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Today's Tech: Apple slashes price of MacBook Pro range, Marissa Mayer dishes on search relationship with Microsoft

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by Rawiya Kameir
, 13 Feb 2013News
Today's Tech: Apple slashes price of MacBook Pro range, Marissa Mayer dishes on search relationship with Microsoft

In a rather unexpected move, Apple has announced that it is reducing the price of its MacBook Pro with Retina display and its MacBook Air notebooks, while upgrading some models with new, more powerful processors. The introductory MacBook Pro with Retina display will now run £1,249, down by £200 from its original price, while the version with 256GB of flash storage will get a new 2.6GHz processor and £250 knocked off its price. The 15in MacBook Pro with Retina display also benefits from some upgrades, though prices of both models remain the same. Meanwhile, the MacBook Air with 256GB of flash storage is now available for £1,149 - a £100 discount. We're not sure what spurred Apple's decision to drop its prices, but we're not complaining.

Sony is rumoured to be announcing its next-generation home console, the PlayStation 4, at an event on 20 February. A couple of weeks before the expected announcement, a Sony executive divulged details about the Japanese firm's approach to mobile gaming. Chris Mahoney, director of emerging platforms for Sony America, told attendees of the Apps World conference that there's no satisfactory way to bridge the gap between mobile and console gaming, nixing any potential expectations that the company will emphasise smartphone and tablet gaming alongside the PlayStation 4. For more details about what this will mean for the next-gen console, follow the link.

Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer spoke frankly on her company's search partnership with Microsoft, which she said is not yielding the results it should. The two tech heavyweights joined forces in 2010 to share knowledge and technology in the search field, but no ground at all has been made on the dominant Google. "We need to see monetization working better because we know that it can and we've seen other competitors in the space illustrate how well it can work," Mayer said.

Swiss accessory manufacturer Logitech has announced a new addition to its desktop video conferencing line-up. The Full HD Logitech Webcam C930e offers a number of industry-first specs, including a 90 degree field of view - the widest currently available in a business-standard desktop webcam. The inclusion of a Carl Zeiss-certified lens is designed to help cut out fish-eye distortion, while a digital pan-tilt-zoom feature helps allow transitions in point of view during HD video calling at up to 4x magnification. Potential deployment scenarios include being able to display a full whiteboard during an office brainstorm session or presentation, according to Logitech. Follow the link to find out more about this potential addition to your enterprise set-up

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