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The Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 3Gb/second hard drive

It’s not all Flash based memory in the world of new storage devices. Traditional HDD’s still have some life in their platters and Seagate and AMD have teamed up to give good old Serial ATA (SATA) HDD’s a speed bump with the first public demonstration of next-generation high-speed data transfer 6Gigabit/second units for bandwidth-hungry desktop and laptop PC applications including gaming, streaming video and graphics multimedia.  Read More

The itsaKey blending in with its key brothers

As portable USB drives have gone forth and multiplied across the planet they have evolved into all sorts of different shapes and sizes. We’ve seen credit card shaped drives and even coin shaped drives and all varieties in between. Now LaCie has announced a range of USB drives designed to appear right at home on your key-ring.  Read More

The slim lines of ASUS' new range on notebooks

ASUS has unveiled its new U and UX Series range of notebooks which feature AI Light sensor technology to automatically adjust the brightness of the LED backlit screen, plus a newly adopted illuminated ‘chiclet’ keyboard that lets cave dwelling users type in the dark.  Read More

Rural students in their computer lab, using the Userful Multiplier software

In what's billed as world’s largest virtual desktop deployment, 356,800 desktops will be supplied to schools across Brazil using Userful Multiplier software, a system which effectively turns one computer into up to 10 independent PC workstations, reducing CO2 emissions by up to an estimate 15 tons per year per system and electronic waste by up to 80%.  Read More

Apple updates Mac mini and iMac

The second major product announcement from the folks at Apple this week is an update to its iMac® and Mac® mini desktop lines, including a 24-inch iMac. At the same recommended retail price as the previous generation 20-inch model, the 24-inch iMac update offers 30 percent more screen real estate and has twice the memory and twice the storage while the Mac mini boasts new integrated graphics.  Read More

The new Apple Mac Pro

In news that won’t shock any Apple fans worth their salt, the company has announced a new Nehalem based Mac Pro that features a next-generation system architecture to deliver up to twice the performance of a previous generation system – all while managing to cut the price by USD$300 for the standard base system.  Read More

New SanDisk Memory Card Readers

SanDisk has announced that it has shipped the latest editions of its popular SanDisk ImageMate® memory card readers to retailers in North America and they are available for purchase at this time. The new readers are smaller and sleeker than their predecessors and featuring upgraded software applications, the new All-In-One and Multi-Card readers quickly and conveniently transfer data between a wide range of memory card formats and a host computer.  Read More

The OWC Mercury Pro 'quad interface' 8x Blue-ray external drive.

Other World Computing (OWC), known to many of us as macsales.com, has added an 8x Blu-ray drive to the Mercury Pro external Blu-ray/SuperDrive line - currently the only “Quad Interface” (FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, & eSATA) equipped Blu-ray drives on the market.  Read More

Cover Flow in Safari 4

Apple might have one of the coolest personal communications devices on the planet at the moment in the iPhone, but in the browser wars their Safari offering is struggling with statistics showing Firefox and Internet Explorer usage way out in front, and even Google’s recently released Chrome overtaking it. In a bid to rectify that Apple has released a public beta of Safari 4 for OS X and Windows with claims it runs JavaScript over four times faster than its predecessor, 30 times faster than Internet Explorer 7, six times faster than Internet Explorer 8 and up to four times faster than Firefox 3.1 thanks to its new Nitro engine.  Read More

The On Center Digital Takeoff Table - estimators currently using On Center's software are ...

Construction software specialist On Center recently unveiled its Digital Takeoff Table solution at the World of Concrete industry tradeshow in Las Vegas. The Digital Takeoff Table integrates the company's On-Screen Takeoff® program with a Wacom tablet to enable estimators to draw digital “takeoffs” directly onto the screen with Wacom's cordless, battery-free pen. Estimators currently using the company's software are forecasting an additional productivity increase of 25 percent with the new system.  Read More

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