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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.

AT&T® to Release Motorola® Atrix 4G

Motorola, Lenovo, Dell, HTC, and quite a few others are changing the dynamics of the smartphone and tablet market stoday. Technology and form factor are changing so rapidly that one wonders what products will be launched in years to come. With Intel, AMD, Tilera, NVIDIA, and others bringing in drastic changes in processor and chip technologies, innovations are being made in application technology in the smartphone and tablet markets.

Motorola like Lenovo and others is bringing to the fore products which will make the future of laptops, notebooks and netbooks redundant. This extreme shift in technology is catching some of us unawares. The Motorola Atrix is an apt example of what we refer above.

The Motorola Atrix 4G or WebTop as it is called is principally a smartphone which can be used as a fully functional laptop using a Dual Core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. It is the first smartphone using the PenTile QHD display with 24 bit graphics. The Atrix has also been called the Nirvana phone, with its docking hardware and super high resolution graphics display. The CES 2011 awarded the Motorola Atrix with over 9 awards in the smartphone category from various players in the market. Motorola Atrix is an Android based smartphone with 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, expandable by 32 GB, totaling to 48 GB, is expected to be a head turner.

The 4 inch PenTile QHD display, 540 x 960, touch based smartphone, with 5.0 MP Dual LED Flash camera, with full 1080 pixel video capture, supported via software, as also a VGA front facing camera for video conferencing, is impressive. The fingerprint scanner on the Android 2.2 / 2.3 with HSPA at 14.4 Mbps and NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual Core 1 GHz Cortex A9 with GE Force ULP, makes the Motorola Atrix a power packed, feature rich smartphone.

The accessories available as announced expanding the functionality of the Motorola Atrix 4G, include the Laptop Dock, the HD Multi-media Dock, the Vehicle Dock and the Standard Dock. The Motorola Atrix has redefined the logistics angle of smartphones – are we looking at carrying our laptops in our palms, or even beyond that” You can carry a mobile phone around, power packed, moving without the bulk of a laptop around, but performing as a laptop back at the home or office, where more computing power is essential, beyond what is available on the move. The Atrix has merged both the worlds of smartphone and desktop PC into one.

The sleek media player application, with powerful audio and video is something to reckon with. The docking station presently running the Android, with future Motorola version of Linux revisions probable has an interesting web browser app built in. Once docked in, the laptop station has interesting multi-tasking features enabled. The phone window within the WebTop display, easily togglable is also impressive. Make calls and receive phones with the in-built speaker phones and mic provided on the docking station, or even the Bluetooth headset, making the smartphone feature alive, even when docked.

How to Build Your Own Wireless Network Connection Manager

Wireless adaptors are being used more than the native Ethernet adaptors because of the increasing popularity of wireless networks, portable devices like laptops, netbooks, wireless printers, smart phones etc. Computers being sold these days already have a wireless card installed in them, which is used to be an optional device a few years back. Along with the wireless adaptors comes a disk to install the driver and software for the device. Every wireless card manufacturer has its own way to control the device and has many features in it. Sometimes the interface of these wireless connection managers is very hard for the users to understand and tweak, and sometimes the options and the settings in the connection manager become a hurdle in the smooth operation over the network as they might conflict with other network software.

Generally, people continue using the connection manager provided by the manufacturer, thinking that there could not be an easy way out. In this post I will tell how to let the very simple connection manager provided by Windows take control of the wireless device and manage it. Every version of the Windows operating system which has the capability to control wireless adaptors has got an inbuilt connection manager which works with any card type. You just need to enable the same and the standard features of this connection manager make the tasks very easy and simple.

Let us see how to make your own wireless connection manager in the Windows operating system.

Step 1: Click on the Start button and then click on Run. In the Run box type ‘CMD’ and press ‘Enter’. If Run is not available in the Start menu then just click on the ‘Start’ button and type ‘CMD’. This will list Command Prompt in the results which then you need to click upon.

Step 2: Type the following command in the command prompt without quotes. “netsh wlan show settings”.

Step 3: If your Windows wireless connection manager is not enabled, you will get the following line in the result of the command executed in Step 2 “Auto Configuration logic is disabled on interface Wireless Network Connection”.

Step 4: Type and execute the following command “set autoconfig enabled=yes interface =”Wireless network connection””.

Step 5: Exit the command prompt

Step 6: Click on the Start button and open the Control Panel.

Step 7: In Control Panel open Network and Sharing Center.

Step 8: In Network and Sharing window you will find an option on the left “Manage Wireless Networks” – click on it.

Step 9: Here in this window you will get options to scan for networks and connect to them. Do the same and then double click on the icon of the wireless connection and make other necessary settings in the configure window.

These were some easy steps to let Windows Wireless Connection Manager take control of the installed wireless card. This automatically disables the manufacturer’s connection manager. Windows Wireless Connection Manager has a standard interface and it can be easily configured to save the security keys, SSID, and auto-connect settings of any wireless network available.

AMD® chases Intel® into gadget market with embedded chips

Currently Intel is focusing on its new Atom microprocessor that will be used in various types of devices ranging from tablet computers to netbooks. AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) has also decided to follow its rival manufacturer by announcing plans of unveiling its new version of Fusion chips. As the name suggests the Fusion chips combine a processor and graphics unit in the same chip. Such smart chips are generally used in hi-fi gadgets which are not classified as computers or mobile devices. The unveiling of Fusion chips has given an indication that we will be seeing smarter Internet-connected gadgets in near future. Shane Rau, an analyst working at IDC, says that this market segment is expected to grow exponentially and the growth will be in double-digit in next five years.
AMD’s new Embedded G-Series platform will be the first candidate to use the Accelerated Processor Unit (combo chip or APU). This chip has been specifically designed for embedded systems. Embedded systems are the gadgets which cannot be considered PCs or phones. The embedded systems generally do one or two functions and cannot be programmed for executing other tasks. AMD has been providing chips such as AMD Geode processor in the embedded market since 2003. The company has continuously increased the computing power of chips that it offered in the embedded market. The chips offered specifically for embedded systems featured high performance at lower prices. The chips were of smaller size and optimized for minimal-power consumption.

The new fusion chips are targeted for diverse vertical markets which include kiosks, digital signs, thin-client computers for enterprises, cash register systems, rugged military systems, industrial controls, single-board computers, gaming machines, medical imaging, telecommunications and storage/networking devices. The new G-Series chips will allow computer manufacturers to design a computer with a 3.5-inch circuit board.

As mentioned earlier, the AMD Fusion chips combine a processor and graphics system on a single chip. The G-Series platform features two microprocessor cores, video processors of different variety, input-output functions and a controller hub dedicated for display output. AMD has lined up several supporting developer tools for this platform. AMD has mentioned that the new Fusion chips offered by them are equivalent to Intel Atom chips, but are smaller in size. This also indicates that they will consume less power and be less costly. The power-efficiency of the G-series is an added advantage that gives manufacturers the ability to develop a wide range of devices on this platform.

Microsoft® Windows® 7 service pack to be released in 2011

Windows 7 is the newest Operating System of Microsoft built for use on Personal Computers home and business both, Laptops Netbooks tablets etc. Windows 7 was released in Oct 2009 with its server counterpart Windows Server 2008 R2.

Microsoft in its FAQs had stated that Windows Service Pack will be released in first half of 2011.

With the release of an update for users of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Microsoft has added fuel to rumors of Windows 7 Service pack ready for release. The Update KB976902 is stated as “a component required to install service packs”. It should be available in 1 or 2 weeks at the earliest. It is supposed to include a software pack for windows server 2008 R2 and workstation virtualization, also software for Microsoft Dynamic Memory which will allow Windows Server Hyper-V to dynamically allocate more or less memory as required to each virtual device. Also remote FX graphics are expected to be delivered at the end of the month. RemoteFX brings a boost to 3D applications and also helps deployment of Windows 7 through virtual machines using this technology. RemoteFX was acquired after the acquisition of Calista Technologies by Microsoft. Microsoft still insists these are ‘enhancements’ rather than new features. They might also inckude support for more third party federation services, better HDMI device support. The service pack is to look into several serious performance related bugs.

It is essentially a collection of security and other reliability patches which have already been previously released in the form of updates to the operating system. The first version of service pack has already been shipped to Original Equipment Manufacturers. This was reported in by TechNet through Microsoft’s Russian windows visualization team.

Microsoft Windows ensures software security of its Operating Systems and releases updates on the second Tuesday of every month and also frequent Service packs.

Judging by the time Microsoft took for the first service pack for Windows Vista an early 2011 release seems a good bet.

Windows 7 has been well received and its users are eagerly awaiting the Service Pack release. It has been a tremendous success compared to the Windows Vista. Windows Vista had such a poor reception that it was common for people to downgrade to XP however Vista and Windows 7 were both duly optimized for multicore CPUs and hard core performance in running heavy duty applications. Windows 7 also trumps Vista in booting with XP coming a close second and Vista a miserable third. Windows 7 delivered excellent results and proved its might by beating or coming close to the performance of the lightweight XP in just about every category of performance testing the three Operating Systems can be subjected to.

It comes as no surprise that many are waiting for the launch of a service pack and wondering how can Microsoft further enhance the Windows 7 experience.

Plans of Acer® for netbooks and Android-based devices

Technology analysts worldwide had already predicted the bleak future for netbooks since the arrival of Apple iPad on the market scene in April 2010. The biggest question that technology and market analysts put forth is does the world now need netbooks or ultra low cost personal computers (ULCPCs) after Apple introduced the iPad. A poll clearly shows what customers have on their mind. 60% of technology enthusiasts and professionals gave their verdict that netbooks  don’t have any role or place in the future.

In line with the news, came the announcement from Acer that cleared the confusion and gave a clear idea on where the market is heading. Acer has mentioned that it will discontinue its line of ULCPCs and smaller computers and focus on products like tablet PCs. Acer has recently announced that it will be soon introducing its new range of products. Acer has plan of releasing a 7-inch and 10-inch line of Android-based tablets based on Intel’s latest chips “Sandy Bridge”. The Android tablets from Acer are expected to hit the market in the first half of 2011.

Tablets are the hottest items in hi-tech computer consumer durables. A market study clearly shows a big market for tablet PCs. It is seen that consumers are ditching desktops and laptops and welcoming their slimmer cousins, that is, the tablets. The market study also showed why there is no place for netbooks in future. Generally people who owned netbooks used them for Internet searching and email and 90% of proud iPad users use them for the same purpose.

While introducing its new latest range of tablet PCs, Acer has highlighted the fact that the tablets will have four-core processors and will be faster than any other laptop or netbook running on Windows. Also, the Sandy Bridge processors of these tablets PCs, are much more powerful than the current ARM-based chips. The tablet PCs will have Android OS, which is known to run on low power chips. Thus, with so many exciting features offered by tablet PCs, it should not come as a surprise why Acer has taken the decision to phase out its netbooks in favor of tablets.

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