FREMONT, Calif., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Envision Peripherals Inc. (EPI), home to the AOC and Envision branded displays, today expanded its high performance LCD desktop monitor line with the introduction of the 22-inch Envision E218c1 slim bezel monitor featuring a built-in webcam and echo- canceling microphone. Part of the "Professional Series" of Microsoft Windows Vista Premium-certified LCD displays, the Envision E218c1 is designed to maximize desktop space and facilitate the latest personal communication over the Internet.
"The Envision E218c1 excels at everything from productivity and gaming to watching movies and connecting with family, friends and colleagues via the Internet," said Michael Lien, GM, North American Brand Sales. "It's designed for personal and business users who don't want the hassle of installing separate components to take advantage of advanced Internet communications capabilities including VoIP, video conferencing and video-enabled instant messaging."
Featuring a built-in 1.3 megapixel webcam, the E218c1 is ideal for video conferencing and video instant messaging. Whether taking snapshots, creating video or video conferencing, the adjustable height and swivel design of the display allows users to accurately line up the webcam to ensure desired subjects are within view. The E218c1's built-in microphone with echo cancellation delivers clear, feedback-free communication, making it the perfect complement for VoIP long-distance calls or webcam enabled video conferencing.
Designed to complement Microsoft's Window's Vista operating system, the new 22-inch widescreen enables users to navigate between multiple side-by-side applications and columns in tables or spreadsheets. The widescreen format takes advantage of Vista Premium's Aero Flip, eliminating the need to toggle between applications.
Equipped with the Digital Video Input w/HDCP interface -- needed to "unlock" protected HD content -- the E218c1 allows high-quality audio and video playback from the latest high-definition program sources, including HD- DVD and Blu-ray DVDs. For maximum versatility, the unit also delivers HD 720P/1080i compatibility allowing it to display digital TV programming delivered by Cable, Satellite and other Set Top Boxes equipped with DVI-HDCP.
Boasting 1680X1050 screen resolution and 700:1 contrast ratio for vivid, true-to-life image quality, the E218c1 delivers exceptional clarity for viewing fast-paced action programming or playing the latest video games thanks to its 5-millisecond response rate. Built-in stereo speakers deliver rich stereo sound to further enhance the user's experience.
The Envision E218c1 features a built-in 3-port USB hub enabling users to connect additional components such as digital cameras, flash drives, mice, and keyboards directly to the monitor for a neat, convenient plug-and-play experience.
The VESA wall-mount compliant E218c1 flat-panel display comes with a comprehensive warranty that meets the strictest safety, energy efficiency and environmental standards, including EPA ENERGY STAR(R) and ROHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive).
The Envision E218c1 is available immediately through Envision distributors and channel partners at a suggested retail price of $329.99.
abit announced the A-N68SV motherboard for price-concerned users. This motherboard is based on the NVIDIA GeForce7025/nForce630a Chipset and supports socket AM2/AM2+ processors with 2000MT/s system bus using AMD's Hyper Transport Technology. With the integrated graphics adapter the A-N68SV is a compact multimedia platform with the essential functions already integrated. For the more demanding user or future upgrader the additional PCI-E x16 slot keeps the path open for discrete graphics cards. Two DIMM sockets support Dual channel DDR2-800 modules, while the high definition on-board audio offers the flexibility to use regular stereo PC speakers or any modern surround sound system scalable up to 5.1 channels.
abit A-N68SV also features DVI output, supports NVIDIA nView multi-display technology, NVIDIA Pure Video with a dedicated High Definition Hardware Accelerated Video Engine.
Toshiba Corporation today announced its entry into the emerging market for NAND-flash-based solid state drive (SSD) with a series of products featuring multilevel-cell NAND flash memories. Offered in a range of form factors and densities, Toshiba's solid state drives are designed primarily for notebook PCs. They will be showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, from January 7th to 10th. Samples and mass production will follow from the first quarter (January to March) of next year.
Moving NAND-based storage architecture forward, Toshiba's first solid state drives offer three densities: 32 gigabytes (GB), 64GB and 128GB. SSD realize low power consumption, fast boot time, and light weight, but market penetration has been held back by low densities and high prices. Toshiba's new SSD integrate an original MLC controller supporting fast read-write speeds, parallel data transfers and wear leveling, and achieve performance levels comparable to those of single-level NAND flash SSD. By applying MLC technology, Toshiba has realized a 128GB density in a 1.8 inch form factor. Toshiba expects the launch of its SSD line-up to speed up acceptance of solid state memory in laptops and digital consumer products, and to widen the horizons of the NAND flash market.
The new products utilize NAND flash memory fabricated with 56nm process technology, along with controller chips and DRAM, on a 70.6mm (L) x 53.6mm (W) x 3.0mm (H) platform. The maximum read speed is 100MB a second, and the maximum write speed of 40MB a second with the SATA2 interface (transfer rate of 3Gbps), which is compliant with high speed serial interface. The MTTF is 1,000,000 hours.
Source: Toshiba Corporation
REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Mobile display advertising is now available on MSN Mobile for the first time, Microsoft Corp. announced today. Starting today, MSN Mobile customers in the U.S. will begin to see banner and text ad placements that conform to the U.S. mobile advertising guidelines provided by the Mobile Marketing Association to deliver a more consistent and engaging experience for consumers. Paramount Pictures and Jaguar Cars North America are among the first companies to launch an MSN Mobile campaign in the U.S.
"Microsoft is continuing to make significant investments in the MSN Mobile portal, adding new services and content that enhance the mobile experience and make it one of the best in the industry," said Joanne Bradford, corporate vice president and chief media officer of MSN. "By incorporating advertising on MSN Mobile, we are allowing advertisers to extend their existing campaigns from PCs to games and now to mobile phones, further delivering on our vision to extend advertising across multiple platforms and devices."
Through technology created by Microsoft's Advertiser & Publisher Solutions Group and by the acquisition of ScreenTonic SA, a leader in mobile advertising in Europe, MSN Mobile is now able to provide ad placements that optimize the customer experience and provide advertisers with a new way to reach out to the ever-growing number of mobile consumers. This announcement builds on Microsoft's initial mobile display advertising offerings that are currently available in Belgium, France, Japan, Spain and the U.K.
"Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot are both innovation leaders in their own right, so when we partnered on the upcoming film 'Cloverfield,' we wanted to find cutting-edge ways to market the film," said Amy Powell, senior vice president of Interactive Marketing at Paramount Pictures. "We released an exclusive film clip along with a contest whereby the person with the most clip views will be the first one to see the movie before its release on Jan. 18. We're very excited to partner with MSN Mobile on this promotion because it extends our reach and connects us with our audience on an additional digital touch point."
Microsoft continues to enhance its mobile platform in ways that reach beyond the availability of MSN Mobile display advertising. Building on the success of the FOX Sports channel on MSN Mobile, Microsoft now offers additional content to U.S. customers through the option of purchasing movie tickets, ring tones, wallpaper, games and video clips from mobile phone browsers:
-- Movie tickets through MSN Mobile. Through a continued alliance with MovieTickets.com, Microsoft has extended the movie experience to MSN Mobile. U.S. customers not only can view movie reviews, theaters and show times, they can also purchase tickets directly from the phone via MovieTickets.com. -- Ring tones, wallpaper, games and video clips on MSN Mobile. In an exclusive collaboration with Thumbplay Inc., customers in the U.S. will now be able to purchase ring tones, wallpaper, games, video clips and more within the MSN Mobile offering. -- New astrology channel. MSN Mobile also now offers an astrology channel providing daily horoscopes to customers in the U.S. for free.*
With the additions of advertising and premium content to MSN Mobile, Microsoft is able to enhance the experience for its audience while continuing to provide a free mobile site. The premium content adds to the already rich MSN Mobile experience, providing customers with one-stop access to e-mail, news, sports, entertainment, local movie listings, maps and directions, as well as Windows Live services such as Windows Live Hotmail, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Spaces and Live Search. MSN Mobile is available for almost all mobile phones with Internet browsing capabilities.
Customers interested in using MSN Mobile can visit http://mobile.msn.com/ on their mobile phone Web browser or their PC for more information.
LONDON, December 10/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- comScore, Inc. (Nasdaq: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released the results of a study of the frequency of online search inquiries for the most popular gadgets in the U.K., France and Germany this Christmas. The products studied were twenty different models of gadgets from the game console, mobile phone, and portable music player segments. The study covers the early stages of the Christmas shopping season during the first three weeks of November.
Across the U.K., France and Germany the most popular gadget was the Nintendo Wii, with an average of 4.9 million weekly searches. The second most searched for gadget was the Apple iPod with 3.5 million searches. Rounding out the top five were the Nintendo DS Lite, the Sony Playstation PSP, and the Apple iPhone.
Bob Ivins, comScore EVP of European Markets said, "We know that music players, game consoles, and mobile phones are very popular with consumers this year. The interesting aspect of this study is identifying which products are generating the most consumer searches, which can provide retailers and manufacturers with important insight into the underlying consumer demand for each specific product."
Average Weekly Searches for a Selection of the Most Popular Gadgets This Christmas(i) Combined Searches from the U.K., France & Germany(ii) Source: comScore World Metrix Average Number of Product Weekly Searches(i) Nintendo Wii 4,903,013 Apple iPod 3,506,858 Nintendo DS Lite 3,283,749 Playstation PSP 1,928,463 Apple iPhone 1,706,504 (i) For the three week period Oct 29 - November 18 (ii) Total U.K., French & German Internet Audiences, Age 15+, Home & Work Locations. Excludes traffic from public computers such as Internet cafes or access from mobile phones or PDAs
Nintendo Wii was the most searched for gadget in the U.K., averaging 3.7 weekly million searches during the first three weeks of November. Other game consoles generating great interest were the Nintendo DS Lite, the Microsoft Xbox 360, the Sony Playstation PSP, and the Sony Playstation 3.
The Apple iPod was the third most searched for item in the comScore U.K. list with nearly 1.7 million average weekly searches during the first three weeks of November. The Apple iPod Nano received an average of another 287,000 searches each week.
The most popular mobile phone was the Apple iPhone - leaping onto the list following its November 9 release in the U.K., and generating 707,000 weekly searches. Two other phones, the Nokia N95 and Samsung U600 rounded out the list, albeit with substantially lower numbers of searches.
Average Weekly Searches for a Selection of the Most Popular Gadgets This Christmas(i) U.K. Source: comScore World Metrix Average Number of Product Weekly Searches(ii) Nintendo Wii 3,758,069 Nintendo DS Lite 1,921,762 Apple iPod 1,650,100 Xbox 360 918,805 Apple iPhone 706,734 Playstation PSP 583,394 Apple iPod Nano 286,825 Playstation 3 241,703 Nokia N95 237,924 Samsung U600 165,032 (i) For the three week period October 29 - November 18 (ii) Total U.K. Internet Audience, Age 15+, Home & Work Locations. Excludes traffic from public computers such as Internet cafes or access from mobile phones or PDAs
In France, the most searched for gadget online from those selected for the study was the PlayStation PSP, which averaged 781,000 searches per week. It was followed by the Apple iPod with 663,000, and the Nintendo DS Lite with 609,000.
The Apple iPhone averaged 303,000 searches per week during the November shopping period. It was joined by two other handsets, the Nokia N95 and the Samsung U600, which averaged 107,000 and 102,000 searches per week respectively.
Average Weekly Searches for a Selection of the Most Popular Gadgets This Christmas(i) France Source: comScore World Metrix Average Number of Product Weekly Searches(ii) Playstation PSP 780,833 Apple iPod 663,342 Nintendo DS Lite 608,705 Nintendo Wii 556,885 Apple iPhone 302,743 Xbox 360 282,905 Nokia N95 107,451 Samsung U600 102,023 Apple iPod Nano 87,236 Playstation 3 80,700 (i) For the three week period October 29 - November 18 (ii) Total French. Internet Audience, Age 15+, Home & Work Locations. Excludes traffic from public computers such as Internet cafes or access from mobile phones or PDAs
The Apple iPod was by far the most searched for gadget in Germany in the first three weeks of November, with an average of 1.2 million searches a week. As was the case in the U.K. and France, the Nintendo DS Lite, the company's latest handheld console, was also popular, with 753,000 searches per week.
Following the November 9 release of the Apple iPhone in Germany, online searches made for the handset increased 495 percent from the October level to 697,000 average weekly searches in November. The recently released Nokia N95 phone also proved popular with 341,000 searches per week.
Average Weekly Searches for a Selection of the Most Popular Gadgets This Christmas(i) Germany Source: comScore World Metrix Average Number of Product Weekly Searches(ii) Apple iPod 1,193,417 Nintendo DS Lite 753,282 Apple iPhone 697,027 Nintendo Wii 588,059 Playstation PSP 564,237 Nokia N95 340,606 Apple iPod Touch 298,681 Apple iPod Nano 246,232 Xbox 360 221,635 Playstation 2 195,970 (i) For the three week period October 29 - November 18 (ii) Total German Internet Audience, Age 15+, Home & Work Locations. Excludes traffic from public computers such as Internet cafes or access from mobile phones or PDAs
The twenty different models of gadgets from the game console, mobile phone, and portable music player segments that were analysed in the study were: Apple iPhone, Apple iPod, Apple iPod Nano, Apple iPod Touch, Barbie Girls MP3 Player, Creative Zen, HTC Touch Dual, LG Prada, Nintendo DS Lite, Nintendo Wii, Nokia N81, Nokia N95, Playstation 2, Playstation 3, Playstation PSP, Sagem RG512, Samsung U600, Sony Ericsson K810i, Sony Ericsson W880I, Xbox 360.
NORWALK, Conn., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- With the holiday shopping season in full swing, and with the growing threat of ID theft looming, consumers may not know their identities could also be for sale.
The intersection of commerce and cyber-crime could be a bumpy road for shoppers over the next month, so don't let the ID theft grinches steal your holiday cheer this year.
"Wherever there's information about a person, whether it's retained by a retailer, bank, credit bureau or database, there's someone out there who has the ability to steal it," said Dan Clements, spokesman for ID Secure, a sophisticated new tool that uses leading-edge public records, Social Security number and credit card monitoring technology to fight identity theft. "The more difficult you make it for someone to rip you off, the less chance you have of becoming a victim of identity theft. These criminals are not looking for a challenge; they're looking for an opportunity."
ID Secure, a leading-edge public records, Social Security number, credit card and cyber-crime chat room monitoring service, is distributing a useful tip a day from Dec. 7-24 using the "12 Days of Christmas" theme to help protect consumers against the fastest growing crime in America.
With the holiday shopping season in high gear - retail sales are expected to hit $474.5 billion this year, according to the National Retail Federation, and online shopping soared 37 percent on Cyber-Monday this year - it is now more important than ever, to take steps to protect your identity.
Before you load up your sleigh with holiday gifts, remember these tips from the experts at ID Secure:
On the second day of Christmas my expert reminded me:
Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America, with 27.3 million victims in the past five years, and nearly 20 million in the past two years alone, according to a study from Javelin Strategy & Research. This crime costs more than $56 billion, or $6,383 per victim, annually, and has become so prevalent, that an identity thief strikes on average every 3.5 seconds. In fact, ID theft has now surpassed drug trafficking as the No. 1 crime in America, according to the Justice Department.
Clements says that while identity theft is growing, there are ways to protect yourself. His advice: Make sure you have a product, such as ID Secure, that monitors billions of public records and cyber-crime chat rooms for your identity.
"These new technologies, such as ID Secure, keep consumers one step ahead of would-be ID thieves. They are perhaps the best chance of avoiding identity- related criminal abuse," said Clements. "Punishment for fraud and recovery of stolen funds is so rare that prevention is the only viable course of action."
ID Secure's pioneering technology monitors the Internet for fraudulent activity involving consumers' personal information such as credit card account, debit card account. PIN numbers, social security numbers, mother's maiden name and many other types of personal information. ID Secure collects compromised personal information from foreign "underground" chat rooms where full sets of personal information are bought and sold by identity thieves for $10 to $30. This technology alerts members instantly if their personal information has become compromised, and assists them with keeping their identity safe.
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