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Windows 7 Upgrade Program tipped: Vista PCs bought after June 1st get upgrade

Windows 7 Upgrade Program tipped: Vista PCs bought after June 1st get upgrade

Microsoft is planning to run a free upgrade scheme for Windows 7, under the terms of which anybody who buys a new PC from a participating vendor after July 1st will be eligible for an upgrade to the new OS on its release.  Although the details of the scheme - particularly the date with which it comes into effect, and the manufacturers participating - are unconfirmed, Tech ARP managed to acquire a draft of the Microsoft proposal, which outlines their intent.

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ASUS R50a UMPC reviewed: underpowered for Vista?

ASUS R50a UMPC reviewed: underpowered for Vista?

ASUS' R50a UMPC was always taking on a serious challenge: Windows Vista on a 1.33GHz Atom Z520 processor with 1GB of RAM is asking either for nth-degree fine-tuning or just plain trouble.  Initial reports seemed vaguely promising, but Ben over at UMPC Portal has found things less impressive.  Chief criticism - aside from the bloatware, cramped writing area and difficult form-factor - is the sluggish performance.

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Willcom D4: battery life terrible but Vista performs well

Willcom D4: battery life terrible but Vista performs well

Having been unboxed on video, the Willcom D4 UMPC has now travelled over to Jenn at Pocketables for some darned good testing.  While the system is still something of a miniturization marvel, the first reports aren't exactly glowing.  Top of the list (or should that be bottom?) is battery life; Willcom themselves only promise 1.5hrs and that measly figure looks sadly accurate.  Worse still, Jenn found that leaving the D4 in Vista's sleep mode for 7hrs drained it to just 19-percent: around 15 minutes of actual use.

Samsung MediaLive HDTV Media Center Extender announced

Samsung MediaLive HDTV Media Center Extender announced

Yet another home media option from Samsung, this time aiming to connect your shiny new LCD or plasma TV up to your media center PC.  The Samsung MediaLive is an extender that brings the Vista Media Center to your HDTV screen; that means you can watch recorded or downloaded media, pause live TV and also watch live high-definition programming via a CableCARD tuner.

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