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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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Alienware M11x reaching end of life

Alienware M11x reaching end of life

Alienware's M11x 11.6-inch gaming ultraportable was conspicuous by its absence from the Dell-owned company's M14x, M17x and M18x refresh earlier today, and in fact there's bad news if you've been holding out for a pocket powerhouse. According to Alienware, there are no plans to update the M11x from its current configuration, after user feedback indicated that gaming and ultrabook-style portability don't necessarily go together so well.

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Air-style MacBook Pro in production tip insiders

Air-style MacBook Pro in production tip insiders

Apple's refreshed MacBook Pro range is currently in production, with new 13- and 15-inch models ditching the DVD drive to deliver MacBook Air style but more performance grunt, according to insiders. The first batch of the new Pros is headed to Apple this month, industry rumor-mongers DigiTimes' sources in the supply chain claim, and are believed to use Intel Ivy Bridge processors along with offering more storage than the Air.

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Sony Vaio S series 13.3-inch 2012 refresh Review

Sony Vaio S series 13.3-inch 2012 refresh Review

The next generation of Vaio S-series laptops from Sony has arrived and we're taking a look the the most basic model here today - the 13.3-inch with Intel Core i5 processor inside, matte black. This ultraportable laptop comes with the standard f-series keyboard, a switch which allows you to switch between Discreet graphics and AMD, the ability to keep working as long as possible with the former option or to be ultra productive with apps such as Photoshop with the latter. We're going to take a look at if this beast is worth the $779.99 it costs for its least expensive configuration - let's see!

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Intel plays Ultrabook matchmaker to boost production

Intel plays Ultrabook matchmaker to boost production

Intel is matchmaking vendors and manufacturers in an attempt to ensure the success of its ultrabook segment, pushing brand names into the embrace of ODMs promising ultraportables as cheap as $599. Epson, Onkyo, ViewSonic, Mustek, Motion Computing, WiPro and Positivo have all placed orders with Pegatron and ECS, DigiTimes reports, after Intel put them altogether for notebook speed-dating .

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Windows 8 on ARM stable release in February tip developers

Windows 8 on ARM stable release in February tip developers

Microsoft's stable Windows 8 on ARM release will be distributed among developers in February, sources claim, while previous suggestions the platform won't arrive until mid-2013 could well be untrue. There's no obvious reason that ARM-version of Windows 8 - expected to run on iPad-rivaling tablets as well as ultraportable notebooks - should be "staggered" from the traditional x86 build, an insider told CNET, with the claim that ARM alternatives to Intel and AMD based Windows 8 machines could undercut them by "hundreds of dollars less."

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178m Ultrabook shipments predicted for 2016, but tablets still ahead

178m Ultrabook shipments predicted for 2016, but tablets still ahead

MacBook Air-rivaling ultrabooks will outpace tablets in growth over the next three years, new research suggests, though slates are expected to outsell the Intel-driven ultraportables for the foreseeable future. 178m ultrabooks are expected to be shipped per year by 2016, Juniper Research predicts, compared to 253m tablets, despite ultrabook shipments growing three times faster over the next half-decade. However, despite the rapid increase in overall demand, individual ultrabook manufacturers are still expected to struggle.

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Asus B23E 12.5-inch high-end ultraportable revealed

Asus B23E 12.5-inch high-end ultraportable revealed

When it comes to notebooks being released inside 2012, Asus isn't holding back with its Ultrabook line, but it's also got a high-end ultraportable ready to go for business users as well. This device is known as the B23E and will be available with Intel Core i3, Core i5, or Core i7 processors under the hood, complete with a 12.5-inch 1366 x 768 pixel LED backlit anti-glare display. It's ultra-simple profile and black hood look the part for your everyday computing action in the office or in the home.

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RIM should think Type not Touch for the new PlayBook

RIM should think Type not Touch for the new PlayBook

2011 wasn't Research In Motion's year and 2012 is shaping up to be equally dismal one, with dramatic PlayBook price cuts paving the way for an underwhelming financial quarter. It's easy to see why RIM went down the tablet route: the iPad made slates fashionable, and the Canadian company was stinging from criticism over its underwhelming touchscreen smartphones. The PlayBook was an opportunity to show that RIM could legitimately compete and perhaps even drive some ecosystem shopping in the same manner that iPhone users often pick up an iPad, and vice-versa. Yet in the process RIM managed to forget everything that gave it unique appeal in the mobile segment.

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