News Bits: Asus Lambo VX2 Announced, MacBook 802.11n Capability for $5, MSI PR200

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Asus unveils Lamborghini VX2 notebooks

January 15th – Asus today unveiled its next-generation Asus Lamborghini VX2 series notebook. It is based on Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology and Microsoft Windows Vista.

The VX2 is available in both Lamborghini yellow and black. Each notebook is made of aluminum-magnesium alloy and carbon fiber respectively. The inside of the notebook features a glossy widescreen display and leather palmrest, with yellow stitching, just like a Lamborghini automobile.

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Your Core 2 Duo MacBook has 802.11n — if you pay Apple $5 to enable it

According to AppleInsider.com Apple has been quietly shipping Core 2 Duo MacBook and MacBook Pro notebooks that have the ability to use the faster 802.11n pre-draft wireless standard. However, in order to activate it you’ll need to download a software enabler patch from Apple that’ll cost you $5. Unless, that is, if you buy an upcoming 802.11n AirPort Extreme Base Station for $179, which will activate the technology in a Core 2 Duo MacBook for you. If you go with a 3rd party solution 802.11n wireless router, you’ll be forced to pay $5 for the software patch download. Apparently this is all tied to a Sarbanes Oxley accounting rule that forbids Apple from giving away an unadvertised feature on an already sold product without somehow accounting for this. All very complicated, and unfortunate Apple didn’t just advertise it from the get go.

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MSI PR200 ultraportable with Intel 965 chipset introduced

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January 15th – MSI introduced their first ultraportable notebook based on the Intel 965 series chipset, the PR200. Powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, it features a glossy 12.1-inch widescreen display and weighs 3.96 lbs. Other specifications include 802.11a/b/g wireless LAN, Bluetooth built-in, DVD burner, 4-in-1 media reader, and an integrated 1.3 megapixel webcam.

Information on memory, hard drive, and graphics were not given, although considering that the notebook is based on the Intel 965GM chipset, the PR200 should have the Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator X3000. Availability and pricing information were not provided.

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New 2.6lb Fujitsu Loox T ultraportable launched


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Fujitsu introduced its latest Loox T70U series, which weighs a mere 1.18kg (2.6lbs) and has a battery runtime of up to 4.8 hours. The Loox T features a 1.2GHz Intel Core Solo U1400 CPU, 1GB of RAM, an 80GB hard drive, and DVD burner for the high end T70 model. The lower-end T50 has reduced specifications in the form of an Intel Celeron M 443 processor, 512MB of RAM, and a 60GB hard drive. All T-series feature Windows Vista Home Premium, internal Bluetooth, and WiFi.

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OLPC has no plans to sell XO to public

The non-profit OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) orgainzation has announced that they have no plans of selling the XO to the public, dispelling rumors that said otherwise. The OLPC will be officially launched in Libya, Argentina, Brazil, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Uruguay.

Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the OLPC, said in a statement:

“Contrary to recent reports, One Laptop per Child is not planning a consumer version of its current XO laptop, designed for the poorest and most remote children in the world. XO will be made available to governments in very large quantities to be given to all children free, as part of the education system. Many commercial ventures have been considered and proposed that may surface in 2008 or beyond, one of which is ‘buy 2 and get 1.’ In addition, OLPC is launching OLPC Foundation later this month, specifically to accommodate the huge goodwill and charity that has surfaced around the idea of a $100 laptop.”

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