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Is Apple’s iPad bad news for the netbook market?

Plus, ViewSonic's new VX2739wm LCD monitor and Google Chrome's latest beta release

May 7, 2010
Netbook sales shrivel in face of Apple iPad
The Register
Cade Metz questions whether or not Apple’s iPad will squander the netbook market.

“A new study indicates that the Apple iPad will shrivel the netbook market. Fortune points us to a March study from financial house Morgan Stanley and research outfit Alphawise that says 44 per cent of US consumers planning to buy an iPad will opt for the Jobsian tablet instead of new netbook or notebook.”

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New Chrome Beta Gets a Huge Speed Boost, Flash
ZD Net
Scott Gilbertson writes about Google Chrome’s latest beta release.

“The latest beta release (Chrome) is, according to Google, 30 to 35 per cent faster than previous builds. The update to the beta channel also includes some new features previously only available to those in the very experimental dev channel, plus a new addition in the form of Flash Player pre-installed. The beta version of Chrome now includes features that were previously limited to the more experimental dev channel – like preference syncing, more HTML5 support, drag-and-drop file uploading and support for the geolocation API.”

Viewsonic rolls out 27-inch VX2739wm LCD monitor with 1ms response time
Donald Melanson shares details about ViewSonic’s new VX2739wm monitor.

“If there’s one thing LCD manufacturers live for it’s ‘world’s first’ claims, and ViewSonic has now snagged yet another with its new VX2739wm monitor, which it claims is the world’s first full HD 27-inch monitor with a 1ms response time. In addition to that standout spec, you’ll also get a 100,000:1 contrast ratio, a pair of discreetly built-in speakers, an ‘anti-glare’ panel, a four-port USB hub, and the usual trio of HDMI, DVI and VGA connectors — not to mention a suitably slim design.”