News Bits: New ATI Graphics, Eee PC Gets Windows, Apple Security Problems

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ATI Mobility Radeon 3850 X2, 3870 X2 coming?

AMD is listing two previously unheard of graphics cards on a developer page of its website. Two new cards are listed, the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3850 X2 and the HD 3870 X2.They are both listed under a list of hardware supported by the current Catalyst driver.

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Notebook makers looking to China for battery cells

According to DigiTimes, first-tier notebook makers are considering battery cells from China. HP has already decided to get battery cells from the country, while Asustek is considering it. At the earliest, implementation of the battery cells from China will not start until the second half of this year.

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Asus Eee PC coming with XP April 9

Asus is expected to ship an Eee PC with Windows XP pre-installed in April. LAPTOP magazine reports that the XP-equipped Eee PC will be available for $399 in Best Buy starting April 9. Specifications include a Celeron processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of flash storage, and a webcam.

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Apple behind Microsoft in security responsiveness

According to security researchers from IBM, Apple is trailing far behind Microsoft in security patch responsiveness. They found that Apple is getting worse at dealing with security problems while Microsoft is improving. Gunter Ollman of the IBM X-Force security division stated "While I think that there are quite a few reasons why this is probably so, I’d be inclined to say that Apple’s biggest problem appears to be that they treat every new vulnerability as a potential PR disaster rather than an opportunity to visibly reinforce their work in securing their customers."

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