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Today HP announced it’s first Ultrabook for business, called the HP Folio13 it is supposed to deliver up to 9.5 hours of battery life.

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Image Source: Ritchies Room

Here is the press release:

BRACKNELL, UK, Nov. 16, 2011 – HP today introduced its first business Ultrabook, the HP Folio. It features a thin and light design, best-in-class battery life, strong security options and a responsive solid state hard drive for the ultimate mobile experience.

The HP Folio13 delivers up to 9.5 hours of battery life, best- in- class among current Ultrabooks on the market.  With all day battery life, users will no longer be saddled with carrying power adapters to charge their notebook, while a wide array of ports eliminates the need to carry cumbersome dongles. Mobile professionals can now stay productive and get through their entire day – from home to business to home- with only the HP Folio13.

Measuring less than 18 millimetres thin and utilizing an ultra slim 33.8 cm (13.3”) diagonal high-definition (HD) BrightView display, the Folio13 weighs just 1.49 kg.

Powered by the latest Intel Core processors, the HP Folio13 also includes Intel Rapid Start Technology, which provides ultra-low power consumption when not in use and a fast resume time when needed – saving time while extending battery life and stand-by time.

The HP Folio13 includes a backlit keyboard for mobile users who work in  low-light conditions. A full array of ports, including RJ-45 and USB 3.0, allows users greater flexibility to connect to the information they need. The HP Folio13 also includes a solid state drive (SSD) with 128 GB of storage for fast response times and increased reliability.

An optional TPM Embedded Security Chip protects data in email and information on the hard drive for security-conscious users.

The HP Folio13 features HP CoolSense technology, which uses advanced hardware and intelligent software for a noticeably cooler notebook. The notebook also includes an HP Imagepad for highly accurate advanced multitouch gesture support.

Additional features include an HP TrueVision HD Webcam for brighter, cleaner HD images, and Dolby Advanced Audio.

The HP Folio13 also can be configured with a range of Microsoft Windows® 7 operating systems, including Windows 7 Professional. A three-year limited warranty is available through an optional HP Care Pack.

Users who need a desktop-like environment or additional audio, video, network and USB connectivity can connect the HP Folio13 to the HP USB 2.0 dock.

Pricing and availability

– The HP Folio13 is expected to be available at the beginning of February with a starting price of £849.99

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We reported that we had experienced poor battery life on the new iPhone 4S and iOS 5 recently, and a few days ago Apple released an update to fix it. For some, myself included, this fix didn’t work!

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According to Apple, the update “Fixes bugs affecting battery life”. Personally I haven’t experienced any increase in battery performance, and it is just as poor as it was before the update.

Worse still, after applying the update I noticed that I had problems with my email on the iPhone. I had a number of messages that simply said “No Sender” and “No Subject” even though prior to the update they were proper emails.

Removing the accounts and re-adding them fixed that, but it shouldn’t have happened.

One good thing though was the over the air (OTA) updates from Apple worked like a charm (all be it not fixing the problems) and it was nice for one to only have to do a small download for the update instead of the usual 650MB+ per Apple device.

Regarding the battery problems, website AllThingsD are reporting:

“The recent iOS software update addressed many of the battery issues that some customers experienced on their iOS 5 devices,” the company said in a statement given to AllThingsD. “We continue to investigate a few remaining issues.”

So, come on Apple, fix this issue and fix it soon!

Did the fix work for you? Let us know…..

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I have been a long time fan of the iPhone, and when the iPhone 4S was released two weeks ago I picked one up. I have now been using it for two weeks and thought I would share some thoughts and experiences of it.

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Siri

Siri is one of the big new features only available on the iPhone 4S (today). Siri enables you to get things done by just asking – for example, you can say you want to add a calendar event or send a text message.

By default Siri is switched off, so you have to enable “him” or “her”.

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Here in the UK we get a Male voice, where as in the US they have the option of a Female voice. You can change it by changing your language setting to English (United States) but then the software looks for certain words and ways of speaking – certain things I asked didn’t work as well when set to US as apposed to UK.

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Siri works quite well, when it works. I cant tell you the number of times it hasn’t worked, or given me some bizarre response.

That being said, the programmers have a real sense of humour and have some responses available to the obvious questions:

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Battery Woes

Oh where do I start???

Having used an iPhone 4 for well over a year, I could get a full days use of it, including having certain location services enabled, and my email accounts set to Push my emails to the phone.

So given that Apple were promising at least an hour additional battery life out of the iPhone 4S I was somewhat surprised how quickly my battery was going down, even when I wasn’t actually doing anything.

It was quite unnerving just sitting watching the battery remaining percentage literally tick down in front of my eyes. I was getting about half a day out of the battery and not actually using the phone that much at all.

For the first time in a very long time I saw the dreaded red battery logo and my phone shut down.

Needless to say I wasn’t very happy.

I did some quick research and noticed that I wasn’t the only person having this problem.

Some people were saying it was expected as the 4S has a more powerful processor (ok, but Apple said it had at least an hours MORE battery, not LESS).

Others advised turning off various services – ok, I thought, I can do that.

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So I turned off a few things and the battery still went down quickly.

In the end I had to turn off the following just to get a “working” day’s use of the phone (at that’s not even using the phone that much as an actual phone):

  • Siri
  • all Location Services
  • Wireless
  • Bluetooth
  • Push email
  • and a few other things

so basically I have to turn off most of the functionality that makes having an iPhone worth having. Basically I am almost back to having just “a phone to make phone calls”.

So Apple, hurry up and release a fix already!

Final Thoughts

So, the question I get asked the most at the moment is “was it worth upgrading from the iPhone 4”? Well, to be honest, the answer today is No, it wasn’t. At least, not today. The battery issue is frustrating me the most. I’m not seeing significant improvement in the speeds (although I am seeing some) and while Siri is fun for a but, ultimately right now, here in the UK, it’s not that much use.

I am happy with the camera functionality (not that I use the camera that much, but it’s certainly nice to have it available), plus the HD video shooting capability is great.

If you have an iPhone 3 or 3GS, then it certainly is worth upgrading – no question about it.

I assume that Apple will release an update at some point soon to fix the battery issues, they always do.

Don’t get me wrong, I am happy with the 4S, I’m just not as happy as I could be…..

Do you have an iPhone 4S? What do you think?

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As soon as the Lion update was available this afternoon I downloaded and installed it. But then I noticed that the fan was constantly on and the battery life dropped considerably!

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After doing some digging, I found out that this is because Spotlight re-indexes everything and then rebuilds it’s system caches once the upgrade has completed, and this can take a little while to happen.

A few hours in and the fan has stopped spinning and my battery life is back to normal.

I thought it was worth sharing this so that other people didn’t start thinking something was wrong!

Have you installed Lion yet? What do you think?

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While I was with the WHS group at ShowStoppers 2011, I got to spend a few minutes with the new 11.6” dm1 HP Notebook. This $449 laptop is less than an inch thick and runs on the new AMD Fusion. With 8 plus hours of battery life (10 plus hours with the optional SSD) and a sleek thin design, this laptop could easily dominate its segment in the coming year. Check out a few pictures and specs from CES 2011.

HP dm1 Notebook

HP plans to release this Notebook tomorrow, January 9th, 2011. At $449 this laptop is going to make a big mark this year.

HP dm1 Specs

Every time I get to try a PC at CES 2011 I ask the representative if I can look at the system properties. They always say yes and have no idea what information they give away. As you can see below the dm1 has:

  • AMD Fusion Engineering CPU
  • 64-bit Windows 7
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • WEI of 3.8 (Graphics was lowest)
  • Less than an inch think
  • Just over 3 lbs.

HP dm1 Notebook

The front tapers down like a Mac Air. The display is very thin.

HP dm1 Notebook

I asked the guy next to me to hold it up so the picture is not that good but you can see how thin it is.

HP dm1 Notebook

Again, this great notebook will be released Sunday, January 9th, 2011 so be sure to check out HP.com or your local retailer to see this beautiful notebook.

Check back with us for more on CES 2011.

Tim

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Over the last several months I have been working on my next book, Netbooks in Easy Steps. During the writing of that book I have looked a lot of netbooks and devices, and also at forthcoming devices. One of those that looked very interesting was the Nokia Booklet 3G, and yesterday it was released.

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So what exactly is the Booklet 3G then? Here is what Nokia has to say about it:

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The ultraportable Nokia Booklet 3G comes with Windows 7 software and boasts a 12 hour battery life, inbuilt A-GPS and Ovi Maps, making it the complete solution for all day mobility and modern lifestyles.

A must-have for people on the move that demand both style and substance, the Booklet offers:

  • Up to 12 hours battery life means that you can leave your power cable behind and still be connected and productive all day
  • Built in A-GPS allows you to connect with the people and things that matter most whilst on the move
  • It’s compact and ultra portable with its lightweight aluminium body

It’s also packed full of features…

  • Windows 7 Starter edition software
  • Intel® Atom™ Z530, 1.6 GHz processor for high performance
  • Fanless design for efficiency
  • Fast, reliable 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity from Nokia
  • 10.1″ HD-ready screen, with glass window as well as an HDMI port for video out
  • Nokia Ovi suite included

The Nokia Booklet 3G, is now shipping and available to buy for £649 at www.nokia.co.uk/shop.

My initial thoughts are that it looks very interesting, but at £649 it is a little expensive compared to a lot of other netbooks. So it is worth the money? I should hopefully have one to look at very soon, and will post up a review when I do.

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