News Bits: Core 2 Duo Benchmarks, New Verizon EVDO for ExpressCard Slots, XPS M2010 Reviewed

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Intel Core 2 Duo T7600 performance benchmarks

Tom’s hardware has benchmarked the flagship of Intel’s mobile Core 2 Duo lineup, the T7600 (2.33GHz). Compared with the current Core Duo (Yonah), it is up to 20% faster, while consuming about the same amount of power. The Core 2 Duo also improved very slightly in battery life.

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Verizon Wireless ships ExpressCard EV-DO card

Previously sold only in the older PCMCIA format, owners of new notebooks with ExpressCard slots had no options for EV-DO cards. Verizon Wireless has finally started shipping the Novatel Wireless V640 ExpressCard/34. It is available now, and will be in retail stores on August 24th. Prices vary with the service agreement – $229.99 for a one-year, and $179.99 for a two-year.

The Novatel Wireless V640 is about half the size of a regular PCMCIA card. Its advanced dual-band diversity design allows for stronger network signal reception.

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Asustek notebook profits to increase in 2006

Digitimes is reporting that Asustek Computer could generate more than NT$3 billion (US$91 million) in profits from its notebook business this year. It might even outdo Acer’s estimated NT$2.8-3 billion. Asustek declined to comment on the report.

According to IDC (International Data Corporation), Asustek recorded the largest shipment growth on-year in Q1 2006. Asustek estimates it will ship 5 million notebooks this year, well up from the 3.7 million last year.

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AirDefense announces Mobile 4.0, the most powerful laptop-based 802.11 wireless analysis tool

August 3rd – AirDefense today announced AirDefense Mobile 4.0, the newest version of the company’s security and wireless network assessment tool. It features a new analysis engine, which is built on the patented technology used in the company’s flagship product, AirDefense Enterprise. The analysis engine provides network administrators with more than 100 security and performance-based alarms. Several new features include alarm notification via email or Syslog messaging.

AirDefense is used to locate rogue access points and stations, and take steps to close security holes. According to Spencer Parker, product line manager at AirDefense:

“AirDefense Mobile is the most powerful laptop-based wireless analysis tool on the market today and nothing else comes close to offering this broad set of features at a similar price. Customers are amazed at what they detect in their air when they first start using the tool. They find using Mobile really proves that most freeware tools, such as NetStumbler, only show the basic broadcasting networks and can’t be relied on for true operational support.”

AirDefense Mobile runs on Windows 2000/XP, and installs on any laptop with an Atheros-based 802.11a/b/g wireless card. A 14-day fully-featured demonstration version is available for download from

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Dell XPS M2010 reviewed

BIOS magazine has reviewed Dell’s XPS M2010, a 20.1″, 18-lb monster of a multimedia machine. It is designed for gamers and enthusiasts.

The M2010 features eight speakers and a sub, Intel Core Duo processor, ATI’s Mobility Radeon X1800 graphics card, pop-up, slot-load 8X DVD+/-RW DL drive, web camera, and detachable Bluetooth wireless keyboard. This product is truly unique and has a price tag to match – $3,500 USD starting (from 1999 inc. VAT in the U.K.).

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