The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano is the lightest ThinkPad ever built

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Yes, that is a Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano in your laptop bag. You probably just didn’t realize it because the laptop weighs barely two pounds. 

The ThinkPad X1 Nano is officially the lightest ThinkPad ever built. Lenovo said it managed to squeeze the weight out of the Nano by using a combination of carbon fiber and magnesium-aluminum in the die-cast chassis. “New technology and materials” in the keyboard and cooler also shave off some ounces. The ThinkPad X1 Nano will be available before the end of the year with prices starting at $1,399.

Lightweight typically means less performance, but Lenovo taps Intel’s new 11th-gen Tiger Lake CPU to power the ThinkPad X1 Nano. The company didn’t say which specific chip, but it is a Core i7 with Iris Xe. That tells us the laptop’s maximum of 16GB of LPDDR4X is configured for dual-channel, as you can’t get get an Iris Xe badge without the higher-performance memory configuration.

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The Dell XPS 13 and XPS 13 2-in-1 move up to 11th-gen Tiger Lake CPUs

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The Dell XPS 13 and XPS 13 2-in-1 will get Intel’s hot new 11th-gen Tiger Lake CPU. Announced Monday, Dell said both models will go on sale September 30. The XPS 13 9310 will start at $999, and the XPS 13 9310 2-in-1 will start at $1,249.

The Dell XPS 13 9310 looks the same on the outside, and that’s a good thing. It features a taller 16:10 aspect ratio. Its 13.4-inch screen comes in three flavors: Ultra 4K+ with touch, 1920×1200 with touch or 1920×1200 without. All three are rated at 500 nits’ brightness and feature blue-reducing Eyesafe technology, Dolby Vision and 178-degree wide-angle viewing.

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Why we can’t laugh at laptop integrated graphics anymore

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Integrated graphics, long the butt of jokes among PC gamers—that technology so worthless that it comes free with your laptop—is finally due some respect.

Integrated graphics that didn’t stink started with Ryzen 3000, and continued with Intel’s 10th-gen Ice Lake and again with Ryzen 4000. Intel, however, took it up another notch when it introduced its 11th gen “Tiger Lake” CPUs with Iris Xe graphics.

And yes, it can run Crysis. Not the remastered version, but the one from 2007. Here’s the proof (see blue bars below):

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Intel said 11th-gen Tiger Lake is on its way to Chromebooks

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Intel’s new 11th-gen Tiger Lake CPUs will be the “best processor for Chromebooks,” the company said in a blog posted Monday.

Compared to a Chromebook with a 10th-gen CPU, a Chromebook with an 11th-gen Core chip will load webpages 28 percent faster, offer 2.7X faster graphics in gaming, import and edit Adobe Lighroom photos 23 percent faster, and cut import and export of videos by 54 percent.

The claims were put forth by Intel technology evangelist Marcus Yam, who cited several popular benchmarks including WebXPRT, Speedometer 2.0, and 3Dmark Slingshot.

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Razer BlackWidow, DeathAdder, and BlackShark go wireless

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Razer said Tuesday that the company has launched wireless versions of its latest BlackWidow gaming keyboard, DeathAdder mouse, and BlackShark gaming headset, all connected by its HyperSpeed Wireless technology that offers up to 195 microseconds of latency.

Specifically, Razer launched the $180 Razer BlackShark V2 Pro, the $130 DeathAdder V2 Pro and the $230 BlackWidow V3 Pro, all of which will be available from Razer and authorized resellers starting Tuesday. Essentially, they’re all wireless versions of the existing BlackShark V2, the DeathAdder V2, and the BlackWidow V3, with some improvements under the hood.

The key to the upgrades is Razer’s HyperSpeed wireless technology, which has already been implemented inside Razer’s Baskilisk Ultimate and Viper Ultimate wireless mice lineups, and has now been extended to the other two peripherals, plus the DeathAdder. HyperSpeed uses adaptive frequency hopping to avoid interference, and it also tries to minimize the time-to-click delays via a combination of optimized data protocols and wireless bandwidth. The wireless connection is enabled through a 2.4GHz wireless dongle.

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Microsoft’s Cortana-powered Daily Briefing hits your Outlook email this month

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Two intriguing functions in Microsoft Outlook, Play My Emails and the Daily Briefing, are scheduled to receive updates that add new Cortana-powered AI to functions that go far beyond just email.

Microsoft’s AI assistant, Cortana, has moved from being an integral part of Windows to more of an assistive technology. Outlook has been the main beneficiary, however, new Cortana-powered intelligence is coming to Teams, and to the Cortana app within Windows 10 as well.

One of the problems with Microsoft’s parade of new features is simply keeping track of the timeline. The Daily Briefing functionality debuted in preview mode a year ago, but at the Microsoft Ignite conference it’s now becoming officially available for Microsoft 365 users with Exchange Online mailboxes. Play My Emails is already out for iOS and Android for U.S. subscribers, but it’s rolling out in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and India during the coming months.

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Time is running out on TikTok, WeChat downloads on iPhones and Android phones

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While we await word of a sale or some kind of a compromise, the popular TikTok and WeChat mobile apps will be removed from Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store at midnight on Monday, September 21. The announcement follows months of jockeying and negotiations after the Trump Administration put the two apps on notice for allegedly collecting personal data from U.S. citizens and funneling it to the Chinese government.

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