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Sunday Sampler [27-01-08]

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Posted January 27, 2008 by admin in Internet

Reviewers around the net have been busy with the MacBook Air. “If you value thinness, and a large screen and keyboard in a subnotebook, and don’t watch DVDs on planes or require spare batteries, the MacBook Air might be just the ticket.”

VIA have just unveiled their Isaiah x86 processor architecture. “New architecture provides substantial increases in performance and functionality with leading power efficiency to enable next generation ‘Small is Beautiful’ computing devices”

ExtremeTech have compiled seven things they’d like to see in Windows 7. “I have a ton of suggestions for Windows 7. The love-it-or-hate-it Windows Vista has left a great deal of users wishing it would just go away.”

OCWorkBench have learnt that AMD’s RS780 IGP is 261% faster than the 690G in 3DMark 06. “In terms of 3D graphics performance, AMD RS780 is 2x faster than AMD 690G. In 3Dmark06, the difference is shocking, 1162 vs 321. That is 3.6X difference.”

BetaNews has learned that the HD format war is far from over, well that’s what the HD DVD boss believes anyway. “People have a library of DVDs, people understand HD and know it looks better. But they’re not thinking about it from a format perspective, they are thinking “I want my movies in high-def.”

Rockstar Games has announced that Grand Theft Auto IV will hit the Xbox 360 and PS3 on April 29th this year.“We’ve pushed ourselves very hard to make something incredible and hope the game sets a new benchmark for interactive entertainment.”

Speculation is building that IBM is planning a takeover on AMD. “A deal could see IBM’s microelectronics division merge with AMD at some point, possibly in the near term”. Others deny this saying it would “destroy shareholder value for IBM, that argument is a nonstarter.”

Finally, Microsoft has vowed to fix some installation woes found in Office 2008 for Macs. “Office 2008’s installation problems first came to light thanks to Mac user Joel Bruner, who noted both issues in posts on his blog earlier this week.”

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