Archive | August, 2015

Lumia 950, UWP and Continuum. Mind-blowing potential.

Posted on 27 August 2015

Ultramobile computing fans, we have an ARM-based ‘phone’ product here that we need to watch very carefully. The Lumia 950 and 950 XL are likely to be the first Continuum-showcase Windows 10 phones. If you don’t know what Continuum is yet, see this post. The Lumia 950 will connect to a screen via USB-C, while charging, and allow you to run those Universal Apps as large screen optimized experiences. This is […]

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Medion Akoya S2218 at Aldi – First reviews, customer feedback.

Posted on 27 August 2015

[Europe-focus] If you’re looking closely at the super-cheap Medion S2218 that’s being offered in Aldi in the UK / Ireland today (next week in many mainland EU countries) you’ll want to just check through this – an updating post including reviews and feedback that you need to read before buying. Update: Mini ‘day 1’ review available at the end of this article.

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New Archos Flip. Strangely Yoga-like with Atom X5 for €249

Posted on 26 August 2015

At first this might look a little strange. The Archos Flip is launching at IFA next week. Take a look…   Yes it’s looking like the Lenovo Yoga 2 11, but only in casing. The Archos Flip has a few interesting specifications that are definitely not in the Yoga 2.

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The best ultramobile computing project so far: 1 year on a train.

Posted on 26 August 2015

After having problems with an apartment rental Media Studies student Leonie Müller, 23, decided it was a good idea to pack everything into storage, buy an unlimited train ticket and spend the next year working on trains. Three months into the project she’s become the focus of attention when it comes to digital nomads. Naturally we’re not interested in how she sleeps, washes her hair or makes her own food, we’re […]

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Medion AKOYA S2218: Windows 10, 11.6-inch 1.2KG and Full HD at Aldi this week for peanuts.

Posted on 25 August 2015

If you liked the idea of the ASUS X205TA, the compact fanless 11.6-inch low-cost laptop launched last year you might also be interested in the £149 Medion Akoya S2218 (MD 99599) laptop that’s at Aldi on Thursday in the UK. It will be available in mainland Europe one week later and I expect there’ll be queues at opening. Update: It’s launched in the UK. Live updates on specs and customer opinion  in this […]

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BBC Micro:bit available for roadtest. Take your ideas to Element 14.

Posted on 25 August 2015

The BBC micro:bit is the matchbook-sized computing device that’s going to be given free to every 11-12 year old in the UK. Trying to get hold of one outside that channel is going to be difficult but Element14, the company overseeing manufacturing, are putting 5 of them up for grabs. All you have to do is make a project proposal and you could get one.

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Lenovo Yoga 900 Skylake convertible appears. IFA launch possible.

Posted on 24 August 2015

A full week before we expect Intel’s Skylake 6th-generation processors to officially launch there’s a signal that Lenovo will be launching a new Yoga 900 with Skylake architecture inside. Unlike the Yoga 3 Pro from 2014 it will have a full-fat Ultrabook-style processor. Core i5 and i7 should offer significant performance improvements over the previous generation Yoga 3 Pro.

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ASUS T100HA pre-order from €299. 128 GB / 4GB model well-priced.

Posted on 22 August 2015

The ASUS T100HA has us quite excited. Not only is this 2-in-1 the latest in the successful ASUS T100 Transformer Book line but it’s coming with the new Intel Atom Cherry Trail X5-Z8500 CPU and a 4 GB RAM option. The T100HA also includes USB-C but we’ve yet to confirm that it supports anything other than USB 2.0 data. Delivery could be as early as 2 weeks in Europe. Update: Delivery soon […]

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Intel WiDi to get real-time encoding support.

Posted on 21 August 2015

Intel’s Wireless Display, a superset of the Miracast wireless display standard is going to get a boost with Skylake and an on-board real-time video encoder. It should improve latency and efficiency and Intel thinks it will be good enough to extend WiDi to wireless-screen gaming.

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A detailed overview of the Intel ultramobile processor range.

Posted on 20 August 2015

There wasn’t a huge amount of ultramobile PC content for us at the Intel Developer Forum this week. IoT, robots and wearables were taking the limelight along with gaming, big data and, for the first time, cyber security. A breakthrough in storage technology could reach ultrabooks in 2016/2017 but before that happens there’s Skylake, the 6th-generation Core processor that will end up inside Ultrabooks and high-end 2-in-1 PCs, probably including Surface Pro 4. Intel […]

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Universal stylus standard targets 1-year battery life, vendor extensions.

Posted on 19 August 2015

USI, the Universal Stylus Initiative, have just delivered a progress update at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. The specification for the inter-operable active stylus standard is expected in Q4 2015 and will include a 1-year battery life target , vendor extensions and a legacy mode. Presentation slides are available online.

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Modern Standby Sleep in Microsoft Windows 10. Overview, tests, problems.

Posted on 18 August 2015

The always-on feature called Connected Standby in Windows 8 has been updated for Windows 10. Modern Standby, as it is now known, has support for HDD-based PCs and allows you to disable WiFi during Sleep which will help preserve battery life. Windows 10 also includes easier controls for preventing applications to run in the background and for controlling notifications which also extend to a new Battery Saver mode. I’ve tested the features on a couple of Windows […]

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