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Even though they don't look much different than a lot of other hybrid laptops, the release of the Dell's XPS 15 2-in-1 and HP's Spectre x360 15 is an important moment for today's convertible PCs. That's because by putting powerful, but not exceedingly expensive GPUs inside already flexible machines, it feels like 2-in-1s are finally ready to deliver on what made the idea of convertible computers so exciting in the first place

20 years after the first Prius was sold internationally, Toyota's just about to crack the milestone of selling 80,000 hybrids in Australia after 16 years. According to the company, that's 232 million litres of petrol saved and 560 million kilograms of CO2 not spewed into the atmosphere. And those are both good things.

It's a lot to ask a machine to be both a laptop and a tablet, but Acer comes damn close to nailing it with its new Switch Alpha 12. To make it work, Acer had to get weird with design.

Anyone living in or around the Sydney CBD is probably already used to surviving without a car. With nowhere to park, exhorbitant fuel and registration costs, and constant bills for upkeep, it hardly makes sense to maintain a car unless you're driving every day. Car-sharing service GoGet has a solution for infrequent trips, though; a full 44 car-sharing spots just next door to Central station.

Honda sold less than 500 hybrid cars in Australia last year, and two of the strongest sellers from that mediocre number are being discontinued soon. Despite that bleak outlook, the Japanese manufacturer remains buoyant about the possibility of hybrid technology, although its local boss says more efficient petrol and diesel cars are taking centre stage for the time being.

Here in Australia, our beautiful, wide, brown land means that we love our big cars. Holden's Commodore and Ford's Falcon dominated the top of new vehicle sales lists for decades. They continue to be strong sellers, despite both brands shutting down in recent years. All of the five most popular cars in Australia are petrol-powered, but that looks set to change; you'll just have to give it a few years first.

Writing instruments contain a weird, almost alchemical power. To anyone who hasn't experienced it, this will sound like a crazy idea -- but for some of us, pencils are almost like magic wands, containing powers that can either help or hinder your process.

Porsche is back in Le Mans competition this year, and it has a brand new car to compete with. The 919 Hybrid combines a highly turbocharged two-litre four-cylinder with energy recovery and a battery-based electric electric motor driving the racer's front wheels under acceleration. The entire super-compact, super-light prototype chassis should be a proper competitor for Audi's barnstorming turbodiesel R18 e-Tron, and no matter how it performs, it sounds amazing.

Fewer commuters are getting to work by car these days, especially in densely populated cities. But riding the bus or a bike isn't for everybody, and for those commuters that want the conveniences of a car without the hefty fuel fees, there's the canoe-inspired hybrid electric tricycle.

One of the most crucial factors in making a fast car is considering how much down-force the car has. Down-force describes the way air interacts with the aerodynamic design of the car to keep it onto the road. That way, the tyres are always firmly planted to deliver you the best possible acceleration and handling. The McLaren P1 is one such car for which downforce is crucial, but how does it all work? Take a look at how air sculpts these insane hypercars.

In November of 2011, American commercial airlines consumed 1.83 million litres of fuel -- every day -- and paid a total of $US49.8 billion that month to do so. And with increasingly tight operating budgets, fuel efficiency has quickly become a primary concern for the airlines. Boeing thinks one possible solution is its new plug-in hybrid jet concept that burns 70 per cent less gas per flight with the help of local power grid.

Over the next few weeks, you're going to hear a lot of noise about hybrid laptop/tablets and touchscreen ultrabooks running Windows 8. So what will your next portable computer be? Let's take a look at what's coming soon from big brands like Sony, Samsung, Asus, Acer, Toshiba, Dell, HP and Lenovo...

Toyota held its launch for the 2012 Hybrid Camry range late last week, and Giz travelled down to Broadford Raceway to check out its flagship Hybrid vehicle.