News Bits: Apple MacBook Merom Upgrade, Quanta Lags, AMD Dell Notebooks with ATI Graphics

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Apple MacBook to get early Merom upgrade?


Next month, Apple plans to ship not only its Core 2-equipped MacBook Pro, but also the consumer-oriented MacBook according to Asian reports.

Taiwanese contract manufacturer Asustek will push out MacBooks with the new CPU – Quanta is said to manufacture the MacBook Pro. Together, Asustek and Quanta will churn out 200,000 – 300,000 Mac laptops according to Chinese-language Commercial Times.

Original reports said that higher-end machines were slated to get a Core 2 Duo upgrade at the end of this month, or early September, but now it appears as if the mainstream models will get the same treatment.

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Quanta posts weak on-year revenue growth in July compared to other top-four notebook makers

Quanta posted an on-year revenue growth of 0.4% in July, well behind the over-40% increases reached by the other big four – Compal Electronics, Wistron, and Inventec. Sources attribute Quanta’s poor growth to Dell switching its business-notebook orders to Compal this year.

Quanta did not comment on orders. They shipped 1.45 million notebooks in July; their total shipments for the first seven months of this year were 10.15 million units. Compal, in comparison, shipped 6.75 million.

Dell’s top supplier before this year was Quanta, who produced mostly business notebooks. This year however, Dell turned to Compal for its business orders, while Quanta started making consumer notebooks for Dell. Quanta’s president, Michael Wang, expects the company’s notebook shipments to grow 25-30% sequentially in Q3 2006. Quanta is confident that its shipment growth will outpace other notebook manufacturers in 2007.

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AMD-based Dell notebooks to have ATI graphics

Dell’s AMD-based notebooks, expected to be available in October or early November, will be fitted with ATI Mobility Radeon graphics chips. It’s not the first time AMD-based notebooks have gotten ATI graphics, but Dell’s notebooks will be the first ones launched after AMD’s recent announcement of acquiring ATI.

Dell’s decision to use ATI GPUs in its AMD-based notebooks is a sign that the impact of AMD’s acquisition of ATI on the PC industry will start to make a difference in the near future.

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Firefox 2.0 Beta 2 delayed

Although Mozilla released Firefox 2.0 Beta 1 last month, DailyTech reports that Firefox 2.0 Beta 2 has been delayed. It was supposed to be unveiled to customers this week, but was held back due to persistent bugs.

Even though Beta 2 has been delayed, it will not affect the September 26th launch of the final release of Firefox 2.0. New features of the browser include spell checking, enhanced search capabilities, session saver and anti-phishing technologies.

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What your Inbox says about you

The saying “You are what you eat” also applies to your Inbox. Pay attention to how you answer or file each email – notice what you choose to keep or delete. Consider how you react when you find your inbox stuffed with unread messages.

The appearance of your inbox is a reflection of your habits, your mental health, and *gasp*, even the way your Mom and Dad raised you. Sound interesting? Read more!

Two Sony VAIO SZ notebooks tested

X-bit labs takes a closer look at two Sony VAIO SZ notebooks, those being the VAIO VGN-SZ1HRP/B and VAIO VGN-SZ1XRP/C.  Although they appear visually similar, the price difference of $500US says otherwise.

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