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ASUS U30jc arrives with Optimus, Core i3 and $900 tag

ASUS U30jc arrives with Optimus, Core i3 and $900 tag

The ASUS U30jc was one of the more interesting models from ASUS' notebook portfolio, and the company have now taken the wraps off the 13.3-inch machine officially.  Packing an Intel Core i3 350M processor, paired with NVIDIA Optimus graphics - automatically switching between the integrated Intel GPU and the discrete GeForce GT 310M - and a battery apparently good for up to 9.5hrs of runtime, the U30jc comes in at a smudge under $900.

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NVIDIA drops Optimus automatic graphics switching on notebook world

NVIDIA drops Optimus automatic graphics switching on notebook world

NVIDIA has offered its hybrid graphics system for a while now that lets the notebook user take advantage of either an integrated GPU when demands are low and battery life is the goal, or a discrete graphics processor when more GPU power is needed. The goal is to make a system that lets the user get power or battery life depending on their needs. The system so far has relied on the user to decide when to switch between graphics modes.

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Mozilla Phone concept blends BlackBerry with OLED keys

Mozilla Phone concept blends BlackBerry with OLED keys

As concepts go, here's one I'm surprised we haven't seen before.  Take a BlackBerry 7130 and give it Optimus Maximus OLED keys, which can double as shortcuts and page controls together with SureType text entry keys.  These renders are the handiwork of designer and editor Billy May, who has been working with Mozilla Labs on developing "a conceptual 'Mozilla Phone'".

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Optimus Aux renders: size, key tweaks and port changes detailed

Optimus Aux renders: size, key tweaks and port changes detailed

Two Optimus posts in one day almost smacks of Maximus hype, but it's Friday and we do have some slick new renders of the recently-christened Aux.  Optimus have tweaked the design from its initial, Pultius form: gone are the odd gaps between the columns, and an extra USB port has been added to the back.  Optimus originally suggested that the USB could be used to daisy-chain multiple keypads together.

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Optimus Popularis 3D prototype shot released

Optimus Popularis 3D prototype shot released

After teasing with a foam mockup, Art Lebedev Studios have released the first 3D prototype shot of the in-development Optimus Popularis keyboard.  The keyboard is shorter than the original Optimus Maximus, with the extra row of shortcut keys moved from the left of the main keys to above the function keys.  However it seems to share the same each-key-a-display setup, although the space key display is now full-length rather than the small square OLED on the Maximus.

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