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Saturday, October 08, 2005

SAMSUNG Introduces Another Modernistic Mobile - D600

Samsung Electronics introduces new sleek slide-up phone ( Model name: SGH-D600) to the European market. This phone will be soon launched to other Southeast Asia , Middle East , and African markets.

The D600 is the upgraded version of Samsung's bestseller D500 which has been sold more than 7 million units worldwide. This new model has been upgraded for a slimmer and more refined look and has adopted new high-tech function s such as 2 megapixel camera with flash and document-viewing capability. The body color has been also upgraded. To complement it's the gray-black frame, a tint of pure black and new textures have been added for an improved look and feel of the phone.

Furthermore, w ith the adoption of Quad Band, the D600 can be used across all the different GSM frequency bands, whether in Europe , the US or Asia . The LCD screen has also been broadened to 2 inches, and with the QVGA technology, the definition of the screen has been greatly improved. A greater convenience has been added by enabling the external memory , T-flash, option in addition to its 76MB internal memory. President Ki t ae Lee of Samsung Electronics' Telecommunication Network Business said, “This new model is the elegantly designed solution for everyone from the fashion-conscious consumer to the classy businessman.” He added, “We expect the D600 to be the next bestseller, succeeding the popularity of its younger brother, the D500 (The Blue Black Phone). ”

SGH-D600 Specification
GSM / GPRS (850 / 900 /1800 /1900MHz)
2 Megapixel Camera / Flash
Bluetooth Printing / PictBridge
Video Recording (MPEG4) & Messaging
MPEG4 / H.263
Display: 264,144 color TFT (240 x 320)
MP3 / AAC / AAC+ Player
Dual Speaker & 3D Sound
External Memory: TransFlash
Bluetooth / USB
TV output support / Document Viewer
MMS / JAVA / WAP2.0
E-mail Client / Sync ML DS
Video Caller ID
Voice Recognition
Size: 95.7 x 47 x 21.8 mm
Weight: 103g

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Everythig About Canon PowerShot G6 Digital camera

A modest update to the G5, the 7-megapixel PowerShot G6 faithfully follows in the footsteps of previous Canon G-series models. With a powerful, enthusiast-oriented feature set and very solid photo quality, it gets most of the same high marks as its predecessors.

Design

After a stint in basic black with the G5, it's back to silver metal and plastic for the Canon PowerShot G6. Although it's a bit more compact, this model still weighs a healthy 1.1 pounds including the CompactFlash card and the battery, and Canon increased the grip's depth for a more solid, stable feel. It has most of the same controls as its predecessor, albeit rearranged for a smoother shooting experience.

As with the G5, the controls covering the camera provide quick, easy access to almost every important feature, although they may put off novices. Even advanced users will want to skim the manual to figure out when to use the mode dial instead of the four-way navigation pad and to learn what the button labeled with an asterisk does. You can easily and efficiently jump between capture and playback using the power switch. And the G6 lets you save two groups of custom settings, which are accessible from the mode dial, now sitting next to the optical viewfinder.

Features

The Canon PowerShot G6's feature set remains relatively unchanged from the G5's; notable exceptions include the 7-megapixel sensor and PictBridge support. With the exception of a real-time histogram (the G6's is available only during playback), this device has everything you could wish for in a camera of its class--and then some.

The G6's fast f/2.0-to-f/3.0 lens offers a focal range of 35mm to 140mm (35mm-camera equivalent) and the ability to focus as close as two inches, so you're covered for both landscapes and macro shots. If you need a broader range, the camera accep

ts the same lens converters as the G3 and G5, in conjunction with a new, optional lens adapter.

Shutter speed drops as low as 15 seconds; it can be as fast as 1/1,250 of a second at all apertures and 1/2,000 of a second at f/4.0 and higher. You can opt for first- or second-curtain flash timings for night shooting, and there are two types of flash-exposure control: compensation in 1/3-stop increments and a simpler low/medium/blowout selection. The hotshoe on top of the G6 works with Canon's EX Speedlite external-flash line.

The shooting options alone could fill an entire spec sheet. The G6 has Stitch Assist, Movie, Portrait, Landscape, and Night Scene modes; automatic, program AE, aperture- and shutter-priority, and manual exposure; exposure bracketing; and Vivid, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Sepia, and Black And White effects settings. You can also customize combinations of contrast, sharpness, and saturation. There's even focus bracketing, which we rarely see. In addition to automatic white balance, you get presets for taking photos in daylight, in cloudy conditions, under tungsten and two types of fluorescent lights, and with the flash. You also have two menu slots in which to save manual white-balance settings.

Performance

With a couple of notable exceptions, I found the Canon PowerShot G6's performance comparatively run-of-the-mill for an enthusiast model. Since this camera houses Canon's first-generation Digic processor, however, I confess I'm not surprised. It takes about 3 seconds to wake up and snap the first shot--good but not stellar. The camera imposes a shutter lag of about 0.8 to 0.9 second, depending upon scene contrast. That's not bad for digital cameras overall, but many competing 7- and 8-megapixel models manage to drop lag to a half-second or lower. It's certainly not speedy enough to keep up with a curious cat trying to poke his nose at the lens. Likewise, it takes 2 to 3 seconds from one shot to the next, not quite up to the speed of the competition

Image quality

The Canon PowerShot G6 delivered some first-rate photos. Using both the tungsten preset and the manual white balance, it yielded neutral, accurate colors on out tests under strong tungsten lights. As per usual for Canon, the automatic white balance didn't even approach acceptable under those lights, but it fared very well under fluorescents and in daylight. The camera's dynamic range and exposure are very good; I spotted some blown-out highlights, but the shadow detail was there.

Japan to Boost Use of Linux


"This is not intended to exclude a particular software nor to recommend a particular one, but it reflects the recent development of open-source software as reliable systems," a state official said.

The Japanese government aims to switch some of its computers to the free Linux operating system and reduce its dependence on Microsoft Windows, officials have indicated.

The government is drawing up guidelines for its ministries, recommending open-source software such as Linux as an "important option" in procurement, said an official at the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.


Options Now Acceptable

"This is not intended to exclude a particular software nor to recommend a particular one, but it reflects the recent development of open-source software as reliable systems," the official said.

"Currently our procurement of software is dominated by commercial software," the majority of which is Windows, the official added.

Linux is freely available to the public and has the support of major companies such as IBM and Hewlett-Packard .

Although Windows is used on about 90 percent of the world's personal computers, some governments and other large organizations have switched to Linux or have threatened to do so to get discounts from Microsoft.

Build-Your-Own OS

Separately, Japan, China and South Korea agreed earlier this year to jointly develop a new computer operating system based on Linux, called Asianux, as an alternative to Windows, the official said.

"Apart from the procurement issue, this project is intended to develop an operating system that supports languages that have Chinese characters," the official said.

AMD v. Intel: More companies subpoenaed

Advanced Micro Devices said on Thursday that it served more than 15 companies with subpoenas this week as of part of its antitrust lawsuit against rival Intel.

Computer makers and a dozen distributors and retailers--including three companies that hadn't been subpoenaed by AMD before--were served papers as AMD seeks information related to its claims against Intel.

AMD filed suit against Intel in June, alleging that Intel has a monopoly on microprocessors and used targeted discounts and strong-arm tactics to cut AMD out of the market. Intel denies AMD's claims, saying its dominance in the market is due to its investments in research and development and in manufacturing.

AMD spokesman Michael Silverman said AMD is not suing the subpoenaed companies but trying to extract evidence.

"AMD views these third parties as victims of Intel's misconduct and therefore hopes to obtain these documents in the manner least burdensome to them," he said, noting that many of the companies receiving subpoenas have already been notified that they would be questioned.

Among those receiving requests this week to produce documents were Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Lenovo Group, Gateway, Sun Microsystems, NEC and units of Fujitsu, as well as retailers Circuit City and Best Buy. Many of the companies have already agreed to protect their correspondence with Intel.

Three new names were also added to the list: Appro International, based in Milpitas, Calif., and MPC Computers and Egenera, both out of Wilmington, Del., Silverman said, but gave no specific reason for their addition to the list.

Lawyers for both sides mutually agreed to delay their exchange of evidence despite a request by the judge handling the case, Joseph J. Farnan Jr., of the Delaware District Court, that AMD and Intel exchange pertinent information on the case by Thursday.

The delay was due to the large number of documents that both parties are sifting through, Silverman said.

Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy said he had not heard back from his legal team in Delaware on when the exchange would be rescheduled.

People familiar with the lawsuit say it is not expected to come to trial until 2007 at the earliest.

In its complaint, AMD claimed that Intel imposed scare tactics and coercion on 38 companies, including large-scale computer makers, small system builders, wholesale distributors and retailers.

Intel countered with a 63 page reply in September, emphatically denying having a monopoly on PC microprocessors and locking out AMD from deals with computer manufacturers through threats and targeted rebates.

Secrets to boost your Wi-Fi

Step 1: Get faster, stronger Wi-Fi
When you first set up your Wi-Fi network, you probably assumed you'd get a strong signal no matter where you wandered. Now you're having trouble surfing in the sunroom and Googling in the garden.

You don't need a smaller house, you just need a wider-ranging network. Here we show you how to upgrade your existing network to extend your wireless signal and perhaps even increase your data-throughput speed.

Step 2: Wi-Fi-enhancing hardware
An 802.11g access point and repeater

Step 3: Upgrade 802.11b to 802.11g
Our aging home Wi-Fi network consisted of a desktop PC, a Wi-Fi-enabled notebook, and an 802.11b wireless router. Though 802.11b is a tried-and-true standard, its throughput maxes out at around 11Mbps. In addition, its range isn't as far as that of newer standards. We consistently had problems picking up a signal in the backyard or even at the other end of the house.

To remedy the situation, we replaced the router with Buffalo Technology's 802.11g WRB2-G54K wireless router. The kit includes a WBR2-G54S router, a WBR2-G54C repeater to increase the router's coverage area, and an extra crossover Ethernet cable to communicate with both devices while you're setting everything up. We were also looking forward to much faster throughput; 802.11g's theoretical max is 54Mbps.

Before you proceed, you'll need to record your old router's Wireless Equivalent Privacy (WEP) encryption settings and have them handy. It's also a good idea to grab a few extra Ethernet cables just in case you need them.

Step 4: Configure your Wi-Fi router
To get started, remove your old 802.11b router from the network and connect your desktop PC to the first Ethernet port on the back of the new router via an Ethernet cable. Next, using another Ethernet cable, connect your cable or DSL modem to the router's WAN port. Now, plug the router into an AC outlet, power on your PC, and wait for the router to come online; this should take a minute or two.

On your PC, open a Web browser window and type in the Buffalo router's default IP address. (You'll find it in the manual.) When the router's configuration screen appears, you can change the router's Service Set Identifier (SSID), WEP key, and channel settings to match your old router's. Leave the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) feature enabled and select one channel the router will always use. Apply your changes, then exit.

Tip
Change a new router's factory SSID settings and add encryption immediately to ward off unwelcome Wi-Fi freeloaders.

Step 5: Boost your Wi-Fi with a repeater
With the router up and running, it's time to configure the Buffalo repeater device. Start by connecting it to the router's second Ethernet port. Attach the repeater's power cord to an AC outlet, then wait a few minutes. Because the repeater is now physically part of your network, you should have access to its Web configuration screen.

Open a browser window on your desktop PC and type in the repeater's static IP address (found in the manual). Once the repeater's configuration page appears, change its SSID name and WEP settings to match those of your router. Also make sure you set the repeater to operate on the same wireless channel as your router.

The repeater operates via a standard wireless technology known as Wireless Distribution System (WDS) or Wireless Bridge. Because the router and repeater come bundled as a kit, both devices' WDS settings are preconfigured. Were they not, you'd have to manually enter Media Access Control (MAC) addresses for the router and repeater in each of their setup wizards. Finally, apply the changes you've made and exit the configuration screen.
Tip
Setting the router and repeater to the same Wi-Fi channel, WEP encryption key, and SSID ensures stable interoperability.

Step 6: Maximize your Wi-Fi range
Now that you've set the repeater correctly, you need to deploy it properly to maximize your network's range. Using a Wi-Fi-equipped notebook, make sure you can easily connect to the router's wireless signal. While still connected, carry the laptop toward the area to which you'd like to extend Wi-Fi coverage.

Walk as far as you can while still maintaining a reliably strong signal (usually anywhere from 20 to 50 percent signal strength). This is where you want to install the repeater, provided there's easy access to AC power. Plug in the repeater's power cord. After a few minutes, the repeater should begin interoperating with the router and effectively double the reach of your home network.

Tip
Resist the urge to set up the repeater outdoors; it won't survive the rigors of the elements.

Step 7: Check your Wi-Fi signal strength
The range of your Wi-Fi network will depend on the layout of your house. In an ideal environment, such as the wide-open expanse of a parking lot, a Wi-Fi network's theoretical range can exceed 500 feet. Inside the typical home, however, expect anywhere from 75 to 150 feet, depending on the layout and the amount and density of obstacles.

In our repeater-equipped setup, we were able to achieve close to 100 percent signal strength in a distant corner of the house where the signal had been either very weak or nonexistent. We tested the signal strength using Buffalo's included AirStation Client Manager software, which we installed on our notebook. The handy applet, which takes control of your notebook's Wi-Fi radio, displays such pertinent information as the name of your network, its IP and MAC addresses, and, of course, the signal strength.

If necessary, you can extend your signal strength even further by adding repeaters. The WDS protocol allows you to link six repeaters to a central router. Just keep in mind that each time you add a device, you cut your maximum bandwidth in half. An extended 802.11g network consisting of a router and a repeater will have a maximum speed of 27Mbps, for instance. The same Wi-Fi network with a router and two repeaters will top out at 13.5Mbps.

Tip
Dense building materials, such as stone or concrete, will block Wi-Fi's relatively weak radio signals. Try placing the router and repeater so that their transmissions won't be hindered by such obstacles.

LCD TV Set Fall Preview-Toshiba 27WL56P


The 27WL56P represents the new generation of 27-inch LCD TV sets from Toshiba. Not long ago we tested a 32-inch set by the same maker, and it didn't leave an indelible impression. But our test of the 27WL56P showed more promise.

Design And Finish
Toshiba has put a very top-of-the-line finish on their 27WL56P. The materials used are of high quality and the plastics are excellently crafted. The lines are the classic ones shared by all the brand's Stasia TVs. Again, the speakers have been moved under the LCD panel to make for a more compact volume.

Ergonomics
The set's remote control is classic and effective. Toshiba knows their business - this is a practical, fast and no-frills remote.

Connectivity
The 27WL56P, to put it simply, has everything. And it's also the first TV set we've tested in this price range that has HDMI connectivity! In that department, nothing's been left out.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

AT&T rings up another contract


AT&T has won a multimillion-dollar networking contract from Raymond James Financial Inc.

Contract terms were not disclosed.

The two-year contract provides up to 2,100 participating Raymond James affiliate offices access to a full portfolio of AT&T data, voice and Internet access services.

The agreement offers a tangible cost savings to Raymond James, said Karl Schoellnast, vice president of telecommunications, in a release.

Raymond James can monitor the performance of its network and applications through the secure AT&T (NYSE:T) customer portal.

Raymond James Financial (NYSE:RJF) is a St. Petersburg-based diversified holding company providing financial services through its subsidiary companies.

Microsoft: No Office software for Linux

Microsoft Corp. is not going to release a version of its Office suite software for open-source rival Linux, although the company is actively studying how Linux works and how it can integrate with the platform, a Microsoft representative said.

"The simplest way I can answer the question is that Microsoft is 100% focused on Windows," said Nick McGrath, director of platform strategy for Microsoft in the U.K. "We have no plans at this present moment in time to deploy or build a version of Microsoft Office on Linux."

McGrath participated in a roundtable debate at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo that started Wednesday in London on whether free software development leads to proprietary software or if the flow works in reverse. The lone representative from Microsoft, McGrath handled a fair amount of ribbing from emotional open-source advocates who used the forum to question how Microsoft plans to deal with what advocates say is increasing market share of the Linux platform.

Open-source software allows anybody who has a great idea to "stand on the shoulders of giants," whereas in the commercial world it has to be patented, the underlying infrastructure has to be licensed, and the idea has to be tried, said Mark Shuttleworth of the Ubuntu Foundation.

Shuttleworth wasn't the only one who forecast hard times for commercial software developers. But Matt Asay, director of open-source strategy at Novell Inc., said that rather than focusing on why Microsoft isn't developing programs for Linux, developers should be focused on customer value.

Ingram Micro to sell Linspire's Linux system


Computer product distributor Ingram Micro Inc. said Wednesday it has signed a deal with Linspire Inc. to sell its desktop Linux operating system and other products.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Linspire said Ingram Micro's distribution network of resellers and retailers around the country will give thousands of new customers and markets access to its version of desktop Linux products and services.

Linspire Inc., of San Diego, was founded in 2001 and provides Linux-based desktop software.

Santa Ana-based Ingram Micro (NYSE: IM) offers computer products to 165,000 reseller customers around the globe.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

LG FLATRON L3000A


LG's Flatron L3000A is a 30in flat-panel LCD display designed for group presentations or for displaying information in company reception areas.

The new monitor, available now, is one of the largest displays so far tested by IT Week Labs. We felt the size of the screen, coupled with its high brightness, would make it well suited for giving presentations to large groups of people.

The screen might also find a use in dealer rooms and trading floors, but LG ships the Flatron L3000A with only a temporary stand, actually little more than a metal bracket, on the assumption that all buyers will want to mount the Flatron L3000A against a wall. We think that this is a mistake, because many professionals might like to use such a large screen as a desktop display. By comparison Samsung's 24in SyncMaster 240T screen, which IT Week evaluated some time ago, is provided with a desktop stand to make it more flexible.

We found that our Flatron L3000A review unit had an impressively bright screen. With its display brightness left at its default setting of 80 percent, the screen was noticeably brighter than the selection of other monitors used in IT Week Labs.

The Flatron L3000A has a relatively low native resolution of 1280x768 pixels, perhaps due to its intended role as a presentation display. As a result, text and icons appear very large when it is used as a standard computer monitor. However, the Flatron L3000A's widescreen 16x9 format could enable two Windows applications to be comfortably viewed side by side, and it could also allow a wider-than-usual view of an Excel spreadsheet, for example.

LG supplies a remote control with the Flatron L3000A that lets the user switch the display on or off and access the on-screen display (OSD) menu. The OSD can alternatively be accessed via a handful of buttons built into the monitor itself, but these are inconveniently located on the bottom edge of the display bezel.

Users must access the OSD to adjust the brightness and contrast, and there are also controls to adjust the colour settings.

Two colour temperatures, 9300K and 6500K, are supported, and users can also adjust each RGB primary individually. However, there is no support for more advanced rendering features such as adjustment of secondary colours.

The Flatron L3000A supports input from several display sources, including a digital video (DVI) connector, composite video and S-Video, as well as the standard 15-pin VGA-style PC graphics connector.

A picture-in-picture (PIP) facility allows a video feed from one source to be viewed in a smaller secondary window overlapping the main display. The OSD can be used to set the size and position of this window, as well as to separately adjust its attributes, such as the settings for contrast and brightness.

The Flatron L3000A measures 73.4x 48.7cm, and is 9.6cm deep. The product weighs 18kg, which includes the built-in power supply unit.

Four screw holes at the rear of the case allow mounting on a wall bracket, but we would like to see LG offer customers at least the option of a tilt-and-swivel stand for use with this display.

Using the supplied temporary stand means that the monitor's bezel has to rest on a flat surface such as a desktop.

Monday, October 03, 2005

How to get your PC media onto your TV

It's no surprise one of the hottest trends in consumer electronics products today are designed to bring all media into the family room -- and wirelessly, too!

Who could've guessed even five years ago that our beloved PCs - a machine once reserved strictly for productivity programs, Web surfing and email - would soon become a hub for all entertainment , be it music, TV, feature films, home movies, high-end video games, or radio and digital photos.

But while more and more PC users are turning to their Internet-connected computer to collect and store all of this digital content, the den isn't the most comfortable way to enjoy it. After all, who wants to bring the family to hover around a small monitor to see new pictures of the kids? Why listen to music on small, tinny speakers when you have a home theatre in the other room? Why watch DVD movies in an office chair when you can be reclining on the couch with your feet up on the coffee table?

So it's no surprise one of the hottest trends in consumer electronics products today are designed to bring all of this media into the family room -- and wirelessly, too.

Here's a few examples of what's available:
D-Link MediaLounge Wireless Media Player
In a nutshell, the DSM-320 distributes audio and video content from a PC to a TV via a wireless network. Think of it as a set-top box that connects to a television, enabling users to access music, pictures and videos all stored on the computer's hard drive in another room. It can also be used to stream select Internet radio stations and services to the home theatre via its 802.11g/b technology (up to 54 Mbps).

At the back of this slim, silver digital media adapter are a handful of audio and video output options: composite ("RCA"), component, S-Video and optical audio.

The bundled remote lets you navigate through all of this content, divided into its own sections for music, videos, photos and Internet radio with support for Radio@ AOL, Napster and RealNetworks' Rhapsody (limited trial versions of each are accessible from within the MediaLounge Entertainment Network software).ViewSonic Wireless Media Adapter and Wireless Media Gateway
ViewSonic, a company best-known for its computer monitors, also offers a solution for sharing media over a wireless network.

As with the abovementioned D-Link product, the Wireless Media Adapter ($300) lets you access all your PC-based media on a nearby TV.

However, the ViewSonic Wireless Media Gateway product is even more interesting as it's a 802.11g (54 Mbps) wireless router that houses a 120GB hard drive so you can store thousands of photos, songs or video files.

This means any PC in the house can access all of the media because of the external and wireless hard drive. Similarly, the Wireless Media Adapter that is connected to your home theatre can access it all, too.(via bye msn)

Techniques for Shooting Cityscapes at Night

Soon many of us will be heading out on summer vacations, visiting unfamiliar cities in other parts of the country, or around the world. Very often, a city's downtown skyline is one of the most striking scenes, particularly at night. You can get some truly beautiful shots if you remember these tips for taking photos in low light.

Timing and Perspective
Many of the most dramatic night photos are taken when the light in the sky is still casting a warm glow. The sunset reflecting off of a building, punctuated by city lights, can make for a stunning image. Once the sun goes all the way down, there are still plenty of great shots to be found.

Be on the lookout for unusual perspectives. Looking up at a tall building from the ground will distort the building, curving it at the top. A wide-angle lens will increase this effect. Finding higher ground - a publicly accessible neighbouring building, a nearby hill or a bridge - provides another striking perspective. Up close, you can find architectural features that come alive when bathed in light and shadow. Try finding multiple angles and distances from which to photograph your subject.

Darkness and Light
Use the camera's light meter to adjust your exposure. If you have spot metering, be careful to avoid the darkest or brightest spots in the frame. If you don't, your camera may overcorrect, making blacks grey or over-saturating colours and light.

You will probably still have to compensate for your camera's light meter. If the frame is quite dark, try reducing the exposure by two or three stops. If the frame is medium-dark, with a number of illuminated buildings in the shot, adjust by just one stop. If your camera has auto exposure bracketing, it can do some of the experimenting for you.

A higher ISO setting (400 and up) will help in low light. Remember that a higher ISO setting might create some visual noise on your image, particularly when using cameras with lower resolutions.

Your camera's autofocus may also have trouble in low light. If so, focus on the brightest point in the image, holding the shutter release button half way down, then recompose your image and complete the shot.

Be sure to turn off your flash unless you want to focus on a foreground subject. Most importantly, use a tripod or another solid support to avoid unwanted blur.

Check the image on your LCD to make sure the colour balance is correct. Most cameras let you adjust the white balance to ensure colours come out accurately. You usually have a choice of white balance settings, including tungsten (common in spotlights) and fluorescent. In general, a tungsten setting will cool the light, enhancing blues, while the fluorescent setting will enhance warmer red values. Try experimenting with different settings to see which ones work best.

Be Safety Conscious
Scout out potential locations during the day, so you won't get lost at night. Wear clothing that can be seen easily by motorists and cyclists. Be sure to check from time to time to see who is around you. If you're new to a city, ask the locals or tourist information if there are areas you should avoid at night. Also, bring someone along, or make sure that someone knows where you plan on going.

Nighttime photos will impress your friends and are perfect for framing and displaying at home. Spend a bit of time experimenting with your camera and you're sure to get great results.(via by msn)

Cisco to Acquire Nemo Systems


Cisco Systems announced a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Nemo Systems of Los Altos, Calif. Nemo Systems has developed leading-edge technology in the network memory space that will offer enhanced performance on Cisco's core switching platforms and service modules. Once incorporated into Cisco's products, the technology will allow customers to scale network systems and line card bandwidth while reducing the overall cost of high-performance networking systems.

Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco will pay up to $12.5 million in cash for Nemo. The acquisition is subject to various standard closing conditions, including applicable regulatory approvals, and is expected to close in the first quarter of Cisco's fiscal year 2006 ending October 29, 2005.

Upon close of the transaction, Nemo will become part of Cisco's Data Center, Switching and Security Technology Group (DSSTG) reporting to vice president and general manager Tom Edsall.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

DVD dispute burns at PC makers

After quietly heating up over recent months, the battle over next-generation DVD formats boiled over Thursday, as Dell and Hewlett-Packard assailed Intel and Microsoft, which have lined up in the opposite camp.

Earlier this week, Microsoft and Intel announced that they were backing the HD-DVD format, saying its approach will spur easier home networking of movies and make it simpler to distribute hybrid discs containing both high-definition and traditional DVD movies. Dell and HP shot back Thursday, saying the world's largest software and processor makers were spreading "inaccurate" information. They also reiterated their backing for the rival Blu-ray format.

"From a PC end-user perspective, Blu-ray is a superior format," HP personal-storage unit general manager Maureen Weber said in a statement. Weber said Blu-ray offers anywhere from two-thirds to 150 percent more storage capacity, as well as higher transfer rates, and fits easily into slim notebooks. "The technical merits and consumer benefits of Blu-ray Disc make it the ideal solution for HP's customers."

Dell founder Michael Dell also lashed out at Microsoft and Intel during Wednesday's lanch of a new premium PC line.

"Which version of Windows was the first to support DVD drives? The answer is none," Dell said, "because there is no DVD codec in Windows, because manufacturers have always provided their own codecs."

Both formats use blue lasers to pack more data onto a disc than is possible with today's DVDs, which are scanned by red lasers.(via by zdnet)

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