PC Laptop Makers Have Completely Given Up

Repost from Gizmodo – Intel dumped $300 million into the laptop industry to buy it something it’s never had before: attention. Ultrabooks soundcool, and could look beautiful while running like little thin crust pizzas of awesome. Instead, we’re seeing pathetic MacBook Air clones. What went wrong? From the floor of Intel’s Developer Forum, its yearly showcase of new silicon and what it’s going in, it’s clear Apple’s capable of a two front intellectual property war, if they choose. Cupertino thinks its designs are under attack! And they are—but they’re looking in the wrong direction. Samsung’s phones and tablets might share Apple’s black rectangle minimalism, but the crop of black-on-silver Ultrabooks littering the floors of IDF are the real ripoff—like a heap of fake Gucci bags off eBay. Absolutely zero effort has been put into their design, beyond the labor of…