PRODUCTS: the latest from Asus, WD, Informatica, ViewSonic, Motion, and myTab

Vendors release 10-finger multi-touch PC, 2TB portable drive, Cloud service support, LED monitor for multimedia, and check-in style Facebook app

Asus home entertainment 27-inch touch screen PC

Consumer technology vendor, Asus launched its all-in-one PC ET2700 series personal computers earlier this week in Sydney.

IN PICTURES: Asus launches ET2700 touch screen PCs, incl. 27-inch model

The device offers touch screen technology with 10-finger multi-touch capabilities through a 27-inch personal computer. Its input tracking allows users to zoom, pan, rotate, press and tap, and flick content on screen.

Designed to serve as a home entertainment and multi-purpose device, the ET2700 offers a 1920x1080 resolution with a 16:9 aspect ratio and LED backlighting. Its multi-domain vertical alignment (MVA) eliminates colour shift and allows 178 degree viewing angles.

It also features an integrated Blu-ray drive, and can be used as a television with its hybrid TV tuner. Additionally, it features SonicMaster Technology to enhance sound, and has an external subwoofer with a 580cc resonance chamber.

Although it enables full touch control, including an on-screen keyboard, the system comes paired with matching keyboard and mouse for users with the traditional preference. It also features USB 3.0.

The featured Asus Energy Intelligent software allows users to monitor and manage power consumption by calculating approximate running costs and aiming to provide energy efficiency in operation.

Users can access and download digital content or listen to the radio and stream live television through the asus@vibe online entertainment store.

The PC ET2700 series is available from Harvey Norman for $2999.


WD’s next gen My Passport portable drive hits 2TB mark

Storage products vendor, Western Digital has unveiled the next generation of its My Passport series of portable hard drives, featuring a revamped exterior design, and the first 2TB capacity in such a portable drive.

The security-focused device is equipped with WD SmartWare automatic backup software alongside WD Security for password protection and hardware encryption.

Apart from aesthetic appeal, the exterior is designed to be more scratch and fingerprint resistant.

The drive features USB 3.0 connectivity and 2.0 compatibility, and its included software allows users to customise the drive’s storage preferences.

The new generation My Passport 2TB portable hard drive is available for $299.99, and is distributed by Synnex.


Informatica Cloud now supports Microsoft Dynamics CRM

Data integration software vendor, Informatica Corporation has announced that its Cloud service provides native support for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online and Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011.

Through the Cloud service, Microsoft Dynamics customers can leverage integration technology to synchronise their CRM data with on-premise back-office applications.

This provides a real-time view of customer, product and order information to power sales, marketing and customer support activities and analytics.

Informatica Cloud can therefore be used for a range of data integration use cases, including customer and product master data synchronisation, order history integration, and opportunity-to-order process integration.

“Integration of CRM data with backend enterprise systems helps customers derive even more value from their Microsoft Dynamics CRM,” Microsoft senior director for Microsoft Dynamics CRM product marketing, Seth Patton, said.

Informatica Cloud is available on the Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace, and the Informatica Marketplace.


ViewSonic LED monitor for graphics design and multimedia

Computing hardware vendor, ViewSonic, has released its VX2336s-LED monitor targeted at graphic design, photography, animation, and multimedia purposes.

It features a 23-inch IPS panel screen with a 16:9 ratio and full HD 1080p resolution.

The monitor is built with SuperClear technology for a 20,000,000:1 contrast ratio to project ‘true black’ images and produce colour depth.

Additionally, it contains a three-phase ECO mode that can automatically adjust display brightness according to background lighting. The phases include standard 100 per cent, optimise 75 per cent, and conserve 60 per cent settings.

The VX2336s-LED is available for $279.


Motion-ing improvements for F5v tablets

Tablet PC and mobility solutions vendor, Motion Computing has revamped its F5v tablet, adding dual input capabilities, MIFARE Classic RFID data capture, and Gobi connectivity.

The F5v is built to be rugged and mobile, designed for use in the field service, healthcare, construction, and retail industries. It operates on Intel Core vPro technology, running the Windows 8 operating system.

The new dual-input display supports two-finger touch, and high-resolution digitiser pen. The capability enables users to flick through data with the convenience of natural gesture navigation. It also allows signature captures and accurate hand-written input for small on-screen targets.

With the addition of the MIFARE Classic RFID reader and barcode scanner, mobile users can capture data with enhanced accuracy to reduce potential for error. The functionality allows users to scan ID cards, barcodes, and customer loyalty cards.

Improved Gobi connectivity is aimed at assisting field workers in staying connected at remote locations as to have access to the F5v’s capabilities while working remotely.


MyTab.co Facebook web app for checking in with detail

The myTab.co Facebook web app is a social service designed to expand on the offering of Facebook’s default check-in system.

The web app adds onto the myTab.co service, which is a ‘virtual wallet’-style social travel gift card fund which can be contributed to by friends or family.

Its functionality is simple: it allows users to check into locations, outline how long they will be there, and what they will be up to.

With its location-centric approach, the app aims to remove the cluster caused by statuses, comment threads, and other content found on popular social networks.

Essentially, like Instagram only focuses on photos, myTab.co web app focuses on check-ins.

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