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HP TouchSmart® Desktops

HP is an innovative company, which has been always launching products that are user friendly and ergonomically designed. HP has been one of the pioneer companies in the introduction of the touch screen and touch sensitive applications on their desktops and laptops, well ahead of the competition.

HP was one of the first companies to introduce the concept of All-In-One PC way back in 1972. An All-In-One PC, in the technologically advanced world today looks different though. The All-In-One PC is a slim LCD monitor housing the CPU, power supply, drives, disks, displays and everything required in a PC except the keyboard and mouse. With a lot of manufacturers introducing products similar to HP’s touch screen All-In-One PC, HP moved one step ahead in introducing a model with a pivoting facility and even a reclining feature.

In the earlier offerings of HP, the display was vertical and rather cumbersome, even tiring when put to use, for long hours in a day, with the forearm forced to be parallel to the worktable, to touch the screen time and again. This fatigue factor did not go well with the desktop PC. Although, this was okay on POS terminals, ATMs, Kiosks, etc. where the usage was for a few moments only, this posed various issues when brought into application on the desktop PC.

HP introduced two new models recently, with large 23 inch touch screen displays, where the entire display unit, pivoted, can swivel around to 180 degrees and even recline up to 60 degrees. The TouchSmart 610 and 9300, Elite Business PCs have taken the All-In-One PC to completely new heights of comfort and ergonomics, making touch interaction a new experience.

The new TouchSmart software layer has made apps like the NetFlix, Hulu, Twitter etc. innovatively wonderful to work with. The TouchSmart App center is also interesting.

While the TouchSmart 610 All-In-One PC is typically positioned as a consumer model, the 9300 Elite Business All-In-One PC has been put in as an enterprise version as also for Kiosks, POS Counters, etc. or customer spaces. While the TouchSmart 610 is configured with Intel or AMD processors, the 9300 comes with the elite Sandy Bridge chipset from Intel.

Exclusive features like Face Recognition software with the 2 mega pixel camera, Blu-ray drive, 160 GB SSD option, Beats Audio system and 1920 x 1080 resolution make these offerings, exclusive All-In-One PC. The Windows 7 operating system, 802.11 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 6-in-one card reader, slot loading DVD player, wall mounting options and interesting apps, make the HP products really smart.

Seagate® Ships Over 1 Million Self-Encrypting Hard Drives

Over the last 30 years, Seagate has positioned itself as one of the most stable, ingenious and reliable hard drive manufacturers for desktops, laptops, netbooks, enterprise servers and more. Amongst some of the many firsts in the industry, Seagate has made phenomenal strides in introducing various products including solid state hybrid drives, 6Gb/s SAS Enterprise Drives, world’s thinnest hard drives for slim laptops, including the latest success story of one of the most cost effective self encrypting drives as a security measure, for implementation by companies, saving sensitive data from getting into unwanted hands from lost or damaged hard drives.

Seagate initially launched these self encrypting drives (SEDs) in the year 2006, winning massive acclaim from various sectors of the industry. On a commercial basis, Seagate first announced the supply of enterprise class, self encrypting drives, worldwide to various system builders and value added resellers in September 2009. September 2010 saw the announcement of this groundbreaking self encrypting hard drive with Seagate getting the prestigious FIPS 140-2 certification from the U.S. government. This cleared and paved the way for deployment of the self encrypting drives by all U.S. and Canadian Federal Agencies, many state and local governments besides many a regulated industry like defense, finance, healthcare and other sensitive information based corporations.

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, certification agency for the FIPS 140 – 2 strengthens and more than acknowledges Seagate’s Security Standards Policies and commitments to industry. With the massive IT boom and technological explosion, with more and more portable devices like laptops, notebooks and netbooks, making their way into markets, a phenomenal amount of sensitive business information and personal information, stands at risk of leak and loss.

The use of SEDs provide businesses with data protection against security risks. The use of SEDs ensures that data is protected at the critical stages of a system’s life cycle. The Seagate Momentus drive, with the built-in encryption standard AES Chip proved to be one of the most cost-effective methods against unauthorized access to sensitive data, on various computers, storage servers and a range of other media using the hard disk as a storage medium.

SEDs keep all security keys and cryptographic operations within the drive, separating them from the operating system to provide greater protection against hacking and tampering. The 1 million mark of SED hard drives by Seagate is a phenomenal achievement.

HP G72

From the world of instrumentation, to low end home desktops and laptops to enterprise servers innovative printing solution providers, HP – Hewlett Packard is recognized worldwide as a company with innovative market friendly high quality product provider in the field of IT and instrumentation. Their latest range of G72 and G72 T series, typically desktop replacement laptops is one of HP’s latest makeovers in the laptop stables with a large high definition hi- bright LED displays, the G72 series offer a very attractive design and a really very attractive fair price for the features and performance provided. The strong battery life, comfortable keyboard and touchpad and lightweight for desktop replacement make the G72 series with their Core i3 processors, an excellent buy.

The HP G72 innovatively done up in a new design includes plastic chassis instead of glossy type surfaces and have chrome accents, with tapered edges common to the HP laptops of before. The plastic is textured and colored silver and has a diamond patterned finish. The look is better than the glossy metallic finish otherwise available. It has a matte surface which limits fingerprint marks and stays much cleaner.

The 10/100 base – T Ethernet LAN, 802.11 b / g / n wireless LAN adaptor provides full connectivity with the integrated Wi-Fi4.   This Wireless N standard is an interesting feature for going online fast and staying in touch. The full featured keyboard with numeric keypad, integrated webcam, and comprehensive external connectivity via WLAN, HDMI, VGA, Triple USB port and 5-in-1 card reader make life easier for connecting various devices simultaneously to the G72. The integrated Digital Media Reader 5 – in – one supports SD, MMC, Memory stick, Memory Stick Pro and XD Picture Cards.

The Intel Core i3 – 370M 2.4 GHz CPU and DDR3 4 GB RAM, expandable to a maximum of 8 GB, as also the 500 GB – 7200 RPM hard disk drive is a powerhouse with phenomenal storage facility. The 64 bit edition of Genuine Windows Premium home edition comes pre-installed besides the purchasable Microsoft Office 2010. Cyber Link DVD, Cyber Link UCam, Cyber Link Media Show, Cyber Link Media Suite, Acrobat Reader, Snap Fish Picture mover and Norton online backup enhance the productivity featured applications bundled.

The super multi 8x Light Scribe DVD with a R/RW and double layer support including the Altec Lansing audio and optional Discrete Graphics makes video watching or adventurous gaming enjoyment an experience. The product comes with a basic integrated webcam and the HDMI 1.3 port for connecting an external monitor or HD. You can also configure an optional integrated Blu-ray ROM / DVD writer for high def Blu-ray viewing and DVD / CD R / RW facilities. The 6 cell Lithium Ion battery as against the conventional 4 cell unit provides for much longer operation. The G72 also has an optional 512 MB and 1 GB discrete graphics for enjoying enhanced graphics facility.

Lenovo® ThinkPad has USB 3.0 and good battery life

Lenovo is a multinational computer manufacturing firm based in China and is known to market desktops, laptops, software related services, storage drives etc. The market share of Lenovo is increasing every year. It is the largest seller of personal computers in China. Lenovo was the fourth largest seller of its products in the world. Its market increased from 8.6% to 10.4 % in a year’s time. The principle operation centre and the research centers are located in many cites of countries like China, Japan, United States and many more. With the growing market, the company is also coming up in various other cities as well. IBM’s personal computer company division is now acquired by Lenovo and is now marketing the ThinkPad line of personal computers. IBM marketed this product in the year 2005 for $1.75 billion. Originally an IBM product, it was known for its boxy black design.

ThinkPad is known for durability, quality and performance. It’s very popular among students and business professionals. Lenovo’s ThinkPad has been used in space also and it has been certified for its use in the international space station. This is the only computer to be certified for its use in space. Lenovo has recently launched a new ThinkPad series, named it as ThinkPad X series. It has some unique features like 3.0 USB port, 12.5 inch uniquely sized screen and a very long battery life. These laptops are ultraportable. ThinkPad X220 of the new series is known to be a slight modification of the previously launched IdeaPad. The common features of both include 3 pound weight and both offer a 1366×768 resolution with a 12.5-inch screen. Some significant difference can also be seen in the two computers.

The major one being the USB port 3.0, unlike the IdeaPad which had USB port 2.0. The USB port 3.0 can have a download speed which is 10 times that of USB port 2.0. Apart from this the dual core processors are different from the previously launched IdeaPad computers. Some other differences include a built in 3G in the later one with long battery life. It has also provisions for solid state drives of 80 GB and 160 GB. The normal battery life with a 9 cell battery is great as it gives 15 hours battery backup. This increases to 24 hours by adding an external battery. The price range will be around $899 and will be available from the month of April 2011.

A 7-inch Android™ tablet from Acer®

Acer is one of the leading companies which makes desktops, laptops and other computer-related devices. Now as most of the companies are entering into the tablet computer market, Acer has also decided to develop tablets. Acer will be releasing a with a 7-inch screen and also a 10-inch tablet starting this year. The main features of these tablets are the Sandy Bridge Processors (quad-core) by Intel, and the new Android Honeycomb 3.0 operating system.

The 7-inch Android tablet by Acer will have only one button to navigate. There will be one ‘Home’ button on the front face of the tablet. It is a touch-sensitive capacitive button and when you touch, it lights up to guide you and help you to navigate the Android Honeycomb OS. Acer has decided to launch this tablet later this year. The main features of the tablet are its 7-inch display, speculated at a 1280 x 800 WXGA resolution. It will also support Adobe Flash 10.1 player and due to its support, it will run high-powered apps and 3D games. The new 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor will make it capable of running all these apps. The tablet has two cameras, the rear one is present with LED flash and one at front that will help in video calls. Tablet computers are getting very popular and it will be really interesting to see the real progress from Acer.

How to use Virtulization in Ubuntu

Ubuntu is a super-fast and intuitive operating system that powers servers, desktops, laptops and netbooks. It is mostly available free and provides a stable and up to date system for the average user. It has a strong focus and ease of installation.

A need for virtualization on the Ubuntu desktop arises mainly in order to access Windows programs. Another reason to use virtualization on the desktop is to test different versions of Ubuntu or other Linux distributions without bothering to reboot. It also helps to provide security to people as most visualization products offer snapshot features. These allow users to take the image of a virtual machine and roll back to it later in a few clicks. To work in an environment that is free from malware, a virtual machine can be created and quickly restored to a known clean state whenever desired.

Virtualization Tools for Ubuntu

Using virtualization in Ubuntu requires the use of the below mentioned tools, which are the most intuitive and most popular of those available for the operating system.

VMware: This one is one of the first commercial virtualization packages that were targeted at desktop users, and it offers user-friendly tools for virtualizing Linux and Windows guests within an Ubuntu host environment.

Most of its products are available only from the VMware website and users need to register on it before downloading any of its applications. Nevertheless, VM’s applications are one of the most intuitive offerings which can be free or very expensive. If you don’t mind software that needs to be paid for, these can be checked out.

VirtualBox: Desktop users who are looking for a free and easy way to build virtual machines can use the VirtualBox tool. It offers innovative features like support for 3D acceleration in guest operating systems and is a perfect place to start for users new to virtualization. As of today, VirtualBox remains absolutely free for personal use and can be installed in a click from Ubuntu’s repositories.

KVM: It is the ’native virtualization tool’ for Linux and is mostly developed with servers in mind. However, when combined with user-friendly management tools like Red Hat’s Virt-Manager, it can have practical implications too. Its drawback is that it works well only on those processors with virtualized extensions. It is also not fast enough and normal users would rather prefer VirtualBox or VMware.

Xen: It is a virtualization solution pretty much similar to KVM and still remains less intuitive than both VirtualBox and VMware. It doesn’t support all versions of Windows as guest operating systems but in certain cases can be appropriate for desktop virtualization.

It can be summed up that the market for virtualization tools and solutions targeted at the Linux desktop users is flourishing. Although the intuitive options of VMware and VirtualBox remain user friendly, it won’t be a surprise to see Ubuntu endorsing an official desktop virtualization infrastructure on the basis of Xen or KVM in the near future.

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