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Nivio launches the World’s first true Rs 4999 Computer

May 28th, 2009 admin No comments

Nivio ( www.nivio.com ), the world's first online Windows desktop , has unveiled the nivioCompanion in New Delhi , India ; a tiny US$100 set-top box device with big ambitions and the power of Nivio behind it. nivioCompanion works just like a normal Windows desktop except that it is run on the internet instead of locally, on a computer. Because everything is run from and stored on the internet, Nivio is:

• familiar . Just like a traditional PC, Nivio is powered by Microsoft Windows. Users can also access programs they're familiar with like iTunes, Skype, MSN Messenger or Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint.

• future proof . all performance updates happen online so nothing ever goes out of date.

• secure . Files are automatically backed-up daily and kept safe and private just like an online vault. There's no need to worry about viruses either, as all virus security is managed by Nivio.

• simple to use . New programs can be added in seconds without installation, and users only pay for what they use on a monthly basis.

• accessible anywhere . A virtual Nivio computer is only as far away as the nearest internet-connected device. All files are stored online in the same way as photos are saved online with Flickr or emails are stored on Hotmail. Users simply go to the Nivio website and log in.

Nivio has initially partnered with Bharti Airtel to offer consumers low cost, high powered computing. Together, they hope to extend access to computing for those in India who don't currently own a computer. The first stage of the launch is a limited release launch in New Delhi and the NCR region followed by a national roll-out. Over the next few months, nivioCompanions will also be available through a partnership with Next Retail in the Delhi NCR Region in selected stores ( http://www.nivio.com/NEXTStores).

nivioCompanion costs from just Rs4999 (approx US$100) for a standalone device. It is also available with a 15” LCD screen, keyboard and mouse for Rs7999 (approx US$160). Once connected to a broadband internet connection, the nivioCompanion offers a full Windows XP experience complete with a full version of Microsoft Office (and the option to rent other software from leading publishers) and 10GB of storage.

Sachin Duggal, President & CEO, Nivio “There are two ways to make computing affordable – one is to give an inferior cut-down offering and the other is to make the whole ecosystem more efficient by offloading the work to the internet. The latter is what we do at Nivio. The launch of the nivioCompanion today marks the start of a new era in smart and low cost computing – powered by an online grid computer; a bit like how homes get electricity.

“We now have over 80,000 Nivio customers and they asked us repeatedly for different ways to connect to Nivio; we listened, researched and developed the nivioCompanion, the first of many nivioEnabled devices. While this is our first piece of hardware, our specialism is software and we've been busy building an eco-system with hardware partners to create more devices to connect with our world-first service. As they say – watch this space, Nivio is very much “always turned on!”

via Consumerinfoline.com: The Business Technology News Provider.

SES ties up with RT Outsourcing for Samsung warranty

May 28th, 2009 admin No comments

SES ties up with RT Outsourcing for Samsung warranty

SES Technologies has joined hands with RT Outsourcing for providing Warranty on Samsung HDD. This tie-up will enhance the brand positioning and even further increase acceptance and growth for Samsung hard drive business via SES in India .

RT Outsourcing is one of India 's leading providers of Technical Support and Reverse Logistics Services offering integrated aftermarket service solutions for warranty support to leading multi-nationals and fortune 500 companies. SES has faith in RT Outsourcing' expertise in the service arena and with warranty provider for WD products and now Samsung reflects their aftermarket service excellence. This service pact will commence from 1st June 2009.

“Samsung HDD business is growing rapidly in India supported by SES strong channel network in Tier II & III class markets and this tie-up with RT Outsourcing will fulfill the upcoming requirement of a specialist warranty & service provider for Samsung hard drives.” stated Mr. Jacques Roux, Director ,SES Technologies.

“We are indeed proud that we have been able to secure the contract for Samsung hard drive warranties from SES, and look forward to ensure the best possible service that customer could wish for Based on the excellent quality of the product and the extensive service network that we offer, we are very confident of a smooth warranty service here” commented Mr. R.K Goel, VP – APAC, RT Outsourcing Services Ltd.

Samsung Electronics is leveraging off the well know strength that SES technologies holds in upcountry markets & metros last year by re-launching its hard drives range of products making the product more accessible across the country. Through this enhanced service model, the acceptance and penetration of Samsung hard drives will grow from strength to strength.

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Dell offers lesson in Intel-AMD rivalry | Nanotech – The Circuits Blog – CNET News

May 15th, 2009 admin No comments

The chip choices that Dell has made for its business PC line provide some insight into the challenges facing Advanced Micro Devices in the wake of the European Union ruling Wednesday against Intel.

“At this point in time we have one AMD desktop but no AMD notebooks,” Darrel Ward, director of product management for Dell’s business client product group, said in a phone interview Wednesday on a topic unrelated to the EU case. “If you talk to us a year from now, it’s probably going to be different. What we try to do is optimize our portfolio based off where we see demand and where we can get the best ROI (Return On Investment) for our engineering dollars.”

So, is Dell involved in some venal backroom dealings with Intel in order to box out AMD? We don’t know the answer to that question, but most likely not. Dell is simply trying to provide what it considers to be the best systems for its customers.

AMD’s 2001 complaint to the EU and subsequent 2005 antitrust lawsuit against Intel have propelled many of the allegations against Intel. And AMD’s argument has been made abundantly clear via the EU decision: that is, Intel is leveraging its dominant market position in an illegal manner to exclude competitors from the PC processor market.

But what about AMD competitiveness? And, as a corollary, why do vendors like Dell choose Intel over AMD?

“In part it’s because Intel’s manufacturing is so superb,” said Dan Hutcheson, CEO and Chairman of VLSI Research, a marketing research firm. “And the fact that Intel has such huge economies of scale. That’s been one of their big advantages.”

via Dell offers lesson in Intel-AMD rivalry | Nanotech – The Circuits Blog – CNET News.

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IT News & Technology update: OLPC laptop to boast VIA technology

May 5th, 2009 admin No comments

OLPC is a project that aims to create the world with a low power, low-cost laptop that can be used for educational purposes. The XO laptop project is the first attempt in their efforts to develop an IT solution that can be used for learning and improve the educational experience. This system is based on the old AMD Geode processor, but the latest data, an updated version of the XO laptop will be based on a VIA platform, which replaces AMD's solution.

“OLPC is pleased to announce that a refresh rate of XO-1 laptop is in full swing. In our continuing efforts to create a low price, OLPC is refreshing hardware to take advantage of the latest component technologies,” wrote John Watlington, OLPC Vice President of the hardware. “We are pleased to finally be able to this news public. Although members of the technical team have been working on this for a few months, it was only last week that we can say with some certainty that we will update the hardware and updating will become. “

The updated XO laptop, which will be introduced to generation XO 1.5 will be built with a VIA C7-M processor to support a central maximum speed of 1 GHz, in combination with the recently introduced VX855 media system processor. This low-chip solution is ready for the XO laptop with support for up to 1 GB of memory and a built-in storage space of 4 GB of NAND Flash. The design of the XO laptop will not change with the introduction of the XO 1.5 version, but it will improve the results.

OLPC's XO 1.5 is a bridge between the project the first XO laptop and the long-awaited XO 2 design, which is considered a dual-screen laptop.

via IT News & Technology update: OLPC laptop to boast VIA technology.