Dell has launched a new range of PCs and notebooks for the Small Business market and the Vostro range looks to be quite a decent option for those looking for simple, but serious business machines. The desktop systems starts at US$319 for the mini tower version and the slim tower starts at $349.
Both of the desktop systems are based on the Intel G33 chipset. The basic model comes with a Celeron 420 and 512MB of RAM for either model, as well as an 80GB hard drive and a 16x DVD-ROM. You can of course as always configure your own system and Dell offers a wide range of options up to an E6700 processor and various graphics options.
The Vostro notebook range is available in four different models, the 1000, the 1400, the 1500 and the 1700. The 1000 is as the name suggests the most basic model and it comes with an AMD Sempron processor and the ATI Radeon Xpress 1150 chipset as well as 512MB of RAM and a 60GB hard drive. Options with AMD Turion 64 X2 processors are also available. The 15.4-inch screen has a native resolution of 1,280x800 and this model starts at $449.
The remaining three models features an Intel processor and the 1400 and 1500 comes with a Celeron 540M as standard, while the 1700 comes with a Core 2 Duo T5470 (yeah, we don't know exactly what one of those are either, but it's clocked at 1.6GHz, has 2MB of cache and an 800MHz FSB). The 1400 and 1500 starts with 512MB of memory and an 80GB drive, while the 1700 comes with 1GB and 120GB.
The 1400 and 1500 starts at 1,280x800 resolution, but higher resolution options are available. The 1700 starts at 1,440x900, but again, higher resolution options are available. The 1400 starts at $549, the 1500 also starts at $549and the 1700 at $799. All three models are available with optional discrete graphics as well.
You can find out more here
An announcement from Foxconn today talks about all of their goodies currently being showcased at CeBIT. With the main focus on their now well established presence in the graphics card market, found at their booth are a range of overclocked VGA cards, new motherboards, PC cases, coolers and more.
Grab the press release here for more details folks.
Hannover, Germany, March 15th 2007 - Foxconn today announced more details about the new products appearing on its booth at CeBIT, which include overclocked VGA cards, and a number of new motherboards, chassis and coolers.
Through a theme of "creating", Foxconn will celebrate the role of end users and customers in both the component and PC development process. With a display area for customer solutions, visitors will be able to explore Foxconn's relationship with real clients, and on-booth programs will allow end users to participate in PC related activities.
The BitTorrent crew have just launched a new website they call the "BitTorrent Entertainment Network" which will allow people to download stacks of content legally (such as movies, tv episodes, and music videos). Of course in order for it to be legal, one must pay to be able to download the majority of this stuff. In fact, movies are only available on a rental basis at $3.99 for new releases and $2.99 for catalog titles, whilst tv shows and music vids are for keeps at $1.99 each.
More info can be sourced regarding the new site at the DailyTech folks.
BitTorrent today announced the launch of the BitTorrent Entertainment Network, featuring a comprehensive library of downloadable digital entertainment content from 20th Century Fox, Lions Gate, MTV Networks, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. and, the latest studio on the bandwagon, MGM. The BitTorrent community can rent movies, purchase television shows and music videos, and even publish and share their own content to be displayed alongside titles from the world's largest studios.
"BitTorrent has the infrastructure, technology and established user base to significantly move the needle on digital distribution with quick, easy and affordable delivery," said Thomas Lesinski, President, Paramount Pictures Digital Entertainment. "The final piece of the puzzle is a wide array of content and Paramount is very pleased to be providing a vast selection of filmed entertainment to the site."
Once again the Dailytech dish up the goods for us as they manage to obtain some more definitive specifications on AMD/ATIs upcoming R600 monster.
In the form of the "Radeon X2900 XTX", these cards will apparently kick off on March 30 with plans for AMD to make sure that they become available in stores on launch day. The full blown variant will sport 1GB of GDDR4 based memory with a cheaper offering to soon follow with 512MB of GDDR3.
Late yesterday DailyTech was briefed on the final details for the upcoming R600 retail specifications, just in time for everyone to go on vacation for Chinese New Year. AMD has briefed its board partners on the specifications that will appear on the marketing material for the card launches.
AMD's guidance claims R600 will feature 700 million transistors. By comparison, the Radeon X1900 series R580 GPU incorporated 384 million transistors into its design; the half-generation before that, R520, only featured 320 million.
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Offer: This is about as low as they've gotten with the exception of one little blip where it dipped to $202 once upon a past. And if you know anything about Canon, you know that they don't keep "old" models around and they simply eliminate certain model lines (in a sense, so that you can't buy last year's fashion for a bit cheaper - they force you to buy their latest and greatest), and with the biggest photo show right around the corner, if you want to get a nice 6 megapixel digital camera that comes with all of the features you'd come to expect, this is a good one to consider.
Corsair are looking after their employees in a big way following their record quarterly profit in the last quarter, they decided to distribute over $1Mill in profit sharing to the people that made it all possible.
Grab the official announcement here for full details.
Fremont, CA (October 25, 2006) -Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high performance enthusiast computer products, today reported record quarterly profit and announced distribution of over $1 million dollars in profit sharing to its employees. Fueled by the company's unique market positioning and precise product launch execution, Corsair enjoyed rapid sales growth in all regions worldwide. In accordance with the company's philosophy that its employees are its biggest assets, Corsair was proud to announce the largest profit sharing amount in the company's history. Headquartered in Fremont, California, Corsair is ranked as the 8th largest memory module supplier in the world according to iSupply.
AMD have just made a public announcement which reflects on their fiscal results for the quarter ending October 1st. Sales are said to have reached $1.33 billion with a net income of $134 million / $0.27 per share. This shows a sales increase of 9 percent compared to the previous quarter, and 32 percent when looking back to this time last year.
AMD's outlook statements are based on current expectations and exclude ATI operations and ATI acquisition-related charges. The following statements are forward looking, and actual results could differ materially depending on market conditions and the factors set forth under "Cautionary Statement" below. AMD expects demand for its products to be seasonally strong in the fourth quarter and sales to increase sequentially.
2006 seems to be the year of acquisitions, details have emerged at the DailyTech regarding Google's decision to acquire YouTube for 1.65 Billion. There's also an article up over at The TechZone explaining Google's reasoning behind such a big move.
DailyTech reported last week the Google was in talks to buy online video site YouTube. The site currently holds nearly 50% of the online video search market and serves as many as 100 million videos per day.
Today, Google confirmed all of the rumors and announced that it has agreed to snap up YouTube Inc. for 1.65 billion dollars in stock. With the purchase, however, comes YouTube's baggage which consists of issues with copyright infringement and numerous lawsuits. The company is currently embroiled in a rather nasty fight with Universal Music.
An announcement from ASUS today supports the release of their new P525 Quad-Band PDA mobile phone. This thing has *ALL* the mod cons incl. a 2MP digital camera, Wi-Fi support, business card recognition and much MUCH more.
Read all about it within ASUS's official PR here folks.
Sydney, Australia; 22 August 2006 - ASUSTeK Computer Inc. today introduces the P525 quad-band PDA phone to Australia, which incorporates Push E-mail, Wi-Fi support and built-in numeric keypad to deliver a complete mobile business solution. Users can now stay connected no matter where they are.
The PDA also features business card recognition that automatically converts and inputs data via the phones 2M-pixel digital camera, making it the ultimate business companion.
"Business Anywhere" is the design concept behind the P525, which aims to allow business professionals freedom from the confines of their office desks or even wireless hotspots.
If this news pertains to be true then we'll see one of the biggest sudden shifts in the IT Industry since... well... the dawn of the computing age! - OK, well maybe thats going a bit too far but this would be a massive jolt that many companies would feel the effects of.
Advanced Micro Devices may be looking to buy graphics company ATI Technologies, a move that would benefit the overall graphics industry, according to RBC Capital Markets.
"The synergies of this seem consistent with the recent announcements by AMD to significantly increase capacity over the next few-years," wrote analyst Apjit Walia in a note to investors Wednesday. "We believe ATI is a rare-buy in the semiconductor space right now given the near-term tie-up dynamics."
A new Quadro GPU from NVIDIA dubbed the "NVS 300M" has just recently been introduced, this to be found in select business notebooks such as the Toshiba Tecra A7 series.
For further info, you can find the press release here folks.
"The NVIDIA Quadro NVS graphics solutions are gaining acceptance as the graphics solution of choice in the business notebook lines of Toshiba and other top makers," said Jeff Fisher, Senior Vice President of the GPU Business Unit at NVIDIA. "New notebooks based on these graphics solutions will enable businesses to confidently deploy mobile solutions which are ready for emerging business needs such as Microsoft Windows Vista and high-definition video."
The new GPU, together with the previously announced NVIDIA Quadro NVS 110M graphics processing unit, are the current sole discrete graphics solution found in the Tecra business-class notebooks marketed by Toshiba Americas.
Mass hard drive manufacturer "Seagate" have made headlines today with word spreading of their big move to have purchased "Maxtor" (the third largest hard disk manufacturer in the world) for a smidgeon under 2 billion dollars.
All the details over at Hexus folks.
Following on from reports earlier this morning, Seagate and Maxtor have issued a joint press release confirming that Seagate will be acquiring Maxtor.
The all stock transaction will see Seagate acquire all of Maxtor, with Maxtor shareholders receiving .37 shares in Seagate for every Maxtor share they own. The $1.9bn transaction has been approved unanimously by the boards of both companies.
The two companies will continue to operate as individual entities until some time in the second half of 2006. Once the deal comes to a close the two companies will become a combined company.
ATI Technologies has confirmed that it will continue to offer its "Built By ATI" product range in both Canada and the USA, stating that an earlier news story to the contrary was incorrect.
More information @ X-bit Labs
Roxio has acquired Pressplay, America's premier online music service. As a result of this transaction, it has acquired a legal digital music distribution infrastructure and catalog rights with all five major music labels. Pressplay will serve as the foundation for the launch of Roxio's new legal on line music service under the Napster brand.
Going by the initial success of Apple's online music operation, there is clearly a market for a legal version of Napster.
More information @ Roxio
After a silly website design stuff up on my part yesterday (which I'd rather was not mentioned *hides in shame*), we're back in business after the 24 hour or so period of down time.
Now, a little birdie told me about a product announced today by some company called nVidia - What is it called? GeForce FX aka NV30... Ahh yes of course! That's the one! Shortly we'll have news up regarding this product and others as they are announced at Comdex Fall 2002 from Las Vegas throughout the week.
It is an exciting time to be involved in the industry, that's for sure!
More information @ Comdex Fall 2002
I received an interesting email in my inbox today stating that PayPal, a popular payment medium, has been acquired by eBay. The primary goal of this was to ease integration into the eBay site, and to further help buyers and sellers. Users who preferred to use the Billpoint system will be able to continue usage until early next year.
A great many eBay buyers and sellers use PayPal to complete their transactions, and have told us that they would like to have PayPal integrated into the eBay site. Within the next few weeks, that will begin to happen. In the first phase of integration you will see PayPal featured on the Sell Your Item and View Item pages. Further integration will happen over the coming months. Our goal is to make trading on eBay faster, safer and more convenient for buyers and sellers alike.More information @ eBay
A good friend of mine let me know he has started up his own online memory store in Canada, and like they say - All they do is memory. If you are after some reasonably priced DDR or RAMBUS memory, go check out Ramstore.ca.
Welcome to RAMStore.ca! We are an exclusive reseller of Memory and Only Memory Products. To start shopping you can click the Start Shopping button below, or click the products button at the top. For if you have any questions please use our support page. For information about RAMStore.ca and our policies visit the About Us page.More information at Ramstore.ca
One could have seen this coming. Ebay and Paypal have teamed up, a perfect combo when you think about it.
As you may have heard, PayPal recently agreed to be acquired by eBay™. Both companies share a common goal -- to enable PayPal members and eBay users to transact with greater ease, speed and safety -- and we look forward to working with eBay to achieve this goal.More information at Ebay and Paypal
Still the Same PayPal
When the acquisition is finalized later this year, the PayPal brand and website will remain distinct from eBay's, and PayPal will be run as an independent unit by the same team that's working here today.
PayPal will also continue to offer a wide variety of non-auction services, including our Web Accept tools that let sellers accept payments directly from a website.
eBay's purchase of PayPal does mean that we'll be able to pursue some exciting improvements. Once the acquisition is completed, PayPal will be fully integrated into eBay's website, making it even easier for you to use PayPal for eBay auctions.
And PayPal's commitment to rapidly developing new, innovative features for our auction sellers, website merchants, and consumers isn't going to change. In the months to come you'll see many major new features from us, including:
Transactions in Multiple Currencies
Enhancements to our Shipping service
Additional tools for making online payments
We believe that our acquisition by eBay will enable us to focus on building the best payment tools for you.
Now for those looking for a new case or something to add to their current one there has been a couple things of interest here.
- Antec Performance Plus 660 Case @ AntecAsylum
- Antec Performance Plus 1080 Case @ Ascully.com
- Antec SX-830 Case Blowhole Guide @ Mikhailtech
- Kingwin KT436b Aluminium Case w/ Window @ ClubOC
- Power Supply Modding @ PC PowerZone
- V.L. System L.I.S LCD Indicator @ Tweaknews
- WINIC W-ETB-07 Easy Transfer Board @ WhiningDog
A rep from Antec, a maker of computer casing, power supplies and so forth let me know they have launched Han's Workshop - With the purpose to provide a reliable, unbiased source of useful information for computer users of all backgrounds and skill levels. To build an online community for modders, tech-heads, gamers and anyone else interested in PC issues.
You tell me how a hardware site owned and managed by Antec could be considered unbiased when they are already pimping away Antec products in the first article link I bothered to click on.
Hardware sites exist today because they give an independent and truly unbiased opinion on products since many don't have any company affiliations or aren't pressured to sell a certain product or service.