Asus U47 Ultraportable Stuffs Power into 13-Inch Chassis


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The inch-thick Intel Ivy Bridge laptop sports a 14-inch Display, DVD Drive, and a hefty hard drive.



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February 6, 2012

Chessmen, belts, other ephemera come to life with Cube 3D printer


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The profile of 3D printing will rise after this year’s show, and 3D@Home’s Cube is partly responsible.

Cube 3D Printer

MakerBot’s build-it-yourself Thing-O-Matic has claimed most of the consumer-level attention for 3D printing this past year, and MakerBot’s own CES announcement, whatever and whenever that will be, will only spur more coverage. In the meantime, the Cube underscores that 3D printing can be consumer-friendly, and that a growing number of vendors see it as a viable business.

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January 9, 2012

Hands on with Acer’s pair of ultrabooks: Aspire S5 and Timeline Ultra


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Acer's "world's thinnest ultrabook," the Aspire S5.

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James Martin)

LAS VEGAS–Today at CES 2012, Acer officially unveiled a poorly kept secret: two new ultrabooks.

One is being called the world’s thinnest, and the other is an update to the TimelineX series. We got a chance to spend some up-close time with both for some initial impressions of Acer’s latest.

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January 8, 2012

Dell’s latest XPS notebook puts 14-inch display on a 13-inch chassis

Dell's latest XPS notebook puts 14-inch display on a 13-inch chassis


Texas PC maker Dell on Monday took the wraps off of the newest in its 18-year old line of XPS laptops, the 13-inch XPS 14z. Like it has done with all the products in its “Z-series,” Dell is billing the 14z as the thinnest fully-featured laptop in its size class.

It falls in line as the higher-end cousin to the Inspiron 14z that Dell released just shy of two months ago, and smaller counterpart to the XPS 15z that was released earlier this year.

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October 25, 2011

German ban on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sticks

German ban on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sticks

Two weeks ago, German courts awarded Apple with a preliminary injunction on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1, saying the tablet looked too much like the Community Design for handheld computers Apple registered with the European Union (shown above, Design Number 000181607-0001). Friday, that preliminary injunction was upheld in Düsseldorf regional court by Judge Johanna Brueckner-Hofmann.

The ban does not even consider the software or technology behind the two devices, and really only pertains to the design of the chassis, which Brueckner-Hofmann reportedly described as “minimalist” and “modern.”

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September 9, 2011

Amazon unveils higher contrast, lower cost Kindle DX

Amazon unveils higher contrast, lower cost Kindle DX

By Tim Conneally, Betanews

New improved Kindle DX
Keeping the Kindle momentum high, Amazon has announced the next generation of Kindle DX is available for pre-order today, and will be shipping on July 7th.

The new Kindle DX has the same 9.7″ screen size, and the same free 3G wireless, but features a new graphite chassis and a higher contrast e-ink screen with a purported 50% improvement in contrast. Furthermore, all of this is available at a price about 25% less than the first generation DX.

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July 1, 2010

Hands-on with the WebStation Android Tablet

Hands-on with the WebStation Android Tablet

By Tim Conneally, Betanews

Camangi Webstation with Stylus

Expectations are a very dangerous thing indeed. As a user, if you expect a new device to do something — however unrealistic that expectation may be — you are bound to be disappointed when you find that it doesn’t.

With Internet tablets, it’s not really clear what users should expect when they pick one up for the first time. A couple of years ago, they were built on truncated versions of desktop operating systems, so users based their expectations on their desktop experience. Now, tablets are being built upon mobile operating systems, and expectations are shifting.

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April 15, 2010

The once and future king: Test build of Opera crushes Chrome on Windows 7

The once and future king: Test build of Opera crushes Chrome on Windows 7

By Scott M. Fulton, III, Betanews


Download Opera 10.5 “Pre-alpha” for Windows from Fileforum now.


Banner: Test Results

How’s this for a Christmas miracle: We’ve been saying that if Opera wants to get back in the game — if it truly wants to earn a place among the Top 5 positions on Europe’s forthcoming “Choice Screen” — then it has to pick up the pace in the performance department. Apparently while we were writing that, the developers at Opera Software were a little ahead of us on that count.

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December 23, 2009

Verizon’s Storm 2, hopefully with stronger gusts than Storm 1

Verizon's Storm 2, hopefully with stronger gusts than Storm 1

By Tim Conneally, Betanews

The BlackBerry Storm 2 (also known as “Odin,” “9550,” or “9520”) has been the subject of passing rumors for the last six months. As the purported sequel to Research in Motion’s first touchscreen BlackBerry, it looked as though the new device would improve upon the shortcomings of its predecessor without deviating from its familiar style. In other words, it would keep the same chassis shape and trademark “clickable touchscreen,” but would give the device more consumer appeal by doing things they actually want, like adding Wi-Fi, improving the interface, and bringing the applications up to par with its competition.

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October 14, 2009