Acer Netbook Shipments to Beat Asus's Eee PC

From PC World: Acer, the world's third-largest PC vendor, said shipments of its Aspire one netbook could reach 6 million units this year, which would edge out Asustek Computer's popular Eee PC at the top of the market.

Asus has set a target for Eee PC shipments this year of 5 million, which would be a million shy of the lead if Acer meets its target.

Sun misses analyst forecasts for revenue, earnings

From CNET Sun Microsystems reported a 7 percent drop in first-quarter revenue on Thursday, coming in the midrange of its previously lowered earnings forecast.

The embattled hardware maker posted revenue of $2.99 billion for the quarter, a drop from its year-ago performance.

Sony Says No to PS3 Price Cut as the PS3 Outsells Xbox 360 Globally

From DailyTech: Sony has clearly said “no” to calls for a PS3 price cut in time for the holiday season. At the Games 3.0 conference in London, Sony Computer Entertainment managing director Ray Maguire told a PS3 price cut was not planned.

ATI Quietly Enters Switchable Graphics Technology for Intel Centrino 2 Notebooks

From X-bit Labs: ATI Switchable Graphics technology is a joint effort between ATI/AMD and Intel Corp. to provide users of Intel Centrino 2 notebooks the best features of various graphics adapters: performance and feature-set of discrete GPU and power-efficiency of integrated graphics processor (IGP). A similar technology was also developed by Intel and Nvidia so that to provide customers a choice of graphics processors.

Intel to Describe 32nm Process Technology at International Electron Devices Meeting

From X-bit Labs: Intel Corp. plans to reveal more details about its 32nm fabrication process at the International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) in mid-December, 2008. While the first test chips were build using 32nm process technology more than a year ago, Intel did not provide any details regarding the process itself, possibly because they were subject to change as well as for keeping its rivals without any information.

Intel Joins Taiwan on Linux OS for Netbooks

From PC World: ntel, the world's largest chip maker, created Moblin to use with devices that run on Intel Atom microprocessors. The open source software includes a Linux kernel, a user interface, a browser, developer tools and other resources that Intel will continue to optimize as part of the agreement with the Taiwan government.

Intel, Asus partner on 'dream PC' design site

From CNET The site divides its focus into three "conversation groups," in which consumers work together to design Netbooks, notebooks, and gaming notebooks.

"Visitors to the site can share ideas, vote on submitted concepts and engage in discussions with other community members about the qualities of the 'dream' PC," Intel said in a statement.

Microsoft Launches Windows Azure, New Free OS

From DailyTech: Well for a limited time, developers will get to use and test a unique new OS from Microsoft -- Windows Azure -- entirely for free. The new OS marks the release of Microsoft's long awaited cloud computing operating system.

Broadcom Completes Acquisition of Ex-ATI’s Digital TV Division from AMD

From X-bit Labs: Advanced Micro Devices Tuesday announced the completion of the sale of its Digital TV (DTV) processor business to Broadcom Corp. For some reason, the company had to slash the price of its business unit by $51 million.

Instead of originally announced $192.8, AMD sold its DTV biz for approximately $141.5 million in cash subject to certain escrows and adjustments pursuant to the terms of the definitive asset purchase agreement.

Wal-Mart to sell G1 Android phone for less

From InfoWorld: -Mobile's G1 Android phone is about to get cheaper -- at least, if you look in the right place. Wal-Mart will start selling the Google-powered device at a discounted rate this week, the company has confirmed.


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