Friday, January 7, 2011

OCOSMOS OSCS 9

OCOSMOS Co., Ltd, a leading innovator and developer of consumer electronics and solutions, today unveiled the world’s most user-friendly personal computer and gaming device: the OCS9 Tablet PC, revolutionizing both professional and gaming PC markets.

The OCS9 is a multimedia PC tablet powered by Intel’s next generation Atom platform codenamed “Oak Trail”, running Windows 7, and capable of running the most demanding online PC games, MMORPG, 3D, productivity and social networking applications. It’s a high-end tablet PC. Its uniquely usable OMOS Key interface enhances the ease and speed of tasks and games commonly performed on a laptop or desktop and its intuitive control mechanism is superior to multi-touch interfaces for playing games and browsing the Web.

The OCS9 is built for hardcore and casual gaming, interactive entertainment, social networking and productivity applications, with its OMOS interface, nine-inch (diagonal) multi-touch display, detachable QWERTY controller with virtual keyboard, connectivity over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and USB 2.0 HS, powerful stereo sound, and long battery life, making it the ideal Tablet PC. A stand allows users to tilt the tablet for operation at a convenient angle. The OCS9 also comes with a pouch that holds the detachable controller and the alternate battery.

“OCS9’s OMOS Key raises the bar for the most usable Tablet PC interface,” said Eu-jin Oh, president of OCOSMOS. “Users will love the OCS9’s capabilities, ease of use and power.”

The OCS9 Tablet PC delivers a new platform of Tiny Computer (TC) technology that benefits both business users and the gaming public, and its unique OMOS Key interface overcomes the limitations of multi-touch interfaces.

“The Intel Atom processor continues to create waves of innovation in the industry,” said Rene Torres, director of marketing for Intel’s Notebook and Tablet Group. “We are excited to see OCOSMOS take advantage of Intel Atom’s performance and compatibility to bring PC-class gaming experiences to life with their OCS9 announcement.”

The OCS9 specifications include:

  • Intel’s next generation Atom processor platform codenamed Oak Trail Up to 64GB of solid-state storage
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
  • 9.0 Inch (Diagonal) Widescreen Multi-Touch Display
  • 1024 x 768 pixel resolution capacitive touch screen
  • Front and rear cameras (1.3MP Webcam in front, 3.1MP camera in back)
  • A microphone for video chat sessions
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • OMOS Key Interface: useful as a mouse, and customizable for character input
  • 64GB of Internal SSD storage
  • External Micro SD Card up to 64GB
  • Right/Left keys on the device shoulder for gaming
  • Gyroscope/Accelerometer

“The OCS9 Tablet PC is a revolution in gaming,” says OCOSMOS representative, Jay-Hun Kim. “With the Intel Atom platform and OMOS controller, the OCS9 is positioned to blow away other portable gaming consoles on the market, not to mention PCs, and users will find that 2D and 3D image editing is even faster than on a desktop PC.”

OCOSMOS is planning to work with major online and offline distributors for the OCS9, and will collaborate with leading game developers to enhance existing games for the platform. The product will be available in the United States mid 2011, and will later be available in China and other global markets.



Thursday, January 6, 2011
BTS8 combines Windows 7 OS with an office phone system to revolutionize business communications

Speakal, a company driven by its passion for sound, intelligent technology and innovative designs, is ecstatic to announce the BTS8, an office phone system that doubles as a personal computer. The integrated Windows 7 OS enables users to manage and record your phone calls, answer emails, and even video chat with the on board webcam via Skype. The 5” LCD display can be connected to an external monitor via VGA for enhanced visibility. Additional capabilities include fax receiving, SMS text messaging, media player, contacts management, and a calendar empowering the BTS8 to be the ultimate communications and multimedia powerhouse. You can even browse the web and reach your data remotely for optimal connectivity.

“BTS8 completely streamlines business communications and computing for the modern office” said CEO David Solomon. “Users are able to optimize connectivity and empower their phone with the advanced capabilities of Windows 7 while saving up to 90% of the power regularly used with a desktop PC” added Solomon.



Monday, December 6, 2010

ode 42 Software Releases CrashPlan+, Version 3.0 for Windows, Mac, Linux

Code 42 Software Inc., developers of CrashPlan and CrashPlan PRO, award-winning backup software for home and business, today announced the release of CrashPlan+, Version 3.0. In addition, the company announced new pricing for CrashPlan+ which now includes CrashPlan Central, an online backup destination.

CrashPlan+, Version 3.0 features easy-yet-powerful multiple backup sets, allowing users to specify which files go to which locations and with what settings. Consumers are now able to mix and match destinations with different backup settings to fit even the most complex backup scenarios. Additional enhancements to CrashPlan+ include: flexible scheduling of the dates and times that backups occur, recognition of new computers and devices, automatic subscription renewal and the ability to scan and verify the files in your backup files selection (or in your backup sets) on demand.

“The most common request we hear from CrashPlan users has been the ability to have multiple backup configurations for different destinations. Our new Backup Sets feature delivers that, and more,” said Matthew Dornquast, founder and CEO of Code 42 Software. “Because we protect people’s data, we’ve spent a lot of time testing these new capabilities to ensure that they’re rock solid and easy to use. We believe CrashPlan version 3.0 is the most powerful, yet easy to use, backup system available.”

In addition to the new software features of CrashPlan+ version 3.0, the company also rolled out new affordable pricing plans which include all of the expanded features of CrashPlan+ and online backup to CrashPlan Central, a secure, online backup destination. With the new pricing structure, consumers can chose from one of three packages for CrashPlan+:

· CrashPlan+ 10GB – $24.99/year – All of the expanded features of CrashPlan+ and the option to store up to 10 GB of data from one computer on CrashPlan Central.
· CrashPlan+ Unlimited – $49.99/year – All of the expanded features of CrashPlan+ and the option to store unlimited data from one computer on CrashPlan Central.
· CrashPlan+ Family Unlimited – $119.99/year – All of the expanded features of CrashPlan+ and the option to store unlimited data from every computer within a household on CrashPlan Central.

CrashPlan is comprehensive backup software for Windows, Mac, Linux (and Solaris) users, which allows automatic back up of any computer to hard disks, other computers on a local network, and the optional CrashPlan Central online backup facility. With CrashPlan’s unique social backup feature, users can back up to computers belonging to friends and family (and vice versa). CrashPlan’s wide compatibility, flexibility and security set it apart from other backup providers, delivering unrivaled protection against the unexpected. CrashPlan’s basic software (without online backup) is free for non-business use. Expanded features are available on CrashPlan+ which comes standard with all three new pricing options.

CrashPlan+ version 3.0 and CrashPlan version 3.0 will be delivered as an automatic upgrade to current users. First-time users can download and try CrashPlan+ for free for 30 days at: www.crashplan.com/consumer/download.html. To learn more about CrashPlan, please visit www.crashplan.com.



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Intuit today releases it’s next version of Quicken for Windows in the name of Quicken 2011. I virtually sat down with Intuit’s Product Manager Eddy Wu earlier this week as he showed off some of the new features in Quicken 2011. Wu told me that Intuit wished to bring the easy to use interface of Mint.com to Quicken 2011. While, “Quicken has been known for it’s flexibility and comprehensiveness,” Wu told SvenOnTech, “It has become too complicated,” completing his thought. With the recent acquisition of Mint, Intuit was able to work closely with the Mint interface (UI) team to bring the simplicity of the successful web site to Quicken 2011. Together, Wu went on, the best of both worlds would be realized for the new version of the successful financial software. The overall architecture was looked at and it was designed with a more modern experience found on such programs as Apple’s popular iTunes. The rigid iced columns of previous versions of Quicken are now configurable from sizing to adding or removing columns all together. For example, if you no longer write and print checks, you can simply right-click on the Check and Check Number column and un-check it from the list and – poof! – they are gone. New to the Windows version are more institutions for download with over 12,000. If your bank isn’t listed here folks, it may have gone under. ;) Another feature borrowed from Mint is auto-categorization. So when you make a purchase at Fry’s Electronics, Quicken 2011 will automatically assign it to Computer and Electronics. If you wish to fine tune it, you can it will remember your custom choice.

Something Intuit added that did not come from Mint is a new “stay on top of monthly bills” feature. The feature allows you to create reminders to Quicken 2011 for such reoccurring costs as cable, utilities, rent, and so forth. This will allow you to see a future trends graph giving you an indication how much money you will have, or need, in the coming months.

For the Mac side, Intuit will be releasing its most substantial upgrade release in the history of Quicken for either Mac or WIndows. Wu told me that this was Intuits way of showing Mac users that Intuit is committed to the Mac platform and its users. Back by demand is the ability to write checks with a typical check interface, Tax Schedules, improvements to reports such as Cash Flow, as well as a Spending Over Time Report. Quicken Essentials for Mac increases the power of Investment Performance with the ability to manually add stocks if your institution is not listed. This allows you to add your investments and then for Quicken to automatically update its value.

Intuits goal for Quicken Essentials for Mac is to bring the ease and power of Mint.com to the Mac platform and not release something complex and intimidating. Wu believes 1.5 will accomplish this as well as future releases.



SplashID Enterprise

SplashData, Inc. today announces a completely new version of SplashID Enterprise, offering IT managers powerful controls for the centralized administration of password and security policies on all Windows and Mac desktop computers across multiple departments and employee groups.

SplashID Enterprise is designed to quickly and effectively address the most immediate password management concerns of IT, enabling an organization to use stronger password management practices without compromising security or increasing costs. SplashID safely and securely stores all kinds of personal identification information, including usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, calling card numbers, bank account data, PINs, medical insurance information, and more.

The major features of SplashID Enterprise include:

· Cross-platform Windows and Mac end-user support
· Support of MySQL server on Windows, Mac, or Linux
· Centralized secure database of usernames, passwords, documents, and other records
· Administrative control panel for IT with user management
· Customizable group-level and user-level permissions
· Customizable deployment architecture
· Multi-layer database security

A major and costly threat to passwords stored on company databases is lack of policy compliance by employees. The frustration and inconvenience of remembering multiple passwords can lead employees to compromise prudent standards. SplashID Enterprise was designed to make managing and accessing passwords easier and more convenient, resulting in a higher level of policy compliance by employees. SplashID will decrease forgotten password requests, ridding IT of unnecessary distractions and allowing focus on projects that create real value.

Another advantage to SplashID Enterprise is lower potential costs of security threats. The costs of data breaches are astronomical, potentially costing millions of dollars per incident. By implementing SplashID, any organization can significantly reduce the risk of information stolen via password exposure, including data loss, legal costs, customer loss, and a significant decrease in employee productivity.

SplashID Enterprise can be considered not just as a password administration tool, but as a solution for secure record management and sharing. SplashID contains forms for storing records for web logins, accounts, codes, contacts, and more. New custom forms can be added, making SplashID’s capability for record storage unlimited. Also, employees may choose to store personal records in addition to enterprise records in SplashID, and the records are kept separate on the server.

In many cases in an enterprise organization, certain logins or other records need to be shared company-wide, department-wide, or among only a certain group of employees, and SplashID makes this process easy and secure. This record sharing feature of SplashID Enterprise is customizable by not just the central IT administrator but also by individual groups or departments within the enterprise.

The consumer versions of SplashID also secure information on mobile platforms, including iPhone, iPad, Windows Mobile and Android. The next update of SplashID Enterprise will optionally give employees access to records on their smartphones, enabling them to be more productive out of the office as well.
SplashID has already been implemented by many top government agencies, technology companies, investment banks, research labs, and other organizations needing a comprehensive password security solution. Among its existing corporate users are Lawrence Livermore National Labs, NetBank, Getty Foundation, Texas A&M University, Los Alamos National Labs, U.S. National and District court systems, and John Hopkins University.

SplashID Enterprise is available on a per-seat basis for as low as $12 per license.



Microsoft Releases Office 2010

Author: Sven Rafferty
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
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Today, Microsoft Corp. announced the worldwide availability of Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft Visio 2010 and Microsoft Project 2010. Consumers can now purchase Office 2010 at more than 35,000 retail stores across the globe, such as Best Buy, Fnac, Harvey Norman and PC World; through online retailers, including Amazon.com; and direct from Microsoft at Office.com.

Office 2010 can also be purchased with the most popular desktops and laptops from leading PC makers including Acer Inc., Asus, Dell Inc., HP, Lenovo, Samsung and Sony Corp. In the next year, more than 100 million PCs will ship with Office 2010 preloaded, which can easily be activated with the purchase of any one of the three versions of Office 2010, including Office Home and Student 2010, Office Home and Business 2010, or Office Professional 2010.

“Working with major retail partners and PC makers, we’ve made dramatic changes in the way we deliver Office 2010 to give consumers more buying choice, making it easier than ever to unlock the power of Office on new and existing PCs,” said Stephen Elop, president, Microsoft Business Division. “For the first time, people can purchase a Product Key Card at retail to activate Office 2010 preloaded on new PCs. For those who want to download Office 2010 direct from Office.com for an existing PC, the new Click-to-Run technology will have them up and running in a matter of minutes.”

Office 2010 Represents a Great Growth Opportunity for Microsoft and Its Partners
“Recent comScore Tech Metrix™ data confirms that more than 1 billion PCs worldwide have Office software installed, making it the most widely used productivity suite in the world,” said Mike Hurt, senior vice president of comScore. “This milestone helps illustrate the importance that software products like Microsoft Office have played in shaping the digital world to date.”

Considering there are approximately 1.8 billion Internet users worldwide, Microsoft and its channel partners see an incredible opportunity to deliver Office 2010 to existing and new Office customers around the world.

From a survey of Office 2010 beta users, Microsoft found that 75 percent say they plan to buy Office 2010 within six months. The Office 2010 beta program had more than 9 million downloads — more than six times the size of the 2007 Microsoft Office beta program — indicating strong consumer interest in Office 2010.

“Following the great response to the Office 2010 beta and the success of Windows 7, we predict this will be the biggest consumer release of Office, ever,” Elop said.

Productivity Solutions Across the PC, Phone and Browser
Throughout its development cycle, customer feedback has been critical to the improvements found in Office 2010. Based on this valuable input, Microsoft has made considerable enhancements to help users do the following:

Create great-looking documents and presentations. Express creativity in PowerPoint 2010 presentations with new video and photo editing features. Add extensive text effects and table formatting options in Word 2010. Reveal important trends in data with Sparklines in Excel 2010. OneNote 2010 makes everything you need simple to find, organize and share.
Connect and work together more simply. Advanced e-mail management and calendaring capabilities in Outlook 2010 and the new Outlook Social Connector help people stay productive and in touch with personal and business networks. Work with others more efficiently using new co-authoring in Word 2010, PowerPoint 2010 and OneNote 2010. Deliver presentations over the Web with new PowerPoint Broadcast Slideshow.
Get things done from virtually anywhere. With Office 2010 and the Office Web Apps — the online companions to Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote — people have the freedom to save documents directly from Office 2010 to Windows Live SkyDrive, then view, edit and share those documents in the cloud. The Office Web Apps preserve the look and feel of Office documents, so valuable content and formatting are not compromised while moving between the PC, phone and browser*

Office Mobile 2010 also is available from Windows® Phone Marketplace for all Windows Mobile 6.5 phones. People using Office Mobile 2010 can perform lightweight editing of Office documents and take notes on the go, or work on Office documents stored on their phone or attached to an e-mail. Today, Office 2010 is available in 10 languages and will expand to 94 languages.

“For information workers the lines between home and office are becoming blurred; in return for flexible working practices that fit better with lifestyle employees are prepared to spread their working hours. Facilitating this involves accessing documents and information from a range of devices, so providing a consistent experience is necessary. With Office 2010 Microsoft has done a lot to help this.

First, being free, Microsoft Office Starter will ensure that basic productivity tools, that are familiar to many from their work place experience, are freely available on many consumer PCs. Second, Office Web Apps makes the basic office capabilities freely available to anyone with an internet connection and facilitates that sharing of documents. With the Office 2010 announcement Microsoft is taking both OpenOffice and Google Apps head-on. This release should ensure Microsoft remains the dominant vendor in the productivity tools space for the foreseeable future,” said Bob Tarzey, Analyst & Director, of Quo Circa.



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Turtle Beach, a pioneer in digital audio and gaming headphone technology, today announced the latest addition to its Audio Advantage product line, the Amigo II and Micro II USB audio adapters. Designed for Mac and PC, the Amigo II and Micro II are inexpensive, easy to use and deliver a rich audio experience in a package that’s about the size of a USB memory stick.

The Amigo II USB sound card adds a stereo output and mic input to a Mac or PC. Because it uses a USB digital connection, the Amigo isolates the audio signal from the noisy electronics inside a PC or laptop to provide higher-quality sound. The stereo output can be used for connecting powered speakers, headphones or an external recording device and the microphone input can be used for connecting an external microphone or the boom mic on a headset. This makes Amigo ideal for converting a standard analog headset into is USB headset for voice communications programs such as Ventrilo™ and Skype™.

The Micro II USB sound card adds a stereo line output and an optical digital audio output to a Mac or PC. The stereo output can be used for connecting powered speakers, headphones or an external recording device. The S/PDIF digital optical output connects a notebook or desktop PC to home theater systems, allowing pass through of 5.1 channel Dolby® Digital or DTS surround sound. This makes it ideal for enjoying DVD or streaming digital movies on your notebook while listening to immersive Dolby surround sound on your home theater system.

“The Amigo II and Micro II each offer significant benefits for PC and laptop users who want improved sound quality without a lot of hassle, at a price that’s hard to beat. They’re both incredibly simple to use. Just plug them into a USB port and you’re ready to go.” said Peter Ronick, Director of Marketing.

Both the Amigo II and Micro II work with Mac or Windows PCs without the need for external power adapters, special drivers or software. The devices will be available in January from major US retailers as well as the Turtle Beach web site at www.turtlebeach.com. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for each model is $24.95. Turtle Beach products are distributed in Europe by Mad Catz® Interactive, Inc. (AMEX/TSX: MCZ www.madcatz.com.)

Turtle Beach (www.turtlebeach.com) designs and markets high-quality audio peripherals for PC and video game platforms, including its growing line of Ear Force gaming headphones and headsets for XBOX, PS3™ and Nintendo® game consoles and for personal computer games. Turtle Beach, with headquarters in Elmsford, New York, is a brand of Voyetra Turtle Beach, Inc., which has been at the forefront of music and audio technology for more than three decades and is recognized as a pioneer of today’s PC audio industry.



Wednesday, June 3, 2009
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An amazing logic game and memory training tool in one! Flip the face-down mosaic tiles and remember the pattern on the other side. When you find two similar patterns, you score points.

The smart logic game Twice combines the main principles of a classic game: an attractive appearance, popular and simple rules and a variety of game modes. Its rules are well known: you have to flip the face-down tiles in the puzzle one by one and remember the pattern on the other side. When you flip two identical tiles, you score points. To complete the level you have to find all of the pairs. Twice has three game modes so you can pick the game that suits your tastes – race against time, limited number of attempts or no limits at all. Just choose one of them and you will not be able to stop playing! The magical graphics and traditional Oriental music add a mysterious charm to this game.

Twice – a perfect realization of simplicity and genius.

Game features:

- Colourful Oriental style graphics
- Pleasant, relaxing music
- Three game modes for all tastes
- Excellent memory training tool
- Captivating gameplay

The detailed information about the game, including screenshots, trailers and links for demo version are available on the HeroCraft PDA site – http://smart.herocraft.com/twice.

I sincerely ask you to write a review (it would be just great!). Just let me know if you are interested in this game, and I will immediately provide you with setup files!

Check out the YouTube video for more deets.



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Eltima Software, a global software Development Company, has released Application as Service version 3.0, the cutting edge solution that allows launching any application as Windows service.

If you need to run any application as service locally or on a remote computer, schedule your service to run at the exact time or manage them remotely, Application as Service is probably the best solution of all these needs. Application as Service allows launching any applications (32/64-bit and console ones) as Windows 2000/XP/2003/2008/Vista service at system boot, without the need of a user session.

Application as Service offers advanced recovery options (restart the service your application is started by; restart computer; launch supplementary application), sophisticated dependencies mechanism, pre-service/post-service application start-up, your application rights/priority management, “application-crash” protection, graceful console and Windows application exit, on-the-fly start-up customization and lots more.

You can configure Application as Service using its GUI interface or command line configurator directly from your software! Application as Service features very low CPU usage, custom environment variables and detailed logging as well as many other features.

Application as Service is an easy-to-use system utility. You do not need any coding skills in order to launch any application as service. This can be easily done in a few clicks.

Though Application as Service is a system utility, it has very intuitive interface which makes it very user-friendly even for the beginners.

Application as Service 3.0 Features at a Glance:

- Run any application (32/64-bit and console ones) as Windows service
- Create and manage native system services in few clicks
- Easily connect to remote PC over local network or Internet and manage all remote services like your own
- Run application before users login into their accounts
- Run your application interactively (visible to users) or silently
- Schedule your service to run at the exact time and periodically on the defined day of the week/month/year
- Minimize downtime by auto-restarting application once it is crashed
- Advanced service dependencies mechanism allows you to run applications at the certain order
- Define Load Order Group which your application belongs to
- Restrict/grant your application with execution rights by specifying user account name under which it is run
- On-the-fly service start-up type customization
- Gracefully close console and Windows applications
- Close various popup windows that your application might display
- Specify the process priority for your application Define CPU binding for multi-processor PCs
- Conveniently supply additional options and system environment variables for console and Windows applications
- Run additional programs prior to the service startup, program start, stop or just after the service shutdown
- Redirect STDOUT, STDERROR and STDIN streams to or from the file for console application
- Specify desktop on which you would like your application to run as service
- Take all benefits of multi-processor, multi-thread and 64-bit platforms
- Works under Virtual Machines (VMWare and so on)
- Use XML configuration file to install the service

Application as Service is compatible with Windows NT 4.x, Windows 2000, Windows XPx32, Windows XP x64, Windows 2003 x32, Windows 2003 x64, Windows Vista x32, Windows Vista x64, Windows 2008 x32, Windows 2008 x64.
You can purchase Application as Service for $79.95 only.

All program upgrades within one major version (that you purchase) are free to all our registered users. For more detailed information about our upgrade policy and volume discounts, please email to sales@eltima.com

Additional information about Application as Service, along with detailed technical documentation, online help and changelog as well as demo installation package can be found at: http://www.application-as-service.com/



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Mark/Space, a mobile to desktop synchronization software company, announced today the release of The Missing Sync(tm) for Windows Mobile version 4.0.4 with enhanced sync support for Microsoft Entourage 2008. The award-winning Missing Sync for Windows Mobile is the most trusted sync software for Mac users with Windows Mobile smartphones like the HTC Touch, Motorola Q9 and Palm Treo Pro.

The latest release of The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile offers full Entourage support so that users can sync directly with Entourage 2008 and 2004. Benefits include synchronization of Entourage contacts, calendar events and tasks with categories. This update also offers improved device mounting.

Other features of The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile include syncing music, photos, video, files, and much more with support for iCal, Address Book, iPhoto and iTunes.

Pricing, Availability and System Requirements
The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile is available immediately as an electronic download from the Mark/Space Online Store for $39.95. It will also be available on CD for $49.95. This update is available free to owners of The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile 4.0. Owners of earlier versions may upgrade for $29.95.

The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later, or Mac OS X 10.5 or later and a device running Windows Mobile 2002 (also called Pocket PC 2002), Windows Mobile 2003, Windows Mobile 5 or Windows Mobile 6.

To purchase, upgrade or learn more about The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile, please visit http://www.markspace.com.