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Laptops, Tablets, eReaders

Amazon Adds Waterproofing With Kindle Oasis

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Amazon Adds Waterproofing With Kindle Oasis

After 10 years of making eReaders Amazon presents a first waterproof version-- the Kindle Oasis, an update on the 2016 model featuring a larger display and an IPX8 water-resistance rating.

The Kindle Oasis has a 300ppi 7inch display equipped with 12 LEDs for more uniform front lighting. Ambient light sensors tweak the lighting according to the environment, and the display is covered with a proprietary glass Amazon says is its toughest yet. A built-in accelerometer automatically switches page orientation according to how the eReader is held.

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Truphone iPad Data Plan Reaches More Countries

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Truphone iPad Data Plan Reaches More Countries

The Truphone Apple SIM-based iPad data plan is available two more European countries-- specifically Ireland and Portugal, allowing customers roam through the carrier on their iPad in 40 countries.

Currently 6 countries offer the Truphone iPad data plan, namely Australia, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and the UK. The company plans to expand the number with an additional 31 countries by end 2017, bringing the total to 39. The data plan allows customers to roam in the aforementioned countries without additional charges, without need to change carriers or additional roaming fees.

The backbone of the system is Apple SIM, the technology included in cellular-capable iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 (and newer) and all iPad Pro models. It saves the need to change the physical SIM card and simplifies the sign-up process through the "Set Up Mobile Data" section in the Settings app.

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HP Updates Spectre Portfolio

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HP Updates Spectre Portfolio

HP presents a pair of updated laptops-- the next-generation Spectre 13 and Spectre x360 13, both promising the latest processors, longer battery life and improved displays in "sleeker, more angular" designs.

The second generation Spectre 13 is described by the company as the thinnest touch laptop yet. Built out of CNC aluminium and carbon fibre, it features micro-edge bezels and a Gorilla Glass-clad display in up to 4K resolution. Inside are 8th generation Intel Core i5/i7 processors, up to 16GB LPDDR3 RAM and up to 1TB SSD storage, while the battery offers up to 11.5 hours of use on a single charge.

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December Launch for Next-Gen Surface Pro?

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December Launch for Next-Gen Surface Pro?

A Microsoft employee revealed the launch date of the next-generation LTE-enabled Surface Pro tablet at the Ignite 2017 conference, Neowin reports-- 1 December 2017.

At the session, Surface Pro program manager Tim Golik said the Surface Pro carries a Snapdragon X16 LTE modem able to work in any country in the world. This means one can buy the Surface Pro with LTE in any country and expect to use data across the globe. However this was the only detail gleaned at the session, and Golik refused to answer questions about a new Surface Book.

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The Kano DIY Laptop Kit

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The Kano DIY Laptop Kit

DIY computer kit vendor Kano presents the Computer Kit Complete-- essentially a means for kids to build their own laptop with 10.1-inch display, rechargeable battery pack and wireless keyboard.

Aimed at children ages 6 and up, the Computer Kit Complete is based on a Raspberry Pi 3 board. All components fit inside a case and stand, and the finished lapop easily fits inside a backpack. The result is a proper computer, since it even features a 3-port USB hub and an own OS, the open-source Kano OS.

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Xiaomi Takes on MacBook Pro With Mi Notebook Pro

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Xiaomi Takes on MacBook Pro With Mi Notebook Pro

Xiaomi follows on last year's Mi Notebook Air with a take on the MacBook Pro-- the Mi Notebook Pro, a 15.6-inch laptop powered by the latest Intel quad-core i7 processor.

Also found inside the Mi Notebook Pro are up to 16GB RAM, up to 1TB SSD storage and, as an alternative to Intel integrated graphics, an Nvidia GeForce MX 150 chip. The display is clad in Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and has side bezels of just 6.25mm, with the webcam built inside the top bezel.

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The Asus ROG Laptop With a 144Hz Display

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The Asus ROG Laptop With a 144Hz Display

IFA Sees Asus reveal the ROG Chimera, a gaming laptop featuring what the company claims is an industry first-- a 144Hz 17.3-inch display complete with Nvidia G-Sync technology.

As typical of gaming laptops the Chimera is a hefty 51mm-thick machine, allowing it to carry components such as an unlocked Intel Core i7-7820HK processor and desktop-class GeForce GTX 1080 GPU. Such specs promise to power ultra-smooth graphics running on the 144Hz display.

To keep temperatures down, the chassis carries four radiators sitting behind exhaust fins flanking the rear corners. Each radiator has fins 0.1mm thick, increasing the surface area for heat dissipation for more efficient cooling. Also included are x2 fans running on 12V power.

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Dell Updates Rugged Latitude 7212 Tablet

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Dell Updates Rugged Latitude 7212 Tablet

Dell announces an update of its tough 12-inch tablet-- the Latitude 7212 Rugged Extreme Tablet, ideal for customers wanting a device able to withstand harsh military, public safety and industrial environments.

The Latitude 7212 has an 11.6-inch display and comes with either 6th or 7th generation Intel processors, 8/16GB RAM, from 128GB to 1TB storage and up to two separate 34Wh hot-swappable batteries offering up to 19 hours of use. It is also backwards compatible with docking solutions for desks and vehicles.

The OS of choice is Windows 10, but customers can downgrade the tablet to Windows 7 for use in work environments relying on older software. Dell also offers enterprise-ready security and management software for the protection of data and sensitive information for field service, public safety and military professionals.

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HP Omen X Aims at Gamers

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HP Omen X Aims at Gamers

HP uses Gamescom to reveal what it claims is its "most powerful gaming laptop to date"-- the Omen X, a machine designed for overclocking, with factory-overclocked GPU and memory options, as well as appropriate thermals.

Being aimed at such high performance, the Omen X is a bulky machine. It comes in 15- and 17-inch options (with 4K or 120Hz 1080p display), weighs 5kg and packs high-performance fans and an integrated vapour chamber with four 3.5mm heat pipes pushing heat to four rear corner-mounted radiators. The result should ensure the GPU and CPU remain cool.

Specification options include unlocked Core i7 processors, XMP memory up to DDR4-2800 and factory overclocked GPUs up to GeForce GTX 1080. Storage comes via PCIe SSD in RAID 0 and a 7200 RPM HDD, while other features include mechanical keyboard with RGB lighting, DTS Headphone:X support, USB 3.1 and 3.0 ports, HDMI 2.0a with HDR support, multi-format card reader and a translucent window allowing one to check the laptop internals.

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