News Bits: Notebook Shipments Increase, Acer Buys Packard Bell, M1330 with Linux

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Asus Eee PC touch-screen not happening

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Asus announced Jan. 30 that it will not be offering touch-screen functionality on the Eee PC anytime soon because it is not in high demand from Eee PC customers. The company has suspended its plans for including touch-screens.
For those willing to do some DIY modding, the Eee PC can have touch-screen functionality for about $100. Review of the Asus Eee PC
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Acer takes Packard Bell

Acer has finally bought European PC maker Packard Bell. Acer today announced to the Taiwanese stock exchange it would acquire 75% of PB’s parent company, PB Holdings. Acer is paying $45.8 million for the stake.

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MacBook Air miniature Core 2 Duo coming to more notebooks

The custom-fit Core 2 Duo in the MacBook Air is on its way to other ultraportable PC notebooks. The Core 2 Duo in the MBA is miniaturized, 60% smaller than the typical Core 2 Duo processor even though it is made on the same 65nm process. The advantage of the small CPU will not be long-lived, as Intel’s Montevina platform with 45nm CPUs ships in May. coverage of the MacBook Air
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Dell XPS M1330 available with Ubuntu in the US

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The Dell XPS M1330 is now available in the United States with Ubuntu 7.10 Linux pre-installed as Dell said it would be. The base price is $954 as of writing as compared to $999 for the standard Windows XPS M1330. The savings are not exactly drastic, and I have to say that $45 for Vista Premium isn’t bad.

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Worldwide notebook shipments up 33% in 2007

The IDC has released a report that said worldwide notebook shipments grew 33% on-year versus 2006. 109 million notebooks were shipped and 151 million desktops; desktop shipments only grew 4%. HP shipped the largest number of units at 23.3 million, and Acer was in second place with 15.42 million. Dell was a close third at 15.29 million.

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