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  • Gadget fetish of 2010: It’s all about the tablet

    When it came to gadget fetishes of 2010, it was all about tablet computing. Yearning for a device that was bigger than a smartphone but smaller than a laptop made the tablet a defining trend for the year. Of all the tablets, iPad lead the charge, although Apple's rivals were quick to respond with their own high-profile launches. Research company, Gartner, forecasts worldwide media tablet sales to end users will reach 19.5 million units in 2010, driven by sales of the iPad. Media tablets are poised for strong growth with worldwide end user sales projected to total 54.8 million units in...

  • Can India produce the world’s cheapest tablet?

    The Indian government won headlines around the world when it unveiled a prototype $US35 tablet computer in July, but questions are now growing over whether the project will become a reality or not. At the computer's launch, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal vowed "the solutions for tomorrow will emerge from India" as he revealed the breathtaking price tag -- a fraction of the 500-dollar cost for an Apple iPad. Officials said the touchscreen device, aimed at the country's millions of students, could even be hammered down to just 10 dollars once production rates increase. The tablet computer, which has yet to...

  • Google unveils Nexus S

    Google has unveiled its second branded smartphone, the "Nexus S", made by South Korea's Samsung. Google said the Nexus S, which comes nearly a year after the Nexus One, which was a critical success if not a huge commercial hit, is powered by the latest version of Google's Android mobile operating system, Gingerbread. Google vice president of engineering Andy Rubin said the Nexus S would be the first Android device to ship with the new version of the Android platform, used by handset makers around the world. It will be available in the United States from December 16 from Best Buy stores...

  • Tablet computers take a bite out of PC sales

    Worldwide personal computer sales are on track to set a new record this year but tablets like Apple's iPad are taking a bite out of the sector, says technology research firm Gartner. Worldwide PC sales are forecast to total 352.4 million units in 2010, up 14.3 percent over last year, Gartner said, but down from the firm's previous 2010 PC sales forecast in September of 17.9 percent growth. In 2011, worldwide PC sales are...

  • Cubans unimpressed by ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops’ storyline

    Cuba's state-run media and bloggers are not amused at "Call of Duty: Black Ops," a new videogame in which the player can join a secret operation in the 1960s to assassinate former leader Fidel Castro. "What the United States government did not manage to do in 50 years, now it attempts to accomplish by virtual means," said comments Wednesday on the website Cubadebate, where Castro regularly publishes opinion pieces. The site was referring to...

  • iPhone triggers videogame gold rush

    The commercial tsunami unleashed by the iPhone has served as a launch pad for the videogame industry world-wide, which hopes to seize on the success of Apple's smartphone. Hundreds of participants in the two-day Montreal International Game Summit that opens on Monday in Canada will be looking for ways to better milk the gaming market cow, in the face of Apple's golden example. In barely a year and a half, the iPhone has seized...

  • Tablet computer rush: HP unveils ‘Slate 500′

    Hewlett-Packard unveiled a Windows-powered touchscreen tablet computer on Friday aimed at professionals, the latest entry into a growing market dominated by Apple's iPad. The "HP Slate 500" which features an 8.9-inch (22.6-centimeter) screen, slightly smaller than the iPad's 9.7-inch (24.6-cm) display, costs 800 dollars, about the same price as the top-of-the-line iPad. While the iPad is aimed more at consumers, HP is targeting its device at business customers and touting its ability to handle documents, spreadsheets and applications from Microsoft. HP described the Slate 500 as the "ideal PC for professionals who don't usually work at a traditional desk, yet need to...

  • Apple intros new tablet-inspired MacBooks

    Apple on Wednesday released a sleek new MacBook Air notebook computer inspired by its winning iPad tablet devices. "We asked ourselves what would happen if a MacBook and an iPad hooked up," Apple chief executive Steve Jobs said as he unveiled two new laptop models. "This is the result." A MacBook Air with a 13.3-inch (33.8-centimeter) screen and measuring just 0.68 inches (1.73 cms) at its thickest point and its 11.6-inch (29.5-cm) "younger brother" went on sale Wednesday. They cost between US$999 dollars and US$1 599 dollars. The laptop computers dumped hard drives or optical drives in favor of solid state drives that...

  • More than 4-million iPads sold, but fall short of expectations

    Apple said on Monday that it had sold 3.89 million Mac computers during the quarter, up 27 percent from a year ago, 14.1 million iPhones, up 91 percent from a year ago, and 4.19 million iPads, up from 3.3 million the previous quarter. Apple shares were down 5.34 percent as iPad sales fell short of expectations. Analysts had expected Apple to sell as many as five million iPads during the quarter. The company's quarterly net profit soared 70 percent to 4.31 billion dollars on strong sales of its key products: Macintosh computers, iPhones and iPads. Apple reported record revenue of 20.34...

  • Sony delays global release of Gran Turismo 5 again

    Japan's Sony will again delay the global release of the latest version of its popular "Gran Turismo" car-racing game, which was due out early next month, officials said Thursday. Gran Turismo 5 for the PlayStation 3 video-game console was to hit US markets on November 2 and Japan the following day, but the release will now be "this holiday season", Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. said. The delay is due to "production reasons," said Makiko Noda, a spokeswoman for the electronics giant's game unit, without elaborating. The release of Gran Turismo 5 had already been delayed from March this year. Analysts say...