Weekend tech reading: What will be the next netbook?

By Matthew
Jan 24, 2010
  1. Asus: What will be the next netbook? Eee PC maker Asus' chairman talks to's Nick Heath about where the PC is heading, the Chrome OS-effect and why content must catch up for tablets to take off.

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  2. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,180   +73

    Regarding book DRM, I do hope that publishers realise it's for their own good to offer formats which can be read on any device, and allow buyers to feel they own the book. All the DRM formats limit the way a book can be read, and so make it less of a good purchase. The e-book market is currently a first time buyer market, so a device like the Kindle can sell book in its own format and succeed. Once people start considering their second device, and realise they're locked, things might change.

    Regarding smartbooks, although the ASUS chairman talks about the need to be online, HTML 5 does support offline applications, and I agree it's an important point. Once more web apps start using that, it'd make browser based apps a lot more appealing.
  3. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 1,902   +528

    I agree with @ET3D. DRM should not be used in books (or any other product).
    As for online apps, we all know that cloud computing is coming.
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