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Apple may have to conform when it comes to its chargers


Apple may have to conform when it comes to its chargers

Apple is the type of company that loves to do things differently, but soon that could become illegal in Europe where phone chargers are concerned.

A committee within the European Union Parliament voted unanimously this week to create a law that requires all phone makers to use the same type of charger. Tablet chargers could be affected as well.

The internal market and consumer protection committee said the law will cut down on waste from unused chargers, but given Apple is one of the last phone makers not using micro-USB it’s clear who would be most affected.

The proposal still needs to pass the European Council and be approved by Parliament before the law can be created, so it will still be some time before anything changes (if it ever does).

Lightning round

Apple introduced its much-hyped Lightning connector with the iPhone 5 in 2012, and it’s become the standard for Apple devices since then.

The Lightning connector replaced the 30-pin plug that was in use on Apple products for nine years.

The Lightning connector is easy to use because it can be plugged in no matter which side is facing up. It also has a smaller footprint, and it charges devices and transfers data more quickly than the old connector.

But it made loads of old iPhone and iPod accessories incompatible with newer Apple devices, irritating plenty of Apple users.

A switch to the standard of micro-USB would likely anger Apple fans further, especially since micro-USB, while nearly universal at this point, is inferior to Lightning in most ways.

Apple has solved this problem in the past with adapters, but if the law goes into effect it could be forced to rethink its strategy.


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Dell adds laptops, countries to roaming PAYG SIM service


Dell adds laptops, countries to roaming PAYG SIM service

Dell has expanded its NetReady pay-as-you-go roaming mobile service to cover more models in its Latitude, Dell Precision, XPS and Inspiron laptop ranges.

Laptops in its NetReady range come with an integrated SIM which, once registered, lets you press a button to connect to the internet in 29 European countries covered by Spanish telco Telef

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Acer revamps Aspire R7 Ultrabook with Haswell and pen support


Acer revamps Aspire R7 Ultrabook with Haswell and pen support

Remember Acer’s ‘Ezel’ hinge-toting Aspire R7 Ultrabook that was unveiled back in May? The company has announced that it’s been refreshed with Intel’s fourth generation Haswell processors (i5 and i7) and now comes with a digitiser for doodling Windows 8 gestures.

Acer claims that the bundled “Acer Active Pen” uses electromagnetic induction technology to respond to varying degrees of pressure sensitivity “like an actual pen” to make writing feel more natural.

The new model, which will sport the version number R7572, will also ship with Windows 8.1 installed out of the box.

It can be fitted with up to 12GB of memory, up to a 1TB hard drive (or 256GB SSD) and features a full-sized backlit chiclet keyboard.

Acer has kept the trackpad above the board, which we thought was something of a revolutionary move when we put the machine through its paces back in May.

The new model is set to roll out to European shores before the end of the year at €999 (around £1185).

Aspire E1

The Taiwanese computer maker has also announced an upgrade to its Aspire E1 notebook series, which can now be fitted with a 10-point multi-touch display.

It’s available in 15.6-inch and 14-inch variations, and the larger model can be equipped with an Nvidia GT720M, GT740M or an AMD Radeon HD 8000M discrete graphics card.

Its smaller cousin is available with an Nvidia GT720M graphics card, and both models let you blow up the screen’s contents using an onboard HDMI port.

The updated Aspire E1 will be available from mid October for around €399 (around £338).


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Microsoft makes recent Surface Pro price drop permanent


Microsoft makes recent Surface Pro price drop permanent

If you’re still teetering about purchasing a Surface, perhaps nearly swayed by recent price reductions, you’re in luck: You’ve got until further notice to hem and haw.

According to ZDNet, discounted prices that went into effect in early August are here for good, at least in the U.S., with the Surface Pro, Touch Cover and Surface RT all seeing some slices. What’s more, there appear to be price cuts going into effect globally, with the Microsoft UK and Australia websites showing discounted pricing for Surface and accessories.

Whether any global price reductions are permanent or temporary isn’t yet clear, but let’s look at the numbers, shall we?

In the U.S., the $100 Surface Pro price drop will stay in effect, meaning a 64GB Windows 8 machine starts at $799. Touch Covers are now $40 off, giving them a new starting point of $79, and a Limited Edition Touch Cover will cost $89.

As for the black sheep of the Microsoft tablet family, a Surface RT and cover bundle will skim off $50, allowing buyers to take less of hit when purchasing the pair at $399.

Goin’ global?

The response to the Surface promotions, which were only slated to last through Aug. 29, “has been exciting to see,” a Microsoft spokesperson told ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, and it seems the company is spreading the discount love internationally.

According to Engadget, several European countries are seeing the original Surface Pro plummet €100.

The Microsoft UK website shows a 64GB Surface Pro for £639, down from £719, and a formerly £799 128GB version now at £719. The Touch Cover has a slashed through price of £99.99 and a new price of £64.99, a discount of £35.

The Surface RT is already selling at a reduced price in the U.K. of £279, down from £399.

In Australia, the Microsoft site lists the Pro for AU$899, and it’s noted the tablet is “now $100 off” from its launch price of AU$999.

We’re working to get comment from Microsoft on the global pricing changes and will update this story when we have information to share.


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US Surface price cuts look here to stay, Microsoft seemingly slashing globablly


US Surface price cuts look here to stay, Microsoft seemingly slashing globablly

If you’re still teetering on the fence about purchasing a Surface, especially with the price promotions, you’re in luck: You’ve got until further notice to hem and haw.

According to ZDNet, discounted prices that went into effect in early August are here to stay, at least in the U.S., with the Surface Pro, Touch Cover and Surface RT all seeing slices. What’s more, there appear to be price cuts going into effect globally, with the Microsoft UK and Australia websites showing discounted pricing for Surface and its accessories.

Whether any global price reductions are permanent or temporary isn’t yet clear, but let’s look at the numbers, shall we?

In the U.S., the $100 Surface Pro price drop will stay in effect, meaning pricing starts at $799 for a 64GB Windows 8 machine. Touch Covers are now $40 off, giving them a new starting price of $79, and a Limited Edition Touch Cover will cost $89.

As for the black sheep of the Microsoft tablet family, a Surface RT and cover bundle will skim off $50, allowing buyers to take less of hit when purchasing the pair starting at $399.

Goin’ global?

The response to the Surface and accessory promotions, which were only supposed to last through Aug. 29, “has been exciting to see,” a Microsoft spokesperson told ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, and it seems the company is spreading the discount love internationally.

According to Engadget, several European countries are seeing the original Surface Pro plummet €100.

The Microsoft UK website shows a 64GB Surface Pro for £639, down from £719, and a formerly £799 128GB version now at £719. The Touch Cover has a slashed through price of £99.99 and a new price of £64.99, a discount of £35.

The Surface RT is already selling at a reduced price in the U.K. of £279, down from £399.

In Australia, the Microsoft site lists the Pro for AU$899, and it’s noted the tablet is “now $100 off” from its launch price of AU$999.

We’re working to get confirmation on the global pricing and will update this story when we have more information to share.


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