News Bits: Dell Grows in Asia, Man shocked by Laptop During Storm, 32GB ExpressCard

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Dell expects shipments to grow up to 20 percent in Asia

Dell expects shipments of personal computers and servers to grow almost 20 percent in 2007 in Asia excluding China, Japan, and South Korea. Dell’s shipments for all of Asia reached about 3.5 million units per quarter in 2006.

Dell is currently the world’s second largest PC maker, with an estimated worldwide market share of 15 percent.

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Man shocked by laptop during a storm

Add this to your safety repertoire: don’t use a laptop in your lap during a storm. A man that lives in Washington DC found that out the hard way this past week. As his laptop battery drained to near empty he went down to the basement to plug in and finish up some work. Moments later there was some rumbles of thunder and a sudden surge of power shot through his legs via the laptop. At first they thought lightning had struck the house, but it turns out it was a power surge caused by the storm being in the area.

"Fischer, who said the welts on his legs had subsided by about 10 that night, considers himself lucky that he emerged largely unscathed. ‘I think it was just a big scare,’ he said."

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Transcend introduces 32GB ExpressCard/34 SSD

Transcend has introduced its 32GB ExpressCard/34 Solid State Disk (SSD). It is compatible with Windows Vista and supports ReadyBoost. It comes bundled with a USB 2.0 adapter so it can work as a standard flash drive.

Transcend’s ExpressCard/34 cards are available in 2, 4, 8, 16, and now 32GB capacities. The 32GB version retails for a hefty $509.

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OCZ launches 2GB DDR2-800 notebook memory SO-DIMMs

OCZ Technology has introduced PC2-6400 (DDR2-800) 2GB SO-DIMM modules for notebooks. Previously 2GB DDR2 SO-DIMMs were only available in PC2-5400 (DDR2-667) speeds.

Having more RAM means less hard drive access and reduced usage of the page file according to Dr. Michael Schuette, VP of Technology Development at OCZ.

The company’s PC2-6400 2GB SO-DIMM modules have 5-5-5-15 timings for high performance.

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