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Lenovo ThinkPad X131e Chromebook made available to Schools

Lenovo ThinkPad X131e Chromebook made available to Schools

There's a call for Chrome OS in schools - so says Lenovo with their newest device, the ThinkPad X131e Chromebook. This device works with a rugged exterior with a rubber bumper around the top cover as well as "stronger covers" to protect the machine in case of drops during a normal school day. This machine is the newest in an ever-expanding series of Chromebook devices from a wide variety of manufacturers here on the tail end of 2013.

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Acer C720-2848 Chromebook bucks the upward trend

Acer C720-2848 Chromebook bucks the upward trend

With the Acer C720-2848 the company has decided to cut the line, so to speak, making the device which appears the same as the earlier model cost just a bit less due to changes to its innards. What you've got here is a $199.99 model of the C720, this version working with the same Intel Celeron processor (based on Haswell) with an 11.6-inch HD display at 1366 x 768 pixels sharp and an integrated webcam. And it's running Chrome OS, of course.

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Acer CEO resigns as Q3 loss pushes restructuring plan

Acer CEO resigns as Q3 loss pushes restructuring plan

Today Acer has reported that they're not doing especially well in the PC business, reporting losses and a restructuring plan which includes the resignation of J.T. Wang as CEO. Acer corporate President Jim Wong will take over as CEO, while Wang will remain as chairman until June of 2014. Plans for restructure include a cut of 7 percent of employees worldwide, while raising T$2.87 billion (approximately $98 million USD) with 136 million new common shares.

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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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