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HP quit tablets? Us? No way!

Remember HP, the TouchPad manufacturer who said it was going to stop making tablets and stop making PCs too? It seems as if the whole episode was an elaborate, overlong and overdue April Fool, because HP is making more PCs and more tablets too.

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T-Mobile Springboard

T-Mobile’s Springboard is a new entrant in the increasingly crowded seven-inch tablet market, and it’ll face stiff competition when it goes on sale in November: it’s up against Acer’s Iconia Tab, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, the new Nook Tablet and Amazon’s Kindle Fire

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Panasonic Toughpad tablets

Panasonic’s Toughbooks are famed for their go-anywhere, do-anything, survive-Armageddon build quality, and the world’s toughest laptops now come in tablet form too. Panasonic’s Toughpad A1 and B1 bring military-spec toughness to the world of tablets.

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If your tablet’s your TV, you don’t need a licence

Things used to be simple: if you watched TV programmes and lived in Britain, you needed a TV licence. However, technology has changed things, and for many people TV is something you get on your PC, or on your smartphone, or on your tablet. If you’re one of those people, you might not need a TV licence – saving you £145.50 per year.

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Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime

Asus’s latest tablet wins lots of geek points for its superb name, but does the hardware measure up? If you’re lookin gfor cutting-edge tablet tech, the Prime could well be worth waiting for – and it won’t be a long wait, because the launch takes place on the 9th of November.

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Barnes and Noble Nook Color 2

October was all about Amazon: its new Kindles and Kindle Fire tablet got lots of technology sites excited. Now, though, it’s arch-rival Barnes & Noble’s turn. The rumour mill is spinning frantically with reports of a brand new Nook Color tablet, which we’re expecting to see on November the 7th.

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Tablets outsell netbooks. Are notebooks next?

If technology were a Japanese monster movie, the PC business would be Tokyo and Tablets would be Godzilla. The latest sector of the market to be monstered is the netbook sector, where ultra-portable, low-cost notebooks have been popular among travellers and cost-conscious couch potatoes alike.

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Read all about it: How Tablets are changing the way we get news

We’ve got good news and bad news for newspapers, broadcasters and anybody else in the news business: tablet users spend more time catching up on the news than they do messing around on Facebook or playing Angry Birds. The bad news is that they’re not too keen on paying for it.

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Ice Cream Sandwich: what it’ll do to your tablet

Ice Cream Sandwich, aka Android 4.0, is the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system. It’s a huge deal on smartphones, which benefit from many of the improvements we saw in the tablet-only Android 4.0 Honeycomb, but the differences on tablets are less apparent.

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Viewsonic’s Viewpad 7e

ViewSonic’s selection of tablets has become a little bit bigger, and by “a little bit” we mean seven inches. The firm has unveiled the ViewPad 7e, a seven-inch Android tablet that will sell in the US for just $200

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iPads own the internet

More bad news for Android firms: despite their best efforts, the iPad is not just the world’s most popular tablet, but the most-used one too. According to the latest figures from ComScore, iPads now account for more web traffic than iPhones. That’s a lot of traffic: mobile devices now account for nearly 7% of all US web traffic, and iOS devices are responsible for 58.5 percent of that.

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No keyboard? No problem: tablet users don’t need keys

Could the traditional PC keyboard’s days be numbered? Technology group Gartner thinks so, and it blames tablets. In a new report, the firm says that multi-touch is the future – not just for tablets, but for devices including bathroom scales.

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Motorola Xoom Family Edition

Christmas is coming, and that means just one thing: the annual orgy of consumerism where firms compete to part you from your hard-earned cash. Motorola’s entry is a new twist on a familiar device: a new Family Edition of its Android-powered Xoom Tablet.

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Why the US Congress is investigating the Kindle Fire

It isn’t even out yet – it goes on sale next month – but Amazon’s Kindle Fire is already attracting the wrong kind of attention: the US Congress is launching an investigation into whether its web browser, Silk, is invading people’s privacy.

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