Product News: the latest for the week commencing February 20, 2008

Product News: the latest for the week commencing February 20, 2008

Protac Excel gPC

Aimed at environmentally conscious users, the Excel green PC aims to be an energy-efficient and cost-effective PC for consumers and education users. It comes with a 1.5GHz Via Technologies C7 processor embedded in a Micro-ATX motherboard, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, DVD drive, 10/100 Ethernet and a 16-inch Google-based operating system (gOS) with pre-installed Open Office 2.2. gOS is based on Ubuntu 7.10 Linux and uses Google applications, such as Gmail, Gtalk, maps and calendar. gOS also comes with popular open source applications including Firefox and Skype. The desktop's green PC name refers to the embedded processor, which consumes as little as 30 per cent of the power of traditional processors currently available on the market, the company claims.

Distributed by Protac Computers.
RRP: $499

LG-Nortel IP Headset 8502

This Bluetooth wireless headset lets users roam up to 10m from the source device. The 8502 is compatible with any Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 device and connects through the USB transmitter. Communicator 2007 supports broadband full-duplex wideband 16-bit audio, compressed for transmission via Bluetooth. The headset features a number of LED indicators to show connection and communication status, as well as power and call status. It also features volume and power on/off controls and a multicolour presence icon that displays the user's status. According to LG-Nortel, the headset promises talktime of up to six hours based with its rechargeable Li-Polymer battery.
Distributed by LAN Systems.
RRP: $295

Microsoft Laser Mouse 7000

This wireless mouse has been designed with ergonomic comfort in mind. Based on the shape of Microsoft's wireless Optical Mouse 3000, the 7000 uses the 2.4GHz wireless spectrum for fast connection and to minimise external wireless interference, Microsoft claims. The mouse has soft grip sides and an ambidexterous design, and employs high-definition laser technology for precise and responsive tracking. A click of the wheel provides instant access to the Windows Vista Flip 3D feature, letting users flip through open windows and quickly switch between applications for added productivity. A snap-in transceiver on the bottom of the mouse turns the unit off when snapped in, saving power. The mouse has a battery life indicator and can run up to six months on one battery, Microsoft claims.
Distributed by Ingram Micro.
RRP: $99.95

Palm Treo 500

The Palm Treo 500 combines 3G/UMTS mobile Internet access with phone capabilities. Running on Windows Mobile 6 Standard, the smartphone has a keyboard, 320x240 pixel screen and multi-messaging capabilities including email, Instant Messenger, and SMS. Users can manage documents using mobile versions of Microsoft applications, such as Outlook, Offi ce and Windows Live for Windows Mobile, and view and edit Microsoft Word and Excel compatible documents, along with PowerPoint and Adobe PDF files. Users can sync Treo 500 data access with a laptop, allowing them to stay connected anywhere within wireless coverage. The unit has built-in access to Gmail, Hotmail/MSN and Yahoo email, Windows live online services, an organiser with address book, calendar, to-do lists and notes, a 2.0-megapixel camera and Windows Media Player Mobile. It comes with 150MB of user-available memory, a microSD card slot, and Bluetooth. The Treo 500 is approved for the Optus network.
Distributed by Ingram Micro.
RRP: $649

Integeo Map Intelligence

This software allows organisations to develop Web-based geospatial applications. Target users are organisations which rely on location information to make decisions, such as real estate firms, retailers, fisheries, defence, police and family agencies. Map Intelligence features a "spatial hub" that allows seamless interoperation between major business intelligence and geographic information system (GIS) vendors and products. According to the vendor, the Map Intelligence API offers fast integration with any third-party software and already supports Cognos, Business Objects, Hyperion, Excel, MapInfo, ESRI and several open standards products. Integeo said Map Intelligence does more than just display data on a map or floor plan. The platform can be used for incremental development and making changes on the fl y, allowing developers to respond to user needs dynamically. The software is highly extensible and customisable, while its plug-in architecture enables solution designers to create new specialised functions and features. Users can specify what information to pass to the GIS or between Web services and how to treat that information. For example, as a real-estate user hovers over a point on a map that represents a property sale, a pop-up window can display sale date, price paid, property type and the agent's details. Map Intelligence will run on any operating system that supports Java.
Distributed by Integeo.
RRP: pricing on application

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