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Laptops, Tablets, eReaders

HP Adds Touchscreen to Chromebook 11

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HP Adds Touchscreen to Chromebook 11

HP prepares for the upcoming update allowing Chrome OS to run Android apps with the Chromebook 11 G5, a touchscreen-equipped notebook running on the cloud-based OS.

An update of the original non-touchscreen Chromebook 11, the G5 features a slimmer chassis with narrower bezels, an 11.6-inch 1366x768 resolution display, 2/4GB of RAM, 16/32GB of local storage and a battery the company claims provides up to 12.5 hours of use on a single charge.

Connectivity comes through x2 USB 3.1 ports, x1 HDMI 1.4 port, wifi, Bluetooth 4.2, microSDXC card reader and a headphone jack.

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HP Starts Laptop Battery Recall

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HP Starts Laptop Battery Recall

HP starts a global safety recall and replacement program for the batteries in HP, Compaq, ProBook, Envy, Presario and Pavilion laptops sold from March 2013 to August 2015.

Also covered by the recall are laptop batteries sent as replacements or sold as accessories/spares during the period.

The reason behind the recall? As the company puts it, "these batteries have the potential to overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to customers." The recall and replacement program covers all batteries, whatever the age, "at no cost" to customers.

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IDC: W. Europe Goes for Hybrids

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IDC: W. Europe Goes for Hybrids

According to IDC W. European shipments of ultraslim convertible and detachable devices see 44.7% Y-o-Y growth in Q1 2016-- making the category account for 18.4% of consumer and 21.9% of commercial PC and tablet shipments.

Such reults are up from Q1 2016, when hybrids made 9.2% and 16.3% of consumer and commercial shipments respectively. Such devices are also bucking the negative trend seen in combined Q1 2016 W. European PC and tablet shipments reaching 18.2 million units, a -13.7% Y-o-Y decline. Consumer demand is down by -18.6% Y-o-Y, while commercial shipments see a softer -5.2% Y-o-Y drop.

On the other hand Q1 2016 detachable shipments are up by 190.4% Y-o-Y in W. Europe-- from 500000 a year ago to 1.5m units. Convertible notebooks are up by 12% Y-o-Y thanks to consumer demand for portable, mobile and functional solutions, although one has to point out enterprise and professional demand for detachables is also on the increase.

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Graphene Makes Brigher, Bendier ePaper

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Graphene Makes Brigher, Bendier ePaper

China's Guangzhou OED Technologies presents what it claims is "the world's first graphene ePaper"-- a technology promising to be brigher and more flexible than such displays currently available on the market.

A long promised wonder material, graphene comes in layers just 0.335 nanometers thick. A conductor of heat and electricity, it allows for pliable ePaper displays with high-light transmittance. In addition, graphene ePaper is less expensive to produce, since the graphene involves cheaper carbon instead of the exotic indium metal required by regular ePaper.

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Apple Adds Skylake CPUs, Rose Gold to MacBook

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Apple Adds Skylake CPUs, Rose Gold to MacBook

Apple updates the 12-inch MacBook with Retina display with a couple of additions, one internal and the other external-- the thin-and-light notebook gets 6th generation Intel Skylake CPUs, as well as a rose gold colour option.

The dual-core Intel Core M CPUs come at speeds of up to 1.3GHz (and Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1GHz), bringing a 10-20% improvement in processing power. Also included is faster 1866MHz memory, Intel HD Graphics 515 promising a 25% improvement on the graphics side and a bigger battery adding 1 hour of use over the previous model.

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Next Amazon Kindle Goes Oasis

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Next Amazon Kindle Goes Oasis

Amazon announces the latest entry in the Kindle eReader family-- the Oasis, a model with an flared design featuring one edge thicker and heavier than the other.

According to the company such a design makes the device "perfectly balanced for one-handed reading," since it is weighted to feel like the the spine of a real-life magazine or book.

The Oasis also has a 6-inch Paperwhite display promising more a more crisp reading experience, with a 60% increase in LEDs improving reading in both low light and bright sunlight. Weight totals 131g while thickness is 3.4mm at the thinnest point, since the thicker wedge houses the battery and motherboard.

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Preorders Open for First Ubuntu Tablet

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Preorders Open for First Ubuntu Tablet

Spanish electronics maker BQ opens preorders for the Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition-- the first tablet on the market running on Ubuntu OS, specifically version 15.04 Vivid Vervet.

While the Linux-based OS is unique enough, the Aquaris M10 is even more interesting through a Continuum-style convergence features. Essentially the tablet can switch from mobile to traditional Linux through connection on peripherals such as keyboard, mouse and external display.

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HP Spectre Claims Thinnest Laptop Title

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HP Spectre Claims Thinnest Laptop Title

HP sets to rival the MacBook Air is it announces what it claims is the thinnest laptop in the world at-- the Spectre, a laptop with a chassis 10.4mm thin (or as thick as as an-AAA battery, HP says).

Presented to the world at the New York Times International Luxury Conference in Versailles, the Specre features a 13.3-inch edge-to-edge IPS display and a carbon fibre bottom adding durability to the thin profile. Also allowing for the slim design is a hybrid battery split in 2 thinner pieces the company says provides 9 and a half power of use on a single charge.

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MSI Claims First VR-Ready Laptop

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MSI Claims First VR-Ready Laptop

MSI announces what it claims is the first VR-ready laptop-- the WT72 a bulky "mobile workstation" featuring graphics prowess powered by the latest Nvidia mobile GPU, the Quadro M5500.

Described as a pro-level device designed for "maximum performance," the WT72 comes in multiple configurations complete with 17.3-inch display, Intel Core-i7 or Xeon processors, up to 64GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB SSD, 1TB HDD, Dynaudio speakers, Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.1 ports, and a dual-fan design promising "efficient heat dissipation."

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