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SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – July 10, 2011

SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – July 10, 2011

Battle of the social networks kicked off this week with Facebook announcing group chat support, a new design, and a video calling feature developed in partnership with Skype. However, the Google+ Hangouts group video chat feature still has Facebook beat although we won't know how real adoption of Google's social platform will be until it opens to the public sometime around July 31st. Continue after the cut for the full weekly roundup video and list.

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OS X Lion and MacBook Air refresh July 14 as Apple staff warned of “overnight” prep sessions

OS X Lion and MacBook Air refresh July 14 as Apple staff warned of “overnight” prep sessions

Mac OS X Lion is looking increasingly likely to see a July 14 release, with new sources suggesting that Apple is warning retail staff to prepare for "overnights" - late shifts where new signage, displays and hardware are readied for the next day - on July 13. According to 9 to 5 Mac's sources, while OS X Lion won't actually be available on shelves (since Apple has decided to distribute it via the Mac App Store) there will be demo Macs upgraded to the OS, as well as the refreshed MacBook Air.

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Sandy Bridge MacBook Air to use 400Mbps NAND flash storage?

Sandy Bridge MacBook Air to use 400Mbps NAND flash storage?

Apple could be planning another flash memory speed boost in the upcoming MacBook Air refresh, according to new reports, with the company tipped to be using 19nm "Toggle DDR 2.0" storage for the slender ultraportable. The high-speed NAND, Macotokara's component source suggests, is capable of 400Mbps transfer rates, using new, smaller chips that Apple would supposedly solder directly to the base circuit of the updated Airs.

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OS X Lion And New MacBook Airs To Be Released July 14?

OS X Lion And New MacBook Airs To Be Released July 14?

The Golden Master version of Apple's Mac OS X 10.7 Lion was just seeded to developers this morning. It's a good sign that the major OS revamp will be launching on time within the next two to three weeks. The exact release date has yet to be confirmed, but new insider tips are now pointing to two weeks from today.

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Apple could snatch HP’s portable computing crown in 2012 (if you count iPads)

Apple could snatch HP’s portable computing crown in 2012 (if you count iPads)

Apple is expected to overtake HP as the leading provider of portable computing products worldwide in 2012, if calculations take into account tablets like the iPad. HP may be focusing its TouchPad intentions on the enterprise, but according to industry sources quoted by DigiTimes, the business market won't be enough to save it from relegation to second place.

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New MacBook Airs To Arrive Mid-July?

New MacBook Airs To Arrive Mid-July?

Apple's refreshed MacBook Air has been rumored for several weeks now. Constrained supplies from global retailers and most recently low availability at Best Buy suggest that the new version of the popular ultraportable laptop would be hitting very very soon. Some reports predicted a June launch while others tipped that Apple may wait to ship the new MacBook Airs with OS X Lion. Now, new insider sources offer a more pinpointed time frame.

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MacBook Air supplies dry up at Best Buy online; Refresh imminent

MacBook Air supplies dry up at Best Buy online; Refresh imminent

Best Buy online now lists Apple's MacBook Air as "not available for shipping," lending weight to expectations that the ultraportable will be imminently refreshed. All four of the current Core 2 Duo MacBook Air models are listed as unavailable for online purchase and delivery, at both Best Buy's US store and the retailer's UK network.

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Rumor: Apple suppliers to go full speed in July gearing up for new MacBook Air

Rumor: Apple suppliers to go full speed in July gearing up for new MacBook Air

Anytime Apple is getting ready for a new product, some of the first whisperings often come out of China where suppliers spill the beans on ramp ups. The suppliers aren’t always correct, but we never know. DigiTimes reports that sources in the supply chain for Apple are saying that suppliers are gearing up for full production in July for components to be used in the new MacBook Air notebook computers. The number of MacBook Air notebooks that Apple is said to be receiving in Q3 is very large.

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Black MacBook Air Got Scrapped

Black MacBook Air Got Scrapped

The imminent launch of the next-generation MacBook Airs brought along new rumors, one of which was that the ultraportable notebooks would be available in a premium black finish. MacRumors had first reported on the rumor after it received the tip from several sources. But today, it looks like the black version never made the cut.

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Intel Shipping New, Faster MacBook Air Sandy Bridge Chips

Intel Shipping New, Faster MacBook Air Sandy Bridge Chips

We all know by now that the next-gen MacBook Airs are on the runway with the latest Intel Sandy Bridge chips and Thunderbolt connector ports. If rumors are false about the MacBook Air release to coincide with OS X Lion, then the ultra slim notebooks could arrive before end of this month. And according to CNET, the Sandy Bridge chips that will be used in the new MacBook Air has just been made available on Intel's price list this past weekend.

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MacBook Air To Be Revamped With Black Aluminum?

MacBook Air To Be Revamped With Black Aluminum?

Apple's next-generation MacBook Airs are reportedly getting ready on the runway for a launch before the end of this month. However, other reports suggest the new ultraportable notebooks may be kept on hold to launch with OS X Lion, which isn't due until July. Either way, they're fast approaching and tips are suggesting now that when they do arrive, they could be offered with a premium black finish.

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Mac Pro and Mac Mini August refresh tipped: Sandy Bridge, Thunderbolt and Lion

Mac Pro and Mac Mini August refresh tipped: Sandy Bridge, Thunderbolt and Lion

Apple is planning to release updated versions of its Mac mini and Mac Pro desktops in the first week of August, according to the latest leaks, with an update to Sandy Bridge 2011 Core processors and Thunderbolt connectivity. CNET TV's Brian Tong says his insiders have confirmed that Apple is holding off on the new hardware until Mac OS X Lion is ready, with both the Mac mini and Mac pro being preloaded with the updated OS.

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