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Toshiba Introduces Satellite Notebook E Series with Screen 14 Inches and 15 Inches

Japanese electronics manufacturer, Toshiba has just introduced the new E Series Satellite notebook is priced cheaper than Kirabook. The latest notebook was not only comes with an Intel Haswell, but also uses AMD A6 chip.

The first new product is the Satellite E45t. This notebook has a 14-inch screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. Inside are Intel Haswell processors Core i5-4200U, 6GB RAM and 500GB HDD. This notebook also uses touch screen and voice recognition software.

Meanwhile Satellite E55 comes with an option of Intel or AMD processors. This notebook has a 15.6-inch screen size with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. Satellite E55t will use Intel Core i5 processors, while the E55D and E55Dt will use AMD A6 chip.

According to Engadget, E55D who does not have a touch screen will be priced around 580 USD, while the E55Dt priced at 700 USD. For Satellite E45t itself is now sold exclusively in the United States with the official BestBuy 700 USD.

Acer’s New Z3-605 Available in Canada: Comfort, Control and Crisp Audio All in One

Acer America today announced that its Acer Aspire Z3-605 Series all-in-one (AIO) desktops delivering crisp sound and a clean design are now available for consumers in Canada. The new series includes two 3W front-facing Harman Kardon speakers that leverage thorough and precise scientific methods to accurately produce crystal-clear audio that’s as close to the original recording as possible. In addition, Dolby®Home Theater® v4 audio features optimized digital output technologies for delivering music, movies and games in dynamic surround sound.

“Integrating Harman Kardon speakers is an important milestone and showcases Acer innovation and technology leadership,” said Frank Chang, director of desktop product management for Acer. “Acer is the first in the market to bring Harman Kardon premium sound to a mainstream all-in-one desktop, setting a new standard. The Aspire Z3-605 delivers a dynamic, high-quality audio experience for music and movie lovers and furthers convenience and comfort with an ergonomic and adjustable frame and webcam.”

Boasting an ergonomic chassis, easy operation and optimized sound, this platform is built to offer an enjoyable computing experience and a digital centerpiece for the home. The Aspire Z3-605 Series comes with a 23-inch 1080p Full HD display. The understated look and feel provides a neat, uncluttered appearance and smart ergonomics ensure easy viewing.

Primed for Comfort

Thanks to the chassis’ 10 to 30 degree tilt adjustment, users can find the best angle for watching a film or playing a game. In addition, the integrated 1MP HD Webcam with 720p image capture can be adjusted between 0-20 degrees, affording users the ability to find the best position for comfortably chatting with friends or family.

Convenient Control Via Touch and Hand Gestures

Select models feature a Full HD IPS display with 10-point capacitive touch technology. The IPS panel delivers consistent images, colours and brightness from all viewing angles up to 178 degrees, a significant advantage for group viewing. These models also offer integrated hand recognition software that reads human gestures for easily controlling the Windows 8 user interface and cursor from a distance.

The unique capsule-shaped port bay on the front of the chassis groups together the on-screen display (OSD) button, SD card reader, USB 3.0 and 2-in-1 combo audio jack, for easy reach. To enhance the clean design, the stand has hooks to keep cables neat and the desk tidy, while Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11a/b/g/n eliminate messy wires.

The Aspire Z3-605 Series is primed for power with Windows 8, up to an Intel® Core™ i5 processor, as much as 8GB DDR3 dual-channel memory and a 1TB(1) hard drive. Offering excellent connectivity, these AIOs come with an HDMI port for attaching a gaming console or television and two USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports link the systems to peripherals and digital devices. An integrated SuperMulti optical drive enables DVD movie viewing as well as the burning of music and photos to CDs.

Pricing and Availability

The Acer Aspire Z3-605 Series all-in-one desktops will be available at leading retailers with a limited one-year warranty(2) and a starting price of $699.99 CAD without touch and $799.99 CAD with touch.

Acer is the No. 1 vendor in Canada for notebooks and the country’s No. 3 overall PC provider.(3)More information about Acer and its products in Canada can be found at www.acer.ca.

About Acer
Established in 1976, Acer is an information and communication technology company dedicated to the research, design, marketing, sale and support of innovative products that enhance people’s lives. Acer’s green supply chain delivers environmentally friendly PCs, displays, projectors, servers, tablets and smartphones — tools our customers need to explore beyond limits and experience more. Ranked No. 3 for notebooks globally,(4) Acer employs 8,000 people, and 2012 revenues reached US$14.7 billion. Please visit www.acer.com for more information.

About Harman Kardon
Harman designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of audio, lighting and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with Harman audio and infotainment systems. Harman has a workforce of about 14,300 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012. The company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

© 2013 Acer America Corp. All rights reserved. Acer and the Acer logo are registered trademarks of Acer Inc. Other trademarks, registered trademarks, and/or service marks, indicated or otherwise, are the property of their respective owners. Prices listed are manufacturer suggested retail prices and may vary by location. Applicable sales tax extra. All offers subject to change without notice or obligation and may not be available though all sales channels.

1) Accessible capacity varies; MB = 1 million bytes; GB = 1 billion bytes
2) Limited warranty agreement applies. For a copy, write to Acer Customer Service, P.O. Box 6137, Temple, TX 76503.
3) IDC Q1 2013
4) IDC 2012

Video ad AMD Graphics Card Criticize Nvidia

Not only the mobile gadget manufacturers who likes sarcastic competitors through advertising, this trend also extends to the world of PC components. One example is a video advertisement for AMD graphics card product called “AMD Radeon Graphics Presents: The Fixer”.

It is said, a gamer complaining because the graphics card “brand X” is not capable of running the game his liking. Then comes the one who suggested the players that switch using AMD graphics cards. Here’s The Fixer, a figure in the story that will “fix” the problem gamers.

The Fixer suggestion was inserted various promotional messages. For example, there is mention of a given game bundle through series AMD Radeon graphics card is used on the Xbox console and the PlayStation 4 One. There are also allusions to the gait of the graphics card manufacturer AMD competitor in the mobile world.

Ad ends with a scene of two men walked into the yard. Belonged to the old graphics card gamer-that design is similar to one graphics card Nvidia GeForce-looked is held by The Fixer and slammed to the ground and destroyed with cruel.

Poor graphics card manufacturer’s logo is obfuscated in the video. Are still clearly visible is the color, the light green is synonymous with Nvidia GeForce.

Looks a little scared by the brutal actions that occurred in front of him, the players shouted, “You need to calm down!” are answered by The Fixer, “I never compromise (settle)”. The word “settle” here does have two meanings, namely “calm” and “compromise”. Meanwhile, “Never Settle” is the name of the game promo bundle on AMD graphics cards.

He might look a bit stiff and childish, this ad still worth a look with a cool head. Consumers in the end it will benefit from the competition between industry players.

Acer ships Z3-605 all-in-one Windows 8 touch PC

Acer America today announced that its Acer Aspire Z3-605 series All-in-one desktops are now available for consumers in the United States. The new 23-inch AIO includes two three-watt front-facing Harman Kardon speakers, in addition to up to a Core i5 processor. The unit can be configured with as much as 8GB DDR3 dual-channel memory, and a 1TB hard drive.

The new line includes a HDMI input port for attaching a gaming console or television. Two USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports link the systems to peripherals and digital devices. An integrated SuperMulti optical drive enables DVD movie viewing as well as the burning of music and photos to CDs.

Select models feature a Full HD IPS display with 10 point touch. The IPS technology delivers consistent images, colors and brightness from all viewing angles up to 178 degrees. The unit is also configurable with integrated hand recognition software that reads human gestures for easily controlling the Windows 8 user interface and cursor from a distance.

The Acer Aspire Z3-605 series AIO desktops will be available at leading retailers at a starting price of $700 without touch capabilities, and $800 with touch.

Logitech Z600, Speaker Bluetooth To Work Desk

Neat work desk often improve the mood to work and be creative. Workbench clutter usually found in the form of an intricate and difficult cable neatly.
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Logitech Z600, Speaker Bluetooth To Work Desk
With the Logitech Z600, at least one of the two wires that disappear at your desk. Armed with a Bluetooth connection, stereo speakers can be connected to a laptop, desktop PCs, tablets, and smartphones. You can connect to three devices at once. Clever, these speakers can also be used in devices with the old Bluetooth profiles that do not support audio streaming.
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Logitech Z600, Speaker Bluetooth To Work Desk
Z600 has been equipped with three drivers in each unit. At the top of the right speaker, available touch panel to adjust the volume. You just swiping a finger to increase or slow down the sound. Also available is a 3.5 mm audio jack for connecting non-Bluetooth devices such as the iPod nano or iPod Shuffle.
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Logitech Z600, Speaker Bluetooth To Work Desk
Logitech Bluetooth Speakers Z600 will be available in the UK and the United States began in August. The price is estimated at Rp 1.8 million. Currently no information when these speakers will be present in Indonesia.

Headset Sennheiser PMX 685i Sports

Make the Joy of Sports

You like to exercise while listening to music? This is the headset for you: Sennheiser PMX 685i Sports. To confirm peruntukkanya, was carrying the Sennheiser Adidas which is a famous manufacturer of sports equipment on this his software. Headset? Yes, Sennheiser PMX 685i Sports is a headset with a microphone positions on the control module. So, with the appropriate device (eg iPhone), but can be used to answer a call, it can also be used to adjust volume and select songs.

u5-436-SennheiserMeskipun designed for Apple products (iPod, iPhone, iPad), headset with the blue cable can still be used in MP3 players and other devices. However, when connected to a 3.5 mm stereo output standards, controls and microphone of course does not work.

For his headphones, Sennheiser PMX 685i Sports is a earphone. That are not easily separated when used to exercising, this headset has a neckband (like a headband, but its position near the neck) whose front “hung” on the ears. When PCplus try a little exercise while listening to music, Sennheiser PMX 685i Sports is able to survive the fit in the ear. Unfortunately, PCplus feel less comfortable to wear.

Sennheiser also provide a clip that can be used to lock the cord. You simply pinch the wires along with your clothes in the desired position so that the cable does not move much thither.

In addition to the ability to maintain the position of affairs in the right ear plus cable lock, this Sennheiser product is also claimed to be resistant (resistant) against sweat and water. Therefore, you can wash them after every wear accompany you exercise so do not sweat. Not to forget, the cable used also has high durability.

Although the look is closed (closed), Sennheiser PMX 685i Sports has advantages called situational awareness. This Sennheiser headset hold less noise from outside so that you remain aware of the surrounding environment. Even so, when used in a safe place and you feel disturbed by the noise around, he has a driver that is able to produce a sound with a high volume. Just make sure not to damage your eardrums volume.

How his own voice? After hearing test PCplus do with a number of different musical genres, PCplus found that Sennheiser PMX 685i Sports has a sound staging and separation between instruments is okay. Unfortunately, the sound is less balanced: prominent midrange than bass and treble. Although rare, his voice could also feel attacked. Any number of instruments were not right. Even so, with a few adjustments, this voice could be made more balanced.

How Smart Dust Could Be Used To Monitor Human Thought

A few years ago a team of researchers from Brown University made headlines after they successfully demonstrated how a paralyzed woman who had lost the use of her arms and legs could control a robotic arm using her brainwaves. In a video, Cathy Hutchinson imagines drinking a cup of coffee, and the robotic arm brings the cup to her lips.

The scene is amazing, but also a little disturbing. Hutchinson is connected to the robotic arm through a rod-like “pedestal” driven into her skull. At one end of the pedestal, a bundle of gold wires is attached to a tiny array of microelectrodes that is implanted in the primary motor cortex of Hutchison’s brain. This sensor, which is about the size of a baby aspirin, records her neural activity. At the other end of the pedestal is an external cable that transmits neural data to a nearby computer, which translates the signals into code that guides the robotic arm.

This method, known as BrainGate, pretty much defined state-of-the-art brain-computer interfaces at the end of the last decade. If the idea of a rod-through-the-head computer interface makes you cringe, you are not alone.

For some time, a small team of researchers at UC Berkeley has been working on plans for a less invasive, wireless monitoring system. Earlier this month, they released a draft paper: “Neural Dust: An Ultrasonic, Low Power Solution for Chronic Brain-Machine Interfaces.”

Dongjin Seo, a graduate student in UC Berkeley’s electrical engineering and computer science department, authored the paper under the supervision of senior faculty members, including Michel Maharbiz who has famously created cyborg beetles for the US Defense Department.

Seo said the researchers’ goal is to build an implantable system that is ultra-miniature, extremely compliant, and scalable to be viable for a lifetime, for brain-machine interfaces. “With neural dust, due to its extreme scalability, this framework can be applied for Obama’s BRAIN initiative, which necessitates large-scale, parallel, and real-time monitoring of neurons,” Seo explained.

The Berkeley researchers propose to sprinkle the brain with tiny, dust-sized, wireless sensors. This would reduce the risk of infection from wiring up scores of sensors placed throughout the brain and limit the trauma to one initial operation. During that operation, the skull would be opened, and sensors would be inserted into the brain. At the same time a separate transceiver would be placed directly under the skull but above the brain. The transceiver would communicate with the sensors via ultrasound.

Another battery-powered transceiver outside the skull would receive data transmissions from the chip inside the skull and supply wireless power to it.  As the paper notes, this type of power transfer is already used in a variety of medical applications, including cochlear implants. Seo said the amount of power being proposed is within FDA and IEEE guidelines.

The idea of neural dust immediately sparked the imagination of futurists after the paper was published on arXiv.org on July 8. “The brilliance of this system is that it could potentially allow scientists to see what’s going on with thousands, tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of neurons inside the brain at once,” wrote Ramez Naam, a senior associate at the Foresight Institute and author of “More Than Human: Embracing the promise of biological enhancement.”

But would neural dust have practical use for the growing industry of mind-controlled computer games and brain training apps? Jon Cowan, founder ofNeuroTek, is dubious. NeuroTek’s Peak Achievement Training has been used at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, as well as at other Olympic centers from China to Norway.

“[Neural dust] doesn’t have much practical promise because of the surgery it would require,” Cowan said. “I don’t think they’ll find too many people that would volunteer for it.” Cowan noted existing ways for measuring brainwaves that rely on external sensors may be crude, but they’re effective enough for today’s applications.

“We really believe this is a practical system and, more importantly, we think this is potentially a powerful framework for achieving what Obama has announced,” Seo said. Still, he pointed out that the paper is a draft. “It’s a concept paper,” he said. “It’s a theoretical study of what we think is possible in the realm of neural recording.”

By publishing the paper on arXiv.org, an online collection of preprints of scientific work, the team is hoping to spur involvement and feedback from scientists in different fields. Lots of challenges remain to be overcome before neural dust will be ready for live testing.

Acer Aspire V5-122 with AMD Temash

Jakarta-ultrabook exorbitant price makes it less attractive thin notebook. Despite having a number of advantages compared to notebooks in general, such as fast boot time and lightweight body, the average price is above USD 10 million to be a serious obstacle.

As an alternative, some computer vendors began marketing sense ultrabook notebook with a more affordable price. Call it VivoBook X202E Asus, Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11, Dell XPS 12, or Acer Aspire V5-122.

Yes, with many excellent features adopted from the ultrabook, notebook sold in the under $ 10 million. But in terms of performance is less than the true ultrabook. But the experience of computing an ultrabook can still be felt on the notebook.

In the past week, Tempo had tried Acer Aspire V5-122. Body is lightweight and thin making the Aspire V5 easily incorporated into the bag and convenient to carry anywhere. Interestingly, in the Aspire V5-122 grafted Temash low-power AMD processors.

DESIGN

Thin, lightweight, and stylish. That first impression when touched obtained Tempo Acer Aspire V5-122. Body wrapped in metallic silver color adds an elegant notebook with a 11.6-inch wide screen. While at the bottom, cover plastic dark black plated.

Every corner of the Aspire V5-122 made rounded. While the keyboard on the inside of the black chiclet design. Fairly wide spacing between the keys making it comfortable to use for fast typing.

Touch pad size is not too big, but it’s not a problem. Therefore, Aspire V5-122 is equipped with a touch screen that is able to respond to ten touch points. The touch screen was optimal when used with the Windows 8 operating system from Microsoft.

Like ultrabook, Aspire V5-122 also brought the concept of unibodi. That is, the types of Li-ion battery 3-cell it carries can not be removed. But you do not need to worry because Acer ensure the battery life is long enough.

Connectivity

Like most new output notebooks, Aspire V5-122 is equipped with the latest features for connectivity. One of which is USB 3.0 is capable of transferring and receiving data 10 times faster than USB 2.0. USB 3.0 port is located on the left side.

In addition to USB 3.0, Aspire V5-122 is equipped with a USB 2.0 port is on the right side. In addition there is a card reader slot. As for the wireless connectivity, Acer presents Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n and Bluetooth 4.0.

SCREEN

Screen Aspire V5-122 is able to produce high levels of brightness. Using glossy reflective technology, the Aspire V5-122 black color makes it look more dense and the resulting image sharpness deeper than the regular screen.

Only, with a relatively cheap price than the ultrabook, Acer just immerse the display with a standard resolution, 1,366 x 768 pixels only. That is, watch the video with 1080p high definition resolution was less than optimal on-screen Aspire V5-122’s.

Moreover, with the use of the Windows 8 operating system and the increasing number of applications that require content HD screen resolution, screen technology Aspire V5-122 feels a little left behind.

PERFORMANCE

Acer Aspire V5-122 is equipped with AMD processors Jaguar Temash APU A6-1450 quad-core processors with speeds up to 1 GHz of computing processes. As for the graphics processing embedded AMD Radeon HD 8280G which has a thermal design power (TDP), only 8 watts.

Jaguar AMD A6-1450 APU processor is the new output. This low-power processor platform is the successor of Zacate and Ontario, the first generation processor which is equipped with power-saving features with four cores.

Low power consumption that makes the battery life to be quite long. During the trial, Tempo get the battery can last up to 5 hours with normal use and use the Wi-Fi connectivity.

To support the performance of the processor, Acer relies DDR 3 RAM memory of 6 GB with a storage capacity of 500 GB hard-disk. Hard-disk usage is what makes the Aspire V5-122 can not be called as an ultrabook, but of course the use processors made by AMD.

CONCLUSION

Pegged at a relatively affordable price, about Rp 5.5 million, Acer Aspire V5-122 can be regarded as a substitute for the ultrabook much cheaper price. Elegant design and weighs only 1.3 pounds, this slim notebook comfortable to carry around.

As a colleague, Aspire V5-122 can be relied upon, especially he amplified output low-power processors AMD. In the market, the Aspire V5-122 directly compete with VivoBook S200E Asus, Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11, Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E130 and Sony Vaio SVE 1111.

Intel Releases Low-Powered Atom Chips for Servers

Now that Intel Corp. (INTC) has released new chips for the smartphone market, where it has been squeezed out by competitors like ARM Holdings PLC (ARMH) and Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM), it has elected to restart its initiatives in the server business as well. Intel has three-quarters of that market, by most estimates. Although the opportunities in the corporate server market are not as great as those among consumers, it needs to keep its hold on one of its major franchises.

As it struggles to keep server share, it announced:

Intel revealed new details for the forthcoming Intel Atom processors C2000 product family aimed for low-energy, high-density microservers and storage (codenamed “Avoton”), and network devices (codenamed “Rangeley”). This second generation of Intel’s 64-bit SoCs is expected to become available later this year and will be based on the company’s 22nm process technology and the innovative Silvermont microarchitecture. It will feature up to eight cores with integrated Ethernet and support for up to 64GB of memory.

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The new products are expected to deliver up to four times the energy efficiency and up to seven times more performance than the first generation Intel Atom processor-based server SoCs introduced in December last year. Intel has been sampling the new Intel Atom processor server product family to customers since April and has already more than doubled the number of system designs compared to the previous generation.

The market probably will not need to wait long to see if the initiative works. Chip companies are fond of release data sales on new products, if they are successful. By the firm’s next earnings call, Wall Street will know if the new Atom product and the servers it runs will replace older ones in which systems were less efficient.

SuVolta’s transistor technology speed-power benefits are validated in ARM processor

The ARM Cortex-M series processor was manufactured with SuVolta’s Deeply Depleted Channel (DDC) technology on a 65 nm bulk planar CMOS DDC process. With SuVolta’s transistor technology, designers are able to reduce power or improve performance, depending upon design requirements.

“ARM’s heritage is based on low power, so technologies that can further improve power consumption, such as DDC technology from SuVolta, will always be welcomed by ARM and our Partners,” said Noel Hurley, vice president, Strategy and Marketing, Processor Division, ARM. “SuVolta has shown that the DDC technology, when incorporated into an ARM processor, can provide additional power reductions or a significant performance boost. As the Internet of Things continues to expand, innovative ultra-low power technology for Sensors and other devices will be vital to ensure that ARM remains at the forefront of this opportunity.”

When compared to an identical ARM Cortex-M0 processor manufactured in the conventional 65 nm process, with a 1.2 V supply voltage, the DDC transistor-based ARM implementation operating at 0.9 V demonstrates a 50 percent lower total power consumption at matched 350 MHz operating speed. There is also a 35 percent increased operating speed (performance) at matched power. In addition there is a 55 percent increased operating speed when operated at matched supply voltage.

“We’ve now validated the benefits of the DDC technology in a complex SoC, by combining the ARM Cortex-M0 CPUs with SRAM instances and various analog components,” explained David Kidd, senior director, digital design at SuVolta. “The results speak for themselves – power-performance optimized CPU cores, with results that hold across process corners and temperature, plus, SRAMs with 150 mV lower minimum operating voltage, 50 percent less leakage power at matched SRAM read current, and more than 5x less leakage power in retention mode.”

“Reducing power consumption and enhancing performance are key to providing next-generation capabilities for a variety of advanced digital products,” said Bruce McWilliams, president and CEO at SuVolta. “By validating the speed-power advantages of the DDC technology in a SoC that includes ARM processors, we’ve reached another significant milestone in demonstrating the value of our technology in a system.”