Archive for August, 2008

IKON Office Solutions announced that it has signed a definitive agreement with Ricoh Company, Ltd., under which Ricoh will acquire IKON for $17.25 per share, or approximately $1.6 billion in cash.

The combination of IKON and Ricoh will leverage IKON’s sales and services capabilities with Ricoh’s engineering and manufacturing expertise to better meet the needs of customers by offering full end-to-end office solutions and services.

Facebook The Movie Coming Soon

Posted: August 28, 2008 in Tech

Renowned American screenwriter Aaron Sorkin is in the process of researching social networking site Facebook in a bid to make a movie about its origin.

Sorkin, who famously created and wrote scripts for television drama series ‘The West Wing’, recently opened his own Facebook account, on which he subsequently revealed his intention of making a film about the website.

The story of the beginning of Facebook is also the story of a young computer programming Harvard student called Mark Zuckerberg, who started Facebook together with three of his friends — computer science major Andrew McCollum and roommates Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes.

Canon announces EOS-50D

Posted: August 26, 2008 in Tech

With the demand for digital SLR cameras reaching unprecedented levels, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, is answering the call with the announcement of the next evolution in advanced amateur digital SLR photography, the EOS 50D Digital SLR Camera with 15.1 megapixel resolution and Canon’s new DIGIC 4 image processor.

Designed to offer extraordinary quality and image control for the advanced photographer with a passion for the art, the Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR camera includes an expanded ISO range, improved noise reduction, and in-camera photo editing features. Canon has loaded the EOS 50D camera with a number of enhancements and some trickle-down technology from Canon’s professional Digital SLR cameras, as well as a new Creative Auto Mode (CA) that gives users more creative flexibility to make image setting adjustments conveniently without the need to be a photo expert.

Adobe announced Photoshop Elements 7 and a significant enhancement to its online offering today. The software additions include expanded quick-fix tools, such as teeth whitening and blue-sky tweaking, plus guided editing sequences that take users step-by-step through a variety of processes, including adjustments for levels and distortion effects, image cropping and adding artistic effects (pencil sketch, old fashioned, etc.).

One feature guaranteed to bring a smile to travelers whose shots of their nearest and dearest are impaired by annoying locals wandering into the frame is the Photomerge Scene Cleaner. Take several photos of your subject in the same setting, load them all into Photoshop Elements 7 and roughly indicate the locals you want removed. The software then automatically compiles a final image, drawing from the series of originals to produce a photo of subject plus scenery minus distractions.

Asus to make scented laptop

Posted: August 25, 2008 in Tech

Asus are to launch a scented laptop in their newest line. The scented laptop, to be called Asus F6, will come in four different designs and smells to choose from. The external design of the laptops will match their flower scent.

The four different designs have been named Floral Blossom, Musky Black, Morning Dew and Aqua Ocean.

The Asus F6 will feature an Intel Core Duo Processor, Wifi, 13.3 inch WXGA Color Shine LCD, web camera, fingerprint scanner and come in various hard drive sizes. You will have the option of a 120Gb, 160GB, 250GB or 320GB hard drive and will come with Vista installed as the OS.

Nokia has expanded its N-Series with the release of two new handsets designed to raise the game for mid-range mobiles – N85 and N79.

The Nokia N85 slider features a 2.6-inch OLED screen, GPS with turn by turn navigation, a 5MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics and an FM transmitter. Nokia has also bundled 10 games and 8GB memory card with the phone.

The Nokia N79 candybar handset has similar features as the Nokia N85 but instead comes with a 4GB memory card.

Sony announced a new wireless multi-room Audio system specifically designed for iPods called the S-AIRPLAY system. The system delivers audio wirelessly to included speakers without causing interference with other household devices.

The system includes one docking station and two wireless speakers and can transmit to up to 10 speakers at the same time. Features include an AM/ FM tuner that can be listened to in one room while a user in another room listens to the iPod simultaneously.

Apple released an update for the MacBook Air meant to resolve a longstanding problem with processor idling as well as one with video playback.

The MacBook Air Update addresses a problem reported by users on Apple’s support forums and elsewhere in which one of the two Core 2 Duo processors would shut down when heat became an issue, significantly slowing down the system until it cooled down.

The fix also mends some problems with video playback on the ultraportable notebooks.