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Take that, MacBook Air! Thinnest and lightest laptop unveiled in Taiwan

Take that, MacBook Air! Thinnest and lightest laptop unveiled in Taiwan

Little-known Taiwanese manufacturer Inhon is laying claim to the title of world’s thinnest and lightest laptop after launching the new Blade 13 Carbon notebook.

The 13-inch Windows 8 device boasts a slimline frame of just 12.88mm, which the company said is a full 2mm thinner than its nearest rival, the NEC Lavie X.

It’s also lighter than any other laptop ever, according to Inhon, weighing in at 1.9lbs (870g), which is a full pound lighter than the 13-inch MacBook Air and beats its nearest rival, the NEC Lavie Z, by around 5g.

Despite its svelte Carbon frame, it isn’t shy on including some heavyweight specs. It’s got a 1080p HD screen, Intel i5 or i7 processors, upto 256GB of SSD storage and 4GB of RAM.

No international release?

International availability of the device has not been announced, but Engadget reports it’ll go on sale for the equivalent of $1,350 in its homeland (around UK£886, AUD$1,314).

There’s also a cheaper fibreglass-built alternative, with a 1600 x 900 display that’ll cost around $1,000 (UK$656, AUD$973), but that ups the weight to 2.6lbs.

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Apple to cool hot water over kids’ app bills with iTunes credit

Apple to cool hot water over kids' app bills with iTunes credit

Apple is planning to offer parents compensation for the iTunes bills their kids racked up on in-app purchases.

The fruity phone maker has been in hot water with a group of parents who sued it in 2011 on the basis that their children had been able to run up monstrous charges while playing games on iPad, iPhone or iPod touch that had been positioned as free.

The compensation that Apple has pitched will see it give $5 iTunes credit to parents who claim that a minor bought in-game items without their knowledge or permission ($5 is the equivalent of around £3.50 / AU$5).

If their little darlings spent between $5 and $30 (about £20 / AU$30), Apple will refund the amount in iTunes credit – anything over $30 can be claimed as a cash refund.

Settle down

The proposed settlement document fails to outline exactly how many users will be eligible to claim a refund. It also doesn’t say whether it will be restricted to US customers or if the rest of the world will be able to claim that, er, yeah it was my kid that racked up $693 keeping a virtual fish alive, not me. Honest.

This won’t be a permanent deal, however – if the court OKs the settlement, there’ll be a notification period during which parents will have to make their claims.

After that, we imagine Apple’s updated terms will keep it from having to shell this kind of credit out again.

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Samsung Ativ Tab Windows RT tablet up for pre-order for £550

Samsung Ativ Tab Windows RT tablet up for pre-order for £550

Samsung’s Ativ Tab – its first Windows RT tablet PC – is now up for pre-order from Clove, for £549 including VAT.

That’s quite expensive, considering the equivalent iPad will set you back just £479.

Units are expected to ship at the end of the month, according to Clove.

The Samsung Ativ Tab is no slouch. It’ll be one of the first devices to come running Windows 8, Microsoft’s new operating system that’ll be unleashed at the end of the month.

Inside is a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB storage (though you can boost this with an SD card of any size up to 64GB). It has a 5-megapixel rear camera, and 1.9-megapixel front-facer.

The screen is 10.1-inches, with a resolution of 1,366×768-pixels. There’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a USB port and NFC, but no 3G or 4G connectivity.

Unveiled at IFA

The device made its debut at German tech trade show IFA. It’ll come with Samsung’s S-Pen, as seen on the Galaxy Note 2, so you can doodle on the screen.

Or if you prefer, you can plug in the keyboard dock and get typing, effectively turning it into a laptop.

Windows 8 is due on October 26, so we’d expect the Ativ to drop around then. Microsoft will launch its own tablet, the Microsoft Surface, around the same time. The Surface has annoyed some partners who see it as Microsoft competing with them, so we’ll have to see how it plays out.

Via Intomobile

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Ultrabook prices to fall in early 2012?

Ultrabook prices to fall in early 2012?

Intel will be pleased to hear that Acer, Asus and Toshiba may be able to lower the prices of Ultrabooks in the first quarter of 2012.

Supply chain sources told Digitimes that prices will fall between 5 and 10 per cent early in the year, potentially taking the prices under $1,000 in the US as Intel has always dreamed.

In a 13-inch Ultrabook, the tech site estimates the cost of all the components to come in at around $700, with solid state drives and software licensing pushing the prices ever sky-wards.


The processor company introduced the ‘Ultrabook’ category to refer to powerful, slim, stylish non-Mac laptops that are meant to challenge the MacBook Air.

Apple has always had the edge on price, though – manufacturers have found it difficult to come down as low as $1,000 (the equivalent of £635), with the cream of the crop, the Asus Zenbook, coming in at $1,099.

Here in the UK, the Asus Zenbook UX31, is on the market at £999 – and it is rather lovely, as you’ll see from our full TechRadar review.

The CEA – which runs CES – told TechRadar recently that it is predicting that 30-50 new Ultrabooks will be announced at the show in January.

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