News Bits: Asus Eee PC 900, Safari OK for Windows, HP UMPC Leaked

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Asus 2nd gen Eee PC to have touchscreen, possible GPS

The upcoming second-generation Asus Eee PC (rumored to be called the Eee PC 900) will feature an 8.9-inch display with touchscreen panels and possible GPS support according to Kevin Lin, vice president of Asustek’s sales department. Prices for the second-gen Eees will top out around $500, and shipments will begin in May or June. Other features of the second-gen Eee include the adoption of Intel’s new low-cost mobile platform, doubled memory on the base model (1GB), and larger-capacity SSDs (8GB and 12GB). Asus plans to ship up to 5 million Eee PCs in 2008.

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HP UMPC 2133 leaked, coming soon

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More information has been uncovered about the HP’s upcoming UMPC 2133. It will feature VIA C-7M processors and VIA Chrome 9 graphics. It will supposedly hit the streets on April 7th. A $600 configuration gets a 1.2GHz CPU, 120GB hard drive, 1GB of RAM, and Windows Vista Home Basic; an additional $149 gets a faster 1.6GHz procesesor, double the RAM (2GB), Vista Business, a larger battery, and Bluetooth. There is also supposed to be a $549 model with identical specifications to the $600 model, except it runs SuSE Enterprise.

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Asus to ship seven million notebooks in 2008

Asustek Computer plans to ship seven million notebooks this year. The company expects to double its shipments to China because of the skyrocketing demand. Asustek will ship 70% of its notebook to China and Taiwan.

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Apple gives the OK to run Safari on PCs

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Users installing the Apple Safari Internet browser on their Windows PCs yesterday were confused (if they actually read the license agreement that is) – it reads "This license allows you to install and use one copy of the Apple Software on a single Apple-labeled computer . . . " Basically, Apple has accidentally violated its own EULA by allowing PC users to download it. Today, Apple has given the OK to PC users to run Safari on Windows.

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