News Bits: Dell adds Ubuntu to Inspiron 1525, Toshiba Discontinues HD DVD, Samsung UMPC

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Intel to use Centrino 2 branding for Montevina platform

In order to differentiate the upcoming Montevina platform from its previous platforms, Intel will use Centrino 2 branding to clear up confusion for consumers. Centrino has been used for four generations of Intel mobile platforms; because the brand name has not changed, consumers are unaware of the technology differences. Notebook makers approve of Intel’s choice; by changing the name, it will increase brand recognition and hopefully increase demand.

Intel is planning to officially launch the Montevina platform at Computex Taipei 2008. It did not comment on the Centrino 2 branding.

Read More (DigiTimes.com)

Toshiba discontinues HD DVD

Toshiba has given up the format war and will no longer be pursuing the HD DVD business. It will still support all existing HD DVD products. The firm will cease shipping players and recorders by the end of March 2008 and end production of the products around the same time.

Toshiba is still committed to the standard DVD format, and will maintain the relations it formed with various companies while developing HD DVD.

Toshiba Press Release

Dell adds Ubuntu to Inspiron 1525 internationally, not in US

Dell is now offering the Inspiron 1525 notebook with Ubuntu Linux 7.10 pre-installed. Built-in DVD playback capability is included. The Ubuntu-equipped 1525 is available internationally in the UK, France, Spain, and Germany; later this month, it will become available in the US as well.

NotebookReview.com review for the Inspiron 1525
Read More (Direct2Dell.com)

Microsoft giving free development software to students


Microsoft is offering free development software to students as a part of its DreamSpark program. The program is offered in 11 countries, and students in those countries can get a variety of tools for free. The products include SQL Server, Visual Studio, Windows Server 2003, and others. To get the free software, students need to have a Windows Live ID and be verified as a student every year. This can all be done on Microsoft’s DreamSpark website.

Read More (HEXUS.net)

Samsung P9, the Future UMPC?

Samsung debuted its concept design for a multi-functional UMPC. Unlike most UMPC that simple serve as compact notebooks, the P9 is designed to be a portable computer, gaming device and media player. There is no word at this time if we will ever see this concept on the market or even a spec sheet. It looks very interesting though and the innovative split design gives this device an edge over some of the competition. Check out the video over at TabletPCReview.com to see the Samsung P9 in action.

TabletPCReview.com coverage of the Samsung P9

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