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Acer America last week introduced a new Acer Aspire desktop replacement notebook.
The Aspire AS8940G-6865 has an 18.4-inch HD display and is powered by an Intel Core i7 processor. It will ship in time for the holiday selling season with a $1,349 suggested retail.
Maingear last week introduced the Shift, a high-performance PC that the company is calling the everyday supercomputer.
The Shift takes Maingear’s normal high-end production qualities to the next level and includes a new cooling system, advanced customer support and a three-year warranty, said company founder and president Wallace Santos.
The continued proliferation of smartphones may seriously challenge the laptop and netbook market for consumer dollars unless PC vendors can break into the handheld market.
This is according to Roberta Cozza, a principal research analyst with Gartner, who is forecasting a switch in consumer spending habits that, starting in 2010, will see more dollars being spent on smartphones than consumer notebooks.
While some consumers are still ambivalent about their need for Internet security software, most do demand that their PC perform well.
So Computer Associates has decided to take advantage of this consumer practice by hyping the ability of its latest software to improve a PC’s performance, while downplaying its Internet security capabilities.
Sprint began offering a netbook with embedded 3G wireless for the first time in its stores in select markets, joining indirect retailers that offer netbooks certified for use on the carrier’s 3G network.
Sprint stores in San Francisco, Indianapolis, Phoenix, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Baltimore have begun selling the 3G-equipped Dell Inspiron Mini 10 at $199 after $100 mail-in rebate with a two-year 3G service contract.
Seagate will introduce two new products here during International CES: a USB 3.0 external hard drive and a new, shorter version of its Free Agent Go.
The USB 3.0 external hard drive falls under Seagate's Black Armor family. Designated the PS-110, the device will operate at speeds 10 times faster than a USB 2.0 port, said Jon van Bronkhorst, product marketing executive director.
Sony Electronics will show a revamped Vaio mobile computing line at International CES, including the company's latest green effort and Blu-ray-equipped laptop.
All of Sony's CES notebook introductions are based on Intel's Capella processor architecture, the chip manufacturer's latest line of mobile processors.
Internet security software has been the lone bright spot for retail software sales so far in 2009, according to The NPD Group.
The research firm said security software sold through store's tech benches, the computer service department, comprised 18 percent of all retail-level security software sales. This is up from 11 percent in 2008.
Seoul, South Korea - Samsung Electronics today unveiled a 250GB 1.8-inch external hard drive, the Spinpoint N3U.
The device incorporates a native USB controller on its printed circuit board, resulting in a smaller footprint, less power consumption and optimized performance, the company said.
The drive's native USB interface reportedly eliminates possible points of failure due to loose cable connections and optimizes performance by eliminating the interrupt-service time for the bridge board to convert PATA to USB signals.
Round Rock, Texas - Dell launched its FastTrack program today, said to ship preconfigured systems for consumers and small- and medium-businesses from factories the next business day.
Dell said it would track consumers' orders directly and identify the most-requested laptops. These would then be available for quick delivery.