By Lisa Johnston
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New York – Sony has rolled out the Vaio Duo 11 hybrid Ultrabook/tablet along with a new battery-powered all-in-one (AIO) PC.
The Duo 11 and Tap 20 AIO were part of a fall computer line revamp centered on Microsfoft’s Windows 8 launch. Each features nearfield communications (NFC) capability, allowing such devices to automatically sync with the devices.
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Fountain Valley, Calif. – D-Link has added to its PowerLine home networking family.
The new addition is the PowerLine AV+ Mini Adapter Starter Kit, shipping now with a $59.99 suggested retail price.
The kit comes with two adapters and two Ethernet cables. Features include a push and secure encryption button, plug and play installation and its supports 128-bit AES encryption.
The adapters are designed to only occupy one outlet plug and the company says the adapters have data deliver speeds 35 percent faster than previous PowerLine adapters.
New York – Hewlett-Packard took the unusual step of refuting an industry research report that stated the troubled PC powerhouse had lost its first place ranking in computer shipments.
Gartner’s third-quarter worldwide PC shipment report placed Lenovo at the top, displacing HP. However, Gartner’s competitor IDC had HP holding onto the top spot by the thinnest of margins.
In response to Gartner’s figures, HP issued the following statement.
San Jose, Calif. – Samsung has tossed the iPhone 5 into the patent-infringement suit that it filed against Apple in April.
Samsung is petitioning the federal district court here to add the iPhone 5 to the suit, which accuses Apple of violating Samsung patents in developing such products as the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch, iPad 2 and the new iPad.
New York – DTS subsidiary Phorus has developed a multizone wireless-audio technology that, for the first time, brings Apple AirPlay-like features to Android smartphones and tablets and to Amazon’s Android-based Kindle tablets.
The technology, named DTS Play-Fi, also offers some advances over AirPlay.
Ann Arbor, Mich. – Consumer happiness with their tablet PC has driven up the The American Customer Service Index (ACSI) score for the category to its highest level ever.
ACSI noted that its personal computer category scored an 80 out of 100, up from 78 a year ago.
The organization said tablets received a higher satisfaction rating than the category’s other two products, laptops and desktops, boosting the entire segment.
Berlin – Lenovo today bolstered its Ultrabook, mainstream laptops and all-in-one PC lines at IFA, here.
The U510 Ultrabook, shipping in September with a $679 starting price, features a 15-inch display, is 21mm thick and weighs just less than 5 pounds. It has a 1TB HDD with an optional 32GB of SSD cache to improve performance. It can take up to a third-generation Intel Core i7 processor and has an optical drive bay for either a DVD or Blu-ray drive.
In Lenovo’s Y, or performance, laptop series is the IdeaPad 14-inch Y400 and 15-inch Y500.
Round Rock, Texas - Dell cited falling PC sales for its lower second quarter revenue and earnings.
The PC maker generated $14.5 billion in revenue for the quarter ended Aug. 3 with a GAAP net income of $732 million. Revenue and net income was down 8 percent and 18 percent, respectively compared to the same period last year.
San Francisco – A survey by the online shopping aggregation site TechBargains.com has found that 25 percent of back-to-school shoppers intend to buy a tablet this year.
Apple’s iPad was the favorite choice, with 37 percent of the respondents saying they would buy one, compared with 22 percent interested in a Google Nexus and 14 percent in the Kindle Fire. About 14 percent of these people indicated that the tablet would become their primary computing device, replacing a desktop or laptop.
Anaheim, Calif. — Zyxel announced its WRE2205 802.11n wireless range extender for $59.99.
This device plugs into any electrical outlet to extend a network's wireless signal range throughout the home and the backyard. It provides transfer rates of up to 300Mbps and is backward compatible with 802.11b/g as well. It is now shipping.