Asus held a pre-CES press conference at the Aria convention centre in Las Vegas today (Tuesday) to unveil four tablet computers, as well as TUF (The Ultimate Force) motherboards "designed to withstand rugged environments" -- they come with a 5-year warranty. Actually, we should probably say that Asus unveiled three new tablets (running Android) and one new slate (running Microsoft Windows).
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Jack Schofield spent the 1970s editing photography magazines before becoming editor of an early UK computer magazine, Practical Computing. In 1983, he started writing a weekly computer column for the Guardian, and joined the staff to launch the newspaper's weekly computer supplement in 1985. This section launched the Guardian’s first website and, in 2001, its first real blog. When the printed section was dropped after 25 years and a couple of reincarnations, he felt it was a time for a change....
The new NetMarketShare figures for December 2010 show that Microsoft Windows 7 now has 20.9% of the operating system market, as measured by visits to the websites that NetMarketShare monitors.
Reddit has just published figures showing that its page views tripled last year, from 250 million in January to 829 million in December. The site benefited from Digg's awful redesign, which sent many users looking for a new home to share and comment on the latest links.
Important people are now talking in back rooms about the future of DAB digital radio in the UK, and I'd love to know how the discussions are going. We're at a critical juncture, because it doesn't look as though DAB will meet the criteria for a switchover from FM in 2015, if ever.
The Bloomberg news service has suggested that Microsoft will announce a version of Windows for ARM chips at CES 2011 in January. Its sources are people "who asked not to be identified because Microsoft’s plans are confidential.
Nokia-watcher Eldar Murtazin reckons that Nokia is talking to Microsoft about using Windows Phone 7. His post in the Russian-language Mobile Review says, roughly (ie via Google Translate):In the last month behind closed doors is a discussion of expanded cooperation Nokia and Microsoft (two-way discussion, initiated by the new leadership of Nokia).
QuestVisual has just released Word Lens, a standalone £2.99/$4.
As we approach the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, America's Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has released the results of a poll of its members on what they expect consumers to buy next year. Tablet computers will apparently be the hot product -- and 46% is a higher rating than I'd have expected -- followed by "streaming content boxes" (20%) and mobile phones (11%).
It looks as though a dozen or so American businesses will be giving Google's new attempt at the network computer a serious trial. Taiwan-based DigiTimes reports that Inventec has "already shipped about 60,000 Chrome OS-based netbooks to Google" for the pilot programme announced yesterday (see Google: Chrome OS netbooks coming in mid 2011).
Prepare to dump your powerful Windows notebook or Apple MacBook in the middle of next year. Today, Google announced that PC manufacturers led by Acer and Samsung will start selling diskless Intel Atom-powered netbooks that will have web apps as their native apps.