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February 9, 2011

Dell prepares 10 inch Windows 7 tablet for enterprise

by Darren Allan
Dell has a 10 inch Windows 7 tablet in the pipeline aimed at business users. The company announced its intentions at a press event over in the States , IDG News reports. 10 inch Android tablets are also planned, which has been mentioned in the past. Apparently the ...

January 6, 2011

Samsung ZX310 laptop unveiled

by Darren Allan
Samsung has taken the wraps off a new and very slick looking laptop which is pitched to go up against the trendy likes of the MacBook Air. The slimline brushed metal notebook certainly looks the business, and more to the point, should perform impressively too, with second-gen Intel Sandy Bridge Core i5 and i7 processors running the show (the ...

January 5, 2011

Micron RealSSD C400 range unveiled

by Darren Allan
Micron has announced a new range of four Solid State Drives for notebooks. The RealSSD C400 drives come in 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities, in both 1.8 inch and 2.5 inch form factors designed for ultraportables and standard laptops. According to a report on Computer World, the drives are rated with read speeds of up to 415MB/s, almost 20% ...

November 24, 2010

Wednesday NewsBytes: ICO issues first data fines; Apple-1 computer fetches £133,000; Sony launches Qriocity movie streaming

by Darren Allan
The ICO has finally flexed its power to penalise organisations for serious data leaks. Hertfordshire County Council was fined £100,000 for faxing the details of a child abuse case to the wrong machine. The information ended up in the hands of the public rather than the legal team it was intended for. The other firm to get penalised to the ...

UK businesses are neglecting laptop security

by Darren Allan
It seems that businesses in the UK are failing to take adequate security precautions with portable computers. A survey conducted by security firm Check Point, as reported by CBR Systems, indicated that more than half of staff don't use any form of device or data encryption to protect their laptop. Nick Lowe, Head of Sales for Western Europe at Check ...

ICO levies first data leak fines, £160,000 in total

by Darren Allan
The Information Commissioner has finally flexed his muscles and fined two organisations for data breaches. Hertfordshire County Council has been hit with a £100,000 penalty, according to a report by the BBC. This was for faxing details of a child abuse case, when two faxes were sent to the wrong machine and ended up in the hands of the ...

October 30, 2010

35% of UK consumers would buy a tablet instead of a laptop

by Darren Allan
The debate over whether the tablet is set to kill the notebook market, or at least hamper it severely, rages on, with the latest shell fired being some research conducted by online shopping comparison website Kelkoo. Earlier this month, research from NPD in the States indicated that the iPad wasn't cannibalising the laptop market, as had been previously stated ...

October 5, 2010

Huntingdon couple duped by spud laptop switch

by Darren Allan
A couple in Huntingdon bought a laptop off a man in the street, or so they thought. The BBC reports that they were shown the laptop in a rucksack, and then went to a cash machine to withdraw £650 to purchase it. After paying up and the vendor leaving, they discovered the bag had been switched, and the rucksack they'd ...

August 25, 2010

Asus N53 and N73 laptops land in the UK

by Darren Allan
Asus has unleashed a pair of new laptops which don't just sound good. They sound good, too (because they've got really good speakers, you see). The N53 and N73 have had their sonic side developed in conjunction with Bang & Olufsen, who know a thing or two about making high quality stereo equipment (and funny shaped and coloured TVs). These ...

August 9, 2010

BBC loses laptops and mobiles to the tune of £240,000

by Darren Allan
Auntie Beeb seems to be getting forgetful in her old age, losing laptops and smartphones at a rate of knots TV license payer's can ill-afford to subsidise these days. In the last two years, it seems that Beeb staff have managed to lose – or have stolen – some 146 laptops, 65 mobile phones and 17 BlackBerry devices. Such ...

Laptop repair hacker caught out by Sky

by Darren Allan
A laptop engineer working at a London based computer repair shop has been caught out in an undercover investigation initiated by Sky News. Grzegorz Zachodni was dealing with a problem with the notebook's memory, but unbeknownst to him, the portable had been fitted with software which recorded what he was up to on the desktop. The laptop's webcam was also ...

July 27, 2010

Dell Inspiron M101z ultra-thin laptop launched

by Darren Allan
Dell has announced the launch of the Inspiron M101z ultra-thin portable, which is sort of a cross between a laptop and a netbook. The company says it boasts the performance of a laptop, but with the portability of a netbook. Essentially, it's the size of a netbook (weighing less than 4lb), but with considerably more grunt in the form ...

July 6, 2010

New Samsung Q range laptops

by Darren Allan
Samsung has introduced three new notebooks to its Q range – the Q330, Q430 and (wait for it) the Q530. They look the business, with a silver finish and slim chassis, and not only are they pretty lightweight, but they're fairly wallet friendly too, given the spec. The Q330, Q430 and Q530 have 13.3, 14 and 15.6 inch displays respectively, ...

June 21, 2010

Toshiba Libretto W100 dual screen laptop announced

by Darren Allan
Remember Microsoft's Courier project, the dual screen tablet which the company canned back in April? It seems Toshiba has a similar dual screen idea on the cards, with a laptop featuring two screens, hinged in the middle so the unit opens like a book. The Libretto W100 employs two 7 inch touchscreens, which are fully multi-touch capable (running ...

May 21, 2010

Freeview on a laptop

by David Allen
With the FIFA World Cup kick off only a matter of weeks away, England fans will be wondering how they are going to get to see the live games without falling out with the boss. One of the easiest solutions would be to turn the computer into a TV, which can easily be done with a USB TV Tuner. ...

May 12, 2010

Virgin Media releases fibre laptop

by David Allen
There are plenty of locations around the UK these days where fibre optic broadband can be connected to. However, the provider of cable broadband, phone and TV services, Virgin Media, is taking a new approach to laptop design. UK based designer Alice Davies has created a new design of laptop especially for Virgin Media, to be used as a ...

April 16, 2010

Toshiba unveils new Satellite laptops

by Darren Allan
Toshiba has revealed four new notebooks it will be adding to its Satellite range. The laptops will include the C650, L650, L670, and a higher end model, the A660. All of these can be configured with Intel's latest processors, the Core i3, i5 and i7, with some having an AMD option, as well. The A660 is billed as a high-end multimedia ...

March 31, 2010

Acer Aspire Timeline X laptops revealed

by Darren Allan
Acer has taken the wraps off a new range of Aspire laptops which goes under the moniker of Timeline X. Like the Timeline, the laptops are thin and light, and come in two different flavours, each with three screen sizes: 13.3 inch, 14 inch and the top end 15.6 inch model. Power economy is one of the most important factors ...

March 22, 2010

Sony Vaio E-Series gets new models

by Darren Allan
Sony has announced two new additions to the Vaio E-Series laptop range, one with a 14 inch display, and one with some serious screen real-estate at 17 inches. Both laptops come with Windows Home 7 Premium, 4GB of memory, a 500GB hard drive, and ATI Mobility Radeon powered graphics. The bigger 17 inch ...

February 22, 2010

Alex laptop launched for the computer-phobic

by Darren Allan
There are plenty of people out there who won't touch a computer because they're scared of them. And this is a market the Broadband Computer Company is hoping to address with its laptop creation which goes by the name of Alex. Even the name sounds friendlier, and lacks the traditional at least four numbers and two letters which normally accompany ...

February 10, 2010

Toshiba Satellite U500-1EX touchscreen laptop announced

by Darren Allan
Toshiba has taken the wraps off a multi-touch laptop, the Satellite U500-1EX. The lightweight portable comes with Windows 7 and full multi-touch support via the 13.3 inch (1280 x 800) touchscreen display. Under the bonnet is an Intel Core i3-330 processor, 4GB of memory and a 320GB hard disk. It will also have a DVD drive, and extras such as a ...

February 9, 2010

Nvidia Optimus graphics tech brings versatility to laptops

by Darren Allan
Nvidia has revealed a new graphics technology for laptops which goes by the name of Optimus. And it's clever stuff. As the name suggests, it provides optimal use of your laptop's graphics processing power, switching between integrated and dedicated graphics chips as applicable. The integrated chip is for normal usage, and saves on battery power, but doesn't have nearly enough ...

January 13, 2010

Acer Aspire 1820P unveiled

by Darren Allan
The Aspire Timeline 1820P is Acer's latest innovation in portable computing. It's an ultra-portable laptop which has a rotatable screen, that can also be folded down flat so it effectively becomes a slate PC. Acer says it can be used as a laptop, notepad, presentation tool or indeed a digital photo frame. The 11.6 inch touchscreen boasts a High-Definition display (1366 ...

January 12, 2010

Bless this iPhone

by Darren Allan
The St. Lawrence Jewry church in London held a rather different “Plough Monday” blessing ceremony this week. The tradition is so named because agricultural workers would bring a symbolic plough to the church to be blessed. Obviously that isn't really relevant any more, particularly not in London, where the most valuable tools of the city worker's trade are the smartphone and laptop. Hence ...

January 11, 2010

Free laptops and broadband for poorer families

by Darren Allan
Later on today, Gordon Brown is due to officially announce a scheme whereby Labour intends to provide free laptops and broadband access to some of the UK's poorest citizens. 270,000 families will be brought up to speed with the high-tech world in the £300 million “home access” scheme, which has thus far been piloted in several counties. According to The ...

December 23, 2009

OLPC announces XO 3 laptop for 2012

by Darren Allan
The OLPC, or One Laptop Per Child charity organisation is on a mission to do, well, exactly what its name suggests. Provide a laptop for every child in the developing world. Its XO laptop, which is designed specifically with children and their education in mind, has already been distributed across 35 countries to 1.4 million kids. But the organisation's ...

December 22, 2009

Packard Bell EasyNote Butterfly laptop unveiled

by Darren Allan
The EasyNote Butterfly Touch Edition laptop has emerged from its chrysalis down at the Packard Bell labs. It certainly lives up to its name as a very fancy looking piece of technology. The butterfly moniker refers to the glossy colours the laptop comes in (black and red), but also the unit's swivelling screen. The 11 inch multi-touch display can be ...

December 17, 2009

ViewSonic ViewBook range launches in UK

by Darren Allan
The ViewSonic ViewBook range of long battery life laptops has arrived on these shores. It features four models, boasting 12.1, 13.3 and 14 inch displays, plus there's a 13.3 inch Pro model. All run windows 7, and have low voltage processors which mean they have a claimed battery life of eight hours. Twelve ...

November 6, 2009

Dell Adamo XPS, world’s thinnest laptop

by Darren Allan
Dell has launched the Adamo XPS over in the States, a laptop which the company is billing as the world's thinnest. At a whisker under 10mm thin, the slick looking laptop is pretty light too, weighing in at 1.4Kg. The machine's specs consist of a 13.4 inch display, an ultra-low voltage 1.4GHz Core ...

November 4, 2009

Toshiba offers “lolly for laptops” trade-in scheme

by Darren Allan
Never mind cash for clunkers, now you can get lolly for your laptop by trading in your old model when you purchase a new Windows 7 laptop from Toshiba. “Don't bin it, trade it” the Toshiba website proclaims, and it will give you a trade-in valuation on your specific make and model ...

October 8, 2009

Sony Vaio X super-light laptop is revealed

by Darren Allan
The boffins at Sony have created what they believe to be the world's lightest ever laptop. The Vaio X is a super-slim notebook at just over half an inch thick, and it weighs a remarkable 655 grams. About the same weight as a basketball (but less bouncy). It has sleek aesthetic lines to match that compact nature, too, coming in ...

October 7, 2009

EBS Building Society Addresses Media Encryption

by Security News
Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. has announced that EBS Building Society is using Check Point Media Encryption to secure confidential data on its laptops, PCs and removable devices against theft, data leakage and inadvertent loss. With over 430,000 members, EBS is one of Ireland’s leading building societies. It wanted to secure confidential member data on PCs and laptops used by ...

September 29, 2009

Dell Latitude Z wireless charging laptop announced

by Darren Allan
Dell's latest laptop, the Latitude Z, is a high-end offering which features wireless charging technology. It re-powers its battery by sitting in a wireless docking station that uses inductive charging technology (a bit like your cordless toothbrush, if you have one). The laptop will be very compact and lightweight, with a 16 inch ...

September 17, 2009

The tiny picoStick offers Freeview for PCs

by David Allen
Measuring just 12 mm x 35 mm the picoStick from PCTV Systems is being marketed as the smallest Freeview tuner in the world. It is shaped like a USB flash drive but this device is a serious piece of kit, allowing users to access the-free-to view TV service on their laptop no matter where they are located, provided that ...

August 25, 2009

Nokia brings out the Booklet 3G

by David Allen
After nearly a quarter of a century in the telecommunications sector Nokia has launched what it believes will provide the perfect solution for the consumer’s web surfing needs. It is essentially a mini laptop, but at only two centimetres thick and with a display of ten inches it does not seem to be that much different from what is ...

August 21, 2009

Nokia netbook rumours confirmed by CEO

by David Allen
Nokia netbook rumours confirmed by CEO A netbook built by Nokia could soon be on the shelf of an electronics store near you, following a confirmation by the Finnish phone maker's CEO that the firm is investigating the netbook market. Rumours of a Nokia netbook were fuelled by an announcement of a partnership with Intel. Intel's processors are too ...

August 10, 2009

3UK add new laptops for mobile broadband offers

by David Allen
Mobile deals from 3UK just got a little bit more interesting with the introduction of two new upgraded laptop deals. The mobile provider will be offering the Compaq mini 110 and the Toshiba L350 21Q as part of a new mobile broadband deal. Both of these computers have only been available to purchase through outlets. The Compaq mini 110, which ...

June 9, 2009

3D Acer coming soon

by David Allen
The computer manufacturer Acer will be launching a 3D laptop that will push the boundaries of film viewing to another level, before the end of the year. The laptop will have a 15.6 inch display and is expected to be ready for launch by October. It will come with everything needed for 3D film, and software that is capable ...

May 13, 2009

New mobile broadband deal from 3 UK

by David Allen
The mobile broadband provider 3 UK is adding yet another laptop to its mobile broadband and laptop packages. For some time customers have been offered the HP550 laptop when they sign up for a mobile broadband package, but soon the laptop will be the Hewlett Packard (HP) Compaq CQ60. The two laptops ...

February 16, 2009

UK to get nano powered laptop

by David Allen
At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the computer maker Samsung launched a new portable computer system using the VIA nano processor. This has resulted in the UK release of the Samsung NC20, a low cost laptop that will be available from the BT Shop with a price tag of ...

February 12, 2009

Laptop deals from O2

by David Allen
The internet service provider O2 has finally entered the mobile broadband and laptop bundle market with a package coming out by the end of the month. As with many other providers, O2 will be offering new customers a choice of laptops. The package includes the NC10 mini laptop that offers 10.2” widescreen ...

February 4, 2009

Choice of laptop with Orange

by David Allen
Mobile broadband provider Orange is offering not one, but two choices of computer for new customers taking out a contract for its mobile broadband service. Customers can choose between the HP Compaq Mini 700, with specs that include a 10-inch display, a 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU, 1GB of RAM and a ...

January 2, 2009

2008: The Year of the Netbook

by David Allen
Laptop makers will remember 2008 as the year of the netbook - ultra-portable, low-priced PCs designed for surfing the internet and office applications. Since the Asus Eee PC launched in November 2007, netbooks have taken the world by storm. A year ago, almost no-one had heard of a netbook. With tiny screens and difficult to use mini-keyboards, everyone thought they'd be an overnight ...

December 4, 2008

UK company brings broadcast TV to Chinese laptops

by David Allen
Hampshire-based fabless receiver chip maker, Mirics Semiconductor, has joined forces with Shanghai-based Spreadtrum Communications to bring broadcast TV direct to Chinese laptops. The new technology will combine Mirics's FlexiTV tuner with Spreadtrum's decoder to receive signals on the China Multimedia Mobile Broadcasting (CMMB) standard. Chinese consumers purchasing a laptop with the technology built in will be able to watch live broadcast television ...

June 26, 2008

Free Laptop from Phones4U

by David Allen
There are quite a few offers doing the rounds at the moment and the latest retailer to join the ranks is Phones4U; they are offering a free laptop to any customers signing up for a mobile broadband service. Any customer interested in mobile broadband will find it difficult to walk away from these deals, as the free laptop incentive ...

April 6, 2008

Intel to launch laptop anti-theft technology

by Dave Nixon
Intel is looking to release an anti-theft technology for laptops, even though the company is keeping quiet about the exact details. The new competence, which will be called Intel Anti-Theft Technology, is to be added to Intel's Active Management Technology, part of Centrino vPro and allows IT managers to remotely access and configure computers. In the event of theft, the technology will ...

Laptop thieves thwarted by tracking system

by Dave Nixon
Laptop tracking systems are successful, and Absolute Software has a real-world instance to add to its PR armory. The security tracking company's LoJack system has been used to seize alleged laptop thieves at a US airport. Three men, all baggage handlers, were arrested at Tampa International Airport after a shipped laptop via Continental Airlines did not turn up at its destination. ...