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Sony revamps its computer line-up, here are the prices for the new models

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Sony is busy revamping its computer lineup, bringing new devices in several categories. The VAIO Tap 20 and VAIO Duo 11 will be firsts for the US market, but more importantly we have pricing and launch dates.

Along with the additions of the new models, there’s one line that has been showed the door – the awesome (and wallet-punching) VAIO Z is nowhere to be found on the new roster. Read more »

Google updates Chrome for desktop and Android

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Google has released updates for Chrome across the board with a new version for Windows, OS X and Android respectively. On the desktop, Chrome, now updated to v22, gains the Mouse Lock API, which lets you play games inside the browser window without having to worry about the mouse pointer escaping the window or bumping into the sides. Basically the pointer will be locked to the window of the browser. You can try it out with this demo.

Other changes include additional enhancements for the upcoming Windows 8 and improvements for HiDPI or Retina display users on the new MacBook Pro. Read more »

HP announces new SpectreONE AiO desktop PC

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HP has announced the new SpectreONE, an All-in-One desktop PC running Windows 8. The company claims it is the thinnest AiO PC in their portfolio, at just 11.5mm.

HP achieves this thickness by removing several key features, most notably a touchscreen display and an optical drive. The SpectreONE instead comes with a standard 23.6-inch 1080p display and a multi-touch trackpad, which looks pretty much identical to the Magic Trackpad that Apple provides with the iMac. Read more »

Samsung announces Windows 8 based Series 7 and Series 5 AIOs

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Samsung has announced three new members of the Series 7 and Series 5 range of All-in-One (AIO) desktop computers running Windows 8. The Series 7 includes a 27-inch and a 23-inch model whereas the Series 5 includes a 21-inch model.

All three models come with a 10-point multi-touch display that supports the full range of gestures you find in Windows 8. They also all have a resolution of 1920 x 1080. Read more »

Windows 8 version of Skype leaked, shows off its “Modern” styling

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An upcoming version of Skype for Windows 8 has leaked showing off an interface optimized for touch interfaces (read: tablets).

It’s styled using the Metro Modern UI, characteristic of the upcoming Microsoft platform. Read more »

Windows RT to ship with Preview version of Office 2013 RT, loses some features

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It has been known for a while now that Microsoft will be shipping a version of the new Office 2013 with Windows RT and that it will be the only non-Metro application that can be accessed on this particular version of the operating system.

Now we are learning that Office 2013 RT, which is to be included on Windows RT will be a watered-down version of the full blown Office 2013 that you will experience on standard Windows 8 or 7. Read more »

Apple releases new ads for the Mac

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It’s been quite a while since Apple released ads for the Mac. All the recent memorable ads have either been for the iPhone or the iPad. In fact the last memorable ads for the Mac were the famous ‘Mac vs. PC’ series and it’s been three years since those came out. But now that Apple recently updated their MacBooks, they probably felt it was the right time to go ahead and make some new ads.

So now we have three new ads for the Mac that don’t concentrate on any particular model, but like the older ‘Mac vs. PC’ ads aim to glorify the Macs as a whole and all the features they have. They also fail spectacularly at doing that. Read more »

Apple quietly upgrades the Mac Pro, discontinues the 17-inch MacBook Pro

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It seems the company’s flagship product, the Mac Pro, was not worthy of a mention at the WWDC keynote yesterday because the product has received a quiet update after the event was over. Unfortunately, if you have been waiting for a significant update to this product, you are in for a disappointment.

The biggest change here are the new CPU. You now have three models, in quad-core, 12-core and server configurations. Read more »

Acer announces Aspire S7 Ultrabook, Iconia tablets and U Series All-In-Ones running Windows 8

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Computex will officially starting tomorrow on June 5 but Acer has already kicked things off with a whole slew of Windows 8 based products.

First of all are the two Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabooks. Available in two sizes, 13.3-inch and 11.6-inch, these are the thinnest and smallest, respectively, Full HD touch Ultrabooks in the world. Both models feature an aluminum unibody design but the 13.3-inch model also uses a glass top. The 13.3-inch model also has a display that tilts all the way back so you can use the touchscreen more comfortably. Read more »

VIA announces its $49 Android PC, poses a real threat to the Raspberry Pi

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Raspberry Pi, be very, very careful! You are not the only ultra cheap PC out there any more, as VIA launches its own fully functional computer, which costs next to nothing.

Dubbed “APC”, this cheap PC runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and carries a $49 price tag. This is slightly more expensive than the $25/$35 Raspberr Pi, but you also get better specs. Read more »

AMD unleashes Trinity APUs, brings more speed and efficiency to budget computers

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AMD just unveiled its second generation lineup of APUs. The replacement for the current Llano series Accelerated Processing Units is aimed at people seeking budget PCs and notebooks, which bears the name Trinity and boasts better efficiency and speed.

In fact, the Trinity packs double the performance per watt of Lliano, which is quite an impressive achievement. Therefore, AMD’s new APU offering should impose an interesting threat to Intel’s Ivy Bridge in ultrathin notebooks and economy PC builds. Read more »

Apple announces second quarter financial results

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Apple has announced its financial results for the fiscal second quarter of 2012 that ended in March 31, 2012. Their total revenue for this quarter was $39.2 billion and the quarterly net profit was $11.6 billion. In comparison, the figures were $24.7 billion and $6.0 billion respectively for the same quarter last year.

As usual, the iPhone did very well this quarter, with Apple selling 35.1 million of those, up by 88 percent compared to year-ago quarter. Sales were down compared to the first quarter, however, where Apple managed to sell 37.04 million iPhones, the reason for this being chalked down to the holiday season that boosted the sales in the previous quarter. Read more »

First Windows 8 tablets coming in October, to be fewer than five

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We are about six months away from seeing the first Windows 8 tablets and personal computers hit the shelves now. Sources close to the matter were quoted by Bloomberg as saying that the next edition of the Windows 8 platform development will be complete by this summer and the first devices carrying it will hit the market in October.

Microsoft’s goal is to ship the x86 and the ARM versions of Windows 8 simultaneously and the company already confirmed there will be devices running both at launch day. Read more »

Diablo III release date surfaces – mark April 17 on your calendars

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Blizzard certainly took its sweet time developing the next title in the Diablo series and, honestly, we don’t think you can blame the company. After the immense success that was the Diablo II, it would take an incredibly good game to build on it and those can’t be created overnight.

And here comes the exciting news – all the coding is nearing completion and we are just over a month away from the announcement we’ve all been waiting for. According to a tip from Activision Italy, Diablo III will be hitting the shelves on April 17. Read more »

Ubuntu for Android bridges the gap between smartphone and PC

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Canonical, the developers of the popular Linux-based platform Ubuntu, have been hard at work at developing a hybrid platform which transforms Android into a fully-fledged desktop operating system when you dock your phone.

Could the reality of carrying your home/work PC in your pocket be closer than you think? Read more »