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1. Packard Bell Dot S

This netbook stands out, with a purple swish pattern on its lid. It has a very sturdy base and good battery life. It’s very well connected, too, with three USB ports and an SD card reader.

2. Grade A2 Acer Aspire One 722

This netbook punches above its weight. Just 1in thin, it has a Qwerty keypad and a screen with a backlight and HD resolution – perfect for watching films.

3. Samsung N145 Plus

Durable and with a six-cell laptop battery lasting for 10 hours, this chic model with a matt cover finish is very usable and its Intel processor offers 1.6GHz of speed and a 320GB hard drive.

4. Toshiba NB500

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Mobile without compromising on performance, this netbook is crammed with decent kit and has a 250GB hard drive and a stylish finish. Its screen brightness has been commended.

5. Dell Inspiron Duo

Dell’s hybrid design includes a flip hinge, which allows you to switch between a touchscreen tablet with docking system or laptop. As such, it’s brilliant for those on the go.

6. Asus Eee PC X101CH

This petite and light notebook makes others look like giants. It also boasts instant-on technology, which allows the machine to resume from “sleep” mode in seconds.

7. Samsung NF110

Currys.co.uk, £209.99

This mini-machine is a stunner, with a chiclet-design keypad and a long Acer as07b31 Laptop Battery life. It’s good for music, too, with speakers that can compete with those of full-sized laptops.

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8. Acer Aspire One Happy 2

If you’re after a burst of colour in your machine, tropical-themed lids such as banana cream and strawberry yoghurt may tempt you – especially combined with up to eight hours’ Acer as07a41 battery juice.

9. HP Mini 210 3002sa

With impressive stereo speakers made by Beats Audio, decent speed (a 1.6GHz processor) and in a luminous-rose colour, this netbook packs a bigger punch than its screen would suggest.

10. Acer Aspire One 522

This netbook is ahead of the pack with a 1,280 x 720 high-resolution screen and a powerful integrated Radeon HD graphics chip, while being exceedingly thin and light too.

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4 + useful websites for find interesting free eBooks for your iPad

4+ More Websites To Find Free eBooks for iPad

A while back we wrote about the best places to find free iPad eBooks. The article yielded many useful comments and suggestions from you, and made me want to explore the area even more. I’ve been using the iPad as a reading device more and more lately, and the quest for quality, free eBooks that I can read on the iPad is an ongoing challenge.

Don’t get me wrong, I am more than willing to pay for books, but when I do they are usually the paper kind. So here are 4 lesser known yet very useful websites where you can find interesting free eBooks for your iPad.

DigiLibraries

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DigiLibraries claim to have over 20,000 free eBooks, and I certainly believe them.

The eBook database is searchable and browsable in numerous ways, just choose your favorite. You can browse by letters, by categories, view most popular books, newest books or just perform a plain old search. I think the ability to browse is really important when searching for new books, and being able to browse in so many different ways is a real treat.

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The website itself it pretty attractive, and books usually come with a huge cover picture. Most books are available in either ePub or PDF format – both good for the iPad. Some are only available in one of the two.

Download is easy and fast and the books I tried came complete with cover art and everything.

DigiLibraries contains many fiction and non-fiction books, and if you’re looking for some interesting titles, this is a good place to start.

E-Books Directory

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E-Books Directory is not a site that excels in looks. The interface is very simple and there are no eye-catching animations or lists. But when you get down to it, it’s a real treasure.

You can find eooks for iPad by browsing categories or searching, and the download links are usually pointing to other sites. So E-Books Directory is really just that – a directory you can use to browse and find free eBooks all over the Web.

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Some books are only available as PDFs (but I found some beautiful ones), and some are available in multiple formats, including ePub. I only wish the available formats were always specified next to the download link so I don’t have to click it and go to the other website just to see if the format I want is available.

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E-Books Directory also connects to many social networks and other platforms which allows you to save and share books – a fun addition.

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The Book Depository

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Many of you probably know about The Book Depository – this website offers worldwide free shipping on all its books, and is a mighty useful asset if you’re still into paper books. But they also boast a very large collection of free eBooks available for download in PDF format.

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If you’ve used the site before, it will try to give you some recommendations right off the bat. You can also browse numerous categories and search for keywords. The great thing is you can do all this only within the free eBook collection, so you can be sure all you find are just free eBooks.

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The PDFs come with very inconvenient file names, and no cover art to be seen (at least those I tried), but the content is definitely there, and The Book Depository is a great place to find many titles you will not see anywhere else.

Google Books

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Google Books apparently offers a very large collection of eBooks which you can download as ePubs. There’s a designated Google Books app you can download, but you don’t have to. You can use the website to browse and download books and then read them using your favorite reading app.

Surprisingly, the interface is not as usable and friendly as I’ve come to expect from Google, but don’t worry. You can still find loads of free eBooks for iPad.

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There’s no convenient way to just browse free eBooks, but you can search for books in different categories. If you just want to randomly browse, you can search for something very general. Once you’ve done that, you can screen your results to show only free ones.

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When you’ve found a book you want, don’t click the “Get it now” button, but the “Read on your device” link under the buttons. The interface will also show you what devices support this specific eBook and which don’t.

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Now scroll all the way down and you’ll find the ePub and PDF links. Here you can download the book for your iPad.

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If you are already looking at a book in your browser, you can use the “Download” link on the right side to download an ePub or PDF (if they’re available for this book).

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In my book, Google Books is not the best resource, but it’s still a valuable resource to have, especially if you prefer ePubs over PDFs.

Bonus: Neotake

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Neotake is an eBook search engine that lets you search for multiple languages, multiple formats and free/non-free books. It searches multiple websites, so if you’re not sure where to find what you’re looking for, Neotake can help you.

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The search results are not the prettiest thing in the world, but you can see immediately what languages, formats etc. the ebook is available in. Clicking further will lead you to the site the eBook is actually on, where you can download it.

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Conclusion

I am hoping to see more websites providing a good searching and browsing experience for free eBooks. After all, these books are legal to download, and are an excellent gateway for people who’re just starting to discover the world of eBooks.

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Top 15 Best Google Android Apps for Newbies

If you just nabbed a new Android smartphone or tablet, or are coveting one, which apps should you download immediately? Check out these 15 picks.

Android Apps to Grab

One of the best things about Google’s Android mobile OS is the vast collection of crafty developers constantly working away on new mobile applications for Android phones and tablets. In other words, Android is all about the software. And there’s certainly no shortage of Android apps.

As such, navigating Google’s Android Market can be intimidating for new or beginner users, to say the least. So we handpicked 15 free Android apps that every Google phone or tablet owner, whether you’re a newbie or power-user, could benefit from installing.

Keep moving for details and download links. (Note: The following apps were tested on a Motorola Atrix 4G running Android v2.2.1, but most should run on all new Android devices.)

 Top 15 Best Google Android Apps for Newbies

Pandora Radio for Android

A variety of cool, free Internet radio applications exist for the Android platform, but none offer the same quality music catalogue and customization options as the free Pandora for Android app. Pandora is easy to setup and use: Create and account, log in, simply pick an artist or band you like and the application creates a custom “station” based around that artist, with similar tunes, selected by other like-minded listeners.

 Top 15 Best Google Android Apps for Newbies

Twitter for Android

Any and all Twitter users with Android devices should download the most popular Twitter app on the Market: the official Twitter for Android app. The software boasts an intuitive and visually appealing interface. And though more advanced, feature-packed apps exist-like Plume for example-Twitter for Android provides all the basic Twitter functionality you’ll need for free, with no ads.

 Top 15 Best Google Android Apps for Newbies

Google Maps for Android

Google Maps is the must-have mobile-mapping app for Android smartphones. View your current whereabouts on a Google map, based on GPS or cell-tower-location; get walking/driving directions; share your current location with friends, via Google’s “Latitude” service; and much more. All for free.

 Top 15 Best Google Android Apps for Newbies

ScoreMobile for Android

ScoreMobile is the Android-device-toting sports-nuts’ dream app. The completely free app offers scores, statistics and more for a variety of sports and leagues, including both NFL and NCAA football, Major League Baseball, professional golf and NASCAR. Users looking for in-depth info on specific sports can find more full-features apps in the Market, but ScoreMobile is the best software for keeping tabs on a variety of game-types at once.

 Top 15 Best Google Android Apps for Newbies

TV Guide Mobile for Android

Installing the TV Guide Mobile app for Android is like keeping an always up-to-date copy of TV Guide in your pocket; you’ll never have to look beyond the screen of your Android device to determine your current local TV options. Just enter your location and TV provider, and you instantly get all relevant TV listings. And you can set favorite-show reminders that integrate with your Google Calendar so you never miss an episode of 30 Rock or Modern Family.

 Top 15 Best Google Android Apps for Newbies

Amazon MP3 for Android

Amazon MP3 for Android is a must-have application for all mobile media enthusiasts. With simple navigation and a clean user interface, Amazon MP3 for Android makes it easy to find and purchase the songs and albums that you seek, over Wi-Fi or your cellular network. Free “Songs of the Day” mean you can frequently download new music without ever dropping a dime. And “Daily Deal Albums” are always available for $5 or less.

  Top 15 Best Google Android Apps for Newbies

Dropbox for Android

Dropbox, a cloud-based storage service, makes it quick and easy to share files between Web-connected devices, including PCs, tablets and smartphones. Dropbox apps exists for all major mobile platforms, and you get 2.0 GB of free storage just for creating an account-more if you recommend the service to others. You simply load up your Dropbox with content, launch the Android app and everything within your dropbox is available to you via smartphone. You can also upload new content while on the go.

 Top 15 Best Google Android Apps for Newbies

Kindle for Android

The Kindle for Android e-reader application brings Amazon.com’s collection of more than 750,000 digital books directly to your smartphone, so you can purchase books any time you have wireless connectivity and read whenever you have battery life. Many classic books are free, and best-sellers start at just $9.99-less than what you’d pay for a print version in a book store. You can preview books before buying and read them on multiple Kindle devices, thanks to the app’s Whispersync technology, which transfers bookmarks and other annotations between devices.

 Top 15 Best Google Android Apps for Newbies

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Facebook for Android

Facebook for Android offers all the basic Facebook Web-functionality, including access to your battery news feed and Friends’ status updates. You can upload photos and view albums, as well as write on Friends’ Walls and respond to posts on yours. A Facebook Places feature lets you “check-in” to various locations. And you can message connections via the app’s built-in chat feature.

 Top 15 Best Google Android Apps for Newbies

Movies for Android (By Flixster)

Flixster’s Movies software is a must-have app for all film buffs with Android devices. Find the closest theatres using the app’s GPS or manually-entered location and mark your favorite theatres for easy access in the future. View show times, trailers and reviews from popular services like Rotten Tomatoes. Buy movie tickets using your Android device. And browse Flixster’s collection of more than 60,000 DVDs for future viewing.

 Top 15 Best Google Android Apps for Newbies

Poynt for Android

Poynt is the only mobile, local-search application for Android you’ll ever need. The app uses your current location, based on GPS or user-input, to find the closest businesses, retailers, restaurants, gas prices, events and much more. Poynt offers a dedicated weather section, too. You can find local movie theatre listings and purchase tickets via Android. And the app integrates with your Google calendar and address book so you can quickly add contacts or events.

 Top 15 Best Google Android Apps for Newbies

 

SpeedTest.net Speed Test for Android

Ever wondered just how fast the wireless carrier’s cellular network is in or around your home or office? Thanks to the free Speed Test for Android application from SpeedTest.net, you can determine upload and download speeds for cellular and/or Wi-Fi networks. Just launch the app, hit “Begin Test” and you’ll have a rough estimate of your network’s upload and downloads speeds in a matter of seconds. And the app saves test results for future comparisons.

 Top 15 Best Google Android Apps for Newbies

 

Urbanspoon for Android

If you’ve ever found yourself in a strange city with an empty stomach and a hankering for some quality cuisine, Urbanspoon for Android is the app for you. Simply enter your location, pick the kind of food your want, specify a price range and then “shake” the app for restaurant recommendations that fit your parameters. And you can click on the suggested restaurants for more information, including contact details and maps, reviews and Facebook integration for sharing your choices.

 Top 15 Best Google Android Apps for Newbies

 

Movela Netflix Queue Manager for Android

No official Netflix for Android application exists at the moment, but the next best thing is surely Movela’s Netflix Queue Manager for Android. The app lets you search Netflix’s vast movie library and browse films by category, manage both your DVD and “instant” queues, rate movies and find recommendations based on your viewing habits-but unfortunately you cannot view Netflix streaming films.

 Top 15 Best Google Android Apps for Newbies

 

Angry Birds

Unless you choose to reside in the ground beneath a large stone, you’ve likely heard of the phenomenon that is Angry Birds. Born on the iPhone, but eventually ported to most major mobile platforms, Angry Birds is the most popular mobile game ever-and it’s free on Android. Launch different types of birds in attempts to topple obstacles, foil your piggy-adversaries and save your unborn avian-spawn from total demise. And if the first version isn’t enough for you, Angry Birds Seasons is also available for free download.

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Laptops move towards all-day battery life

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Business travellers expect a lot from their laptop but a trio of tightly-connected features tops the list. The ideal notebook should be thin, it should be light and it should have enough battery life to last a whole day and then some.

The first two traits naturally go together and they’re ideal for maximising space in your carry-on bag as well as taking from one client meeting to the next meeting.

And being able to use the laptop at your airline’s departure lounge, during an international flight and still being able to do a quick email session at the airport while waiting for your bags to hit the carousel? That seals the deal.

So when will you be able to get a laptop that’s made for the long haul? When can you hit the road but leave the AC adapter at home?

The answer to that question is ‘today’, depending on the price you’re prepared to pay and sometimes the compromises you’re willing to make. Some netbooks easily strut past the 10 hour mark but they lack the muscle, features and capabilities of a fully-fledged laptop.

In some cases you can add a secondary battery which replaces the notebook’s CD/DVD drive or attaches to the notebook’s underside (this type of Acer aspire 5920 battery is sometimes called a ‘travel slice’) so you can hit the road with two full tanks of juice – although this adds to the laptop’s bulk.

But within the next few years that won’t even be an issue. The ever-onwards march of technology in computer chips and other components will make ‘all day computing’ a trait of almost every laptop.

“The challenge for us is to bring all day battery life to the mainstream so that you take the laptop to work and leave the power supply at home” says Mooly Eden, general manager of Intel’s Mobile Platforms group.

“But ‘all day’ means different things to different people” Eden tells Australian Business Traveller. “For me it might be eight hours, for you it might be ten hours. And we need to do even more than that, because as the laptop gets older the battery life will slowly get lower.”

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Intel’s Mooly Eden showcases a next-gen concept notebook that’s wafer-thin, waif-light but can put in a solid day’s work before you reach for the battery charger.

Making notebooks better is part of Eden’s technical DNA. Through his revolutionary work creating Intel’s Centrino laptop technology, which in turn laid the foundations for today’s entire Core line of processors, the highly animated Israeli-American engineer and self-confessed ‘chip-head’ is widely considered to be the father of modern mobile computing.

And Eden’s goal for Intel? “We need to deliver 10-12 hours without the charger. And we will be able to do that, because all day battery life is not just possible, it is inevitable.”

The foundations are already in place. Intel’s family of Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 chips perform the neat trick of running faster than any previous generation of Intel silicon while drawing less power from the battery.

And even that dollop of extra speed is being channeled into eking out extra battery life. If you divide the laptop’s typical working day into tiny slices of time, most of that day is spent in varying states of idle rather than being actively used.

More processing muscle means the notebook can do the heavy-lifting faster so that it more quickly returns to the low-power idle state – and the more time it spends there, the longer the battery lasts.

Eden calls this feature “hurry up and get idle”, and it’s enhanced by ‘turbo boost’ modes which further accelerate the processor for short but intense bursts.

These can be everyday tasks like opening an email attachment or previewing a PowerPoint deck as a set of thumbnails. Tasks that take six seconds suddenly take three or four: but it’s less about speed than sleep.

“The idea is wake the notebook up, do the job and then go to sleep again” Eden explains. “If the chip does the job faster it can go back to sleep sooner, so you get better performance and you also get extended laptop battery life. This is the real secret of energy efficiency.”

Notebooks such as Apple’s MacBook Air  (above) and the new Asus UX21 ‘Ultrabook’ (below) use advanced design and solid state drives to keep the waistlines slim and the weight down without sacrificing battery life.

Yet the processor is just one part of the notebook. The screen is responsible for the largest portion of a laptop’s power drain, followed by the hard drive. Dramatic efficiencies in these areas are slower to come, with fewer breakthroughs and smaller leaps.

That said, notebooks screens with LED backlighting draw less juice than the non-backlit models while also providing a brighter picture.

And while ‘solid state drives’ (SSDs) draw almost no power compared to the conventional and battery-hungry spinning platters of a hard disk, their high price and relatively low capacity can make them impractical for many notebook users. Seagate is leading the move towards a new wave of ‘hybrid’ hard drives where a high capacity hard disk is partnered with a slab of solid state memory which automatically stores the most commonly-used files and data.

There’s also a growing trend towards lightweight operating systems which let you dive into email, browse the Web and play music or movies without loading Microsoft Windows.

Typically based on Linux and embedded into a flash memory chip inside the laptop, these ‘Instant On’ systems spring to life within seconds instead of the hard disk-hammering (and power sucking) minute that Windows often demands – making them a boon for short work sessions on the go.

Those are some of the technologies now converging into the next generation of notebooks. Give us a few years, the experts say, and almost every laptop will be built for the long-haul.

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Top 16 Best Ultrabooks for 2012

Ultrabooks feature Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processors

Many of this year’s hottest new laptops are about one word: Ultrabooks.

The term Ultrabook is actually pure marketing, dreamt up by Intel for a new generation of portable PCs featuring its technology.

Like Centrino but unlike Viiv, it’s starting to stick as a catch-all term for thin and light laptops, or ultraportables as they’re sometimes classified.

The best way to think of an Ultrabook is a MacBook Air that isn’t made by Apple, a netbook that isn’t underpowered or a laptop that’s been on a crash diet. Ultrabooks all feature a Core i3, i5 or i7 processor, plus fast SSD storage and USB 3.0 connectivity.

According to Intel, Ultrabooks also have “ultra-capabilities” – security features, battery power, instant-on and quick standby. They’ll provide a lightweight alternative to tablet devices for people who just can’t work without a full QWERTY keyboard.

Intel has announced a massive $300m (£185m) fund to help develop Ultrabook hardware and software, and it’s confident that Ultrabooks will make up 40% of the market by 2012.

The first models are shipping with current generation Sandy Bridge Core processors, which will be replaced this year by a new generation of Ivy Bridge chips.

Intel set an initial price target of $999/£999 for Ultrabooks, though many have been more expensive – expect serious in-roads on the cheaper £600-£800 market this year.

But what’s the best Ultrabook to buy? Check out the best Ultrabooks we’ve reviewed, as well as some we got hands on with at CES 2012.

1. LG Z330 and Z430 Super Ultrabooks

 

 Top 16 Best Ultrabooks for 2012

 

Rather than a tapered design, the chassis on the 13.3-inch LG Z330 Super Ultrabook is 14.7mm thick from front to back. It runs Windows 7 (for now) and has a bigger brother, the LG Z430, which comes with a 14-inch display. Why is it ‘Super’? Because LG says so.

2. Asus Zenbook UX31

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Asus has done a terrific job with the Zenbook’s design – even if you have to acknowledge that the designer took more than a sneaky glance at Apple’s ultraportable first.The 13-inch Zenbook is fantastic to look at. When closed, the wedge-shaped laptop measures 17mm at its thickest point and a mere 3mm at its thinnest.The same design thinking even stretches to the Intel Core and Windows 7 stickers. We wonder who it was that proposed they were silver and black – Intel? Asus? – but whoever did has made a difference.

3. Samsung Series 5 Ultra

 

 Top 16 Best Ultrabooks for 2012

 

Packing an Intel Core i5 processor, the Samsung Series 5 Ultra is small but perfectly formed. Available in 14-inch or 13-inch models, the 13 incher is 17.6mm at its fattest point, narrowing to 14mm.
It comes with a 128GB/256GB SSD or a 500GB hard drive (alongside a small 16GB flash drive) and incorporates an LED SuperBright screen. The only worry? Battery life is low at around three hours in our tests. Not to be confused with the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook. Which is definitely not an Ultrabook.

4. Samsung Series 9

 

 Top 16 Best Ultrabooks for 2012

 

While the original Series 9 was one of the world’s thinnest laptops, the new Samsung 9 Series Ultrabook is even thinner.

The design team has shaved off another 4mm, giving this 13-inch (1600 x 1200) laptop a waistline of only 12.9mm. Inside, a 1.7GHz Core i7 chip does all the hard work, ably assisted by up to 8GB of memory and SSD storage.

5. HP Folio 13

 

 Top 16 Best Ultrabooks for 2012

 

As the moniker suggests, the HP Folio 13 is yet another 13-inch Ultrabook. It’s not much of a looker and, at 18mm around the middle, it’s not the slimmest Ultrabook at CES.

But HP is claiming a 9-hour HP Elitebook 8530w Battery Life for the Folio 13, which will be ideal for regular mobile workers who value staying power over pretty design.

6. Lenovo IdeaPad U300S

 

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Lenovo hasn’t obsessed over aesthetics, and this laptop is no Apple MacBook Air clone. It seems chunky next to the wafer-thin Asus Zenbook, which features a wedge-shaped design that tapers off to a thin, blade-like point.

The Lenovo IdeaPad U300S retains its 16mm thickness across the chassis, giving it the impression of being squat. The body is aluminium, and weighs 1.4kg, the same as the Acer Aspire S3, but much heavier than the Toshiba Portege Z830 and the Toshiba Satellite Z830-10U. If you’re looking for an ultrabook that will turn heads, you will most likely look elsewhere, but can the Lenovo IdeaPad U300S impress with power?

7. HP Envy 14 Spectre

 

 Top 16 Best Ultrabooks for 2012

 

The HP Envy 14 Spectre is a little bigger than your average Ultrabook and a little fatter because of it. Intel specifies a sub- 18mm chassis for 13-inch models, but 14-inchers like this can bulk up to 21mm.

With a Core i5 (or i7) processor and 128GB HDD inside, HP claims a 9 hour battery life for the Spectre. And… that’s really the only appeal.

8. Dell XPS 13

 

 Top 16 Best Ultrabooks for 2012

 

The Dell XPS 13 might be a little late to the Ultrabook party, but it’s one of the prettiest portables we’ve seen.

Amazingly, Dell has squeezed an Intel Core i5 or i7 inside the trim chassis, along with 4GB of memory and a 128/256GB SSD. How thin is it? 6mm at its slimmest point.

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9. Asus Zenbook UX21

 

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The Asus Zenbook UX21 is the first 11-inch ultrabook to hit the shelves. Of course, comparisons will be immediately drawn with the Apple MacBook Air, which is one of the best ultra-portable laptops money can buy, and these two 11-inch portables are very closely matched. The Asus Zenbook UX21 matches the Apple MacBook Air in every respect. It’s just as well-built, made out of a single piece of aluminium, just as light and oozes the same head-turning style and class that makes people cast admiring glances while you work in public. It also has the same Intel Core i5 low voltage 1.6GHz processor, and a 128GB solid state hard drive, which keeps the system really responsive and fast.

10. Lenovo IdeaPad U310 and U410

 

 Top 16 Best Ultrabooks for 2012

 

The Lenovo IdeaPad U310 has a distinctly MacBook Pro vibe to it but these Ultrabooks are expected to be at the cheaper end of the scale, around £600 or so. Packing a 13-inch display, the U310 tips the scales at 1.7kg and is squeezed into an aluminium chassis that’s 18mm thick.

A Core i5 chip is expected to provide the processing grunt, with the choice of a 64GB SSD or 500GB hard disk for storage. There’s also a U410, boasting a 14-inch display.

11. Toshiba Satellite Z830

 

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The Toshiba Satellite Z830-10U, priced at £999 in the UK (the US price isn’t yet available).

At its thickest point, the Satellite Z830-10U measures only 16mm across, but Toshiba has still packed in Sandy Bridge power and given us one of the best trackpads we’ve yet seen on an ultrabook. It’s not without niggles, however, and we found parts of the chassis to be inferior to stronger machines such as the Asus Zenbook.

It’s the lightest Ultrabook chassis we’ve yet seen, but also an excellent battery life, this could be the answer for frequent travellers who need a long-lasting machine full of performance for under £1,000.

12. Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga

 

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We’re loving the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga. This flexible, foldable Ultrabook also converts into a 16.9mm thick tablet with a 13.1-inch (1600×900 pixel) touchscreen.

Running Windows 8 you get the best of all worlds – a QWERTY keyboard for heavy duty working and a tablet experience for after hours net sessions on the sofa. The downside? It probably won’t be cheap.

13 Acer Aspire S3

 

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The 13.3-inch Acer Aspire S3-951 is an appealing prospect for regular travellers. The Intel Core i7 2637M version we tested is priced at £900 in the UK and costs $1300 in the US (where it has the more specific name of Acer Aspire S3-951-6432), which is enticing, considering the impressive specs list.

A less powerful Core i5 model can be bought for £700 in the UK, while in the US there are three cheaper Core i5 machines, two of which cost $900, while one retails at $1199.

14. The Intel Nikiski concept

 

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While not technically an Ultrabook, Intel tells us that a Ultrabook version of the oddball Nikiski is on the cards for later this year.

What makes it stand out is the glass touch pad that turns into a touchscreen layer to enable you to browse a slimline view of key information such as new emails.

15. Acer Aspire S5

 

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Thin (15mm) and light (1.35kg), the new Acer Aspire S5 isn’t much of a design departure from the older Acer Aspire S3.

But it takes advantage of its Ultrabook DNA with a 13.3-inch display, Thunderbolt technology, SSD storage and a fast (but as yet unspecified) Intel CPU. Are we excited? Meh.

16. Novatech nFinity 2367 Plus

 

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The Novatech nFinity 2367 Plus is the first Ultrabook we’ve seen that isn’t from an established, global computer company. That isn’t to say Novatech is small. The British firm has been selling both components and customised PCs for a while, and in keeping with tradition, there’s plenty of choice with its Ultrabook range, with the option of an Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processor, and varying quantities of storage and memory. The Core i3 Novatech nFinity 2367 Plus model that we were sent is priced at just £625, and comes with 4GB of memory, a 128GB SSD and Windows 7.

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How to Use Disk Defragmenter to Save Your Laptop Battery Power

save laptop battery power tips How to Use Disk Defragmenter to Save Your Laptop Battery PowerWhile laptop battery life diminishes over time from excessive use, there are others factors that can expend the Acer aspire 6935g battery. Loading software, watching videos, listening to music, interacting with media-rich websites, and dealing with viruses can slow down any computer. The performance of all of these processes can lead to the shortened lifespan of a laptop regardless of its Acer as07a72 battery’s freshness. In addition to performing regular maintenance on a laptop with virus scans and removing unused programs, there is another task often overlooked by the average PC user: disk defragmentation. Degragmenting the hard disk can improve the performance of a laptop as well as a desktop PC.

With laptops, it is very important that defragmentation is done regularly to lengthen the life of the system, to make programs run at optimum speed, and to save power while on the go. Going without disk defragmentation for long periods of time can decrease the computer’s efficiency and, therefore, the battery lifetime as well.By design, disk defragmentation rearranges frequently used files. This allows the computer to find the files more easily. Many of these files are used by the system to run programs. The more programs are executed, the longer it takes for the program or file to run. People who regularly use desktop PCs may be familiar with defragmentation. Users who prefer to use a laptop for their PC needs and have not used disk defragmentation before can run the tool on a Windows-based system.

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Windows includes this tool with their operating system, but there are third-party options available as well. Disk Defragmentation in Windows 7The tool can be accessed by going to the Control Panel’s Administrative Tools menu and selecting Defragment Hard Drive. To see if a defragmentation is needed, click Analyze Disk to run a quick scan on the drive. If so, click Defragment Disk to execute. Depending on the size of the drive, the number of files, and the overall performance of the laptop, it can take from 45 minutes to 2 hours to complete.After the operation is complete, programs should load and operate significantly faster than before.

This increase in efficiency means the computer consumes less power, and, thus, spares the Acer as07a32 battery. To perform regular defragmentation on a drive, select the scheduling tool and run it at a specific time as often as needed.Defragmentation in Vista and Windows XP. In Windows Vista, the defragmenter can be located in Laptop Accessories under System Tools. In Windows XP, the tool can be found by visiting the My Computer folder and right-clicking the hard drive. The scheduling tool is only available in Vista and Windows 7, and not in Windows XP.Using the defragmenter regularly lets the user get more done and extends the life of the laptop battery. For heavy PC users that deal with a lot of files, the tool should be run once every week; casual users should run it every month, or according to their usage.

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Top 3 New iPad Apps: Faster Facebook, intuitive PDF editing and Dropbox camera syncing

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Facebook

Social networking is an integral part of the business landscape, and thanks to a complete overhaul, the new Facebook app for iOS is speedier and much less crash-prone than previous versions.

While the old Facebook was essentially a container for HTML 5 code, the new app is entirely native, and incorporates the camera and messenger features that were previously seperate apps. In addition, loading time is vastly improved, and a handy banner lets you quickly see more stories without having to wait for the app to refresh.

PDF Cabinet

PDF Cabinet takes the pain out of viewing and editing PDFs on your iPad. The sleek interface doesn’t overwhelm with buttons and settings, but you still have easy access to plenty of editing options. In particular, we love the branching tool selection, which lets you choose tools and options by simply tapping and dragging through a dynamic menu.

When you’re done editing, PDF Cabinet lets you share your changes via email, or share with other PDF Cabinet users via WiFi or Bluetooth.

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Dropbox

Dropbox is one of the best cloud syncing services—and their iPad client just got a lot better with a recent update. The Camera Upload function automatically uploads your shots to Dropbox. It’s much faster than iCloud’s PhotoStream, and has the added benefit of letting you access your images from the web.

The new Dropbox also has some great new features for power users. You can upload files of any size, as well as move and delete sets of files at one time.

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What 10 years of Apple did to its main product

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How time flies! In the year 2000, I was just finishing high school, listening to Bush, and becoming acquainted with Windows 2000. Back then, I knew very little about Apple, and I’d certainly not heard of the Bondi Bubble iMac (the first iMac was released in 1998). In 2010, well…how things have changed for me!

And, as illustrated by Brett Jordan in the graphic above, things have also changed at Apple.

It’s incredible to think that the iPhone has taken center stage at Apple over the last three years. As noted by some of our commentators, there has been a real lack of Mac-centric news recently. Sure, there was the update to the iMac a few months ago, but it’s glaringly obvious that the Mac has taken a back seat to the iPhone — certainly in the limelight department. In fact, I’m reveling in the fact that I’m writing about the iPhone and the iMac at the same time!

Today, the Mac is the center of our digital hub, but it’s no longer the center of our digital world. When we leave the house / office / room where the Mac lives, it’s the iPhone ( iPad / iPod touch) that is constantly in our hands, and Apple knows it!

Of course, we have to come back to our Macs eventually (in my case, repeatedly, everyday) because the iPhone can’t do everything that we want it to, or even some of the things that we want done well, yet. But just looking at this picture shows how far things have come, and how the direction taken by personal computing is becoming even more personal.

The only feature of the iPhone 4 that doesn’t beat the iMac of yesteryear is screen real estate. The processor and RAM are double the capacity of the iMac, the iPhone’s storage is 2 gigabytes larger, and it’s flash-based memory. And of course, it’s tiny in comparison. As noted by Obama Pacman, it’s Moore’s law in effect.

But when will it end? In 10 years time, will we have an iPhone that’s five times smaller than the current one, but more powerful than the personal computers of today? Who knows? That might be a weird phone, but anything could happen. For now, I’m still stuck with my iPhone 3G, and I think it might still have some Bush on it. In the meantime, I’m just looking forward to getting the iPhone 4!

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Laptop AC Adapter Repair Guide by batteries-company.com

laptop battery girl batteries company.com  Laptop AC Adapter Repair Guide by batteries company.comIf your laptop doesn’t work one day, you need to follow some troubleshooting steps. The power failure is is the most common disease in a variety of reasons.The laptop is usually powered by a laptop battery or an AC adapter/charger. Of course, when you use an AC adapter, you need to connect it to a wall outlet to back your portable computer. your laptop can operate normally with a laptop battery, you should check your card. If the adapter is broken, it is possible that some broken internal components.Find out the right problem, and then you can repair the adapter quickly.
You should firstly check out the adapter’ wire. You will find a plug at one end of the adapter and another conductor connecting to itself at the other end. Make certain that whether these connections are tight or not. And you also need to check the pins in the socket. If it is damaged, you need to choose for a brand-new one. Besides the wire, you can find out the right malady be the LED adapter light. Most of LED light will illuminate the adapter is working. If you find out that the light isn’t working, you need to take it apart to see its internal structure. In addition, you can test an AC adapter with a DMM device. And then you can easily see how much current is flowing through the unit.

If the wireless adapter is broken, you need to find rest or frayed areas on the wire. Disconnect the laptop in advance, and then you can cut the broken or worn cable and reconnect it with solder. When finished welding is necessary to save the cord carefully. Good insulation is very important, otherwise you will get a shock at some point. Moreover, the welding must choose the color corresponding to your wireless adapter.

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If you have not found any breakage on the external wire, you can check out the internal wire. If your adapters are assembled by screws, you can simply open it by removing screws. And some adapters are glued together; you need to take it apart with some special tools. It is up to you to open the adapter or not, but you need to do this carefully. You can get high quality laptop adapters at cheap price online, so you can certainly change the existing map to a completely new.

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New Android Smartphone HTC sensation reviews

Alongside the Samsung Galaxy S2, the HTC Sensation has been laid down as the benchmark for Android success. On paper, this is an absolute stunner, chock-full of the very latest tech and the best software available. But how does it stand up to rigorous testing? Read our review now to find out.

First impressions

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To hold the HTC Sensation is to realise just how far the Taiwanese mobile maker has come in just a few short years. The build feels, well, sensational. Its rounded back means it sits easily in the hand, especially important considering the vast 4.3-inch screen sitting on top.

Ultimately though, this takes its cues from HTC’s other Android devices, with the same three-tone rear as the Desire S, the same soft keys down below and the wide, tapered earpiece up top.

That’s not a criticism, more that HTC clearly prefers evolving the look of its phones rather than going in for extreme design overhauls. Add in new HTC Sense software, Full HD video and an ace camera, and you’re looking at a real winner. If you’ve already got a HTC phone, you’ll love this.

8/10

Design

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As mentioned above, the curved rear makes this phone a delight to handle, whether tapping out texts in portrait mode, or watching video and browsing web pages in landscape. In comparison to its key Android rival, the Galaxy S2, it feels more considered.

The latter is neat, but lacks design flourishes, while the Sensation’s edge-to-edge glass, well-placed and obvious soft keys and HTC’s standard battery cover make this a better bet.

That said, this does once again show that Android phone makers are still not quite up to the standards of Apple and Jony Ive. The iPhone 4’s sharp looks still can’t be beaten, but HTC certainly comes close with the Sensation.

8/10

Features

The Sensation’s key features are all about tweaking and amping-up the Android experience. The 1.2 GHz processor means things move at lightning fast pace, whether that means flipping from app to app, or just scrolling through web pages. 1080p HD video recording is very slick, with images looking beautifully defined.

As ever, with mobile phones and pocket camcorders, the sound isn’t quite up to snuff. That’s an issue if you’re making a lengthy masterpiece, but not so bad if you’re making quick clips to load up on YouTube. The on board editing smarts aren’t as good as those on the Galaxy S2, however. It’s simply a case of trimming footage before uploading it, rather than being able to cut and move shots. This can be done by snagging a third-party editor from Android Market, but is a shame considering video is at the front and centre of this device.

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The eight megapixel stills camera is a real winner, however. With dual LED flash, it’s great for taking snaps for social networks and works as an ample compact replacement on nights out, working well in low light. The Instant Capture feature also means you don’t end up missing a shot while the camera tries to catch up with you. It’s a major breakthrough when it comes to camera phones.

8/10

Software

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Android 2.3’s skills are very much in evidence on the Sensation, with personal hotspot and beefed up keyboard smarts. But it’s HTC Sense 3.0 that steals the show. The active lock screen now lets you dive directly into the camera, email, SMS or phone functions without having to unlock the phone fully. The web browser has been given a makeover too, with multi window access. In practice, this is great, giving a slick approach to the web unseen on other Android devices.

8/10

Ease of use

HTC Sense 3.0 makes the Sensation one of the breeziest phones to use on the market. Issues could arise if this affects the upgrade path of the underlying Android software, but for now the custom skin makes everything tick along brilliantly. The UI is a doddle to understand and there’s no sluggishness thanks to the 1.2GHz processor. The Sensation is truly stunning.

9/10

Specifications

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense 3.0
  • 4.3 inch, 540 x 960 capacitive touchscreen
  • 8 megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording
  • 3.5mm jack
  • Wi-Fi, HSDPA, 1GB storage and microSD expansion

Overall: 9/10

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