Toshiba shows prototype fast-charging laptop battery

From InfoWorld: Toshiba showed off a prototype of its fast-charging SCiB battery designed for laptops on Tuesday, but said the technology is still a ways off from making its way into computers.

SCiB, or Super Charge Ion Batteries, are designed to recharge to 90 percent capacity within 10 minutes, and will last longer and endure more recharge cycles than current lithium-ion batteries.

PC Video Cards With Toshiba's SpursEngine Coming Soon

From PC World: The first add-in video cards based on Toshiba's SpursEngine video chip will soon hit the market, as the company looks to tap growing user interest in high-definition video.

Pricey Apples Hold 20 Percent of Retail Notebook Sales and 35 Percent of Revenue

From DailyTech: Independent research often is used to verify thing we knew all along. Among the studies to fall in this category was the recent market research which confirmed that Apple computers, on average, cost nearly twice as much as Vista computers. This is good news for Apple, who despite a reinvigorated advertising campaign from Microsoft, is cashing in on its chic brand image.

Articles Roundup September 30, 2008

Altec Lansing T612 Speaker System Review @ ThinkComputers.org
Forcetake MARS RAM Cooler Review @ Frostytech.com

MSI's X58 Motherboard To Have Quad-SLI

From Tom's Hardware: MSI’s upcoming X58 motherboards have made an appearance online thanks to a newly leaked slide that reveals what features are to be expected. The leaked slide uncovered by those at Fudzilla show three different MSI motherboards projected for release in 2008.

ATI Readies New Mainstream Graphics Card

From X-bit Labs: ATI, graphics product group of Advanced Micro Devices, plans to introduce yet another ATI Radeon HD 4800-series graphics card that will be aimed at the mainstream market. The new product will allow AMD to more successfully compete against arch-rival Nvidia Corp., which is going to have problems with offering a competitor for the novelty from ATI.

Nokia Drops Enterprise E-mail Platform to Focus on Consumers

From PC World: Nokia will stop developing its enterprise mobile e-mail platform Intellisync: its future enterprise e-mail systems will be based on platforms from Cisco, Microsoft and IBM, among others.

"It doesn't make too much sense for us to create our own when we can partner with the best solutions in the market," said Dinesh Subramanian, spokesman at Nokia.

AMD says new 'Shanghai' chip is ready to go

From CNET News.com: AMD said Monday it is set to roll out its next-generation "Shanghai" chip--minus the mistakes of the last generation.

Super Talent Launches 64GB, 128GB SSDs at $179, $299 Respectively

From DailyTech: When it comes to SSDs, Super Talent isn't standing still when it comes to new models. Super Talent and OCZ have both been battling it out to bring faster, cheaper models to the masses based on multi-level cell (MLC) NAND technology.

Just two weeks ago, Super Talent launched new MLC-based MasterDrive OX drives which feature read speeds of 150MB/sec and write speeds of 100MB/sec. Prices range from $149 for the 32GB model on up to $419 for the 128GB mode.

NVIDIA Offers Settlements in Suits Over GPU Price Fixing

From DailyTech: NVIDIA has offered to settle some of the pending lawsuits against it out of court. The suits in question that NVIDIA is trying to settle stem from allegations of price fixing in the GPU market.

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