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Apple will launch a thinner MacBook near the end of this year or early next year, claims a report from Digitimes. This report is based on the sources from supply chain in Taiwan which suggests that production of thinner MacBook components have already begun in smaller volumes to be ready for the launch by the end of the year. As earlier shared, Cupertino will stop the production of 13-inch MacBook Pro by this year – the line hasn’t been updated since June 2012. thinner MacBook

Ultra-slim thinner MacBook with Retina:

Dropping the non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro has become quite essential for the company as it is movingtowards dropping all the non-Retina products and introducing the beautiful display in each of its products. Reports earlier had indicated Apple working on an ultra-thin 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display which will help the company find a middle ground between 11-inch and the 13-inch models, also creating a notebook that is distinctive from its tablets.

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Applied Engineering Software Group turned to the EUROCOM Panther 5SE Mobile Server for its X79 chipset in a laptop that could run an Intel Xeon class server processor for managing storage, network and server operations for third party contractors.

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Applied Engineering Software Group turns to EUROCOM Panther 5SE Mobile Server for its X79 chipset in a laptop

The Mobile Server is an all in one system that results in a compact 12 lbs, 16.76 x 11.44 x 2.31 inch mobile server solution. It is designed for world-wide deployment and easy network set up. It is easy to transport, move around and relocate as it can fit into a single carrying bag because of its all-in-one, compact design.

The EUROCOM Panther 5SE is a 12 lbs system that evolved from high-end notebook and workstation designs.  In addition to all the standard notebook features, the Panther 5SE offers the following server oriented features:

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As we told you earlier, Microsoft has now introduced a monthly update schedule for Windows as well. The updates will now be based on customer feedback and the whole process is quite similar to the one on Xbox One. Well, this month’s Windows update is here, as scheduled by Microsoft’s Update Tuesday, according to which there will be updates for the popular operating system every month.

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Industry

Alienware’s 13 inch Alienware 13 notebook is something to wait for indeed. The Alienware 13 is going to come with several impressive specifications indeed. First of all it will come with a 13 inch QHD screen which will be capable of accepting inputs directly. In other words, the Alienware 13 will be a touch screen gaming notebook. It will sport a 13 inch 2560 x 1440 IPS touchscreen panel which will be capable of an impressive 400 nits of brightness. The 13 inch screen size also represents a catering towards the increase demand of smaller sized notebooks today.

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As expected, yesterday Apple launched two new refreshed MacBooks. The 13 and 15 inch MacBooks announced include several improved features over the previous versions. The new notebooks include newer Haswell processors and the 13 inch versions come with standard 8GB RAM. The 15 inch versions on the other hand come with a stock RAM of 16 GB.The 13 inch MacBook will come with three options. These are two versions with 2.6 GHz dual-core i5 processor with 128 and 256 GB of flash storage. The third option is a 2.8 GHz dual core i5 with 512 GB of flash storage. However, you can upgrade the processor to a 3.0 GHz i7 and 1 TB of flash storage in built to order options. For the 15 inch variant, there are two stock variants with 16 GB RAM, 2.2 and 2.5 GHz quad-core i7 processor and 256 and 512 GB of flash storage. Built to order options for the 15 inch Retina MacBook include an upgrade to a 2.8 GHz quad core i7 processor with 1 TB of flash storage.

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Hardware

We have received a pretty interesting update on Nvidia’s Maxwell Mobility front. This mobility leak, as usual, comes from the user Cloudfire over at NotebookReview Forums. Apparently, the GTX 980M Flagship is landing in October this year. Since the release date of desktop Maxwell also coincides with this, and the information comes from a reliable source, I will not be tagging this post as a rumor and will treat it as confirmed.

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Geforce 900 Series Mobility Maxwell – GTX 980M Flagship Shipping in October

Uptill  now we only knew that some new Geforce Mobility Cards were coming and that they were going to have Maxwell Counterparts as well. We now have a more or less a reliable lock on the release date of the main card as well. The New Nvidia cards are going to be landing in around October this year and are going to be a part of the new 900 series. The Geforce GTX 980m is going to be the flagship card of the whole bunch and though we do not have confirmation on lithography, it will most likely be Maxwell and the mobile variant of the GM204 die.

That said, I am not sure how this will fit in with the 880MX leaks we have been getting for a while now. Since if the dies are Maxwell then in all probability we are looking at 28nm node and if it is 28nm then the GTX 880MX was supposed to be the new mobility king. If the GTX 980M is instead making an appearance then does that mean we won’t be seeing the MX series after all? Most Probably. Unless ofcourse, Nvidia goes completely bonkers and decides to go for another milking run instead, which would seem highly unlikely. Since the Mobility GPU, GTX 980M has a very distinctive name, not to mention a nomenclature flagship, as opposed to a transitional name such as being a variant of the preceding series with just ‘MX’ added, these GPUs are here to stay for a while. Now for some good old speculation on the upcoming Geforce 900 Series Mobility Cards Lineup:

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Industry

Word has finally appeared related to Apple’s MacBooks. With all the hype surrounding the iPhone 6 and the iPads, we were left wondering at what Cupertino was up to with its popular notebook range. Well, wonder no more. Taiwan’s economic daily news has several updates for us in this regard. These cover the 11 and 13 inch variants of the MacBook Air as well as a much anticipated 12 inch Retina MacBook Pro.

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Both MacBook Airs Enter Production – 12 Inch Retina MacBook To Arrive In Q3 Or 2015

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Industry

With summer finally being with us, we can start to anticipate quite a few new gadgets to be with us soon. Among these is Apple’s latest lineup of gadgets as well, which according to those working at the company is potentially their most exciting lineup yet. Apple is due to launch a lot of things this September. These include an all new iPhone 6 and two new iPads. As result, prices have started to drop on the company’s current lineup of products. Previously we informed you about new deals on Apple’s iPhone 5, 5S and 5C. According to these deals, you can now buy an iPhone 5S for as cheap as $ 99. Now isnt that something. Well, new deals are now in place, and this time they relate to MacBooks. And all types of MacBooks, ranging from the Retina MacBook to the MacBook air. Apple is also rumored to launch new versions of the Retina MacBook and the MacBook Air later this year, to officially bring the OS X Yosemite to the shelves.

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Latest industry rumors indicate that Apple is gearing up to send the 12-inch MacBook Air model in mass production later this year. While these rumors have been coming up from quite a few weeks, latest claims come from sources involved on the supply chain side of the Cupertino-based tech giant. 12 inch MacBook Air

12-inch MacBook Air mass production:

These claims are sourced to Quanta Computer with the claim that the new device will enter mass production in the third quarter. The need of a 12-inch MacBook Air comes from the diminishing sales of the 11-inch MacBook Air model which sports similar screen size to Apple’s crazily popular iPad series.

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Broadwell is coming, and it will enter from the mobile market before trickling down to desktop variants. The Core M 2-in-1 codenamed ‘Llama Mountain’ is based on the Broad well 14nm node and will give you the best of PC and Tablets in one packaging. In the correct Ultrabook model this will be thinner than the iPad Air. The featherlight and fanless design will start from $599 with the Ultrabook model starting at $799; which you might notice is more than the iPad Air. But then again, a 2-in-1 is not just a tablet.

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Intel’s 2-in-1 Codenamed ‘Llama Mountain’ will feature Broadwell Core M and target the $799 Price point

If one thing is clear, it is Intel’s leadership in the Microprcoessor Architecture sector. Their performance-per-watt is second to none. But the thing is, the PC Market is shifting to Tablets, and people are perfectly happy with the power an ARM powered tablet provides. And since the last few years or so, Intel has started to realize just how big a folly it was, to not enter the Tablet market sooner. Well here is exhibit one of their latest attempt, which I must say looks quite promising. Now as I mentioned before, the price tag is higher ($799) but you are getting a 2-in-1 and not just a tablet. There is a much more affordable model at $599, which is the  Broadwell Detachable Notebook but will be thicker than the Ultrabook variant though still fanless.

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Industry

At the joint event we told you would happen this Tuesday, Intel and Google were expected to make major announcements related to Intel’s support for Google’s Chrome OS based Chromebooks. Well, they haven’t disappointed either, with the Chromebook range being significantly increased. At the press event on San Fransisco on Tuesday, Chromebook designs were increased to 20. Several OEM including Dell, Acer, Asus, LG and most importantly, Lenovo also announced new models of the low cost notebooks running on Chrome OS.

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All Major OEM Partners Announce Chromebook Variants and Upgrades. Rumors Of Chrome OS Tablet Proven Wrong – Again.

The announcement on Tuesday is the strongest renewal of commitment between the two giants, who have a long history of co-operation. The first half of the presentation focused primarily on devices built around a Celeron Haswell. They also featured minor upgrades which include a Wi-Fi upgrade to 802.11 ac. The low resolution 11.6 and 13 inch displays are to sstay the same. All of these upgrades to Chromebooks will come at the same price as today – around and above $ 300. Intel also mentioned that it will be the only processor vendor to support the 64-bit Chrome OS variant. What lies ahead for Google’s partnership with ARM is now officially open for speculation. There was also no mention of any ARM powered Chrome OS devices.

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Google and Intel are all set to make another Chromebook announcement this Tuesday. Previously the two had collaborated in September last year at the when four Haswell powered Chromebooks were announced. HP,Acer, ASUS and Toshiba announced their respective Chromebooks at the IDF last year. With the announcement of another joint appearance on 6th May, speculations are rife as to what is to be expected this time round, as Chromebooks are laptops running Google’s Chrome OS. They are built primarily for educational use and represent a small yet growing sector of the market.

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New Chipset to power the fabled Chrome OS Tablet? New Generation of Chromebooks Based On Broadwell?

Speculation is rife about the possible revelations to be made this Tuesday. Chromebooks captured 21% of notebook sales in the United States and 8 % of the entire PC and Tablet market in 2013 according to a report by the NPD (formerly National Purchase Diary) group, which is known for its trusted market surveys. Google’s Vice President product management for Chrome OS Caesar Sengupta and Intel’s Vice President and General Manager for mobile computing Navin Shenoy will be present at the session. As for speculations, there are a lot of possibilities which might come as an end result. First of these is a upgrade to the existing Chromebook models in the market. They will feature an upgrade to Braswell, from those currently running Haswell. Another possible announcement might be an update to Google’s crown jewel, the Chromebook Pixel.

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MSI just announced upgrades to its GS70 Stealth gaming laptop. The upgraded version now contains the Nvidia GeForce 870M, which is an upgrade from the previous GeForce GTX 765M. The GS70 Stealth claims to be the world’s thinnest 17 inch portable gaming machine.

Eric Kuo, VP Global Sales and Marketing MSI points out a myriad of innovative features in the GS70 Stealth.

MSI_GS70_Stealth_02The GS70 Stealth comes equipped with the 4th Gen. Inter Core i7-4700HQ. The processor packs a base frequency of 2.4 GHz with turbo boost speeds going up to 3.4 GHz. In the graphics department it now features the  GTX 870M with 3 GB DDR5 VRAM. The  GTX 870M is 35% faster than the GTX 770M on the 3D Mark 11 performance benchmark.

Other features on the GS70 Stealth include the Super Raid 2, the SteelSeries engine, SteelSeries gaming keyboard and the Matrix display. The Super Raid 2 contains 3 Solid state drives and gives writing speeds up to 1500 Mb/s. According to MSI it is 3 times faster than other laptops employing single SSDs and 15 times faster than conventional drives.

The SteelSeries engine allows full customization of keys and other specific commands of an individual gamer. It allows users to create individual styles using personal key use and functions, plus integration of peripheral devices. The SteelSeries keyboard is a specially designed keyboard for MSI. The keyboard comes with five different backlight scenarios and seven different types of light changes.

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ASUS ROG just boosted its G-Series gaming laptops with announcement of new models for the series. Equipped with the 4th Gen Intel Core i7 processors and the new GTX 800M series, the G750 models look fully set to raise the standard of portable gaming even higher.

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ASUS RoG G750 Gaming Notebooks with Maxwell GPUs Launched

With options available from NVIDIA GTX-770M to GTX880M, the latest additions to the G-Series G750 can easily decode HD movies. That coupled with the 1920 x 1080 glare reducing display promises a genuine viewing experience. Plus, Maxwell Variants are included which give approximate 4 times the performance per watt as their older counterparts.  All this ensures that the G-Series will be able to cope to the performance needs of almost all the major games available today in the market. But the GPUs are not the only things it has in store for us, an option called TurboMaster now allows users to safely overclock their GPU, ensuring that performance requirements are met even in the most resource intensive circumstances.

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Article Written By Naveed Siraj, Country Manager for Intel Pakistan.

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Like any new device, a computer will always start shiny and smooth. However, as it ages, the daily wear and tear will impair performance. We’re here to help you reduce the issues you experience and ensure you get the most out of your mobile device. 

 

Protection 

Begin with the basics. A laptop bag or cover will protect your laptop from most drops and knocks when you’re on the move. You can also add on a hard plastic cover to protect it during use but these tend to make your device considerably thicker. 



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