News Bits: Phony Laptops, Core 2 Duo Marketing Campaign, 2006 PC Shipments Grow

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Notebooks that are literally too good to be true?

A while ago this site published an article about a 20″ laptop by a company called Go-L / Liebermann computer.

Liebermann Olympus 20

A 20″ screen laptop with specs too good to be true?

At that time the specs sounded a little too good to be true, and that may in fact be the case.  According to a forum poster on NotebookReview.com this company is a scam looking to boost stock price through use of press releases and tantalizing products that simply don’t exist:

L International Announces the Metropolis, the World’s First 19” Laptop Computer Featuring Nvidia’s Quad-SLI Technology

http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/060830/20060830005782.html?.v=1

this along with a sting of other bogus press releases has pushed heavy trading of their stock LITL. If any of you remember their press release several weeks ago concerning the 20″ olympus laptop that was discussed on this board i believe — you can view this bogus laptop design at their home page here: http://www.go-l.com

It seems that in the past this company went by Liebermann computer and has a bit of a history doing the same thing according to an article on Register.com, eZineArticles.com, plex.us, Engadget.com, and old discussion from NotebookForums.com.  Computer and stock buyers beware!

Intel announces new program to promote Core 2 Duo

September 18th – Intel today announced a new program to promote its Core 2 Duo processor. The program is called “Multiply”, and it will be the first time Intel will advertise the potential benefits of a dual-core processor.

The program will show that users can do more simultaneously by multiplying images or objects on the screen and having them all do different activities. The commercials are targeted toward an 18 to 30 year old audience. Intel declined to reveal how much money it is spending on this global campaign, but an Intel executive said “it is about the level of the Centrino campaign” in 2003, which had a $300 million budget.

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PC shipments to grow in 2006, but revenues to decline

Global PC shipments are slated to reach 233.7 million units in 2006, a 10.5% increase from 2005. However, the expected $198.3 billion revenues are a 2.5% decline according to Gartner.

Unit growth is being spurred by sharper PC price declines in mature markets, but will eventually slow as PC replacements fade and saturation becomes more of an issue. The launch of Windows Vista next year could generate added growth, but its impact is unknown right now.

The holiday buying season this year could prove especially difficult for PCs. Prices for many consumer electronic devices are falling due to excess production, which puts them in direct competition with PCs. Without Vista, PC vendors are going to have a difficult time holding consumer’s interest in PCs without cutting prices.

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Intel creates laser light chips

Researchers at Intel and the University of California have created a hybrid silicon-based chip that is capable of sending data between chips in a computer using laser light. Essentially, future chips may no longer need wires to send data; they will be replaced by a laser light that will beam information between chips inside the computer. This could mean significantly faster data transfer and reduced production costs.

The light-wave guides created using indium phosphide on an etched silicon chip are powerful enough to pick up minute laser that switch on and off at billions of times per second.

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Adobe CS3 on the horizon

Adobe’s release of the next major version of its graphics production application set, Creative Suite 3, will happen in the near future. This is big news for the Intel-Mac platform; Mac users have been stranded on CS2 running on Rosetta, which significantly reduces performance. Adobe said earlier this year that CS2 would not be updated to run on Intel Macs natively.

While CS3 is still in the works, Adobe has released CS2.3, an updated version of CS2 that includes Acrobat 8 Professional and Dreamweaver 8. It has been reported that the full version of CS2.3 will retail for ~$1,200, and the upgrade price for CS2 users ~$150.

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TDK unveils 32GB flash memory drive for notebooks

TDK has shown its version of a 32GB NAND flash memory drive for notebooks. It hooks up to a standard IDE connector, and is 80% of the size of a regular 2.5″ hard disk. It uses less power than a regular 2.5″ drive, and has data transfer rates of 33.3MB/s.

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