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Acer Unveils Aspire S5, ‘The World’s Thinnest Ultra Book’

Written on January 09, 2012 by Kristoff Jones

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Acer unveils Aspire S5, an ultra thin 15mm laptop that weights under 3 lbs.

Acer has just unveiled what it’s claiming ‘the world’s thinnest’ Ultrabook, the Aspire S5, a first-of-its kind ultra-thin laptop that measures 15mm at its thickest point.

The 13.3-inch Ultrabook that weights under 3 lbs, has an Onyx Black magnesium-alloy cover, SSD storage and sports HDMI, USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt ports.

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New MacBook Air Uses a Cheaper Thunderbolt Cheap

Written on July 30, 2011 by Lulu

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An investigation revealed that Apple is using a tinier and cheaper Thunderbolt chip on their new MacBook Air.

An investigation into the new MacBook Air’s internals showed that Apple is using a new, relatively untested Thunderbolt chip. The said Thunderbolt chip is called Eagle Ridge which has two 10Gbps bidirectional lanes (40Gbps), while the Light Ridge chip in the iMac, MacBook Pro and Mac mini has a full four.

The said part tracked down by AnandTech can only drive one display over Thunderbolt, but is also much smaller and cheaper, a key to fitting it into the 11-inch, $999 Air.

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Sany VAIO Z Series, Now Available in the US

Written on July 15, 2011 by Adam Eve

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Sony recently unveiled the "world's lightest 13-inch standard voltage PC" in the US. Make way for the VAIO Z series!

Last Wednesday, Sony finally unveiled its VAIO Z series in the US. The “world’s lightest 13-inch standard voltage PC” is just 0.66 inches thick and weighs 2.5 pounds. Originally announced at the end of June, the Sony VAIO Z series also features a monolithic Power Media Dock. It connects to the laptop via Thunderbolt, and boost the laptop’s graphical prowess. It also provides Blu-ray or DVD SuperMulti optical drive, three USB ports, and supports up to four HD displays with the help of HDMI or VGA ports.

See more of Sony VAIO Z’s features after the break.

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Best Buy Ceased Orders of Apple’s MacBook Air

Written on June 27, 2011 by Lulu

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Best Buy put a hold on MacBook Air's online orders because of Apple's plan to release a Gold Master build of Mac OS X Lion.

Best Buy ceased current-generation MacBook Air orders on their order list, following the news about Apple upgrading the diminutive laptop. Simultaneously, all MacBook Air Models on Apple’s online store remain steady for shipping.

Apple was said to be waiting for a Gold Master build of Mac OS X Lion that is due to release on July. They are also expected to upgrade the notebook with an Intel Sandy Bridge processor and a Thunderbolt port.

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Rumor: Apple’s Next-Gen Mac Pro Adding up a Custom CPU

Written on June 21, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Rumors claim that Apple's next-generation Mac Pro will have a rack-mountable "server" version and a custom CPU.

Last Monday, MIC Gadget reported that the next Mac Pro from Apple will “look different in appearance” and will have a built-in mountable server model that is created to replace the Xserve line. Based on the said report, the new Mac will use Thunderbolt I/O, and make the transition to Sandy bridge architecture using a “unique CPU” designed for Mac Pros and “not seen in PC.”

Although the company had not yet revealed any further information regarding the custom CPU, the updated Mac Pro is believed to be “significantly faster with the updated processor” and “good for enterprise.” As of now, Apple’s plans for the custom Mac Pro CPU are still vague, but MacNN assumes that the company might have early access to the Xeon E5 processor on July or August. There are also rumors last weekend, stating that Apple has created new features for its Mac Pros and Mac Minis. They will add Sandy Bridge and a Thunderbolt port, and the said gadgets are expected to launch in August.

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Apple’s New Mac Minis to be Released in August?

Written on June 20, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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According to a rumor, the new Macs with speedy Sandy Bridge processors and Thunderbolt ports are said to arrive this August.

Bees are buzzing with regards to Apple’s launching of its new Mac Pro this coming August. The newest Mac Mini is said to add up the latest Sandy Bridge processor from Intel, and the new high-speed Thunderbolt port.

Last Sunday, CNet’s Brian Tong wrote on his Twitter account that “all new” next-generation Mac Pros and Mac Minis will be launched “either end of July (or) first week of August.” He then posted another tweet pointing out that the August buzz is “more likely”, and the Sandy Bridge and Thunderbolt would be included on both machines. Brian Tong also added that there are no specs or configurations being released yet.

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Thunderbolt and Sandy Bridge MacBook Airs Arriving This June

Written on April 26, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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MacBook Air is about to get a taste of Sandy Bridges and Thunderbolts, and people might see them on shelves this June.

According to the “latest round of checks with suppliers and system builders” by Concord Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is currently preparing for the upcoming production of the refreshed Apple MacBook Air line this May. If things go as scheduled, the new MacBook Airs – which sport Intel’s latest Sandy Bridge microprocessors and the expected Thunderbolt I/O technology – will be set for a June release. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that this will come true.

According to AppleInsider, the Apple MacBook Airs will replace the Penryn-based 45-nm Core 2 Duo chips for the new low-voltage Core i5 and Core i7 chips.

The latest MacBook Air versions have been on a serious sales decline ever since Apple has unveiled its latest MacBook Pro line-up. With the rumor mill churning that the next MacBook Air will be arriving by June, consumers might get interested again in picking up the thinnest notebook the world has ever seen.

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Thunderbolt I/O Not Exclusive to Apple; Intel Technology Strikes on LaCie and Promise Peripherals Too

Written on February 26, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Thunderbolt strikes twice on LaCie and Pegasus Technology.

Apple devotees won’t have all the fun with Intel’s work of art, the Thunderbolt I/O. Apparently, storage mavericks LaCie and Promise Technology will be having the super-speed technology as well according to an Intel PR. In terms of OEMs, the company is targeting to strike Thunderbolts outside the boundaries of MacBook Pro too, though expect that to come around the first or second quarter of 2012.

LaCie and Promise Technology’s massive peripherals are capable of storing large digital and audio files, with transfer rates that go beyond current mortal comprehension. Check out the quick details after the break!

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New MacBook Pros Come with Thunderbolt, Sandy Bridge, and… AMD?

Written on February 24, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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It'll be stronger, it'll be better, but will it be cheaper?

It’s only a matter of hours left until we finally get to see the new MacBook Pros Apple is ready to unveil in their event (along with the iPad 2 of course), and CNET has just learned about the new features the PC-killers have that will definitely put you on the edge of your seats. What are they? Well nothing short of Intel’s Light Peak technology now officially named ‘Thunderbolt,’ Core i Series processors, and AMD processors. Yes you heard that right, AMD, not NVIDIA, are now offered to power up the hefty 15″ and 17″ MacBook Pros.

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