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Envy 14 Spectre ultrabook

Heftier notebook computers are giving way to ultrabooks, the super-skinny and lightweight portable computers. HP's new Envy 14 Spectre has, as the name suggests, a 14-inch high-definition screen with scratch-resistant glass on the computer's lid, display, palm rest and touchpad. At 20 mm thin, it weighs less than two kilograms and has Intel rapid-start technology to avoid a long wait to boot up. It has Beats Audio and HP's wireless audio that lets you stream uncompressed audio to up to four devices. The ultrabook also features HP's CoolSense technology, which adjusts the performance and fan so when you're using it on your lap, it doesn't get too hot. It comes pre-loaded with Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Premiere Elements 10, and buyers have a special phone line for technical support dedicated to the HP Envy line. The Envy runs up to 9 1/2 hours on a battery charge. HP (www.hp.ca), $1,400.


iKlip Studio

A new iPad accessory from the company that makes innovative gadgets for musicians, the iKlip desktop studio stand also can be used for anyone looking for an adjustable iPad stand that fits all versions of the tablet. It has rubber foot pads to ensure it doesn't slip and has slots to connect external speakers or other devices to your iPad. It has a range that tilts it from almost flat to almost vertical. It comes with a bracket to hold IK Multimedia's iRig guitar interface adapter and folds flat when you're not using it. IK Multimedia (www.iklipstudio.com), $30.

 

Parrot AR. Drone 2.0

This high-flying tech toy is the newest generation of Parrot's quadricopter. It comes with a new high-definition camera for video and stills and is Wi-Fi controlled using your smartphone or tablet. As it soars, you get a bird's-eye view on the screen of your mobile device. You can record the videos and photos it's collecting on your smartphone or tablet and share them via YouTube or Picasa networking sites. It has a hidden USB port under the hull so you can add your own USB key to save images and video on board. AR. games brings you applications and games for your drone and the company is planning the AR. Drone Academy, where you can network with other Drone pilots -- sharing flights, videos and geolocation data. The pilot app, which puts a cockpit view on your screen, is available for both iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. The Source is taking pre-orders at $329 for the AR. Drone 2.0, which is due out in May (www.thesource.ca).

 

-- For Postmedia News

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 7, 2012 E2

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