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Dell offers improved BIOS and trackpad driver for XPS 13 Ultrabook

Dell offers improved BIOS and trackpad driver for XPS 13 Ultrabook

We had a good long look at Dell's shiny new XPS 13 earlier this month, and came away impressed with the build quality and screen. But two points of contention in our official review were the rather noisy system fan (a rare thing on an ultrabook) and the fidgety touchpad, an all too common occurrence on the trendy new all-in-one designs. Dell followed up with us today to say that they've updates both the system BIOS and the Cypress drivers for the trackpad, neatly addressing both issues. XPS 13 owners can get the BIOS here, and the trackpad drivers here.

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Dell working on business friendly Windows 8 tablet

Dell working on business friendly Windows 8 tablet

Windows 8 is certainly proving popular ahead of its release later this year: the consumer preview release racked up over one million downloads in less than 24 hours last week. While OEMs are almost certainly eyeing up ways to capitalize on the potential success of the operating system across the tablet and desktop space, Dell are hoping to gain an edge in the corporate world over the iPad with a tablet running Windows 8.

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A Dell display is an iPad devs’ best friend

A Dell display is an iPad devs’ best friend

The iOS developer's best friend might not be a new iMac or even a Mac Pro, when looking to create Retina Display apps for the new iPad, but in fact hardware with the far less fashionable Dell logo. Apple's Phil Schiller joked during the new iPad keynote yesterday that the 2048 x 1536 tablet actually had more pixels than the floor to ceiling presentation screen behind him; however, that resolution presents a significant issue for iOS app developers, since none of Apple's own OS X hardware supports the new iPad's full resolution.

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Dell XPS 13 Ultraportable Review

Dell XPS 13 Ultraportable Review

Dell has a reputation, deserved or not, as being a reliable, economical and (not to put too fine a point on it) dull choice when it comes to PCs. There have been many attempts to change rectify this; the first in recent memory was coincidentally titled the XPS 13. Various incarnations of this machine and others like the Adamo line have again and again tried to break this perception, and while admirable efforts, they’ve fallen mostly on deaf ears. Enter the XPS 13 Ultrabook, which utilizes Intel’s vague set of standards to hopefully stand above the crowd.

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Valve Steam Box console challenger tipped in pipeline

Valve Steam Box console challenger tipped in pipeline

Digital game distribution company Valve is working on a "Steam Box" console rival to the Xbox 360 and PS3 along with set-top boxes like the Apple TV, it's reported, an open platform using both standard and custom PC hardware. Rather than an own-built console, the so-called Steam Box would be based on an open spec design with custom Valve software, The Verge's sources suggest, with an Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and NVIDIA graphics at its core. A proprietary controller - potentially including interchangeable controls, such as analog sticks, new buttons and the like, as illustrated in a patent Valve filed last year - could also be on the cards.

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Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook: first impression

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook: first impression

Ultrabooks were all the rage at CES 2012 last month, and if one model rose above the rest, it was the XPS 13 from Dell. The latest in a long line of powerful portables, the Ultrabook version of the XPS 13 wowed onlookers with a combination of a metal, plastic and carbon fiber body and incredible slimness, not to mention a tiny overall footprint - Dell claims that it's crammed a 13-inch screen into a body size mostly reserved for 12-inch laptops. You can pick one up from Dell now starting at $999, but you might want to read our initial impressions first.

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Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook shipping now, starting at $999

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook shipping now, starting at $999

Dell's first ultrabook, the XPS 13, is now available and the order page has gone live on the company's product page. The ultra slim laptop is priced starting at $999, but Dell has thrown in a surprise freebie---a complimentary T-Mobile 4G Hotspot device that includes 90-days of free service without a contract. Other discounts are also available, so you might be able to nab the Dell XPS 13 along with the T-Mobile 4G Hotspot for around $930.

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Dell says it’s no longer a PC company, shifts focus on enterprise IT

Dell says it’s no longer a PC company, shifts focus on enterprise IT

Dell appears to be shifting away from consumer products towards enterprise IT solutions in a move similar to what HP unsuccessfully attempted last year. During a new enterprise hardware launch event today, Dell's president of enterprise solutions group, Brad Anderson, proclaimed that "We're no longer a PC company, we're an IT company." The claim comes shortly following Dell's release of its full-year financial results, which showed struggling consumer sales but a strong growth in enterprise.

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Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook manuals leak ahead of launch

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook manuals leak ahead of launch

Manuals for Dell's XPS 13 Ultrabook were leaked and quickly pulled yesterday, reminding us to watch out for its launch sometime later this month. We saw the pre-production XPS 13 last month and were promised that it would be the the "world's best ultrabook," being "the smallest, the most powerful, the most aesthetically pleasing, the best to touch, the best at being enterprise-ready." We'll see about that soon.

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Foxconn hack releases Apple order data

Foxconn hack releases Apple order data

Foxconn, the Taiwanese manufacturer best known for producing the iPad and iPhone, has been the target of a server hack, with a group calling itself Swagg Security leaking login details for every user in the company, up to and including CEO Terry Gou. The security breach - done, it's suggested, to simply prove that it could be achieved, and for the pleasure of the ensuing mayhem - was eventually shut down by Foxconn, which cut external access to its servers.

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