News Bits: Panasonic Battery Recall, Windows Vista Pricing and RC1 Download, Korean Air Bans Dell & Apple Laptops

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Panasonic recalls 6,000 notebook batteries

Matsushita, better known as Panasonic, this week recalled 6,000 notebook batteries sold in Japan. Although it isn’t nearly as large of a recall as the ones Dell and Apple issued, it is still worth noting the lack of attention paid to battery production.

Notebooks are not the only products with battery recalls; in June of this year, HP recalled 679,000 camera batteries that could catch fire if improperly charged. Cell phone companies have dealt with battery problems for some time now as well. Although Sony was the manufacturer for Dell and Apple, Matsushita refuses to identify the company that made the 6,000 recalled batteries, but it did say that it wasn’t Sony, and it wasn’t them.

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Microsoft releases official Windows Vista pricing

Amazon.com leaked pricing for Windows Vista last week – their prices were right on the mark. Microsoft today released official pricing for Vista, shown below (full/upgrade):

  • Windows Vista Home Basic: $199/$99.95
  • Windows Vista Home Premium: $239/$159
  • Windows Vista Business: $299/$199
  • Windows Vista Ultimate: $399/$259

Microsoft did not confirm Amazon’s leaked January 30 ship date, but did say that volume license customers would receive the operating system in November, and it would be available to the general public in January 2007.

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Windows Vista RC1 available to the public

Last week, Microsoft issued Windows Vista RC1 to testers, and now it is available to anyone who wants to give it a go. The 32-bit version is approx. a 2.6GB download, while the x64 edition is ~3.7GB. They can be found here, and to obtain a product key, register here.

RC1 can be used until June 1, 2007, at which time you will have to purchase a full version of Windows Vista.

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Koenigsegg Supercar Laptop

Koenigsegg today released its own line of laptops, joining the ranks with Ferrari and Lamborghini. It will be available in two models; the 1.7GHz, Intel Centrino lower-end model comes with a black casing, while the higher-end 2.13GHz Centrino model comes in fancy Orange. Both models have the Koenigsegg logo on top, and are priced around $2,044.

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Alienware Aurora m9700 SLI notebook now available in different colors, 1GB video memory

September 5th – Alienware today spruced up its 17″ Aurora m9700 SLI notebook today with two more color options and a video card upgrade. The m9700 is now available in Conspiracy Blue and Cyborg Green.

The m9700 also received a video upgrade, and is now available with dual 512MB Nvidia GeForce Go7900GS cards. The m9700 is the first notebook to feature Nvidia SLI dual-GPU technology, and after today’s video upgrade, becomes the first 17″ notebook with 1GB of video memory. Other features of the m9700 include AMD Turion 64 Mobile Technology and up to 320GB of hard drive space via dual hard drives (available RAID 0/1).

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Korean Air follows QANTAS, bans Apple & Dell notebooks

Korean Air has followed suit with QANTAS in banning Apple and Dell notebook onboard flights. A Korean Air spokesperson, who confirmed the ban, cited their policy of “safety first”, and did not give a date when the ban might be lifted.

All models of Apple and Dell notebooks are banned, and it is not limited to the affected models. An Apple Korea spokesperson, said Korean Air was “overreacting”, and Dell said they hope to resolve the issue with Korean Air.

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