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Tune-In to the Ultrabooknews (and UMPCPortal) App!

How lucky are we? Someone’s created a Ultrabooknews app for Windows Phone. All we did was point Giacomo Cusinato in the direction of some of our RSS feeds and Boom!, an Ultra-app was born.

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Download the app and you’ll get updates from UMPCPortal, Ultrabooknews and the ‘SteveChippy’ YouTube channel along with a stream of devices as they go into our databases. Our social links are also included. Perfect for the CES launch tomorrow.

All we can say is download and rate Giacomo  up! In the store: Here

[This is an unofficial app. We don’t have any plans for Android or IOS apps…but maybe someone else does?!]

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Please Support our Friends in the Philippines

11-11-Haiyan-info-webYou’ve heard about Typhoon Haiyan. It hit our 7th biggest country readership and the disaster appears to be getting worse as clean water availability becomes critical. 2 million people need emergency food supplies. Click the infographic on the right for more information.

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[Cancelled] Sony Vaio Pro 13 Live Session. Questions?

Update: Sorry everyone, the live session this evening is cancelled. Will upload a video in a few hours that answers some of the questions in the comments. Again, sorry!

Video should be here (20 minutes after this update!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSmH9iIzIDE

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Update: Sorry everyone, the live session this evening is cancelled. Will upload a video in a few hours that answers some of the questions in the comments. Again, sorry!

Sony’s Engineering on Haswell-based Ultrabooks and tablets has been top-notch so far. The Sony Tap 11 2-in-1 is looking great. The Vaio Duo 13 slider is a quality bit of kit too. The Sony Vaio Pro 13 takes a more traditional approach but offers some unique specs. A 13.3-inch Full-HD Haswell Ultrabook in 1KG is one example.

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Acer Aspire V5 and AMD Temash Testing (Live Session Notes)

S5testUpdate: The Live Testing session is over. Some notes below.

I’ve just started a live stream while I test the Acer Aspire V5 122P, the AMD Temash-based laptop. The stream will run from now and at 2100 Berlin (15 minutes from this post) I’ll start to introduce the Acer and do some interactive active testing, Q&A with anyone that joins in the chat.

It’s all happening on the live page right now.

Notes from Live Session below.

Update: A more controlled set of tests have now been completed. See results here. 

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Videos: Three-Way Touch Ultrabook Session.

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Update: Session finished. The overview videos are available as a continuous playlist below.

A little bit of gaming, a comparison of Ultrabook size and form-factor, touch and non-touch discussion and a lot of live chat. That’s pretty much what you’ll find if you tune into the Ultrabooknews live videocast tomorrow.  If you’re lucky you’ll see me blow-up or drop another device!

I’ll be here from 2000hrs Berlin time tomorrow (Sat) for 2hrs to show you three new touch Ultrabooks and to offer answers to your questions so drop-in, join the chat and find-out about touch Ultrabooks.

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Ultrabook and Touch Hangout Video

Lenovo Thinkpad Twist (36)  The Live video is over but it’s embedded below. I must say that the session didn’t go as planned. At some point the URL got changed and people couldn’t get into the Hangout. Maybe we’ll try again soon but it was certainly not as good as the Ustream sessions we’ve run where people like to chat and don’t need to put their face up on video. I’ll look into restoring the original method.
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Tracking the CloverTrail Win 8 Tablets at UMPCPortal

Those of you that have been following me for a while know that I also have my finger in another pie…

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Ultrabook Forums now Sparkly Clean. I’m Ready for Your Questions

ultrabook-forum-headSorry, sorry, sorry, sorry sorry.

If there’s one thing I didn’t do this summer, it was look after the Ultrabook Forums. That has changed and you’re now welcome to join in and discuss Ultrabooks , without the spam!

I’ve cleaned up and applied a few new policies to registration but we need a mod or two to help keep things in order. I’ll help out, Ben is helping out but is there anyone else out there that would like to help out as a mod? Comment below if you can help.

An Ultrabook forum is be a great place to exchange ideas, issues and to help new customers as they try and work out the difference between Microsoft Surface RT, ASUS Vivo Tab and the Samsung ATIV Pro! We can exchange tips on deals, software and hacks as well as have a place to sound-off or just chill-out.

I’d love to see you all in there and as a special encouragement, in November I’ll be answering your calls for help in the General Ultrabook Discussion forum. If you have a query about what Ultrabook to buy, i’ll answer the questions on a daily basis.

Again, sorry for not keeping the Ultrabook Forums clean over the last 4 months. Please register now and enjoy a better experience.

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Ultrabook Comparison Tool Now Active. Find *Your* Ultrabook

Late last week I added new features to the product database. You can now filter the database in real-time by selecting a form factor, touchscreen technology or by simply typing in the search field. Today I’ve added the comparison feature.

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Not only does the comparison page allow you to view much more information in-line, it allows you to sort more fields than in the normal database overview. In addition, it completes a short process you can use to drill down into Ultrabooks like never before.

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The Ultrabook Database – Improved!

I’m sure many of you have been in and looked around the product database. We’ve kept it up to date with every Ultrabook and it’s been extremely popular. 20% of our site traffic is now going to the database.

Over the last year we’ve built tools around the database to try and make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for but today I updated the interactive list with a couple of new features that will help you navigate through the next wave of Ultrabooks that will be offering more features in new form factors.

 

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The Ultrabook database is here.

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Ultrabook Owners – Write a Guest Post on Ultrabooknews

UltrabookNews-Guest PostsYou’ve had an Ultrabook for a while and have some thoughts, praise, problems or desires you want to write about? We’d love to take a look at what you’ve got to say and put it up on Ultrabooknews.

Direct it at the manufacturer, direct it at the next wave of buyers or even at Intel! Get mad, get happy.

Let us know exactly what you’re doing with an Ultrabook.  Review your device, talk about usage scenarios, highlight the problems and solutions, share a good mod, propose a new design or feature.

Did it replace a desktop?

Is it traveling the world with you?

Are you using it in your creative business?

Did it meet your expectations?

You’re an extremely famous person and you want to help Ultrabooknews grow?

We’re always very happy to relay a good article to our community and link back to your chosen site so please, if you have the chance to write something, drop us a line via the contact form above or drop a comment below (we’ll use the given email address to contact you.)

Thanks. Ben and Chippy

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Live Session with Samsung Series 9 15" Ivy Bridge Ultrabook

Session is over. Information and videos available here.

Tonight, at 2100 CEST (your timezone here) I’ll be testing the Samsung Series 9 15” ultrabook with the new Ivy Bridge upgrade. It’s a stunning bit of kit but will it stand up to two hours of scrutiny? You can join in, watch the stream, chat and guide the review process by joining us here or via the ‘live’ tab up top.

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Ultrabooknews Live with 4 Ultrabooks and a Special Guest. See you on Friday.

It’s time for another live session here at Ultrabooknews.  Friday 11th at 2000hrs 2100hrs (9pm Berlin, Your timezone here.)

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We’ve already received the Lenovo U300s here and tomorrow we’re expecting a Dell XPS 13 so it makes sense to put them together with the other two Ultrabooks we already have here and to give you the chance to interact with, oh, lets just call it the biggest live Ultrabook review ever!

I’m also pleased to announce that we have a special guest. Patrick Moorehead of Moor Insights and Strategy will join me for an Ultrabook discussion at the start of the session. Patrick has been tracking the mobile computing sector and steering companies for many years. He’s a former VP of Strategy for AMD and I know it will be fun and enlightening to talk to him. Your questions are welcome, of course.

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Live Ultrabook Testing, Q&A. Samsung Series 5, Toshiba Z830

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Update: Session is over now. Videos of the Samsung Series 5 livestream review  are available here.

I’m back from CeBIT and have two new Ultrabooks here; the Samsung Series 5 13” and the Toshiba Z830.

There’s only one thing to do, readers, and that’s to get the live cam on them, show you around them, do a live review and let you ask questions.

If you want to find out more about these two devices, or just chat about Ultrabooks in general, join me tomorrow (Sat 10th March) at 2100 CET (Berlin time. Your location listed here.)

Where?  Ultrabooknews.com/live

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