Today in Products: Apple releases 17-inch MacBook Pro


Apple updates MacBook Pro line with 17-inch model
Apple today unveiled the 17-inch model of its MacBook Pro line. The product features an Intel 2.16 GHz Core Duo processor and an aluminum enclosure that is one inch thick and weighs only 6.8 pounds. Also included is 1GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM (expandable to 2GB), a 120GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support optical drive and the ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256MB GDDR3 memory.

The 17-inch MacBook Pro includes the same software and hardware offerings as the previous 15-inch MacBook Pro models, including a built-in iSight video camera for video conferencing, iChat AV for messaging and iLife ‘06 productivity suite. Also included is Front Row, Apple’s multimedia application, which allows users to enjoy music, photos and videos away from their system by using the included Apple Remote.

The included Mac OS X Tiger includes a software translation technology called Rosetta that lets customers run most Mac OS X PowerPC applications seamlessly on the new Intel chipset. Universal applications that work well on both Intel and Power PC systems are currently being rolled out.

The 17-inch MacBook Pro will begin shipping next week through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores and Apple authorized resellers.

TSMobiles v.1.2.1 provides real-time access to desktop computer from mobile phone and Blackberry
ZZZ Software announced the release of Terminal Service Client for Mobiles (TSMobiles). Using the product, users can operate a desktop computer or a laptop remotely using a Java-enabled mobile phone or a Blackberry device.

TSMobiles recreates the desktop of a remote computer on the phone’s display and lets users interact in real-time in much the same way as they would sitting behind the actual machine. This includes the ability to execute mouse and keyboard commands. With the TSMobiles software in place, users may edit electronic documents that reside on a remote computer, read and send e-mails, surf the web using a browser, manage files and folders, perform administrative tasks and more.

TSMobiles 1.2.1 requires Microsoft Windows 98/ME/NT4.0/2000/XP Professional and Windows Terminal Service or Remote Desktop Connection enabled. The software is compatible with all popular GSM and CDMA mobile phones, which support GPRS, EDGE or 3G technologies and can execute Java (j2me) applications. A special version of TSMobiles is designed for RIM Blackberry devices, including series 6700, 7100, 7200, 7500, 7700, 8700 with OS 4.0 and greater. A single registration key costs US$35. and WakefieldSoft release mobile inventory solution and WakefieldSoft have developed a mobile inventory solution that allows for asset tracking and inventory management. The bundle includes DoInventory Plus software for Windows PCs and Palm OS handhelds and the LaserChamp Bluetooth barcode scanner hardware.

This product bundle allows users to scan inventory or asset items directly into a Palm OS handheld device. Options allow the user to scan items and view the item’s details, auto-add a new record, or auto increment or decrement the quantity. Information is automatically synced from the Palm device to a Windows PC. The companion PC software allows inventory reports to be printed, photos of items to be attached, data backups to be made and more. Users can organize scanned items by defining categories, locations and custom fields.

The bundle includes DoInventory Plus software (for Windows and Palm OS) and a LaserChamp Bluetooth laser barcode scanner. DoInventory Plus runs on Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP and Palm OS 3.x, 4.x and 5.x handhelds. A Palm OS handheld with Bluetooth is needed for using the LaserChamp barcode scanner hardware.

DoInventory Plus software can be purchased separately for only US$29.99. Pricing for the software and hardware bundle is US$299.95.


IBM launches System X servers and software targeting x86 virtualization
IBM announced it would begin production of large scale x86 virtualization technologies with System x scaleable servers featuring its Enterprise X-Architecture technology “X3” and new software to help clients improve their virtualization efficiencies.

IBM introduced System x, the next version of its xSeries product line, to help customers move to a systems-based approach to x86 computing. IBM has has three systems available. IBM also offers software built on its Virtualization Engine technologies, that recognizes untapped utilization and hidden servers across clients’ networks and helps identify opportunities to consolidate and virtualize x86 systems.

The three offerings currently available are:

System x3950, featuring flexible partitioning and mission-critical availability; ideal for database, ERP and server consolidation.
System x3850, a compact four-processor server for 64-bit and mid-tier software applications.
System x3800, a multi-purpose server with large internal storage capacity, ideal for remote and branch-office solutions.

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