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 Thursday, 13-November-2008  01:25:26 (GMT +10) - by BlaYde

As if MacBook Air wasn't light enough, a story on Apple Insider says that Apple wants to make it even lighter by constructing the body out of carbon fibre. The move would reportedly raise production costs but shave upwards of a 100 grams off the notebook, dropping its weight from a hair over 3 pounds (or 1363 grams) to 2.78 pounds (or 1263 grams).

According to a source close to Intel, USB 3.0 is going to be officially unveiled next week. Almost 14 months after Intel announced USB 3.0, the final protocol specification will be formally announced next Monday at the first SuperSpeed USB Developer Conference in San Jose, CA.

It seems that Microsoft is.....for lack of a better word, up s*** creek , in China. China E-commerce Info Tech Company has sued Microsoft (MSFT) for patent infringement because of the use of RSS within its Vista operating system. Microsoft reportedly responded to the issue last Friday, saying it has never violated the intellectual property rights of China E-commerce.

Staying with Microsoft, over the past few weeks we have heard allot of good things about Microsoft’s Windows 7, due for release sometime next year. However, things are not all peaches 'n' cream for the OS giant with benchmarks showing Windows 7 pre-beta to be bloated and with compatibility issues. unfortunately, it seems the rosy picture painted by the development team at the WinHEC and PDC conferences might have been a bit overly optimistic. InfoWorld has done some extensive early testing on the pre-beta of Windows 7 and the results aren't very impressive in terms of improvement over Vista.

However, it's not all gloom and doom for Windows 7 with reports suggesting that Windows 7 can extend notebook battery life. According to jkOnTheRun, notebooks running on a pre-beta version of Windows 7 use less power compared to systems on Windows Vista.

And speaking of peaches 'n' cream, Eurogamer says that the new Xbox Experience update to the Xbox360, will offer users many new features, one of which is the ability to install the games on the HDD for increased performance. However, this may not always be the case. Unfortunately though comparisons from Eurogamer reveal that the load times for most games aren't massively improved. While some titles like Valve's Orange Box have load times that are substantially increased, the bulk of other games show little to no improvement - including titles like Halo 3.

HEXUS has posted an article in which they look at the performance differences between a Core 2 system with 3 GTX280's in SLI and a Core i7 system with the same graphics card setup. The result, we're told, is an Intel processor that can finally justify the sheer power of multiple GPUs.

Meanwhile, CPU3D puts Adata XPG DDR3-1600 Tri-Channel 3Gb Kit to the test. In this review, we'll be taking a look at the Adata XPG Tri-Channel DDR3-1600 PC3-12800 3Gb kits. The package contains 3 x 1Gb modules, all rated to run at 800Mhz (DDR3-1600 spec) with low memory timings of 8-8-8-24. They also come with that distinctive "RED" heat spreader from Adata, which should be enough to help cool these modules.

Word on the street is that AMD apparently might be about to release a stopgap RV790 GPU in order to compete with NVIDIA's 55nm GT200 refresh. Whilst it was suggested that the Sunnyvale, CA based company planned to unleash its next-generation RV870 solution in Q1 2009, it is now claimed that a refresh of the RV770 GPU shall fill the void and, at the same time, carry AMD's torch against NVIDIA's GT206.

And speaking of which, NVIDIA GT206 55nm GPU was caught on camera. A covert shot of NVIDIA's upcoming 55nm GT206 GPU, has shown up on HARDSPELL, courtesy of INPAI.COM.CN.

If you have had enough of the Nvidia vs ATI debates then why not check out Toshiba's SpursEngine graphics co-processor, for PC's to be launched by Leadtek in the form of WinFast PxVC1100. The SpursEngine is based on the same architecture as the Cell Broadband Engine microprocessor that powers the PlayStation 3 console and was partly developed by Toshiba. While the Cell contains a Power PC core and eight "Synergistic Processing Elements" cores, the SpursEngine contains only four of the SPE cores.

With Activision Blizzard busy preparing to pump out some of the company’s biggest titles before Christmas, it’s good to see that worlds biggest game publisher took the time to suspended 350,000 Battle.net accounts. Blizzard have suspended an impressive 350,000 Battle.net accounts identified as using "third-party hacks" in both StarCraft and Diablo II. According to folks at Blizzard, this is on top of an additional 7,700 Warcraft III accounts getting the same treatment.

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