Ultrabook

Ultrabook-MacBook Air clone hybrids spotted in China

Ultrabook-MacBook Air clone hybrids spotted in China

Ultrabooks are finally starting to take hold in the PC market, while the original MacBook Air remains as popular as ever. What's an unscrupulous Shenzhen manufacturer to do? Make the best of both worlds, obviously. The knock-off havens in China have recently started spouting models that look uncannily like modern ultrabooks, even down to Intel Core i3 processors - but the distributors still couldn't resist grabbing a community-made Windows skin and making the software look like OS X.

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Dell targeting developers with XPS 13 and custom Ubuntu

Dell targeting developers with XPS 13 and custom Ubuntu

While consumers may want laptops that are thin, light, and powerful, developers need a stable platform to develop from. What about all these new fangled Ultrabooks? Do they make good testbeds? Dell is hoping to sway developers by creating the Sputnik project, a custom Ubuntu build designed for developers that will run smoothly on the XPS 13 Ultrabook. Dell is hoping to offer the stripped down build with standard developer tools, plus custom downloadable profiles.

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$799 MacBook Air tipped for Q3 2012

$799 MacBook Air tipped for Q3 2012

Apple will release a budget MacBook Air in Q3 2012, supply chain insiders claim, pricing the entry-level ultraportable at just $799 and presenting a compelling alternative to Intel's ultrabook drive. Exact specifications for the new budget model haven't been suggested by DigiTimes' sources, though the Cupertino company's target is clear: second-gen ultrabooks running Ivy Bridge processors from names like ASUS, Acer, Lenovo and Sony.

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Sony Ivy Bridge Vaio T ultrabook base specs revealed

Sony Ivy Bridge Vaio T ultrabook base specs revealed

Sony has started accepting pre-orders on a pair of new ultrabooks we talked about in the past, and specs on a new Ivy Bridge version have surfaced as well. Two of these machines are the Vaio T Series 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch machines. The pre-order ultrabooks are available at German retailers. Specs on base versions of the machines are available. The retailers promise two of the ultrabooks will be available to ship within two weeks. The specifications below come from the official Sony German website.

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Sony VAIO T11 and T13 ultrabooks official

Sony VAIO T11 and T13 ultrabooks official

Sony has officially revealed its first ultrabooks, the Sony VAIO T11 and T13, with a choice of 11.6- or 13.3-inch displays, slick magnesium and aluminum chassis, and optional SSD storage. Promising up to nine hours battery life from the SSD models, the new T11 and T13 VAIOs include full-sized VGA, HDMI and ethernet ports, along with memory card readers and both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports.

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Better an iPad than an Ultrabook

Better an iPad than an Ultrabook

For those looking for a lightweight web-browsing, media consuming, and casual game-playing machine for 2012, the current Ultrabook lineup doesn't always add up against the iPad. Though notebooks and desktop computers have been around for quite a few more years than the iPad, the latter essentially wrote the book on a vertically integrated hardware and software experience with Apple. Netbooks died because they couldn't replace what the laptop did for them for computing power - now the Ultrabook is here with plenty of power that the average person simply does not need. Is the iPad that perfect medium for the post-PC era?

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Wolfram Alpha extends mobile app to PCs, Ultrabooks

Wolfram Alpha extends mobile app to PCs, Ultrabooks

Wolfram Alpha, the instant expert knowledge and computation app for tablets and smartphones, will now be heading to PCs. The company has announced a new partnership with Intel that will bring Wolfram's mobile apps, including its leading reference app, to Ultrabooks through the Intel AppUp center.

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Samsung SE-218BB is world’s thinnest optical disc drive for mobile devices

Samsung SE-218BB is world’s thinnest optical disc drive for mobile devices

Samsung has just introduced a new step forward in consumer electronics. The SE-218BB may not have the most exciting name in the world, but it is something that Samsung hopes will be able to revolutionize the market for tablets and ultrabooks. It's an optical disc drive that is 18% thinner than conventional DVD writers and 8% lighter. Oh, and it also happens to set a new world record.

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Tim Cook trashes convergence as “not pleasing to the user”

Tim Cook trashes convergence as “not pleasing to the user”

Apple CEO Tim Cook has dismissed the prospect of a laptop/tablet hybrid product, saving a little snark for touchscreen ultrabooks as pushed by Microsoft and Intel. Although there's plenty of room for convergence for its own sake, Cook argued, that doesn't necessarily mean you end up with a worthwhile product. "You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator," Cook said during the Apple financial results Q&A, "but those things are not going to be pleasing to the user."

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