ATI FirePro V7750 Graphics Accelerator

For people who feel the need for accelerated graphics, here is a new graphics accelerator card that is sure to sweep you off your feet. The ATI FirePro V7750 graphics accelerator was announced by AMD yesterday and it’s definitely a great choice for those that require high quality graphics for their chosen professions like scientists and engineers. It includes OpenGL 3.0 support and 1GB of frame buffer memory.

A great add-on for the gamers who love to play with high video requirements, this is certain to make all your needs a reality. Other features include a 128-bit memory controller, 320 stream processors, a 30-bit display pipeline and PCI Express 2.0 support. Two DisplayPort outputs are included as well as a Dual Link DVI-I output with support for 18, 24 and 30-but displays with a resolution of up to 2,560 x 1,600.

This GPU makes it so less processing power has to be used by the CPU for graphics. Plus, High Dynamic Range rendering is supported. The ATI FirePro V7750 is available now for $899 and works on machines running Linux, Windows XP and Vista.

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Western Digital Announces Launch of New 2 Terabyte External Single Drive Systems

Western Digital continues the developmental prowess by announcing the availability of a new large storage device that has been added to its My Book family of external hard drives. The new addition is the 2 TB External Single Drive System, the largest available capacity for a single-drive system today. With its wide variety of models, WD offers a solution for every type of user, whether they’re a creative power user on a Mac or a home user on a PC. The new 2 TB My Book family includes: My Book Studio Edition, My Book Mac Edition, My Book Home Edition and My Book Essential Edition models.

The entire family of My Book external hard drives features:

  • New 2 TB capacities allowing users to store and backup all their data in one central location;
  • Elegant, small footprint design;
  • Capacity gauge to see at a glance how much capacity is available on the drive (not available on the My Book Essential Edition drive);
  • Environmentally friendly design that saves power by going into standby mode after 10 minutes of inactivity;
  • SmartPower features that turns the drive on and off with the computer and Safe Shutdown that prevents the drive from being powered down until all the data has been written;
  • Kensington Security Slot that allows users to secure drive to their desk with the separate purchase of a Kensington lock kit; and,
  • 1-year limited warranty.
  • The My Book Studio Edition, My Book Home Edition and My Book Essential Edition 2 TB external hard drives are available now at select retail stores and online retailers. My Book Mac Edition 2 TB external drives will be available next month. Estimated pricing ranges from $329.99 USD to $379.99 USD, depending on drive model and capacity.

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    Dell Agrees to Distribute Panda Security

    In a move that is expected to help Panda Security Systems gain some headway as far as building on their place in the software security category, Panda Security and Dell Computers have reportedly come to terms for the latter to distribute the said security solutions to clients in Latin America. The agreement covers Mexico, Central America, Colombia and the Caribbean and offers Panda Security’s consumer and business security solutions to Dell’s home-user and business clients, respectively.

    Panda Antivirus Pro 2009, Panda Internet Security 2009 and Panda Global Protection 2009 will be available from Dell’s distribution centers across Latin America. Dell will also distribute Panda Managed Office Protection, Panda Security’s hosted anti-malware service for small and medium businesses and value added resellers serving the SMB market.

    Dell will distribute Panda Security solutions through several channels, including Electronic Software Distribution, physical boxes, licensing and ESD licensing. The agreement also includes INTCOMEX, one of the largest VARs in the region: “Through effective use of our global resources and strong relations with industry-leading vendors such as Panda Security and DELL, we aim to construct a profitable, long-term business community,” said Yosef Kroitoro, vice president of business development at Intcomex.

    “For Panda Security, the alliance with Dell is very important as it allows us to deliver our technology to more customers in South America. It is also indicative of Panda’s strong commitment to our channel partners in the region,” explains Benjamin Kroitoro, general manager of Panda Security Mexico and Panama. “This agreement further validates how close alignment with our distribution channel provides the best growth opportunities and benefits for all involved – in this case, our mutual customers, Dell, Intcomex and Panda Security.”

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    Freecom Launches Extreme External Hard Drive

    Freecom has announced the release of a rugged external drive, the “Tough Drive Sport”. The new external hard drive is a durable, shock-resistant, 2.5″ external hard drive designed to endure even the toughest conditions. This latest addition to the ToughDrive family is perfect for heavy duty users that want to carry their data on the move, from backpacking around the world to cycling up mountains.

    The ToughDrive Sport features a handy loop in one corner enabling easy attachment to bags or belts – allowing people to carry their data hands-free. The drive can also withstand falls of up to two meters and is fully protected against adverse weather conditions associated with outdoor pursuits.

    The ToughDrive Sport has an outdoor sports design and an integrated USB cable designed to look and feel like a climbing rope – this makes the drive extremely portable as no external power adapter is required for charging. Ideal for mobile use given its size and robustness, the internal anti-shock mechanism insulates the hard drive against unforeseen shocks that could cause damage and result in the loss of masses of data.

    The ToughDrive Sport holds up to 500GB of information and the Turbo USB 2.0 connection offers transfer speeds of up to 30 percent faster than competing solutions for downloading or uploading data. The drive also features secure password protection whereby the user’s password is encrypted and stored on a 256bit hardware chip. This added security feature gives users peace of mind even where the most sensitive information is concerned as, if the drive is lost or stolen, no-one will be able to access the data it contains without the password. In these instances, the drive would be reformatted, automatically erasing all of its contents and ensuring information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.

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    Nvidia Announces Quadro Graphics Card

    Nvidia has announced their latest graphic card solution, obviously aimed at the high influx of 3D. They are quite expensive and are sure to be aiming the businesses like Dreamworks and Pixar as far as better solutions for 3D graphics rendering. Let it be known though that this new Nvidia Quadro graphics card is not really meant for gaming. It is purely for business!

    Whether designing the next aircraft or delivering seven-day weather forecasts, today’s professionals seek a reliable, robust visualization platform designed to address their unique challenges and needs. Highlighting a decade of innovation that match the exact needs of professionals, NVIDIA today introduced its most powerful and advanced top-to-bottom line of Quadro professional GPU solutions available to date.

    Based on the company’s revolutionary CUDA parallel computing architecture, this new series provides high-performance visualization and new capabilities to solve highly complex challenges such as: real-time ray tracing, video encoding and interactive volume rendering. These new solutions also contain added graphics memory, double precision support and advanced display capabilities, giving professionals the right features to move beyond visualization barriers, reducing time-to-insight.

    NVIDIA Quadro solutions are widely available through leading system manufacturers such as Dell, Fujistu-Siemens, HP and Lenovo; leading workstation system integrators; and NVIDIA channel partners PNY Technologies (US and EMEA), Leadtek (APAC) and Elsa (Japan).

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    Panzerbox from NZXT

    For efficient gaming storage, ventilation and making sure that all components get the proper airflow is essential. We have seen a lot of modern designed desktop cases but one that deserves recognition is the Panzerbox. The pure aluminum Panzerbox has the capacity and power of a full-size tower, but weights only 6.3 kilos/14 pounds in a much compact mid-size tower with dimensions of 244 x 445 x 445 mm.

    Most LAN cases lack airflow due to inadequate space, but not the Panzerbox. Inside the all black interior, there are two oversized 190mm and one 120mm fans that churn out a combined 300 Cubic Feet per Minute air flow, along with oversized heatsinks to optimize component cooling. Motherboard tray is removable, conveniently designed for much easy installation, and storage option is available from three external 5.25 inch and four internal 3.5 inch drive bays. A top-mount external I/O panel offers connectivity from USB, Audio to e-SATA ports.

    The new NZXT Panzerbox Lan case is slated to ship next month for a suggested retail price of $120.

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    Acer Predator Gaming PCs Recalled

    No thanks to a potential fire hazard, Acer has issued a recall on their Acer Predator Gaming PCs. It seems that there is a problem with the insulation on some of the wiring within the computer gets stripped somehow and then leads to a short circuit. Then, the components inside melt or the exterior casing melts. Both things are most certainly not supposed to happen.

    The models affected are the ASG7200 and the ASG7700 that were sold between May and December of 2008. If you purchased your Acer Predator during this time frame, contact Acer for a free repair of the problem. Only 215 units are suspected to be affected, but it’s still a hazard gamers should know about.

    While we all have a high level or requirement for higher specs and also better performing PCs, safety comes first. There is no sense in having a high-end computer if there are issues concerning the system you are using to which it may eventually cost you more than just a defective computer for replacement. It may go to the extent of causing physical injuries or even worst loss of property and belongings such issues be unaccounted for and remedied.

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    Internet Explorer 8 Looking to Help Businesses

    When it comes to Internet Browsers such as the Internet Explorer, rarely would you consider them having any impact as far as the business aspect of things is concerned. But apparently, that is one additional highlight that Microsoft aims to cater to as it has announced better performance, easier Web development tools for enhanced browser experiences and improved security and reliability.

    Dean Hachamovitch, general manager of the Internet Explorer team at Microsoft, showcased solutions from industry partners such as ESPN, eBay Inc., Digg Inc., Facebook and OneRiot that create new value for their customers.

    “With the Internet Explorer 8 platform, Microsoft creates opportunities for Web sites to engage customers in new ways and drive not only more traffic, but also more value in the online experience,” Hachamovitch said.

    Developers will benefit from performance features that enable Web sites to allow customers to engage more deeply with their site content. Accelerators and Web Slices make it easier for developers to reach beyond the page and provide new ways for people to stay connected to the content and services of their choice. Internet Explorer 8 has enhanced search features and capabilities to provide more interesting and relevant content, increased speed, and enhanced security, and offers greater performance and reliability.

    Internet Explorer 8 is Microsoft’s most standards-compliant browser to date, and benefits from work the company is doing with standards bodies to bring increased measurement and consistency. As part of Microsoft’s commitment to supporting standards, the company has submitted more than 7,000 cascading style sheet (CSS) 2.1 test cases to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) in the last year to help drive easier and more measurable standards adoption for all developers.

    Moreover, Internet Explorer 8 now passes more of the W3C CSS 2.1 test cases than any other shipping browser and has invested significantly in support for HTML 5. Defaulting to standards-mode for Web sites and featuring a Compatibility View list to ease the transition enables developers to be sure their code runs across multiple browsers and platforms, freeing developers to innovate, not re-create.

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    General Dynamics Itronix GD8000 Notebook

    With the advanced interface these days pointing more towards rugged and solid notebooks on demand, it looks like many of the known and secondary PC manufacturers are trying to outdo one another as far as coming out with acceptable hardcore notebooks for business and operations use.

    The latest offering comes from General Dynamics with its Itronix GD8000 notebook. The new GD8000 notebook computer by General Dynamics Itronix is now available for military personnel, field service workers and first responders who require high-performance computing while working in extreme temperatures, humidity, dust and rain-soaked environments.

    Engineered to operate in extreme conditions, the GD8000 kept working after multiple 42-inch drops onto a hard surface, operated in the rain for more than four hours and successfully booted-up in freezing and scorching temperatures. Powered by the Intel low-voltage Core2Duo processing architecture, the GD8000 is housed in a user-friendly, ergonomic casing with a 13.3-inch DynaVue touchscreen display. The GD8000 delivers uncompromising performance from command centers, to helicopters, to tactical vehicles and everywhere in between.

    GD8000 features

    • Intel Core Duo 1.86GHz processor
    • Up to 4 GB RAM
    • Meets and exceeds MIL-STD 810F
    • WWAN, WLAN, PAN and GPS
    • 13.3″ outdoor viewable DynaVue display

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    Motion J3400 Rugged Tablet PC

    Mobile computing needs to adhere towards the rugged nature where some PC tablets will be exposed. The sensitivity issues are something we are familiar with, the slightest miscarriage of such products posing as potent threats towards damaging any component or the gadget as a whole.

    Hence, Motion Computing adds another potential rugged tablet PC in the market with the release of the Motion J3400 Rugged Tablet PC. Maximizing performance and flexibility, the J3400’s lightweight package, superior ergonomics and integrated features allow it to adapt easily to a broad range of demanding work environments. Ideal for mobile workers that compute while walking or standing, the J3400 extends the computing day with a dual battery design and shines with an industry-leading, bright outdoor display.

    The J3400 joins Motion’s family of proven tablet PCs that meet the needs of mobile users across a variety of markets including healthcare, construction, field sales and service and government. Balancing performance, weight, durability and integrated features, Motion tablets have significantly enhanced mobile productivity by enabling users to take technology directly to the point of service.

    A variety of features create a reliable, rugged device:

    • 1.8 inch hard disk drive (HDD) that provides extra shock protection
    • Shock-mounted display and HDD with DataGuard™, an accelerometer that protects data during drops or other events that could potentially damage the hard drive
    • Optional low cost 64GB SSD for extreme shock and vibration protection

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