News Bits: Asus XG Station Details, Intel Pupil Device Laptop in UK, Best Buy Deceiving Customers

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More Asus XG Station details emerge

Asus announced its external graphics solution for notebooks, the XG Station, at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier in the year. It will not be available at retail, but rather shipped to OEMs and channel partners. It will be built using Asus PCI-express video cards and will not be sold as an enclosure. The prices will depend on the included graphics card.

The XG Station connects to a notebook via the ExpressCard slot. It features enhanced audio and video features. Its large LED display can display the following:

  • System volume
  • GPU clock speed
  • GPU temperature
  • Dolby Headphone status
  • Current FPS (Frames Per Second) reading
  • GPU fan speed monitor

Overclocking is possible through the XG Station; a control knob can increase the GPU core clock speed but not the memory.

Availability of the XG Station is expected next month. Pricing is unknown but it should be slightly more than the bundled graphics card itself.

Read More (DailyTech)

Intel to release "Pupil Device" laptop in UK

According to the UK newspaper the Telegraph, Intel is working to launch a playground-proof laptop targeted at kids between the ages of 7-18 in the UK. The laptop will likely be launched in September, during the back to school period, and will have an estimated retail price of around 500. The laptop will be semi-rugged for the typical rough treatment kids would give it, and it will have some sort of cloth covered lid with a school badge that would supposedly deter theft.

There’s no word on which manufacturer would be producing this laptop or which operating system it would run.

Read More (Telegraph)

Samsung introduces its first Windows Vista UMPC

Samsung today introduced its newest Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC), the Q1P, which is Samsung’s first UMPC to quality for Windows Vista certification.

Specifications of the Q1P include a 1.0GHz Pentium processor, 60GB of hard drive space, 1GB of RAM, and a 7-inch touch-screen display. Battery life is about 2.5 hours, and the total weight is 1.7 lb. The Q1P with Windows Vista is available now for an MSRP of $1,299.

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Best Buy deceives customers via internal website

Best Buy has confirmed that its stores run a secret, employee-only intranet site via a report in The Hartford Courant. The intranet site is identical to Best Buy’s public Internet site, but the prices are different. It is supposed to discourage customers from buying products advertised at cheaper prices on BestBuy.com.

The strategy foils attempts by customers to price match items from the Best Buy online website, which displays higher prices for the same items. Last February, Best Buy denied the existence of such a website. Last Wednesday, Best Buy confirmed it existed but did not back its intent and purpose with solid reasoning.

The bottom line is that Best Buy has been intentionally deceiving customers via use of the intranet website, making those believe the prices on the site are the actual prices.

Forum Discussion

Read More (DailyTech)

AMD says it wll miss Q1 sales target

AMD does not expect to meet its Q1 revenue target of between $1.6 and $1.7 billion. CEO of AMD Hector Ruiz will explain the miss at a financial analyst conference. AMD announced the changed sales forecast but provided minimal details on the cause of it. AMD has been feeling pricing pressure lately as Intel has started to chew away at AMD’s server and desktop processor sales. AMD shares fell from $40 to $14 over the last year.

Read More (RegHardware)

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