2 TB HDD SimpleDrive and two new portable hard drive Hitachi

Monday, October 26, 2009

Company Hitachi GST (Hitachi Global Storage Technologies) announced the commencement of sales of new desktop SimpleDrive external hard drives up to two terabytes in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (Region EMEA). In addition, the company announced a withdrawal of portable hard drives Hitachi Easy and Stylish Portable Drive and Hitachi Rugged Portable Drive, as well as the internal hard drive with mounting kit Hitachi Internal Hard Drive Kit for self-assembling computers.

Design Hitachi SimpleDrive hard drive combines the durability and ease of use. SimpleDrive is placed vertically and has a minimal surface, which makes it convenient for small or home offices. He collected in the case of anodized aluminum, providing cooling Hitachi hard disk performance with low power consumption. Compatible with both PC and Mac, SimpleDrive is available in a 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB.

Portable Hard Drive Hitachi Portable Rugged Drive is made truly mobile. According to the manufacturer, it's only waterproof and shockproof external hard drive manufactured today from global manufacturers hard drive: it can survive more falls, bumps and spills, than any other external drive on the market. It comes complete with built-in USB-cable, has side inserts for ease of portability and power LED on the top panel. The device Hitachi Portable Rugged Drive used hard drives Hitachi Travelstar, which protect the load up to 400 G during operation and up to 1000 G off, and for extra data protection when mistreated they use proprietary technology TrueTrack Technology. Power is provided by a portable storage device from the USB port. Hitachi Portable Rugged Drive is available 320 GB and 500 GB.

Portable Hard Drive Hitachi Simple and Stylish Portable USB 2.0 Drive embodies the concept of "stylish and simple." It combines modern design and a choice of several colors, plus simple ways to store and protect data. In the portable drive, reliable hard drives Hitachi. The user can select the drive in case the color "blue twilight" 320 GB or invoice in a black casing of carbon fiber volume of 500 GB.

Increase the storage capacity and a Mac or PC, you can use the internal hard drive Hitachi with mounting kit. Each set includes hard disk performance, simple installation instructions, SATA cable and mounting screws. Discs with lower power consumption are spindle speed 5400 rpm and 7200 rpm and the amount of cache memory to 32 MB.

LG X-Note R590 - a laptop for gamer

Company LG Electronics unveiled in South Korea laptop R590 series X-Note. This 15.6-inch model on the basis of processor Intel Core i7, it runs under the operating system Windows 7. Also, a laptop uses a discrete graphics card NVIDIA GeForce. According to the manufacturer, it is focused for the most part, the modern 3D games.

LG X-Note R590 and the proposed wording Ion Edition with the game from NCsoft Aion included, as well as pre-themes and "wallpaper" of the relevant topics. LG X-Note R590 is available in white and black colors, the cost of the notebook starts from 2 000 000 KRW ($ 1700).

Characteristics of LG X-Note R590-XR82K:

* 15.6-inch display with a resolution 1600h900 pixels
* Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium
* Processor Intel Core i7 820QM
* 4 GB DDR3 1333 MHz
* Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GT 230M (1 GB DDR3)
* Hard Disk 500 GB
* Optical Drive: DVD Super Multi
* Wireless Wi-Fi 802.11 a / g / n
* Weight - 2.52 kg (with 6 cell battery)

Characteristics of LG X-Note R590-XR7WK:

* 15.6-inch display with a resolution 1600h900 pixels
* Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium
* Processor Intel Core i7 720QM
* 2 GB of RAM DDR3 1333 MHz
* Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GT 230M (1 GB DDR3)
* Winchester 320 GB
* Optical Drive: DVD Super Multi
* Wireless Adapter Wi-Fi 802.11 a / g / n
* Weight - 2.52 kg (with 6 cell battery)

Up to 80% of business applications are not fully compatible with Windows 7

Despite efforts by Microsoft to implement the compatibility of existing applications with Windows 7, the problem is still quite relevant. For example, the results of testing a London company ChangeBase, from 60 to 80 percent of business applications require some degree further development to ensure full compatibility with the new operating system. These data were obtained from the test results of several thousands of programs that are used in 20 large firms.

One of the leaders ChangeBase John Tate (John Tate) said that the problem of compatibility of third-party applications is one of the most important for Microsoft, seeking to transplant users from Windows XP to Windows 7. Despite the fact that the situation since Windows Vista has improved slightly, software companies still have much work. Note that this problem is not the one and only Microsoft is common in the interaction of software development companies and consumers.

However, not always the problem of compatibility of the software used with the new operating system takes sharp. Some companies are quite capable to find a replacement of incompatible applications or do not use their full functionality. In addition, similar problems occur even when moving to Windows 7 with Windows Vista, much closer to the internal architecture. Approximately 7 to 12 per cent of applications running on Windows Vista, is incompatible with the new operating system.

According ChangeBase, compatibility problems are encountered among the finished software, and have applications that are written by specialists of the company itself, although the majority of difficulties encountered relate to the latter type of program. In addition, there are a number of so-called packaged applications, in varying degrees, incompatible with Windows 7. However, specific names are not given.

ChangeBase produces software AOK, through which it is possible to identify and resolve most compatibility issues. It is reported that with the help of this tool can be compatible, even legacy applications. Nevertheless, five per cent of problems are not amenable to eliminate even with the use of this software.

The final version of Ubuntu 9.10 Desktop Edition - 29 October

Company Canonical also announced the impending withdrawal OS Ubuntu 9.10 Desktop Edition. New version of the popular Linux distribution will be available for free download from October 29. Ubuntu 9.10 distinguish new GUI boot and logon, a significant acceleration of boot, an updated interface to control the sound and improve the usage of 3G communications.

To accommodate the wishes of users to improve Ubuntu, in July launched the initiative "100 Paper Cuts - 100 improvements". Community of users were asked to name the most hindering the work of a hundred defects. Currently made over 50 edits in the interface of the system, including such irritants as a moments of inconsistency in the title and sub-optimal selection of applications included in the system by default. There are more substantial changes, for example, version 9.10 includes the Ubuntu Software Centre, which helps to better navigate in today's software with open source software, available for use.

In Ubuntu 9.10 as a standard application integrated service Ubuntu One. Ubuntu One - is the common name of a set of online services now available in beta in May 2009. Ubuntu One simplifies data backup, sync and share files with other users of Ubuntu, supported Tomboy Notes and provides the ability to save and synchronize contacts from different models of mobile phones. Ubuntu One offers 2 GB of storage for free, and 50 GB for $ 10 a month.

In Ubuntu 9.10 includes new tools for developers - both professional and amateur enthusiasts. For users wishing to create applications for the platform Ubuntu, is a set of add-ons called Quickly, which automates many routine programming tasks. Quickly also allows you to "pack" code in the packets and distribute it through databases Ubuntu. Source programs can be stored in a revision control system Bazaar, which is part of the portal interaction Developer Launchpad - web-platform open source.

For users of netbooks and smartbukov created an improved interface Ubuntu 9.10 Netbook Remix, which makes use of the compact system is convenient and simple. As in the Ubuntu 9.10 desktop, at Ubuntu Netbook Remix integrated program for instant messaging Empathy, which allows you to exchange text, voice and video messaging, data files.

Portable console Nintendo DSi will support voice chat

Available in a portable game console Nintendo DSi, sales in Russia, which started six months ago, Wi-Fi module built-in microphone and gave birth at one time many rumors. Even argued that the console eventually receive some phone functionality. However, a more probable version of voice chat available in some video games and allows gamers to play in the process of communicating with each other. And now there is evidence that this function can be implemented in the Nintendo DSi in the near future.

On the Customer Support site Nintendo appeared curious information. It provides advice on rehabilitation facilities Nintendo DSi Download Ticket (ticket, entitling to download various content), and among other functions carried with it, is mentioned Nintendo DSi Speak Channel (voice channel Nintendo DSi). Even though Nintendo stated that this is nothing more than rumors, its representatives are not directly refuted the information presented. In addition, the Japanese company has already attempted to implement voice chat channel in the Wii game console with a stationary microphone Wii Speak, though not entirely successful. However, the Nintendo DSi a function can be really convenient.

Motherboard ASUS P6X58D Premium interfaces USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0 Gbps

We have already reported on the preparations for the release of the motherboard ASUS P7P55D-E Premium with support for high-speed interface USB 3.0. And we now know that the plans Taiwanese ASUSTeK Computer have yet another system board implements port USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0 Gbps. Therefore, ASUS apparently is going to compete for dominance with its rival Gigabyte, is also preparing several products with these latest interfaces.

Motherboard ASUS P6X58D Premium implemented based on Intel P55 chipset and supports interaction with processors Core i7 and Core i5 performed by LGA 1156. It is equipped with six slots for tri-channel DDR3 memory modules with support for up to 24 GB of memory, as well as three expansion slots for PCI-Express x16, two PCI slot and one PCI-Express x1. In addition, there is a two port USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0 Gbps, whose support is implemented through the controller from Marvell and NEC.

In addition, the motherboard ASUS P6X58D Premium has two connectors for Gigabit Ethernet, six ports SATA 3.0 Gbps, as well as FireWire, and many ports USB 2.0. Functionality Boards complements the integrated 7.1-channel audiochip and function TurboV, helps when overclocking. In the sale of this mainboard should do in November.

Energy efficient GPGPU Chrome 5400E from S3 Graphics is compatible with OpenCL

The exhibition Electronic Manufacturer Exposition (eMEX) in the Chinese city of Suzhou company S3 Graphics has demonstrated its latest development - energy efficient GPGPU processor Chrome 5400E. As stated, this processor is designed for advanced embedded graphics solutions, is able to provide a high level of functionality, performance and stability, and is quite long lasting product.

The new chip Chrome 5400E in a compact BGA package with dimensions of 23 x 23 mm. It is made by the 65 nm process and supports bus PCI-Express x1/x4/x8/x16, as well as DDR2 memory and GDDR3. Built-in programmable engine ChromotionHD 2.1 provides hardware acceleration when working with video formats H.264, MPEG-2 HD, WMV9-HD and VC-1. In addition, there is a "native" support for two dual-link LVDS, as well as two ports of Dual-Link DVI, DisplayPort and HDMI with the function of HDCP. A programmable unified shader architecture (Unified Shader Architecture) gives Chrome 5400E opportunity to support modern technologies such as DirectX 10.1, OpenGL 3.1 and OpenCL 1.0.

In addition, S3 Graphics promises to implement for Chrome 5400E-level support drivers in operating systems such as Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows CE, and Linux distributions on the kernel 2.6.xx.

HTC Passion - CDMA version of the smartphone based on Android Dragon

We have already mentioned in the news about the smartphone HTC Dragon, which has not yet been formally presented. His photographs were recently published resource TheUnlockR. And now the same source said that will be released as version of the device for cellular networks, CDMA - HTC Passion. Or, perhaps, Dragon just another name for this model. HTC Passion will be sold in the U.S. operator Verizon Wireless. Apparently, the machine will go down in a series of Android smartphones Droid.

If HTC Passion - analog Dragon, he is a productive device based on Qualcomm processor with 1 GHz (platform Snapdragon). A smartphone is a candy bar without the keyboard and touch screen in almost the entire front panel. HTC Passion is running the latest version of the operating system Android under the number 2.0. The source reports that the production of new items may be held in the fourth quarter of this year.

Graphics Card Sapphire HD 5750 Vapor-X - pictures and details

Well-known graphics card manufacturer Sapphire company is preparing to renew its series of non-reference cards Vapor-X the new model. Novelty is called HD 5750 Vapor-X and as easy to guess, is a version of the recently released Radeon HD 5750 graphics card, which is based on 40 nm GPU.

New graphics card Sapphire HD 5750 Vapor-X is equipped with 720 stream processors, 1 GB of GDDR5 memory with 128-bit interface, as well as technology support of DirectX 11 and ATI Eyefinity regime and CrossFireX. In addition, the adapter has an effective dual-slot cooler used to cool the hot zones of the evaporation chamber technology (Vapor Chamber), as well as special design of the heatsink and one big fan.

Graphics Card Sapphire HD 5750 Vapor-X interfaces has Dual DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort, and its clock speeds are 700 and 4600 MHz for the video core and memory respectively. According to the source, the accelerator should be debuting on Nov. 3, but its price is only slightly exceeds the value of the standard model from Sapphire.

Notebook MSI X-Slim X340 and X600 and netbook Wind U120 have the support of WiMAX

Company Micro-Star International (MSI) announced that its laptops and netbooks were supported wireless standard WiMAX. Ultrathin Notebooks MSI X-Slim X340 and X600, as well as the netbook MSI Wind U120 have been certified by International WiMAX Forum. These models will be on display at the exhibition Broadband Taiwan, which goes from 26 to 28 September in Taipei.

Recall, MSI X-Slim X340 and X600 - a model in a thin shell, equipped with 13 and 15.6-inch screen, respectively. They are based on the platform Intel CULV with energy-efficient processors. Thickness of the MSI X-Slim X340 - less than 20 mm, and weight - 1,3 kg. MSI X-Slim X600, in turn, has a thickness of less than 25 mm and weighing 2.1 kg. Netbook MSI Wind U120 is equipped with 10-inch display and is based on the processor Intel Atom. Among its wireless options, but the new adapter, WiMAX, Wi-Fi 802.11 n, and 3,5 G. MSI Wind U120 claims to be the world's first netbook to support WiMAX.

Intel threatens antitrust investigation in U.S.

U.S. Federal Trade Commission in the near future is going to begin an investigation in respect of Intel. World's largest manufacturer of processors are suspected of violating antitrust and unfair competition. Recall that in May this year the European Commission has fined the American corporation to 1.06 billion euros, found her guilty of antitrust violations in the market of computer processors. According to the European Commission, Intel intention to sell its processors to producers at low prices in order to eliminate competition with other companies, for example, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).

In the beginning of the official proceedings of the Intel, according to Reuters news agency, voted in three of the four antitrust regulators, members of the Federal Trade Commission. And an informal inquiry begun in 2008 immediately after the verdict of the South Korean commission for monitoring compliance with the rules of fair trade. Then Intel was fined 25 million dollars for the use of unfair methods of competition against AMD. Intel Corporation is now one of the largest chip maker in the world, and its market share in microprocessors for PCs more than 80 percent.

Gigabyte GSmart S1200 - a compact Windows Mobile communicator

GSmart S1200 - Gigabyte's new Communicator class "all in one" with the support of all modern wireless protocols, including a network of third generation (3G) and satellite-based GPS-navigation. At the core of the device - a platform for medium-power processor-based Qualcomm MSM7200A with a frequency of 528 MHz.

Gigabyte GSmart S1200 is equipped with high-resolution screen WVGA (480 x 800). This display has a minimum physical size among devices with the same screen resolution - 3,1 inches. Use this screen has allowed to minimize the physical size of the communicator. GSmart 1200 - the most compact on the market of devices running Windows Mobile and the screen is high resolution WVGA.

Other features of the device:

  • The latest operating system Windows Mobile 6.5 (upgrade available to owners S1200 from the end of October 2009).
  • Modern design in the style of hi-tech: mirrored black front panel in silver border "by the metal, the back panel and battery compartment lid - in classic black.
  • At GSmart S1200 installed graphical interface of its own design company Gigabyte - Smart Pack, facilitating management unit using the fingers (without stylus). Smart Pack includes four ways of organizing space and four desktop themes associated graphic design: classic, familiar interface of Windows Mobile, Theme Smart Zone, subject Chinese Painting ( «Chinese Painting"), the theme of Live Nature (in the style of the main theme of desktop Windows XP) .
  • In the last three options available to the user two-tier menu, consisting of a few working screens, switching between them is simple finger movements: from top to bottom, left to right or right to left, diagonally. At each of the screens are grouped icons access the main applications to the device: a phone, handheld computer functions, multimedia functions.

    On the main desktop themes in the Smart Zone, Chinese Painting, Live Nature displays important system information (clock, battery level, the activity of wireless interfaces, missed calls, SMS and came E-mail) and short-term weather forecast.

    Registration of basic desktop themes of Chinese Painting and Windows Live, varies depending on time of day: sunrise on the screen changes to a bright, sunny day, which in turn gives way to decline, then a moonlit night. An additional element of the graphic design of the main desktop is a fun animated characters who occasionally appear on the screen.

    Interface Smart Pack also includes a system of widgets (G-Widgets). The user can independently adjust the position of widgets and identify applications that run through them.

    Gigabyte GSmart S1200 is available for purchase at retail company Vobis Computer "from the end of October 2009. Until the end of the month the device will be available also in a number of federal retail chains - partners Vobis.

    All Android-Smartphones Verizon will enter the line Droid

    It is known that Droid - is not so much the name of your smartphone from the company Motorola, which is now being prepared for release, as the name of a series of devices. Motorola Droid will go into this line, and probably will have another new title. Recall, the announcement of this model is expected on Oct. 28, and release - 9 November. A Brand Droid unite all smart phones based on Android, which will appear in U.S. operator Verizon. It is worth noting that the title of the series - "speaking" and it is quite suitable.

    For example, a smartphone from HTC codenamed Desire will be sold as Droid Eris. This model is equipped with a 3.2-inch touch screen display and a 5-megapixel camera, a hardware keyboard it does not have. It is reported that HTC Droid Eris will go on sale Nov. 6. These data resource Engadget reported with reference to an informed source, may soon become clear whether they are authentic.

    ELSE: new communicator from Emblaze Mobile

    The company Emblaze Mobile introduced communicator ELSE, it was demonstrated at the event in Japan. This model is based on the new mobile platform ELSE INTUITION, which includes the operating system from ACCESS ALP 3.0 kernel-based Linux, an innovative interface and services provided by Emblaze Mobile. Previously it was known that Emblaze Mobile is preparing two models - Edelweiss and Monolith, but first of them did not come out. ELSE, obviously, and there is a Monolith is a sort of combined variant. Edelweiss, incidentally, was focused on Russia's market.

    Communicator ELSE made in the form-factor besklaviaturnogo candybar with 3.7-inch touch screen, resolution of which is 480h854 point. Also known as 16 GB of internal memory, 5-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi adapter, Bluetooth, GPS-receiver and processor TI OMAP 3430. Dimensions apparatus - 115,6 h56, 6h13 mm. While nothing is known, when the device goes on sale and how much it cost. It is hoped that it, unlike the Edelweiss, will still be released.

    Nokia Illuvia: 5530 XpressMusic, 6700 and 6303 in the purple range

    The company Nokia introduced a new series of mobile devices called Illuvia. It includes a special edition of the already known models: Nokia 5530 XpressMusic Illuvia, Nokia 6700 and Nokia 6303 Illuvia Illuvia. That is, this is a smartphone with a touch screen and two single units with a numeric keypad, belonging to the middle level. Apparently, in terms of functionality, they do not differ from the originals. Recall, Nokia 5530 XpressMusic - is a music smartphone based on S60 5th Edition with a 2.9-inch touchscreen and 3.2-megapixel camera. Nokia 6700 Classic, in turn, is equipped with 5-megapixel camera, GPS-receiver and a QVGA-display, it is based on Series 40. A Nokia 6303 is a more simple model, it is rather a lower-middle class. Among its features - 3.2-megapixel camera, 2.2-inch display and support for Bluetooth.

    With regard to their options in a series of Illuvia, they have purple accents in the design of housing, as well as artistic illuminations in the violet color scheme. Nokia Illuvia devices will be sold exclusively online at The Phone House stores in the Netherlands, it is not clear whether they will come at any time in other regions.

    Motorola Aura Diamond Edition with 34 diamonds and gold

    Motorola has today in the UK starts selling the most expensive of its model series Motorola Aura. The device, called Aura Diamond Edition, on the technical characteristics no different from previous models, but significantly exceeds their costs - the cost of £ 3500.

    More than twofold increase in prices due to the materials used - to finish the phone used 34 diamond and gold navigation key. Building models also gilded. 30 diamonds flank a round screen Motorola Aura, and four more are on the navigation key, which is a 18 carat gold. The keypad is painted in a coffee-brown color.

    Cowon iAUDIO 9 Rate

    Multimedia Player Cowon iAUDIO 9 rumored to appear in Russia in late November this year, but the price of this model has not yet identified. An official announcement is not a word was said about the timing of delivery devices, or its value. The first country in which the reported price of the player, became Japan. Resource AkihabaraNews reports that the country of the rising sun model will appear in early December at a price around 100 euros for the version with 8 GB of memory and 129 euros for 16GB.

    Recall that Cowon iAUDIO 9 - multimedia player from koryeskogo manufacturer, which focuses primarily on the use for listening to music in high quality. The device supports lossless formats FLAC and APE, as well as equipped with a new system for processing sound BBE +. Another notable advantage of the player in front of his counterparts will be a small weight and size: 40 grams with dimensions of 95 x 43 x 8.9 mm.

    Two new models of MacBook Pro

    In the study of configuration files the latest operating system Mac OS X, the representatives of the resource found mention of two previously unknown series of notebooks MacBook Pro. In assembling 10C531 Update 10.6.2 available reference computers MacBook Pro 6.1 and Pro 6.1b, whereas at the moment all models of MacBook Pro has a series of indices of type 5. (X), from 5.1 to 5.5.

    Series MacBook Pro has not been updated in the last issue moedely Apple, when they were presented device, built on the basis of processor Intel's Core i5 and i7 of the line iMac. Processors Intel Core i7, previously known under the designation Clarksfield much better to multitask, and their performance on 75% higher. According to the source, referred MacBook Pro 6.1 and Pro 6.1b are the latest versions of the MacBook Pro and are based on quad-core processors and graphics cards ATI 4500 series.

    Last updated line of MacBook Pro took place in early June, when the presented models with screen sizes 17, 15 and 13 inches, constructed based on the Intel Core 2 Duo processor and graphics adapter NVIDIA GeForce 9400M and 9600M GT. Thus, if the assumption true, MacBook Pro 6.1 and Pro 6.1b will be the first MacBook models with the quad-core.

    Insignia - Little Buddy Child Tracker

    Company Insignia which is a trading brand of Best Buy presented a simple GPS-navigator, which allows parents to track the movements of their children. While the device itself can be used in any other case where you want to know the location of something or someone: dogs, cars, etc. Simply install the needed software and place the transmitter Little Buddy at the facility, which is required to control the movement.

    The model is made in the form of a small device dimensions and shape of a flash drive. Charging and connection to the PC through USB-connector. No other details regarding the Insignia Little Buddy Site Best Buy does not report. Sam navigator will cost $ 100, but it is unknown monthly fee for the use of data channels from it to the controlling device.