News Bits: Palm Foleo First Look, Toshiba U305 Available, Fujitsu 300GB Notebook Drive

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Palm Foleo first thoughts review

The Palm Foleo is a new device that was unveiled late this spring; Palm calls it a mobile companion. Ed Hardy recently spent some time with a prototype unit and shares his impressions on, a sister site of NotebookReview.

First impressions – the Foleo is really small. It has a 10-inch display and a QWERTY keyboard. The software is very different from that of a PC or Mac because there is no desktop – you just switch between applications. The web browser works good although it is no Firefox or Internet Explorer.

Please see the detailed video for more impressions.

Toshiba announces 13.3″ U305 notebook

Toshiba has announced its latest thin-and-light notebook, the Satellite U305. Starting at 4.6 pounds, the U305 comes standard with a DVD burner and a 1.3 megapixel built-in webcam. The U305 is based on the new Intel Santa Rosa platform, and features the Intel Core 2 Duo processor and Intel 965GM series chipset.

The U305 is available in configurations starting at $899; they are available through

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Kenmos to start shipping LED backlighting for notebooks

Taiwan-based backlighting unit maker Kenmos Technology will start producing 13.3- and 15.4-inch LED displays for notebooks in July. The combined volume at first will be around 10,000 – 15,000 units. The company’s overall shipments of LED-based backlighting units will reach 100,000 units in August.

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Fujitsu shows off 300GB 2.5″ drive

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Fujitsu today unveiled the world’s highest-capacity 2.5″ drive yet at 300GB. They showed off the drive in a USB-powered external enclosure. It runs at 4,200RPM and has a 16-point shock absorber along with an array of security software. It is expected to hit retail in Q3 at $229. There is no word on when the bare drive will be available.

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