News Bits: Fujitsu S6510, Lenovo to Dump IBM Branding Soon, FireFox Update

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Fujitsu introduces SlimEdge Lifebook S6510

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Fujitsu today introduced its latest notebook, the Lifebook S6510. It features a 14.1-inch widescreen display and is based on the Intel Santa Rosa platform. The chassis is actually designed to fit a 13.3-inch screen but Fujitsu figured out how to put a 14.1-inch in the same space. The display is LED-backlit. The Lifebook S6510 is available only in China at the moment; in US dollars a T7500-based model is ~$2,247 and the T7700 version $2,370.

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Lenovo has good quarter, switching away from IBM brand for ThinkPads sooner than expected

Lenovo announced this week its quarterly earnings surged 178%, to $105 million, over the same period in 2006. Lenovo’s Hong Kong-traded shares are up 170% so far this year and hit a 52-week high on Oct. 31. Lenovo is now confident with its business and in a statement this week president of Lenoo William Amelio said “One important sign of this progress is our decision to completely transition our Think products from the IBM brand to the Lenovo brand two years earlier than planned.” Lenovo had intended to keep the IBM branding until 2010, but with this announcement it would indicate that in 2008 all IBM branding will be dropped from Lenovo laptops in the U.S.

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NVousPC announces Carbon notebook with customizable graphics, paint job

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NVousPC Corporation has announced the release of their new Carbon notebook, a 12.1-inch ultraportable. Users can personalize their notebook with custom paint jobs and graphics. Each machine is individually painted by NVousPC. The lid painting is done for free, and $20, $122, and $76 are charged for the benzel, keyboard/touchpad, and base panel painting respectively.

The Carbon is based on the Intel Santa Rosa platform and is available with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor up to T7700 (2.4GHz). It has a fingerprint reader and supports Intel Turbo Memory. The Carbon weighs 4.5 lbs and has a starting price of $1,685.

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Compal looks to Vietnam for notebook expansion

Compal is looking to built a notebook plant in Vietnam to save costs and will not be expanding its plants in China any further. Compal president Ray Chen said that salaries in China will rise between 10 and 20 percent due to new labor laws, increasing the overall production cost. A shortage of labor at major notebook plants in certain areas will also increase risk. In August, Compal said it would invest US$30 million to built a plant in Hanoi, Vietnam. The plant should start production in Q1 2009. Notebook component supply should be in place as over ten component makers have already set up plants in Vietnam.

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Firefox updates to, patches issues

Mozilla has released the latest update of its Firefox web browser, It patches issues that were accidentely exposed in the release, including some performance problems. Current Firefox users should receive a pop-up notification that the update is available, and it can also be downloaded from

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