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Computer News: PC’s, Tablet PC news, computing

February 11, 2011

Global data estimated to total 295 Exabytes

by Darren Allan
The amount of data which is stored worldwide has been estimated by a bunch of scientists who evidently have too much time on their hands. As Frankie Boyle once put it, you'd half expect that in a lab somewhere, some bored white-coat is busy finding out exactly how many Fruit Pastilles it takes to choke a kestrel. Anyway, how much ...

February 9, 2011

HP TouchPad unveiled, webOS tablet

by Darren Allan
There's another tablet on the way – don't all cheer at once, now. Although at least this is a bit different to the legion of Android tablets which is stomping towards 2011 like an army of homicidal cyborgs sent back from the future. Perhaps. HP has unveiled the TouchPad, a webOS powered slate which is happily hopping on the ...

Dell prepares 10 inch Windows 7 tablet for enterprise

by Darren Allan
Dell has a 10 inch Windows 7 tablet in the pipeline aimed at business users. The company announced its intentions at a press event over in the States , IDG News reports. 10 inch Android tablets are also planned, which has been mentioned in the past. Apparently the Windows 7 tablet will utilise ...

AOC Tablet PC to be around £200

by Brian Turner
Display specialist AOC will be launching it's tablet PC next month - with a European price of just 200 euros. The AOC Tablet PC is a first for the manufacturer, but running on Android 2, it should offer a lot of familiar features. The AOC Tablet PC comes with the following specs: - ...

iPad 2 production already underway

by Darren Allan
Apple is already cranking out the iPad sequel on its production lines. That's according to a report by the Wall Street Journal, which has been talking to sources who are “familiar with the matter”. The WSJ says that the same sources claim the iPad 2 will be both thinner and lighter than ...

February 8, 2011

Plextor M2S solid-state drive coming to UK

by Darren Allan
Plextor has announced the launch of its second-gen M2S series solid-state drive in the UK. The 2.5 inch drive will be available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities, supporting the SATA III 6Gb/s interface. Read speeds of up to 480MB/s and write speeds of 330MB/s are promised. Plextor also bangs the drum regarding the SSD's reliability, with the drives using ...

February 7, 2011

Samsung denies 16% Galaxy Tab return rate

by Darren Allan
Samsung has refuted claims that its Galaxy Tab slate has high return levels of around 16% in the US. This one-in-six figure popped up courtesy of ITG Investment Research, who according to the Galaxy Tabs website, derived the percentage from a study of 6,000 retail outlets. Samsung issued a statement which said: “The ...

February 4, 2011

Acer takes action over Sandy Bridge fault

by Darren Allan
Intel has hit some serious trouble with its latest and greatest Sandy Bridge processors this week. After shipping them out last month, the company discovered a flaw which didn't emerge in the normal testing process. The issue is with the Cougar Point chipset, and is a problem with SATA ports and potential degradation leading to failure of connected devices ...

Microsoft to patch 22 vulnerabilities next week

by Darren Allan
Microsoft is set to fix 22 security flaws in its round of February security patches next week. The company says that 12 bulletins will be released this month, 3 of them rated critical, and 9 important, tacking vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorer, Office and Visual Studio. The updates will be issued at 6pm ...

February 2, 2011

T-Mobile to carry LG Honeycomb tablet

by Darren Allan
T-Mobile will be carrying the LG G-Slate Android 3.0 powered tablet. So reports TechRadar, noting that in the UK, the slate will likely be known as the LG Optimus Pad. As we stated in a previous story, the tablet will boast a 9 inch display, and ...

January 31, 2011

Android 3.0 Honeycomb to be unveiled on Wednesday

by Darren Allan
Google has scheduled a press event on Wednesday where it will unveil the latest version of Android, Honeycomb, also known as 3.0. The demonstration of the OS, which is the first incarnation of Android to be designed with tablets in mind, will be streamed live on the YouTube Android channel at 6pm on Wednesday our time (10am PST). What ...

January 28, 2011

Microsoft gains on Kinect and Office, but Windows 7 sluggish

by Darren Allan
Microsoft has released the fiscal results for its last quarter, and they're something of a mixed bag. However, overall revenue for the quarter up to the end of December was $19.95 billion, which is a record for its second quarter earnings. Operating income and net income were $8.17 billion and $6.63 billion respectively. Analysts remained somewhat unmoved, because ...

January 27, 2011

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 to be unveiled at MWC

by Darren Allan
Samsung will be showing off the sequel to the Galaxy Tab at next month's Mobile World Congress. So says a leaked MWC PR plan from Samsung, which was uncovered by Android Central. Apparently the Galaxy Tab 2 has a presentation scheduled for February 13th at 7.30pm, on the eve of the conference which ...

January 26, 2011

HP announces Hybrid Delivery cloud solutions

by Darren Allan
HP has unveiled a suite of new services to enable businesses to get on board with cloud computing. The company's new Hybrid Delivery cloud solutions aim to provide the full benefits of the cloud – faster deployment of new services and reduced IT costs – while remedying the areas the cloud has traditionally lacked in for businesses. Namely, security ...

January 25, 2011

Microsoft’s anti-iPad strategy revealed

by Darren Allan
Microsoft is preparing for a battle of Windows 7 powered slates versus the iPad when it comes to the business world. And some of the company's thoughts on strategy have been revealed by a PowerPoint presentation from last month which Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet got hold of. The slides detail what advantages Microsoft reckons Windows 7 tablets hold over ...

January 21, 2011

HTC Flyer, another for the tablet bandwagon

by Darren Allan
HTC doesn't want to be left out of the tablet game, now that Samsung, LG, Motorola and Rim have slates to rival Apple's. The news that the HTC Flyer is on the way, to be announced at Mobile World Congress, means that all the big mobile manufacturers have a tablet out or ...

January 20, 2011

LG G-Slate bound for the UK?

by Darren Allan
It seems that the LG G-Slate, which has been announced for the American market, might be coming to the UK as well. Pocket Lint has been chatting to LG marketing man James Choi about whether the tablet is due in the UK. Choi told them: “That information isn’t available yet. The first announcement was for the Americas. We are ...

January 17, 2011

iPad 2 and iPhone 5 to get new dual-core processor?

by Darren Allan
It's been quite a day for Apple rumours, and here's another following hot on the heels of the talk about the iPad sequel's display this morning. If you missed that story, it revolved around speculation that the iPad 2 will double up its resolution to a near-retina-display quality of 2048 ...

Martha Lane Fox plans £98 PCs

by Darren Allan
The latest plan to help get the entire population of the UK online is to push out some cheap PCs for the masses. Digital champion Martha Lane Fox reckons cost is one of the barriers preventing some nine million poorer families in the country from getting online. Hence the deployment of cheap refurbished PCs by a company called Remploy. The ...

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 16, 2011

Rim set to ship 1m BlackBerry PlayBooks in Q1

by Darren Allan
Figures have emerged for the amount of BlackBerry PlayBook tablets which Rim is planning to ship when the tablet launches in March (although it won't be out until Q2 over here). According to the ever-present DigiTimes sources, that number will be a nice round million units. It shows Rim is expecting their device to do well. And why shouldn't it? ...

January 14, 2011

EDSAC computer to be rebuilt at Bletchley Park

by Darren Allan
The computer boffins at Bletchley Park are all set to rebuild the EDSAC computer. EDSAC stood for Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator, and when it was built in 1949, it was was one of the first commercial stored-program computers ever constructed. Sir Maurice Wilkes was the architect of the room-sized machine, which used mercury delay lines for memory, and vacuum ...

January 13, 2011

Wok releases the FlexFilterBank2

by Tom Coyne
Wok have now released the new FlexFilterBank2, a VST plug-in designed for Windows. The FlexFilterBank2 features up to eight adjustable bandpass filters, each with a volume frequency knob. The over al bandwidth of the filters can also be adjusted at will. Wok claims that the FlexFilterBank2 can be used in any style of music, providing strong vocoder style effects, to the slightest ...

Notion Ink Adam tablet due in UK soon

by Darren Allan
The Notion Ink Adam tablet should be ready to head to the UK and US soon, and is already shipping in other parts of the world. The delay in coming to European and American shores is due to the company waiting for CE and FCC approvals, CEO Rohan Shravan posted on the Notion Ink blog. The tablet was supposed to ...

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, ...

Dell Vostro 460 launched, Sandy Bridge SMB desktop

by Darren Allan
Dell has launched its first desktop targeted at the small business user which employs Intel's new second-generation Core processors, also known as Sandy Bridge. Sandy Bridge offers integrated graphics with some “oomph” built into the processor, along with technology for faster video conversion and other goodies. However, Vostro 460 buyers get a ...

January 12, 2011

Sapphire to produce new Motherboards

by Tom Coyne
Sapphire have recently announced the up coming production of Intel-based motherboards designed for the high end sector. The first examples given for the motherboards were the Sapphire pure black P67 Hydra, and the Sapphire pure black X58. Sapphire has stated “Designed to appeal to the enthusiast, the first product will be a fully features X58 board to be known as the ...

Primesense bring the Kinect to your PC

by Tom Coyne
Prime sense, the creators of the motion spotting chip in the xbox360 Kinect is now releasing the code to control the device under an open licence so it may be used by anyone. The sensor chip is being placed in gadgets that work for Personal computers, meaning simply that anyone who owns one of these gadgets can tap into the Kinects ...

ARM takes on Intel in the latest processor war

by Tom Coyne
It was a great CES this year for both Intel and ARM. With Intel's Sandy Bridge out with remarkable performance it has received praises such as “a huge leap forwards” and “the best ever integration between Microsoft and Intel”. However with Cambridge based company ARM now running Microsoft software, they are now a strong contender. Microsoft announced during CES 2011 that ...

January 11, 2011

Bob Muglia to leave Microsoft

by Darren Allan
Bob Muglia, the President of Microsoft's Server & Tools Business (STB) department is to leave the company this year. This fact emerged in an email from CEO Steve Ballmer, who had apparently decided that the time was right for change in the STB division. Microsoft published Ballmer's email on its News Centre site, and in it the CEO wrote: “The ...

Intel agrees to pay $1.5 billion for Nvidia license

by Darren Allan
Intel has agreed to pay $1.5 billion to license Nvidia graphics technology. The agreement draws a line under a long running legal dispute where the companies threw suits at each other (lawsuits, not menswear). According to a BBC report, Doug Melamed, Intel Senior VP and Counsel, said: “This agreement ends the legal dispute between the companies. It also enables the ...

KDJ-ONE handheld DAW released by Cyberstep

by Tom Coyne
Cyberstep have just unleashed the new KDJ-ONE touch screen digital audio workstation. The KDJ-ONE is a portable, hand held and wireless production system with a virtual analog synthesiser, sequencer, and a multi track audio environment. The KJD-ONE has built in speakers, a built in mic and built in WLAN and is powered by a lithium battery. Along with these features it ...

January 10, 2011

Kinect likely to come to the PC, says Ballmer

by Darren Allan
At CES, BBC News interviewed Microsoft's Steve Ballmer, and quizzed him on the Kinect in general. Ballmer said that one of the primary goals with Kinect was to move beyond gaming to “include the world of socialization, movies, TV, music.” When asked whether the Kinect system would end up being plugged into a PC, Ballmer said that Microsoft would “support ...

140,000 visitors at CES 2011

by Darren Allan
CES 2011 was a major hit, according to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) which organised the big electronics show. Preliminary figures estimate that 2,7000 technology companies showed off their funky gadgets to over 140,000 attendees, with 30,000 of those coming from abroad to Las Vegas. 22 leading CEOs delivered keynote speeches, and CES 2011 had a conference program of some ...

January 9, 2011

Microsoft Touch Mouse debuted at CES

by Darren Allan
One of the products Microsoft introduced at CES was its Touch Mouse, designed to optimise the Windows 7 experience. The mouse works just as a normal point and clicking rodent, but also adds multi-touch functionality. Hrvoje Benko, a Researcher who helped develop the device, explains: “The tasks you do every day – minimizing ...

January 8, 2011

Google previews Honeycomb OS at CES

by Darren Allan
Google has previewed its next version of Android, Honeycomb or Android 3.0, at CES. Calling it the operating system “built entirely for tablet” – current versions of Android are designed with smartphones in mind – the company has released a taster video which you can see here. The video shows off the new “virtual holographic interface”, Google eBooks and ...

January 6, 2011

Samsung ZX310 laptop unveiled

by Darren Allan
Samsung has taken the wraps off a new and very slick looking laptop which is pitched to go up against the trendy likes of the MacBook Air. The slimline brushed metal notebook certainly looks the business, and more to the point, should perform impressively too, with second-gen Intel Sandy Bridge Core i5 and i7 processors running the show (the ...

Amazon prepares Kindle app for Android and Windows tablets

by Darren Allan
Amazon has said that it intends to release a Kindle app for both Android and Windows tablets later in 2011. Like existing Kindle software, these will be free downloads, and will give tablet owners access to the online retailer's virtual bookshelves stocked with some half ...

Motorola Xoom Android 3.0 tablet announced

by Darren Allan
Motorola has announced a new tablet at CES, the Xoom, which the company is planning to push out with Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). It's a full-sized 10 inch tablet, powered by a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 chip. The slate also comes with twin cameras, a 5 megapixel affair on the back, and a 2 megapixel front-facer for video chatting. The ...

Intel introduces Sandy Bridge second-gen Core processors

by Darren Allan
Intel has officially introduced its second generation Core processors, known as Sandy Bridge, at CES. The processors represent a big step forward on a number of fronts, not the least of which is the fact that they come with a built-in graphics solution. The big difference from today's integrated graphics being that this is actually a viable solution for mainstream ...

Ballmer CES keynote: Windows 8 on ARM, 8m Kinect sold

by Darren Allan
Steve Ballmer has made his keynote speech at CES, although there wasn't a massive amount for Microsoft to reveal. The big juicy revelation was that Windows 8 will be compatible with ARM processors, allowing Microsoft's full operating system to be adopted by tablets in the future. Ballmer also announced impressive initial sales figures for the Kinect, with 8 million units ...

January 5, 2011

CES: Keep taking the Tablets

by Darren Allan
The Consumer Electronics Show, CES, kicks off tomorrow in Las Vegas, and looks set to be dominated by the tablet on the computer front. Thanks to the success of the iPad, there are a huge amount of potential rivals queueing up to take a slice of the tablet pie in 2011. Analysts are ...

Micron RealSSD C400 range unveiled

by Darren Allan
Micron has announced a new range of four Solid State Drives for notebooks. The RealSSD C400 drives come in 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities, in both 1.8 inch and 2.5 inch form factors designed for ultraportables and standard laptops. According to a report on Computer World, the drives are rated with read speeds of up to 415MB/s, almost 20% ...

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 ...

January 4, 2011

Kindle is Amazon’s best selling item

by Darren Allan
While the rise of the iPad appeared to have Amazon worried last year – spurring major price cuts to the Kindle, and measures such as the recent introduction of book loaning – it seems that the e-reader is doing pretty well for itself. In fact, the ...

January 3, 2011

Toshiba Tablet will come with Honeycomb OS

by Darren Allan
Toshiba is about to announce a tablet over in the US at the CES show which will boast a 10.1 inch display and will run Honeycomb, the forthcoming version of Android designed with tablets more in mind (than current builds of the OS which should really only be running on smartphones). PCMag.com turned up with the skinny on the ...

Scientists claim modern media is physically addictive

by Darren Allan
There's one born every minute. Not a sucker, but a study, and the latest one which has been brought to our attention is a report on living without contemporary media such as computers, mobiles and TVs. Unplugged, as it's called, was organised by the University of Maryland's International Centre for Media and the Public Agenda, and Salzburg Academy. It ...

January 2, 2011

Amazon brings book lending to Kindle

by Darren Allan
Amazon is attempting to make the world of Kindle e-reading a more tempting proposition by introducing a book lending scheme. Kindle users will be able to loan an e-book they've purchased to a friend for two weeks, and they won't need to own a Kindle ...

December 31, 2010

Intel releases SSD 310 drives

by Brian Turner
Intel has announced the release of it's new range of Solid State Drives, the SSD 310 Series. Coming in at a tiny 3cm x 5cm, the 310's are around a quarter of the size (by area) of normal 2.5 inch Hard Disk Drives. The SSD 310 Series is already being flagged for use in notebooks and laptops for dual drive use, as ...

December 30, 2010

Mood sensitive Satnav coming?

by Brian Turner
Cambridge University is reportedly working on a satnav system that will be more sensitive to drivers moods. It comes in response to general frustrations with satnav systems that lead users into traffic jams, or dead ends due to the mapping software not being properly up to date. According to Professor Peter Robinson, head of emotional robotics at Cambridge University, the aim of ...