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Monthly Archives: February 2011

AT&T advanced Ad solutions unveils ShopAlerts for location based Marketing service featuring special offers from leading national brands

February 28, 2011 |

AT&T Advanced Ad solutions and Placecast has announced an agreement to provide ShopAlerts by AT&T, which are special offers delivered to consumers through their mobile phones when they are near a participating store or brand. This unique mobile messaging service will be available for AT&T customers in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Fransisco.ShopAlerts  service will provide consumers with valuable offers, rewards, and coupons based on their specific geographic location. Participating consumers receive relevant marketing messages when they are inside a geo-fence, benefiting both consumers and marketers. These messages are also enhanced with information such as weather, traffic, and local shopping area details to more effectively engage consumers. The initial presenting sponsors will be HP, Kmart, JetBlue, SC Jhonson, Kibbles ‘n Bits, Nature’s Recipe and the National Milk Mustache “got milk” campaign.

This program combines the location based technology platform and the expertise of San-Fransisco based Placecast with Att.com having a large subscriber base, … Read More

Apple Subscriptions and Google One Pass gets support from Adobe Digital Publishing Suite

February 25, 2011 |

Adobe Systems Incorporated has announced that Adobe Digital Publishing Suite will support both Apple App Store Subscriptions and Google One Pass for magazine and newspaper publishers. The pre-release technology has already been used by leading global publishers to create and distribute their iconic titles on tablet devices.There has been tremendous increase in business opportunity for publishers, with 130 Adobe produced titles available for purchase and download being made rich with more subscription capabilities. Adobe Digital Publishing Suite supports a variety of payment methods: free content; single issue purchases; and the ability for publishers to tie into their existing e-commerce and fulfillment mechanisms for print and digital bundling and other offers.

There is new support for Apple App Store subscriptions when used with a publisher entitlement server in the latest pre-release of ADOBE Digital Publishing Suite. Broad support for Apple App Store subscriptions and Google One Pass will be available in the very near future.

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Amazon Introduces AWS Cloudformation

February 25, 2011 |

Amazon web services LLC has announced AWS Cloudformation, a simple way for developers and businesses to create collections of related AWS resources and provision them in orderly and predictable way. Users can use AWS CloudFormation’s sample templates or create their own templates to describe the AWS resources required to run their application.

AWS CloudFormation takes care of ‘how’ the resources are provisioned. All you have to worry about is ‘what’ resources are required. Also with this the need to manually recreate an application’s stack for each deployment by developers will be comfortably avoided. According to the company, developers and businesses just have to focus on their applications with AWS at hand.

Customers can create CloudFormation templates and deploy the associated resource stacks via the AWS Management Console, CloudFormation command line tools or APIs. It can also be used across multiple AWS Availability Zones to configure a wide range of AWS resources including Amazon EC2 … Read More

Microsoft’s New Dynamics ERP Resources Saves Your Time and Money

February 24, 2011 |

Microsoft has announced their new resources to help improve productivity and save Microsoft  Dynamics enterprise resource planning(ERP) customers time and money through new interoperable Microsoft technologies. The newly introduced resources include an out-of-box connector between Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Microsoft Dynamics AX and a Data Migration Assistant for Microsoft Dynamics AX customers moving from an Oracle database to Microsoft SQL Server.This connection helps improve productivity by eliminating redundant data entry and provides organization wide insight across the applications through an easy-to-use and familiar Microsoft interface. Connectors between Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Microsoft Dynamics GP, as well as Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Microsoft Dynamics NAV are also available. There are also plans to introduce connectors for Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Microsoft Dynamics SL by the second half of 2011.

Customers can now take advantage of enhanced business intelligence(BI), security, reporting and analysis capabilities, as well as interoperability with Microsoft Office and Microsoft Share Point, all at … Read More

Australia Tuning into Anubis.FM: Sonos streaming 2 Million Songs

February 24, 2011 |

Sonos, the leading developer of wireless multi- room music systems for home has announced Anubis.fm as the first on demand music service available on Sonos for the Australian customers. They can now tune into unlimited, on demand, computer free access to more than two million songs all over their homes.One can browse and play anything from Anubis.fm’s catalogue with no computer required. Anubis.fm on Sonos features high quality, full length track streaming from the music catalogues of Sony Music, Universal Music, EMI Music, Warner Music, and key independent labels. It is available as an option in the Sonos Controller Music Menu under More Music menu on any Sonos controller. Anubis.fm on Sonos is a part of the Music on Tap plan and costs AUD$12.99 per month. The good news is that they are offering a free 30-day free trial.

Besides these, Wolfgang’s Vault allows the listeners to tune into thousands of legendary concerts from the … Read More

Nvidia Releases Quadro Driving Virtual Desktops with Microsoft RemoteFX

February 24, 2011 |

Nvidia has released the new NVIDIA WHQL driver to support Quadro GPUs running on backend servers with RemoteFX, for driving graphics on thin clients. Nvidia has been partnering with Microsoft since their beta to enable the best virtual desktop experience with NVIDIA GPUs.The user can now run NVIDIA Quadro 4000, 5000 and 6000 professional graphics cards, as well as the M2070Q server graphics module on RemoteFX to bring improved graphics performance to multiple users in a virtualized environment. These improvements will see its effects in activities from watching a video and creating or viewing 3D flash animations to video conferencing.

The NVIDIA Quadro WHQL qualified drivers for Server 2008 R2 service pack 1 are available on the Nvidia driver download page. Additional driver updates will be coming in the near future to enable more users per GPU. According to the claims increasing the number of users per node, while maintaining acceptable performance, is key to … Read More

Asus Ready to Ship Updated Intel Sandy Bridge Notebooks

February 23, 2011 |

Asus has announced that the updated Sandy Bridge- based products will be released for shipping this week, immediately after the revised design is released by Intel. The company aims to prevent any further inconvenience and interruption to customers with this fast response. Asus will be rolling out revised G73SW, N53SV and N53SN models followed by N43SL, N43SN and N73SV in the notebook section. A previous customer can simply follow the swap procedure if they find that their models have been affected.

Asus has made it comfortable for customers planning to buy the new notebooks with Intel Sandy Bridge technology by clearly marking all packaging, including shipping cartons and gift boxes, to indicate the use of revised hardware. You just have to look for a sticker displaying “New Revision Certified Design”, either on the palm rest area or on the box itself.

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Dell Completes Acquisition of Compellent Technologies

February 23, 2011 |

Dell has completed the acquisition of Compellent Technologies which is a rapidly growing provider of highly- virtualized storage solutions with automated data management features, including tiering and thin provisioning, for enterprise and cloud-computing environments.The Compellent Fluid Technology combines a powerful data movement engine, intelligent software and modular hardware that can help cut costs up to 80 percent. This architecture provides block level intelligence to automatically place data on the right storage tier to optimize performance and maximize cost savings.

Dell has also announced a dramatically expanded Dell Storage Forum 2011, which will now include Compellent solutions and channel partners. With the expansion of PartnerDirect channel program new initiatives will be taken to help partners accelerate profitably through higher volume, grow relationships and deliver value and choice to customers. Dell’s storage portfolio already includes EqualLogic and PowerVault. This new development would help customers better manage data growth, reduce storage costs and simplify management of IT infrastructure.

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Amazon Offers Prime Video Service in U.S

February 22, 2011 |

Amazon started offering streaming content to its prime members free of cost. The launch of the service had been rumoured for about a month now, and now that the release is official, it is available only in the U.S. With more than 5000 titles to choose from, a single click on the “Prime instant video” button would let users to select their interest. The service features a large number of movies including recent ones together with a lot of TV shows. However,one will have to “rent” or “buy” certain foreign movies like ‘The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest’ and more to be able to download. With a reasonably good broadband connection,the streaming movies and shows are expected to work well owing to lack of commercials. The Amazon Prime membership is priced at $79 per year and the service is available only to paid Prime members. Hence, free membership premium members will have to stay … Read More

Motorola Atrix 4G Comes to AT&T

February 22, 2011 |

Finally Motorola Atrix 4G has finally come to AT&T. The carrier just put on sale one of the most powerful smartphones which is paired with an optional laptop dock so that the user can enjoy the wonderful computing power virtually anywhere.

This Android wonder can be purchased directly from the carrier for a $199.99 after signing in for a two year contract. For extra options, interested people can pay another $15 per month for a 200MB DataPlus plan or $45 monthly for a Data Pro 4GB plus tethering plan, according to the user’s needs.

Besides these one would also have the options of laying their hands over the smartphone at Amazon which lists the same HSPA+ device for $50 less with a 24-hour ship time. For those interested in just the laptop dock, they should better get it now because it’s offered with the handset in a $499bundle and when the same laptop dock … Read More

Transcend Launches Digital Audio Players

February 22, 2011 |

Transcend’s MP330 digital music player has arrived in a dashing pink hued suit adding to its exwmaisting black and white shades.

This compact device has bundled together FLAC, WAV, WMA, WMA-DRM10 and MP3 files. A signal to noise ratio of more than 90dB renders good quality audio output and there are no less than seven equalizer effects to pick from on this player and this surely promises a fine musical experience. The MP3 player also sports  a button interface, and it also features a user- customizable option for playing back songs according to individual music tastes and styles. It also integrates a detachable sport clip and an embedded USB connector for easy transfer of files without having to worry about porting around a USB cable.

The MP330 comes in three capacity variations- 2GB, 4GB and 8GB which are priced at Rs 2,500, Rs 2,599 and Rs 3,415 respectively.

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Lenovo releases six models in ThinkPad series

February 22, 2011 |

Lenovo has released the latest models in the ThinkPad laptop range. The new introductions fall into the L, T and W series of Lenovo ThinkPad laptops. With claims for better performance, functionality and battery life, the T420s, T420, T520, L420, L520 and W520 laptops also feature higher IT management systems. The newly incorporated “self-aware and adaptive technologies” in the laptops help to conserve power of up to 30 percent by powering down components that are not in use at an instant. Together, the new thermal design lets the devices to run at a higher clock speed for a longer time.They also feature improved video-calling functionality and a new keyboard noise suppression technology.Sharing of the same docking station and common batteries provide for better IT management and the continuous wireless technology can function in sleep mode for up to 99 minutes. The pricing for all three series are different and each one is configurable to meet … Read More

Apple to release a fresh line of MacBook Pro

February 21, 2011 |

Reports claim that Apple is ready to release a new line of MacBook Pro notebooks very soon. Recently Best Buy had released five stock keeping units (SKU) tagged to be “Coming soon”. The notebooks are assumed to be priced as $1,199, $1,499, $1,799, $2,199 and $2,499. Together, further strengthening the speculation, most of Apple’s European dealers have not had supply of MacBook Pro notebooks for over two weeks and were not able to place orders as well.

Apple has issued strict orders to retailers not to open sealed containers that may reach the store before any details are published. There are also chances that Apple will be introducing Intel’s Light Peak technology in the new notebooks. With the ability to run multiple protocols and having a bandwidth starting at 10G bps,the technology helps to connect multiple devices over a single cable.

Most of the retailers have ran out of MacBook Pro stock and is … Read More