Chatter
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Windows 8 Will Be Two Operating Systems In One

[credit provider=”AllThingsD” url=”http://allthingsd.com/20110601/exclusive-making-sense-of-what-we-just-learned-about-windows-8/”] Microsoft’s Windows boss Steve Sinofsky took the stage at the D9 conference to show Windows 8 for the first time.Although we’ve seen a lot of leaks, this is the first time Microsoft has actually explained how it will work.
Windows 8 Will Be Two Operating Systems In One
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Microsoft Will Exercise Tight Control Over Tablet Hardware, Just Like It Did With Windows Phone

[credit provider=”Flickr/The CBI” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/the-cbi/3986605107/”] Microsoft will exercise tight control over the hardware that goes into Windows 8 tablets — just like it did when it launched for Windows Phone smartphones last year — but some hardware makers don’t like the new rules.It’s a historic shift for the company, which used […]
Microsoft Will Exercise Tight Control Over Tablet Hardware, Just Like It Did With Windows Phone
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Windows 8 Could Make Its Public Debut Next Week

[credit provider=”Geeksmack” url=”http://www.geeksmack.net/uncategorized/windows-8s-secret-logon-screen-revealed/”] Windows chief Steven Sinofsky has just been confirmed to appear at the ninth D: AllThingsDigital conference next week, and the smart odds are that he’ll use the high-profile event to give the public its first view of Windows 8, the next version of Microsoft’s operating system.Microsoft is […]
Windows 8 Could Make Its Public Debut Next Week
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Bill Gates: “The PC Is The Tablet”

[credit provider=”BBC via WinRumors” url=”http://www.winrumors.com/bill-gates-answers-tough-questions-on-microsofts-recent-failings-video/”] Bill Gates took to the BBC last night to talk about his philanthropic efforts, but the conversation naturally turned to Microsoft and Gates was quick to defend the company’s mobile efforts.When the interviewer suggested that we’re in a post-PC era, with most of the innovation […]
Bill Gates: “The PC Is The Tablet”
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Intel Exec Spills The Beans On Microsoft’s Tablet Plans

[credit provider=”AP”] Microsoft will have four versions of Windows 8 for ARM processors, according to an Intel executive. But none of them will run older applications.ARM processors are used in most smartphones and tablets today. Microsoft announced in January that it was porting Windows to ARM for the first time […]
Intel Exec Spills The Beans On Microsoft’s Tablet Plans
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More Evidence That The iPad Is Just Destroying Netbooks

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Steve_Jobs_with_the_Apple_iPad_no_logo.jpg”] Asus, the maker of the popular Eee netbook PC, shipped just 350,000 of them in April, sources tell DigiTimes.This is just more evidence that the iPad and other tablets are just obliterating the netbook category, which was for several years one of the fastest-growing PC categories.
More Evidence That The iPad Is Just Destroying Netbooks
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The Third Biggest PC Maker Warns Sales Are Tanking

Acer, the number-three PC maker in the world, told investors this morning that second-quarter sales will be down 10% from last year. That’s more bad news for PC suppliers like Microsoft and Intel.Acer previously expected flat growth during the quarter.
The Third Biggest PC Maker Warns Sales Are Tanking
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HP Readies A Streaming Music Service To Beat Apple And Google

[credit provider=”PreCentral” url=”http://www.precentral.net/touchpad-include-smart-caching-cloud-based-music-syncing-video-store-exclusive”] HP is following in Amazon’s footsteps, preparing to launch a music service that stores files in the “cloud,” allowing users to access their music from anywhere, Derek Kessler at PreCentral reports.Neither Apple, nor Google currently offer such a service, but rumours have been floating for a while […]
HP Readies A Streaming Music Service To Beat Apple And Google
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Barnes & Noble: Please Make Android Apps For Nook

[credit provider=”Barnes & Noble”] Bookseller Barnes & Noble is soliciting developers to create apps for the Nook colour, as it prepares to turn its $250 e-reader into more of a complete Android tablet.Hackers have already shown that it’s possible to run Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) on the Nook, which ships with […]
Barnes & Noble: Please Make Android Apps For Nook
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Microsoft Strategy Chief: Tablets May Just Be A Fad

[credit provider=”Microsoft”] Microsoft’s chief technical officer and strategic leader Craig Mundie told an audience in Australia that he’s not sure if tablets are here to stay.It’s another example of Microsoft leadership’s blind spot (or perhaps willful denial) about the fastest growing new category in personal computing, which is starting to […]
Microsoft Strategy Chief: Tablets May Just Be A Fad
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Check Out This Amazing Video Meeting App For iPad

[credit provider=”Matt Rosoff”] The iPad is slowly invading big businesses, and today it got another killer app: videoconferencing.Historically, companies have used big expensive telepresence systems for large conferences, and perhaps PCs for smaller or more casual meetings.
Check Out This Amazing Video Meeting App For iPad
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PC Makers Get Their First Taste Of Windows 8

[credit provider=”Associated Press”] Microsoft has shipped the first test version of Windows 8 to PC makers, according to posts on online forums, which means it’s on track for a late 2012 release.Windows 8 is a big deal for Microsoft because it will have special features for tablets — it will […]
PC Makers Get Their First Taste Of Windows 8
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Tablets Are Hammering The Notebook Market: Acer Sales Off 10%

[credit provider=”Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/theyoungthousands/2482389516/”] The PC market looks like it’s headed for a bad year, as notebook sales fall prey to Apple’s iPad and other tablets.Acer warned this morning that first quarter sales 10% from last year, and it doesn’t expect any growth in the second quarter either. It previously expected […]
Tablets Are Hammering The Notebook Market: Acer Sales Off 10%
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Microsoft Will Open Its 8th Store On Thursday

[credit provider=”Associated Press”] It’s a far cry from the 300-plus Apple Stores, but Microsoft is slowly expanding its retail footprint with an eighth store on Thursday.Having more stores could eventually help Microsoft sell products like Windows Phones — which can only be appreciated after some hands-on time. They might also […]
Microsoft Will Open Its 8th Store On Thursday
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How Microsoft Will Revamp Office For Tablets

Revamping Windows to run on tablets isn’t enough for Microsoft to compete with the iPad — it also has to make sure that it’s got lots of apps as well.The most important app? From Microsoft’s perspective, it’s Office — which counts for more than $10 billion in sales every year.
How Microsoft Will Revamp Office For Tablets
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Why Samsung Puts Up With Steve Jobs’ Insults

[credit provider=”CBS Interactive”] Steve Jobs seems to have found a new whipping boy in Samsung, but because Samsung makes so much money building chips for Apple devices, the company has little choice but to take the abuse.In his iPad 2 introduction, Steve Jobs took a few shots at Samsung, calling […]
Why Samsung Puts Up With Steve Jobs’ Insults
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Apple Posts Big Beautiful Videos Of The iPad 2

[credit provider=”Apple” url=”http://movies.apple.com/ipad/guided-tours/”] In case the reviews haven’t helped you make up your mind yet, Apple has just posted 14 big beautiful videos of the iPad 2 in action.The Guided Tours take you through new features like FaceTime, Garage Band, and iMovie, plus all your old favourites like Mail and […]
Apple Posts Big Beautiful Videos Of The iPad 2
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HP’s Puzzling WebOS Strategy

[credit provider=”HP” url=”http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/Data-Central/CEO-Apotheker-s-Friday-at-HP-Labs-lunch-and-listening-tours-Plus/ba-p/82688″] Hewlett Packard CEO Leo Apotheker confirmed to Businessweek earlier today that every Hewlett-Packard PC that ships in 2012 will include WebOS alongside Windows, adding some detail to HP’s surprise announcement last month.The idea is to create an instantly massive userbase for WebOS so developers will be more […]
HP’s Puzzling WebOS Strategy
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So Microsoft Gets A Tablet Out In Two Years — Then What?

[credit provider=”AP”] Microsoft has a come-from-behind strategy that’s working in search and could eventually pay off in smartphones. But it might not be able to use the same strategy for tablets when it finally releases Windows 8 for tablets in late 2012.
So Microsoft Gets A Tablet Out In Two Years — Then What?
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Microsoft Will Enter The Tablet Game In Late 2012

[credit provider=”Robert Thomson via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/14degrees/440515255/”] Bloomberg reports that Microsoft is hoping to have Windows 8 tablets available in time for the back to school season. In 2012.The report cites confidential sources, and it’s in line with what we’ve heard as well. 
Microsoft Will Enter The Tablet Game In Late 2012
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More Bad News For Microsoft: PC Sales Forecast Slashed Again

[credit provider=”Dan Frommer, Business Insider”] Research firm Gartner has slashed its forecast of PC sales for 2011 dramatically, citing weaker than expected demand for mobile PCs in China and the continuing effect of tablets like Apple’s iPad.The company now predicts PC unit growth of 10.5%, for a total around 388 […]
More Bad News For Microsoft: PC Sales Forecast Slashed Again
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Steve Jobs: Tablets Are Not PCs And Our Competitors Don’t Get It

The iPad is not a computer, and competitors who approach it like the PC market will fail, says Apple’s Steve Jobs.Like he did at last year’s iPad introduction, Jobs closed today’s iPad 2 event by talking about Apple’s philosophy of marrying technology with liberal arts (always a nice moment for […]
Steve Jobs: Tablets Are Not PCs And Our Competitors Don’t Get It
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Andreessen-Horowitz-Backed Kno On Verge Of Selling Its Massive Tablet Project

[credit provider=”Business Insider”] One of Andreessen-Horowitz’s early investments is on the cusp of a major shake up, Kara Swisher reports.Kno, which was making a massive dual-screened 14″ tablet, is about to dump its hardware business and focus entirely on software, says Swisher. (It also offers a single screen version of […]
Andreessen-Horowitz-Backed Kno On Verge Of Selling Its Massive Tablet Project
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Microsoft Is “Closer To Competitive” On Tablets “Than Some realise”

[credit provider=”Dan Frommer, Business Insider”] Microsoft is a lot closer than people think to delivering a viable tablet, says Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Holt in a research note this morning.After speaking with Microsoft executives, Holt says Windows 8 running on ARM chip designs could be ready as soon as the […]
Microsoft Is “Closer To Competitive” On Tablets “Than Some realise”
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LEAKED: Dell Roadmaps Show Big Bet On Android

Somebody just unleashed Dell’s smartphone and tablet roadmap for the next two years onto the folks at WPCentral and Android Central, and the biggest surprise is how heavily Dell — a big Windows partner — is betting on Android.
LEAKED: Dell Roadmaps Show Big Bet On Android
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HP Will Ship WebOS As An Addition To Windows, Not A Replacement

[credit provider=”Gizmodo” url=”http://gizmodo.com/#!5756251/palm-galleryyy//gallery/6″] This morning’s introduction of the HP TouchPad and other new WebOS devices lasted more than two hours, but it was worth sticking it out for the interesting news that came toward the end: later this year, HP will begin shipping WebOS on new laptop and notebook PCs.That […]
HP Will Ship WebOS As An Addition To Windows, Not A Replacement
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Apple’s Fiendishly Clever Plan To Kneecap Its Tablet Competition

[credit provider=”Associated Press”] One of the underdiscussed things that makes Apple such a successful (and profitable) company is its extremely efficient supply chain operations. It goes into long term agreements with suppliers and plays hardball. And because it makes so few models of its various devices, it can order components […]
Apple’s Fiendishly Clever Plan To Kneecap Its Tablet Competition
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Intel: We’re Not Worried About Microsoft’s ARM Move

[credit provider=”Flickr/umpcportal.com” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/umpcportal/4271556900/sizes/m/in/photostream/”] Intel wants the world to know that Microsoft’s decision to port Windows to ARM processors hasn’t created a rift between the old partners — even if some individual execs are hinting that they’re frustrated with Microsoft’s slow move.An Intel spokesperson said, “With over 30 years of compatibility, […]
Intel: We’re Not Worried About Microsoft’s ARM Move
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Here’s How The iPad Is Capturing Casual PC Users

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Steve_Jobs_with_the_Apple_iPad_no_logo.jpg”] Market research firms may not count it as a PC, but the iPad is clearly a computer, and Apple’s latest sales figures show that it’s now got about 7% of what used to be the global “PC” market.So what are all those people doing with it, […]
Here’s How The iPad Is Capturing Casual PC Users