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Tech News Acer R7 Update Revealed at IFA
Acer has just revealed an update to the Acer Aspire R7, a 15-inch convertible notebook with an Ezel Hinge -- a single hinge at the back of the machine that lets you tilt the display in a myriad of different ways. The new model now comes with an Intel fourth generation processor, as well as a bundled active pen (N-trig technology).
Outgoing Intel CEO Paul Otellini believes that the next generation of Haswell processors will bring along a new wave of Windows 8 touch-enabled devices with more attractive price points down into the US$300 or US$400 range. This may happen as OEMs start exploring new form factors for these devices.
At CES 2013, Tactus Technology, a California-based company demonstrated a tablet whose touchscreen can morph into real physical buttons that rise up out of the surface on demand, and then recede back into the screen, leaving a perfectly flat, transparent surface when gone.
Acer has unveiled their initial Windows 8 strategy: equipping the very capable Acer Aspire M3, and the Acer Aspire V5 with touchscreens. Acer is no stranger to unconventional form factors, so this may mean that the Taiwanese manufacturer has something else up their sleeves in the coming months.
Tech News Toshiba Reveals U925t Sliding Ultrabook
Toshiba will not be building the first wave of Windows RT devices, but that's only because it's focusing on Windows 8 machines, like the recently revealed Toshiba Satellite U925t sliding Ultrabook.
Researchers from Disney Research and Carnegie Mellon University are working on a technology dubbed "Touche" that will enable real-world objects like chairs or doorknobs to detect a touch event, and also recognize what they are being touched by and how they are being touched.
Nokia unveils the slim Nokia X3 Touch and Type, with a unique combination of a touch screen and traditional 12-button keypad. The Nokia X3 sports a sleek 9.6mm thickness and slips easily into the purse or pocket. The phone also boasts of a brushed aluminum back cover and is available in five vibrant colors.