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It would appear that Apple is attempting to independently verify and solve Wi-Fi issues that have been reported to be occurring on the latest MacBook Air released a few weeks ago. Apple has instructed Geniuses and AppleCare Advisors to capture affected MacBook Air models so Apple can research the issue further.
We're still hoping that it is a simple software issue rather than a hardware issue. However, by Apple getting affected units, Apple will hopefully reach the solution sooner rather than later. AppleCare has replaced captured units and even tossed in complementary USB-to-Ethernet adapters so that the Airs can connect without Wi-Fi.
While only a temporary solution, it at least shows that Apple is willing to take care of its customers when faced with another potential antennagate.
Lenovo have just unveiled a heap of new laptops, which are all running Windows 8 and are touch-capable. We have the Lenovo Miix, which is a 10.1-inch tablet that feature a "quick-flip" detachable folio case with an integrated AccuType keyboard that converts it into a full-fledged Windows 8 laptop.
But there are so many other new models, too, including the IdeaPad S400 Touch, S500 Touch, S210 Touch, U330 Touch and U430 Touch. The Lenovo Miix features a 10.1-inch 1366x768-pixel IPS display that works in both tablet and laptop mode. It features a Intel Atom-based dual-core processor, with 64GB of built-in eMMC storage which is expandable through a microSD card slot. The Miix weighs just 1.2 pounds and is just 0.4 inches thick. There's Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and/or optional 3G-GPS connectivity. The Miix should feature around 10 hours of battery life and will start at around $500 when it launches in the summer.
According to several posts on Apple's support forums and a report by Gizmodo, your new Haswell-powered MacBook Air could be suffering from wireless connectivity issues. Gizmodo reports that several thousand users have taken to Apple's forums to complain of the problem with their new MacBook Air.
The report also cites an anonymous source at London's Apple Store that say returns of the new MacBook Air have been "well above average." The issue, as reported, is that the new MacBook air will connect to a wireless access point without any trouble, but will drop the connection after a few minutes. The only recourse to get the connection back is a full reboot.
The issue is more pronounced when the system is on a desk, suggesting we might have another antennagate on our hands. The new Air makes use of a new 802.11ac wireless chip, so it could be a hardware issue. It could also just be a software issue, which is the preferable thing as Apple can fix it without having to replace hardware.
We'll update you when Apple responds to the issues.
Samsung introduces ATIV Q, a convertible Windows and Android notebook combination with a QHD+ (3200x1800) display
At today's London press event held by Samsung, the South Korean electronics giant unveiled a new ATIV Q convertible notebook that is convertible in more ways than one. Not only does it feature the traditional laptop to tablet conversion, it also allows users to switch between Windows and Android operating systems. It's the best of both worlds in one device.
The ATIV Q features an incredible QHD+ display that measures just 13.3 inches diagonally. QHD+ features a resolution of 3200x1800, which is an incredible amount of pixels to pack into a 13.3-inch screen. The pixel density is 275ppi, which is less than smartphones, but 2.8 times higher than full HD displays of the same size.
Diving into the technical specifications, we find that the ATIV Q is powered by Intel's new Haswell-based Core i5 processor with on-board HD4400 graphics. It features 4GB of DDR3L and 128GB of storage thanks to an SSD. Even with those impressive technical specs, Samsung says the device is capable of up to 9 hours of battery life.
Lenovo has just announced its latest Windows 8 Ultrabook and is targeting it at the small business market. The ThinkPad S531 is a 15.6-inch screen notebook that features a unique single unified hinge that allows it to lie flat at 180 degrees.
The display is not touchscreen, however users will have to interact with the OS using the five button glass pad below the keyboard. Unfortunately the S531 features Intel's third-generation Ivy Bridge processor and no models available with the current generation Haswell CPU line.
It does have USB 3.0 connectivity and available docking system, as well as an optional fingerprint reader. The keyboard is backlit with Windows 8 specific shortcut keys, as well as being spill resistant. This means you will no longer have to panic when accidentally tipping over your morning coffee.
Google is looking to get Chromebooks into the hands of more consumers. As part of this push, Google is expanding the availability of Chromebooks by partnering with more retail outlets. This means Chromebooks will be available in 3 times more retailers, bringing the total up to over 6,600 stores with Chromebooks.
In the United States, Walmart and Staples will be joining the Chromebook retail chain. Walmart will begin selling the Acer Chromebook with a 16GB SSD for just $199 in around 2,800 stores nationwide. Staples will be selling Chromebooks from HP, Acer, and Samsung nationwide across all of its 1,500+ stores.
Around the globe, Google is continuing to increase availability with new partners and retail locations so you can try before you buy. It looks as though Chromebooks are here to stay for the foreseeable future.
MSI has just launched what could very well be the perfect combination of alterable portability combined with deadly gaming capability. The GE40 comes armed with state-of-the-art components including an Intel Haswell Core i7 processor and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M GPU.
The GE40 is able to take full advantage of the GTX 760M by adding a Matrix display that allows users output to up to three displays simultaneously. The laptop also features Sound Blaster Cinema and Audio Boost technologies that pack one hell of an aural punch.
Possibly the coolest feature is the all aluminum body that displays hidden backlit dragon eyes on the top cover. The GE40 is available in two storage configurations a 750GB hard drive or 125GB mSATA SSD paired with a 750GB hard drive for increased performance. Both models feature 8 GB of DDR three, a gigabit LAN adapter, two USB 3.0 ports, and one USB 2.0 port.
To celebrate the launch of the GE40, MSI is holding the "Just Game!" Giveaway through their Facebook page. Participants will have the opportunity to win over $4000 in prizes, including a completely new MSI GE40 valued at $1,399.99.
E3 2013 - Alienware's new 18 gaming laptop to turn out to be one of the hottest mobile gaming platforms 2013. Featuring quad-core Haswell i7 processors and running dual NVIDIA 780M GPUs in SLI the Alienware 18 is a beast of a laptop. From the video it appears to be about 2.5-inches thick and I can only estimate that it weights a few pounds.
The unique "Alien Glow" accent lighting around the edge of the chassis is a nice touch as in the back-lit keyboard. One would think that such a monstrous system would rival a furnace in heat production, but Trace says that it appears to manage heat dissipation well as the base nor the surface were overly warm to the touch.
E3 2013 - While walking around the Los Angeles convention center Trace Hagan was invited to take a hands-on look at the new Razer Blade gaming laptop. While handling the uber-thin yet powerful laptop Trace notice that the bottom got quite hot as did the space above the keyboard.
The actual keyboard itself appeared to stay cool and Trace noted how nice the large touchpad was. We're hoping to get a review sample so that we can sit down and spend some quality time putting the Razer Blade through its paces.
E3 2013 - AMD is showing off what they claim to be the fastest mobile GPU in the world in MSI's new GX70 notebook. The demo shows it running Bioshock Infinite at full 1080p resolution and at max settings. The mobile GPU in question is ATI's Radion 8970M which features a base clock speed of 850 MHz and 2 GB of GDDR five memory.
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