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Microsoft shapes up for tablet launch

MICROSOFT will preview its Windows operating system designed for tablet computers in demonstrations planned for next week.

The company will showcase the software's touch-screen interface running on hardware with a Nvidia Tegra chip.

Microsoft is rushing to adapt Windows to better support devices that can compete with Apple iPad, which dominates the tablet market.

Gurdgiev gets nod for Goldcore

GOLDCORE, the Dublin-based wealth manager, has appointed Dr Constantin Gurdgiev as a non-executive member on its investment committee.

Dr Gurdgiev said: "GoldCore understands the importance of global diversification across many assets -- as evidenced by their diversified portfolios of index funds."

Oil tumbles from two-week high

Oil fell from a two-week high in New York as the US economy grew less than forecast in Q1, a signal that fuel demand may struggle to recover.

Futures tumbled as much as 1.7pc after the Commerce Department reported that gross domestic product in the world's largest oil-consuming country grew at a 1.8pc annual rate in the first quarter, less than the 2.2pc expansion forecast in a Bloomberg.

Easyjet in talks on order for jetliners

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EASYJET, Europe's second-biggest discount airline, is in talks with Airbus SAS and Boeing about an order for single-aisle jetliners, chief executive Carolyn McCall said. Negotiations are proceeding "slowly," McCall said without specifying how many aircraft EasyJet needs.

Solar power may be cheapest energy

SOLAR power may be cheaper than electricity generated by fossil fuels and nuclear reactors within five years because of innovations, said Mark Little, the global research director for General Electric.

"If we can get solar at 15 cents a kilowatt-hour or lower, you're going to have a lot of people that are going to want to have solar at home," Mr Little said.

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