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Lenovo’s ultra-skinny LaVie Z are here to fight Apple’s MacBook

Lenovo’s ultra-skinny LaVie Z are here to fight Apple’s MacBook

Apple may have got its indecently-skinny MacBook to market first, but Lenovo is counting on a one-two punch to give it the edge with its LaVie Z notebooks, freshly on sale. Announced back at CES 2015 in January, the pair of ultrabooks each pack a 13.3-inch multitouch display - the LaVie Z 360 is a convertible, with a 360-degree rotating hinge to twist it into a tablet - and a fifth-gen Intel Core i7 processor, for a hefty nine hour battery life while tipping the scales at as little as 1.87 pounds.

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Living with the new MacBook Retina

Living with the new MacBook Retina

There’s an unusual degree of forthrightness - sometimes bordering on vitriol - in how outspoken people are about the new MacBook Retina. It’s something you see occasionally with high-profile, edge-pushing devices: not just dissent as to whether it’s a good product to buy or not, but a sort of slightly-frothy aggression in aiming to convince you that you’ve made the wrong decision.

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HydraDock gives MacBooks 11 more ports

HydraDock gives MacBooks 11 more ports

MacBook users often wish that their notebook had more USB ports since all you get is a single USB port on some Apple machines. A new device has debuted called the HydraDock that aims to give you lots more ports, including USB ports for connecting any accessory you can think of from displays to keyboards.

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Google Maps Lite Mode replaces classic maps on desktop

Google Maps Lite Mode replaces classic maps on desktop

If you are one of the hoards of people that use Google Maps from your desktop computer, Google has made a big change that you need to be aware of. Google has taken the classic maps that you are used to seeing and has replaced them with a Lite mode that lacks many of the features that we have come to know from Google Maps.

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Asus ZenBook Pro UX501 lands in the US

Asus ZenBook Pro UX501 lands in the US

A new Asus notebook computer has landed for purchase in the US this week. The new machine is called the Asus ZenBook Pro UX501 and one glance at the svelte profile and shiny metal chassis of the machine and its clear Asus is aiming at Apple's MacBook Pro. The big feature of the notebook other than the good looks is a higher resolution display.

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Everything Acer just unveiled at once

Everything Acer just unveiled at once

Acer just released a whole boatload of new devices and release information on those devices in New York City, showing off everything from smartphones to gaming displays. PCs are in here too, with Windows 10 devices and Chromebook both popping up on point. A couple of Android tablets are appearing here with Acer Aspire notebooks and Acer's K138ST, the world's first LED projector with an intelligent ambient light sensor. All devices in this collection will be released inside the next several months of 2015.

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Microsoft Handpose tracks hand movement in supreme detail

Microsoft Handpose tracks hand movement in supreme detail

Motion tracking is something that a bunch of gaming companies have been working on for years. Microsoft is already doing this to some extent with Kinect and the Xbox game console. Researchers at Microsoft have now developed a new system called Handpose that can track hand movements so accurately and in such detail, the system is capable of translating sign language into spoken word.

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HP Pavilion x360 notebook line updated with new Intel chips

HP Pavilion x360 notebook line updated with new Intel chips

The back to school shopping season is one of the most lucrative for computer makers and it's a bit like Christmas where deals start coming out well before back to school is on anyone's mind. HP is already tossing some of its back to school machines onto the market for the 2015-2016 school year, while the current school year isn't even over. HP has offered up some updated Pavilion x360 2-in-1 notebooks.

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