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Acer launches new Aspire laptops

Acer has refreshed its Aspire laptop range to incorporate Intel’s Core range of processors, launched a new Timeline X range and introduced the Aspire Ethos high-end entertainment model.Timeline was launched as a thin-and-light range in 2009 and the new Timeline X is a redesigned version of this incorporating the latest mobile Core CPUs (i3-330M up to i7-620M), beefing up the processing power from the current Core 2 models.

April 12, 2010 by First Take

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Drobo goes NAS

Marketed as “storage that manages itself”, Data Robotics has carved a niche for its RAID protected Drobo products, primarily amongst creative professionals looking to plug extra storage into Apple Mac and Windows PCs. Now it’s hoping to widen that appeal by adding support for network sharing onto its new Drobo FS appliance.

April 8, 2010 by First Take

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Vexia Econav 480 UK and Ireland

Satnav devices have to work hard to grab the attention these days. There are lots on the market, at different pricepoints from different vendors, and catching the eye of a possible purchaser is increasingly tricky.

April 7, 2010 by First Take

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Silverlight 4 RC

Microsoft's Silverlight started out as a Flash competitor, but has evolved into a cross-platform way of delivering .NET and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) applications both in and out the browser.

March 18, 2010 by First Take

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Windows 7 phone app platform

The details that Microsoft is sharing about the Windows 7 phone application platform reveal a slightly schizophrenic and almost exclusively consumer-focused system.

March 17, 2010 by First Take

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Sony Vaio M

Sony has done what we had thought it would never do. Announced a netbook.

March 17, 2010 by First Take

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Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview

The IE9 Platform Preview isn't a beta release of the next Internet Explorer browser; in many ways it's not a full browser and you certainly wouldn't want to use it for your day to day browsing (and Microsoft doesn't want you to). There's no address bar, no back button, no tabs, no favourites, no error messages if pages don't load and none of the usual browser tools, including no malware protection.

March 17, 2010 by First Take

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Dell Vostro V13 notebook

Dell’s Vostro range is aimed at smaller businesses, and the V13 is a 13.3-inch screened model that is both thin and light.

March 4, 2010 by First Take

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RIM BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express

Announced at MWC in Barcelona, and now available for free download, BES Express takes the familiar enterprise-grade BlackBerry server, lops off a few features and delivers a surprisingly capable small business mobile email solution. The one thing about BES Express that isn’t Express is the download.

March 1, 2010 by First Take

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