News Bits: Fujitsu LifeBook A6110, OS X Leopard Pre-Order, Intel Montevina IGP Looks Impressive

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Fujitsu introduces sub-$900 LifeBook A6110

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Fujitsu on Tuesday introduced its sub-$900 LifeBook A6110 notebook computer. It is designed for those looking for a high performance, reliable, and low-priced machine. Key features of the notebook include a sleek design and 15.4-inch high contrast display. Processing power comes from the Intel Core 2 Duo. A variety of wireless networking options are offered as well as five USB 2.0 ports and a mini-Firewire port. The A6110 has both a PC Card slot and an ExpressCard slot plus a memory card reader. Optional features include a built-in camera with microphone and a point-and-write pad, which offers tablet-like functionality.

The prices start at $849 with a $50 rebate. It is available right now through Fujitsu direct.

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Apple puts OS X Leopard up for pre-order, free for new MacBook owners

The launch of the next-generation Apple OS X Leopard is getting closer as October 26 approaches. Key features include a Quick look, Time Machine, and the Finder. The Finder allows users to browse files as they would use Cover Flow in iTunes; Quick Look allows users to look through files, even video without opening them, and Time Machine is file backup taken to new heights – users can go back and see how their machine looked at a given date.

Licenses are $129 for a single user and the family pack is $199. For customers who buy MacBooks after October 1, it will be free with the only costs being shipping.

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Intel Montevina Integrated Graphics to be 3x faster than GMA X3100

Intel is readying its GM45 Express chipset for its next-generation Montevina mobile platform, set to be launched in Q2 2008. It will have a new GMA X4500 integrated graphics core, which will be three times faster than the current GMA X3100 in the GM965 chipset. It will support DirectX 10 and has Clear Video technology for high definition video decoding.

There are two entry-level chipsets for the Montevina platform that will serve alongside the GM45 – the GS45 and the GL40. The GS45 will not have built-in HDMI and DisplayPort support and the GL40 will have lesser graphics performance. They will be launched after the initial platform launch.

Some notebook companies have noted that Intel’s current graphics weakness is its driver support.

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Samsung shows off 10,000:1 contrast ratio LED notebook display

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Samsung is showing off new white LED displays in 15.4-, 16-, and 18.4-inch sizes that have a 10,000:1 contrast ratio, 300cd/m2 of brightness, 45% color saturation, and to top everything off, a 2 Watt power consumption while playing video.

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Eee PC to bring Asustek notebook business to new levels

Asustek is depending on its Eee PC to take its notebook business to new levels. While the company’s current notebook business is strong, company chairman Jonney Shih hopes that the Eee PC will turn the company into an industrial giant. According to Shih, Asus is very competitive because of its emphasis on R&D as well as quality.

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Home Depot loses laptop with 10,000 employee’s data

The Home Depot on Wednesday reported that it lost a laptop containing the data of 10,000 employees. The laptop was stolen from a regional manager’s car in Massachusetts. The password-protected laptop did not contain any customer information and the Home Depot did not say whether the data was encrypted.

The information about the employees included names, addresses, and Social Security numbers of certain members.

The Home Depot contacted the 10,000 employees and was aranging free credit-monitoring services for them.

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