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New Zenbook and Eeebook laptops official from Asus

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Asus has just outed a pair of tablets – one 13.3″ and one 11.6″ – during its press conference at the IFA 2014 expo in Berlin.

The Zenbook UX305 is marketed as “the world’s slimmest 13.3-inch QHD+ laptop,” while the EeeBook X205 is set to offer quad-core Intel Atom device at under €200. Read more »

Microsoft will soon out a $199 Chromebook rival made by HP

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Details on a previously mentioned, low-cost Microsoft Windows 8.1 PC made by HP made the rounds. Dubbed HP Stream 14, the yet to be revealed machine is tipped to carry a Chromebook-rivaling $199 price tag when available.

The upcoming notebook will reportedly feature an AMD “Mullins” A4 Micro-6400T Quad-Core SoC, 2GB of RAM, and integrated Radeon R3 graphics. Read more »

China takes Apple devices off its government’s procurement list

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China has reportedly ousted Apple devices from its government’s official procurement list. This means that the company’s wares can no longer be purchased by Chinese institutions using public money.

The reason cited for the move apparently has to do with “security concerns”, according to some government officials familiar with the matter. Read more »

Surface Pro 3 in core i3 and Core i7 flavors on their way to US and Canada

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When the Surface Pro 3 debuted, you were pretty much stuck with the Core i5 version of the device if you wanted to purchase one.

Well fret no more, as the Core i3 and i7 versions of the laptop/tablet/mobile computing device are on their way. Read more »

Apple MacBook Pros get a small update

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Apple refreshed its MacBook Pro lineup but it’s a relatively small upgrade. The 13″ and 15″ are more or less as rumored yesterday. This update comes less than a year than the previous one.

They are still powered by Haswell-based Intel Core processors, but with some new options. You also get 8GB RAM as standard on the 13″ MacBook Pro and 16GB on the 15″ model (last year it was 4GB / 8GB). Read more »

Apple rumored to update the 15-inch MacBook Pro with a faster Haswell CPU

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A new photo purportedly snapped at the Apple’s Chongqing store in China suggests the 15-inch MacBook Pro is destined to receive a small specs bump. More specifically, Apple is planning to pimp the laptop with a faster Haswell processor as well as 16GB of RAM as standard.

The good news is that the pricing won’t be affected with current prices of the laptop remaining intact. As you’d expect the 15-inch MacBook Pro will retain its three main configurations. Read more »

Acer C720 Chromebook gets a hardware refresh

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Acer has a launched a slightly upgraded version of its C720 Chromebook. The new model now comes with Intel’s powerful Core i3 processor.

The new Acer C720 will be up for grabs in two options – 1.7GHz Core i3 processor with 2GB of RAM or 4GB of RAM. The new versions are priced at $350 and $380 respectively. Read more »

Android apps will soon run on Chromebooks, notifications will be shared too

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Google introduced Android on just about any platform you can think of so naturally the company is bringing Android to Chrome OS and the Chromebooks. It’s just the early days, but Android apps will run on Chromebooks with minimal changes from the app developers.

Integration with your phone goes beyond just running apps too, similar to the new Mac OS X Yosemite you’ll receive call and message notifications on your Chromebook. Read more »

Asus unveils four new laptops – Book V, Book T300 Chi, Book Flip and Zenbook NX500

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Asus unveiled a large number of devices at the start of Computex, including four laptops – the Asus Transformer Book V, Transformer Book T300 Chi, Transformer Book Flip and Zenbook NX500. To call the Transformer Book V a “laptop” would be like calling a centaur a horse, however. Asus calls it “the world’s first five-mode, three-in-one converged laptop”.

It’s the device Asus was teasing with the blender video. Read more »

HP SlateBook PC goes official with 14-inch display and Android OS

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HP announced the budget-friendly SlateBook PC. The 14” notebook runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box and will ship in sleek-looking black color scheme with yellow accents.

The HP SlateBook PC is powered by NVIDIA Tegra 4 SoC with 1.8GHz quad-core CPU. Read more »

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 gets a couple of official promo videos

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 was unveiled today and as tradition goes the announcement is accompanied by a couple of videos, showing the key points of the company’s latest hybrid.

The first promotional effort runs for about three minutes and shows the convenience of carrying the tablet around. It also focuses on the multi-tasking ability of the slate and brings the all new Surface Pro 3′s pen into the limelight. Read more »

ASUS announces C200 and C300 Chromebooks

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After Lenovo announced two budget Chromebooks, It’s ASUS’ turn. The company announced two new models of its own, the C200 and the C300, that start at just $250.

C200 has a 11.6-inch display with 1366×768 resolution whereas the C300 maintains that resolution but goes to 13.3-inch. Both models run on Intel Bay Trail-M processor clocked at 2.42GHz, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0, HDMI 1.4 and an SD card slot.

Both models will start shipping in North America by the end of June, starting at $250 for the base model.

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Lenovo releases two new Chromebooks

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Lenovo has announced two new Chromebook models, the Lenovo N20 and N20p. Both machines are nearly identical in terms of specifications, but while the N20 has a standard design, the N20p display flips backward and has a touchscreen.

Both machines come with a 11.6-inch, 1366×768 resolution display, Haswell-based Intel Celeron processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB storage space. Read more »

MacBook Air to get a tiny spec bump [Update: Now available, with a $100 price cut]

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Apple Stores in the US have started getting stock of a newer version of the MacBook Air that should go on sale soon. Unfortunately, this isn’t the major update we have been waiting for but just a tiny spec bump, perhaps the last update for this generation before the major update by the end of the year.

The latest update features a very slightly faster version of Intel’s CPU, with the standard clock speed getting boosted from the current 1.3GHz to 1.4GHz. The Turbo Boost speed has gone up from 2.6GHz to 2.7GHz. Read more »

Leaked HP Slatebook 14 video shows a 14″ Android laptop

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A leaked video demo reveals the HP Slatebook 14 – an Android-powered laptop with a 14″ 1080p touchscreen. It’s not a hybrid (detachable tablet + keyboard dock) like the Slatebook X2, nor is it a dual-boot device, it’s pure Android.

The specs are a bit unclear, but the video is promising a slim and lightweight design. Without the need for a second battery behind the screen like on the Slatebook X2, this new device should be thinner than 20mm. Read more »