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Microsoft to cut Windows 7 system prices

June 29th, 2009 admin No comments

MICROSOFT is to sell the standard home-user version of its new Windows 7 operating system for 8 per cent less than the comparable version of its Vista system, as the global downturn hits spending on technology. The world’s largest software company, whose recent ads champion low-priced PCs against more expensive Apple computers, said the new system will be available at even lower prices for a short time, as it looks to tempt buyers ahead of the holiday shopping season.

The new operating system, which Microsoft hopes will be a bigger hit than the poorly received Vista, will be generally released on October 22. It will be available on pre-order from US stores such as Best Buy, online retailer and the company’s own website from Friday.

The world’s lorgest software company’s low-priced PCs will be available at lower prices for a short time, as it looks to tempt buyers ahead of the holiday shopping season.

The new operating system will be released on October 22. !t will be available on pre-order from US stores such as Best Buy, online and the company’s own website from Friday.

Microsoft said it would sell the Home Premium up-grade version of Windows 7 which most non-business customers already using Windows will want for $49.99 from Friday until July 11 in the US. The discs would be shipped after general release.

After July 11, the pre-order price will be $119.99, 8 per cent less than the present $129.99 price tag for the comparable version of Vista, which cost $159.99 at launch in early 2007.

The Professional upgrade version of Windows 7 ~ aimed at small companies using multiple computers will be on sale until July 11 at $99.99, then at $199.99 afterwards, The comparable Vista version is the same price. Prices fpr die full retail versions of the software for customers who want to install the system from scratch rather than upgrade Uieir existing Windows system – are also being reduced or held. Microsoft will sell the full Home Premium version of Windows 7 for $199.99, 17 per cent less man the comparable Vista version. Full versions of die more advanced Professional and Ultimate editions
will be unchanged at $299.99 and $319.99 respectively.

To further tempt buyers, Microsoft said it was making a free upgrade option available to computer makers, meaning that customers who buy a PC or laptop with all but the most basic Vista versions from Friday should be able to get a free upgrade to the equivalent Windows 7 version. How that offer is made available to customers is up to die individual PC makers such as Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Acer. Microsoft and the manufacturers are hoping such
an offer will avoid a sudden drop-off in already falling PC sales by persuading customers not to hold off on purchases until Windows 7 is launched. In contrast to the Vista operating system, which was released in different language versions over several months, Microsoft said Windows 7 would be avail able in 14 languages on October 22 and a further 21 on October 31.

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E-waste to developing nations banned by Dell

June 29th, 2009 admin No comments

Dell has become the first major computer manufacturer to ban the export of non-working electronics to developing countries as part of its global policy on responsible electronics disposal.

Dell's electronics disposition policy now exceeds the requirements of the Basel Convention, which bans the export of certain electronic waste based on its material or chemical composition.

By expanding its definition of electronic waste to include all non-working parts or devices, irrespective of material composition, Dell aims to help prevent the unauthorized dumping of electronic waste in developing countries by requiring that equipment be tested and certified as “working” prior to export.

Mahesh Bhalla, GM—Consumer Business, Dell India, said, “As one of the world's leading providers of technology, we recognize our responsibility towards environmental issues concerning responsible product retirement and support re-cycling regulation or legislative proposals that are consistent and in line with our producer responsibility policy. We have world class partners to manage a safe, friendly recycling process and who understand that reusing computers by extending their life and performance is the way to go. To ensure that efficient and convenient product recovery options are available
directly to consumers, Dell provides free recycling for any Dell branded product at anytime and free recycling for other branded products with the purchase of new Dell equipment.”

Barbara Kyle, National Coordinator, Electronics TakeBack Coalition, said, “Too many companies are still exporting used, non-working electronic equipment to developing countries, supposedly for repairs. We applaud Dell for drawing a clear line by saying they will not export non-working electronics to developing countries—not for recycling, and not for repairs. Dell's policy on e-waste export is now the strongest in the industry and demonstrates Dell's leadership as a global environmental citizen.”

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Canon Printers capture 30% market share

June 8th, 2009 admin No comments

Canon has announced the Eastern market to have registered the highest growth in most product categories in the first 5 months of 2009 over the same period last year. Canon also announced that it has become a leading player in East in the digital camera and digital copier multifunctional categories with 30% market share in both.

The announcement also included Canon's achievement of 30% market share for laser printer nationally during April 2009. Ace cricketer and Canon's brand ambassador Sachin Tendulkar visited Kolkata to be a part of “Thrill of Thirty”- an event to celebrate the landmark. The event was followed by a channel partner meet to share the success with Canon partners and acknowledge their unparalleled efforts.

This announcement is a milestone since all the three divisions of Canon India have grown substantially in East. In the Printer Products Division, East has the highest contribution to the consumables business which is the engine of growth for this business. 32% of consumables revenue for Canon India is generated from the Eastern region. In the camera products division also 38% of the supply business comes from East. In the copier segment, consumables business grew 34% which is the highest in the country.

East India which includes cities like Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar, Guwahati, Patna , Ranchi and others generated a revenue of Rs1.1bn across all business in 2008. This is higher than the company's total growth plan of 25% to reach the turnover of Rs. 8.4bn establishing East as the growth engine for Canon. Canon is looking at revenues of Rs1.5bn in 2009 from East which is a growth of over 30%.

Kensaku Konishi, President & CEO, Canon India remarked saying, “At Canon we always aim at providing products with innovative technologies making the products user friendly. We are thrilled to announce that all our three product divisions have grown higher than the industry in East and have generated highest market share from the Eastern market. At the same time we aim to further increase penetration and sustain momentum in these markets. These markets continue to be crucial to our overall growth and we plan to expand further to reach out to our end users.”

Aiding the robust growth of Canon across key markets even in challenging times is the digital imaging major's strategy of consistently coming up with innovative offerings across categories aimed at forging stronger relationships with consumers as well as partners. With its Eastern India Market also on a growth curve, the company is rapidly progressing towards achieving its target revenue of Rs8.4bn in 2009.

Speaking on the occasion, Alok Bharadwaj, Senior Vice President, Canon India said, “For us at Canon, the East has always been one of our key markets and now the key revenue generator as well. We have successfully managed to penetrate the Eastern market to a great extent. Canon today has a footprint in 300 towns across India out of which 80 towns are situated in the East. 60% of our business in East comes from outside West Bengal demonstrating high potential of smaller states in East.”

“Our consistent marketing efforts and channel initiatives coupled with the high brand loyalty and goodwill from our customers and partners in the East has helped us reach this milestone figure. We will continue to invest in these markets to sustain our position and move towards market leadership in all the areas. We are glad to have Sachin Tendulkar amidst us to celebrate our success in the East and be a part of “Thrill of Thirty” he added.

Brand Ambassador Sachin Tendulkar said “I am very happy to share this milestone with Canon and be a part of the celebration. I wish them all the best and look forward to many more milestones in East India ”.

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Don’t Search for Free Goodies Online !

June 2nd, 2009 admin No comments

Don’t Search for Free Goodies Online !

Searching for free music, games and screensavers can be hazardous to your computer

McAfee Inc. searched for more than 2,600 popular keywords on the most accepted search engines including Google and Yahoo! Buzz and found that certain keywords or search terms were riskier than others. McAfee said some search categories are used to lure unsuspecting consumers to their websites. Hackers and cybercriminals are often able to persuade searchers to download files carrying malicious software that can cause consumers to disclose their personal and financial data.

According to McAfee Inc., some of the riskiest searches on the Internet today are associated with either with finding items for free, such as music or screensavers, or looking for work that can be done from home.

Hackers are most successful when they can attract a large number of victims. One way to target big crowds online is to track current events-everything from celebrity meltdowns and natural disasters to holidays and popular music. One key tool cybercriminals use to snare victims is to get them to download a computer file or program that comes with a malicious payload.

Searching for free music downloads online is risky too. On an average, 20.7 percent of results were risky (compared to just 1.7 percent of all search terms) and on one results page out of the 25 search engine pages rated, McAfee found a whopping 42.9 percent of results risky. As consumers continue to convert their music libraries to digital formats like MP3 files, they also struggle with the cost of buying music they may already own in cassette, LP record, or other formats.

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AMD Delivers the World’s First 1 GHz Graphics Processor

June 2nd, 2009 admin No comments

AMD Delivers the World’s First 1 GHz Graphics Processor.

Building on the success of the recently launched ATI Radeon™ HD 4890 graphics card — driven by the world’s most powerful graphics processor — AMD announced availability of a factory overclocked graphics processor that is the first to break the 1 Gigahertz (GHz) barrier using standard air-cooling solutions.

With this product, AMD achieves a notable engineering milestone as the first graphics company to break the 1 GHz barrier.

The new ATI Radeon HD 4890 utilizes advanced GDDR5 memory and a 1 GHz clock speed to deliver 1.6 TeraFLOPs of compute power, 50 percent more than that of the competition’s best single-GPU solution. With this level of raw compute power, the1 GHz ATI Radeon HD 4890 is set to deliver new levels of general purpose GPU-accelerated performance in ATI Stream applications such as video transcoding and post processing.

The advanced design of the ATI Radeon HD 4890 delivers an amazing gaming experience in the latest games, including ground-breaking DirectX 10.1 titles such as Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X.™, Electronic Art’s BattleForge™ and SEGA’s Stormrise™ released last month, as well as GSC Gameworld’s

S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Clear Sky. When compared to DirectX 10 game play, DirectX 10.1 games have proven to deliver higher game performance and an improved visual experience. In addition, these cards feature support for open standards like OpenGL3 with DirectX® 10-like hardware extensions, and the recently ratified OpenCL specification.

To date, the ATI Radeon HD 4890 card has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Editor’s Choice Gold Award from HardOCP, the HotHardware Recommended Award and the Editor’s Choice Award from Tweaktown, among others. The accolades spe ak to the excitement around the product and to the continued strength of the discrete graphics market overall, something analyst Dr. Jon Peddie of Jon Peddie Research predicts will continue to play a strong role in the computing industry.

AMD Fusion Team