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Mac stock clearing indicates Retina refresh nigh

Mac stock clearing indicates Retina refresh nigh

An imminent refresh of Apple's desktop and mobile Mac line-up adopting Intel's 3rd Gen Core processors is looking increasingly likely, with retailers slashing pricing of existing stock to clear shelves for the newer models. Best Buy has begun offering discounts of up to $200 on its Mac Pro, iMac, Mac mini, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models. The cut price computers come hot on the heels of leaked benchmarks for supposedly Ivy Bridge based MacBooks and Macs, as well as suggestions of USB 3.0 and Retina Display technology in Apple's new notebooks.

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HP Sleekbook muddies the Ultrabook waters

HP Sleekbook muddies the Ultrabook waters

Once upon a time you could have a regular laptop or you could pay a whole lot more and get an ultraportable one. Now, Intel is pushing ultrabooks, HP has just thrown down the "Sleekbook" and only Apple is really making any headway, not even bothering to class the MacBook Air as anything other than a notebook. HP is pushing the Sleekbook name - featuring for the first time on 14- and 15.6-inch ENVY models unveiled today - as, it seems, a counter-branding attempt that gives the firm more flexibility in its hardware decisions.

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Ultrabook-MacBook Air clone hybrids spotted in China

Ultrabook-MacBook Air clone hybrids spotted in China

Ultrabooks are finally starting to take hold in the PC market, while the original MacBook Air remains as popular as ever. What's an unscrupulous Shenzhen manufacturer to do? Make the best of both worlds, obviously. The knock-off havens in China have recently started spouting models that look uncannily like modern ultrabooks, even down to Intel Core i3 processors - but the distributors still couldn't resist grabbing a community-made Windows skin and making the software look like OS X.

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$799 MacBook Air tipped for Q3 2012

$799 MacBook Air tipped for Q3 2012

Apple will release a budget MacBook Air in Q3 2012, supply chain insiders claim, pricing the entry-level ultraportable at just $799 and presenting a compelling alternative to Intel's ultrabook drive. Exact specifications for the new budget model haven't been suggested by DigiTimes' sources, though the Cupertino company's target is clear: second-gen ultrabooks running Ivy Bridge processors from names like ASUS, Acer, Lenovo and Sony.

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MacBook Pro 2012 amps up with SSD and battery

MacBook Pro 2012 amps up with SSD and battery

While the common rumor thus far for the new MacBook Pro 2012 models has been that they'll cut down the size to MacBook Air levels, a new tip today says that's simply not the case. What we've got here instead is a new case with no optical drive and the space that was used up by the optical drive being used for a much more gigantic battery and an SSD boot drive to take down costs for the unit substantially - that SSD being just for the OS. This notion was accompanied by the illustration you see below.

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Better an iPad than an Ultrabook

Better an iPad than an Ultrabook

For those looking for a lightweight web-browsing, media consuming, and casual game-playing machine for 2012, the current Ultrabook lineup doesn't always add up against the iPad. Though notebooks and desktop computers have been around for quite a few more years than the iPad, the latter essentially wrote the book on a vertically integrated hardware and software experience with Apple. Netbooks died because they couldn't replace what the laptop did for them for computing power - now the Ultrabook is here with plenty of power that the average person simply does not need. Is the iPad that perfect medium for the post-PC era?

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MacBook Pro 2012 refresh hits this June

MacBook Pro 2012 refresh hits this June

If our readings are correct, the planets are coming together to create a perfect storm of availability in software, hardware, and demand for a MacBook Pro 2012 release this June at WWDC. It's a very simple combination of the Apple OS X Mountain Lion software release, a precedent of notebook hardware being released at WWDC, and the pulling back of supply for the line of computers we're speaking about here that says we're about to see a new MacBook Pro in less than two months from now.

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Apple Q2 Earnings Q and A reveals China, Anobit, Japan

Apple Q2 Earnings Q and A reveals China, Anobit, Japan

This week Apple is reporting their financial Q2 earnings with monumental numbers across the board including a $11.6 billion dollar profit and 35.1 million iPhones sold. These numbers were analyzed soon after the earnings call was complete with a Question and Answer session headed by Apple and lead investors. Questions mostly rang in about the future of Apple and their financial greatness, but also hit upon products and services.

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MacBook Pro 2012 Liquidmetal integration tipped

MacBook Pro 2012 Liquidmetal integration tipped

In a not completely unfounded turn of events here this fine spring morning, we've been tipped by an anonymous Apple fan that they've seen Liquidmetal technology being used in a device much larger than an iPhone. Though such a vague tip and anonymous to boot wouldn't normally be something we'd cover, the possibility that this could be the next big MacBook Pro feature is just too perfect not to consider. With the MacBook Pro 2012 models coming sooner than later and Intel's Ivy Bridge generation of processors revealed today, could we have the whole picture here right in front of us?

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Apple gaining in corporation use due to ‘time machine’ effect

Apple gaining in corporation use due to ‘time machine’ effect

There's a lot to be said for the satisfaction of workers in this day and age, especially here in the tech industry where Apple is gaining on Windows machines for employee use due to what CBS Interactive CTO Peter Yared implies as a "time machine" effect. In a talk with the Wall Street Journal's CIO Journal, Yared spoke candidly about why he's seeing Apple gain relatively quickly in businesses where employees have Apple computers at home and therefor expect to be able to use the same hardware and software when at work.

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