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January 17, 2011

Asus may implement own Android App Store

by Darren Allan
Asus might have its own Android App Store in the pipeline. The news comes after the company unveiled a triplet of Android tablets at CES (two 10 inch slates, and a 7 inch one just to keep Steve Jobs happy). Initially, it was thought these tablets would run Honeycomb, but now it's unclear whether that's the case, and they may ...

January 13, 2011

Asus Android tablets delayed to Q3, no Honeycomb

by Darren Allan
Asus has delivered a couple of bits of bad news about its upcoming range of tablets. Asus announced three Android Tablets at CES, the Transformer and Slider (10 inch models) along with the Memo (a 7 inch display). Both the 10 inch variants will come with a keyboard, with the Transformer featuring a removable one, and the Slider, unsurprisingly, ...

January 5, 2011

AMD unveils Fusion APUs at CES

by Darren Allan
Over at CES, AMD has taken the wraps off a new class of APU or Accelerated Processing Unit. The Fusion family of APUs incorporate both a multi-core processor and discrete DX11 graphics solution in a single unit, and a parallel processing engine, plus HD video acceleration block, running on a high-speed bus. Tablets and laptops are expected to arrive this ...

November 3, 2010

Wednesday NewsBytes: Facebook spruces up mobile website; Google did break UK data laws; Asus Lamborghini VX6 notebook now on sale

by Darren Allan
Facebook has introduced a number of new features to its mobile website, which now has some 200 million users. The revamp includes a new single sign-on for users, which allows them to log in to other apps from within Facebook with one click. Facebook Places is also getting attention, with shops now being able to offer various deals to customers ...

Asus Lamborghini Eee PC VX6 revs onto UK shelves

by Darren Allan
The Asus Lamborghini Eee PC VX6 is now available to buy in the UK. The ultra-portable notebook apparently takes inspiration from the Murcielago LP640 Roadster. It's got a spoiler on the lid, in other words. Of course not, but it does sport sleek lines and the Lamborghini badge. Under the bonnet nestles a 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Atom D525 processor, and ...

August 25, 2010

Asus N53 and N73 laptops land in the UK

by Darren Allan
Asus has unleashed a pair of new laptops which don't just sound good. They sound good, too (because they've got really good speakers, you see). The N53 and N73 have had their sonic side developed in conjunction with Bang & Olufsen, who know a thing or two about making high quality stereo equipment (and funny shaped and coloured TVs). These ...

July 12, 2010

Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer says prepare for Windows 7 slates

by Darren Allan
Microsoft decided against producing the Courier, the dual screen tablet which was hinged like a book, and looked like a pretty cool piece of hardware. But despite scrapping that idea, Steve Ballmer has just been talking up Windows 7 on tablets at this year's Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington. The conference is the annual gathering for Microsoft's partners, where the ...

May 31, 2010

Asus Eee Pad unveiled

by Darren Allan
The battle of the tablets is well and truly under way. And we're not talking about the Sunday morning decision about whether Nurofen or Paracetamol will be more effective in curing your sore head. The battle in question is the one in which big tech companies are trying to get a tablet out there which rivals the ...

May 5, 2010

Asus Eee Top ET2010 all-in-one PC launched

by Darren Allan
Asus has announced the UK launch of its Eee Top ET2010 all-in-one multimedia PC. It's big in all the right places – namely the screen, which is a 20 inch multi-touch affair – and small in others, namely the profile, with the unit being just 1 inch thick. Or should that be 1 inch thin? The 20 inch display is ...

March 9, 2010

Asus EEE PC 1005PR unveiled

by Darren Allan
Asus has taken the wraps off a new netbook, the snappily named EEE PC 1005PR. The selling point with this model is that it can handle 720p High Definition, thanks to a 10.1 inch 1366 x 768 resolution display, and a Broadcom BCM 70015 HD Decoder. Although there is a limit to how impressive an HD picture will be on ...

January 22, 2010

Snaps of Asus DR-950 e-reader appear

by Darren Allan
Asus has put some photos of its upcoming DR-950 e-reader on the web. The device is a slim affair, sporting a 9 inch black and white 1024 x 768 display. It's a touchscreen affair, of course, with just three small buttons nestling under the screen. It is thought to be packing 4GB of memory, with both wi-fi and 3G supported. The ...

January 21, 2010

Nvidia Ion 2 powered Asus Eee PC announced

by Darren Allan
Asus plans to release an Ion 2 powered Eee PC come this spring, DigiTimes reports. Nvidia's Ion 2 graphics technology should give this little netbook all the horsepower it needs to be able to cope with full High-Definition video. Not much else is known about the portable thus far, but it's thought that processor-wise it will have an Intel Atom ...

January 7, 2010

Asus unveils concept portables at CES

by Darren Allan
Asus has revealed designs for a slick and innovative new product line at CES 2010. The Waveface range of computers represent Asus's “context-based vision of the digital life”. Which we think is a fancy way of saying they're futuristic. The Waveface portables will react to the user's physiology and emotional state, the company claims, although exactly how this is achieved, ...

November 26, 2009

Asus EEE Box 1501 mini desktop arrives

by Darren Allan
Asus has launched the EEE Box 1501, a compact and powerful desktop PC. The unit features an Intel Atom 330 dual core processor, the Nvidia Ion graphics chipset, 2GB of memory (optionally 4GB) and a 250GB hard disk. It also comes with an HDMI port, and supports full 1080p high-definition playback, as well as 5.1 surround sound. Throw in wi-fi, a ...

November 20, 2009

Asus readies nippy 1201N netbook for UK

by Darren Allan
Asus has announced the UK launch date for its speedy Eee PC 1201N – it will be available in January 2010. The netbook has a 12.1 inch display, dual-core Intel Atom 330 processor, 2GB of memory, and a 250GB hard disk. Most importantly it sports an Nvidia Ion graphics chip which will make more exacting tasks such as gaming or ...

September 25, 2009

Asus Eee PC MK90 pink and blue Disney netbooks launched

by Darren Allan
Asus has rolled out a new Disney themed netbook, the Eee PC MK90. The idea is that it's targeted at younger children as a friendly first computer, complete with a Disney themed desktop and browser, alongside built-in Web filters designed to keep kids safer online. The netbook is spill proof and knock ...

April 2, 2009

HP to trial Google Android on netbooks

by David Allen
The computer maker Hewlett Packard (HP) is considering whether it is viable or not to include the Google mobile operating system Android in some of its cheaper and smaller laptops. Android has not really set the world on fire yet; there has been some interest in the mini laptop market, but nothing ...

March 30, 2009

Asus to release fold/unfold laptop

by David Allen
Asus will be launching a new laptop to directly compete with the new Dell addition, the Adamo, and the MacBook Air from Apple. The computer company recently reported that it will be bringing out a new laptop that will directly compete with the other top-of-the-range ...

March 10, 2009

Asus Eee gets HD

by David Allen
The latest Asus Eee Top models will be offering users HD compatibility. Currently there are two models due to come out - the Eee Top ET2203 and the Eee Top ET2003. These will operate in a similar manner to the Eee Box that was launched last week. Because these models have just been announced, Asus is not letting too ...

March 6, 2009

Asus planning Android based mini laptop

by David Allen
The computer manufacturer, Asus, has the dubious honour of being responsible in most part for the mini laptop boom that has taken hold in the UK. It is now about to ramp things up even further by bring out a laptop with the Android operating system. This market is dominated by Asus and Intel, but the laptop with Android ...

March 4, 2009

Asus speeds up Lamborghini laptop

by David Allen
Putting the Lamborghini brand on a computer would have been foolish if Ferrari and Acer had not done the exact same thing a couple of months ago. However, in the spirit of competition, and there has been a lot of competition between Lamborghini and Ferrari over the past fifty years or so, it is only natural this competitiveness should ...

March 2, 2009

Asus launches Box 206 in UK

by David Allen
The tiny computer that is hardly larger than a book from Asus is to be launched in the UK. This is the closest thing that users are going to get to the MacMini, in size if nothing else. The Asus Eee Box 206 is the new edition of the Eee Box, which has some interesting features including: Intel Atom processor 160GB ...

February 19, 2009

Asus to trim back range of computers

by David Allen
The number of computers currently available from Asus can be confusing to say the least, but fortunately, the company is now thinking about reducing the range of computers it produces. There are around twenty different models of Asus computers currently on the market. Reducing this number would work well for both the customer and Asus. The customer would ...

January 8, 2009

First the Eee PC, now the Eee Phone

by David Allen
First the Eee PC, now the Eee Phone Asustek has announced plans to build on the success of its affordable Eee PC netbook line up by launching a low-cost Eee smartphone. Asus Chairman Johnny Shih said his company is looking to build a pocket sized device that works likes a PDA, navigates using GPS, and plays MP3s and ...

December 29, 2008

T Mobile offers “free” Asus

by David Allen
The mobile provider is going into the New Year with a new deal for customers signing for their brand of mobile broadband. Customers signing up for a twenty four month long contract at a cost of £25 per month will be able to pick up an Asus EEE PC904HD laptop with a free USB modem stick, 3GB monthly fair ...

November 10, 2008

Orange offer Eee with mobile broadband

by David Allen
New customers signing up for Orange mobile broadband will be getting a nice surprise, as from the middle of November they will be offered, at no extra cost, the new Asus Eee 901 laptop. This is worth around £300 and has integrated 3G connectivity, making it an ideal machine for using while on the move. The package that the ...

August 19, 2008

Orange offers free netbook with mobile broadband

by David Allen
UK network operator Orange will be offering free netbooks - ultra-mobile laptops with built in 3G connectivity - to its mobile broadband customers. Orange has signed a deal with Taiwan-based Eee PC maker Asustek, allowing them to give away the Eee PC for free to new customers. The Eee PC was a huge hit when it was first released last year, and ...

July 30, 2008

Asus attack the PC sector

by David Allen
Most people have heard of the Asus Eee, the small laptop that despite being small on the outside is definitely big on the inside! Following the success of their small laptop, Asus are moving their technical know how into the PC sector with the Asus Eee Box, where they intend to attack this market in the same way that ...

July 24, 2008

Orange and Asus compete with iPhone

by David Allen
Orange are planning an all out attack on the iPhone as they are launching a new range of packages which will bundle Orange mobile broadband with a Asus Eee PC 900 mini laptop. The Asus package is targeted at individual users, who will get the ...

June 20, 2008

Nat West offers bargain mobile broadband

by David Allen
As part of their 2008 student package, the Nat West bank will be offering students who choose to open an account a voucher worth £50 off of 3 mobile broadband. It’s a good way for both companies to get their products in front of an audience of potentially new customers, which ...