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Apple MacBook Air specs leak; white MacBook facing the chop

Apple MacBook Air specs leak; white MacBook facing the chop

Details of Apple's much-rumored MacBook Air refresh, expected to be officially revealed later today, have leaked, giving us a sneak preview of what's happening with the slimline ultraportable. The 11.6-inch MacBook Air will kick off with a 1.6GHz Intel Sandy Bridge processor, so 9 to 5 Mac's source tells them, paired with 2GB of RAM and a 64GB SSD. The more expensive standard configuration will stick with the same CPU but double the RAM and storage to 4GB and 128GB respectively.

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Acer TimelineX AS5830TG-640 Review

Acer TimelineX AS5830TG-640 Review

With great power comes great responsibility, and also - if you're talking about Intel's 2011 Sandy Bridge processor line-up, at least - generally sizable pricing. Acer is looking to change that with the new Aspire TimelineX AS5830TG-6402, a lengthy name for a 15.6-inch Core i5 notebook that ticks all the spec boxes for a high-speed desktop replacement only with a bargain $799.99 price tag. Too good to be true or the best deal around? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Apple MacBook refresh tipped as stocks run low

Apple MacBook refresh tipped as stocks run low

Apple's entry-level white MacBook, which kicks off at $999, could be in line for an imminent refresh according to reseller sources, who have reported constrained stocks similar to those affecting the MacBook Air. Amazon, MacConnection, On Sale and J&R are all supposedly out of stock of the plastic-cased notebook, AppleInsider claims, while further retailers are down to minimal stock levels.

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MacBook Air supplies dry up at Best Buy online; Refresh imminent

MacBook Air supplies dry up at Best Buy online; Refresh imminent

Best Buy online now lists Apple's MacBook Air as "not available for shipping," lending weight to expectations that the ultraportable will be imminently refreshed. All four of the current Core 2 Duo MacBook Air models are listed as unavailable for online purchase and delivery, at both Best Buy's US store and the retailer's UK network.

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Intel Shipping New, Faster MacBook Air Sandy Bridge Chips

Intel Shipping New, Faster MacBook Air Sandy Bridge Chips

We all know by now that the next-gen MacBook Airs are on the runway with the latest Intel Sandy Bridge chips and Thunderbolt connector ports. If rumors are false about the MacBook Air release to coincide with OS X Lion, then the ultra slim notebooks could arrive before end of this month. And according to CNET, the Sandy Bridge chips that will be used in the new MacBook Air has just been made available on Intel's price list this past weekend.

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MacBook Air To Be Revamped With Black Aluminum?

MacBook Air To Be Revamped With Black Aluminum?

Apple's next-generation MacBook Airs are reportedly getting ready on the runway for a launch before the end of this month. However, other reports suggest the new ultraportable notebooks may be kept on hold to launch with OS X Lion, which isn't due until July. Either way, they're fast approaching and tips are suggesting now that when they do arrive, they could be offered with a premium black finish.

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Mac Pro and Mac Mini August refresh tipped: Sandy Bridge, Thunderbolt and Lion

Mac Pro and Mac Mini August refresh tipped: Sandy Bridge, Thunderbolt and Lion

Apple is planning to release updated versions of its Mac mini and Mac Pro desktops in the first week of August, according to the latest leaks, with an update to Sandy Bridge 2011 Core processors and Thunderbolt connectivity. CNET TV's Brian Tong says his insiders have confirmed that Apple is holding off on the new hardware until Mac OS X Lion is ready, with both the Mac mini and Mac pro being preloaded with the updated OS.

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Next Generation MacBook Air with Sandy Bridge Processor to Begin Production This Month

Next Generation MacBook Air with Sandy Bridge Processor to Begin Production This Month

Anyone who recently purchased a MacBook Air may soon be kicking themselves as the next generation of Macbook Airs with Sandy Bridge processors could launch as early as July. A note obtained by AppleInsider from Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo indicated that Apple has placed an order for about 400,000 of these next generation MacBook Airs. They are also expected to include Apple’s relatively new Thunderbolt data transfer ports.

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Lenovo IdeaPad U300s/U3s Ultrabook revealed

Lenovo IdeaPad U300s/U3s Ultrabook revealed

Intel may have launched its Ultrabook platform with a demo of ASUS' UX21, but that's not the only Ultrabook at Computex this week. Lenovo has brought along the IdeaPad U300s/U3s, NotebookItalia spotted, a slender Sandy Bridge ultraportable channeling the style of the IdeaPad U260.

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ASUS ROG G53SX Naked Eye 3D gaming notebook arrives (& brings friends)

ASUS ROG G53SX Naked Eye 3D gaming notebook arrives (& brings friends)

You didn't think ASUS was going to leave it at a single Republic of Gamers motherboard and a clutch of tablets did you? The company's computing arm has brought a whole bevy of ROG-branded kit to Computex this week, including everything from video cards, gaming notebooks and desktops, 3D displays and more. Top of the tree is probably the ASUS ROG G53SX Naked Eye 3D gaming notebook, with a glasses-free 3D display paired with Sandy Bridge Core i7 processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M graphics.

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Intel Rapid Start and Smart Connect promise instant-resume & more

Intel Rapid Start and Smart Connect promise instant-resume & more

Ultrabook may be the fancy branding, but Intel isn't relying solely on a swish name to make its Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge notebooks appealing. Later in 2011 will come various "responsiveness innovations" including a MacBook Air-style instant-resume feature called Rapid Start, which promises just 5-6 seconds between hibernation and being ready to use, along with Smart Connect, for streamlining social networking updates.

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Intel Ultrabook debuts: sub-$1k Sandy/Ivy Bridge ultraportables

Intel Ultrabook debuts: sub-$1k Sandy/Ivy Bridge ultraportables

Intel isn't willing to let ARM grab all the ultraportable mindshare, and the chip behemoth has obviously decided that some judicious rebranding is what's needed. At Computex 2011 day one, Intel announced its new Ultrabook segment, initially using second-gen Sandy Bridge Core processors (before graduating to 22nm Ivy Bridge chips in early 2012) in sub-0.8-inch thick chassis and with "mainstream price points" that come in under $1,000. Intel expects Ultrabooks to account for 40-percent of consumer laptop sales by the end of 2012, with the first models on the market in time for the 2011 holiday season.

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