Archive | February, 2015

7 (not 13) steps to improved security and privacy with a Chromebook

Posted on 26 February 2015

As part of my continuing research into the real-world differences between Windows laptops and Chromebooks I’ve taken a look at security and compared a set of Windows security steps with those required on a Chromebook. Chromebook wins! Security is, in my opinion, one of the biggest advantages of Chrome OS over a Windows and even if you’re worried about Google, the guest mode allows a tracking-free secure experience. Of a […]

Atom x3, x5, x7 branding for next-gen Intel mobile processors.

Posted on 25 February 2015

Intel are going to introduce the next generation of mobile processors under new Atom branding. Atom x3, x5 and x7 will be used to differentiate features bringing it in line with the way that Core processors are branded with i3, i5 and i7. An infographic just released by Intel gives us an overview of the target markets for Atom and Core brands after the new products are introduced. Unfortunately there […]

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The Lucky 13 Security Checklist. Prepare your Windows PC for better on-the-road security and privacy.

Posted on 25 February 2015

I’m preparing to go to Mobile World Congress where one of my worries will be security and privacy. To that end I’ve hardened my Windows build and written it up below as a checklist of tasks that I urge you to look at and consider, especially if you’re connecting to unknown hotspots. The checklist has evolved from work I did training journalists in Ukraine, work I’ve done here on Windows 8 tablet security and work I’ve done […]

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Ainol Mini PC has everything + battery for $129

Posted on 20 February 2015

I use my Intel NUC with Atom N2820 processor daily. It’s quiet, neat and runs Openelec like a dream. It was cheap too but now I’m wondering if I should have waited. The Ainol Mini PC comes with RAM, storage, a Windows OS and a 26 Wh battery for just $129. It’s silent too! It doesn’t have a Gigabit Ethernet port but it does have USB3.0 so adding an adaptor […]

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Who wants the Acer Aspire Switch 12?

Posted on 19 February 2015

I’ve just finished a big in-depth review of the Acer Aspire Switch 12. It’s the first Core M product that I’ve had the chance to review and I came out of it with a very positive feeling about Core M and the products that it will enable. I also loved the Acer Aspire Switch 12 itself. Leaving the smoke behind Core M is a product borne of the feature that was Scenario Design […]

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Acer Aspire Switch 12. My first impressions now available.

Posted on 16 February 2015

The Intel Core-M based, fanless, 2-in-1 $699 Acer Aspire Switch 12 has arrived for review and my first impressions, written as part of a full review for Notebookcheck, have been posted. Update: The full review is now available. Go give Notebookcheck (and my review) some love! Think about 2013-level Ultrabook performance with no fans, more flexibility and a good market-start price. The Acer Aspire Switch 12 weighs 1.1 KG…until you add […]

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Low-cost 10-inch 2-in-1s start at $200. Here’s a market overview.

Posted on 13 February 2015

I’m testing a new 10-inch detachable. The MSI S100 is one of a number of products in this expanding class and at $299 with a 10-inch screen and running an Atom CPU this MSI S100 is typical. The specifications might sound a bit netbook-y but these 2-in-1’s offer much more than the classic netbook. They’re more powerful, lighter and have longer battery life. There’s a touchscreen, smooth full HD platback and battery life that […]

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Core M Chromebook rumors…at last!

Posted on 12 February 2015

Chromebooks and Intel’s Core M platform are a perfect fit so it’s no surprise that we’re seeing rumors of a Google Pixel 2 surfacing along with a mention of Core M. The rumors are extremely tenuous but worth a discussion because of three important aspects. Intel Core-M, USB 3.1 and Pixel 2 could define a new range of Chromebooks that are, like the original Pixel, medium to high-end. While Baytrail-M is doing […]

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We changed our logo, because Hong Kong said so!

Posted on 11 February 2015

Brad Linder from Liliputing is out in Hong Kong and he just sent me these pics… Color, BOOM! Offers, BAM! Hand-written signs, BLING!  A great logo…WAIT A MINUTE! Yes its the Ultrabooknews logo being used to sell mobile PCs in Hong Kong. This isn’t the first time I’ve seen my logos being re-purposed but this time I’ve decided to play along.  The old, very old UMPCPortal logo has now changed. As for the […]

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A database of Mini PCs. What info do you need?

Posted on 09 February 2015

We’ve been asked a number of times to add mini-PCs and stick-PCs into the UMPCPortal database so while we’re working on improving the database we thought it would make sense to put a couple of mini PC products in and to ask you what details you want to see. Mini-PCs aren’t ultra-mobile but they’re very portable and if our database is working well for you, why not add something closely-related to UMPCs? We’ve […]

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Surface Pro 3 hot-desking review.

Posted on 09 February 2015

It was last September when my Ultrabook screen went blank and never came back. I was gutted; Not only because it was my favourite PC but because I was half-way through reporting on the IFA trade-show and I had a flight to the IDF conference 2 days later. Thanks to Intel Germany I flew out with a Surface Pro 3 and the more I use this incredibly well-designed tablet PC, […]

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Acer Switch 12. Order for $649 in US, see reviews from elsewhere

Posted on 05 February 2015

The Acer Aspire Switch 12 – a Core M-based 2-in-1 laptop – is coming, and it starts at just $649.  Promotional and hands-on videos are starting to appear in YouTube. There’s one device I didn’t manage to get a good hands-on with at IDF and IFA last year and that’s the Acer Aspire Switch 12. I wish I had because I’m intrigued having read one of the first reviews, watched […]

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