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Dual-OS Asus devices put on indefinite hold, says report

The excitement surrounding a laptop-tablet hybrid from Asus that runs both Android and Windows 8.1 might have all been for nothing.

Asus has decided to shelve its dual-operating system Transformer Book Duet TD300 after both Google and Microsoft have thrown cold water on the idea of the company offering a laptop-tablet hybrid that can run both Android and Windows, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the talks.

CNET had earlier reported on sparring between Asus and its operating system partners that suggested a dual Android-Windows device could end up as just a pipe dream.… Read more

Google cited as bothered by Android-Windows hybrid

Google is the force behind a potential delay in the first tablet to instantly switch between Windows 8.1 and Android 4.X using Intel technology, a fresh report from Asia says. A CNET source backs up this claim.

A report on Friday from Digitimes fingers Google as holding up the Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300, a novel laptop-tablet hybrid that can instantly switch between Android and Windows 8.1.

This follows earlier reports from CNET and Digitimes.

Here's what Digitimes said on Friday, in part:

Currently, only Intel's...chip can support dual operating systems, giving consumers an … Read more

Android and Windows getting along inside your PC? Nope

commentary Waiting for a crush of devices running both Windows 8.1 and Android? Don't.

CNET learned this week that the Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300 -- the most recent high-profile attempt to try to pull off this duality -- has not gotten a warm reception from at least one of the operating system suppliers on the hybrid tablet-laptop.

That's the political problem. "Neither [Microsoft nor Google] can be very happy about it," said Nathan Brookwood, principal analyst at Insight 64, alluding to the fact that it's a shotgun wedding of the two rivals' software, … Read more

Asus unveils charging docks for Nexus 7

Owners of the 2013 Nexus 7 can now buy a wired or wireless charging dock made by Asus, but neither one comes cheap.

Available through Amazon, the Nexus 7 FH Official Dock uses your tablet's Micro-USB connection to juice it up. You can dock and charge the tablet in portrait or landscape mode, use your Nexus while it's charging, and pipe video to your TV or monitor via the dock's HDMI connection.

The pyramid-shaped Asus PW100 Wireless Charging Stand uses Qi inductive charging to juice up your tablet. You can also charge your Nexus with the cover … Read more

No Nirvana? Is Asus rethinking Android-Windows 8.1 device?

Is a dual Android-Windows device just a pipe dream? And are these devices doomed in general?

We don't have an answer to that yet, but there are signs that not everything is copacetic.

A report last week from Asia claimed that Asus may be "forced" to give up the Transformer Book Duet TD300, a novel laptop-tablet hybrid that can instantly switch between Android and Windows 8.1.

And an industry source familiar with the Duet told CNET that there has been sparring with operating system partners, echoing the reports from Asia. However, the CNET source did not … Read more

Microsoft said to slash Windows 8.1 price on low-cost devices

Microsoft will implement a 70 percent discount on the price of Windows 8.1 for inexpensive devices, according to a report from Bloomberg. This follows a similar report last year.

Device makers will be charged $15 "to license Windows 8.1 and preinstall it on devices that retail for less than $250, instead of the usual fee of $50," according to Bloomberg.

A similar report emerged from Asia last year. But that report cited size and device-type restrictions. That will no longer apply, however, said Bloomberg. (Other reports last year also cited discounts.)

Some observers see this as … Read more

Asus router vulnerabilities go unfixed despite reports

It may be news to you that some Asus wireless routers leave your computer and networked drives open to hackers, but Asus has known about the problems for months, reports indicate.

The vulnerabilities make it possible for hackers to access directories on networked drives using Asus' proprietary AiCloud option. Enabling features such as "Cloud Disk," "Smart Access," and "Smart Sync" appear to enable the vulnerability, security researcher Kyle Lovett told Ars Technica.

Enabling the file-sharing tool Samba in the router also exposes the vulnerability to hackers.

Lovett told CNET that following his report of … Read more

Asus VivoTab Note 8 goes on sale at Microsoft Store for $329

The Windows 8.1-based Asus VivoTab Note 8 has gone on sale for $329. The trouble is, it's already out of stock.

Microsoft started selling the tablet on its online store over the weekend. The device, which was shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show last month, offers an 8-inch HD display and runs on Intel's Atom processor. The "Note" in its name comes into play, courtesy of an included stylus.

The Asus VivoTab Note 8 is in direct competition with Samsung's Galaxy Note line, which also includes support for a digital stylus. The trouble … Read more

A dual Windows-Android machine: PC industry savior or non-starter?

It's pretty grim days for the PC industry, and the sector's next hope -- machines that run both Windows and Android at the same time -- may not be enough to save it.

The dual-operating system idea is just the latest attempt by the computer makers to juice sales, which have been on a steady decline: shipments posted their worst-ever drop last year, and on Thursday, Sony said it would exit the PC market. In the newest effort by the industry to revitalize computer sales, PCs would let users access both Android apps and Windows software with just … Read more

Microsoft gets mom to get nasty about Chromebooks

So remember that company that made you cry at the Super Bowl?

No, not Heinz with its farting joke. Microsoft, with its high-minded, moving ad about empowerment.

Well, forget about that.

Despite the Super Bowl trophy having been secured by its co-founder, Microsoft greeted Monday with bile and spittle aimed at its favorite target. Well, its current favorite target -- Google.

The Chromebook to Microsoft is what the 49ers are to the Seahawks: this object of loathing, akin to a cheating ex-spouse or a conman who just removed your trousers without you noticing.

Microsoft has been casting derision at Chromebooks … Read more