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March 19, 2014 by

Dual-OS devices dead on arrival

It looks like Huawei's dual-OS smartphone is going the way of the Asus Transformer Book Duet. The concept of a device that can run both Android and Windows holds a lot of appeal. But as long as Google, Microsoft and Apple have competing ecosystems, it is unlikely to see the light of day.

February 17, 2012 by

Transforming Ultrabooks coming for Windows 8

PC manufacturers are planning to introduce "transforming" Ultrabooks with multi-touch screens in order to exploit the capabilities of Microsoft Windows 8, according to Taiwan's Digitimes. Asus already sells a Transformer that runs the Android operating system, but Digitimes' sources "noted that most of the transforming designs are rotatable screen models".

May 25, 2011 by

Taiwan's PC vendors left out of Windows 8 development

Some of Taiwan's PC manufacturers have complained to the island's Ministry of Economic Affairs because they have not been invited to participate in the early development of the next version of Windows, known as Windows Next or (but not by Microsoft) Windows 8 for tablets. Two of the world's largest PC manufacturers by units -- Acer and Asus -- are based in Taiwan, along with other suppliers such as MSI and HCT, and most of the large contract manufacturers.

January 4, 2011 by

Asus kicks off CES 2011 with four tablets

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).

August 16, 2010 by

Asus's Eee tablet plans revealed

Release details for the upcoming ASUS tablet range have been disclosed by the chief executive of the company following a recent investors' conference call in Taipei.Speaking to assembled reporters following a quarterly financial meeting in Taipei on Friday, the company's head, Jerry Shen, confirmed that Asus is planning to release several tablet devices in the coming months on both the Microsoft and Google platforms, according to PC World reports.

May 18, 2010 by

CSIRO sues US carriers over Wi-Fi

CSIRO today confirmed it had initiated patent infringement lawsuits in the US District Court against carriers AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon over its much sought-after Wi-Fi patent.

August 21, 2009 by

Netbooks with Nvidia's Ion wait on Windows 7

Nvidia's Ion platform may be off to a slow start, but that could change once Windows 7 arrives in late October. To date Ion has been used only in nettops--including two new ones from Asus and Lenovo--but the first netbooks should finally arrive around the time Microsoft releases its new operating system.

July 22, 2009 by

Letter of Protest to ASUS

Since my recent purchase of an ASUS N10J netbook, it has been pointed out to me several times that I have unknowingly or unwillingly supported their decision to drop Linux from their product offerings. That certainly was not my intention, and the more I thought about the fact that I had paid Microsoft for a Windows license that I do not want or need, and which I will never use for anything other than a joke, the more irritated I got over the situation.

June 16, 2009 by

Netpal netbook: consumers only

I've spent the last day and half immersed in Intel's Classmate PC Eco System Summit, talking to Intel developers, folks from Microsoft and Canonical, local OEMs handling Classmate sales and distribution, and hardware and software vendors developing for the Classmate platform. Scanning Google News tonight, however, I came across a headline claiming "Disney, Asus bring Netpal Netbooks to kids.


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