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If you’ve been mulling the latest Apple gizmo but wince at the prices, today could be the day to act. That’s because Cupertino’s offering UK discounts of up to £81 on the latest and greatest iMac or MacBook models and £31 off of the iPad Air.

Other iPad models are discounted too, and you can score a deal on the iPod Touch or accessories like the Parrot AR drone. As for the US and Canada, gift cards are being handed out in lieu of cash off, including $75 offerings on the iPad Air, $150 for iMacs and MacBooks and $50 for an iPod Touch. As for the rest of the EU, other countries like France and Germany are seeing similar cash discounts to their UK counterparts on the same products.

Not everything is on sale, though. For instance, the iPad Mini with Retina display is still full price. Still, if your iProduct trigger finger’s been feeling itchy lately, hit the source.


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Apple continues to dominate smartphone sales with their flagship iPhone 5s and mid-range iPhone 5c as the handsets took two of the top three sales slots at every major U.S. wireless carrier for the third month in a row.

The Cupertino, Calif.-based company remained America’s top smartphone vendor in November on the back of ‘strong’ iPhone 5s sales and ‘steady’ iPhone 5c sales, according to data cited by Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley in a Thursday note to investors. Samsung notched a second-place finish in an industry that has seen major sales consolidation throughout the fourth quarter.

Before the iPhone 5s and 5c’s release, Apple, Samsung, HTC, Nokia, Sony, and Motorola all had handsets enjoying top-three sales at at least one of America’s big four carriers. Apple’s September announcement pushed all but Samsung out of the picture and relegated the South Korean conglomerate’s Galaxy S4 to the runner-up position across the board. Read the rest of this entry »


New Alienware 14, Alienware 17 & Alienware 18 Laptops

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  • Filed under: Laptops
  • Date: Sep 13,2013

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Alienware, the pioneer in specialty high-performance PC gaming systems, announced its latest and most powerful gaming laptops, the Alienware 14, Alienware 17 and Alienware 18.

The laptops feature all new performance graphics, processors (Intel 4th Generation Core Processors) and components engineered for extreme performance. They also introduce a new range of Alienware laptop bags named Alienware Vindicator Laptop Bags specifically designed to house the new Alienware 14, Alienware 17 and Alienware 18 laptops.

The series includes a backpack, messenger bag and slim carrying case, while their styling reflects a fusion of urban and military influences. The bags feature sturdy, weather-resistant materials and reinforced handles or straps for comfort and durability, and have smartly-designed, dedicated compartments that allow for organization and protection of essential accessories. Read the rest of this entry »


The inside story of Lenovo’s ThinkPad redesign

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  • Filed under: Laptops
  • Date: Mar 24,2013

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“When you talk to end users about ports, they’ll tell you how much they need them. They’ll talk about the vast number of USB devices that they have. It’s easy to hear that and determine that you need five or more ports based on what these people report. When you watch these people work, however, and you’re more overt in your methods — you rarely see that happening.

Sometimes, there’s a conflict between what someone reports they need and what they require.”

So begins the backstory of the latest ThinkPad overhaul as told by Corinna Proctor, the senior research manager at Lenovo’s User Research Center. Clearly versed in the art of separating whimsical wishes from bona fide requirements, she spoke to me in a phone interview alongside two of her colleagues in the run-up to today’s unveiling of the redesigned ThinkPad T431s Ultrabook. Read the rest of this entry »


NVIDIA reveals Volta next-gen GPU platform

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  • Filed under: Laptops
  • Date: Mar 24,2013

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We’re here at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, and company CEO Jen Hsun-Huang has just revealed the next step in its GPU roadmap.

Called Volta, it’s scheduled to arrive after Maxwell, and will advance GPU technology with a ridiculous amount of memory bandwidth. Volta GPUs will have access to up to 1TB per second of bandwidth by stacking the DRAM on top of the GPU itself, with a silica substrate between them. Then, by cutting a hole through the silicon and connecting each layer it’s possible to move, according to Huang “all of the data from a full Blu-Ray disc through the chip in 1/50th of a second.”

We aren’t exactly sure what that means for graphics, but being able to process data that quickly is bound to be a boon for gamers… whenever Volta actually arrives, of course.


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When we got our hands on Acer’s initial C7 Chromebook, our chief gripe was its frankly disappointing 4-hour battery life. We now know that Acer had its ear to the ground after launch. It’s rolling out a new trim level, the C710-2055, that mends the short runtime and beyond.

The new edition carries a 6-cell battery that should give it six hours of battery life — still not as good as the 6.5 hours of Samsung’s ARM-based Chromebook, but it’s at least in the ballpark. Performance should also get a useful kick in the pants now that Acer has doubled the RAM to 4GB.

While the upgrades take the newly available C7’s price slightly out of impulse purchase range, to $280, it’s now a more viable option for those who need more grunt than ARM can currently deliver without venturing into Chromebook Pixel territory. Read the rest of this entry »


Microsoft is singing the right tune with some wrong notes

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  • Filed under: Laptops
  • Date: Mar 13,2013

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In an episode of Elementary, a TV reinvention of Sherlock Holmes, there is an audacious product placement for the Microsoft Surface tablet. Holmes, a techno-adept detective working in New York, whips out a Surface to do some quick research. He snaps on the keyboard with the same hearty click made famous in Microsoft commercials. Then the kickstand! The patented three-step maneuver is so distinctly set apart within the scene, there might as well be a blinking “Advertisement” notice across the sequence. (Holmes follows up by searching on Bing, turning the product placement into an ecosystem placement.)

I don’t know whether seeing a fictional genius using Surface helps sales, but if so, it’s not helping enough. The Surface slate is on the skids in retail, as are Windows 8 computers. It is perhaps not surprising that Microsoft’s retail users are slow to migrate from the familiar (PCs running Windows 7 and XP) to the unfamiliar (PCs running the radically different Metro interface, and a new product category in Surface). But swampy sell-through is definitely surprising financial analysts, some of whom are cutting Microsoft’s revenue forecasts. Read the rest of this entry »


Toshiba Dynabook SS RX1 the first notebook with 128GB SSD

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  • Filed under: Laptops
  • Date: Mar 18,2008

Not so long after the launch of the Toshiba 64GB SSD now comes the all new Dynabook SS RX1 with nothing less than 120GB SSD this impressive baby has a 12.1 inch display along with internal KDDI EV-D0 data module, 1.2Ghz Core 2 Duo U7600, 2GB memory Intel 945GMS Express graphics, a 1,280 x 800 pixel panel resolution, and choice of 6.2 hour or 12.5 hour batteries. Pricing to be slotted at $4000 initially available for the Japanese market only, hope it reaches our shores soon. I however will still be waiting for the prices of SSDs’ to drop further to make the shift.