News Bits: Microsoft Warns Us About Windows 7, Sony VAIO With VIA Processor, New WD HDD

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Western Digital introduces Scorpio Black 7200RPM HDD

Western Digital today announced it is now shipping its new line of Scorpio Black 2.5-inch 7200RPM hard drives for notebook computers. The new drives are available in capacities up to 320GB, have a 16MB cache, and a SATA 3.0Gbps interface.

The highest-priced drive will be the 320GB version at $249.00.

Western Digital Scorpio Black Product Link

Sony to introduce mini-laptop based on VIA processor

According to a PCWorld report, Sony is ready to introduce a mini-laptop based on a VIA OpenBook reference design announced last week. Sony is having Quanta Computer contract manufacture the devices, and they will ship in the third quarter of this year.

If the notebook Quanta is producing is actually for Sony, it will be a significant boost for VIA. VIA processors are targeted toward low-cost devices such as mini-notebooks and have done quite well, but are now facing competition from the Intel Atom processor. The Sony mini-notebook will feature a 1.6GHz VIA C7 processor.

Full Story (PCWorld.com)

Microsoft warns hardware makers to start Windows 7 testing immediately

Microsoft, appearing to learn from the compatibility problems that have plagued Vista from the beginning, is warning hardware makers to start testing their devices with Windows 7 as soon as the first beta version is available. Microsoft has not given a timeframe for a beta release of Windows 7.

Full Story (InformationWeek.com)
Via (Engadget.com)

ClubIT is back

NAOC Holdings has acquired PC Club and ClubIT and put them back in business.

ClubIT Announcement
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