News Bits: ATI HD 2700 Introduced, HP Laptop Security Issue, Vista SP1 RC Released

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AMD introduces Mobility Radeon HD 2700

AMD has quietly launched the new Mobility Radeon HD 2700 graphics card for notebooks. It is manufactured using 65nm technology and is based off the M76 chip. The HD 2700 has 120 stream processors and a 128-bit memory bus. Special features include ATI Avivo HD Video, Display Platform, and ATI PowerPlay 7.0.

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Toshiba introduces T31 notebook with XP and Vista

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Toshiba introduced its new Dynabook T31 on Dec. 11, featuring both Vista and XP recovery DVDs, meaning the end user can choose which operating system they want to use. The specifications of the T31 are rather mainstream: Intel Core 2 Duo T7250, GM965 Express chipset, and a 15.4" WXGA display.

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Select HP laptops exposed to hacking

A security researcher has found that one of the ActiveX controls used in the HP Info Center on some HP laptops could allow remote hackers to attack the laptop and make registry changes. HP has not said anything in response to the claim. What this all boils down to is that if a victim went to a specifically-created website, the ActiveX controls could be compromised. If the machine is compromised, the hacker could install malware, change registry information, and steal data to name a few. A list of the laptops that could be at risk can be found here.

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Compal notebook shipments strong, but revenues down

ompal Electronics had strong notebook shipments of 2.35 million units in November, but revenues dropped due to a change in the lineup of clients and products. November revenues were down about 10% sequentially and 15% on-year. The company said that if there were no shortages of batteries or other components, shipments would have reached 2.4 to 2.5 million units.

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Windows Vista SP1 release candidate available

Windows Vista Service Pack 1 is now publicly available in release candidate form, 11 months after Vista’s initial launch.

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