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Asus announces two new Zenbooks powered by Ivy Bridge, FullHD screens in tow

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Asus announced two new ultrabooks powered by Intel’s oft-delayed Ivy Bridge processor. There are 11.6″ and a 13.3″ versions – Asus Zenbook UX21A and UX31A respectively. Either size will have a FullHD IPS screen – yep, that’s 1920×1080 resolution on a 11.6″ screen.

The IPS screens will offer 350 nits of brightness, but if they are too pricy for you, you can switch to a vanilla LCD screen instead. That drops the brightness to 300 nits and the resolution is downgraded to 1600×900 for the 13.3″ model and 1366×768 for the 11.6″ one. Read more »

Apple brought the MacBook naming mess to the iPad, will the iPhone follow?

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One key bit of information, delivered at today’s iPad event, is that Apple is adopting its Mac naming scheme for the iPad series. So instead of introducing the iPad 3, or the iPad HD, or whatever other name they come up with, the Cupertino guys just called it iPad. Yeap, just like the first Apple slate.

So now we have the iPad succeeding the iPad 2, which in turn came to replace the iPad. This means that the iPad 2 is hotter than the iPad, but not as hot as the iPad. Confusing right? Read more »

Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 15-inch ultrabook announced along with three V3 Series laptops

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CeBIT is underway and Acer just unveiled a new ultrabook – the Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 – along with three laptops for non-ultra users – the Aspire V3 Series. The M3 is a 15″ ultrabook and features an un-ultrabookish DVD drive. The V3 Series on the other hand come in 14″, 15.6″ and 17.3″.

The Timeline Ultra M3 measures just 20mm thick (not bad for 15″) and is made of an aluminum alloy. In the fairly thin package you get enough room for a HDD+SSD combo. You can go SSD-only if you want. Read more »

We give the Samsung’s Series 9 ultrabooks the hands-on treatment

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The ultrabook market has seen a strong influx of Windows devices of late but every model just looks like a copy of the other. The 13″ display, i-something processor and thin frame are all there on every single non-Air ultrabook out there.

Samsung is aiming to change that with its Series 9 ultrabooks. A 15″ ultrabook, now that’s innovation, and things don’t stop there. We have the hands-on photos coming after the break. 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 »

Intel’s Rosepoint chip: WiFi and CPU squeezed onto one piece of silicone

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Intel’s research teams have been hard at work bringing their latest project to fruition and what you see here is the fruits of their labour. CPU and a more power efficient and faster WiFi radio, both squeezed onto a single chip.

Intel's Rosepoint chip

Intel call the chip Rosepoint and despite it being still strictly in the concept stage right now, there’s definite potential for the technology to make its way to market in the next few years. Read more »

Apple launches $999 13-inch MacBook Air for educational institutions

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A few days ago, Apple officially said goodbye to the 13-inch white MacBook, which was so far available exclusively for educational institutions since it was discontinued for the general public last July. Now, they have announced a new cut-price version of the 13-inch MacBook Air, which will be sold for $999.

For that price you will get the hardware from the entry-level 11-inch model (which also costs $999), that is a 1.6GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 2GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory (SSD). You will, however, get the same 13.3-inch, 1,440 x 900 resolution display from the standard 13-inch model. Read more »

Intel announces 7 new Sandy Bridge CPUs

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Intel has just unveiled seven new members of its Sandy Bridge family of CPUs. We got three quad-core desktop processors of the Core i5 variety and four Celeron CPUs meant for use in mobile devices.

The first and most powerful of the new processors is Core i5-2550K, which is an unlocked-multiplier CPU with a stock clock speed of 100MHz higher than the i5-2500K. The i5-2550K runs at 3.4GHz, with frequencies of up to 3.8GHz possible with the Turbo boost. Read more »

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich lands on HP TouchPad with CM9 [VIDEO]

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With a $99 price tag, the HP TouchPad was a hot enough commodity. The latest CyanogenMod update however, is bound to make the slate even more desirable by bringing Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to it, thus making the dreams of many of its owners a reality.

The port is not completely finished yet with the front-facing camera and the video playback not being functional for the time being. Read more »

Razer reveals Project Fiona, a tablet with controllers attached to it running on a Core i7 and Windows 8

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Razer piqued our interest a few days ago when they talked about the Project Fiona, promising a “PC gaming on an all-new form factor”. Little did we know it was going to be a tablet with controllers attached to it.

Razer’s Project Fiona is essentially that, a tablet with two PlayStation Move like controllers on the side. The controllers are fixed and so even when you’re not gaming you will still have them around. Each of the controller has a joystick on it with four buttons on the front and two shoulder buttons. The device includes force feedback, 3-axis gyro, magnetometer and an accelerometer. Read more »

New Samsung Series 9 ultrabook comes in 13.3″ and 15″ versions, the small one weighs just 1.16kg

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This year’s CES saw the announcement of the new Samsung Series 9 ultrabook. Its slim aluminum body houses specially designed components that make it one of the thinnest and lightest portable computers around.

It will be available in 13.3″ and 15″ versions, but Samsung claims that it is so compact that the 15″ version is the size of a typical 14″ laptop. Read more »

Lenovo announces IdeaPad S200 and IdeaPad S206 netbooks, will launch in June

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Following the announcement of its new line of ultrabooks, Lenovo has now lifted the curtains off the IdeaPad S-series netbooks.

The IdeaPad S200 and S206 target the already too-crowded niche of affordable and decently performing netbooks. Read more »

Tablets and smartphones to be equipped with high-speed USB 3.0 by the end of the year, early next year

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This just in from the USB standards setting organization – USB 3.0 should begin rolling out to smartphones and tablets before the end of this year or early next year.

Now don’t expect to see full-sized USB ports on your next smartphone – the upgrade should be in the form of USB 3.0-supporting microUSB ports to meet the demands of thin industrial design. Read more »

Gigabyte keeps Atom dream alive with Cedar Trail powered T1006M convertibe netbook and tablet, Windows 7 on board

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Gigabyte is showing off two new devices at CES – the T1006M, a Windows 7 convertible netbook-tablet, and the S1081, a pure Windows 7 tablet. Both have 10.1″ capacitive multi-touch touchscreens outside and Intel’s latest Cedar Trail Atom dual-core processors inside.

Where they differ is the keyboard. The T1006M has one, but unlike traditional netbooks, you can quickly transform it into a tablet by turning the screen around. Impressively, its 10.1″ screen has a 1366×768 pixel resolution, typically found in larger displays. Read more »

Lenovo IdeaPad U310 and U410 new Ultrabook laptops get under the spotlight

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The competition for the best ultrabook at CES 2012 has begun, and Lenovo entered it with the unveiling of the IdeaPad U310 and U410.

The Lenovo U310 is 0.7″ (18mm) thick and weighs 3.74lbs (1.7kg) whilst the U410 is a pinch thicker at 0.83″ (21mm) and just slightly heavier, weighing in at 4.18lbs (1.9kg). Read more »