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Synaptics ForcePad aims to improve laptop trackpads

Synaptics ForcePad aims to improve laptop trackpads

Multitouch gestures on trackpads have become common place on laptops over the past few years, but they’re going to get a serious boost with the release of Windows 8. Synaptics is trying to make sure that the user experience will be up to snuff, today demoing its new ForcePad technology. The tech will not only bring improved sensitivity and multitouch gestures to touchpads, but also add support for force detection.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook Review

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook Review

The Lenovo ThinkPad series is currently celebrating its 20th birthday, and today we have their new ThinkPad X1 Carbon on the chopping blocks. After all these years still producing some of the best business and casual laptops available the X1 Carbon looks to improve on its older sibling, while staying at the top of the Ultrabook lineup. Being touted as "the world's lightest 14" business-class ultra book" with a sleek body and powerful dual-core power all under 3 lbs lets take a peek.

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Lenovo: Tablets will save Windows 8 but ultrabooks still need work

Lenovo: Tablets will save Windows 8 but ultrabooks still need work

Lenovo is counting on Windows 8 tablets and a more evolved ultrabook for the future of PCs, though the company isn't convinced that ultraportables are at a stage where they can sufficiently compete today. "The ultrabook is the right direction" ThinkPad business unit general manager Dilip Bhatia said of Intel's ultraportable push, "it's the start of the journey, so it's not the destination." However, Lenovo is upfront that it needs "to create something more" than the ThinkPad notebook as it stands if it wants to remain viable.

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Apple cheapest MacBook Pro with Retina adds CPU and storage options

Apple cheapest MacBook Pro with Retina adds CPU and storage options

Apple has increased the customization options for its MacBook Pro with Retina Display, now allowing the entry-level model to be tweaked with difference processors and storage. Originally, the $2,199 "base-spec" Retina MacBook Pro was fixed to a specific chip - the 2.3GHz quadcore Core i7 - and 256GB of SSD storage, with only flexibility in how much RAM was included. Now, though, Apple has opened things up for more options.

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Intel: $699 ultrabooks coming soon

Intel: $699 ultrabooks coming soon

Intel is kicking off its ultrabook symposium in Taipei tomorrow, and details have emerged of exactly what the company will be showcasing for the platform going forward. NetbookNews sat down with Navin Shenoy, the Vice President of Intel’s Architecture Group, and gleaned some information as to what to expect. As you might imagine, Intel is keen to promote ultrabooks and bring even more to market. Currently there are around 35 designs available to buy, but Intel says there are at least 140 designs for the platform.

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OLPC partners with Neonode for XO Touch

OLPC partners with Neonode for XO Touch

Neonode has today signed a deal with One Laptop Per Child that will see the affordable laptops make use of its multisense technology. The next generation of the OLPC, dubbed the XO Touch, will feature a multitouch 7.5-inch display. The screen is capable of being read outdoors under bright sunlight thanks to a dual-mode option, and the display can also fold over the keyboard so that the laptop can be used as a tablet in certain scenarios.

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Dell Precision M4700 and M6700 mobile workstations bring brute force

Dell Precision M4700 and M6700 mobile workstations bring brute force

Dell has outed a range of new Precision mobile workstations, billed as the world's most powerful and yet delivering all-day battery life and slotting into the 17-inch segment which Apple recently abandoned. The new Dell Precision M4700 and M6700 pack 15- and 17-inch displays respectively and use Intel Core i5, i7 and Extreme Edition processors paired with a choice of NVIDIA Quadro K-series and AMD FirePro graphics. Down the line there'll be optional multitouch, too.

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HP ENVY 4 Ultrabook hands-on and unboxing

HP ENVY 4 Ultrabook hands-on and unboxing

HP's new ENVY 4 Ultrabook has landed on the SlashGear test bench this week. Complete with a sleek and impressive design, dual-stereo Beats Audio speakers, and Intel's 3rd Gen Ivy Bridge dual-core i5 processor. Back in May we received our first glance at the new ENVY Ultrabook, but today we've given it another look in a quick hands-on video. More details, pictures, and specs are available after the break.

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