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Taiwan's Asustek launches tablet computers
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Taipei (AFP) May 31, 2010

Apple sells two million iPads
Paris (AFP) May 31, 2010 - Apple, now the largest US technology company by value, said Monday it had sold two million of its iPad tablet computers, outdoing even the iconic iPhone on its launch. Apple said it had sold 1.4 million iPads since it went on sale exclusively in the United States on April 3. On Friday, the iPad -- a flat, 10-inch (25-centimetre) black tablet computer that Apple claims will revolutionise the industry -- went on sale in Australia, Japan, Canada alongside Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. Demand in the United States was so strong that the company pushed back the global roll-out.

Apple head Steve Jobs said in a statement that clients all over the world were now able to experience the iPad and seemed to like it as much as the company itself. Apple was very grateful for their patience and was now doing everything in its power to make sure there were enough iPads for everyone, Jobs added. The iPad goes on sale in nine additional countries in July, including Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Last week, Apple dethroned software giant Microsoft as the largest US technology company in terms of market value.

Taiwan's Asustek unveiled a new tablet device Monday combining an e-notepad and e-book reader as Taipei prepares to host Asia's biggest information technology trade fair.

With prices starting at 199 US dollars, the Eee Tablet "allows users to write on the screen just the way people write on their notebooks," a company spokesman told a news conference.

It also "features the functions of more powerful than general electronic books," he said ahead of Computex Taipei, which opens Tuesday.

Users will be able to turn a page as if reading a book and take a picture of handwritten text using a built-in camera before transforming it into a digital note. The device will hit stores in September.

And just days after Apple launched the much-anticipated iPad globally, Asustek also revealed the Eee Pad, which runs on Microsoft's Windows 7 and comes with a 10-inch or a 12-inch screen.

It expects the gadget to be available from the first quarter of next year, at up to 449 US dollars.

More than 1,700 exhibitors are taking part in the five-day Computex Taipei, featuring 4,861 booths and expected to greet around 120,000 visitors, including 35,000 international buyers, organisers say.

They expect the fair to generate around 20 billion US dollars in business.


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