Intel Demos Industry Support for Its Media Processor for TVs

From X-bit Labs: At the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show Intel Corp. showed broad industry support that brings a variety of rich Internet applications to the TV through new connected consumer electronics (CE) devices running on the Intel Media Processor CE 3100. The new Intel processor is the first in a family of purpose-built System on Chips (SoCs) designed specifically for the CE industry.

Replacement Battery Pricing for 17" MacBook Pro Leaked

From DailyTech: Apple is known for often searching for ways to charge premiums on their products and for puzzling design decisions. When news of the MacBook Pro 17" update leaked to the web, many were excited with the prospect of getting their hands on Apple's new flagship product showcasing the new aluminum unibody design.

Oracle to issue 41 security patches

From InfoWorld: Oracle will issue 41 security patches next Tuesday addressing vulnerabilities across "hundreds" of its products, the company said in a pre-release announcement.

Dell officially unveils Adamo, Mini 10

From CNET News.com: Dell trotted out a fashion model to show off the newest addition to its notebook lineup, but beyond explaining the name of Adamo, gave no further details.

Though rumors about Adamo circulated in December, Dell wouldn't confirm its existence. At its press conference here on the second day of CES, the PC maker did that--and only that.

Microsoft holding off on Windows 7 public beta

From CNET News.com: Microsoft has postponed, at least for a short time, making the beta of Windows 7 publicly available.

The move comes as Microsoft has struggled to keep its Windows 7 Web site up on Friday.

Thermaltake Xpressar RCS100 Coming for Radeon HD 4K

From Tom's Hardware: Thermaltake, one of the world leaders in PC cooling technologies is wowing people with its unveiling of the Xpressar line – namely the RCS100. The RCS100 is a phase change based cooling system, currently for your CPU only, in a specialized chassis. AMD based graphics processing unit solutions are to follow. Read on.

AMD Cuts Price of ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 Graphics Card

From X-bit Labs: ATI, graphics product group of Advanced Micro Devices, said this week that it had slashed the manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) of its flagship graphics board and that certain partners may be even offering their versions of the product at even lower pricing, significantly boosting appeal of the card on the market.

Windows Server 2008 R2 beta airs

From InfoWorld: Lost in the Windows 7 hype, Microsoft also released the beta of Windows Server 2008 R2, which is the companion to the client OS.

The company is aligning Windows Server 2008 R2, which briefly was referred to as Windows Server 7, and the client OS Windows 7 although Microsoft officials have not said if they will ship together.

Intel's Atom Grows Up, Moves out of Netbooks

From PC World: Have you noticed Atom-based laptops seem to be getting nicer? The latest models sport bigger screens, more RAM, and slimmer and lighter designs than anything that's come before. They are also using versions of the Atom processor that weren't originally intended to be used in laptops.

Nvidia Targets $99 Netbook With Tegra Chips

From PC World: Shuffling its chip strategy, Nvidia on Thursday said it wants to put its Tegra chips for mobile devices into netbooks.

The company is already working with PC makers to develop Tegra-based netbooks, said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of Nvidia in an interview at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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