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USB PD replacing current standard: why this is excellent

USB PD replacing current standard: why this is excellent

The word is spreading here near the end of 2013: USB is over, if you want it. USB PD (Power Delivery) is set to be the new standard for the next generation, working with standard specifications set to start taking effect as early as 2014. This technology may very well change the way we power electronics, first and foremost because it's able to output up to 100 watts of power, 10 times that of today's current best in regular ol' USB technology.

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MacBook Pro 2013 iFixit Teardowns point toward low repairability

MacBook Pro 2013 iFixit Teardowns point toward low repairability

Don't purchase a MacBook Pro this late 2013 season expecting to be able to repait it on your own any time in the near future - at least not by the judgement of the team at iFixit. They've made with the teardown of both the MacBook Pro 13-inch and 15-inch units from this most recent season, and the results point toward some of the least user-friendly innards on the market. If you're not about repairing the hardware later on in the life of the machine's wear-and-tear yourself, you'll need no worries at all.

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LG ChromeDesk, ChromeStation, ChromeOne coming soon with Chrome OS

LG ChromeDesk, ChromeStation, ChromeOne coming soon with Chrome OS

It would appear that the folks at LG have decided that their venture into the Google universe with Android was lucrative enough that they'll be pushing in to the other quickly rising OS from the company: Chrome. Three trademarks have been filed for recently by LG, each of them appearing with the brand Chrome in their name, each of them inside a category that would suggest hardware is about to pop up. These devices go by the names LG ChromeDesk, LG ChromeStation, and LG ChromeOne.

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Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus beefed up with Core i7 and Windows 8.1

Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus beefed up with Core i7 and Windows 8.1

The notebook team at Samsung have unveiled a new Ultrabook configuration this week in the ATIV Book 9 Plus, a machine rolling out with a build just a pinch (or a punch, whichever you perceive it to be) of a feature set upgrade. This new configuration still works with a 13.3-inch QHD+ 3200 x 1800 pixel display with 10-point multitouch abilities, but this time you're rolling with Windows 8.1 right out of the box. This configuration also - importantly - works with an Intel Core i7 processor (Haswell) rather than the same generation in i5 style.

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