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New Chromebook buyers to get 60-days of free access to Google Play All Access

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Google will be giving away buyers of select models of the Chromebook free 60 days subscription to their Google Play music All Access service. Normally, users would get to try the service for 30 days but with this promotion you can get twice of that if you choose to go with a Chromebook. The offer is available on all Chromebooks, except the Cr-48, Acer AC700, and Samsung Chromebook Series 5.

All Access is Google’s music subscription service where you can pay $9.99 per month and get access to over 20 million tracks and radio stations from Google Play. Once subscribed, you can access the music from any platform the service is available on, including the web, Android and iOS. Read more »

Samsung announces ATIV Book 9 Style with faux-leather back

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Samsung has launched an updated ATIV Book 9 Style 15.6″ laptop with a full HD display and has given it the faux-leather back design. The company seems very fond of the look, which was introduced with the Galaxy Note 3 and then the second-generation Chromebook followed suit.

At 1.95kg, the Ativ Book 9 Style is quite light for its size and sports a thin 17.5 mm thin chassis. Under the hood, there’s an Inten Haswell 2.6GHz Core i5 CPU, Intel HD Graphics 4400, 4GB 1600MHz DDR3 RAM and a 128GB SSD. Read more »

Samsung announces Chromebook 2 with Exynos 5 Octa processor

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After leaking out yesterday, the Samsung Chromebook 2 got officially announced. The Chrome OS notebook will be available in April with a choice of 11.6” or 13.3” display.

Powered by an Exynos 5 Octa processor, the Samsung Chromebook 2 features the same stitched faux leather look as the Korean giant’s latest Android smartphones and tablets. Read more »

Surface 2 with AT&T LTE passes through FCC

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Microsoft promised that AT&T would be getting an LTE version of their surface tablet/laptop/attempt at an all-in-one computing experience, and it looks like they’re making good on that vow.

The FCC passed a device that is most likely an LTE-packing Surface 2 that works with AT&T’s bands. Read more »

Sony announces plans to sell off VAIO PC division to Japan Industrial Partners

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After rumors of Sony selling off its VAIO PC division surfaced yesterday, Sony has now gone ahead and made it official. The company will be selling its famous line of personal computers to Japan Industrial Partners Inc. (JIP) for an undisclosed amount.

According to Sony, this is to bring its focus on what it thinks are now its core businesses: imaging, gaming and mobile, with mobile being the highest priority right now. JIP will soon take over the VAIO business and will begin selling them under the same VAIO brand in Japan and possibly in other regions in future. Sony, meanwhile, will cease all design, planning and development of the PC products along with sales in every market. However, those who currently own VAIO PCs will continue to get aftersales support from the company. Read more »

Best Buy cuts Surface Pro price by $400

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Now that we have the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 available the original is seeing its price cut down and Best Buy is leading the charge with a $400 drop leaving the retail price at $500 which is a really good deal.

According to TheVerge the deal is good from Friday to Sunday but a Best Buy sales representative has told CNET it could go all week. Read more »

Samsung to reportedly drop Windows notebooks in 2015, will only make Chromebooks

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It seems Samsung is ready to give up on Windows notebooks, if a report by Digitimes is to be believed. According to their sources at a Taiwan-based supply chain, Samsung will no longer release conventional Windows based notebooks from next year.

So will it be dropping out of the notebook business altogether? Not quite. The report also states that Samsung will switch to only making Chromebooks from 2015. Samsung already has one model on sale right now and many more will be coming in future. Read more »

Apple celebrates 30 years of Macs in a creative way

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Apple is celebrating 30 years since the creation of the Mac lineup of computers. Before Apple was synonymous with the iPod, iPad and iPhone Macs were the reason the company survived. Well that and Steve Jobs’ relentlessness.

In honor of the 30th anniversary Apple has created a whole subsection of its website dubbed 30-years which focuses on people whose lives were influenced by the Mac. Various artists, musician Moby, designers and many more, each representing a different year and subsequent Mac device. Read more »

Acer announces $254 million net loss for Q4 2013

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Acer announced today its last quarter financial results and they’ve turned up a lot worse than the company initially expected.

According to the financial report No.4 PC manufacturer based in Taiwan has accumulated $254 million (T$7.6 billion) net loss – twice the predicted $122.66 million (T$3.69 billion). Read more »

Weekend poll results: The hots and nots of CES 2014

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This weekend we set out to get your thoughts on the hottest products from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas and now that we have the results it’s time to see what you guys liked and what disappointed you.

While the overall tone remained excited there were things you guys weren’t really thrilled about. This year’s CES brought the first real non-compromises mini smartphone from the Android camp, some exciting slates from Samsung, a new take at smartwatch design by Pebble and more. Read more »

Micromax Canvas LapTab hands-on

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Micromax outed its new Canvas Laptab at CES 2014 and got a chance to take it out for a spin. The device is a part of a new trend of devices that’s able to dual-boot both Android 4.2.2 and Windows 8.1, and seamlessly switch between them.

It’s all thanks to Intel’s new “dual OS platform” technology that allows you to run both OSs on a single device, and we already saw it in action on the Asus Transformer Book Duet. Read more »

Samsung announces the 2014 editions of the Samsung Ativ One 7 and the Ativ Book 9

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The Ativ One 7 2014 Edition is a sleek All-in-One PC with a 24-inch FullHD screen. The Book 9 2014 Edition is a spectacular ultrabook, which has a 15.6-inch FullHD screen and which yet weighs only 1.85 kg.

The Ativ One 7 2014 Edition can act as a secure personal cloud server, allowing owners of Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets to store on the computer hard drive photos, movies, music and documents via Samsung Link mobile app. These users also have the option of wirelessly streaming music to the Ativ One 7′s Dolby Home Theater certified stereo 7W speakers via Bluetooth even when the computer is off. Read more »

Asus outs Trasnformer Book Duet that runs both Android and Windows 8.1

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Asus has unveiled a new convertible device that’s set to dual boot between Android and Windows. More impressively the device can switch between them seamlessly in as little as 4 seconds.

Powered by 4th-generation Intel processors, the Transformer Book Duet has the standard folding form factor of ultrabooks, but also features the removable 13.3-inch screen that Asus is famous for. Read more »

Toshiba upgrades its Kira Ultrabook with Haswell processor, brings it to UK

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Toshiba’s Kira Ultrabook has been available in the United States for quite a while now, and the good news for all the fans waiting in the United Kingdom is that the Windows 8.1 ultrabook will finally debut in Britain next month.

The Kira Ultrabook variant hitting the stores of the UK will feature an upgraded Intel Core i7 Haswell processor out of the box to make up for the delay. Read more »

Lenovo announces Miix 2 detachable hybrids and Flex laptops

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Lenovo brought out more convertible laptops than just the refreshed Yoga lineup – the Miix 2 line got 10″ and 11″ models and for those who prefer bigger laptops, Lenovo brought the Flex 14D and 15D.

The Miix lineup consists of detachable laptop/tablet hybrids, while the screens on the Flex lineup can do a swivel motion of up to 300 degrees. Read more »