News Bits: Lenovo ThinkPad Reserve Unveiled, Safari Reaches 1M Downloads, ThinkPad R61 Meets Motorcycle

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Lenovo introduces ThinkPad Reserve Edition

Lenovo unveiled the ThinkPad Reserve edition. It is an X61 with a leather case and Executive Support services; there are no hardware updates. The guaranteed on-site support in major cities will show up within four hours and even tune-up your computer to make sure everything stays running as it should. The ThinkPad Reserve Edition has a Core 2 Duo L7500 LV processor, WWAN, 2GB of RAM, a 160GB HDD, and a 12.1-inch display. An external multi-burner and a USB 8)GB hard drive are included, but it is still hard to justify the $5,000 pricetag. The laptop is only sold "by invitation only".

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GETAC to showcase M230 rugged notebook PC

The GETAC M230 Rugged Laptop PC will be on display from June 18-22 during the 27th annual ESRI International User Conference at the San Diego Convention Center (Booth #2123 and in the Public Safety Solutions and Mobile Solutions areas). The M230 was introduced in January as the replacement for the M220 – it combines high performance in an ultra-portable slim design that meets military standards for durability.

The M230 is available with a 14-inch XGA or 15-inch SXGA screen. Graphics are provided by an ATI M54 chip. It has up to 120GB of storage, a Core Duo L2400 1.66GHz processor, and 512MB of RAM (max 4GB).

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Apple Safari browser reaches 1 million downloads

Since Apple released the first beta of its Safari Internet browser, it already has over one million downloads. Up to 18 flaws were detected with the browser right after it was released for Windows. The v3.01 beta is now available for download from Apple’s website. While Safari does not offer a whole lot in terms of features over other browsers available on Windows, it is regarded as the world’s fastest Internet browser.

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Blockbuster chooses Blu-ray; huge blow to HD DVD supporters

Rental giant Blockbuster has chosen to use the Blu-ray disc format over HD DVD mainly because of overwhelming customer preference for titles available on the format in the test consumer markets. Apparently content was the deciding factor for consumers, not price. The move is viewed as a huge blow to the HD DVD crowd, including Toshiba and Universal.

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ThinkPad R61 run over by motorcycle

Lenovo decided to show off the durability of their newest ThinkPad R61 notebook in Taiwan by hiring a guy to run it over with a motorcycle, bounce up and down on it and then prove that the thing’ll still bootup. Observe:



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