What's New: February 21, 2007

What's New: February 21, 2007

Toshiba Portege R400

This lightweight 12-inch tablet PC has a white glossy finish and enhancements such as Toshiba Edge Display. Real- time email and calendar alerts can be viewed from a discrete OLED display on the front of the notebook, even when the notebook is closed or in sleep-mode. This new feature gives executives a way to stay abreast of appointment changes and incoming email alerts instantly, without opening the notebook. The technology is a combination of Microsoft Active Notifications, which synchronises email and calendar information, and the Toshiba Edge Display; the latter is located at the front edge of the notebook. The PC has a high-gloss white casing and features an ultraviolet, clear coat cover for greater scratch resistance. Synchronisation with ConfigFree software allows the notebook to detect and automatically connect to the strongest and most reliable network connection available, switching between 3G [optional external], Wi-Fi, Gigabit and Ethernet connections to deliver information instantly.

Distributed by Toshiba.
RRP: $3750

O2 Xda Zinc

This mobile 3G device combines the latest communications technology with some souped up processing power to run work and lifestyle applications. The messaging PDA-phone is ideal for professionals who rely heavily on email, IM and SMS. It has a slide-out Qwerty keyboard for the optimal messaging experience. When extended, the keyboard automatically switches the 2.8-inch 65K-colour TFT-LCD display from portrait to landscape mode to facilitate the composition and reading of email, SMS and work documents like Excel spreadsheets and slides. It runs on the Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 platform, and is equipped with an Intel Xscale PXA 270 processor running at 520MHz and Intel Hermon chip to allow speedy data transfer, and 128MB of on-board memory. Besides 3G capabilities, it features direct push technology for email, Bluetooth SIG v 2.0 and Wireless LAN 802.11b+g.
Distributed by Ingram Micro and Brightpoint.
RRP: $1149

Fujitsu LifeBook P7230

Pitching a modern oriental design, this ultra-portable notebook PC supports Genuine Microsoft Windows XP Professional and is Windows Vista capable. The Intel Centrino-powered mobile technology weighs about 1.33kg with a 10.6-inch Superfine Wide XGA TFT-LCD screen. Features include lightweight Dual Layer DVD Super Multi Writer, digital dual array built-in microphones and dual built-in stereo speakers, and a built-in digital camera so users can make VoIP Internet phone calls and Web cam video calls on-demand through today's popular instant messaging software programs. It offers battery life of up to six hours. The RF-based fingerprint sensor also delivers biometric security features to protect the computer and data from unauthorised use, while data integrity is carefully protected by Fujitsu 3-dimensional shock sensor.
Distributed by Bluechip Infotech, Ingram Micro, Multimedia Technology.
RRP: $3499

Symantec Mobile AntiVirus 4.0

Symantec's latest software was developed to make PocketPCs and smartphones running on the Windows Mobile 5.0 platform a safe repository for an organisation's confidential data without limiting employees' ability to conduct business wirelessly. It automatically protects mobile devices from threats transmitted via email and multimedia messaging service (MMS), downloaded from memory cards, the cell network and Wi-Fi, transmitted by Bluetooth or beamed over infrared connections. Symantec has detailed mobile-style attacks such as Snoopware, which uses the smartphone's microphone to listen in on important events like those found in the calendar, and Pranking4Profi t, crimeware that uses premium-SMS to profit illegally. The software uses Symantec's LiveUpdate Wireless service to automatically update threat protection signatures to ensure protection against new viruses, Trojans, and worms. The centralised management feature also enables administrators to configure, lock, and enforce security policies on the handset from a centralised console.
Distributed by Ingram Micro, Express Data
RRP: from $67.70

HP Compaq nc6400

This notebook has been designed to be thin (only 29.1mm) and lightweight (starting at 2.1kg for best-in-class mobility). The 14.1-inch widescreen display has a magnesium-alloy display enclosure. Business travellers will appreciate the specially designed and built-to-fit privacy filter on the nc6400. The filter narrows the viewing angle with no blurring or image distortion so that screen data is visible only to the user. People on either side see a dark, blank screen so it's great for use in constrained or limited spaces such as in-flight environments. Further security is provided by HP ProtectTools security solutions which include the HP Biometric Fingerprint Sensor, smart card readers and TPM Embedded Security Chip v1.2. The notebook features Intel Core Duo processors and Intel Core Solo processors1. Users have a choice of discrete ATI graphics or integrated Intel graphics.
Distributed by Ingram Micro and Dicker Data.
RRP: from $2399

Microsoft Windows Mobile 6

The newest version of this mobile software platform will soon hit local shores. By improving usability and adding support for Microsoft Office features previously available only on PCs, Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 delivers to the small screen a familiar and rich experience. Emails can be viewed in their original rich HTML format with live links to Web and SharePoint sites, and are available from a corporate email server such as Exchange Server 2007, from Web-based accounts such as Windows Live Hotmail or from a myriad of other service providers. All Windows Mobile 6 powered devices include Direct Push Technology for up-to-date email delivery and automatic synchronisation of Outlook calendars, tasks and contacts through Microsoft Exchange Server. It offers a set of device security and management features that include the capability to remotely wipe all data from a device should it be lost or stolen.
Distribution and pricing details TBA

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