Archive for September 15, 2008

AMD Challenges Intel Atom with New Athlons

Posted: September 15, 2008 in Tech

Reports indicated that AMD will be launching new Ultra-Value Client (UVC) processors to be pitted against Atom processors from Intel.

Furthermore, the report also said that AMD will be launching the single core Athlon 2650e and the dual core Athlon 3250e. Paired with AMD’S 740 chipsets, the 3250e is expected to be out early Q4.

“UVC ultra-value solutions provide the PC user experience that customers expect in a power envelope that enables a cost-optimised system,” says AMD.

Bank of America to Buy Merrill Lynch & Co.

Posted: September 15, 2008 in Tech

Merrill Lynch & Co., navigating in a global financial storm, agreed to be bought by Bank of America Corp. in an all-stock deal the companies valued at $50 billion.

The deal creates a huge global force in managing wealth, underwriting equity and high-yield debt, advising on mergers and acquisitions, and financing the consumer economy through credit cards and car loans.

Symantec and McAfee are readying new products designed to lock down the software running in virtual machine environments.

McAfee Total Protection for Virtualization is a customizable security suite designed to run within virtual machines. The product doesn’t include new technology – it ships with McAfee’s VirusScan, AntiSpyware, Host Intrusion Prevention and ePolicy Orchestrator – but it does come with a new licensing model that should make things a little easier for administrators.

Symantec will be offering its Symantec Security Virtual Machine. The product is a “software appliance” that includes a Linux OS, which runs as a guest operating system on the server being protected.

Symantec is using new security APIs (application programming interfaces) created by VMware to let third-party products peer into virtual machine sessions to monitor their security.

Seagate launches new FreeAgent drives

Posted: September 15, 2008 in Tech

Seagate announced FreeAgent external hard drives. This new generation of the Seagate FreeAgent family includes attractive desktop and mobile options, for both Mac and Windows operated PCs that make it a breeze to back up, share and protect valuable digital content like photos, videos and music.

Seagate’s flagship offering, the FreeAgent Go portable storage solution, is the slimmest external drive with a height of only 12.5mm, the new FreeAgent Go easily fits in a pocket while still including all the advanced shock and vibration protection people have come to expect from Seagate.

With up to 500GB of capacity, the FreeAgent Go bridges the gap between standard portable solutions and desktop solutions with enough storage to carry entire libraries of movies, pictures and music. No longer does one need to sacrifice capacity for portability, Seagate FreeAgent Go provides the benefits and convenience of both in a truly seamless on-the-go package.

An international and cross-industry group of more than 20 leading companies announced the formation of a consortium, Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE) LLC (“DECE LLC”), that will define and build a new digital media framework using industry standards, and will enable consumers to acquire and play content across a wide range of services and devices.

Anchored by Alcatel-Lucent, Best Buy, Cisco, Comcast, Fox Entertainment Group, HP, Intel, Lionsgate, Microsoft, NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures, Philips, Sony, Toshiba, VeriSign and Warner Bros. Entertainment, DECE LLC will address growing consumer confusion around buying, downloading and playing digital content offered by multiple services by working toward a simple, uniform digital media experience.