News Bits: Alienware Trade-in Program, Asus Eee PC with Windows, HP Teams up with Sprint

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Asus Eee PC coming with Windows this year

Asus has confirmed that it will be coming out with an Eee PC running Windows this year. Exactly what version of Windows is unknown at this time but XP is likely; Vista takes up too much space (15GB) to be a viable option.

The Eee PC will appear on the market by the end of this month and will have prices ranging from $260 to $400.

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Clearwire introduces high-speed wireless PC card

Clearwire Corporation has announced that its first mobile broadband wireless PC card is now available. The card uses Motorola’s pre-WiMAX OFDM technology and receives power from the notebook computer. The Clearwire card is designed to work with Clearwire’s wireless networks and can provide up to a 1.5Mbps connection speed. The card is available now in all Clearwire markets nationwide and through Clearwire retail locations. It is also available through Clearwire’s authorized local retailers and national partners. Service plans start at $59.99/month and the leases for the card start at $6.99/month.

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HP integrates Sprint EV-DO Rev A into business notebooks

HP announced today they’ll be offering EV-DO via Sprint in several of their business laptops. The 8510p, 6510p, 6910p and 2710p notebooks will all offer this feature from Sprint. If you sign up for a two-year contract then you get 1 month of free service. Previous to this announcement HP only offered Verizon EV-DO as an option.

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Alienware creates trade-in program

Alienware today announced its AlienExchange Trade-In Program, which allows customers to trade in a number of electronic devices toward the purchase of new Alienware products. Possible trade-in items include desktop and notebook computers, game consoles, monitors, mobile phones, MP3 players, PDAs, servers, cameras, and several others.

The customer will get a quote for the items they want to trade in and can ship them to Alienware for free. A special bonus is given to those who trade in an old Alienware system for a new one.

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Lenovo rugged laptop in the works

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Matt Kohut from Lenovo just got back from a trip to the Lenovo Innovation Center in Beijing, China. On the company’s official blog,, Matt reports that he saw a ruggedized PC made by Lenovo that was previously unknown to those of us outside China. There’s no official word this rugged PC would ever be sold outside of China, but on the blog post about this laptop the question is asked whether anyone would be interested in a truly ruggedized ThinkPad.

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Microsoft gives up EU antitrust case, agrees to sell code

Microsoft today gave in under pressure from the EU and agreed to sell some confidential computer code to rivals for a nominal cost. The agreement to sell code symbolizes the ending of a 32-year old practice of designing proprietary systems to increase its competitive advantage.

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NEC announces Nissan X-Trail themed laptop

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NEC has come out with a Nissan X-Trail themed laptop in Japan. The machine is based on the company’s 12.1-inch Lavie G Type J laptop and has the same red paint as the X-trail. The palmrests feature the X-trail logo and the materials are the same as the X-Trail’s seats. Specifications and pricing vary; with an Ultra Low Voltage Core 2 Duo U7500 (1.06GHz), Vista Premium, and a DVD burner, the retail price is about $2113.

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