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Sony to Initiate Global Replacement Program for Notebook Computer Battery Packs
Written by Gizmo   
Wednesday, 04 October 2006 10:32

From Sony's Press Release :

"Sony Corporation will initiate a global replacement program for certain battery packs that utilize Sony-manufactured lithium ion cells used by notebook computer manufacturers in order to address concern related to recent over-heating incidents. Sony always strives to deliver the highest level of satisfaction to its customers and all consumers. We believe that this program is in the best interest of both our customers and all consumers.

Sony is discussing this plan with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and will coordinate with other government authorities as required. We will announce details of the program in the near future.

Sony has been supporting the recall of battery packs for Dell and Apple. As we have previously explained, on rare occasions, microscopic metal particles in the recalled battery cells may come into contact with other parts of the battery cell, leading to a possibility of short circuit within the cell. Typically, a battery pack will simply power off when a cell short circuit occurs. However, under certain rare conditions an internal short circuit may lead to cell overheating and potentially flames. The potential for this to occur can be affected by variations in the system configurations found in different notebook computers. Sony believes that this engineering analysis remains valid.

Sony will consult with its OEM customers that utilize these battery cells and work with those that choose to participate regarding quantity and the scheduling of replacement battery packs."

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Alienware Area 51 m5500 notebook
Written by Gizmo   
Saturday, 22 July 2006 10:14

The Register has a review of the Alienware Area 51 m5500 notebook .  For gamers on the go, this might be something worth looking at:

"Anyone planning to buy a hardcore gaming laptop will almost certainly have Alienware on their list of possible suppliers. Casual gamers and mainstream users might be put off by the machines' let alone the price, so Alienware's assembled the more mid-range Area 51 m5500. It doesn’t look as dull as your average laptop and offers a solid set of gaming-friendly features..."

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Turn Your Mac Notebook into a LightSaber!?!?
Written by Gizmo   
Monday, 22 May 2006 11:08

iSnoop.net has an interesting program available for download, if you own an Apple Mac laptop with built-in motion sensor, that is.  Seems this person has written an application that causes the computer to play light-saber sounds whenever you suddenly move the laptop.  If nothing else, it appears to be amusing, so long as you keep ahold of the laptop while swinging it about.

Anybody tried it yet?  Tell us, in the forums! 

 

 
New AMD 64 3700+ Chip for Notebooks
Written by danrok   
Thursday, 14 April 2005 03:08

A new AMD 64 mobile processor is now available, the 3700+.

AMD's Press Release:

AMD (NYSE: AMD) today again demonstrated its leadership in 64-bit mobile computing with the introduction of the Mobile AMD Athlon™ 64 processor 3700+ for full-size notebooks. Based on the award-winning AMD64 technology, this new mobile processor enables a powerful 32-bit computing experience today with a seamless transition to 64-bit computing. The Mobile AMD Athlon 64 processor 3700+ also offers Enhanced Virus Protection (EVP), an advanced security feature designed to prevent the spread of certain malicious viruses when enabled by Microsoft® Windows® XP Service Pack 2.

“We have again raised the bar for 64-bit mobile performance with the latest addition to our powerful Mobile AMD Athlon 64 processor family. AMD is unique in delivering 64-bit mobile computing, which is available today. AMD has led the way to a brave new world where 32-bit technology will become a remnant of the past,” said Marty Seyer, corporate vice president and general manager, Microprocessor Business Unit, Computation Products Group, AMD. “AMD believes that the freedom to choose from a variety of best-in-class, open-standard technologies allows manufacturers to offer their customers a more feature-rich notebook, such as the latest Gateway notebook with extreme graphics and ultimate performance.”

PC supplier Gateway has selected the Mobile AMD Athlon 64 processor 3700+ to power their new Gateway 7426GX notebook, which is now available at retail stores throughout North America .

AMD works with industry-leading partners to help ensure that all its Mobile AMD Athlon 64 processors are compatible with the most popular graphics and wireless solutions, including wireless LAN 802.11a/b/g. As with all existing AMD mobile processors, the new Mobile AMD Athlon 64 processor 3700+ enables exceptional computing on-the-go with extended system battery life made possible by AMD PowerNow!™ technology, a dynamic power management feature pioneered by AMD.

Mobile AMD Athlon 64 processors are now available in models 3700+, 3400+, 3200+, 3000+ and 2800+.

 
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