Windows 7 is less of a resource-hog than Vista

From InfoWorld: Good news: the next version of Microsoft's Windows OS appears to be less of a resource hog than Windows Vista.

Microsoft announced Wednesday that a beta version of Windows 7 will be available for the general public to download and try out on Friday. At the same time, it provided a list of the minimum system requirements it recommends for people who run the beta.

Asus' 512GB SSD Laptop; World First

From Tom's Hardware: We had the chance to briefly talk to Asus tonight, prior to CES' full opening in the morning. One thing we learned from Asus is that the company is preparing to launch what it claims is the world's first 512 GB SSD ultra-portable.

One Laptop per Child Foundation Cuts Staff, Refocuses Mission

From X-bit Labs: One Laptop per Child non-profit organization has issued a statement that indicates plans to reduce staff count by 50%, cut salary for the remaining personnel and discontinue certain operations. The organization still believes it will be able to create next-generation ultra-cheap laptop for developing countries and also kick-off certain initiatives to boost computerization of developing nations.

IBM gives Lotus Notes for Mac a makeover

From InfoWorld: BM has introduced at Macworld Expo Lotus Notes 8.5, now featuring integration with social calendaring Web sites. The company also released a beta version of Lotus Symphony, a free productivity software suite that includes document, presentation, and spreadsheet capabilities.

Dell to Move Manufacturing, Lay off 1,900 in Ireland

From PC World: Dell will move its European PC manufacturing operation from Ireland to Poland and lay off workers as it continues its belt-tightening restructuring plan, the company said on Thursday.

About 1,900 employees will be laid off at Dell's factory in Limerick, Ireland, over the next year, with staff reductions starting next month, Dell said. The Limerick facility will continue to coordinate manufacturing, logistics and supply chain-related functions.

Lenovo to cut 2,500 jobs amid restructuring

From CNET News.com: Chinese PC maker Lenovo confirmed Thursday that it is carrying out a restructuring, which involves the company letting go of 2,500 employees--about 11 percent of its workforce.

With the changes, the company is targeting to save $300 million annually, according to a Singapore-based company spokesperson.

AMD to Announce Phenom 2 This Thursday

From DailyTech: With Intel's 45 nm Penryn dominating three and four core Phenom offerings, chipmaker AMD is desperate to do anything it can to cut into Intel's lead. The first major change literally split the company in half, separating its manufacturing branches into a new company.

OCZ Brings New Apex Series Mainstream SSDs to CES

Apple Unveils New 17" MacBook Pro

From DailyTech: During the opening keynote of the Apple Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, Apple unveiled several new hardware and software technologies. Despite Apple CEO Steve Jobs stepping aside to give keynote duties to Senior V.P. of Worldwide Product Marketing Phil Schiller, there was a certain level of anxiety as attendees were still unsure what to expect.

Microsoft Posts Tool Kit to Delay IE8 Download

From PC World: Microsoft Tuesday posted a toolkit to block the upcoming Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) from downloading and installing automatically when it is officially released later this year.

If the company uses a timeline similar to its previous browser, the toolkit's release means Microsoft is likely to deliver IE8 within the next three months.

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