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Samsung OEM SSDs used in MacBook Air get faster

Samsung OEM SSDs used in MacBook Air get faster

When it comes to the SSDs that Apple crams inside the MacBook Air notebooks the SSDs come from one of two sources - Samsung or Toshiba. Apparently, both brands of SSDs are used inside the machines depending on what is on hand. The thing that consumers take note of when shopping is that the Samsung model SSDs are considerably faster than the Toshiba brand.

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CES 2012 Ultrabook Round-Up

CES 2012 Ultrabook Round-Up

If CES last year was dominated by tablets, CES 2012 has been the year of the ultrabook. Intel's ultraportable notebook trademark had already picked up late in 2011, but it's the Consumer Electronics Show this week where the big guns like Dell and Samsung came out to give it some real momentum. If Intel has its way, one of the following machines will be lightly weighing on your shoulder over the next few months.

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Official Apple Store grab bags have customers dropping cash on random swag

Official Apple Store grab bags have customers dropping cash on random swag

This New Years Day, yesterday for those of you living in a basement with the lights off, Japanese shoppers got a chance to pick up what's called a Fukubukuro, or "Lucky Bag," that being an official grab bag of relatively randomly assorted items from the store for their enjoyment! While we'll never, ever, ever see such an awesome situation happening here in the United States, this practice is said to have been going on each year since the onset of 2005. While most shoppers got a selection of accessories like headphones, cases, and Apple 1-inch buttons, some were lucky enough to snag gems like a MacBook Air or iPad 2.

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Apple exploring fuel-cell-powered MacBooks

Apple exploring fuel-cell-powered MacBooks

Two of Apple's patent applications surfaced this week at the US Patent and Trademark Office revealing that the Cupertino company is exploring ways to use fuel cell technology to power its future MacBooks and other computing devices. The use of fuel cells will allow for even smaller and lighter designs than the current battery-powered devices.

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Apple picks up Anobit for Flash Memory

Apple picks up Anobit for Flash Memory

There's a purchase out there today that you really aught to pay attention do, ladies and gentlemen, that being Apple's purchase of Israeli start-up SSD maker Anobit, creators of storage products already found in devices such as the iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Air. This group has apparently gathered together to speak about how they've been payed aproximately $500 million USD to be purchased, this according to Israeli newspaper Calcalist. In addition, the Prime Minister of Israel himself sent out a Twitter update which welcomed Apple to the country, congratulating them on their first acquisition in the country.

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Apple 2880 x 1800 MacBook Pro tipped for Q2 2012

Apple 2880 x 1800 MacBook Pro tipped for Q2 2012

Apple is readying a super-high resolution MacBook Pro update for Q2 2012, supply chain sources claim, with displays running at a whopping 2880 x 1800. The new notebooks - the screens of which would well exceed Full HD resolution - would be the first of a fresh breed of highly pixel-dense portables, DigiTimes sources say, and clock in higher than the current 1920 x 1200 maximum on the existing 17-inch MacBook Pro.

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MacBook Air set to decimate Ultrabook market says J.P. Morgan

MacBook Air set to decimate Ultrabook market says J.P. Morgan

In an investor's note released this week by J.P. Morgan, they made it clear that they believe the Ultrabook market will continue to be dominated by Apple's ultra-thin MacBook Air well into next year at least, saying the prices on all competitors don't begin to post a threat to the thinnest Mac on the market. While most Ultrabooks, they note, are priced up and above $1000, with only a few sitting below that mark, the MacBook Air still has a major edge over any competitor already released or released in early 2012. At prices between $999 and $1,599 for the newest model and competing Windows-based machines not nearly as pretty or perfect, you'd better bet your lunch he's right.

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MacBook Air knockoff gets real close, but in appearance only

MacBook Air knockoff gets real close, but in appearance only

The folks at MIC Gadget have found a MacBook Air knockoff from China called the AirBook that looks near identical to the real thing upon first glance. Without having a side-by-side comparison and without booting up, those less familiar with Apple products could easily be duped into thinking it was the real deal.

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MacBook Air refresh in Q1 includes 15-incher say sources

MacBook Air refresh in Q1 includes 15-incher say sources

Apple is reportedly readying a new MacBook Air line-up for early 2012, with a new 15-inch model joining the existing sizes as the Cupertino company reacts to Intel's Ultrabook push. The new 11.6-, 13.3- and 15-inch ultraportables will go on sale in Q1 next year, DigiTimes' supply chain sources claim, with pilot production believed to have already begun. Meanwhile, retail insiders suggest a MacBook Air price cut is in the pipeline before the new models arrive.

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Apple Black Friday sales open

Apple Black Friday sales open

Apple's Black Friday sales in the US have kicked off, hot on the heels of the company's international discounts. The "special one-day Apple shopping event" offers an iPad 2 from $458, a $41 saving on the regular price, as well as a MacBook Air from $898 and an iMac from $1,098. You can even save money on iTunes purchases, with a $50 iTunes gift card just $45 for one day only.

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Apple UK offers Black Friday cheap iPad and MacBook deals

Apple UK offers Black Friday cheap iPad and MacBook deals

Apple has kicked off its Black Friday UK sale, offering £31 off of its best-selling iPad 2 tablet, £81 off a MacBook or iMac, and dozens of discounts on Apple and third-party accessories. Described as a "special one-day Apple shopping event" - since the UK hasn't traditionally had Black Friday sales - the discounting is notable given how rarely the company agrees to slash its prices.

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Apple rumored switching back to NVIDIA GPUs for 2012 MacBooks

Apple rumored switching back to NVIDIA GPUs for 2012 MacBooks

A new rumor claims that Apple may be switching back to using NVIDIA graphics processors for its 2012 MacBook models. According to sources for SemiAccurate, the return of NVIDIA GPUs is believed to start next spring when Apple's notebooks are also expected to be refreshed with Intel's next-gen Ivy Bridge chips.

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