News Bits: Roper Mobile Technology unveils Duros Rugged Tablet, Dell adds Ubuntu to Inspiron 1525, Toshiba Discontinues HD DVD

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Roper Mobile Technology unveils Duros Rugged Tablet PC

Today Roper Mobile Technology unveiled the Duros Rugged Tablet PC. Roper Mobile bought out Black Diamond a while ago, the makers of the Switchback, so they are familiar with the rugged tablet market. The Duros is sealed to IP-65 levels for dust and water ingress and tested to MIL STD 810F for vibration, functional shock, high and low temperatures and drops.

It comes equipped with an 8.4-inch brilliant sunlight viewable, SVGA resistive touchscreen and an AMD Geode LX 800 processor or an Intel Celeron M 1.0GHz. The Duros packs up to 1GB memory and up to 120GB storage (up to 64GB solid state drive is available). Its hot swappable battery feature diminishes downtime and provides continuous battery life, making it great for on-the-go use and in those harsh environments.

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Intel to use Centrino 2 branding for Montevina platform

In order to differentiate the upcoming Montevina platform from its previous platforms, Intel will use Centrino 2 branding to clear up confusion for consumers. Centrino has been used for four generations of Intel mobile platforms; because the brand name has not changed, consumers are unaware of the technology differences. Notebook makers approve of Intel’s choice; by changing the name, it will increase brand recognition and hopefully increase demand.

Intel is planning to officially launch the Montevina platform at Computex Taipei 2008. It did not comment on the Centrino 2 branding.

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Toshiba discontinues HD DVD

Toshiba has given up the format war and will no longer be pursuing the HD DVD business. It will still support all existing HD DVD products. The firm will cease shipping players and recorders by the end of March 2008 and end production of the products around the same time.

Toshiba is still committed to the standard DVD format, and will maintain the relations it formed with various companies while developing HD DVD.

Toshiba Press Release

Dell adds Ubuntu to Inspiron 1525 internationally, not in US

Dell is now offering the Inspiron 1525 notebook with Ubuntu Linux 7.10 pre-installed. Built-in DVD playback capability is included. The Ubuntu-equipped 1525 is available internationally in the UK, France, Spain, and Germany; later this month, it will become available in the US as well. review for the Inspiron 1525
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Microsoft giving free development software to students

Microsoft is offering free development software to students as a part of its DreamSpark program. The program is offered in 11 countries, and students in those countries can get a variety of tools for free. The products include SQL Server, Visual Studio, Windows Server 2003, and others. To get the free software, students need to have a Windows Live ID and be verified as a student every year. This can all be done on Microsoft’s DreamSpark website.

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