News Bits: Dell Enters Retail in Europe, CNET Debunks Apple Ultraportable

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Dell announces European retail deal with DSGi

Starting in January 2008, European customers will be able to buy Dell notebooks in a variety of DSGi stores, including PC World and Currys stores in the UK and online at Other DSGi stores including Electro World, PC City, and Elkjop will also carry Dell notebooks. The deal places Dell notebooks in stores in Norway, Greece, Spain, Finland, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland. Dell has been steadily expanding into the retail arena over the past few months, moving away from its direct business model it used for over 20 years.

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Cnet editor speaks out against Apple subnotebook

Cnet editor Don Reisinger claims that the rumored Apple subnotebook that is supposed to be announced at Macworld is "dead in the water". He points out that subnotebooks are typically not beautiful devices and questions whether Apple would be able to design a better-looking one and sell it. He also points out that subnotebooks are usually very underpowered and good for only simple tasks; people buy Macs for an all-around solution to do everything on. Reisinger claims that if Apple releases the subnotebook, it will be the biggest mistake they could ever make.

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Quanta to ship 15,000 OLPC XOs in December

Quanta Computer is expected to ship about 15,000 OLPC XO computers this December. Future monthly shipments of the notebooks are expected to be around 8,000 – 10,000. Component makers for the XO are expected to do well next year.

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AMD admits it did poorly in 2007

There is no doubt AMD was in trouble this year. The company’s problems started with the ATI acquisition and late arrival of the HD 2000 series graphics cards. The company saw its graphics card market share drop from 23% at the end of 2006 to 19% in 3Q 2007. AMD’s new Barcelona and Phenom processors are already off to a bad start, plagued with bugs and delays. And finally, AMD’s chipset business was hurt by the company’s decision not to release any samples of its 7-series chipsets and its Spider platform for review before launch time, which gave some the impression that the company would fail to deliver again. CEO Hector Ruiz and members of the company’s management team finally admitted to the company’s failings in 2007 at the annual AMD analyst day on December 13 and apologized. AMD showed off their 2008 roadmap which seems to have a lot of potential.

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HTC Shift sub-notebook to hit the market in early 2008

HTC Shift
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HTC first took the wraps off its first UMPC — the HTC Shift — back last spring, but this device still has not yet gone on sale.  According to an announcement from the company though, this will soon change.

This model has been expected "soon" for months now, and the last that was heard from HTC was that the Shift would launch in November. This didn’t happen, and now the company says this eagerly anticipated UMPC will debut in "Early 2008".

HTC didn’t get any more specific than that, but it’s likely hoping to be able to introduce the Shift at the Consumer Electronics Show in early January.

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