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New MSI Gaming Notebook features NVIDIA GeForce GTS 160M GPU
WCG to Feature AX Pro Gaming Headset
Majesco Announces GoPLay City Sports for Wii
Unibind Wins DIMA Award
Casio Introduces 10.1 MP Digital Camera
Major League Baseball 2K9 Hits Store Shelves
Hendryx, Queen Added to Guitar Hero Catalog
VIA Unveils New Form Factor Standard
O'Reilly Conference Shows Path to Digital Future
MSI GT725 to Feature New Radeon Graphics Chip
NVIDIA Boosts Grapics Support for Windows 7 Beta Users
AVG Launches Protection Against Identity Theft
Covad Wins Members Choice Award
SofaBoy Urges Moderation Among Young Gamers
Fidelity Introduces new VPC Netbook
Virtual Boardroom Helps Companies Fight Credit Crunch
Samsung Using New VIA Nano Processor in Small Notebook
Iomega Device Expands DVR Capacity
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MSI Announces GT628 Gaming Notebook with new NVIDIA GeForce GTS 160M GPU 
 
The GT628 is among the first gaming notebooks to offer this revolutionary graphics card



CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA – March 09, 2009 – MSI Computer, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, is pleased to announce the newest addition to its world-class Gaming Notebook Series – GT628. The new GT628 combines a stylish chassis with cutting-edge technology to deliver the ultimate gaming experience.  The GT628 features a stand-alone high-end NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 160M graphics card with 1GB of DDR3 graphics memory to create awe-inspiring ultra-realistic 3D graphics.

NVIDIA GeForce GTS 160M GPU increases game play performance by as much as 50% over the previous generation of GPUs. NVIDIA® PhysX™ technology provides real world gaming effects like natural water and lifelike explosions.  When not gaming NVIDIA® PureVideo® HD technology allows GT628 users to experience the latest in high-def videos and Blu-ray movies with the sharp images and vibrant colors in full 1080p.

“We are thrilled to be launching a gaming notebook featuring the new NVIDIA GeForce GTS 160M graphics card,” said Andy Tung, Vice President of Sales, MSI US.  “This GPU will allow us to offer our customers a gaming notebook with unmatched performance that delivers graphics never thought possible on a notebook.”

“GeForce GTS 160M delivers 50% more performance than its predecessor, and still has the best performance per watt ratio off any GeForce GPU we offer,” said Matt Wuebbling product manager for notebook GPUs at NVIDIA.  ”By delivering more GeForce per square inch, we manage to make game-caliber performance and a superior multimedia experience affordable.”

MSI has also outfitted the GT628 with the latest Intel® Centrino® 2 Processor Technology, a spacious 15.4” WSXGA (1680x1050) LCD, and MSI’s exclusive Turbo Drive Engine -- capable of overclocking the notebook’s processor by as much as 15% when in AC mode.  When on the go, users can conserve the GT628’s battery by taking advantage of the MSI’s Eco Engine technology and by utilizing NVIDIA’s® HybridPower™ technology, which allows gamers switch to a lower power integrated GPU.

The GT628 will be available in the United States for purchase in mid April at 
www.msimobile.com and MSI authorized resellers, retailers and distributors.

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AX PRO GAMING HEADSET TO BE FEATURED ON WORLD CYBER GAMES’ ULTIMATE GAMER SEARCH 

TRITTON Technologies’ Critically Acclaimed 5.1 Audio Headsets Offer Contestants Unmatched Sound Quality for Gaming Face Off  

VISTA, CALIF. – March 9, 2009 –TRITTON Technologies, a leader in gaming audio technology, has been chosen by the World Cyber Games (WCG) to exclusively showcase its 3D directional gaming headset, the AX Pro, in the upcoming reality gaming challenge, the “WCG Ultimate Gamer,” which premieres at 7 pm PST, Tuesday, March 10, 2009  on The Sci-Fi Channel.  Twelve gamers from across the country will live and compete together as they face off in virtual and real world challenges to determine who is the “Ultimate Gamer.” 

The cross platform compatible AX Pro precision gaming headset features true Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound via eight speakers, providing pin point accuracy, heart thumping bass and a personalized audio experience.  Featuring an ergonomic design that emphasizes style and ease of wear, the critically acclaimed gaming headset provides enthusiasts the added comfort needed for marathon gaming sessions. 

Fully equipped with a detachable microphone and independent chat volume control, the AX Pro is compatible for online PC, Mac, Xbox Live® and PlayStation Network® gamers.  The AX Pro gaming headset will support the WCG “Ultimate Gamer” contestants as they dare to square off against each other. 

“The AX Pro makes an awesome addition to the WCG’s ‘Ultimate Gamer’ challenge, as contestants are sure to need the best possible equipment during the series for every aspect of gaming,” said Christopher Von Huben, president, TRITTON Technologies.  “The AX Pro offers impressive audio quality and fully immerses gamers into the ultimate gaming world.  Not only will contestants face extreme challenges, but the AX Pro will give them the audio edge they’ve always dreamed of.” 

With a suggested price of $169.00, the AX Pro is currently available at Newegg.com and other major resellers across the nation.  More information can be found at http://www.trittonusa.com Additional information about WCG’s “Ultimate Gamer” can be found at http://www.wcgultimategamer.com

About TRITTON Technologies

TRITTON is based in Vista, Calif., and is a manufacturer of high-performance consumer electronics and computer peripheral products.  TRITTON takes pride in creating innovative products that offer functionality and reliability.  Products of TRITTON maintain sleek design and style while providing the latest in technology.  Visit TRITTON Technologies’ website at www.trittontechnologies.com. 

About WCG Ultimate Gamer

The World Cyber Games’ search for the “best all-around gamer” is on, as gamers face the challenges of today’s hottest video games both on and off the screen and compete for a chance to win $100,000, the ULTIMATE Samsung electronics package and the honor of being the face of the WCG and representing the WCG at events around the globe including the 2009 Grand Final in China.  In the end, only one can become the “WCG Ultimate Gamer”.  Additional information can be found at www.wcgultimategamer.com 

About World Cyber Games

World Cyber Games (WCG) is the global leader in video game tournaments and video game television.  Each year more than 1.5 million players compete in WCG events and online tournaments across 78 countries.  The annual WCG Grand Final is often dubbed the “Olympics of Video Gaming” by major media outlets as it showcases competitions between national teams and crowns world champions in the top PC, console and mobile video games.  The first WCG Grand Final took place in Seoul, Korea in 2000, the WCG 2008 Grand Final took place in Cologne, Germany, and the WCG 2009 Grand Final will be hosted by the city of Chengdu, China.  WCG event coverage is presented live on television networks around the world, on WCG.com and via numerous partner outlets.# # # All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


 

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MAJESCO ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES
 'GO PLAY CITY SPORTS' FOR Wii™

Family Friendly Title Transforms City Streets Into
Competitive Urban Playgrounds This Fall


EDISON, N.J., March 9, 2009 - Lace up your sneakers and get ready to hit the pavement as Majesco Entertainment Company (NASDAQ: COOL), an innovative provider of video games for the mass market, announces Go Play City Sports for Wii™. The latest title in Majesco's recently announced Go Play line of motion-based video games for the whole family, Go Play City Sports recreates the experience of playing sports in a vast urban playground where manhole covers double as home plate. The all-new sports compilation allows players to compete against the best neighborhood athletes in six classic games, including stickball, kickball, handball, rooftop hockey, shootout soccer and jump rope.

Go Play City Sports takes full advantage of the Wii's capabilities in order to bring these timeless games from the streets to the living room. Players use the intuitive movements of the Wii Remote™ to rule the courts and stake their claim as king of the block. However, just like on the real street, they must dodge obstacles like manhole covers, fire hydrants and parked cars as they try to earn trophies and unlock items such as new courts and equipment. The game supports up to four players in both head-to-head or team-based games, while single player mode allows gamers to fully explore the expansive urban environment. With fully customizable characters and Wii Balance Board™ support, Go Play City Sports is a fun, competitive game for players both young and old!

Developed by Digital Embryo, Go Play City Sports for Wii is expected to release this fall. For additional information about Majesco's exciting line of products, please visit www.majescoentertainment.com.

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UNIBIND WINS DIMA 2009 INNOVATIVE DIGITAL PRODUCT AWARD FOR PHOTOS N SOUNDS

 Photos N Sounds is First Photo Book with Sound  Records Personalized Voice Messages, Child’s First Words, & Plays Songs for aCompletely Personalized Photography Experience


Las Vegas, NV, March 3, 2009 – Unibind, www.unibind.com, manufacturer of the award-winning Unibind high-quality binding, lamination and presentation product line, announced today that it has won the DIMA 2009 Innovative Digital Product Award for Photos N Sounds, the first photo book that allows anyone to record a personalized voice message. Photos N Sounds makes it easy to incorporate sound into the cover of a photo book with voice messages and pre-recorded music for a completely personalized photo experience to share with friends and family.  In addition to recording one of a kind messages, Photos N Sounds also plays popular themed songs, including Christmas carols, “Happy Birthday,” and more, that enhance your photo memories, bringing them to a whole new emotional level.   

Unibind Photos N Sounds was chosen from hundreds of digital products on display at Sneak Peek 2009 during PMA, held in Las Vegas, March 3-5, 2009.  The annual award is one of several events sponsored by the Digital Imaging Marketing Association® (DIMA®), a PMA® member association in Jackson, Michican.  DIMA Innovative Digital Product Awards recognize products or services utilizing new technologies and/or applications that make the product either distinct or the first of its kind. The product or service must be available within 90 days of PMA 09 to qualify for the DIMA Innovative Digital Product Award.  Winning products were selected by a panel of digital imaging editors to receive the prestigious DIMA Innovative Digital Product Award.  The awards are given to products or services utilizing new technologies and/or applications that make the product either distinct or the first of its kind.

 

Companies were asked to submit entries for their product/service to allow a panel of industry press to evaluate the products and services for the DIMA Innovative Digital Product Awards. All entries were evaluated based on the following questions:

1: Why is this product/service considered innovative?2: What sets this product/service apart from its competitors? 3: How does this product/service benefit its user?  “We are honored to win the prestigious DIMA Innovative Digital Product Award for the ground-breaking Photos N Sounds,” said Rusty Redecker, Vice President, Peleman Industries Inc.  “Photo books preserve the image.  Now with Photos N Sounds, you can also capture priceless sound to further enhance the emotional tie photo books offer for an even more profoundly creative experience.”  Photos N Sounds lets you describe your photos and provide the background story for a photo album, preserve a child’s first words, remember a wedding toast, or simply play a melody -- the possibilities are endless!  Business applications include recording content for marketing pieces and verbal descriptions for realtors selling homes.   Patent-Pending Technology Featuring unique, easy-to-use patent-pending technology, recording a message with Photos N Sounds is extremely simple:  just press and hold the record button and start recording your personal message.   Messages can be re-recorded as many times as you’d like.  When satisfied, remove the tab to make your recording permanent.  Photos N Sounds comes with replaceable batteries, with covers available in a variety of colors and sizes. Available May 1, 2009, Photos N Sounds pricing will be determined.  For more information, see www.unibind.com  About Peleman Industries 

Peleman Industries Inc, a privately held manufacturer of binding and presentation products founded in 1939.  With its worldwide headquarters in Puurs, Belgium, the company opened its U.S. corporate office in Alpharetta, GA., in 1999.  Today, Unibind products are distributed globally, reaching more than 100 countries. For more information, visit www.unibind.com.

 

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CASIO INTRODUCES STYLISH NEW 10.1 MEGAPIXEL DIGITAL CAMERA

 EX-Z29 Offers Increased Portability and 23 Best Shot Modes to EXILIM Zoom Series of Digital Cameras 

LAS VEGAS, NV, MARCH 3, 2009 — Casio America, Inc. and its parent company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., introduced the latest addition to its stylish series of EXILIM digital cameras today, the EXILIM Zoom EX-Z29. This newest member of the EXILIM line features a stylish, slim and compact design to increase portability, and provides an improved 10.1 megapixels of image resolution with 3X optical zoom.  The EX-Z29 will be on display at Casio’s booth at the Photo Marketing Association International Convention and Tradeshow.   This new model stays true to the user-friendly features that have become standard to the EXILIM Zoom series. The 2.7-inch wide LCD display enables users to easily navigate camera operations and enhance the review of images, while the 23 Best Shot Modes and face detection technology help users take high quality photos without having to adjust camera settings.  “Casio is dedicated to creating digital cameras that feature superior technology while maintaining an ease of use for the consumer,” said Bill Heuer, Vice President of Sales for Digital Imaging Division at Casio America, Inc.  “We continue to be a leader in the digital camera industry, providing fun and convenient ways to capture quality photographs.”  The EX-Z29 comes loaded with other useful features including Anti-Shake DSP which reduces photo blur from shaky hands or moving subjects, allowing users to shoot images with ease and confidence.  Easy Mode simplifies the camera settings to three easy menus (image size, flash and self timer).  With Easy Mode, the camera is set to take great photos in every situation without having to check presets or accidentally making a wrong adjustment. Casio’s Face Detection Technology maintains a sharp focus and the correct exposure for the human face. Available at retail in April, the EX-Z29 will be available in black, pink, blue, silver and purple with an MSRP of $149.99.   Please see the following pages for details on the new model.


 

EXILIM EX-Z29A sleek & sturdy digital camera with a compact design Design achieves a lightweight, yet durable image Designed to fit the concept of “Sleek & Sturdy,” this camera has a compact form, measuring just 3.64” wide x 2.16” high x .91” thin. The edging that frames the body presents a light, casual feel, but at the same time gives the user the sense that this camera is tough and reliable. In addition, the camera color is not limited to a single hue. Rather, the control panel, frame, and rear casing boast contrasting colors, presenting a whole new idea in camera color schemes. An effective 10.1-megapixel camera with a 3X optical zoom lensIn addition to offering the ability to reproduce a detailed image of the subject, this camera is very responsive and easy to operate. It has an effective 10.1-megapixel resolution, and delivers excellent performance. Images taken at high resolution can be enjoyed as beautiful photographs whether printed large or cropped before printing. Easy-to-see 2.7-inch widescreen LCDThis camera features an easy-to-see widescreen 2.7-inch LCD monitor. Shooting information is shown in an “operating panel” on the right hand side of the screen, which makes it easy to quickly change camera settings while shooting. Fun widescreen movie recordingJust by pressing the movie button, widescreen movies can be recorded with an aspect ratio of 16:9. The camera also offers YouTube Capture Mode, which records and saves movies at the ideal settings for the world’s largest video sharing site, YouTube. Recorded video can be easily uploaded to YouTube using the special included computer software.  Customizable focusing frames and menu screensFocus framesAs well as the rectangular focusing frame usually displayed on the LCD monitor, users can choose designs such as a heart or a butterfly for the frame design. When the camera is correctly focused, a beautiful heart can be displayed, and when correct focus is not achieved the heart pattern breaks up. This makes it easy to ensure correct focus, and it is fun, too.  Menu screensMenu screens can be freely selected from a total of six colors — black, chocolate, cinnamon, rose, sky blue and olive green.     


 

EX-Z29 Specifications

 EXILIM Zoom
EX-Z29
Number of Effective Pixels10.1 million
Image Sensor 1/2.5-inch square pixel CCD
Total Pixels10.35 million
File FormatStill ImagesJPEG (Exif Version 2.2, DCF 1.0 standard, DPOF compliant)
MoviesAVI format, Motion JPEG, IMA-ADPCM (monaural)
Audio (Voice Recording)WAV format (monaural)
Recording Media17.8MB built-in flash memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card
Number of Recorded PixelsStill Images10M (3648 x 2736), 3:2 (3648 x 2432), 16:9 (3648 x 2048), 7M (3072 x 2304), 4M (2304 x 1728), 2M (1600 x 1200), VGA (640 x 480)
Movies848 x 480 (WIDE) / 640 x 480 (STD) / 320 x 240 (LP)
LensConstruction6 lenses in 5 groups, including aspherical lens
F-numberF2.8 (W) to F5.2 (T)
Focal Length f=6.2 – 18.6mm
35mm Film EquivalentApprox. 37.5 to 112.5mm equivalent to 35mm film
ZoomOptical Zoom3X
Digital Zoom4X (12X in combination with optical zoom)
FocusingFocus TypeContrast Detection Auto Focus
Focus ModesAuto Focus, Macro Mode, Pan Focus, Infinity Mode, Manual Focus
AF AreaSpot or Multi
ExposureExposure MeteringMulti-pattern, center weighted, spot by CCD
Exposure ControlProgram AE
Exposure Compensation-2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
Shutter Type CCD electronic shutter, mechanical shutter
Shutter Speed*1Auto1/2 to 1/2000 second
Night Scene (BEST SHOT)4 to 1/2000 second
ApertureF2.8 (W) – F8.0 (W) (ND Filter is being used)(Using optical zoom causes the aperture to change)
White BalanceAuto WB, Daylight, Overcast, Shade, Day White Fluorescent, Daylight Fluorescent, Tungsten, Manual WB
Sensitivity (SOS/REI)*Still ImagesAuto, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400, ISO800, ISO1600
MoviesAuto*SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity.  REI: Recommended Exposure Index.
     
 


 

 
 EXILIM Zoom
EX-Z29
Self-timer10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer
Built-in FlashFlash ModesAuto, Flash Off, Flash On, Red Eye Reduction
Flash Range Normal: Approx. 0.15 – 2.8 m (W)         Approx: 0.4 – 1.5 m (T)*Range is affected by optical zoom.
Flash Charge Time Approximately 6 seconds
Recording Functions Snapshot, Macro, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting (Normal Speed CS), BEST SHOT, Face Detection, Movie (Normal Movie, For YouTube), Voice Recording*Audio recording is monaural
Playback Functions Playback Zoom (8X), 12-image Screen, Star-up Images,Rotate, Re-size, Trimming, Copy, BGM Slideshow
Other Functions Key Customization, PictBridge, Video Output (NTSC/PAL)
Image DeletionOne image / All imagesWith memory protect function
Approximate Maximum Audio Recording TimesAfter Recording: 30 seconds per imageVoice Recording: 53 minutes 11 seconds (when using built-in memory)
Monitor Screen2.7-inch wide TFT color LCD, 114,960 dots (479 x 240)
ViewfinderLCD Monitor
Timekeeping FunctionsDate and TimeRecorded with image data
On-image Time Stamp FunctionYes
Auto CalendarTo 2049
World Time162 cities in 32 time zones, city name, date, time, summer time
Input/Output Terminals USB/AV port
USBUSB
MicrophoneMonaural
SpeakerMonaural
Power Source Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-60) x 1
Power Consumption 3.7V DC, Approximately 3.4W
Dimensions (Excluding Projections)3.64” (W)   x 2.16” (H)  x .91” (D)
Thinnest part: .8”
Weight (Excluding Battery and Accessories)Approx. 125g (excluding battery and bundled accessories)
Bundled AccessoriesRechargeable lithium ion battery, lithium ion battery charger, USB cable, AV cable, strap, CD-ROM
    
 *1. May differ according to camera setting. *2. Aperture changed by optical zoom or recording mode. *3. SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity. REI: Recommended Exposure Index.  EXILIM and BEST SHOT are registered trademarks of CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD. YouTube is a registered trademark of YouTube, LLC. Any other company or product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of those companies.

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2K Sports Announces Major League Baseball® 2K9 Now Available in Retail Stores 

Play Ball! Visual Concepts offers fans the Major Leagues down to the minor details 

 New York, NY – March 3, 2009 – 2K Sports, the sports publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), announced today that Major League Baseball® 2K9 is now available in retail stores for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PLAYSTATION®3 and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment systems, Wii™ home video game system from Nintendo, and Windows PC. Featuring National League Cy Young Award Winner Tim Lincecum, Major League Baseball 2K9 adds to its impressive library of player–specific animations with more than 300 new Signature Style™ animations. Players are brought to life at the plate, on the mound and in the field, to play ball like never before.

This season, Major League Baseball 2K9 offers fans improved two-step Precision Pitching™ controls, deeper Swing Stick™ batting and quick fielding responses for even greater control of the game. The improved batting controls provide the ability to influence hits with timing and aim, improved hit distribution and variety to deliver more hit types including spray shots, pulls, line drives and long bombs. With more than six years of scouting reports infused into the action on the field, Inside Edge produces remarkably accurate player tendencies to ensure players react to in-game situations as they would in real life. Major League Baseball 2K9 also features new commentary, as Gary Thorne provides the play-by-play calls alongside color analyst Steve Phillips giving a new perspective and more depth for a true-to-life, insightful broadcast. In addition, Living Rosters has been added this season to provide fresh and active roster updates that guarantee every game is current and automatically updated behind the scenes, so players are never late on a trade and always have the hottest players in their starting lineup.

Major League Baseball 2K9, developed by 2K Sports’ Visual Concepts studio, is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB and now available for Xbox 360, the PLAYSTATION 3 and PlayStation 2 systems, Wii, and Windows PC. Major League Baseball 2K9 will be coming to the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system this spring. For more information, please visit
www.2ksports.com/games/mlb2k9.

MLB 2K9 Fantasy All-Stars for Nintendo DS™, rated E for Everyone by the ESRB, is also available today from 2K Sports.

About Take-Two Interactive Software

Headquartered in New York City, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. is a global developer, marketer, distributor and publisher of interactive entertainment software games for the PC, PLAYSTATION®3 and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment systems, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Wii™ and Nintendo DS™. The Company publishes and develops products through its wholly owned labels Rockstar Games, 2K Games, 2K Sports and 2K Play; and distributes software, hardware and accessories in North America through its Jack of All Games subsidiary. Take-Two's common stock is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the symbol TTWO. For more corporate and product information please visit our website at www.take2games.com.

Major League Baseball trademarks and copyrights are used with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. Visit the official Major League Baseball website at MLB.com © MLBPA-Official Licensee, Major League Baseball Players Association. Visit www.MLBPLAYERS.com, the Players Choice on the web.

Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE, and the Xbox logos are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies and are used under license from Microsoft.

“PlayStation”, “PLAYSTATION”, “PS” Family logo and “PSP” are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. PSP® system – Memory Stick Duo™ may be required (sold separately).


Wii and Nintendo DS are trademarks of Nintendo.

All trademarks and copyrights contained herein are the property of their respective holders.

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GUITAR HERO® CATALOG EXPANDS WITH NEW MUSIC FROMROCK ‘N’ ROLL ICONS QUEEN AND JIMI HENDRIX THIS MONTH 

Six Additional Tracks from Countries throughout Europe and the James Bond Theme Song Further Add to Guitar Hero World Tour’s Downloadable Content Set List 

SANTA MONICA, CA – March 3, 2009 – This month, gamers will again be able to expand their virtual set lists with over a dozen new downloadable tracks for Activision Publishing, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: ATVI) Guitar Hero® World Tour.  With over 37 million songs downloaded for the franchise to date, Guitar Hero® fans will soon be able to experience more awesome music – from the likes of English rock ‘n’ roll icons Queen, guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, a host of European superstars and more – which will join the more than 550 songs rocking the Guitar Hero catalog already. On March 5th, Guitar Hero World Tour’s global music library will continue to grow with three additional tracks from some of Europe’s greatest bands.  The third European Track Pack, which includes the hit song “Break It Out” by Italian pop punk band Vanilla Sky and “In the Shadows” by one of Finland’s most successful bands, The Rasmus, will also contain “C'est Comme Ça”  the top single from French pop rock duo Les Rita Mitsouko’s 1986 album The No Comprendo. As a follow-up to the third European Track Pack, rockers from the Netherlands, Germany and Spain will also be contributing to Guitar Hero World Tour’s increasing catalog of downloadable content.  

On March 19th, the Dutch symphonic rock/metal band Within Temptation takes the virtual stage with “What Have You Done,” the first single off their fourth studio album The Heart of Everything. Joining them are German punk band Die Toten Hosen, who made their debut appearance in Guitar Hero® III: Legends of Rock, playing an encore as part of the full band experience with their 1988 hit “Hier Kommt Alex” and Spanish rock band M-Clan with their classic song “Carolina.” Already appearing as an in game playable character; on March 19th, guitar savant and music legend Jimi Hendrix returns to Guitar Hero World Tour’s stage once again with an extraordinary three song Track Pack that will set fans fingers ablaze as they strive to keep up with his intense guitar riffs and insane solos. 

The second Jimi Hendrix Track Pack features “Freedom” and” Angel,” two hit singles off of his First Rays of the New Rising Sun album, and a one of a kind 1969 live from Woodstock recording of the timeless classic “Foxey Lady.”  Additionally, the songs from the first Jimi Hendrix Track Pack – “If 6 was 9,” “Little Wing” and “Fire” – will also be available on March 19th as downloadable singles for Wii™. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Queen, one of the greatest and most influential bands of all-time, take center stage on March 26th with downloadable content for Guitar Hero World Tour. 

The three song Queen Track Pack contains some of the band’s most iconic tracks including the power ballad, “We Are The Champions,” which has become one of the most common anthems celebrating the ultimate victory, as well as “Fat Bottomed Girls” from the 1978 album Jazz and “C-lebrity,” from their 2008 album with Paul Rodgers, The Cosmos Rocks. On March 26th, Bond aficionados and Guitar Hero rockers alike will have another reason to celebrate as Guitar Hero World Tour releases a new recording of the classic James Bond theme song as downloadable content. The two European Track Packs, Jimi Hendrix Track Pack and Queen Track Pack will be available on Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft for 440 Microsoft Points and on the PlayStation®Store for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system for $5.49.  The songs in the two European Track Packs, Queen Track Pack plus the James Bond Track will be released as downloadable singles for Xbox 360 for 160 Microsoft Points, PLAYSTATION 3 system for $1.99 and Wii™ for 200 Wii Points each.  The Jimi Hendrix tracks will be available as downloadable singles for Wii for 200 Wii Points. Guitar Hero World Tour transforms music gaming by expanding Guitar Hero’s signature guitar gameplay into a cooperative band experience that combines the most advanced wireless controllers with new revolutionary online* and offline gameplay modes including Band Career and 8-player “Battle of the Bands,” which allows two full bands to compete head-to-head online. 

 The game features a slick newly redesigned guitar controller, drum kit controller and a wired microphone, as well as an innovative Music Studio music creator that lets players compose, record, edit and share their own rock ‘n’ roll anthems.  Music creators are also able to share their recordings with their friends online through GHTunesSM where other gamers can download and play an endless supply of unique creations. Guitar Hero World Tour is now available for Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 computer entertainment system, the Wii home video game system from Nintendo and the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system.  The game is rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB.  For more information on Guitar Hero World Tour, please visit worldtour.guitarhero.com. About Activision Publishing, Inc.Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products.  Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, the Netherlands, Australia, Japan and South Korea. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company’s website, www.activision.com.

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VIA Unveils Em-ITX, the First Form Factor Standard
with Dual I/O Coastlines 

VIA Em-ITX form factor reduces cable clutter, improves airflow and enables sub-2cm high embedded systems


Taipei, Taiwan, 3 March 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced its latest board form factor for embedded system developers; the Em-ITX form factor. Offering embedded developers a compact, versatile and highly integrated board form factor, VIA's Em-ITX establishes an off-the-shelf standard for ultra-slim embedded devices.

The Em-ITX form factor is a new open industry standard defined by VIA, and is 30% more compact than Mini-ITX, yet offers 200% more I/O real estate. At 12cm x 17cm, the Em-ITX form factor includes unique dual I/O coastlines and an exclusive Em-IO expansion bus to bring unrivalled flexibility and scalability. Benefits also include reduced time-to-market cycles for developers and access to a scalable processor platform that includes the latest 64-bit VIA Nano processor.

Embedded boards based on the Em-ITX form factor will form the ideal base for industrial automation, digital signage, kiosk and other applications requiring an ultra-slim embedded device.

Dual I/O Coastlines
The VIA developed Em-ITX form factor specification includes dual I/O coastlines; I/O inputs can be found on both 17cm edges of the board. This unique design greatly reduces cable clutter facilitating even more compact and robust designs while also boosting signal integrity and improving airflow. A variety of connectors are available on these two I/O coastlines, including COM (RS-232/422/485), RJ45, DVI, VGA, LVDS, USB 2.0 and DC power signals.

Modular Expansion through Em-IO Bus
The Em-ITX form factor utilizes the Em-IO expansion bus to integrate with stackable, customizable, expansion modules. The Em-IO expansion bus integrates the majority of popular bus signal technologies, including USB 2.0, GPIO, LPC, PCIe, IDE, IEEE 1394, S-ATA, PCI, DVI, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet and Card Bus signals.

Faster Time to Market Cycles
VIA has also designed a selection of expansion modules covering a variety of industrial applications including networked applications, multimedia display, kiosk, POI and POS applications. The expansion modules bring all the advantages of custom designed boards without the necessary development time. VIA also provides unrivalled software support including customized firmware implementations.

"VIA is known globally as a pioneer of small form factor boards that have become industry standards, and Em-ITX is the latest platform to address the evolving needs of embedded developers," said Daniel Wu, Vice President, VIA Embedded, VIA Technologies, Inc. "With its extensive I/O accessibility, this innovative form factor can deliver ultra-slim systems or customized stacked systems for a wide range of embedded applications."

Products based on the Em-ITX form factor will be available early next month.

For more details about the Em-ITX form factor please visit:


A white paper with more details on this new form factor is available here:
http://www.via.com.tw/en/downloads/datasheets/initiatives/WP090303Em-ITX.pdf

A demo featuring forthcoming Em-ITX based products will be shown at Embedded World 2009 in Germany this week. For more details, please visit the VIA website at:  http://www.via.com.tw/en/company/events/2009-ew/index.jsp


About VIA Technologies, Inc.
VIA Technologies, Inc is the foremost fabless supplier of power efficient x86 processor platforms that are driving system innovation in the PC, client, ultra mobile and embedded markets. Combining energy-saving processors with digital media chipsets and advanced connectivity, multimedia and networking silicon enables a broad spectrum of computing and communication platforms, including its widely acclaimed ultra compact mainboards. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, VIA's global network links the high tech centers of the US, Europe and Asia, and its customer base includes the world's top OEMs and system integrators. www.via.com.tw

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O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference Shows Way to Digital Future


Innovation Transforms How Readers Receive Content

Sebastopol, CA, March 2, 2009 - The O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference, held February 9-11, 2009 in New York City, highlighted the many dynamic possibilities ahead for publishers who embrace a digital future. At the heart of the world's publishing capital, TOC showcased the tools, the business models, and the knowledge that publishers need to succeed in a changing landscape. The conference deciphered trends and technologies that can keep the industry profitable and more connected to readers.In a time when naysayers question publishing's very survival, TOC showed the industry how to flourish.Featured keynotes included one by Tim O'Reilly, CEO and founder of O'Reilly Media, who gave conference-goers reasons to stay excited and optimistic about the future of publishing. Nick Bilton, who explores technologies for The New York Times R&D Labs, talked about the future of news. Bob Stein, executive director of the Institute for the Future of the Book, said books are no longer objects but instead are becoming places where readers and authors congregate. Other keynote speakers included Chris Baty of NaNoWriMo, Peter Brantley of Digital Library Federation, Neelan Choksi of Lexcycle, Cory Doctorow of Happy Mutants LLC, Jason Epstein of On Demand Books, Jason Fried of 37signals, Jeff Jarvis of Buzzmachine.com, Sara Lloyd of Pan Macmillan, and Nina Paley of Nina Paley Productions.Conference co-chairs Andrew Savikas and Mac Slocum attracted 150 speakers to tackle tough issues through plenary and breakout sessions, half-day tutorials, and product demonstrations. Practical information alternated with big-picture concepts, with topics like how to publish on demand, how to make money in a world of "free," how to make publishing part of a broader community experience, and how to deliver to customers wherever they may be. Speakers addressed cutting-edge topics like content for mobile/smart phones, Web-based marketing and promotion, digital publishing and authoring tools, using file-sharing sites to increase sales, and developing supply chains in an online world.During the conference, Safari Books Online demonstrated the beta of its mobile version of safaribooksonline.com, which it plans to release later in the month, and O'Reilly Media announced that it has brought the open source Bookworm eBook reader into O'Reilly Labs. Bookworm provides a way to read both online and from a mobile phone any of the more than 400 eBooks now available as eBook bundles from O'Reilly. O'Reilly Media also revealed it has opened up RDF metadata for all of its books. The experimental "O'Reilly Product Metadata Interface" (OPMI) exposes RDF for all of O'Reilly's titles, organized by ISBN.Sponsors at TOC included iPublishCentral, Ingram, oXygen XML Editor, Adobe, codeMantra, Connotate, DPCI, Innodata Isogen, LibreDigital, Lulu, Malloy, Mark Logic, Media Services Group, Quark, ReadHowYouWant, RSuite, Safari Books Online, Smashwords, Sterling Commerce, and Verso Digital. Several sponsors and exhibitors made announcements at TOC. Plastic Logic previewed its new eReader device and announced new content partners; Impelsys revealed 150 publishers had signed up for iPublish Central; Sharebook introduced new technology to make web-to-print functionality easy to use and install; Lexcycle announced support for Adobe eBooks in Stanza; and Connotate showed new on-demand features for Agent Community Gen 2. For complete information on O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing 2009 Conference, including keynote videos, speaker presentation files, and photos, visit: http://www.toccon.comTo read news and comments on TOC, go to:
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MSI Announces GT725 – World’s First Gaming Notebook to Feature ATi Radeon HD4850 and Deliver Desktop Gaming Performance with a Single GPU
 
GT725 features 17” 1080P HD LCD Monitor, Blu-ray Player and 9-Cell Battery


CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA – March 02, 2009 – MSI Computer, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, is excited to announce the GT725 Gaming Notebook.  MSI outfitted the GT725 with Intel® Centrino® 2 Processor Technology (Intel® 45nm Penryn P9500), the ATi Radeon HD4850 video card, a Blu-ray player and a 17” 1080P HD LCD to create the ultimate mobile gaming experience.

“GT725 is our flagship gaming notebook,” said Andy Tung, Vice President of Sales, MSI US.  “Graphically speaking it is in a class by itself – the brilliant 1080P HD display and 4GB of DDRII allow the GT725 to run 3-D titles that few other gaming notebooks could handle.”

MSI built the GT725 in its brushed aluminum gaming case with stamped aluminum sheeting for increased protection and durability.  However, despite the rugged case and a standard 9-cell battery, the GT725 weighs just over seven pounds.
MSI’s also included its exclusive Turbo Drive Engine Technology and ECO Engine Management function which are activated by two touch centers located just above the keyboard.

For images or additional information please contact MSI media representative Mark Olson at 305-576-1171 x17 or
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NVIDIA BOOSTS GRAPHICS SUPPORT FOR MILLIONS OF WINDOWS 7 BETA USERS

New GeForce Graphics Drivers for Windows 7 Beta Now Available Directly from NVIDIA.com

SANTA CLARA, CA—MARCH 2, 2009—NVIDIA today announced the immediate availability of new graphics drivers from www.nvidia.com for NVIDIA® GeForce® GPU owners running the new Windows 7 Beta. Today’s availability represents the start of regular NVIDIA driver updates for the forthcoming operating system from Microsoft. Windows 7 will be the first Windows operating system to fully integrate and take advantage of the GPU for both graphics and parallel computing.

“Since its release last month, the Windows 7 Beta has been eagerly tested by hundreds of thousands of NVIDIA GeForce owners, who are excited about the many graphical improvements Microsoft has added into the upcoming operating system,” said Ujesh Desai, vice president of GeForce desktop business at NVIDIA.

GeForce version 181.71 graphics drivers, released today on NVIDIA.com, support the new Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) v1.1 from Microsoft. Powered by NVIDIA DirectX 10 GPUs, WDDM v1.1 drivers provide an optimal visual experience in Windows 7. These drivers offer increased performance and reliability in both 2D and 3D applications, including the 3D Windows Aero desktop.

“We expect that all of our hard work teaming with Microsoft over the past two years will pay off for GeForce GPU owners when Windows 7 officially launches,” said Dwight Diercks, vice president of software engineering at NVIDIA. “Our customers are demanding an experience that is faster and more visual, and with the addition of many new GPU-accelerated features, including DirectX Compute, we believe Windows 7 will be well positioned to meet those needs.”

To download the new Windows 7 Beta drivers for NVIDIA GPUs, please visit: http://www.nvidia.com/object/windows_7.html

About NVIDIA

NVIDIA (Nasdaq: NVDA) is the world leader in visual computing technologies and the inventor of the GPU, a high-performance processor which generates breathtaking, interactive graphics on workstations, personal computers, game consoles, and mobile devices. NVIDIA serves the entertainment and consumer market with its GeForce® products, the professional design and visualization market with its Quadro® products, and the high-performance computing market with its Tesla products. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. and has offices throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

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AVG launches new protection against identity theft, boosts free product protection Latest upgrade aims to prevent newest digital threats from becoming digital disasters AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands (March 2nd, 2009) - Identity theft is now the number one Internet-based crime and claims almost ten million online and offline victims at a cost of $48 billion in the US alone, according to the Javelin Strategy & Research, 2008 Identity Fraud Survey Report published last month.  CIFAS, the UK’s Fraud Prevention Service, estimates that identity theft is costing that country’s economy over $3.4 billion annually. To help users protect their personal and private information online, AVG Technologies, developer of the world’s leading free computer security product, today introduces AVG Identity Protection (IDP).  AVG Identity Protection gives computer users an additional layer of protection on top of their existing security software. IDP is specifically focused on helping to prevent thieves from using carefully-targeted attacks to steal passwords, bank account details, credit card numbers, and other digital valuables. It uses a technology called behavioral analysis to make sure all the programs running on a user’s computer are operating the way they should. If it spots something suspicious that could indicate an attempted ID theft attack, it shuts that activity down, preventing any possible theft from happening. It doesn’t matter whether users are running AVG software or security software from another vendor; IDP runs smoothly alongside all popular programs to keep users safer when they’re online. “Computer users need to be confident that, when they’re banking and shopping online, they won’t become a victim of identity theft,” says AVG Technologies CEO JR Smith. “Anti-virus alone can’t give users the level of security people need in today’s complex, fast-moving threat landscape. AVG Identity Protection gives them the confidence that they’re safe from the bad guys.” AVG Identity Protection is the headline product in today’s launch of an across-the-board upgrade to the AVG family of security software for home and small business users. The technology in IDP has also been combined with the company’s Internet Security suite, which provides total protection for all aspects of users’ online lives. In addition to the new Identity Protection, AVG Internet Security defends against viruses, spyware, worms, hackers, botnets, poisoned web pages, trojan horses, spam, and other cyberthreats with a full arsenal of digital weaponry. Whether users are surfing, e-mailing, instant-messaging, or downloading files, Internet Security stops threats from becoming problems. “We know the security challenges users face in their daily lives,” says Smith. “Our products are designed to prevent those challenges from becoming problems, leaving users free to get on with their digital lives. They’re easy to set up, easy to use, easy to find – and some of them are even free, for ever.” AVG’s Free product also gets a boost with this upgrade, adding Active Safe-Surf real-time protection to the existing anti-virus, anti-spyware, instant message security and safe-searching capabilities. Today’s web threats move at lightning speed and only stay around long enough to scoop up their victim quota, so real-time detection is vital. Active Safe-Surf checks the web page behind every link for hidden threats at the only time that matters – when users are about to click on that link.  Improvements to the small business products focus on the company’s Exchange Server products, which gain a long-awaited upgrade to centralized anti-spam protection that will make life much easier for those tasked with managing networked e-mail.  A peek under the hoodAVG Identity Protection is based around the technology AVG acquired when it bought the Sana Security company earlier this year. This technology helps to prevent identity-related attacks by analyzing the behavior and characteristics of malicious programs and using the knowledge gained to create protection that doesn’t require “signature updates” to stay current. The software is continuously learning and improving its protection, based on information drawn from real threats encountered by real users, ensuring that users are always protected against new and unknown threats. “Tens of thousands of new virus samples arrive in security companies’ labs every day,” says AVG Technologies CTO Karel Obluk. “It is simply not feasible for traditional signature-based anti-virus to keep up with this level of activity from the bad guys. So while it’s important to continue to use anti-virus to protect against the known viruses that are out there ‘in the wild’, it’s vital for users to have an additional protective layer against the unknown.” AVG Active Safe-Surf further enhances users’ protection against unknown threats by analyzing web pages in real time for hidden threats and exploits such as drive-by downloads. Unlike other safe-surf products which rely on historical data acquired by periodically scanning sites across the Internet based on a variety of criteria, Active Safe-Surf bases its safety ratings on real-time analysis of individual web pages, ensuring an accurate assessment of a page’s current status. The new anti-spam module in AVG’s Internet Security for SBS and E-mail Server Edition is based around the widely-used Mailshell engine, ensuring stability, compatibility, and ease of management from a central point. This ease of use is further enhanced with the addition of a single installation process for all components. Product availability and pricingThe complete AVG 8.5 family of products is available now online and through retail and reseller channels. AVG Identity Protection is priced at $19.99; all other product pricing remains unchanged. For more information on the complete range of AVG security products for consumers and small businesses, please visit www.avg.com.Follow AVG on Twitter @OfficialAVGNews About AVG TechnologiesAVG is a global security solutions leader protecting more than 80 million consumers and small business computer users in 167 countries from the ever-growing incidence of web threats, viruses, spam, cyber-scams and hackers on the Internet. Headquartered in Amsterdam, AVG has nearly two decades of experience in combating cyber crime and one of the most advanced laboratories for detecting, pre-empting and combating Web-borne threats from around the world. Its free online, downloadable software model allows entry-level users to gain basic anti-virus protection and then to easily and inexpensively upgrade to greater levels of safety and defense in both single and multi-user environments. Nearly 6,000 resellers, partners and distributors team with AVG globally including Amazon.com, CNET, Cisco, Ingram Micro, Play.com, Wal-Mart, and Yahoo!. More information is available at www.avg.com.

 

 

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Covad Integrated Access Service Wins Telecom Association’s 2009 "Members Choice" Award

 
Covad also grabs “Top Five” awards in Fixed Wireless,

Data/Internet and Carrier Categories

 San Jose, Calif.March 2, 2009 – The Telecom Association, a professional membership organization of 3,200 telecom distributors, has presented a “Member’s Choice” award to Covad Integrated Access (IA) service, an affordable, all-in-one phone and Internet service for businesses with up to 35 employees per location.   “Winning Telecom Association's annual 'Members Choice' award in a specific category is a significant tribute to the winner's channel partner and customer service programs,” stated TA Founder Dan Baldwin. “Our members are fairly stingy with their votes.  They only vote for those providers they feel are doing an exceptional job, one that is far above the norm for service providers in the category.” Covad also finished in the top five in the Carrier, Data Internet and Fixed Wireless categories, confirming Covad’s stature as an industry leader in each of these categories.  Covad’s hosted VoIP offering also placed in the top ten. “Covad is proud to receive this recognition of our commitment to quality service offerings that our channel partners can use to meet the specific needs of small business customers across the country,” said Jake Heinz, vice president, Covad VoIP Product Group. “Covad has recently completed network upgrades and a nationwide MPLS deployment to enable our partners to deliver even more advanced video, voice and data services going forward.” Covad’s broad spectrum of carrier partners include includes market leaders like Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, EarthLink and a wide range of agent and Master Agent resellers, including Telarus, another Telecom Association winner.  Covad Integrated Access service is delivered over a powerful voice-optimized T1 line and works with customers’ existing phone systems so businesses can leverage their equipment investment while saving money and simplifying operations.  Covad Integrated Access utilizes SIP trunking and supports a wide range of IP, digital and analog PBXs.  Pricing starts as low as $410 per month with no installation fees in many cases, depending upon contract length and services ordered.    

About Covad

Covad is a leading national provider of integrated voice and data communications.  The company offers DSL, T1, broadband wireless, and voice-optimized access directly through Covad's network and through Internet Service Providers, value-added resellers, telecommunications carriers and affinity groups in the small and medium-sized businesses market. Many of the nation's top carriers, Internet service providers, and resellers rely on Covad to power their high-speed broadband solutions. Partners benefit from Covad’s streamlined provisioning and ordering systems, scalable, cost-efficient support infrastructure, and the only facilities-based, next-generation wireline and fixed wireless broadband network.  Covad broadband services are currently available across the nation in 44 states and 235 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) and can be purchased by more than 58 million homes and businesses. Covad is located at 2220 O’Toole Avenue, San Jose, CA 95131. Telephone: 1-888-GO-COVAD. Website: www.covad.com.  Potential partners can learn more about working with Covad at: http://www.covad.com/web/partners/index.html

 

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Couch Potatoes Take Heed!New Children’s Book Cautions Moderation to Young Videogame Fans with Sofa Boy Gaming industry veteran pens children’s book about an overly avid young gamer    

Los Angeles, Calif. “Just 5 more minutes!!” and “Just let me finish this level!” Families around the world hear these proclamations from kids when asked to put down their videogame controller. With his newly released children’s book, game industry veteran Scott Langteau coins a new name for this phenomenon - Sofa Boy. Launching today, Sofa Boy paints a hilarious yet fantastical picture of an extreme case of gaming obsession, accompanied by the eye-popping art of illustrator Rion Vernon.

 

Sofa Boy invites readers into the living room of an average family. But this family’s son has a bigger than average obsession with videogames. Sitting from daybreak to dark on the family sofa, the boy will not stop his gaming and TV gazing to play outside, have dinner, take a bath, or go to bed. He is - quite literally - consumed with sitting on the couch. Penned with a clever rhyme scheme and accompanied by captivating illustrations, Sofa Boy encourages moderation in gaming habits, by showing the fantastical fate of one boy (and one cat!) who wouldn’t put the controller down.

 

Author Scott Langteau, a former “Sofa Boy” himself, is best known as a video game producer for his work on the acclaimed Medal of Honor game franchise. Scott has worked for companies including DreamWorks, Electronic Arts, and the Jim Henson Company. Currently, Scott is a co-founder of the videogame development studio Spark Unlimited. 

 

Bringing the pitiable fate of Sofa Boy to life, artist Rion Vernon’s illustrations vividly capture the tone of the tale. Vernon resides in Southern California and continues to work as a freelance artist.

 

Available now at www.shakethemoonbooks.com, www.Atlasbooks.com, and online retailers including www.Amazon.com, Sofa Boy is a videogame fable promoting moderation in gaming habits. 


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FIDELITY ELECTRONICS INTRODUCES

THE FIDELITY NETBOOK VPC (Very Personal Computer)

Very Portable, Very Functional, Very Affordable

TORONTO, CANADA (February 16, 2009) – Fidelity Electronics this week announced the launch of the VPC - Very Personal Computer: a fully preloaded, Wifi portable netbook computer at a very affordable price.

Very portable: The VPC weighs only 1.5lbs and measures just 8.4” x 5.5” x 1”

Very functional: The VPC has both wifi and ethernet connections and a full function keyboard to connect, work and play

Very affordable: All programs and applications are preloaded and ready to use.

“At a $199 SRP, the VPC is perfect for students and people on the go,” says Richard Kizner, Director of Marketing for Fidelity Electronics. “Preloaded programs include internet browser, spreadsheet, word processor, a media player for movies, music and pictures, e-book reader, dictionary, calendar, PDF reader, email, chat, calculator, file manager and much more. VPC comes with a full function keyboard, touchpad, 7” TFT display with 800 x 480 WVGA resolution, 802.11g Wifi, 100 MHz internet browser, 2 GB internal storage, 3 hour rechargeable battery, microphone and a headphone jack. It has onboard USB, SD and Ethernet ports that make the VPC an incredibly affordable yet versatile device,” he adds.

The VPC is expected to retail at $199.99 USD and should arrive in stores beginning March, 2009.

Fidelity Electronics Inc. is a leading provider of innovative personal electronics and consumer products including award winning Fidelity digital picture frames, digital memory and imaging accessories. Fidelity operates from Vaughan, Ontario; Buffalo, New York; Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China. For more information, visit Fidelity's website at www.fidelityelectronics.com.

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Virtual boardroom helps companies to fight the credit crunch  The world’s first interactive business networking site aims to transform the lives of millions of professionals as they do business online, in a volatile market place. Whilst the rapid growth of online networking sites has now become big business, the business networking space, which many experts believe to be the largest and most lucrative, has only just started.  UK (London) and US (San Francisco) based www.talkbiznow.com is the most intuitive and effective business networking site in the US and global market today, promising to help connect all business professionals; enabling business communication to be quicker, more efficient and more effective. CEO and Co-founder Martin Warner says:  “We are changing the landscape of traditional online networking to an online work place that has no boundaries. This will enable people to come together to communicate, share information, get answers to problems and transact business. This is what we are all about.” Features of Talkbiznow ·        Host free Webinars (only professional/business networking site to do this)·        Post free advertisements (only professional/business networking site to do this)·        File Share·        Post blogs·        Nudge contacts (gentle way to remind contacts)·        iphone application  President and Co-founder, Mark Parker says:  “The success of online social communities has shown that connecting online using networking functionality is growing at a significant rate.  However, networking for business reasons is not only the next logical step but in fact more necessary than social networking. Almost everyone has a business life. Talkbiznow has brought a completely new dimension and formalised the business networking space, in the way that social networking did when Facebook arrived on the scene. We are about ‘Making you more productive in your business network, and it is completely free, even posting your own Ad’s.”  CEO and Co-Founder, Martin Warner says: “We believe that our business networking platform itself is the best in the global market today as it enables our members to build relationships and communicate more efficiently. Also more importantly it is free. We do not intend to ever charge our members subscription fees like the other sites in the market today.”  Talkbiznow is expected to create a significant paradigm shift in the way that business professionals and companies engage with each other in a national and global market place. Now that both big and small companies can brand and position themselves on an international basis, whilst having an equal reach across the site, small companies will undergo a considerable level of empowerment as they reach out to bigger markets on limited budgets.  

Talkbiznow will serve many purposes starting from the business network itself, such as, sales, general marketing, recruiting, job-hunting, knowledge exchange, and business development (in the sense of strategic alliances, joint ventures and channel sales). Of all these, business development is the one that it supports best. In fact, business development and business networking are closely related. Online networking sites offer unprecedented ways for entrepreneurs to identify and connect with potential partners.

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Samsung Adopts VIA Nano Processor for the
Samsung NC20 12.1" Mini-Notebook VIA Nano processor platform enables the Samsung NC20 to deliver superior performance and battery life in a sleek 12.1" mini-notebook form factor 

Taipei, Taiwan, 27 February 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced that Samsung has adopted the VIA Nano processor in the new Samsung NC20 mini-notebook.

Combining the power efficient 1.3+GHz VIA Nano™ processor with the highly-integrated VIA VX800 system media processor, the Samsung NC20 also features a stunning 1280x800 12.1" display, ensuring an outstanding video experience and enabling a full-size 12" notebook keyboard with optimized 18.5mm key spacing and larger touchpad in a highly portable device that weighs just 1.52kg.

Mobility is enhanced by 802.11b/g and Bluetooth wireless connectivity, and a six-cell battery that provides up to 6.5 hours of use independent of any power supply, while storage options include either a solid state disk or a SATA hard disk drive. Other features include an integrated 1.3 mega pixel digital motion camera, 3-in-1 memory card reader and three built-in USB ports.

"We are delighted that Samsung has adopted the VIA Nano processor for the Samsung NC20," said Richard Brown, Vice President of Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "This is a truly ground-breaking product that sets the new industry standard for consumer mini-notes and clearly demonstrates the advanced performance of our VIA Nano processor platform."

Samsung NC20 Mini-Notebook Specifications
Screen:              12.1" LED WXGA (1280 x 800)
CPU:                  VIA Nano™ ULV Processor U2250 (1.3+GHz, 800MHz)
Chipset:              VIA VX800 Unified Digital Media IGP Chipset
Graphics:            Integrated VIA Chrome9™ with DirectX 9.0 3D graphics support and hardware video acceleration
OS:                     Microsoft○R Windows○R XP Home Edition
Memory:            1GB DDR2  (1*SODMM)
Storage:            160GB HDD (9.5mmH 2.5''HDD, SATA)
Webcam:           1.3 Mega pixels web camera
LAN:                   10/100Mbps LAN
Wireless:            Atheros 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth:           2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
I/O Ports:            USB2.0 x 3, Ethernet LAN, 3-in-1 card reader
Battery:               6 cells Li-ion Battery Standard
Dimensions:      292.4mm x 217mm x 30.7mm
Weight:              1.52kg
Special
Features:            6.5 hours battery life
Colours:              White

About the VIA Nano Processor Platform
The first 64-bit, superscalar processors in VIA's x86 platform portfolio, VIA Nano processors have been specifically designed to revitalize traditional desktop and notebook PC markets, delivering truly optimized performance and security for the most demanding computing, entertainment and connectivity applications. The VIA Nano processor is coupled with the VIA VX800 system media processor with support for full Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 3D graphics, high definition video and audio playback, and up to 4GB of DDR2 system memory.

The VIA Nano processor family leverages advanced 65 nanometer process technology for enhanced power efficiency, and augments that with aggressive power and thermal management features within the compact 21mm x 21mm nanoBGA2 package for an idle power as low as 100mW (0.1W), extending the reach of power efficient green and silent PCs, thin and light notebooks and mini-notes around the world. For further information on the VIA Nano processor family, please visit the VIA website at:
http://www.via.com.tw/en/products/processors/nano/

About VIA Technologies, Inc.
VIA Technologies, Inc is the foremost fabless supplier of power efficient x86 processor platforms that are driving system innovation in the PC, client, ultra mobile and embedded markets. Combining energy-saving processors with digital media chipsets and advanced connectivity, multimedia and networking silicon enables a broad spectrum of computing and communication platforms, including its widely acclaimed ultra compact mainboards. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, VIA's global network links the high tech centers of the US, Europe and Asia, and its customer base includes the world's top OEMs and system integrators. www.via.com.tw

 

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Iomega DVR Expander Drive Now Certified With Pace Set-Top Boxes###500GB DVR Expander Drive Adds Viewing Hours for Set-Top Boxes and Digital Video Recorders From Leading Cable Providers  

SAN DIEGO, February 26, 2009 – Iomega, an EMC Company (NYSE:EMC) and a global leader in data protection, today announced that the Iomega® DVR Expander Drive is certified for compatibility with Pace Americas cable set-top boxes and digital video recorders. 

 

Hailed by WIRED.com as “the perfect solution to your HD storage problem,” the 500GB* Iomega DVR Expander Drive adds storage capacity for eSATA-enabled DVRs, allowing cable TV customers to record and enjoy more of their favorite cable TV and movie broadcasts. 

 

The Iomega DVR Expander Drive expands users’ digital video recorder (DVR) storage capacity by as much as 300 hours of standard-definition TV or 60 hours of high-definition TV.  The Iomega DVR Expander Drive also enables certain Pace Americas cable set-top boxes without an internal hard drive to function as a full featured DVR. 

 

Pace is the latest set-top box manufacturer to certify compatibility with Iomega’s DVR Expander Drive.  Pace provides millions of cable set-top boxes to operators throughout North, Central and South America.

 

“The certification of the industry-leading Iomega DVR Expander Drive for use with Pace set top boxes is fantastic news for millions of cable subscribers,” said Jonathan Huberman, President of Iomega and the Consumer and Small Business Products Division of EMC.  “Everyone loves their DVRs, but no one likes to delete programming to record something new.  With the Iomega DVR Expander Drive, you get a massive capacity increase for recording new content with absolutely no installation hassles.”   

 

Tim O’Loughin, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Pace Americas, said, “It’s a pleasure to work with Iomega on the certification of the DVR Expander Drive, which will benefit Pace Americas’ cable operators and their millions of subscribers.  Compatibility with the Iomega DVR Expander Drive means cable subscribers with compatible Pace set-top boxes can greatly expand their ability to securely record movies, sports and television programs in SD or HD format.” 

Compatibility

The Iomega DVR Expander Drive connects to the eSATA port on Pace set-top boxes.  After an initial setup the DVR automatically streams new recordings to either its internal hard drive or the external SATA drive, whichever has more space available. 

 

The Iomega DVR Expander Drive is specifically designed to operate cool without a fan for quiet operation.  The drive has a small footprint – almost half the size of similar products – so that it can fit into small spaces in an entertainment center.  Because the DVR Expander Drive is always turned on to record selected programming, the product is Energy Star® compliant for power conservation and a better environment.

 

Included with the Iomega DVR Expander Drive is the required eSATA cable, quick start guide and power supply, along with a stand for vertical or horizontal placement of the Iomega DVR Expander Drive in an entertainment center.

 

The Iomega DVR Expander is also certified for compatibility with Scientific Atlanta standard and high definition DVRs.  Iomega expects to announce more certified compatibility with other eSATA enabled DVRs in the near future.

 

Price and Availability

The new Iomega® DVR Expander Drive, eSATA 500GB, is now available for $149.99 (pricing is suggested U.S. retail) from online etailers, retailers and from the Iomega Web site, www.iomega.com.

 About Pace

Pace (LSC: PIC) is a leading technology developer of the global pay TV industry, working across satellite, cable, IPTV and terrestrial platforms.

 

Pace has one of the world’s most experienced specialist engineering teams, developing intelligent and innovative products and services for both pay TV operators and retail markets across the world.

 

Following the acquisition of the set-top box and connectivity solutions business of Royal Philips Electronics in April 2008, Pace employs over 900 people in locations around the world, including France, the USA, India and Hong Kong.  Pace’s international headquarters are in Saltaire, West Yorkshire, UK.

 About EMC

EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) is the world's leading developer and provider of information infrastructure technology and solutions that enable organizations of all sizes to transform the way they compete and create value from their information. Information about EMC's products and services can be found at www.EMC.com.

 

About Iomega

Iomega Corporation, headquartered in San Diego, is a worldwide leader in innovative storage and network security solutions for small and mid-sized businesses, consumers and others.  The Company has sold more than 410 million digital storage drives and disks since its inception in 1980.  Today, Iomega’s product portfolio includes industry leading network attached storage products, external hard drives, multimedia solutions such as the Iomega DVR Expander Drive and the ScreenPlay Multimedia Drive product line. To learn about all of Iomega’s digital storage products, please go to the Web at www.iomega.com.  Resellers can visit Iomega at www.iomega.com/ipartner.

 

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GWR Gamer's Edition 2009


GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® 2009 GAMER'S EDITION
REVEALS THE TOP 50 CONSOLE GAMES OF ALL TIME
NEW YORK (February 26, 2009) - Guinness World Records, the global authority on record-breaking achievements, today disclosed the all-time top 50 console games from Guinness World Records 2009 Gamer's Edition just as the new book shot to the #1 spot on the UK hardback non-fiction charts.

Tasked with selecting the best console games of all time, contributors of this year's Gamer's Edition reviewed hundreds of releases to compile a list of the top 50 titles ranked on their initial impact and lasting legacy.

The top three places on the winner's podium were allotted to Super Mario Kart, Tetris and Grand Theft Auto. Securing the first place on the coveted list is Super Mario Kart with the world's most prolific video game character, Mario, who has starred in more than 116 titles. As the best-selling racing game on the N64 (more than 9 million units sold), Super Mario Kart is also the best-selling racer on the SNES (8 million units), the Gamecube (nearly 7 million units) and the DS (10 million units). In second place, the world's most ported video game, Tetris, is available on at least 59 different gaming platforms receiving its high ranking because of its simplicity and devilish addictiveness. Third runner up, Grand Theft Auto holds the record for the most controversial series of games. It has received near-perfect scores in virtually every review and GTA IV has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the fastest-selling video game ever.

Number four to ten on the top list include, in ranking order, Super Mario World (#4), Zelda Ocarina of Time (#5), Halo (#6), Resident Evil IV (#7), Final Fantasy XII (#8), Street Fighter II (#9), GoldenEye (#10).

Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief, Craig Glenday, said of the selection process: "We knew this would be a complex task so we invited a crack team of industry experts to form a judging panel - and the result is a "top 50" list of games ranked both on their importance and on how fun they are to play."

Graded in the subsequent forty spots, the list includes Super Mario 64 (# 11), Tomb Raider (#12). Metal Gear Solid (#13), Call of Duty 4 (#14), Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (#15), GTA San Andreas (#16), Super Mario Bros (#17), Zelda: A Link to the Past (#18), Gran Turismo (#19), Final Fantasy VII (#20),  Pro Evolution Soccer 4 (#21), The Orange Box (#22), Lego Star Wars Complete Saga (#23), Tekken 2 (#24), Wii Sports (#25), Pokemon Red/Blue (#26), Guitar Hero (#27), Project Gotham Racing 4 (#28), Super Mario Galaxy (#29), Resident Evil (#30), Ico (#31), Chrono Trigger (#32), Gunstar Heroes (#33), Soul Calibur (#34), Advance Wars (#35), Ridge Racer (#36), Super Metroid, (#37), Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (#38), GTA Vice City (#39), BioShock (#40), Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic  (#41), The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (# 42), God of War (#43), Sega Rally Championship (#44), Starfox 64 (#45), Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (#46), WarioWare Inc (#47), Saturn Bomberman (#48), Crash Bandicoot  (#49) and Outrun 2 (#50).

The newly-released Guinness World Records 2009 Gamer's Edition has already received critical acclaim from both the gaming world and the mainstream press, and the book climbed to the number one spot on the UK book charts last week. Gaming Guide Kotaku said: "With entries for professional gaming, top selling games in history, the history of hardware and Guitar Hero, the Guinness World Records 2009 Gamer's Edition looks to be a must have for fans of gaming."


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About Guinness World Records
Guinness World Records is the universally recognized authority on record-breaking achievement.  First published in 1955, the annual Guinness World Records book is published in more than 100 countries and 25 languages and is one of the highest-selling books under copyright of all time with more than 3 million copies sold annually across the globe. Guinness World Records celebrated its 50th anniversary edition in 2004, a year after the sale of its 100 millionth copy.  Guinness World Records also annually publishes the Gamer's Edition; a records book devoted solely to the world of computer gaming and high score record achievements.  The Guinness World Records website (www.guinnessworldrecords.com) receives more than 11 million visitors a year. Guinness World Records is part of the Jim Pattison Group, one of Canada's largest privately owned companies which is a conglomerate of interests, including advertising, broadcasting, grocery stores and automotive retailing.


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