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Sunday Sampler [30-03-08]

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Posted March 30, 2008 by admin in News

Turns out that XP’s final service pack will now be released in the second half of April. “The last time Microsoft made a public move with Windows XP SP3 was a little over a month ago, when it posted a second release candidate to Windows Update.”

Asus has confirmed that touch screen Eee PC’s with possible GPS support are in the works. “The 8.9-inch Eee PC will adopt Intel’s low-cost notebook platform and the lowest memory capacity will be upgraded from 512MB to 1GB, while the SSD capacity will be upgraded from 4-8GB to 8-12GB”

On that note, HotHardware are claiming they have some real shots of the desktop Eee PC. “We can’t really comment on the source of these pics except to say that they are indeed shots of an Asus Eee PC Desktop product that should be arriving to market some time in the next quarter or so.”

Apple’s MacBook Air (OS X) has been the first system to be hacked at the recent “PWN 2 OWN” hacking contest. It took around two minutes to complete the job. “Within 2 minutes, he directed the contest’s organizers to visit a Web site that contained his exploit code, which then allowed him to seize control of the computer.”

Two days later, Vista was hacked, leaving Linux as the only OS standing. “Some of the show’s 400 attendees had found bugs in the Linux operating system, she said, but many of them didn’t want to put the work into developing the exploit code that would be required to win the contest.”

Fudzilla are confident that the Radeon HD 3830 is a China only product, just like the HD 3690. “You can be sure that this card will end up dramatically slower than Radeon 3850 and it would probably do poorly in demanding markets such as the E.U. and U.S.”

Sapphire have released a passively-cooled HD 3870. “For cooling the 55nm-built RV670 chip, the blue PCB Ultimate makes use of a aluminum heatsink equipped with four heatpipes that transfer the hot air towards the back of the card where an array of fins have to dissipate it.”

Even though Firefox 3 isn’t out the door, early details of Firefox 4 have surfaced. “Mozilla Lab’s push is to blur the edges of the browser, to make it both more tightly integrated with the computer it’s running on, and also more hooked into Web services.”

MSI has shown-off some of their nForce 780a and 750a equipped motherboards. “The nForce 750a-powered K9N2 SLI Platinum and K9N2 Zilent offer identical features… The difference between the two boards comes from the bundle, K9N2 Zilent being bundled with a Zalman CPU cooler.”

Finally, Dell has added a Blu-ray drive to a sub-$1000 notebook. “The cost will plummet this year, but if you absolutely, positively need to burn up to 50 GB at time (at a cost of about $35 per blank disc), you don’t have to get a premium laptop to match the premium drive.”

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