News Bits: Velocity Micro Enters Circuit City, Apple Announces Safari on Windows, No Quad Core for NP9260

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Velocity Micro to launch computers at Circuit City this summer

Velocity Micro announced today that it will launch new desktops and notebooks at select Circuit City locations this summer nationwide on July 22. Velocity Micro is an independent builder of high performance PCs and workstations.

Circuit City will be the exclusive retail location of Velocity Micro’s new custom notebooks, the NoteMagix X20 and X25, both of which will feature Intel Core 2 Duo desktop processors and Nvidia GeForce 8M graphics cards.

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Sager NP9260 (Clevo D900) not available with quad-core

Sager Midern Computer Inc. has released a statement regarding the availability of Intel quad-core processors and its recently released NP9260 (Clevo D900C-based) high-end desktop replacement notebook.

Sager has found that while the D900C will accept the Q6600 quad-core processor, the system will fail if the processor is used in the long term. The Intel Q6600 30 watts over the D900C’s power specification. The increased wattage brings additional heat by itself, not including environmental temperature.

Sager closed their statement with the following: 

"Rest assured that we are constantly working to use the latest and greatest technology in our units. And we have requested Clevo to continue working to enable Quad-Core functionality. However, we are also committed to providing our customers with a product that will work reliably in the long term. In this case, using the Q6600 in the NP9260 would not accomplish that goal."

Please see this thread for the full announcement and forum discussion. We have a First thoughts review of the NP9260 here and expect to have a full review of this machine up in the next few weeks.

Apple announces Safari browser for Windows

At the Worldwide Developers Conference 2007, Apple’s Chief Executive Steve Jobs announced that the company has developed a version of its Safari Internet browser for Windows. The move is aimed to increase marketshare; Safari is currently ranked third behind Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer.

A public beta version is now available for download.

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MSI to ship 800,000 plus OEM notebooks in 2007

Micro-Star International is expected to ship over 800,000 OEM notebooks in 2007. A fair amount of the machines will be comprised of the company’s own-brand Megabook-branded notebooks.

MSI is focusing on catching up with shipments from Gateway at the moment. Their long-term goal is to become one of the world’s top ten notebook makers within three years.

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IDC says portable PC shipments accelerating

According to the IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, worldwide PC shipments are predicted to go up 12.2% to 256.7 million in 2007. These figures represent a 28% year-on-year increase in portable PC volume. Desktop shipments also surpassed expectations during the first quarter.

ICD’s update raises the previous projection of 11.1% from March by more than a percent. Shipments in 2008 are predicted to reach 284.4 million and 356.7 million in 2011.

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