ultraportable

New MacBook Air imminent tips component-tracking analyst

New MacBook Air imminent tips component-tracking analyst

At least one analyst is predicting a new, smaller MacBook Air taking center stage at Apple's "Back to the Mac" event next Wednesday, together with a potential preview of multitouch desktop computing.  Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu told investors he had been tracking a smaller MacBook Air for the past nine months through component supply chain leaks, reports AppleInsider, which fits in with previous rumors of an 11.6-inch machine.

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Acer Aspire TimelineX 1830T Review

Acer Aspire TimelineX 1830T Review

There was a time when an ultraportable notebook would invariably cost well in excess of $1,000 and offer performance suited to little more than emailing. Now Acer's Aspire TimelineX AS1830T-68U118 drops onto the scene, a sub-$900 11.6-inch ultraportable packing an Intel Core i7 processor and a claimed battery life of up to eight hours. Too good to be true? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Toshiba AC100 Ubuntu hack gets video demo; Official build could be in works

Toshiba AC100 Ubuntu hack gets video demo; Official build could be in works

Friday's news that open-source tinkerers had managed to get Ubuntu 10.10 up and running on Toshiba's hitherto-Android AC100 smartbook raised a few eyebrows, but the usability of the hack was significantly scuppered by the fact it wouldn't load past the boot screen.  That's been ironed out over the weekend, and Carrypad now has video of the AC100 doing its Ubuntu thing.

Video demo after the cut

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Toshiba AC100 dumps Android for Ubuntu 10.10, gets useful

Toshiba AC100 dumps Android for Ubuntu 10.10, gets useful

Toshiba's AC100 is certainly an interesting notebook on the face of it: Tegra 2 processor, full QWERTY and plenty of battery life, but the Android OS does mean it's definitely a companion device and not your sole ultraportable.  That could all change, however, now a hack for loading Ubuntu onto the AC100 has been developed; Carrypad pulled together the instructions and files from tosh-ac100.wetpaint.org, ac100.gudinna.com and the official Toshiba forums and managed to get his AC100 up and running with Ubuntu 10.10.

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Gigabyte T1125 convertible tablet due today; iPad rival promised by early 2011

Gigabyte T1125 convertible tablet due today; iPad rival promised by early 2011

Gigabyte's renamed T1125 convertible 11.6-inch notebook PC - launched earlier this year as the Gigabyte M1125 - will apparently go on sale in Taiwan today, according to DigiTimes, though the company's more direct iPad competitor won't arrive until later in the year.  No specific details have been given, but the company says it has plans to unveil an "iPad-like" tablet at the end of 2010 or early in 2011.

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New 7-inch iPad and 11.6-inch MacBook Air imminent tip insiders

New 7-inch iPad and 11.6-inch MacBook Air imminent tip insiders

Apple mystery and intrigue today, as speculation about not only the rumored 7-inch iPad but the replacement to the ageing MacBook Air ultraportable.  Shanzai is claiming to have heard insider mutterings in Shenzhen about the smaller iPad, which is apparently already "a finished product" practically ready to launch.  Meanwhile, DigiTimes reckons that Quanta will be making the supposed 11.6-inch MacBook Air.

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Acer Ferrari One Ultraportable Upgrading to AMD Ontario Processor Later This Year

Acer Ferrari One Ultraportable Upgrading to AMD Ontario Processor Later This Year

First unveiled in September of last year, and made official in December, the Ferrari-branded Acer ultraportable may have stood out due to its luxurious branding, but it quickly ended there. Tucked away inside was a 1.2GHz AMD Athlon processor. And while that may have been all well and good at the time, things are getting a bit more advanced, and faster, and with branding like Ferrari, you'd hope that your portable mini-notebook would do the same.

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Toshiba Libretto W100: build good, battery bad, geek-cred off the chart [Video]

Toshiba Libretto W100: build good, battery bad, geek-cred off the chart [Video]

Toshiba's Libretto W100 flew off Amazon's shelves when it went on sale earlier this week, with the retailer already confirming that its initial stock is exhausted.  So, how exactly are the first customers liking the dual-touchscreen clamshell?  Jenn over at Pocketables knows her stuff when it comes to ultraportables, and she seems pretty blown away by the W100 - that's despite only 4hrs runtime with the bloated extended battery, laggy screen rotation and an uncertain target market.

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