News Bits: New Colorful Gateway Notebooks, HP 6910p Review, DirectX 10 on Windows XP

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Gateway introduces M-series and T-series notebooks

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Gateway introduced two new notebooks today, the M- and T-series. The M-series is a 15.4-inch widescreen notebook and the T-series has a 14.1-inch widescreen display; both notebooks have Intel Core 2 Duo processors.

Features of both series include a built-in 1.3 megapixel webcam, HDMI, an integrated fingerprint reader, and an available ATI Radeon HD 2400XT graphics on the M-series. There are HD DVD and Blu-ray drive options.

The M-series has an available WUXGA (1920×1200) screen, allowing for full HD 1080p resolution.

The two launch models, the M6816 and the T6815, will be available for $899.99 in retail stores on July 22. Available color options include Crimson Red, Pacific Blue, and Slate Grey. Built-to-order versions, the M150X and T140X, will be available online starting at $999.99.

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HP 6910p reviewed

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Forum member marmion has reviewed the HP 6910p in our forums. The 6910p is based on Intel’s latest Santa Rosa platform and is designed for high performance. It has a traditional-looking design and excellent quality. According to the reviewer it is a worthy competitor to the Dell Latitude D630 and the Lenovo ThinkPad T61.
Read the in-depth review here.

NEC LaVie laptops have 3D paint job

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While there is nothing particularly striking about NEC’s LaVie laptops, the company has refreshed the line’s looks with a 3D paintjob. The special metallic paint magnetically displays a hologram-style pattern when surrounded by a magnetic field.
With the exception of the paintjob, there is nothing very significant about the 15.4-inch machines – they are available with AMD Sempron or Turion X2 processors. They are available only in Japan and start at about $860.

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DirectX 10 is possible on Windows XP

he Inquirer is running a story on how it is possible to use DirectX 10 on Windows XP. According to the article, Microsoft has explained countless times that due to technical reasons, it is not possible to use DirectX 10 on Windows XP.

There was an odd turn of events – even though DirectX 10 required graphics memory to be a virtualisable, Nvidia did not have any success implementing this feature. Microsoft gave Nvidia a break and made GPU virtualization completely optional. In doing this, Microsoft removed the only obstacle to backporting DirectX 10 to Windows XP.

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Dell’s Taiwan Design Center to design business notebooks

Dell plans to have its Taiwan Design Center (TDC) extend its focus to develop more business class notebooks in addition to consumer models. Dell’s recently-introduced Inspiron and Vostro business models were all designed at the TDC.

Starting in 2008, Dell will also have its TDC extend its focus to gaming notebooks.

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Logitech MX Air Mouse revealed

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The MX Air Mouse is a new device from Logitech with the company’s "Freespace" motion control – it has MEMS sensors and DSP along with 2.4GHz RF technology that allows for gestural motion-control and traditional surface mousing. It has a touch-sensitive scroll panel instead of a scroll wheel and dedicated media controls positioned down the center. It works up to 30 feet away from the PC.

It will ship in August for $150 in the US and Europe.

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