IDF — The highlight so far of Doug Davis's portion of today's IDF keynote was when a gentleman from the Dell ultra-mobility team took the stage to show off a 10" tablet device based on Atom and running Windows 7 Home Premium. After a quick demo of some touch-enabled apps, he mentioned that tablets lack one key thing for productivity: a keyboard. He then flipped open the device's clam-shell hinge and rotated the screen around inside of the frame—it's not a twist hinge like many tablet PCs, but rotates inside of the bezel itself—to a series of ooh and aahs from the crowd, which hadn't reacted to much else yet. This frame-based design looks to be more rugged than those traditional twist hinges.
The gent from Dell then asked the developers present to consider this sort of hardware when dreaming up and designing new applications.
In that instant, we got a look at the future of netbooks. We're dubious on the virtues of Windows 7 for touch-based user control, but those of you who listen to our podcast may recall that I've long predicted netbooks would eventually become convertible tablets. Looks like Dell is exploring that possibility in hardware already. In the midst of a buttoned-down keynote focused on Atom deployments in embedded applications, this quick glance at the likely future of personal computing devices stood out to us.
|Adesso and Azio keyboards look strikingly familiar||2|
|Alphacool Eislicht makes for a moody PC interior||3|
|Thermaltake Versa C22 RGB case is the envy of KITT||5|
|Ryzen CPUs and AM4 mobos are ready for pre-order||41|
|Nvidia all but confirms the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti||27|
|Report: VR headset market is dominated by Google Cardboard||5|
|Intel XMM 7560 modem is ready for 5G anywhere in the world||7|
|AMD's eight-core, 16-thread chips lead the Ryzen charge||238|
|Something about running from a deathclaw right into my mancave wall is not that appealing.||+30|