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MacBook Air and MacBook Mini updates revealed ahead of launch

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The Apple Store website is down and as the tradition goes we will most probably be getting some new Apple gear when it goes back up. In this case we are looking forward to the new generation of MacBook Airs, which should be significantly more powerful than their predecessors and a new MacBook Mini series.

We got some 11th hour rumors on the exact specs of the new devices. Despite earlier speculations, the new 11.6″ MacBook Air base version will still only have 64GB worth of storage and 2GB of RAM. It will certainly be getting the new i5 and i7 Sandy Brigde CPUs, though, so it’s not too bad. Read more »

Lenovo launches Android 3.1 powered IdeaPad K1 tablet and Windows 7 powered IdeaPad P1 tablet

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Lenovo has entered the budding tablet segment with not one but two tablets, running on different platforms. First is an Android Honeycomb based IdeaPad K1 and the second (and admittedly less exciting) is the Windows 7 based IdeaPad P1.

The IdeaPad K1 has a 10.1-inch multi-touch display with a 1280 x 800 resolution. It runs on a dual-core Tegra2 processor with 1GB of RAM and 16, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage space that can be expanded further using microSD cards. Read more »

New MacBook Air could be arriving very soon, and by ‘soon’ we mean tomorrow

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We already reported that Apple is all set to refresh the current range of MacBook Air notebooks. But now AppleInsider is reporting that this could be happening very soon, as soon as tomorrow. According to one of their sources, Apple will be launching the new range on Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. Eastern time.

The new MacBook Airs are supposed to run on the new generation Intel Sandy Bridge processors and will have 4GB of RAM. Apple will also be doing away with the 64GB capacity model and the new range will have 128GB as the minimum. Read more »

Archos 80 G9 and 101 G9 tablets prices revealed – start at $300 and $360

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Archos has just reveled the pricing of its ninth generation of tablets. The bad news is that the two Android 3.1 Honeycomb running slates are a bit more expensive than the French company estimated at launch.

Now at $300 for the 8″ Archos 80 G9 and $370 for the 10.1″ Archos 101 G9 still remain among the most affordable devices in their respective classes. What you should keep in mind, though, is that these are prices for 8GB worth of storage, whereas most competitors start at 16GB. Read more »

More details on the Galaxy S II for AT&T surface, Attain name to be dropped

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We just got a portion of Galaxy S II news for our American droid-loving friends. One of our readers managed to squeeze a few details about the arrival of the coveted smartphone to the AT&T network from a representative of the carrier.

Apparently, the handset will keep its Galaxy S II name, instead of being called Attain as previously rumored. It should appear on the carrier shelves in late Summer or early Fall, with the date 1 September repeatedly mentioned in the conversation. That would put the AT&T Galaxy S II in direct competition against the next iPhone, which is supposed to appear at about the same time. Read more »

MacBook Air lineup upgrade coming some time next week, we can’t wait

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A couple weeks ago we heard this particularly juicy rumor about the Apple MacBook Air duo getting i7 CPUs and much faster storage. Well according to some more recent information that we stumbled upon, we are just about to find out if that’s true next week.

The tech website All things D claims that the new MacBook Airs will be unveiled some time next week (Thursday or Friday, most likely). The gossip is said to come from several sources close to Apple so it might not be a complete shot in the dark. Read more »

12-inch Asus 1215P Linux netbook goes on pre-order, redefines affordable netbooks

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A new 12-inch netbook by Asus has just been spotted at an Italian online retailer’s page and it appears ready to make you rethink your idea of cheap. While right now you can hardly go much lower than €450 for a dual-core netbook with 12″ screen, the Asus 1215P asking price is just under €280.

Of course, a portion of the savings is due to the fact that the 1215P is running Linux, rather than Windows, but even factoring that in, its unbelievably cheap. For that kind of cash you are getting a 1.50 GHz dual-core Atom N550, 2 gigs of RAM and a 320GB hard drive on a 12-inch screen chassis. Read more »

AT&T to get 1.5GHz HP TouchPad with the wrong kind of 4G soon

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HP and AT&T just announced that the US carrier will be getting a pimped up version of the TouchPad in time for the back-to-school season. The AT&T-edition of the webOS slate will have its dual-core CPU clocked at 1.5GHz, rather than the 1.2GHz of the regular one.

The AT&T-bound TouchPad will also be packing 4G connectivity, which will make it the first version of the slate with network data connectivity. Unfortunately, this won’t be an LTE radio, but a 3G one with 21 Mbps HSPA capabilities, but that’s still cool. Read more »

3G-enabled Asus Transformer priced in Europe, starts at €500

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Asus has just spilled the beans of the pricing of the 3G-enabled version of their Transformer tablet. The Taiwanese company will charge you an extra €100 for the SIM card slot of the popular Android slate with an optional keyboard.

So the 16GB Transformer with 3G connectivity will set you back €500, while a 32GB unit will go for €600. Seeing that the Transformer was somewhat cheaper than most of its competitors, we were hoping that Asus won’t stick to the usual practice and demand €100 for the network connectivity, but alas. Read more »

Upcoming iPad with retina display to be named iPad 2 Plus, scheduled for late 2011

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It’s usually a good thing when rumors about an upcoming device start to intensify – it means that its official premiere nears. That’s why we are getting increasingly optimistic about seeing another iPad this year, rather than have to wait until 2012.

The latest piece of online gossip has it that the next iPad will appear in late 2011, and will carry the name iPad 2 Plus, rather than iPad 3. Despite the modest naming, the third iOS slate should represent quite a significant upgrade over its predecessor. Read more »

Motorola Xoom base price dropped to $499, 3G model still bit pricey

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Although the Motorola Xoom launched with the bragging rights of being the first ever Honeycomb tablet, it never really tasted the kind of successes that Motorola (or Google) may have been hoping for. Not only was it considerably overshadowed by the iPad, it also got forgotten when newer and more exciting Honeycomb tablets started appearing.

One of the reasons for its lackluster sales could be attributed to its high price. So to address this Motorola has finally slashed the price of the base model by $100, bringing it down to $499. This, coupled with the fact that it has 32GB on-board storage, unlike 16GB on most of its similarly priced rivals, makes it bit better value. Read more »

iPad grabs 1% of global browser market share, lack of Flash support notwithstanding

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The popular iPad has reached yet another milestone where it has grabbed 1.03% of the global web browser market share as of June, 2011. This includes all the web browser, including desktop ones like Internet Explorer and Firefox. To put these figures into perspective, the eight year-old desktop Safari browser has a market share of 7.15% whereas the fifteen year-old Opera browser has a mere 1.11% market share as of April, 2011.

These figures are even higher in the US, where the iPad accounts for 2.1% whereas the iPhone and Android devices have 2.9% and 2.6% market share respectively. Read more »

MacBook Air lineup to get i7 CPU and 400 MBps NAND flash storage this month

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It appears that Mac OS won’t be the only Apple thing to get a major update in July. A really juicy rumor has it that the MacBook Air lineup refresh will be announced along with the Lion availability in a couple of weeks’ time.

Right now Apple’s most compact mobile computers are more of glorified netbooks than proper laptops with their low-grade CPUs. However if the rumors are to be believed those will get a significant update, including Intel i5 and i7 Sandy Bridge processors and a latest generation NAND flash storage. Read more »

28nm NVIDIA Tegra 4 details surface, promise 10 times more power than Tegra 2

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The Tegra 2 platform was quite a success for NVIDIA, finding its way to a dozen of smartphones and tablets and it even became the standard hardware platform for Android Honeycomb. But the company is certainly not going to stop there. We already know that its successor, codenamed Kal-El, will come later this year with a quad-core CPU on board, but now we also got some details about the version after that, codenamed Wayne.

The 28nm NVIDIA Wayne will be commercially available as Tegra 4 and will actually come in two flavors. The less powerful one will sport “at least 24-core” CUDA-enabled GPU, which resembles contemporary GPU architecture and a quad-core CPU, clocked at least 1.5GHz. According to NVIDIA that should be enough to provide at least 10x the computing power of the currently available Tegra 2 chipset. Read more »

Vizio Tablet now available for pre-order for $380, ships on July 18

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Remember the neat-looking Android tablet from the television manufacturer Vizio that was showcased at CES this year? Well it has finally been put up for pre-order on their site. It’s available in two models, where $379.99 gets you just the tablet and $399.99 gets you a custom-fit folio case and 16GB microSD card along with it. The device will start shipping on July 18, which is when you can buy it in a store as well.

For those who don’t remember it, the Vizio Tablet is based on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and has a 1024 x 768, 8-inch touchscreen display, along with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, HDMI-out, stereo speakers with SRS TruMedia, front facing VGA camera, built-in IR blaster with universal remote app and 4GB internal memory that can be expanded via microSD cards. It runs on a 1GHz processor and has 512MB of RAM. Read more »