News Bits: Apple Sells More Notebooks, SSDs Get Cheaper, New Toshiba Hard Drives

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Sony introduces 18.4-inch VAIO AW

Sony recently introduced its AW series 18.4-inch desktop replacement notebook in Europe. Its large display has a full HD (1920×1080) resolution and a Blu-ray disc drive. The AW is based on the latest Intel Centrino 2 technology and features Core 2 Duo processors, a 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9600M-GT graphics card, available SSDs, and come bundled with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop Elements. The AW starts at £999 (US$1,777).

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Apple notebooks make up 20% of retail sales in US

Apple notebooks accounted for 20 percent of retail notebook sales in the US during July and August. Their percentage of revenue market share was an even higer 35 percent. Apple notebook sales grew 30 percent in revenue and 35 percent in units on year compared to last, while Windows notebooks were down 1.5 percent and 10 percent respectively.

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Can Santa Rosa notebooks use more than 4GB of RAM?

NBR forum member SomeFormOFHuman has done some experimenting with his Intel Santa Rosa-based Dell Inspiron 1720 notebook. The Inspiron 1720, according to Dell, can only support up to 4GB of RAM. SomeFormOFHuman found that the machine actually recognizes 6GB, and it is all usable. Perhaps there are more Santa Rosa notebooks out there hiding their RAM support capabilities.

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Super Talent SSD prices drop

Super Talent has lowered the price of its MasterDrive LX Solid State Disk (SSD) range. The 64GB is down to $179, and the 128GB $299. Read speeds for both drives are 100MB/s, with a read of 40MB/s. While not as fast as Intel’s SSD offerings, Super Talent’s are certainly much cheaper.

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New Toshiba 1.8″ hard drives coming

Toshiba will be introducing new 1.8-inch MKxx29GSG hard drives this December. They will have 120, 160, and 250GB capacities and 5400RPM speeds.

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Synaptics Adds Two New Gestures For Touchpads

Synaptics Inc., a leading developer of notebook touchpad technology recently announced the availability of two new multi-touch gestures (“ChiralRotate” and “Two-Finger Flick”) for Synaptics touchpads.

“ChiralRotate” lets users move one finger in a circular motion to rotate images and graphics within applications, quickly and easily. “Two-Finger Flick” enables users, depending on the application, to either use two fingers to flick horizontally to navigate back-and-forth through images, documents and objects, or to flick vertically to minimize and maximize an application.

These new enhanced gesture options are available now on Synaptics TouchPads for PC notebook and keyboard devices. For more information on Synaptics’ ChiralRotate and Two-Finger Flick, visit



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