News Bits: Voluntary Battery Recalls, SanDisk Improves SSDs, Belkin TSA Laptop Bag

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Dell develops new design printing technology for notebooks

Dell has developed a new technology for printing designs on notebooks during production. The technology, called Picaso, prints designs digitally on empty film, which are then put onto the notebook chassis with heat. Digital printing allows for clearer and brighter colors. The downside of Picaso is that it is expensive to use.

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SanDisk introduces ExtremeFFS filesystem for SSDs

SanDisk has introduced a new file system for SSDs called ExtremeFFS, or Extreme Flash File System. SanDisk claims ExtremeFFS can improve SSD random write speeds up to 100x compared to traditional systems. ExtrmeFFS is also claimed to increase endurance of SSDs.

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Centrino 2 fails to boost market share

Despite the launch of Intel’s new Centrino 2 platform, the company’s marketshare has only increased ever so slightly. iSuppli says that Intel’s processor sales were only up a third of a point to 80.4 percent, and 1.7 percent on year.

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New voluntary battery recalls announced

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently announced a voluntary battery recall program in cooperation with Dell, HP, and Toshiba. There are a total of 65,000 Li-ion batteries being recalled, 35,000 of which are in the U.S.

The Sony-made battery cells can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers. Consumers who have a notebook with an affected battery should remove the battery from their computer immediately and contact their manufacturer. Click to the link to see if your notebook is affected. Dell computers compromise 15,000 of the batteries.

HP Battery Recall Website
Dell Battery Recall Website
Toshiba Battery Recall Website

Belkin FlyThru cases are airport checkpoint-friendly

Belkin’s FlyThru notebook cases are designed for airport travelers. Users will no longer have to take their notebook out of the bag to show airport security; the laptop can be easily seen through a clear window on one side of the bag. The bag meets guidelines set forth by the TSA. The Belkin FlyThru case has an MSRP of $59.99.

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