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Acer, Preparing to Launch a Slide Tablet Before 2011 Ends

Written on June 30, 2011 by Lulu

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Acer is reportedly planning to launch a ten-inch slide tablet called A500 before the holiday season comes.

Based on a report from an unnamed sources, Acer is preparing to launch a slide tablet called A500 before the year ends. The said tablet will have a 10-inch touchscreen that is packed with ARM-based chipset.

The production of the tablet is held by a contract manufacturer called Compal. However, other details about the Acer A500 is still unclear. The sources also added that Acer cut the estimated 2011 sales forecast into half, making the estimated 5-7 million devices to just 2.5- 3 million devices. Acer, along with other non-Apple tablet producer, is said to have a tradition of overoptimistic shipping forecasts.

Acer’s next tablet is expected to arrive to the market in the near future. The Android-based tablet, Iconia Tab A100, could be the first tablet that measures seven inches and boasts Android 3.2. On the other hand, the Acer A500 – will be upgraded to Android 3.1 in the first quarter of 2012.

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Office Works now Made Easier with X-Ar

Written on June 16, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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California Company Equipois has given Steadicam a new version and purpose. The x-Ar helps workers perform their office tasks by making their arms feel lighter and free from stress.

Originally, Steadicams were produced to lessen injuries and bone-breakage during chase scenes in Hollywood films. But now, it is revamped to help out line workers and file clerks – thanks to Equipois, a California company. The new version of Steadicams, also known as x-Ar, helps arms feel lighter while preventing any risks or symptoms of stress injuries without the need of motors, batteries, or electrical powers.

Steadicams work by grasping cameras at the end of two joined and spring-loaded arms, which shift contradicting to the cinematographers’ steps. While the x-Ar is quite different – it has a weightless and more solid version, which is be packed into one arm-gripping housing. The x-Ar should be placed in any office chairs that have a center column. It’s spring case will rest beside your bicep while a cuff holds your forearm.

The x-Ar works very simple. As a person moves, spring-loaded cassettes located at the ends of the casing contracts and release to guide every lifts. With it, office workers can get up to 10 pounds of strength.

Equipois designed the x-Ar for offices alone. But in the future, they are planning to create versions of it for dentists’ chairs and operating tables.

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Google TV, to Have ARM Compatibility?

Written on January 17, 2011 by Adam Eve

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Google is reportedly planning to develop its Google TV platform for ARM chips, as well as Atom CPUs. If the rumor is true, then it could contribute to putting the future of Intel's Atom chips into question.

People from the Rumor City have reported that Google is planning to develop its Google TV platform for ARM chips and Atom CPUs. The current Google TV devices are restricted to x86 processors. Majority of its design goes for Intel’s Atom CE4100 low-power processor.

Hence, a move to support ARM on Google TV would free OEMs that produces their own ARM-based processors. In addition to this, other manufacturers are given a choice of processor architecture. As of the moment, neither Google nor ARM have officially confirmed the rumored deal. But if it is to be believed, then the future of Intel’s Atom chips will questioned.

What do you think lies ahead of Google TV and ARM? Share your insights by leaving a comment.

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