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Acer Iconia, the first ever dual-screen tablet finally hits the market

Written on March 29, 2011 by R. Cruise

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Tawainese PC company Acer, officially announced the availability of the Acer Iconia Touchbook, its dual-display 14-inch touchscreen notebook.

The Windows 7 based twin-tablet or Touchbook will hit the US and Canada next month, priced at $1,199.99 US, packing an Intel Core i5 processor, USB 3.0, HDMI, WiFi and a customized software suite.

The Acer Iconia is the world’s first double-screened tablet and is currently the only one in the category. Its two 14-inch screens made of Gorilla Glass that allow typing, multi-touch and gestures, with a five-megapixel (MP) rear camera and a 2-MP front-facing camera for video chat.

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Kno Inc. Raises $46 Million for Educational Advocacies

Written on September 09, 2010 by Aiken Lewis

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Tablet-maker Kno Inc. reports the closure of a $46 million debt-and-equity round led by Andreessen Horowitz.

Kno the company, whose name its 14-inch tablet shares, says they are planning to use the capital infusion to make more room for digital innovation in the sector of education. Their goal is to “get the Kno into the hands of students for beta testing this fall and ultimately for the first customer ship later this year,” according to Kno Co-founder and CTO Babur Habib.

They want to improve on their touchscreen tablet and its corresponding platforms such as digital textbooks, educational apps and relative media. Taking from Forrester’s data, the tabletmaker is expecting an increased unit sales from today’s 3.5 million to 2015’s 20.4 million. The less than $1000 dual-screen device, though, proves to be a rather too expensive player in the market.

But we are hoping that the result will be deserving of the Andreessen-led financial round results. The financiers of similar startups such as Foursquare and Skype has been joined by Silicon Valley Bank and TriplePoint Capital in this series.

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Take a Peek at Toshiba’s Libretto W100

Written on August 16, 2010 by Aiken Lewis

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Traversing the line between tablets and laptops has been a significantly successful venture for computer companies. Yet Toshiba tosses up a quirky contraption on the in-between line, and lets the world see two pre-existing gadgets like never before.

Libretto W100 is Toshiba’s ticket to the booming tablet market, plus a twist. W100 is a 1.5-pound, 7-inch dual-screen device running Windows 7. But unlike the usual clamshell laptop, the traditional keyboard is replaced with a typing screen that works like the iPad’s virtual keyboard.

It is a tablet and another tablet pieced together, two lids closing like a laptop.  And it looks like all things come in two with the Libretto. Aside from a pair of screens, you get two batteries and a dual-core processor. Better than the iPad, this thing is. Is it really? What is for sure is that it costs twice more than the cheapest iPad.

Toshiba’s hybrid of a tablet and a laptop also comes in handy because users can convert the touch screen to a thumb keyboard whenever they are on the run. It is a tablet that can function as productively as any Windows laptop can do, e.g. run Microsoft Office and Adobe Flash efficiently.

Take a peek at Toshiba Libretto W100 from the video coming after the jump.

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