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Toshiba Libretto W100 Heading to Japan on August 11th

Toshiba Libretto W100 Heading to Japan on August 11th

While everyone was busy dreaming about the Microsoft Courier, Toshiba was already hard at work on one -- and one they actually planned to release. And while initial thoughts on the device have been all over the place on the Internet, the Libretto W100 does indeed do one thing very well: it's a good way to get your Courier needs placated, because you can't have the Courier. If you're in Japan, or if you're willing to take a few flights to get their, then be happy to know that the dual-screen tablet is landing on those shores August 11th.

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11.6″ MacBook Air refresh tipped for September, plus clickwheel-free iPod nano

11.6″ MacBook Air refresh tipped for September, plus clickwheel-free iPod nano

Apple's now venerable MacBook Air currently languishes as the notebook most in need of an update, and so it comes as little surprise to hear that just such a refresh may be imminent.  According to BMO analyst Keith Bachman, Apple's supply chain is ramping up for what he believes to be a September launch; interestingly, he also expects the new MacBook Air to start off significantly cheaper than the current model's $1,499 base price.

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Lenovo axing ThinkPad X300/X301 ultraportables?

Lenovo axing ThinkPad X300/X301 ultraportables?

Lenovo apparently plans to kill off their ThinkPad X300 and X301 ultraportables, in the Chinese market at least, in favor of 14-inch models like the T410s.  That's according to Think Account Marketing Director Wang Liping at Lenovo, who cites underwhelming CPU and GPU performance in comparison to the similarly slender T400s and T410s as the main reason for the notebooks' demise.

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Acer and ASUS freezing netbook/ultra-thin releases over Atom N550 uncertainty?

Acer and ASUS freezing netbook/ultra-thin releases over Atom N550 uncertainty?

If you've held off from buying a netbook because there always seems to be a new model - and a price cut - just around the corner, now might be the time to buy. Acer and ASUS are reportedly freezing netbook releases until around mid-August, according to DigiTimes' market sources, to clear their inventory in the face of the incoming Atom N550 processor.  However, Intel's pricing for the new chip - and their uncertain plans for the Celeron processor range - are prompting uncertainty.

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Fujitsu LifeBook TH700 convertible dual-mode tablet PC quietly outed

Fujitsu LifeBook TH700 convertible dual-mode tablet PC quietly outed

Fujitsu's latest consumer tablet PC has emerged quietly, showing up this weekend on the company's estore.  The Fujitsu LifeBook TH700 kicks off at $1,099 and has a 12.1-inch dual-mode display - that reacts both to multitouch finger gestures and an active stylus for more precise input - together with an Intel Core i3-350M 2.26GHz processor, 4GB of RAM and a DVD burner.  There's also a 320GB HDD, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and Intel HD graphics with an HDMI output.

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UMID mbook SE boosts BZ MID’s Atom CPU and doubles RAM

UMID mbook SE boosts BZ MID’s Atom CPU and doubles RAM

UMID has outed a special edition of their BZ ultraportable, the UMID mbook SE, boosting the CPU from the original 1.2GHZ Atom Z515 to a 1.6GHz Atom Z530, paired with 1GB of RAM and WiFi b/g/n.  Retained is the 32GB SSD, 4.8-inch 1024 x 600 resistive touchscreen and full QWERTY keyboard.  The new model is already up for sale through at least one Korean retailer, priced at 698,000 SKW ($580).

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