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IBM Meets Demand for 'Microsoft-free' PCs

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IBM will work with Vienna-based VDEL and Poland’s LX Polska to sell "Open Referent" systems (based on Red Hat Linux and open standards-based productivity software).

Open Referent taps into a growing demand for low-cost desktop systems that by definition have to lose the cost of Microsoft. IBM says it is responding to demand from large businesses and government agencies in Eastern Europe and Russia (including  Aeroflot, the Russian Ministry of Defence and the RusHotel hotel chain). Continue reading...

IT Jobs Can Be Sexy, Suggests EC Commissioner

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"We have to convince young women that ICT isn't just for geeks. IT jobs can be very sexy indeed," Reding told journalists in a briefing.

Reding believes getting women recruits is the best way to make up the shortfall of 300,000 skilled ICT personnel in Europe. Women accounted for 58% of all graduates in the EU at last count, but female computer science graduates fell by 4% during the same period.

Go Woman in IT

Don’t Underestimate Microsoft Surface computer. See the video.

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Don’t Underestimate Microsoft Surface computer. See the video.

Launched last year, Microsoft Surface was brought out at CeBIT for Steve Ballmer’s presentation in front of two prime ministers and other celebrities.

There in Hannover, on stage, the heads of countries marveled as Ballmer manipulated images and data on Microsoft Surface, faster than any politician could manipulate the voters.

SurfaceDefinitely Surface will be taken up in commercial environments, contrary to the consumer driven trend in technology. If you are not in those markets, Surface will “sink& Continue reading...

USA, EU Join for Counterfeit Computer Raids

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In "Operation Infrastructure," coordinated U.S. and European authorities seized thousands of counterfeit computer components in November and December.

About 360,000 items, mostly computer networking hardware and ICs, were seized by the U.S. Customs and EC Taxation and Customs Union Directorate General.

The U.S. and EU said last year that they would establish the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement to encourage countries to follow intellectual property rights established by the World Trade Continue reading...

Keyboard “Quiver” for Gamers

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Keyboard “Quiver” for Gamers

Standard backpacks aren’t long enough to hold a keyboard. And it’s so uncool to cart a keyboard around in its box. Now the Keyboard Quiver, a new, ergonomic keyboard case might become an essential tool of the gaming trade, holding a keyboard, mouse, headphones, cables, power cords and even MP3 players.

"The Quiver is the first bag specifically designed to meet the needs of competitive gamers," says Ken Newman, Director of Marketing for Falcon Safety Products, manufacturer of Continue reading...

Dell Launches EMEA PartnerDirect

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 Lacking any more quick wit about the channel being inefficient middle men, Dell is supplementing its classic direct sales approach.

According to Josh Claman, GM Dell Channels EMEA, the pricing strategy would enable resellers to sell Dell equipment at the same price as Dell and still achieve “good margins.”

Despite being anti-channel for decades, Dell recently signed deals with large European retailers such as Carrefour, DSG and Tesco.

Video of DELL’s Deal for Partners

NVidia Buys Ageia

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nVidiaComputer graphics board maker NVidia buys the dedicated Physics Processing Unit (PPU) maker.

The industry leader in gaming physics technology, AGEIA's PhysX® software is widely adopted with more than 140 PhysX-based games shipping or in development on Sony Playstation 3, Microsoft XBOX 360, Nintendo Wii, and gaming PCs. AGEIA physics software has more than 10,000 registered and active users of the PhysX SDK.

Go NVidia Buys A PPU

Shuttle's KPC

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Shuttle's KPC

 Shuttle showed this at CES and it’ll probably be at CeBIT: an entry level small footprint PC with enviable design flair.

At only $99 in US, the new entry-level Shuttle may sell as fast as fried chicken.

That, and the familiarity of the “KFC” label, encourages American pundits to call Shuttle’s new Linux cube, “Kentucky P.C.”

The colourful Shuttle KPC will bundle an Intel processor, an Intel 945GC chipset, 512MB of memory, and 60GB (or 80GB) HDD.

KPC's Shuttle

Design is what Continue reading...

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