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FIX8 Unveils Premium Webcam Animation Download, Introduces New Cast of Virtual Characters

Playlogic Acquires "Dimensity" From Bulgarian Developer Dagger Games

Mobile Phone Remains a Casual Gaming Platform

OCZ Unveils New Turbo-Cool 860W PSU From PC Power and Cooling

More Christmas Shoppers Turn To DVDs As Gift Ideas This Christmas

Digital Generation Risks Future Without Memories

Mio Technology Announces Availability of True 3D Mapping Sat-Nav Devices

Club 3D Introduces HD3800 512MB Overclocked Edition Series

The World of Identity Theft Continues to Evolve

TwinMOS Introduces Mobile Disk X1 Flash Drive

Atomic Juice PSUs Offer Enthusiasts a Fresh New Look

Uniblue Re-launches ProcessLibrary.com

Verizon Wireless and Palm Announce the Arrival of the Treo 755p Smartphone

Toshiba and IBM Extend Semiconductor Research and Development Collaboration

Microsoft Releases Next Generation CRM Solution for On-Premise and On-Demand Deployments

Intel Introduces Ultra-Small Solid-State Drive for Handheld Devices

FIX8 Unveils Premium Webcam Animation Download, Introduces New Cast of Virtual Characters

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- FIX8, a new media company that provides rich, interactive media tools for user-generated content, today unveiled its premium software, which is now available for download at http://www.fix8.com/. Today, the company also launches its new website featuring a simplified software download process and fun new videos, avatars.

FIX8's latest creation builds on the success of its free software download that is spreading virally among friends, blogs and video sharing sites. The premium version (for a limited time offer of $9.95) features a colorful cast of 65 virtual characters, over 140 accessories and advanced high-resolution video record options. FIX8 Premium is the tool of choice to take animated user-generated content (UGC) and live video chats via webcam to an entirely new level. The download process is simple and hassle-free.

"FIX8's free software introduces a new world of user-generated reality allowing users to be anyone they want to be with virtual costumes, props and unique avatar creation," said Linh Duy Tang, president and CEO of FIX8. "Imagine FIX8's free software on steroids plus a super-sized selection of creative characters and accessories and you have our premium download!"

FIX8's groundbreaking virtual communications software maps the facial expressions and gestures of its users in real-time with the use of any webcam. Users can choose from avatars, creative "dress-up" accessories, flash and more to create rich, interactive virtually-animated videos for live chats and sharing across social pages, blogs or with friends.

FIX8 software works across IM services including MSN, Yahoo, AIM and Skype. FIX8-animated videos can also be saved and posted across Facebook, MySpace and YouTube. Users can let their imagination run wild with FIX8's personal avatar creator. The premium service offers a universe of options from new virtual environments and accessories to powerful unique avatar creation tools!

"All you need is a PC, webcam and creative spirit. We invite our users to share their unique creations with other visitors using the new premium service. We look forward to seeing what they come up with! This is just the beginning! Look for even more robust and interactive features in future upcoming releases," added Tang.

Source: PRNewswire

Playlogic Acquires "Dimensity" From Bulgarian Developer Dagger Games

Playlogic Entertainment, an independent worldwide publisher of entertainment software, has acquired the hack-and-slash adventure game "Dimensity" from Bulgarian developer Dagger Games. The latest addition to Playlogics line up is set for release on PC in the second quarter of 2008. In total Playlogic expects to publish 6 to 8 new titles in Q1 of 2008.

Dimensity reveals an epic and complex tale of honor, loss and betrayal in a gritty fantasy setting. Choose between two races in massive single player campaigns to unravel the path of the heroes of the humans and the opposing 'Triends' to discover who will dominate the world of Dimensity in the end. Choose online play and battle up to three friends in the Multiplayer mode.

Dimensity is a hybrid hack-and-slash adventure game and features light RPG and RTS elements including character development. Its 3D engine features advanced terrain and particle rendering, normal mapping and per pixel lighting.


  • Two extensive single player campaigns on a variety of unique maps, with hundreds of quests, objectives and side missions.
  • Play as either a mage or a fighter, with a great variety of combo attacks and magical spells. Command up to 16 NPC units to fight at your side and level with you.
  • Choose to either adventure through world of Dimensity, or decide to wage war and conquer enemies with the aid of NPC units
  • Challenging multiplayer mode with four playable races battling in PVP or coop mode
  • Gain experience and levels in both single and multiplayer mode
  • All items, gold and experience earned in both gameplay modes will be carried by the player as long as he keeps winning
  • Various unlockable extra maps for a special challenge mode, featuring extremely difficult but highly rewarding missions
  • NPC units feature a wide range of troop types, from ordinary swordsmen to flying transport ships
  • Dimensity uses only one resource – gold - which must be looted from dungeons complexes beneath the battlefield

Source: Playlogic Entertainment

Mobile Phone Remains a Casual Gaming Platform

DALLAS, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers still perceive mobile phones as casual gaming devices, despite recent company efforts to introduce more advanced games and features to the platform, according to Parks Associates' The New Frontier: Portable and Mobile Gaming. This report analyzes trends in the mobile and portable gaming industries; profiles major publishers, developers, technology providers, and carriers; provides consumer data regarding portable and mobile gaming; and forecasts market growth.

"In the mobile gaming industry, consumer awareness lags behind technological advancements," said Yuanzhe (Michael) Cai, Director, Broadband and Gaming, Parks Associates. "New 3D and multiplayer mobile games look great in demos, but casual games are where the money is and will be for the next few years."

According to the report, fewer than 10% of on-the-go Internet gamers want to play core or console-centric games on a mobile phone, compared with 55% who want to play puzzle and card games on mobile phones and more than 30% who want word and arcade games.

While casual gaming beats out advanced gaming on mobile phones, more than 30% of those interested in gaming on-the-go are interested in playing sports and action/adventure games on a portable game player, and another 29% and 27% are interested in playing driving/flying games and first-person shooter games on portable devices.

"Portable game players will maintain strong growth momentum because they provide an experience yet to be matched by mobile phones," Cai said. "Next-generation players will likely include mobile broadband, which would enhance their value proposition."

Source: PRNewswire

OCZ Unveils New Turbo-Cool 860W PSU From PC Power and Cooling

OCZ Technology Group today unveiled the new Turbo-Cool 860 power supply from PC Power and Cooling. The Turbo-Cool 860 features adjustable rails, ultra-high efficiency, and a lifespan at least twice the industry standard, the press release claims. It delivering 860 watts of continuous power with a 930 Watts peak through a complete array of connectors including 4 x PCI-E (2 x 6-pin and 2 x 6/8-pin.)

Each Turbo-Cool 860 allows the end-user to safely fine-tune the unit's independently adjustable power rails (+3V and +5V) via two externally accessible pots. In the hands of an experienced user, the +12V rail can be externally fine-tuned as well. Unlike conventional industrial-grade power supplies, the Turbo-Cool 860's form factor is standard ATX so it will fit all PC towers and cases.

With a history of over 20 years building long-lasting, investment-grade PSUs, PC Power built the Turbo-Cool 860 using the highest quality components and circuitry to provide the highest MTBF rating on the market. Rated at full load, 40C, the 860 features a 200,000 hour MTBF, a lifespan at least double the industry norm.

As the leading graphics platform in the world, NVIDIA SLI certification to the highest level is an essential characteristic of a maximum-performance power supply. The Turbo-Cool 860 is SLI certified by NVIDIA to run Dual GeForce 8800 Ultra, the highest configuration currently available. NVIDIA's power supply qualification test is the most rigorous of its kind and end-users cannot expect a power supply without official SLI certification to reliably run an SLI system. Consumers can rest assured that the Turbo-Cool 860 will provide stable, well distributed, certified power to today's most power hungry platforms and beyond.


  • 860W Continuous (930W peak) @ 50°C
  • +12VDC @ 64A (72A pk) (Powerful Single Rail)
  • High Efficiency (84%); .98 Active PFC
  • Rock-Solid, Super-Clean DC Output
  • 200,000 hr MTBF (double the industry norm)
  • 24-pin, Dual 8-pin, 4-pin M/B Connectors
  • Four PCI-E (Two 6-pin and two 6/8-pin) and15 Drive Connectors
  • NVIDIA SLI Certified (Dual 8800 Ultra)
  • Adjustable +3V and +5V Rails
  • Individual 14-point Certified Test Report
  • 7-Year Warranty; Unbeatable Support

The Turbo-Cool 860 is backed by a new 7-Year warranty. Each unit will ship with its own unique 14-point Certified Test Report generated at the PC Power and Cooling facility in Carlsbad, California.

Source: OCZ Technology Group

More Christmas Shoppers Turn To DVDs As Gift Ideas This Christmas

More DVDs will be bought as gifts this Christmas than in 2006, reveals a survey carried out by the Digital Entertainment Group Europe (DEG Europe), the pan industry body to promote DVD and HD formats to consumers and trade across Europe. The findings show that DVDs remain the present of choice with 78 per cent of UK consumers questioned purchasing one or more DVDs over the festive period, compared to 68 per cent in 2006.

It is evident that there is still a huge demand for DVDs and the primary reasons for purchases are two-fold. 63 per cent said that they know that it is a present friends and family would like and 59 per cent will be buying DVDs because they featured on their 'wish list'. Of the DVDs purchased by consumers this Christmas, the majority of those (82 per cent) will be purchased in Standard Definition (SD); however, some (9 per cent) will be embracing next generation DVDs.

The appetite for home entertainment is set to increase further with more consumers eager to adopt new technologies to enhance their viewing experience. The survey has revealed that in 2008 High Definition (HD) will be embraced more aggressively than ever with 54 per cent of those questioned planning to move to HD, 39 per cent of which within the next six months.

Yves Caillaud, Senior Vice President Warner Home Video EMEA, for and on behalf of DEG Europe, commented, "It is extremely encouraging to see that the DVD format continues to hold its own this Christmas as a gift of choice. Furthermore, it is exciting to see consumers gaining confidence and understanding of the possibilities in the next generation of home entertainment. The survey suggests that 2008 is set to be an interesting year for High Definition."

Source: webitpr

Digital Generation Risks Future Without Memories

Britons are risking losing valuable images and data forever with almost one in five who own a portable device losing phone numbers and contact details on mislaid items and 40% admitting to not backing up photos on portable devices, according to research commissioned by Network Appliance (NetApp), a leading provider of storage and data management solutions.

The YouGov survey of 2,035 online adults, reveals that whilst 58% of those that own a portable device store up to 500 photos, only 6% are very worried about losing them. It also indicates that 60% who had lost a device with phone numbers on had to source the contact details from scratch.

Surprisingly, only 44% said this had made them think twice about backing up information in future. Not surprisingly, however, 25 to 34 year olds (33%) have mislaid more portable devices with phone numbers and contact details than any other age group, with over 55s (8%) losing the least.

Mark Stevens, UK Area Director at NetApp said: "Data backup and protection is not just a concern for businesses. Today's 'Digital Generation' load an increasing amount of information onto phones, iPods and laptops everyday, and with this comes risk.

"People need to be aware that saving images and numbers without backing them up means they could be lost forever."

The research findings also highlight a gender gap in attitudes towards data loss among those storing photos on portable devices, with three times as many women saying they were very worried about losing images than men. Men who have lost devices with contact details are less likely to change their behaviour than women with 54% saying they would not backup or change the way they store information, compared to 43% of women.

Mark Stevens, UK Area Director at NetApp said: "Clearly there is a level of education needed to help consumers protect their information.

"Protecting your data doesn't have to be complex. The right solution will speed and optimise backup and recovery processes, heighten data availability and you can keep in contact with friends and family, as well as retrieve lost images."

Other findings from the study include different attitudes towards data protection across Britain:

  • People from the South of England are least likely to have photos backedup on their portable devices than in any other region (32%)
  • Those from Scotland are the most careful with 48% having images backedup.
  • Londoners are most likely to lose a portable device containing contact details (26%), compared to 15% of people in the South and 15% in the Midlands and Wales.
  • 47% of Northerners would change the way they store information following the loss of a device with Southerners least likely to change their attitudes (35%).

Source: webitpr

Mio Technology Announces Availability of True 3D Mapping Sat-Nav Devices

Previewed at the IFA consumer electronics show in August 2007, Mio Technology, top three vendor in Europe of portable navigation devices (PND), announces the availability of its high-end 3D mapping devices - the C620 and C620t. The new Mio 2008 mapping software includes around one thousand 3D landmarks, as well as digital elevation mapping to depict the local landscape - providing the motorist with a true 3D view of the road ahead.

The Mio C620 and C620t feature the very latest Tele Atlas maps (2007.7) as well as Mio's split-screen interface in this 4.3" wide screen device. The split-screen function introduced in the C320 and C520/C520t allows the user to view local points of interest and critical journey information, such as the next three turns and time or distance to destination alongside the full map. The C620 and C620t provide the ultimate in sat-nav functionality and features, up and running in seconds with fast, accurate positioning from SiRFstarIII GPS technology.

The new range offers integrated Traffic Message Channel (TMC) reports as well as free out-of-the-box speed camera alerts. As with previous products, Mio users are able to download speed camera database updates for free for one year from the moment of registration, add their own camera locations and share them with other Mio users over the internet.

Mapping features:

  • Intuitive map display with 3D landmarks and digital elevation models
  • Better orientation and faster recognition of map location
  • Road levels are displayed in 3D view
  • Easy to use interface
  • Split screen for info, POI, TMC, Route, MP3 and phone book
  • Play/stop MP3 while navigation
  • One click to pick up incoming calls or dial out
  • Easy navigation to Photo Viewer
  • Enhanced signpost display
  • Enhanced POIs along route
  • TMC along route display

Device features:

  • 4.3" navigation screen: large and easy to read
  • Hands-free calling with built-in Bluetooth wireless technology and microphone
  • Speed camera warnings out-of-the box with free updates
  • Fast, accurate positioning from SiRFstarIII GPS technology
  • All-in-one cradle : power and TMC (TMC only for C620t)
  • Entertainment on the go: Integrated MP3 player and photo-viewer to enjoy your favourite songs and precious photos all on one device.

Source: webitpr

Club 3D Introduces HD3800 512MB Overclocked Edition Series

Club 3D extended the line up of the HD3800 series with two new graphic cards based on the RV670 chipset: the Club 3D HD3870 Overclocked Edition and the Club 3D HD3850 Overclocked Edition.

Key features:

  • ATI Avivo HD video and display architecture
  • Unified Video Decoder (UVD) for Blu-ray and HD DVD
  • Built-in HDMI and 5.1 surround audio
  • Support for DirectX 10.1 / Shader Model 4.1
  • ATI CrossFireX multi-GPU Support
  • PCI-Express 2.0 support

The novelties feature 2x Dual Link DVI to drive two LCD panels with resolutions up to 2560x1600. Two high-speed 400MHz RAMDAC's support CRT resolutions up to 2048x1536 at 85Hz.

Club 3D has also implemented customized radial heatpipe coolers.

  CLUB 3D HD3870 Overclocked CLUB 3D HD3850 Overclocked
Ordercode CGAX-3872DDO CGAX-3852DDO
GPU Speed 800 MHz 720 MHz
Memory Type 512 MB GDDR4 512 MB GDDR3
Memory Speed 2340 MHz 1800 MHz
Memory Bandwidth 256-Bit 256-Bit
Stream Processors 320 320
API Support DirectX 10.1 DirectX 10.1
Shader Model 4.1 4.1
Max. Resolution 2560 x 1600 2560 x 1600
Dual Link DVI Out 2x 2x
VGA Out DVI to VGA Adapter DVI to VGA Adapter
HDTV Out Yes Yes
Video Out 1x 1x
HDCP Support Yes Yes

Source: Club 3D

The World of Identity Theft Continues to Evolve

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- At the end of each year, the Identity Theft Resource Center(R) reviews identity theft trends and patterns throughout the year. It examines the new directions this crime appears to be taking. The basis of this information includes: victims and their experiences, ITRC's expertise, and data from law enforcement on the ways criminals are stealing and using personal identifying information and financial records.

Last year, ITRC predicted the following trends for 2007:

  -- There will be an increase in check fraud, check synthesizing and check

  -- Phishing will continue to grow as a problem.

  -- Child, family and domestic identity theft victims will be acknowledged
     by law enforcement and companies.

  -- There will still be a lack of sensitivity and responsiveness toward
     victims by some law enforcement agencies, companies and government

  -- We will see more communication between various law enforcement entities
     in multi-jurisdictional cases, including the creation of regional task

  -- Our score was five out of five.  Identity theft continues to thrive
     despite efforts by governmental agencies, businesses, consumer
     advocates and law enforcement.  As a crime of opportunity, identity
     thieves keep finding ways to steal, becoming more sophisticated and
     skilled at their craft.

2007 in Review:

  -- Check schemes are increasing as credit issuers make it more difficult
     to get credit without authentication.  Not only are identity thieves
     stealing existing checks, they are also counterfeiting new checks that
     may contain your account number but a different name.  Another ploy is
     to put your information on the top of a check and make up an account
     number, one you never opened.

  -- While the Internet is not the culprit, it has become a tool that
     identity thieves have embraced and abuse to find victims and commit
     fraudulent activities.  Scamsters continue to exploit Web sites that
     promote online auctions and want ads, job hunting, dating (sweetheart
     scams) and social networking to find victims.

  -- Scams continue to flourish, generally falling into known categories:
     lotteries, jury duty, IRS audits, Nigerian, account verification or
     phishing, money laundering and check cashing (you deposit checks for a
     company and then send them the money).

  -- Family members are stealing identities from each other, including
     children's identities.  Some of the cases turn into an "all in the
     family" situation.  A recent ITRC study showed that the highest
     targeted category of children is between 0-5 years of age.  Domestic
     identity theft continues to be a problem, often including former
     significant others.

  -- There is a symbiotic relationship between identity theft with other
     crimes to finance and enhance the growth of highly profitable crimes
     including meth and drugs, terrorism, and illegal trafficking of goods
     and persons.

  -- Misleading commercials continue to be shown on television that either
     glamorize identity theft or make light of this crime at the expense of
     existing victims.  Sheila Gordon, ITRC's Director of Victim Services
     expressed this insight:  "From the victim's perspective, there is
     nothing glamorous about this crime.  It takes hours of hard work,
     internal strength, time and courage to clean up the mess left by an
     imposter.  However, you rarely hear about these stories.  You hear
     about the exciting exploits of 'Bonnie and Clyde' or movies like 'Catch
     Me If You Can.'  In romanticizing identity theft, the media entices
     novices and young adults to try their skill at identity theft and to
     play the role."

  -- The failure to believe someone could steal your identity generates
     apathy; therefore, individuals fail to take proactive steps to minimize
     risk.  The glamorizing of this crime, and the failure to focus on the
     national problem of identity theft has had a desensitizing effect on
     the public.  The availability of consumer education is still limited
     and may be faulty.

  -- There continues to be a lack of understanding by friends, family and
     the general public regarding the emotional impact of this crime on the
     victims, both short term and long term.  This information appears every
     year in ITRC's The Aftermath Study, which focuses on the individual.

  -- The ITRC saw an increase of products being sold to capitalize on the
     identity theft fears of consumers.  Unfortunately, some of these
     products do not carefully explain their limitations and lead consumers
     into believing that the product can completely protect them from this
     crime. Some products have merit but it is definitely a "due diligence"

  -- The year 2007 reflected continual blame on consumers as a primary cause
     of identity theft.  Various studies and articles failed to explain that
     consumers, governmental agencies, educational and medical facilities
     and businesses all need to handle sensitive personal information,
     especially Social Security numbers and financial account numbers, with
     the greatest care.

  -- On the positive side, there has been improved communication among
     businesses, consumers and law enforcement as to the causes and possible
     solutions to reduce identity theft crimes.

  -- There has been growing acknowledgement that identity theft is a
     multi-faceted crime and not just financial in nature.  More cases of
     criminal identity theft, where the imposter uses the victim's identity
     when arrested or cited, are being reported.  Criminals are using a
     victim's Social Security number to work, collect welfare or
     unemployment, as well as get medical benefits and healthcare.

Predictions for 2008:

"Identity theft is like the never-ending story," said Linda Foley, ITRC Founder. "It acts like an oil spill that spreads in yet another direction with the ocean currents and wind despite best efforts to contain it."

  -- We only have to look at the papers to see that thieves are getting
     younger and younger.  Recently, two people in their early 20's were
     arrested, in possession of sophisticated forgery equipment.  This is a
     strong indicator that identity theft is becoming a lucrative career

  -- Identity theft will continue to grow more international in scope.
     Scams will become more sophisticated and will be harder to detect, as
     thieves become more industrious and skilled at designing viruses,
     Trojans and ways to trick you into divulging personal identifying

  -- There will be an increase in the number of data breaches due to poor
     information handling policies and practices.

  -- There will be a continuation of contradictory studies with less
     agreement on victim census, cause and effect, facts and overall cost of
     identity theft.  This will lead to confusion, misguided legislation and
     governmental actions.

  -- On the positive side, ITRC believes that businesses will develop and
     implement better ways to authenticate the identity of applicants
     including Internet and telephone applications.

  -- There will be a higher recognition of identity theft as a crime by law
     enforcement.  This will lead to more reports written to assist victims
     in taking advantage of state and federal victim recovery rights.

  -- There will more legislative action on the issue of identity theft,
     including limiting the use of Social Security numbers.

  -- States and non-profits will be in a better position to provide more
     victim assistance at no charge.

"The Identity Theft Resource Center, when making some negative predictions for 2008, truly hopes that we will be wrong. We will work collaboratively with others toward making the positive predictions come true. The ITRC will be watching closely as the year 2008 unfolds," remarked Executive Director Jay Foley.

Source: PRNewswire

TwinMOS Introduces Mobile Disk X1 Flash Drive

TwinMOS introduced the Mobile Disk X1 USB2.0 flash drive with capacities up to 8GB. The Mobile Disk X1 is miniature (44.3x14.7x7.3mm,) lightweight and features a 360-degree revolving metal cap with reflective surface. The drive can be attached to a necklace, an accessory, a key ring, a mobile phone strap, etc.

The X1 features a data transmission LED and works under WinME/2000/XP/Vista, Mac 10.1+ and Linux 2.4+. Its free optional software pack includes Partition Manager, Bookmark Manager, PC Lock Manager, Flash Mail Manager, Autorun Manager, Security Manager, Boot Manager, and Remark manager.

Source: TwinMOS

Atomic Juice PSUs Offer Enthusiasts a Fresh New Look

Super Talent Technology today introduced an all-new line of power supply units (PSUs) dubbed Atomic Juice. Nvidia SLI certified Atomic Juice PSUs come in 600W and 700W sizes. "We didn’t want this to be just another cookie cutter PSU, so we juiced it up with a unique look and best-of-class features", said Super Talent Director of Business Development, Paul Sperry. The ultra-quiet 120mm ball bearing fan, which is backlit with fire-orange LEDs, communicates with temperature sensors, automatically adjusting RPM and airflow as needed. The universal AC input 100 ~ 264 Vac, is automatically switched and adjusts the hardware to operate at the available input voltage. Quad 12 V rails provide independent and reliable power to CPU(s), video card(s) and the other system components.


  • Intended for high-performance and dual-GPU gaming systems
  • Support for the latest ATX12V v2.2 standard
  • The ultra-quiet 120mm fan, temperature sensors
  • 1 x main MB connector (20+4-pin), 2 x 12V (CPU 4-pin), 1 x 12V (PCI-e 6-pin), 1 x 12V (PCI-e 6+2-pin) 6 x SATA (15-pin), 2 x FDD, and 6 x accessory (4-pin)
  • Universal AC input 100 ~ 264 Vac, automatically switched
  • Quad 12 V rails
  • MTBF of over 100,000 hours and 5-year warranty
Power Cords 600W 700W
North America PS-600 PS-700
Europe PS-600E PS-700E
UK PS-600U PS-700U

All six models are sampling now. Atomic Juice PSUs will be available from Super Talent resellers worldwide in January. Street price on the 700W model is expected to be around $145.

Source: Super Talent Technology

Uniblue Re-launches ProcessLibrary.com

In December 2007 Uniblue re-launched its ProcessLibrary.com website with improved content, brand-new interface and substantial improvements to a range of other features. These product enhancements include:

  • Full interactivity with ProcessScanner – quickly and simply, users at all levels can find out exactly what their computer is up to and what's really running: http://www.processlibrary.com/processscan/
  • The option to view the site in alternative languages: Japanese, French, German, Spanish and Italian
  • Thousands more processes added to the library
  • More frequent process updates
  • Intelligent search to help users find what they need to know quickly
  • More informative content page with an improved layout
  • ProcessQuickLink that installs as a free, downloadable plug-in to the existing Windows Task Manager: http://www.processlibrary.com/quicklink/.

This provides users with an information button next to each running process, which activates a direct link to ProcessLibrary.com. This link instantly provides relevant information about the process in a new browser window.

In addition to the significant upgrade of ProcessLibrary.com, the interactive ProcessScanner (available free on the site) has been vastly improved. Now faster, this downloadable scan generates a detailed, informative list of items running on the user's PC and programs these are associated with, so ensuring that PC users can find out what their computer is really up to.

Source: Uniblue

Verizon Wireless and Palm Announce the Arrival of the Treo 755p Smartphone

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and SUNNYVALE, Calif., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless, owner of the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, and Palm, Inc. (NASDAQ:PALM) today announced the immediate availability of the Palm(R) Treo(TM) 755p smartphone in exclusive deep blue-green. Beginning today, customers may purchase the Treo 755p online at www.verizonwireless.com, by calling 1-800-2 JOIN IN or by contacting their Verizon Wireless Business Sales Representative. The device will be in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores on Jan. 7.

Compared to its Treo 700p predecessor, the Treo 755p has a sleeker design with an internal antenna and a soft-touch feel. Featuring a large, high-resolution, color touch-screen for quick stylus access to applications, the Treo 755p offers a full QWERTY keyboard for easy e-mail creation, Web browsing and text messaging. It also includes features such as a 1.3 megapixel camera and built-in support for Microsoft(R) Word(R), Excel(R), and PowerPoint(R) documents and PDF documents. Customers can view and edit Microsoft Word and Excel files, and view PowerPoint and Adobe PDF files. Running the Palm OS(R), the new Palm Treo 755p from Verizon Wireless gives mobile professionals the tools they need to help maximize productivity.

The Treo 755p offers VersaMail(R) 3.5.45 with built-in Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync(R) support for Microsoft Direct Push Technology that delivers e-mail and calendar updates from a home or office PC using Outlook(R). Businesses connected to a Microsoft Exchange Server get fast, automatic wireless updates of e-mail, calendar and contact information with added IT security and remote manageability.

Treo 755p users also have the option of using Verizon Wireless' Wireless Sync for quick and easy access to personal or corporate e-mail, contacts, calendar, and tasks from their home or office PC. Customers can sync up to 10 POP3 or IMAP e-mail accounts, including AOL(R), Yahoo!(R) Premium and more with their Treo 755p. Wireless Sync supports Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Notes(R) and IBM Lotus Domino(R).

Verizon Wireless customers using the Treo 755p have the benefit of Verizon Wireless' EV-DO high-speed network to send and receive data. Verizon Wireless' broadband network is the most reliable national wireless broadband network in the country and available from coast to coast.

For customers interested in using their Treo 755p smartphones as modems with a Verizon Wireless BroadbandAccess Connect service plan to send and receive data from notebook PCs, the Treo 755p can easily take advantage of the 600 kbps to 1.4 mbps typical download speeds of the Verizon Wireless EV-DO network. The Treo 755p comes with built-in 60 MB of user-available memory and can be enhanced by using the miniSD(TM) slot to add separately purchased memory cards of up to 4 GB for storing data, photos, music, and video.

With Google Maps installed right out of the box, Verizon Wireless customers using the Treo 755p can get directions; perform local searches; and view moveable/scalable maps, satellite imagery, and traffic updates while on-the-go. Customers can also map a contact's address directly from the contact listing simply by selecting the "maps" button.

The Palm Treo 755p from Verizon Wireless is available for $399.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and new two-year customer agreement. Customers who purchase a qualified voice plan along with a data plan may be eligible for an additional $100 credit making the Treo 755p $299.99 for those customers.

Verizon Wireless Nationwide E-mail plans for the Treo 755p begin at $79.99 for 450 anytime voice minutes and unlimited e-mail. For more information on any Verizon Wireless product or service, visit www.verizonwireless.com.

Source: PRNewswire

Toshiba and IBM Extend Semiconductor Research and Development Collaboration

IBM and Toshiba Corporation today announced that they have entered into a joint development agreement on 32nm bulk complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) process technology.

Since December 2005, IBM and Toshiba have collaborated on fundamental advanced research related to semiconductor process technologies at the 32nm technology generation and beyond at the research facilities in Yorktown and Albany, New York. Building on the success of this ongoing research collaboration, the two companies have agreed to extend the scope of the joint development work to now include 32nm bulk CMOS process technology.

Under the new agreement, Toshiba joins a six company IBM Alliance for 32nm bulk CMOS process technology development * based in East Fishkill, New York.

Through this collaboration IBM and Toshiba plan to accelerate development of next-generation technology to achieve high-performance, energy-efficient chips at the 32nm process level, and to enhance the companies' leadership in the global semiconductor industry.

"This agreement caps a year of extraordinary momentum for IBM and its semiconductor Alliance Partners," said Gary Patton, vice president for IBM's Semiconductor Research and Development Center. "In 2008 we'll continue to strive to collectively deliver the industry breakthroughs and manufacturing milestones that come from talented engineers and semiconductor experts working in an open, collaborative environment with access to world class R&D facilities such as UAlbany NanoCollege's Albany NanoTech complex."

"This is a promising collaboration," said Mr. Shozo Saito, Corporate Senior Vice President of Toshiba Corporation and President & CEO of Toshiba's Semiconductor Company. "In addition to continuing the successful collaboration on fundamental advanced research, Toshiba will jointly develop the state-of-the-art 32nm bulk CMOS process integration technology, as a member of the world-class seven-company IBM Alliance. Concurrently we will also accelerate our own development of integration technology for the 32nm process at Toshiba's Advanced Microelectronics Center in Yokohama, toward achieving early production of leading-edge devices."

Source: Toshiba Corporation

Microsoft Releases Next Generation CRM Solution for On-Premise and On-Demand Deployments

The new version of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, formerly code-named "Titan," has been completed and released to manufacturing, Microsoft Corp. announced today. The new version is offered under two product names: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 for on-premise and partner-hosted deployments and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Live for Microsoft-hosted deployment. Designed with a single unified-code base for both on-premise and on-demand deployments, Microsoft Dynamics CRM enables customers to choose the right deployment model for their specific business and IT needs, with the flexibility to change deployment models over time if their needs or preferences change.

Some of the significant new benefits and capabilities of this new release include these:

  • An advanced multitenant architecture that supports multiple customers per server
  • Extended global capabilities including user choice of more than 25 languages and pervasive support for multiple currencies
  • New business intelligence capabilities including cross-entity views and an end-user ad hoc reporting wizard
  • Advanced business process automation based on Microsoft Windows Workflow Foundation
  • New collaboration capabilities with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 including real-time presence indicators within the CRM application

The new release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM has been in extensive use over the past year by more than 600 partners around the world and more than 100 early access customers representing a broad range of on-premise, partner-hosted and Microsoft-hosted deployments.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 will be available worldwide in more than 25 languages. The English language pack will be available within the next seven days to new and existing partners and customers. Nine additional language packs will be available in January and the remaining language packs will be delivered at a rate of four or more each month. Existing customers with an active Software Assurance plan for Microsoft Dynamics CRM are entitled to receive the new release at no additional charge.

The new Microsoft Dynamics Live CRM service is offered only in the United States and Canada, and is currently available to a limited number of customers via the Early Access program.

Source: Microsoft

Intel Introduces Ultra-Small Solid-State Drive for Handheld Devices

Intel Corporation announced its latest entry into the solid-state drive market with the Intel Z-P140 PATA Solid-State Drive (SSD), one of the tiniest in the industry aimed at handheld mobile devices. Smaller than a penny and weighing less than a drop of water, these 2 Gigabyte (GB) and 4GB ultra-small devices are fast, low-power and rugged, with the right size, capacity and performance for mobile Internet devices, digital entertainment and embedded products.

SSDs use flash memory to store operating systems and computing data, emulating hard drives. The Intel Z-P140 PATA SSD has an industry standard parallel-ATA (PATA) interface and is optimized to enhance Intel-based computers, and will be an optional part of Intel's Menlow platform for mobile Internet devices debuting in 2008.

The Intel Z-P140 is the smallest SSD in its class, making it attractive to designers and manufacturers of mobile and ultra-mobile devices. Comparatively, the Intel Z-P140 is 400 times smaller in volume than a 1.8-inch hard disk drive (HDD), and at .6 grams is 75 times lighter. It is also a much more durable alternative to HDDs.

The 2GB and 4GB capacities are large enough to store mobile operating systems, applications and data such as music or photos. It is extendable to 16GB for added storage capacity.

The Intel Z-P140 PATA SSD offers read speeds of 40 Megabytes-per-second (MB/s) and write speeds of 30 MB/s. Critical to mobile applications, its active power usage is 300mW (milliwatts), and only 1.1mW in sleep mode, which helps to extend a device's battery life.

With a 2.5 million hours mean-time between failures (MTBF) rate, this PATA-based chip scale package delivers reliable solid-state performance in an extremely tiny footprint. The Intel Z-P140 is currently sampling with mass production scheduled in the first quarter of 2008. The 4GB version will follow the 2GB product.

The Intel Z-P140 PATA SSD adds to the current Intel Z-U130 USB Solid-State Drive family introduced last March. The Intel Z-U130 USB Solid-State Drive has a universal serial bus (USB) standard interface and is used as a faster storage alternative for a variety of Intel-based computing platforms such as servers, emerging market notebooks and low-cost PCs as well as embedded solutions.

The company has also demonstrated technology for future high-performance SSDs with a serial ATA (SATA) interface that will round out the full family of Intel SSD offerings. That technology is expected to be announced as a product line in 2008.

Source: Intel Corporation

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