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Acer C720 Chromebook taps Haswell and SSD for 8hr battery

Acer C720 Chromebook taps Haswell and SSD for 8hr battery

It's obviously a week for Chromebooks, with Acer's new C720 Chromebook joining HP's Chromebook11 offering cloud-centric mobile computing, this time at the even lower price of $249.99. Sticking with Intel's x86 chips rather than the ARM-based processor in the HP machine revealed on Tuesday, the Acer C720 steps up to a Haswell-generation Celeron 2955U for better performance and battery life, with the promise of up to 8.5hrs of runtime despite being 30-percent thinner in your bag.

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Synaptics acquires Validity to enter fingerprint ID market

Synaptics acquires Validity to enter fingerprint ID market

Biometric Fingerprint Authentication solutions group Validity have been announced this afternoon to have been acquired by human interface solutions group Synaptics. This acquisition will have the two growing companies aim for a new more solid goal in creating a full, top-to-bottom experience for tablets, smartphones, and notebook PCs. Technology developed by Validity will soon be integrated in with Synaptics own, "underscoring the company's commitment to making smart devices easier to use."

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HP Chromebook 11 details leak

HP Chromebook 11 details leak

If you're a fan of the Google Chrome OS, you may be interested to hear that some details on an unannounced HP Chromebook 11 computer have leaked. References to the HP Chromebook 11 recently turned up in the company's Energy Star qualification list. This is the first mention of this machine that has turned up anywhere.

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Dell XPS 11 2-in-1 Ultrabook aims for ultra-thinness to make tablet mode viable

Dell XPS 11 2-in-1 Ultrabook aims for ultra-thinness to make tablet mode viable

The multi-form notebook with touchscreen abilities is a form factor that appears to be alive and well here in 2013, and Dell wants the world to know that they're all about continuing to innovate with the 2-in-1 2013 edition of the Dell XPS 11 this morning. What we're seeing here is what Dell calls the world's thinnest, lightest, and most compact 2-in-1 Ultrabook headed to the market today. They've made the case with a 2.5 pound body and between 11 and 15mm thickness on this XPS 11 machine, made with a rotating hinge so it can be a tablet just as easy as it can a notebook.

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