News Bits: New Toshiba Notebooks, Intel Anti-Theft Solution, Nvidia 9-Series Mobile Cards

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Nvidia 9-series mobile cards uncovered

Nvidia’s 9M series mobile video cards have been uncovered by The new high-end GPUs, including the 9800M-GTX and the 9800M-GT/S will be based on the G92 and G94 cores respectively. The mid-range cards, including the 9700M, 9650M, 9600M, and 9500M-G, are based on the G96 core. Rounding up the low-end, the 9400M, 9300M-GS, and 9200M are based on the G98 core. Some cards have been left out of the list including the 9500M-GS and 9300M-G, which are just rebranded versions of the current 8600M-GT and 8400M-GS. Performance of these new cards is currently unknown.

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Windows 7 coming next year?

According to a statement by Bill Gates, Windows 7 is coming next year. It is unknown whether he was talking about beta versions, but when Microsoft decided to extend Windows XP sales to 2010, he added "or one year after the general availability of Windows 7." He also stated "Sometime in the next year or so we will have a new version" when asked about Windows Vista. However the date does not make a whole lot of sense, given that Microsoft said it would release a Vista successor about three years after Vista’s debut, which is 2010.

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Intel anti-theft technology for notebooks in the works

Intel is in the process of developing a laptop anti-theft protection system. The Intel Anti-Theft Technology (ATT) is not ready to be put into new systems quite yet. The idea behind the technology is to bind system operation into the Windows logon or earlier password – the system will be disabled if booted without authorization. The company many also incorporate tracking technology into ATT.

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Toshiba Satellite A300/A305 now available, AMD version launched

The Toshiba Satellite A300/A305 is now available for sale. It has a completely new design and is the successor of the A200/A205 series. Starting at $869.99, it features a Core 2 Duo processor, 15.4-inch WXGA widescreen display, 3GB RAM/200GB 5400RPM hard drive, and integrated Intel X3100 graphics.

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An AMD-powered version, the A305D, was also announced today. It has similar features yet a slightly higher $949.99 starting price. Both the $949.99 and $999.99 models feature the AMD Turion X2 TL-64 Gold Edition processor and ATI Radeon X1250 graphics. The models have 250GB and 320GB hard drives respectively, and 3GB of RAM.

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