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News: Acer Notebooks at Best Buy

Acer, a Taiwanese PC maker that primarily sells notebooks in the U.S., recently began offering its portables for sale at Best Buy. The most expensive of the five notebooks Acer is selling at Best Buy is the Acer Aspire AS5610-4537. The notebook runs on an Intel Core Duo processor and costs $850.

News: Lenovo Recalls 208,000 Batteries

After discovering a new problem with some of its notebook batteries, Lenovo--which was part of last summer's big notebook battery recall--is now recalling an additional 208,000 notebook batteries worldwide, the company said. Lenovo recalled the batteries after five customers reported that their batteries overheated after they had dropped or bumped the notebooks. The battery defect caused minor eye irritation for one user and damaged the property and computers of the others, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Tip: Avoid Pricey 411 Calls by Texting Google

The next time you're about to spend $1.50 calling your cell phone provider's 411 service, don't. If you've got a keyboard-enabled cell phone that can send and receive text messages, you've got a much cheaper alternative. Send a text message to GOOGL (46645) with the business or resident's name, city, and state. Within a minute (or less, in my experience), you'll receive the requested address and phone number in a reply. Given that many wireless providers charge just 10 cents per text message, or less if you have a package, it's a much cheaper way of getting the 411 on the go.

Cyrus Farivar, from whom I gleamed this choice tip, offers others in his PC World article, "Six Things You Never Knew Your Cell Phone Could Do."

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Contributing Editor James A. Martin offers tools, tips, and product recommendations to help you make the most of computing on the go. Martin is also author of the Traveler 2.0 blog. Sign up to have the Mobile Computing Newsletter e-mailed to you each week.
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