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Sony VAIO L Touch HD PC/TV multitouch all-in-one debuts

Sony VAIO L Touch HD PC/TV multitouch all-in-one debuts

"Touch me, touch me" sang 80s legend Samantha Fox, "I want to feel your body," and while the intentions of Sony's new VAIO L Series of touchscreen desktops may be different, the sentiment is just the same.  Announced alongside the skinny VAIO X, the L Series is being pushed - like other big-screen all-in-one PCs in Sony's past - as a hybrid HDTV and computer, though with its 24-inch 1920 x 1080 display, optional Blu-ray and optional TV tuners we suppose it does have more of a claim than most.  As for the touchscreen, that's used not only for Windows 7's multitouch functionality but to control Sony's own Media Gallery DVR app.

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Sony VAIO X ultraportable pre-reg page goes online

Sony Japan have put up a pre-registration page for those rich and weak-armed enough to consider buying their upcoming VAIO X series ultraportable.  The notebook, announced at the beginning of September, is only listed as “coming soon”, and we’re still yet to see final specifications, but Sony have previously confirmed that it will retail “under $2,000”.

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Sony VAIO X half-inch luxury ultraportable debuts

Sony’s VAIO TT may have passed on, but the company have a new ultraportable with which they’re hoping to coax your attentions.  The Sony VAIO X is being described as the true successor to the X505, with the 11.1-inch notebook measuring just a half-inch thick and using materials such as carbon-fiber for the chassis and aluminum for the keyboard.

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Sony Vaio Chooses Google Chrome for Default Browser

Sony Vaio Chooses Google Chrome for Default Browser

Whether or not you're a member of the Browser Wars was probably decided for you, long before you were born. One of those, "destiny calls" choices, and we're sure that by now you're probably stubbornly chosen your browser of choice. Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome. (Is Netscape around anymore?) But let's face it, there are a lot of people out there who would like to make the decision for you, right? Computer manufacturers to start with, and then second on your list is probably your best friend. Sony wants you to choose a side.

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Sony axe VAIO TT premium ultraportable: casualty of netbooks?

Back when we reviewed the Sony VAIO TT in November last year, we wondered out loud whether there was still a place for high-end ultraportables in a world obsessed with netbooks.  Unfortunately it looks like Sony may be wondering the same thing; according to their US team, the VAIO TT has been discontinued

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Sony admit NVIDIA GPU fault in multiple VAIO notebooks

Sony admit NVIDIA GPU fault in multiple VAIO notebooks

Sony have admitted that certain models of VAIO notebook may be affected by the notorious NVIDIA "bump" material issue, which can see the GPU overheat and eventually break completely.  The nine model types on Sony's list join the existing roll-call of faulty notebooks, which includes machines from Apple, HP and Dell.  In response, Sony are offering free repairs for affected VAIOs, and to extend the standard warranty (on the GPU alone) from the regular 12 months to four years in total.

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Sony VAIO virtualization block means most can’t run Windows 7 XP Mode

Windows 7’s XP Mode was billed as a way for upgrade-shy enterprise users to make the jump to Microsoft’s new OS without losing access to their prized legacy apps.  Unfortunately, if you’ve kitted out your workforce with shiny Sony notebooks it’s not something you’ll be able to take advantage of; Sony have confirmed that their current VAIO range do not support the Intel Virtual Technology (VT) necessary for XP Mode to function.

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Sony touchscreen VAIOs planned for Windows 7; PlayStation Network integration

Sony touchscreen VAIOs planned for Windows 7; PlayStation Network integration

Sony are planning VAIO computers with touch capabilities once Windows 7 launches, potentially taking advantage of casual gaming, streaming and downloadable movies and TV content from the PlayStation Network.  Speaking in an interview with LaptopMag, Sony's senior VP of the Information Technology Products Division, Mike Abary confirmed that the company find the touch functionality in Windows 7 "compelling" and that they would be looking to adopt some of those technologies in their upcoming PC ranges.

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Sony VAIO W comparison photoshoot with VAIO P and TT

Sony VAIO W comparison photoshoot with VAIO P and TT

Torn between Sony's netbooks?  Can't decide whether to bankrupt yourself with the VAIO P or rein yourself in for the slightly more affordable VAIO W?  If you're still trying to decide, then you may be interested to see how the two Sony ultraportables match up in terms of size, and Japanese site ITmedia have you covered with their latest photoset.

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Sony VAIO P “mark 2” coming October: faster boot promised

Sony are reportedly preparing their second-generation VAIO P netbook for a launch in October or November this year, with a key fix being boot-time for the unusually-shaped ultraportable.  Speaking at the launch of their latest, more mainstream netbook, the VAIO W, a Sony representative told TechRadar that the “mark 2” VAIO P has been greenlighted due to sales success of the original model.

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Sony VAIO P $106 WiMAX option hits Japan July 30th

It looks like bandwidth-loving Japanese buyers will be able to pick up Sony’s VAIO P WiMAX edition from the end of July, according to an advert over at the company’s customization site.  First announced back in June, the WiMAX VAIO P will be available for pre-order from July 27th, with availability expected just three days later.

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Sony VAIO W: mainstream 10-inch netbook, typical Sony price [Updated]

Sony VAIO W: mainstream 10-inch netbook, typical Sony price [Updated]

Sony's VAIO P was never the netbook many people expected it to be - its unusual screen aspect, stand-out form-factor and high sticker price meant it never quite competed with the regular Atom N270 netbook crowd - so the company is back with a far more mainstream alternative.  The Sony VAIO W is an "internet book" with a 10.1-inch screen and Intel's typical N270 1.6GHz processor.

Update: It's official for the US; more details after the cut

Video demo after the cut

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