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Microsoft Preps for Public Vista SP1 Test

Although not yet completely finished, a polished release candidate for Vista Service Pack 1 will be available next week to the general public.

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WiBrain B1

The Wibrain is one of the smalled UMPCs we have come accross and it comes with plenty of features.

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Microsoft Kills Its Own Kill Switch

Users with illegitimate copies of Windows Vista will no longer be locked out in the cold when their systems fail validation, thanks to customer complaints.

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WD’s Passport Portable Drives Hit 320 GB

WD has increased the capacity of their Passport portable hard drives to 320 GB.

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Peru Orders 260,000 OLPC Laptops

The OLPC project continues to show success, as Peru signs an order for 260,000 OLPC XO laptops, and Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim plans to bring 50,000 systems to his country.

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Dell Loses Market Share to HP, Acer

Third-quarter sales figures from iSuppli have Hewlett-Packard expanding its share of the global PC market, and Taiwan's Acer taking over the number two slot for notebooks.

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Apricorn Launches 128-Bit Encrypted Drives

The Aegis Vault line of mobile USB-powered drives feature hardware encryption and shock mounting to keep data safe.

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Adobe and Yahoo Partner on Embedded PDF Ads

Adobe and Yahoo have announced a new service that will let online publishers put contextual ads next to online PDF content.

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Samsung Ships 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive

Samsung's shipping its F1 Series 1 desktop hard drive, offering 7,200 rpm spindle speed, low power consumption, a one terabyte capacity, and a $399 price tag.

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Micron Debuts 32GB and 64GB SSDs

By using a lightweight plastic housing and specialized SATA II controller, Micron claims their drives are both lighter and faster than the competition.

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Zonbu Brings Subscription Model to Notebook

The makers of the original subscription-based PC have brought out a notebook that can be had for $279 with a service contract.

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NEC PowerMate P5000

The NEC PowerMate P5000 may sit like a desktop PC, but it's portable like a laptop.

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OLPC Sued Over Multilingual Keyboard

Nigerian-owned Lagos Analysis Corp (LANCOR) has filed a patent infringement suit over the OLPC XO laptop' multilingual keyboard.

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Dell XPS M1530 Notebook Starts at $999

Dell's new XPS M1530 notebook features a 15.4-inch screen, a Core 2 Duo CPU, Nvidia GeForce graphics, HDMI output, a 2 megapixel camera...and a $999 starting price.

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Dell Moves Into European Retail

Computer maker Dell is expanding its push into retail, inking a deal with Carrefour Group to sell notebook and desktop systems in France, Belgium, and Spain.

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