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Sony VAIO Z Series: 13.3″ Ultraportable with Light Peak dock

Sony VAIO Z Series: 13.3″ Ultraportable with Light Peak dock

Sony has unveiled its latest performance ultraportable, the Sony VAIO Z Series, tipping the scales at under 1.2kg but still offering - thanks to a docking station that uses the same Intel Thunderbolt connection technology as Apple recently adopted - solid graphics performance with an external video card. The new 13.1-inch 1600 x 900 notebook runs up to a Core i7-2620M 2.7GHz processor paired with up to 8GB of DDR3 memory and up to a 256GB SSD, while the Sony Power Media Dock VGP-PRZ20C/VGP-PRZ20A packs an AMD Radeon HD 6650M graphics card with 1GB of dedicated memory, a choice of DVD or Blu-ray drives, and support for a further two simultaneous monitors.

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Sony VAIO Z and Y notebooks get “Share My Connection” WiFi router functionality

Sony VAIO Z and Y notebooks get “Share My Connection” WiFi router functionality

Sharing a single data connection across multiple WiFi devices seems to be a growing trend these days, popularised by the MiFi mobile hotspots and then spreading to cellphones and now laptops.  Sony has announced that their VAIO Z and Y series notebooks will have a "Share My Connection" (SMC) option, that when turned on allows up to five nearby devices to connect via WiFi.

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Sony VAIO Z-Series updated: Core i7, Quad SSD & Full HD display

Sony VAIO Z-Series updated: Core i7, Quad SSD & Full HD display

Sony have outed their latest VAIO Z-series ultraportable, and for once there's no compromise between weight and performance.  Two new models are on offer - the VAIO VPC-Z11Z9E and the VAIO VPC-Z11X9E - with 2.66GHz and 2.4GHz Intel Core-i7 processors respectively and NVIDIA GeForce GT330M 1GB GPUs; they also have Quad SSD drives (in RAID 0 format), offering 256GB and 128GB of speedy storage respectively.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-up 2/6/2014: iPhone 4, Outlast, Sony sells VAIO

SlashGear Morning Wrap-up 2/6/2014: iPhone 4, Outlast, Sony sells VAIO

This week we're seeing some rather odd headlines in the world of gadgets, technology, and the people who work in-between. One of the strangest has to be a note from artist Jean Michel Jarre, a fellow who wants $400 for every smartphone made because "content creators", as he calls them, are more important (says he) to the industry than the creators of the hardware their bits are served on.

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Steve Jobs wanted Sony to use Mac OS on Vaio notebooks

Steve Jobs wanted Sony to use Mac OS on Vaio notebooks

One of the things that helped Apple to make Mac computers more attractive to a range of users out there was the move from PowerPC to Intel processors way back in 2005. With that move, it meant that people interested in Mac machines that couldn't give up Windows entirely could run both operating systems on one computer. An interesting potential deal between Apple and Sony has recently come to light.

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Sony VAIO Windows Phone tipped for mid-2014

Sony VAIO Windows Phone tipped for mid-2014

Sony is considering launching at least one Windows Phone handset in 2014, sources claim, as Microsoft courts potential partners to bolster support for its "third platform" OS. Sony, which has been building exclusively Android-powered smartphones for several years, is in the midst of negotiations with Microsoft about adding a second ecosystem to its range, insiders tell The Information, which could potentially launch with VAIO branding rather than the Xperia brand its existing phones carry.

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Sony VAIO Duo 13 Review

Sony VAIO Duo 13 Review

The popularity of tablets have posed a solid threat to the PC industry, and in response many 2-in-1 so-called "hybrid" laptops have popped up in increasing numbers that are able to function as both -- as a laptop when some serious work needs to be done, and as a tablet for activities best suited to a hands-on approach: mobile games, artwork, and Web browsing, among others. The Sony VAIO Duo 13 is one such hybrid featuring a collapsible design that toggles the machine between a slate and a laptop without effort, but does it provide the best of both worlds? Read our full SlashGear review to find out.

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