Microsoft Increases the Price of Xbox 360 Arcade in the UK

From X-bit Labs: Even though numerous companies are lowering prices on various consumer electronics (CE) and PC hardware, Microsoft Corp. has reportedly decided to raise the price of its Xbox 360 Arcade video game console in the United Kingdom. The reason for the increase is devaluation of the British pound against U.S. dollar and Euro.

Asustek Laptops Retain Title of Most Reliable Systems – Tech Support Specialist

From X-bit Labs: Asustek Computer again managed to become the maker of most reliable personal computers in the U.S., according to Rescuecom’s quarterly computer reliability report. Apart from Asus, Apple and Lenovo Group are in the top three makers of most reliable PCs. Even though the scores provided by Rescuecom are rather questionable, they outline a rather alarming trend: the amount of calls requesting support for Asus PCs is increasing quicker than the market share of the firm.

Palm opens up third-party webOS apps beta program

From InfoWorld: Those who've been waiting for the Palm Pre to become a meaningful competitor to the iPhone are one step closer on Tuesday, as Palm announced that it's beginning to take submissions for its App Catalog's e-commerce beta program.

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HP quarterly profit dips 19 percent

From CNET With revenue down across almost all of its businesses, Hewlett-Packard posted a 19 percent drop in profit for the third quarter of 2009.

UK Gets Windows 7 Full Versions at Half Price, U.S. Left Out

From DailyTech: Usually on the short end of the stick when it comes to pricing, the British finally have some good news to cheer about. The UK will be receiving special pricing on the Windows 7 that will make full versions of the software cheaper than the upgrade edition in the U.S. The U.S. is, meanwhile, left out for once.

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Nvidia Readies Core-Logic for Intel Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 CPUs - Rumors

From X-bit Lab's: Despite of the fact that Nvidia Corp. does not have a license to develop and sell core-logic sets compatible with Intel Corp.’s microprocessors featuring built-in memory controller, the company still wants to introduce a chipset supporting central processing units based on Nehalem and Westmere micro-architectures early next year, according to media reports.

OCZ Technology: Solid-State Drives Really Going Mainstream

From X-bit Lab's: OCZ Technology is primarily known for its high-performance dynamic random access memory (DRAM) modules aimed at performance-minded end-users. The company also makes power supply units, USB drives and even notebooks, but it looks like the company’s main growth driver for the future is solid-state drive lineup. According to chief exec of OCZ, SSDs are already entering the mainstream market and their popularity will continue to increase.

Twitter declares latest application platform problems solved

From InfoWorld: The technical problems that affected the performance and availability of third-party Twitter applications in recent days have been fixed, the micro-blogging and social networking company said Monday evening.


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