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MacBook Pro refresh tips Bluetooth 4.0 and faster CPUs incoming

MacBook Pro refresh tips Bluetooth 4.0 and faster CPUs incoming

Apple is readying a refreshed range of MacBook Pro notebooks, it's rumored, with Bluetooth 4.0 and faster processors each tipped to be included in the new line-up. Supplies of the existing versions are currently constrained, 9 to 5 Mac's source tells them, but the updated versions have already shown up in Apple's inventory systems ready for imminent release. It's possible that Apple's changes could pave the way for broader Siri voice control support across the desktop.

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ASUS Zenbook UX21 hands-on [Update: UX31 too]

ASUS Zenbook UX21 hands-on [Update: UX31 too]

ASUS has boarded the ultrabook bandwagon, and it's picked an impressive machine to show its hand. The ASUS Zenbook UX21 may not be branded an ultrabook, but it's just as much one of the new Intel breed of ultrabooks - and a MacBook Air rival - as Acer's, Toshiba's, Lenovo's and the rest. We've grabbed some hands-on time at ASUS' London launch event; check out our first-impressions after the cut.

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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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