News Bits: New voluntary battery recalls, New ATI graphics start shipping

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New voluntary battery recalls announced

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced a voluntary battery recall program in cooperation with Dell, HP, and Toshiba. There are a total of 65,000 Li-ion batteries being recalled, 35,000 of which are in the U.S.

The Sony-made battery cells can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers. Consumers who have a notebook with an affected battery should remove the battery from their computer immediately and contact their manufacturer. Click to the link to see if your notebook is affected. Dell computers compromise 15,000 of the batteries.

HP Battery Recall Website
Dell Battery Recall Website
Toshiba Battery Recall Website
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ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4000 series shipping to vendors

AMD’s website reveals that it is shipping next-generation ATI Radeon HD 4000 series products to notebook vendors. The cards include the Mobility Radeon HD . . .

  • 4650
  • 4850
  • 4850 X2
  • 4870

Surprisingly, the Mobility Radeon HD 3870 was not picked up by anyone but OCZ in its Whitebook gaming notebook. It is not known at this time which manufacturers will be using the cards.

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Centrino 2 fails to boost market share

Despite the launch of Intel’s new Centrino 2 platform, the company’s marketshare has only increased ever so slightly. iSuppli says that Intel’s processor sales were only up a third of a point to 80.4 percent, and 1.7 percent on year.

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