Category: Computer Hardware



seagateFollowing a massive round of layoffs earlier this year affecting 800 workers, hard drive maker Seagate has announced it is cutting a further 1,100 jobs as it moves to lower costs and return to profitability. The latest layoffs, to be completed by the end of July, will result in restructuring charges of around $72 million (largely from severance payments) but should also represent some $125 million in annual savings for the company.

In its most recent quarter, Seagate reported a net loss of $273 million on $2.1 billion of revenue. That followed a $496 million net loss during the previous quarter and the closure of several facilities. Since the beginning of their fiscal year 2009 last July, the company has shed more than one quarter of its workforce costs, and says it will continue to “assess options to further reduce manufacturing operating costs” in the months ahead.


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acer-aa-one

The Aspire One will have another model added to its lineup shortly, with Acer planning the launch of an 11.6-inch wide unit. This model differs widely from other Aspire One units, from the much larger screen size to the hardware under the hood. It’ll be the most “powerful” netbook Acer offers, using the same basic components as their newest 10.1-inch models. The netbook itself is based off the Atom Z530 and uses the Intel “Poulsbo” chipset with an integrated GMA500 graphics core. 

The 11.6-inch screen nevertheless is going to be more power-demanding than before, which the low-TDP chipset helps to offset. All in all, Acer is estimating that with the (optional) high capacity battery, runtimes of 8 hours can be expected. As far as the screen size goes, it’s a nice in between, larger than the older netbooks which many considered to be on the small side and not as bulky 13-inch and larger units. Acer has no plans to incorporate 3G into this system as a native option, which some netbook manufacturers have been considering (and even deploying) as a selling point.


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oczeclipse

First unveiled at CES earlier this year, OCZ is once again touting their forthcoming Behemoth and Eclipse mice for the gaming market – yet it still isn’t sharing any info on price or availability dates. Both products can be customized by users with up to four programmable profiles and five removable metal weights offer the ability to fine-tune the optimal balance between control and feel.

The Eclipse has a compact form factor and a maximum DPI setting of 2400 while the Behemoth looks, as its name suggests, quite big and comes with a maximum DPI setting of 3200. These specialized gaming-grade mice, which OCZ claims are the pinnacle of bang for the buck, feature a double laser engine that offers accurate motion reporting up to 60 inches per second and can also be configured with DPI settings as low as 100. Both will have a standard layout with five buttons, 2-way scroll wheel and a black rubberized coating.