AMD’s Sabine Platform Takes Nearly Final Shape

From X-bit Labs: The first Fusion platform by Advanced Micro Devices has taken nearly the final shape and some predictions can be made about notebooks powered by AMD Sabine platform. Based on the information from sources close to AMD, the Sabine will boast with a rather rich set of features and will also be very power efficient thanks to innovative design of Llano accelerated processing unit (APU).

AMD Plans to Launch Five Six-Core Desktop Microprocessors

From X-bit Labs: Unlike its arch-rival Intel Corp., Advanced Micro Devices plans to launch a rather broad family of six-core central processing units (CPUs) for desktops, sources familiar with the company’s plans told X-bit labs. At present there are at least five code-named Thuban chips are planned for the launch this year.

IBM issues layoff notices to 400-plus workers

From InfoWorld: IBM has issued layoff notices to more than 400 workers, according to the Alliance@IBM/CWA Local 1701 , an employee organization that has been the principal source of layoff information at the company.

The Alliance's online job cuts board is abuzz with news from employees, all anonymous, who had received layoff notices.

LTE More Than Higher Speeds, Says Nokia Siemens

From PC World: Attention has been focused on the higher speeds that will be offered by next generation LTE (Long-Term Evolution) mobile networks, but improved latency will be equally important to users, according to Nokia Siemens.

IBM rethinks industry-standard servers

From CNET News.com: IBM introduced on Tuesday a new class of industry-standard servers that it hopes will widen its market share lead and put rivals like Hewlett-Packard and Dell on defense.

Big Blue's new family of servers, dubbed the eX5 portfolio, features architecture tweaks that allow the customer to add more memory without buying an entirely new server. IBM spent three years engineering the systems, which will be previewed at CeBit in Germany this week.

Botnets cause surge in February spam

From CNET News.com: Spam now accounts for close to 90 percent of all e-mail worldwide due to a surge in February, according to Symantec.

AMD 890GX, NVIDIA Next-Generation ION Platforms Launch

From DailyTech: Today marks the official unveiling of a couple important new platforms in the technology world. The platforms come from rivals AMD and NVIDIA. AMD has made official its new AMD 890GX chipset that is aimed at digital entertainment fans and NVIDIA has pulled the wraps off its next-generation ION platform

Apple Claims Invention of Multi-Touch, Phone CPU Undervolting, Sues HTC to Stop Sales

From DailyTech: One trend we mentioned in our coverage of Windows Mobile 7 was how its look was rather unusual in that it didn't imitate the chiclet icon-on-a-grid look that was first introduced by Apple's iPhone and since embraced by scores of different phones, including many Android phones.

Intel’s Six-Core Desktop Chip Available for Pre-Order

From X-bit Labs: Intel Corp.’s forthcoming six-core chip for desktops is now available for pre-order in at least one online store in Europe. The listing may point to availability of the Intel Core i7-980X chip code-named Gulftown in the short-term future.

HP launches its first business laptop with touchscreen

From InfoWorld: Hewlett-Packard on Monday launched its first mainstream business laptop with a touchscreen, but said it would be cautious in bringing touch technology to its existing business laptop lines.

The EliteBook 2740p is a convertible tablet PC with a 12.1-inch touchscreen that can be rotated and placed on top of a keyboard.

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