News Bits: Vista Patch Released, Intel Adjusting CPU Prices, CompUSA Store Closings

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Patch released for Windows Vista

Microsoft has issued a patch for Windows Vista which solves a problem with the network adapter component. The update, KB929451, prevents a network adapter from registering invalid IP addresses into a DNS server when an adapter’s GUID is changed according to Microsoft.

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Toshiba gaming notebooks now feature Windows Vista

Toshiba today announced three new additions to its gaming notebook lineup: the Satellite P100-ST9752, Satellite P100-ST9762 and Satellite P100-ST9772, all of which feature Windows Vista Ultimate.

Windows Vista Ultimate features a Game Explorer in the Start menu, which allows for browsing of your favorite games in addition to other information such as when a game was last played, genre, ratings, and alerts for when patches are available.

The Toshiba Satellite P100 is a 17" widescreen notebook weighing in at 7.1 lbs. It features ultra fast Nvidia GeForce Go7900GTX graphics and a DVI-D out port, which gives gamers the ability to hook up to external high-definition displays. Processing power is provided by the Intel Core 2 Duo.

The Toshiba P100 gaming notebooks have a starting price of $1,999 and are available only through ToshibaDirect.com.

Read More (Business Wire)

Intel to adjust CPU prices soon

Intel is planning to cut prices on selective Pentium 4 and entry-level dual-core CPUs from 5 to 10% before April 22. Intel is adjusting its pricing earlier than anticipated because AMD had announced price cuts on its single- and dual-core Athlon 64 desktop processors during the middle of February. Most of the Intel price cuts will focus on Pentium 4, Celeron D, and Pentium D processors.

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CompUSA to close over half of its stores

CompUSA announced today that it will be closing 126 of its stores across the United States, leaving 103 stores in 39 states and Puerto Rico. Four were closed last week, and the rest will be closed in the next 60 to 90 days. Once the closings have been completed, CompUSA will get a cash infusion of about $440 million.

CompUSA has faced tough challenged over the past few years; users have migrated to less expensive online retailers. Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart, and Circuit City have also taken away from CompUSA’s market.

Read More (Ars Technica)

Man dies using laptop while driving

A 28-year old Californian man died when his Toyota Corolla met with a Hummer head on. California Highway Patrol said the man most likely lost control of his vehicle because he was typing on a laptop.

The laptop was still powered on and plugged into the cigarette lighter after the crash. The occupants of the Hummer were injured but not seriously; they were treated and released.

Read More (TGDaily)

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