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MacBook Air and Pro updated with Ivy Bridge processors, USB 3.0 ports, faster graphics

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Apple WWDC is off to a good start and among the first announcements in the event’s keynote speech is the refresh of the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lineups. Both lineups are getting the latest IvyBridge processors by Intel. And yes, the 17-inch MacBook Pro is getting axed off the production line.

The MacBook Airs now can be rigged with processors up to 2.0Ghz dual-core i7 (with Turbo boost up to 3.2Ghz). The RAM options go as high as 8GB and the SSD options reach the spectacular 500GB. That’s 500GB SSD. The read speeds for the SSD drives has gone up to 500Mbps too, so it’s double the one on the current SSD drives used in the Airs. Read more »

RIM axes the 16GB BlackBerry Playbook, won’t abandon the tablet realm though

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This should hardly come as a surprise, given its rather poor sales record. RIM has decided to discontinue the 16GB version of the BlackBerry Playbook.

Should you decide to opt for a slate from the Canadian company, you will still have the choice of 32 and 64GB versions. Read more »

A quad-core sporting Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 gets shown off on YouTube

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All signs point at a launch of the updated Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 in the nearest future, people. An updated version of the slate got handled on YouTube, showcasing a number of serious improvements, compared to the Note 10.1, which we encountered back in April.

The updated Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 will feature a quad-core Exynos CPU and an S-Pen slot built in – right in line with the previous leaks on the subject. Read more »

Lenovo announce two new Ivy Bridge ultrabooks – Ideapad U310 and U410

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The Ideapad U310 and U410 from Lenovo are now available globally, featuring the latest Intel Ivy Bridge processors.

The two ultrabooks have 13″ and 14″ displays, respectively, and both feature Core i3, i5 and i7 variants. Read more »

Samsung unveils multimedia laptop Series 5 Boost, gives Series 3, 5 and 9 Ivy Brigde

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Samsung has unveiled the multimedia-centric Series 5 Boost laptop for Korea and updated its Series 9, 5 and 3 ultrabooks with low-power Ivy Bridge processors.

The Series 5 Boost will come in 15″ and 17″ flavors, with a bright (300 nit) 1600 x 900 resolution display, JBL stereo speakers and either a Core i5 or i7 Ivy Bridge processor. Read more »

Asus announces TAICHI, Transformer Book lineup, Tablets 600 and 810, Transformer AiO

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Asus just made quite a few announcements at the eve of Computex – the TAICHI dual-screen notebook series, the Transformer Book lineup with detachable screens, two Transformer-like tablets, and the all-in-one PC Transformer AiO.

All new devices run on Windows 8, and the Transformer AiO does Android as well. 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 »

LG announces new X Note Z350 Ultrabook

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LG has announced the new X Note Z350 Ultrabook with a 13.3-inch display, which is the successor to the older Z330 model. It is based on Intel’s third generation Core i-series platform (Ivy Bridge) and boasts of a boot up time of only nine seconds.

Another feather in its sleek silver body is a Red Dot Design Award, even though it does sort of look like every other Ultrabook we have seen recently. LG also claims that it is the thinnest Ultrabook in the world, with a thickness of just 14.7mm. And at 1.2kg, it’s also very light. Read more »

Samsung launches next generation Chromebooks and Series 3 Chromebox in the US with the latest Chrome OS

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Chrome OS fans rejoice today as Samsung has launched its second generation Chromebooks as well as the first ever Series 3 Chromebox.

The refreshed notebook line-up also marks the rollout of a major update of the Chrome OS, which features enhanced security options, better integration with Google Drive, better offline capabilities and updated apps. Read more »

Android 4.1 Jellybean looks set to debut on Google’s Nexus 7 tablet

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While this is not the first time we’ve told you about Google’s upcoming Nexus tablet, today we have some fresh intel regarding the OS, which it will be packing. All facts point that the long rumored, $199.99 costing Google Nexus 7 will come with Android 4.1 Jellybean out of the box.

The info comes straight from Rightware’s Basemark ES 2.0 Taiji benchmark test, where the upcoming slate has stretched its four CPU legs, coortesy of NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 chipset. 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 »

HP launches five new ENVY series laptops

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ENVY, HP’s family of thin and light notebooks just grew by five members. HP just announced the ENVY Spectre XT, ENVY Sleekbook 14 and 15.6-inch and the ENVY Ultrabook 14 and 15.6-inch models.

Priced at $999, the ENVY Spectre XT comes with a 13.3-inch 1366 x 768 resolution display, third generation Intel Core (Ivy Bridge) processor, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, USB 3.0, HDMI, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, backlit keyboard, Beats Audio with quad speakers, eight hours battery life, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit with two-year subscription to Norton Internet Security, full versions of Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Elements 10. It will go on sale on June 8. Read more »

Sony VAIO launches T11 and T13, their first Ultrabooks

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Sony has officially announced their first Ultrabooks, the VAIO T11 and T13. As you can guess, the former has a 11-inch display and the latter a 13-inch display.

Both Ultrabooks will feature a sleek magnesium and aluminum body that will be 17.8mm thick. You get a full set of ports, including Ethernet, VGA, HDMI, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0 and also an SD card slot. It has the traditional VAIO chicklet keyboard and a MacBook style trackpad that will hopefully will be similarly good. 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 »

New AMD Trinity and Brazos 2.0 APUs now shipping

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AMD have announced that their upcoming processor and GPU combo chips, which shipped last quarter to OEMs, are just about to hit market availability.

Set to sport superior performance-per-watt over the previous generation A-Series APUs, the new Trinity line should find a home in upcoming ultrathin notebooks and tablets. Read more »