News Bits: Dell Latitude XT Feature Page and Videos, AMD Shrike Notebook Platform, Toshiba Qosmio G40

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Windows Vista is the #1 tech disappointment of 2007

What a surprise! PCWorld has put Vista at the top of its "15 biggest tech disappointments of 2007". "No Wow, No How" reads the title. Many innovations that were supposed to make Vista good like a more efficient file system and better communications did not make it as Microsoft struggled to put something together. The User Account Control is more irritating than anything, and incompatibilities, although not as common as when the OS first came out, are still abundant. The $339 list price for Vista Ultimate does not help matters at all. It is hard to find a new PC on the market that does not come without Vista preinstalled, which is disappointing.

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Dell Latitude XT feature pages

Although the XT isn’t available to order and customize yet from Dell’s website, they have a full feature page dedicated to the new Tablet PC. The page has videos, an interactive gallery and all the information a user could want on the new N-trig touch technology and pen input. This 12.1" tablet is sure to have heads turning and I am sure will cause some shipping delays due to all the orders. I know many users are disappointed about the price, so we will have to see if Dell lowers that a bit.

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AMD Shrike notebook platform for 2009 unveiled

AMD will release its "Shrike" notebook platform in 2009 featuring an Accelerated Processing Unit (APU), which has general-use CPU cores with specialized accelerator cores on one chip. AMD’s first APU will have AMD "Stars" CPU cores and a GPU core. The Swift chips will be manufactured on a 45m process and use DDR3 system memory.

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Toshiba Qosmio G40 has world’s first HD DVD-RW drive

Toshiba has introduced the world’s first HD DVD-RW drive in a laptop, housed in the top-of-the-line Qosmio G40. It is priced at about $3,530 with high-end specifications including a 17-inch WUXGA high-definition display.

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Faster chips leaving software behind

Today’s software is having trouble keeping up with faster chips. Newer processors with more than one core require complex software that breaks the data up into chunks that can be processed simultaneously. Microsoft executives are planning on many core CPU chips with eight cores or more to transform the world of personal computing; they are working hard on developing software that will take advantage of multiple processors.

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