News Bits: Gateway Unveils New Notebook, HP Still #1, ASUS Ships Illegal Software

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Gateway unveils MC series notebook

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Gateway unveiled its latest notebook, the MC series, at a press conference this week. The MC is a serious step-up for Gateway in terms of style and attractiveness. One of the most interesting design features is a strip of black leather running down the center of the lid. Other design features include an orange backlit keyboard and brushed aluminum palmrests.

The MC series will feature a 16:9 aspect ratio, 16-inch display with resolutions up to full HD (1920×1080). The screen has a piece of glass over it that spans edge-to-edge, much like the Infinity displays on HP’s HDX notebooks (to which the MC will be a head-to-head competitor).

There are no official specifications for the MC series yet, but there will be both AMD and Intel versions.

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ASUS shipping notebooks with illegal software

Many ASUS owners on various discussion boards are reporting finding confidential and personal information, plus illegal key generators on their new notebooks.

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HP remains #1 in notebook shipments

According to research done by DisplaySearch, HP was number one in the world for notebook shipments by volume in the second quarter this year. HP has now held that position for two straight years. The real growth in the notebook PC market has come from consumers, one of Dell’s troublespots. Dell has recently been concentrating on the consumer notebook market, and has seen consistent shipment increases.

DisplaySearch also found that the market share of traditional 4:3 non-widescreen notebooks has dipped below three percent.

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Nvidia cutting 6.5% of workforce

Nvidia recently announced that it will be cutting approximately 6.5% of its workforce, about 360 jobs. The layoffs will be complete by October.

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