"Over the past week we have seen a little bit of blogosphere activity regarding Windows 7 and batteries, specifically the new Windows 7 message “Considering replacing your battery”. Since this is related to the engineering of Windows 7 we’re going to use this blog to provide an update to people. As we have talked about many times, we have a relentless focus on the quality of Windows 7 and we take seriously any reports we receive that indicate a potential problem that could result in a significant failure of the OS. In a previous post we talked about the steps we take when we receive a bug report, in particular when we start to see several reports that appear to be the same. For the past week or so we have been diligently working through these steps and more to see if there is anything in Windows 7 we need to address regarding this issue. At this time we have no reason to believe there is any issue related to Windows 7 in this context." source
"A high-ranking executive from Nvidia Corp. said that it considers external graphics adapters for notebooks a big opportunity even though the company does not offer such products at the moment.
'“I think it is a big opportunity. We have two strategies at Nvidia: one is to put graphics everywhere, the other one is to [find more ways to] integrate discrete chips into the box. I think there is definitely a place for [external graphics cards for notebooks], no question. We continue to look at whether this is a GPU [docking stations] or external devices,' said Rene Haas, general manager of the notebook GPU business at Nvidia, in a brief interview with X-bit labs." source
"Fujitsu's stylish little Lifebook MH380's just popped up over on the company's site for sale. The 10.1-inch, Pine Trail Atom N450-boasting netbook's specs include 2GB of RAM, a 250GB HDD, built-in Bluetooth, six-cell battery and a 1366x768 resolution screen. It also seems to be available in brown, white, black, and red -- though the only one that seems to be available to buy on Fujitsu's site as of now is the Glossy Red model. Let us know when that cute little brown number's up for grabs and we'll probably be back." source
"Asustek Computer is aiming for annual notebook shipments of 20 million units in 2010, surpassing Toshiba and Lenovo to become the fifth largest vendor worldwide, according to Shien-yueh Hsu, general manager of Asustek's notebook division.
Of the 20 million units, Asustek expects 12 million units will be traditional notebooks, with the other eight million units Eee PCs." source
"While Acer posted global shipments of 9.5 million notebooks in fourth-quarter 2009, Hewlett-Packard (HP) shipped 11.38 million units, widening the gap between the two from their narrowest gap of 1.05 million units in the preceding quarter, according to industry sources citing IDC statistics.
Acer shipped 8.86 million notebooks in the third quarter of 2009, while HP moved 9.91 million units, the sources added." source
"Dell is serious about its thin and light class of machines judging by its ability to churn out these lovely lappies from its Adamo design studio. Today we've got the Latitude 13. Oh sure, it looks almost exactly like the Vostro v13 for small businesses but this is Latitude brother, Dell's mainstream business brand. As such, it comes fully IT-ified with a preinstalled Citrix client, easier virtualization options, and baked in know-how for system image and software update distribution. So it's not really new, but it's still "the world's thinnest 13-inch commercial client laptop," according to Dell and that's gotta be worth a second look when it begins shipping in a few weeks." source
"Here's a scene that will make Mac fans feel like they're watching Thomas Kinkade scribble on a Van Gogh.
During an event in Nashville this week, a Trevecca Nazarene University student asked Steve Ballmer to sign a laptop. But as you can see in the video above, it wasn't just a laptop -- it was a MacBook Pro. And the Microsoft CEO eagerly obliged, signing his name directly on top of the Apple logo and then adding the note, 'Need a new one?'" source
"Micro-Star International (MSI) has announced its USB 3.0-ready motherboard, the P55-GD85.
The P55-GD85 supports Intel's latest 32nm, LGA1156-based Core i3/i5/i7 series processors, SATA 6Gb/s and SuperSpeed USB 3.0 protocols. The motherboard has built-in chips from Marvell and NEC to support SATA 6GB/s and USB 3.0 technologies, respectively.
The motherboard also features MSI's exclusive OC Genie, SuperPipe and DrMOS, technologies for enhancing performance, the company said.
MSI has also launched its latest X-Slim series ultra-thin notebook with a dual-core processor. The X420 features Intel's ultra-thin notebook platform equipped with the dual-core Intel Core 2 Duo together with ATI's Mobility Radeon HD 5430 3D external display adapter (with built-in 1GB DDR3 VRAM)." source
"We've got some more details on Sony's beefed-up VAIO Z series of laptops which were announced at CES, namely the addition of Quad SSD drives, Intel Core i7-620M processors and NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M chips.
We already knew the two models would have a 13.1-inch LED backlit screen, an optical Blu-ray drive and HDMI-out, but new information is always appreciated. Made from carbon fibre and aluminum, the laptops weigh less than 1.45kg.
Going back to those Quad SSD drives, you'll be capable of writing data in parallel on up to four SSDs at 6.2 times faster speeds than usual." source
"Not really a shocker as far as world events are concerned, but Toshiba's announced some new Qosimo and Dynabook series laptops for Japan. First, the 18.4-inch Qosimo G models (the G65 and 97L) will boast brand new 2.4GHz Core i5 processors, GeForce GT 330M graphics, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB HDD, and Blu-ray. Up next, the 16.-inch Dynabook TX will have the 2.13GHz Core i3 CPU, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, and Blu-ray. Both the Qosimo and Dynabook models will sport Windows 7 Home Premium, and are expected for release in August. Pricing is unavailable at this time, as are release details outside of Japan, but we'll keep our eyes peeled." source