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The uncanny valley is the idea, posed by a Japanese robotics professor, that as humanoid robots start to resemble us more and more, we warm to them. But there’s a point where sudden repulsion kicks in: the more they look like us, the more we realise they don’t.

It’s like playing Fallout 3, and being grossed out by the NPC’s freaky frown lines, or LA Noire and wondering why every female character’s hair appears to be made of papier mache. It isn’t human.

It’s precisely what’s wrong with Android tablets like the Motorola Xoom 2. Honeycomb is starting to resemble a viable tablet option, but it still doesn’t feel quite right.

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Last month, we kicked off our competition to give away a Lenovo IdeaPad Tablet K1 Android Honeycomb slate. All you had to do was tell us your best tablet pun: there’s now just a few days left to enter, so to get your creative juices flowing, we’ve rounded up the best so far. Hurry, and get yours in too!

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Acer’s Iconia A200 tablet marks the second coming from Acer in terms of Android Honeycomb tablets. Confusingly, the A200 is the sequel to the Iconia A500, which we rated in May with a middling score. Have the specs improved for the A200?

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Android netbooks were the news fodder we all dined out on before the march of the tablets came and rendered the diminutive laptops almost obsolete. If you’ve got one of the old Asus Eee PCs or one of its contemporaries and it’s bereft of use, you can now give it a bit of extra life with a new hack that lets you install Android Honeycomb. Read more

Acer chairman sees a slowdown to tablet fever; company posts first ever lossFor the first time ever, Acer has posted a net loss of £142m for the quarter ending in June. Company chairman J.T. Wang said that he sees a slowdown to the current wave of ‘tablet fever’. This, in part, explains the dip in sales of 32 percent from a year ago. Acer has explained the quarterly loss as a “correction period” plagued by severance pay, £91m to rid itself of excess inventory and £18 million to reorganize the company.

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HTC Puccini on track for late September or early October releaseStraight from the horse’s mouth, HTC’s CFO Winston Yung has confirmed to the Chinese publication Liberty Times that the company plans to launch the 10-inch Puccini at the end of the third or early fourth quarter. Since the Chinese fiscal year runs from January 1st until December 31st, expect the slate to land late next month or early October.

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Acer founder believes tablet PCs and Ultrabooks are a short-term fadThat iPad or Honeycomb tablet you’re holding, guess what? Acer founder Stan Shih believes it’s a fad and ultimately a short-term phenomena. Mr. Shih is urging companies in the notebook supply chain to come out with more value-added products through innovation.

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It’s coming in October, and will be made by Foxconn, those are the latest rumours about Amazon’s long-awaited Android tablet. But what else can we expect from the future iPad killer? Superior e-reading? Kindle branding? A smaller screen?

We’ve got all the rumours right here, so click through to see what to expect, and which are pure fantasy.

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