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Wacom Presents MobileStudio Pro Tablets

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Wacom Presents MobileStudio Pro Tablets

Graphics tablet maker Wacom announces makes a return to Windows-powered devices with MobileStudio Pro-- a line of standalone tablets featuring a more accurate Pro Pen 2 stylus.

Available in 13.3- and 15.6-inch sizes, MobileStudio Pro tablets come in 6 configurations packing different (if unspecified) Intel processors, storage ranging from 64 to 512GB and, in the case of the larger models, Nvidia Quadro graphics and an Intel RealSense camera. All include the Pro Pen 2, a stylus Wacom says offers four times the accuracy and pressure sensitivity of the previous version.

The 13.3-inch version has an IPS WQHD display covering 96% of the Adobe RGB gamut, while the 15.6-inch version has an IPS UHD display handling 94% of Adobe RGB. As well as the stylus control comes through six hardware keys and a Touch Ring, while Wacom Link allows users to connect the devices as pen displays with Windows or Mac PCs.

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Infocus Kangaroo Becomes a Notebook

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Infocus Kangaroo Becomes a Notebook

InFocus announces a different take on the Kangaroo mini-PC concept-- the Kangaroo Notebook, an 11.6-inch laptop powered by interchangeable mini-PC modules.

Each mini-PC module is a self-contained Windows 10 PC, and the concept behind the Kangaroo Notebook has users switching between different modules dedicated to different uses. In fact, InFocus insists on the concept so much the package contains 2 modules, each featuring Windows 10, an Intel Z8350 Cherry Trail CPU, 2GB RAM and 32GB storage together with the laptop dock.

As for the dock, it includes everything a laptop requires, including keyboard, Synaptics ClickPad, battery, webcam, ports, microphone and speakers.

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Dell Updates XPS 13 With Kaby Lake, Rose Gold

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Dell Updates XPS 13 With Kaby Lake, Rose Gold

Dell announces an update of the XPS 13 notebook-- one featuring Intel 7th generation "Kaby Lake" CPUs together with a larger battery and a new colour option, Rose Gold.

As the name might suggest the XPS 13 is a 13-inch notebook described by the company as "built for premium performance, mobility and visual fidelity." It features a "virtually borderless" InfinityEdge display and comes with a choice of either Core i5 or Core i7 CPU, as well as 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD storage. Wifi also gets an update with Killer 1535 Wireless-AC technology, while a 60WHr promises up to 13 hours of use on a single charge.

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Huawei to Build Nexus 7 Tablet Successor?

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Huawei to Build Nexus 7 Tablet Successor?

Leaker Evan Blass takes to Twitter to claim Google is working with Huawei on a 7-inch tablet-- a successor to the 2013's Nexus 7 featuring 4GB of RAM (there's only so much one can leak in 140 characters, after all).

Further details on the tablet are surprisingly scarce. Back in April Huawei reportedly got the trademark to the name "Huawei 7P," marking a possible clue to a device akin to the Nexus 6P, another Google device built by Huawei. Even earlier, in December 2015, Tech Times claimed Google was to launch a new Nexus 7 in May 2016 featuring "flagship specifications" and "drawing inspiration from the Pixel C tablet."

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Lenovo Presents Yoga Book Tablet/Sketchbook Hybrid

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Lenovo Presents Yoga Book Tablet/Sketchbook Hybrid

The latest iteration of the Lenovo Yoga hybrid tablet concept is as curious as it gets-- the Lenovo Yoga Book might look like a laptop, but it replaces the physical keyboard with an oversized touch surface.

Described as a "2-in-1 tablet for productivity and creativity," the Yoga Book features a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 IPS touchscreen, and carries an Intel Atom X5 processor and a large 8500mAh battery. It comes in Windows 10 or Android (as modified with what Lenovo calls a "Book UI") versions, and is the thinnest Yoga device yet at 9.6mm closed.

However, the machine's most interesting feature remains, of course, the touch surface. Dubbed the "Create Pad," it is covered in rough, matte glass and comes complete with a Wacom stylus handling 2048 pressure levels and 100-degree angle detection. The result turns the Yoga Book into something akin to a Wacom digitiser tablet, if one with an attached display.

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Acer Presents First Curved Screen Notebook

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Acer Presents First Curved Screen Notebook

Acer presents what it claims is a world first at IFA 2016-- a massive 21-inch laptop with a curved screen and integrated eye-tracking technology dubbed the Predator 21 X.

Powered by a choice of 7th generation "Kaby Lake" Intel Core CPUs and dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards, the Predator offers a 2560 x 1080 resolution display complete with G-Sync variable refresh support. Such a hefty machine also requires cooling, and as such Acer adds an "advanced cooling architecture" featuring 5 systems, 3 of which are specially designed AeroBlade metal fans.

Other features include aforementioned built-in eye-tracking from Tobii, SoundPound 4.2+ (4 speakers and 2 subwoofers) 3-way audio, Dolby Audio support, full mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX switches, and a flip-over numpad one can convert into a touchpad area.

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Beefing Up Laptop Graphics With Wolfe

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Beefing Up Laptop Graphics With Wolfe

A Kickstarter project proposes a portable means to "supercharge" laptop graphics-- the Wolfe, a portable box packing an Nvidia desktop-class graphics card one can connect to PCs or Macs via Thunderbolt 2 (or Thunderbolt 3, possibly).

The Wolfe comes in two versions. The first is packs an Nvidia GTX 950 GPU for performance reaching 1.57 teraflops, while a Pro version carries a GTX 970 GPU for 3.49 teraflops of performance. The result, the makers claim, can boost laptop performance by up to 500% with the regular box or up to 1000% with the Pro.

Created by a team of Harvard computer science graduates, the Wolfe aims to turn MacBooks into "performance powerhouses," as well as "stop big companies from charging outrageous prices for miniscule upgrades." It carries a 220W PSU, x3 DisplayPort 1.2 connections, x1 HDMI 2.0 and x1 DVI-I port. Thunderbolt connectivity also allows the connection of multiple Wolfe units to a single laptop, allowing users to build a render farm or a multi-monitor setup.

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IDC: Ultraslims, Detachables "Revitalise" PC Market

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IDC: Ultraslims, Detachables

IDC has some good news for the W. European PC market-- Q2 2016 sees ultraslim notebooks and detachable (or hybrid) device shipments grow by 8.6% and 192.3% Y-o-Y respectively, marking at least one opportunity in a declining industry.

Around 1 in 5 PCs shipped in W. Europe in the quarter is an ultraslim notebook, while 1 in 4 tablets shipped is a detachable in both consumer and commercial segments, showing such devices have good traction despite current market challenges. After all, one has to keep in mind combined Q2 2016 PC and tablet shipments in the region are "stable" at 17.2 million units, a -3.4% Y-o-Y decline.

Ultraslims make 28.5% of Q2 2016 notebook volumes, an increase from 27% share last year. Consumer demand drives ultraslim growth, since such portable solutions are more attractive if advantages such as longer battery life are clearly promoted.

"Consumers are increasingly looking at performance, thinness, weight, battery life and display quality when they purchase new devices or replace old ones" the analyst says. "They prefer more frequently thin and light solutions that are high-performing and easy to carry around. Ultraslim notebooks allow for flexibility and address consumer mobile needs well. The results show a great performance for ultraslims and highlight their strong growth potential across W. Europe."

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HP Adds Privacy Screens to Elite Laptops

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HP Adds Privacy Screens to Elite Laptops

HP Elite laptops get a bit more secure with Sure View technology providing an integrated privacy screen, the result of a partnership with 3M to fight "visual hacking" (or people looking over the user's shoulders).

The privacy screen restricts viewing angles to a 70-degree arc directly in front of the display, and cuts 95% of the light directed to the cut off sides. Activating the privacy screen involves a simple press of a keyboard shortcut, and the result should be less cumbersome and less permanent than the stick-on "privacy filters" currently available on the market.

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