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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Acer's next-gen, quad-core Iconia Tab introduced at CES 2012 with a 1080p display  —  Acer's finishing up its CES 2012 presser with a teaser to end all teasers: there's a next-generation, quad-core Iconia Tab on the way.  The Android-based slate will be powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 3 and will boast …
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David Pierce / The Verge:
Acer announces Aspire S5, 'world's thinnest ultrabook' with Thunderbolt port  —  Ahead of its press conference at CES, Acer has just announced the new Aspire S5 ultrabook, which the company says is the world's thinnest — it's only 15mm at its thickest point.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Lenovo launches first Ice Cream Sandwich TV  —  Lenovo is entering the TV business at this year's CES, and it's doing so with a splash: The company announced the world's first TV set running Android 4.0, a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich, Sunday.  The device, dubbed the Lenovo K91 Smart TV …
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Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Lenovo unveils six mainstream consumer laptops (and one desktop replacement)  —  Not content to stop at a netbook and a pair of Ultrabooks, Lenovo just a slew of mainstream laptops (and even a desktop replacement) to fill out its consumer IdeaPad line.  Starting at the high end …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Lenovo IdeaTab S2: a 10.1-inch, dual-core Android 4.0 tablet with keyboard dock attachment  —  Asus's Transformer tablets are getting some competition at CES, folks: Lenovo has just unveiled its own 10-inch tablet with a detachable keyboard dock for extra battery life, and on its own …
Discussion: Inquirer and Mashable!
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Acer takes to the cloud with AcerCloud service, to launch in Q2 2012  —  Acer has today announced its entrance into the cloud computing space with its AcerCloud service.  The company says the software — which will come bundled with Acer's consumer PCs beginning in the second quarter of this year …
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Paul Miller / The Verge:
Acer's AcerCloud unveil is a blatant iCloud ripoff  —  Which is which?  Acer just showed off its AcerCloud service, something that already sounded suspiciously like Apple's iCloud.  Even the “PicStream” element sounds a lot like Photo Stream.  Still not convinced?
Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check Blog:
Why Android tablets failed: A postmortem  —  Takeaway: Android tablets were expected to give the Apple iPad fierce competition in 2011.  It never happened.  Here's why Android tablets flopped.  —  As I gear up for CES 2012 next week, I can't help but think back to CES 2011 where the big story was all about Android tablets.
Discussion: SlashGear, CNET and Hardware 2.0 Blog, Thanks:abraham_pareja
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Square Expands Retail Partnerships; Now Sold At OfficeMax And UPS Store Locations  —  For disruptive mobile payments startup Square, 2011 was a year of massive growth on many levels.  The startup ended the year with over 1 million merchants using the mobile payments platform to accept credit cards …
Discussion: Engadget
The Economist:
Space invaders  —  America's Intel and Britain's ARM have long dominated different bits of the global chip market.  Now each is attacking the other's stronghold  —  LAS VEGAS is a city of fast bucks, fast food and fast marriages.  It could also be the place where a long war was declared.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft: It's business as usual with Windows Phone updates  —  Summary: ‘Nothing has changed in regard to how we work with carriers to deliver Windows Phone updates to our customers,’ maintained a Microsoft official following a change in Microsoft's update disclosure policy.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
2011: The Year Google & Bing Took Away From SEOs & Publishers  —  Increasingly over the years, search engines — Google in particular — have given more and more support to SEOs and publishers.  But 2011 marked the first significant reversal that I can recall, with both linking and keyword data being withheld.
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