New Entry-Level Model Ready for up to 8 GB DDR2 RAM

Shuttle Inc., the market leader in the area of mini-PCs and the manufacturer of multi-form-factor solutions, is now offering another barebone for modern AMD processors. The SA76G2 hits the market with a style not unlike its predecessor, the SN68SG2: classic black G2 design in polished aluminium.

Shuttle XPC Barebone SA76G2

Even at only 30 x 20 x 18.5 cm (DxWxH), the compact device is the first mini-PC barebone from Shuttle to support AMD processors for socket AM3. Processors with AM2 and AM2+ sockets can also be used, ensuring maximum compatibility and long-term upgrade options. This versatility comes thanks to the AMD RS760/SB710 chipset inside.

Another highlight is the ATI Radeon 3000 onboard graphics that is DirectX-10 compatible and allows for addressing up to four monitors at once. This is achieved by installing an additional ATI graphics card into the PCI Express 2.0 slot, which then cooperates with the mainboard’s integrated graphics processor via ATI SurroundView(TM) technology.

Given that this unit is destined to live on the desktop, it makes sure that a variety of ports are always within reach. This includes six USB ports on the front and rear sides, headphone and microphone jacks, 6-channel audio, PS2, VGA and DVI. Additional ports – up to four USB, two COM, one parallel and SPDIF – can be wired to the outside from connectors on the mainboard.

This mini PC barebone from Shuttle draws its power through an efficient 250 Watt power adapter, and also features a reliable heatpipe cooling system. All key cables are pre-routed with delivery to help you get set up fast.

The new Shuttle XPC Barebone SA76G2 is available from specialist retailers immediately.

Shuttle’s suggested retail price is EUR 191 (ex VAT). A list of retail locations is available through the “Shuttle StoreLocator” at http://www.shuttle.eu/buy.


Nokia N97 Mobile Computer to Begin Selling Worldwide in June

The highly anticipated Nokia N97, Nokia’s flagship mobile computer, will begin selling in June in more than 75 countries. Along with a tilting 3.5″ touch display, QWERTY keyboard and a fully customizable home screen, the Nokia N97 will offer instant access to the full range of Ovi services.

“The Nokia N97 is an important step towards our vision of delivering a highly personalized Internet experience,” said Jonas Geust, Vice President and head of Nokia Nseries. “Fuelled by a multitude of music, maps, games, media and applications via Ovi, the Nokia N97 transforms the Internet into an experience that’s completely tailored to the tastes and interests of its owner.”

The Nokia N97 is Nokia’s first device to feature a personalizable home screen, which can be customized with a range of widgets which bring live information directly to the device. These widgets include key social networking destinations like Facebook and Hi5, news services like the Associated Press, Bloomberg and Reuters, as well as shopping and weather information. The Nokia N97 is the first device to ship with the Ovi Store, which offers easy access to applications, games, videos, podcasts, productivity tools, web and location-based services, and much more. Ovi Store has paid and free content from a range of global and local content providers and developers, including Paramount Pictures, Facebook and Qik, as well as a selection of Twitter applications.

Enjoy your upgrades

The beauty of this Nokia device is that taking it out of the box is just the beginning. As with any computer, people can constantly improve and refresh their Nokia N97 with new features, functions and fixes so they can do even more with the device. An exciting roadmap of new features and functions is planned to roll out in the second half of 2009.

Entertainment ensured

The Nokia N97 also has direct access to the huge catalogue of music in the Nokia Music Store. With multiple high-speed connectivity options and 32GB of storage (up to 48GB using a microSD card) it is possible to directly download and store tens of thousands of songs on the handset. And you can listen to your favourite music on the Nokia Bluetooth Stereo Headset BH-905, which Nokia also launched today. This headset brings crystal clear sound, eliminates background noise, and is the ideal accessory for listening to music and making calls on the Nokia N97, as well as being compatible with a diverse range of other mobile and music devices.

High-quality images and video clips at 30 frames per second (fps) can be captured using the 5 megapixel camera with integrated Carl Zeiss optics. Images can also be geo-tagged to specific locations and shared instantly with friends or uploaded online via Ovi Share, Twitter or Flickr.

Source: Nokia Corporation


Combat Identity Theft – Military-Grade Encryption Safely Secures Vital Information Including Secret Passwords & Account Numbers on the User’s Computer, Not Online

Callpod, an emerging innovator in premium mobile accessories and software applications for personal and professional users, has launched Keeper Desktop(TM), its first software application for desktop and laptop computers. Last month, Callpod officially introduced Keeper Mobile(TM) data encryption for Smartphones. It quickly became the #1 most downloaded password storage application on iTunes (iPhone and iPod Touch) and is consistently the top 5 most downloaded business software app on iTunes. The launch of Keeper Desktop marks Callpod’s official entry into the software arena to complement its arsenal of award-winning mobile electronics products including the original Chargepod, a multi-device charger, and the Fueltank, a mobile on-the-go charger, to name a few.

“Today, consumers need to do everything they can to keep important information as safe as possible,” said Craig Lurey, Callpod’s CTO and Co-founder. “Keeper uses one of the most powerful encryption tools in the world to do just that and users can feel confident that their information is safe against thieves and hackers.”

“Callpod’s entry into the software space is the perfect complement to our mobile devices business and allows us to offer consumers useful and innovative applications for their Smartphones and computers. Smartphones have become the fastest growing segment in addition to power devices in the consumer electronics space,” said Lurey. “We have a long list of new and innovative apps that we will roll out this year and beyond to capitalize on this expansion. It’s a very exciting time for Callpod as it has now established itself as an innovator of software and mobile devices.”

KEEP VITAL DATA & PASSWORDS SAFE

Keeper allows users to quickly and easily store all sensitive data including passwords, account numbers, website logins, notes, lists and other business or personal information on their laptop or desktop computer. Keeper’s user-friendly interface allows users to fully search, index and protect information with military-grade encryption. Keeper Desktop can securely and wirelessly sync the sensitive encrypted data with the user’s mobile device over a Wi-Fi network. If the user’s computer is lost or stolen, the sensitive information stored in Keeper is protected with military-grade encryption and remains secure. As a feature, “self-destruct” mode will erase all data after five incorrect attempts to break into the database. In addition, this feature allows the user to retrieve and restore an encrypted version of their data.

UNPROTECTED INFORMATION & IDENTITY THEFT

Many users at work and at home keep vital information including their bank accounts and social security numbers in unsecured documents on their computers that can be easily transferred, emailed, printed and stolen in seconds. Identity theft is a growing problem today and once vital information is stolen and compromised it could take years to regain one’s identity. Keeper, a first line of defense, is a viable and powerful solution to combat identity theft and keeps data safe at all times.

KEEPER IS THE CLEAR AND AFFORDABLE ANSWER

  • Military-Grade Encryption
  • Import/Export/Backup your data
  • Share data between your PC/Mac, multiple mobile devices
  • Real-time Search
  • Keeper is stable, secure, fast and extremely easy to use
  • Keeper is inexpensive. $0.99 for Mobile. $14.95 for Desktop.

Callpod is creating exciting and innovative products in this category that will complement its mobile devices business. Every Smartphone application that Callpod develops will run on the iPhone, Android/Google and RIM/Blackberry. Where applicable, the software will also run on Mac and PC computers. Callpod has created a pipeline of innovative products in two huge market categories for its software: Business productivity and social networking.

Keeper Mobile is currently the most frequently downloaded password data vault storage system on the iPhone. Keeper is currently ranked in the top 5 in the Business utilities category on iTunes for iPhone. Keeper Mobile is available for download on iTunes for $.99.

Keeper Desktop is available for the Mac and PC via a 15-day free trial or users can purchase the full version is for $14.95, both can be downloaded at www.callpod.com/products/keeper.

Source: Callpod


BumpTop Launches Fresh, Intuitive 3D Computer Desktop

New computer desktop combines look and feel of a real desk with computing power of your PC

BumpTop launches a fun, intuitive and visual approach to the computer desktop. BumpTop combines the look and feel of a real desk with the power of the PC: it lets users spatially organize and share their files and photos with their social contacts, while adding advanced search and sort capabilities to enhance productivity and deliver the ultimate computer desktop.

See how BumpTop works at http://www.organizeyourdesktopwithbumptop.com/.

Previously featured at TED, the annual invitation-only Technology, Entertainment, Design conference, the BumpTop beta video has been viewed over 3.2 million times on YouTube, and has spawned an active and involved beta community.

“Research shows that just about everyone creates piles on their real desks, and many people rely on piling and stacking to keep organized. In contrast, the PC desktop forces users into inflexible folder hierarchies, and has maintained the same rigid and flat look and feel for decades,” said BumpTop co-founder and CEO Anand Agarawala. “BumpTop takes advantage of how human beings work and play using real interactions like tossing, piling and bumping. It increases productivity, connects you to your social networks and just makes life easier.”

Key features include:

Intuitive Organization: BumpTop uses the power of the PC to let users quickly and easily find the files they’re looking for. Frequently used files actually appear larger and heavier than lesser-used ones, becoming visually more important. Users can search by keyword and quickly gather related files into a pile, toss them directly onto a USB key or attach them to a new email, all in one step.

Productivity Enhancer: BumpTop is the ultimate digital assistant and can instantly clean up users’ cluttered desks with Auto Pile, intelligently organizing their documents into tidy piles without losing instant access to everything.

The Social Desktop: BumpTop lets users stay connected with their social networks. Users can toss photos to Twitter and Facebook in just two steps. Users can also pin up photo frames on their BumpTop walls, cycling through the latest photos from Flickr, Picasa or other photo RSS feeds.

Personalized User Interface: BumpTop gives users a customizable desk and walls to create whatever look they like, using the rich variety of user-created themes or generating their own. The walls are perfect for pinning up Sticky Notes, photos or important documents.

“The personal computer desktop interface has remained largely unchanged through the years. I am encouraged to see the BumpTop software add a much-needed visual enhancement to the desktop and provide consumers with a truly personalized PC experience,” said Ben Bajarin, analyst at Creative Strategies.

BumpTop leverages the computer’s graphics and processing power to deliver a visually compelling desktop that is a launch pad for activity and connection instead of a graveyard for lost and unused files and shortcuts.

“BumpTop is bringing a new level of fun and interactivity to desktop PCs,” said Jeff Herbst, vice president of business development of NVIDIA. “Harnessing the capabilities of a graphics processor, BumpTop creates a 3D representation of your own desk, and this will dramatically change the way people interact with their files, photos, videos and more.”

BumpTop is the perfect complement for the upcoming Windows 7 introduction and the wave of multi-touch hardware. Microsoft provides the infrastructure for touch support which BumpTop exploits with its rich graphical UI and natural gesture interaction for day-to-day and social applications. BumpTop was designed from the ground up with touch input in mind, while maintaining ease of use and full functionality for mouse use.

The Pro version of BumpTop is available immediately for download at www.BumpTop.com for $29. A free version is also available for users who would like to try out BumpTop and experience the fun, intuitive way to interact with their files and photos.

Source: BumpTop


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