News Bits: Asus A8Jr, Apple’s $1.99 802.11n Patch, More LED Notebooks in 2008

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Asus A8Jr features ATI Mobility Radeon X2300 graphics

The Asus A8Jr notebook series is the first to feature ATI’s Mobility Radeon X2300 graphics card. According to a press release by Asus, “The new ATI Mobility Radeon X2300 will boost graphical performance, and utilize ATI’s HyperMemory management technology to deliver enhanced ‘performance-per-watt’ operations. It will also offer Certified for Windows Vista 3D graphics that supports the visually stunning Windows Aero user interface.” The laptop also has high-definition support.

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Apple to charge $1.99 for 802.11n software patch

Apple, who had initially announced it would charge $4.99, now says that it will charge $1.99 for the 802.11n software patch to enable 802.11n functionality on nearly all Core 2 Duo-based MacBooks or MacBook Pros. Apple says that it is forced to charge money for the download because of generally accepted accounting principals. Apple spokeswoman Lynn Fox told CNET in an email that "During the past several months Apple has shipped some Macs with the hardware to support 802.11n, but the draft of the 802.11n specification was not complete enough to create the required software. Now that the draft specification is complete, we are ready to distribute the software to make the 802.11n hardware in these Macs come to life."

It should be noted that GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principals) experts claim that what Apple is saying about the need to charge money is not true.

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Asustek says LED-based notebook market to take off in 2008

According to Asustek, once LED backlighting takes up 10% of the notebook-use backlighting market, the LED-based notebook market will take off shortly after.

Using LEDs as a backlight source in place of traditional CCFL (cold-cathode flourescent lamp) lighting will result in a power consumption reduction of 1-2W in 12.1" – 14.1" notebooks, which could mean an extra 30-45 minutes of battery life. Asustek already has one LED notebook, the Asus U1F.

LEDs are currently twice as expensive as CCFLs at the moment; it is expected LEDs will only cost 20% more than CCFLs by 2008.

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Apple to charge $29 for Boot Camp

DailyTech reports that according to a report at MacScoop, Apple will charge users $29 for the final release of Boot Camp. Boot Camp has been available as a free public beta since Apple first transitioned to Intel processors in early 2006.

The cost of the software is not entirely certain, but the fact that Apple will charge is. Boot Camp is currently expected to debut with Apple’s next-generation codename Leopard operating system in the Spring.

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Compal to ship over 20 million notebooks in 2007

Compal says it will ship over 20 million notebooks in 2007, up from the 14.5 million it shipped in 2006. Compal had previously said it would ship 17-18 million notebooks in 2007 and did not explain the increased projection.

Compal may have difficulty in its aim to become the world’s number one notebook manufacturer. Notebook shipments from Quanta are expected to gain momentum and reach roughly 25 million in 2007. Compal and Quanta have nearly the same manufacturing and managment capabilities, and Compal will have to apply agressive pricing to make a dent in orders from other makers.

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