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Acer T231H touchscreen monitor

With Windows 7 adding much-improved support for touchscreen input over its predecessors, it's perhaps surprising that there hasn't been more activity in the touchscreen monitor market, especially at the lower end of the price range. Acer hopes to rectify this with its latest 23in.

July 2, 2010 by First Take


Asus UL30A on O2 mobile broadband

The penchant for network operators to offer notebooks with integrated mobile broadband on a contract does not seem to be abating. O2 currently has several options on offer including the Asus UL30A notebook which is available for £39.

June 29, 2010 by First Take


Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview 3

Microsoft's plan to release regular updates of its Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview continues apace, with tonight's unveiling of the third release since March. Designers and developers will find this the most significant version yet, as it adds support for three key HTML 5 components – the VIDEO and AUDIO tags and the CANVAS drawing surface.

June 23, 2010 by First Take


Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini

The general rule of thumb for smartphones is that they need to have a large screen. A diagonal corner-to-corner measurement of three inches is probably a good ballpark for the kind of screen that will deliver workable web browsing.

June 21, 2010 by First Take


Toshiba unveils dual-screen tablet, Android netbook and Portege R700

Toshiba is announcing three new mobile computers today, and two of them are entries into new markets. The Libretto W100 will attract the most attention as the world's first dual-touchscreen portable, while the AC100 is Toshiba's first Google Android-based netbook computer (commonly called a 'smartbook').

June 21, 2010 by First Take


What's in the next versions of BPOS and Online communications

As an online service, BPOS (Business Productivity Online Suite - Exchange and SharePoint hosted by Microsoft in its data centres) gets new features every six to eight weeks - but these are incremental improvements, adding options that are already in the on-premise versions. For example, mailbox size will increase from 5GB to 25GB this year, and the Mac sign-in client will support Snow Leopard.

June 16, 2010 by First Take


Taking a Windows Phone to work

When Microsoft announced Windows Phone 7 in the spring, the emphasis was on the user experience and consumer features like Facebook integration, but at the TechEd conference the emphasis has been on business integration. "The fundamental proposition," Microsoft senior director for business experience Paul Bryan told us, "is meeting the needs of the business customer.

June 11, 2010 by First Take


Hands-on with the Dell Streak

The Dell Streak hit my desk today. Only for half an hour, and even that required actual weaponry to be deployed against our comrades on CNET UK while we held the thing hostage.

June 8, 2010 by First Take


Dell take on Kace

Despite some initial scepticism we were mightily impressed by the Kace K1000 systems management appliance when we reviewed it back in August last year.The reason for the scepticism was a reluctance to see system management tools as an obvious candidate for hosting on an appliance.

May 25, 2010 by First Take