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Stanford's simple-to-disassemble Bloom laptop concept is designed for easy recycling

It’s a given that we will one day be discarding our present laptop computers. It’s also a given that e-waste is currently a huge problem, that looks like it’s only going to get worse. While most of the materials in a laptop can be recycled, all of those pieces of glass, metal, plastic and circuitry are stuck together pretty tight, and require a lot of time and effort to separate. What is needed are laptops that are designed to be taken apart, for easy recycling – that’s why a group of graduate students from Stanford University made one.  Read More

ifixit has torn apart the new 11-inch version of Apple's thinnest ever laptop (Photo: ifix...

The release of the latest MacBook Air is the most drool-worthy tech news of the week and the folks at iFixit haven't wasted in any time in unboxing and unbolting the new 11-inch version of Apple's thinnest ever laptop. Inside an array of six individual lithium-polymer battery cells is revealed alongside the tiny SSD that weighs grams and is only 2.45 mm thick.  Read More

Apple's new Macbook Air

The new MacBook Air has arrived – and it has a smaller sibling. Apple's update to its ultra-portable notebook range includes the addition of an 11-inch model alongside the 13-inch, with both flavors coming in at a slender 0.11-0.68 inches (0.3-1.7 cm) in height and weighing 2.3 and 2.9 pounds respectively. The top spec 13-inch has a 2.13GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 256GB of flash storage, 7 hour battery life, 1440 by 900 resolution screen and, in a welcome nod to practicality, both models now feature two USB ports.  Read More

Omax laptop stands let you use your computer in a variety of positions, such as lying on y...

Laptop computers are appropriately named, as they do sit nicely on your lap. If you’ve ever tried using one down there, however, you’ll know that it’s not the most ergonomic set-up imaginable – you have to bend your head down, keep your knees up, and feel your thighs getting toasty warm from the computer-generated heat that is evidently not able to disperse into the air. In order to position laptops in other ways, various companies have offered laptop stands to put on your desk, devices for turning your lap itself into a desk-like computer workspace, gizmos that allow you to swivel your laptop over from the passenger seat of your car, or that let you use it beside your bed. If only there was one that held your laptop in front of you while you were lying on your back... there is, of course, and Hong Kong-based company Omax has a variety of them to choose from.  Read More

Dell has unveiled an ultra-thin, lightweight laptop with a powerful Athlon processor, up t...

The Inspiron M101z 11.6-inch laptop from Dell has netbook-like dimensions and weighs less than four pounds yet sports a fast Athlon processor, a couple of gigabytes of memory and a good-sized hard disk drive. There's also the promise of over six and a half hours battery life from its standard 6-cell battery, a full-width keyboard, Bluetooth 3.0 and Wireless N connectivity and a USB port that can be used to power connected devices, even when the laptop is not switched on.  Read More

The iXP1-500 adapter is guaranteed to charge your iPad via a USB 2.0 connection

Some iPad owners may have had some difficulties charging their device via USB on non-Apple PCs with even some older Apple computers having problems in this area as well. Apple is reportedly working with third party PC manufacturers to address the problem and several PC motherboard manufacturers have released new drivers that will allow iPad charging from a PC. If you’re still having problems though, there’s now a cheap and compact solution in the form of the iXP1-500 iPad adapter.  Read More

TRENDnet TU3-H2PIE USB 3.0 adapter

If your PC is more than a few months old, it's unlikely that you have USB 3.0. An alternative way to get the benefits of the up to 4.8Gbps speeds on offer is to add a USB 3.0 adapter to your existing machine and TRENDnet has now entered this sector by offering a 2 port Express Card Module (TU3-H2EC) for laptops and a 2 port PCI-Express adaptor (TU3-H2PIE) for desktops.  Read More

Lenovo has unveiled new members of the IdeaPad family, the stylish yet affordable Z series...

Lenovo has just expanded and updated its range of consumer laptops, all-in-one computers and desktop PCs, including the new Z Series IdeaPad multimedia notebooks. Offering top spec and stylish design in an affordable package, two of the range benefit from Intel Core processor and NVIDIA graphics options whilst a third is available with the latest AMD Phenom II. There's also a system that allows your face to be used as a system password.  Read More

The new Latitude E4310 ultraportable laptop has just made an unannounced appearance on Del...

A new business-class laptop has just made an unannounced appearance on Dell's U.S. product pages. The Latitude E4310 ultraportable laptop will be available in a choice of Core i5 processors, the option of HDD or SSD storage as well as up to 8GB of memory, a backlit keyboard and multi-touch trackpad, 7-in1 card reader and fingerprint reader.  Read More

Panasonic has given two of its Toughbook's a performance upgrade

Panasonic's UK wing has announced that two members of its Toughbook range have been given a performance boost. The semi-rugged CF-52 receives an Intel i5 processor and an extra gigabyte of RAM. The business-rugged CF-T8 is served by an Intel Core 2 processor running at 1.6GHz and doubles the storage available with a 250GB shock mounted flex-connect hard drive. Both systems benefit from a Windows 7 Professional makeover too.  Read More

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