Product News: the latest for the week commencing April 2, 2008

Product News: the latest for the week commencing April 2, 2008

Norton Ghost 14.0

This backup and restore software covers a user's entire PC computer system including all applications, settings, folders and file data. Norton Ghost 14.0 offers remote backup management, encryption and advanced compression features. The software takes advantage of Symantec's ThreatCon global security alerting system to identify threats, trigger automatic incremental backups and protect the user's system before an attack can occur. New features include offsite backup to an FTP site or network-attached storage (NAS) devices. Earlier features such as remote management and LightsOut Restore have also been retained. According to Symantec, incremental backups and compression help reduce the amount of required storage, while the product's encryption technology helps keep all stored data safe and protected. Norton Ghost 14.0 also integrates with Google Desktop, providing users with access to fully-searchable backup indexes, and works with most storage drives.

Distributed by Ingram Micro and Express Data.
RRP $99.95

Toshiba 7-inch Photo Frame

Featuring a TFT LCD display, this 7-inch digital photo frame supports most common memory card formats: SD, xD, MMC, MS, MS PRO and CF. Photos can be viewed in either landscape or portrait mode. Three display modes are built into the frame - automatic slideshow, fullscreen browse and thumbnail browse. It features automatic on/off controls and a brightness control. With a 720 x 480 screen resolution and 16:9 wide viewing, the frame supports both JPEG and BMP formats and will auto-play when a memory card is inserted. Users can copy photos to and from memory cards through the frame, which also connects to the user's computer via a USB port. The frame features a 400:1 contrast ratio, comes with a one-year limited warranty and features a clear acrylic frame with pewter panel design.
Distributed by Ingram Micro, Dicker Data and Cellnet.
RRP $196

Apacer DDR3-1333

Apacer's new high-level DDR3 memory fully supports the Bearlake desktop chipset from Intel and has been certified by leading motherboard manufacturers. When compared to the DDR2, the DDR3 for desktop technology offers significant advantages, Apacer claims. The DDR3 for desktop range includes the DDR3-1066MHz and DDR3-1333MHz, both with 512KB and 1GB models to meet the needs of various desktop PCs and workstations. It is based on 8-bit prefetch design, with a computing speed of 800MHz-1600MHz, which is double that of DDR2 memory using the 4-bit prefetch design. The voltage of DDR3 is controlled at 1.5V and uses less energy than the DDR2, which has a voltage of 1.8V. The vendor has also introduced an ASR (automatic self-refresh) design to lower the die temperature of DDR3 memory by reducing the refreshing frequency without sacrificing data transfer reliability.
Distributed by Bluechip Infotech.
RRP $539

WD My Book Office Edition

This external hard drive gives users the ability to backup important data to multiple destinations and synchronise working files to keep them current and secure. The hardware automatically backs up data every time a file is changed, and comes with MioNet services that allow users to access this drive from anywhere and securely share the files on it free for the lifetime of the drive. Small Business Tools also allow users to take control of a desktop remotely, share a computer screen for online meetings, and gain access to files on any of the user's computers. The drive has a capacity gauge and a Kensington security slot as well as SmartPower features and Google Toolbar, Google Desktop, and Picasa software. My Book Office Edition is compatible with both PC and Mac machines, comes in four sizes - 320GB, 500GB, 750GB and 1TB - and has a three-year limited warranty.
Distributed by Synnex and TodayTech.
RRP from $179 (320GB)

Syswan Octolinks SW88

This high performance, multi-WAN router uses up to eight different broadband links for greater Internet availability. Automatic redundancy and bandwidth load balancing technologies allow for fast, secure and reliable Internet connectivity for SMB organisations, Syswan claims. The router is designed to be easy to configure both locally and remotely through an Internet browser, and has built-in NAT, SPI firewall, DHCP server, URL blocking and access filters. Its network configuration capabilities allow the Octolinks SW88 to be used in networks supporting static routing, RIP or dynamic routing. With UPnP users can automatically open and close networking ports as required by certain applications. UPnP also enables automatic discovery and control of networked devices and services; QoS means critical traffic on an organisation's network is prioritised by taking advantage of the maximum available bandwidth at all times. The SW88 supports up to eight static IP addresses per WAN port, and can use a domain name even when a fixed IP address is not available. All standard xDSL, cable and satellite modems and connection methods are supported, including fixed IP, dynamic IP, PPPoE, multiple-sessions PPPoE and PPTP. Up to five user groups can be defined, and each group can be assigned different access rights to control Internet access and available applications for network users.
Distributed by NetOpt.
RRP $999

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