News Bits: FlipStart price drop, Dell is #1, and Eee PC gets a touchscreen

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FlipStart pricing dropped to $699

The price of the FlipStart ultraportable PC has been dropped from $1,500 to $699, making it a competitor to the Asus Eee PC and the Everex Cloudbook. There are rumors that a v2 of the FlipStart is coming out soon, so that could be the reason for the price drop.

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Dell now #1 in US sales, beats out HP

Although HP is still the world’s larget PC maker, Dell has overtaken HP in the US computer sales according to recent sales statistics for Q4. Texas-based Dell shipped 5.5 million units in Q4, a 15.2% increase compared to the same period last year and a 29.6% increase in market share. HP in comparison shipped 4.5 million units. Dell’s comeback has a lot to do with its move into retail stores, including Best Buy.

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Asus Eee PC to get touch screen functionality?

Asus is currently testing out sample touch screens from panel makers to win orders for the next-gen Eee PC, coming out later this year. The second-gen Eee PC will have larger 8-, 9-, and 10-inch screen sizes; the 9-inch size is to have the touch panel. It reportedly costs less than $15 to add the touch functionality. Asus is predicted to ship 4 – 5 million Eee PCs in 2008. Review for the Asus Eee PC
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New technology allows 40 hour battery life
Scientists at Stanford University have developed a way to increase the life of lithium-ion batteries to 40 hours. The scientists used silicon nanowires in place of the traditional graphite, which increased the amount of lithium held by the anode ten times.

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Gigabyte low-cost PC coming this June

Gigabyte Technology has revealed plans to launch a low-cost PC in June. It will use Intel’s Basic Platform and feature a 7 – 9-inch screen. Gigabyte is likely to see its notebook business make a profit in 2008.

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WaterField Designs introduces MacBook Air sleeve

WaterField Designs, a manufacturer of laptop bags and cases, has introduced a new SleeveCase designed for the Apple MacBook Air. It has a ballistic nylon shell and a neoprene interior. It is available in a horizontal or vertical orientation. The SleeveCase size 13-2 for the MacBook Air retails for $39.00 and will ship before January 25. for the WaterField Designs SleeveCase
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