News Bits: Intel Merom Extreme, Nvidia Preface Platform, Sony VAIO G11 in Europe

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Intel rumored to be readying Merom Extreme Edition notebook CPU

Intel is rumored to be readying two Core 2 Extreme processors for notebooks. It is codenamed "Merom XE" and has 4MB of L2 cache and an 800MHz FSB (the next-generation Intel Santa Rosa platform will incorporate an 800MHz FSB, so expect to see it on that platform).

The first processor, the Core 2 Extreme X7800, is slated to come in Q2/Q3, and will have a claimed 2.6GHz clockspeed. It has an MSRP of $795 according to sources. The second Extreme CPU, the X7900, is slated for Q4, and will run at 2.8GHz. Pricing is unknown.

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Sony VAIO G11 12.1" Vista notebook announced in Europe


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The Sony VAIO G Series was launched in Japan last year. It’s a super thin and super light 2.1lb 12.1" screen laptop that runs on an Intel Core Solo processor. The same notebook is now available in Europe as the G11 and has a few changes in the form of a black colored lid, faster 1.33GHz Core Solo processor, and Super Multi DVD burner (integrated). The G11 ships with Vista Business and is available in Europe now. No word on a U.S. release, we expect eventually it will make its way to North America though.

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Nvidia Preface platform for Windows SideShow

Nvidia’s preface platform is a low-power media and display subsystem that extends the capabilities of Windows SideShow, adding features such as audio, imaging, video, and data syncronization. The display can be embedded into the notebook’s lid, keyboard, or integrated into Bluetooth wireless-enabled devices.

Nvidia claims that the Preface platform is so power efficient that it can run for "hundreds of hours" without draining the notebook’s battery. Essentially, the Preface display provides the user with a window through which they can access whatever they want at anytime.

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Apple to release smaller MacBook with unique optical drive placement

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AppleInsider says that Apple has been working on ways to make their notebooks smaller. One way they have come up with is to change the placement of the optical drive, moving it to the very bottom of the laptop. It will be called the balky optical disc drive, and will soon be patented by Apple.

The idea has been questioned because it makes using the optical drive more difficult. However, Apple will compensate for this by making the laptop thinner.

Apple MacBooks coming with this new optical drive concept will have a mobile motion module, which will prevent accidental opening of the drive. A sensor will use user contact to control the opening of the drive.

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How to get a clean install of Vista using the upgrade version

Would you like to do a clean install of Windows Vista? Take a look at this forum discussion for an install workaround. Apparently it involves installing Vista twice, but the end result is better.

PositivePRO allows for secure web-based VPN access from handheld devices

January 31st – PositiveNetworks today released PositivePRO 3.5, through which any browser-enabled handheld device can securely access data and applications. It provides true Web-based VPN service wherever there is wireless service. It currently works on any cell phone with a web browser. WebTop, the Web-based VPN service, adapts to browsers in handheld devices automatically and allows secure access to email, file shares, and intranet sites.

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