Today in products: Samsung rolls out mobile PC


Samsung releases mobile PC
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. has introduced the Q1 UMPC (short for Ultra Mobile PC).

The product weighs 779 grams and features touch screen technology and comes with an Intel Celeron M ULV processor running Microsoft Windows XP Tablet OS. Included in the package is a 40GB hard drive and 512MB of DDR2 memory. The system also features Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity and a seven-inch LCD screen. Users will also have the ability to view various forms of multimedia such as video, music and photographs without having to boot the system up.

Novell introduces new release of SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
Novell announced a version of its Linux-based OS system. SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop is an upgrade of Novell’s Linux Desktop 9. Novell is targetting the system at general business users.

The system features enhanced power management, integrated desktop search, high-performance graphical interfaces and a number of application improvements. Included in the package is 2.0, an open source office suite which Novell is marketing as an alternative to Microsoft’s Office 2003 and Corel’s Office X3. One of the main enhancements to 2.0 is the ability to incorporate Visual Basic macros.


SoftLogica LLC announces the release of Handy Recovery 3.0
SoftLogica has rolled out version 3.0 of their data recovery program Handy Recovery.

The software is designed to recover accidentally lost files on FAT12/16/32 and NTFS/NTFS file volumes, in addition to files saved on CompactFlash, SmartMedia, MultiMedia and Secure Digital cards. Using an Explorer-like interface, the user can see deleted files and folders along with regular ones. The program also shows the probability of successful recovery for each file. The system works in Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003.

There is a the 30-day trial version with a full set of features, which can be downloaded from SoftLogica. The program is priced at US 30 per licence, with volume discounts available.

Iomega introduces REV offering
Storage solutions provider Iomega recently annouced the release of REV Loader 280, a desktop autoloader. 

The removable media storage system offers up to 280GB (or 560GB compressed) of storage with slots for up to eight removable 35GB REV disks. The product connects to a server through a USB 2.0 interface, unlike traditional tape drives which usually utilize a SCSI interface. Included in the package is the software application CA BrightStor ARCserve Backup for Windows, which includes support for disaster recovery. Password protection and encryption are also built in.

The Iomega REV Loader 280 will be available in early April for approximately US$1,000. REV 35GB disks are currently selling for US$50 per disk, available in quantities of four.

Heatsoft Corp. releases Heatsoft ADCS version 1.19
Heatsoft Corp. has released Advanced Directory Comparison and Synchronization version 1.19, a Windows utility that allows users to compare multiple files and folders side-by-side and to synchronize folders contents.

The utility helps keeping files synchronized between a desktop and laptop or between multiple drives on a desktop. The system also includes the ability to back up critical directories. ADCS displays file size, time and date stamp and attributes, along with color-coded arrows clearly marking the status of each file involved in a comparison. You can apply file specification filters, copy selected files to any other folder and execute synchronizations.

ADCS is available in multiple languages and runs on Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003. A trial version is available from the company’s site. A single-user license for Heatsoft ADCS 1.19 costs US$30, with volume discounts available.

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