Month: January 2018

Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p, Powerful Mini Desktop PC With Intel Haswell RapidCharge & Support VESA

Although small and no bigger than a DVD Drive, the latest Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p is claimed to be one of the ideal alternative right choice for those who really want more mobility and portability are high for the existence of his desktop PC.

By relying on the reliability of Intel Core i7 processor until Haswell in it, a desktop PC with a thickness of only 34.5 mm is supposedly able to support reliable power on overall system performance.

In addition to providing a 64GB SSD as primary storage handalnya accurate solution, this mini desktop PC also has been providing storage options Solid State Hybrid Drive (SSHD) as the best alternative storage expansion.

The presence of USB slots “Always On” with RapidCharge feature makes it usable to recharge (charge) power devices even when the computer is turned off gadgets (sleep mode) even if, while you can use the optional VESA to attach to the back of a desktop computer to create such as all-in-one PC.

Concerning the price offered, a unit of mini desktop PC Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p is reportedly priced at 749 USD, equivalent to over 7.45 million dollars.

Maxthon Partners with AMD to Offer Web Browser Optimized for Next Generation APU Chips

Maxthon, a cloud-based browser, today released a new version of its Windows browser that uses a revolutionary new microprocessor from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), significantly reducing power consumption while offering superior video performance. AMD’s new Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) leverages new technology to make transactions between the graphics processing unit (GPU) and the central processing unit (CPU) faster and more energy-efficient than ever before.

“New chip architecture like AMD’s APU product is a clear signpost to where we believe the Web technology is heading: more happening in the chip and the browser serving as more of an open standards operating system,” said Jeff Chen, founder and CEO of Maxthon. “We’re proud to collaborate with AMD on such an exciting step forward.”

The GPU handles the processing of rich media including graphics and video, while the CPU manages the heavy lifting of analytical and logic-based functions. Until now, communicating across these two units has depended on a serial data connection that processes millions of functions per second, often resulting in a sluggish and power-consuming Web experience.

The partnership allows Maxthon to optimize the Windows browser for lightning-quick interaction between the APU to speed up video and graphics rendering, particularly using HTML5 standards for which Maxthon is the global leader in support. Among other things, the Maxthon Cloud browser is using OpenCL for lightning quick HTML5 video post processing to offer richer, faster video.

“In the near future what we now know as TV will be mediated through a Web browser optimized for innovative technology like AMD’s APU processors,” said Karl Mattson, vice president of Maxthon International. “Among other things, that means the electronic ‘hearth’ of the TV in the family room will be freed to be available to any device connected to the Web running a browser like Maxthon.”

About Maxthon

Maxthon is an innovative software company that develops superior Web browsers that continue to set new standards for speed, security, simplicity and cloud features. It is available on the Windows, Android, iOS and Mac platforms. With offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, Maxthon reaches a global community of users that tops more than 120,000,000 people each month in more than 150 countries.

Four Techniques Local Businesses Should Use for Search Engine Optimization with WordPress

Hands down, a WordPress website is one of the best investments that can be made in a local company’s online lead generation efforts. Admittedly, it can also be one of the biggest investments. My Local Leads, a Maine based marketing firm, works on design and development as well as continued maintenance of affordable WordPress websites for local businesses across the US. There are undoubtedly some decisions that go into the initial planning and development stages that can greatly impact marketing effectiveness of the site. Then, there are things that require continued and near constant observation and work. These few techniques are important to helping make a WordPress website part of a successful local search marketing campaign.

Choosing the right domain name can be pivotal in helping increase a websites reach, especially in the early stages. It was popular to stuff a domain with keywords, but recent search engine algorithm updates have lessened the value of such a practice. Branding is important for the domain name. It needs to be simple enough for people to remember. If a keyword fits naturally, sure it can and should be added. If it ends up making it too weird, too long, or too hard to remember, it is most likely not worth it.

It is also important to remember to turn on WordPress’s built in SEO tools when putting up a site for a local business. There is a setting under privacy of a WordPress site that will automatically hide the site from search engines, and this certainly is not what anyone attempting to build a site for search engine optimization wants to have set. At the same time, the WordPress website should have the permalinks set to be friendly URLs, which will help with the site ranking.

There are important add-ons that any WordPress website should have including sitemap and SEO tools. The meta titles and descriptions can be easily added with warnings and suggestions through using a tool like Yoast. The sitemap is a factor in overall page ranking and can be done automatically through a plugin whenever new pages or posts are added.

Another factor that business owners will want to keep an eye on with their WordPress site is the actual functionality. The site should load quickly, have no dead links, and have clean code. Ugly and broken code can harm the rankings as well as user experience. Slow sites or sites that go down frequently can also be detrimental to both customer experience and search engine rankings.

Logitech headsets and webcams for the business professional

As many of you know, I’m a full-time telecommuter. Although a portion of my work involves some travel, most days I am working from home, and a lot of that involves sitting on conference calls with colleagues and customers/partners.

Until recently, much of that required that I be desk-bound.

Anyone who has to work with VOIP and IP-based conferencing systems such as Skype, Microsoft Lync, Cisco WebEx and Citrix GoToMeeting knows that voice quality is everything if you’re going to have an effective business conversation.

And that means using devices that typically tie you to your desk, such as a wired headset or an Bluetooth/USB speakerphone, such as the Plantronics Callisto, which I have and think is an excellent product.

While there are many Bluetooth headsets and earpieces on the market which are perfectly suitable for mobile phone conversations, few are specifically optimized for use with PCs that have VOIP “Soft Phone” software, and do not deliver what I would regard as business critical voice quality.

They are perfectly fine for short calls, but not ideal when you are on a VOIP conference for as much as an hour at a time, or even longer, particularly when you need to be an active participant and when paying close attention to who is speaking and the clarity of what you are saying is essential.

As we all know about Bluetooth when it comes to audio streams, the farther you get away from the transceiver, the worse the audio gets. So it’s not practical to stray too far away from your PC.

Logitech’s latest wireless headsets have been a total game changer for my personal work situation since I’ve been using them the last few months. I’ve been using the H820e stereo version which retails for $199 but can be found for considerably less.

Installation and use of the headset is pretty straightforward — you plug the DECT 6.0 transmitter and charging base into a free USB port on your PC or Mac, and the AC power cord to power the base. The headset charges on the base when not in use, and has a built-in rechargeable battery.

The operating system recognizes it automatically, and depending on the VOIP program you are using, you may need to alter the settings to use the headset as your primary audio device.

If you’re familiar with the DECT 6.0 1.9Ghz wireless transmission standard, particularly if you have cordless phones in your house that use the technology, you know that you can get some pretty impressive range and not lose any voice quality. That’s exactly what the H820e headset gives you for VOIP calls.

My home office is a good 60 feet away from my living room and around 75 feet from my “breakfast area” which has my espresso machine and a table which faces my outdoor patio and pool area with outdoor furniture which is about 100 feet or so away from the base transmitter.

So regardless of what VOIP software I am using, and where I am in my house, I get the same crystal-clear voice quality as if I am sitting right in front of my PC. For example, this wearable computing podcast that I recorded with Rick Vanover of Veeam was actually done in my living room, while wearing the H820e using Skype.

So the quality of the audio is without dispute. What about the overall design and using it?

The H820e was designed for use for hours at a time. The stereo version is comfortable and after a while you forget you even have it on your head. While I am extremely pleased with the device, I have only a few nitpicks:

First, the “Mute” button is attached to the microphone boom and is recessed back towards where the headphone is. It doesn’t stick prominently out, so you have to sort of feel your way up the boom to finding it.

If you’re away from your PC and are not near the software controls of your VOIP client, and some sort of unplanned audio distraction occurs that you don’t want to be heard by everyone else, then it could take a few seconds to mute the audio while you fumble around with the boom. It would be better if in the next version of this product that they put it on the exterior side of the headphone holding the boom.

It’s a minor annoyance but it’s still an annoyance nonetheless.

The second is the boom mic’s sensitivity to airflow. Now, normally you don’t have a lot of “wind” in an indoor or office setting but in the summertime in Florida, I like to have a fan going in my office for better air circulation.

If that fan is pointed directly at me, it sounds like I am in an outdoor breeze. And if you are actually outdoors (like sitting on my patio and having a cup of coffee) and a little bit of wind picks up, you’re going to hear it if the mic isn’t muted, no question.

Also, if you are a heavy breather, you’ll probably want to have the boom twisted a lot farther away from your mouth than you think you need it.

Despite what I would call these two minor nitpicks I think the H820e is an excellent product and I heartily reccomend it. I’ve also spent some time with their wired headset, the H650e on business trips with my laptop and also on my Surface RT using Skype and Lync, and the audio is just as high quality as the H820e, provided your bandwidth supports the fidelity of the connection.

Not all telecommuting and conferencing is about audio, however. From time to time I do need to do video as well.

My corporate laptop, my Lenovo X1 Carbon is a great little machine but its webcam isn’t its strong suit. When it’s docked to my monitor on my desk at home, I need something that delivers much more robust and HD-quality video.

I’ve written about small busines and SOHO/workgroup video conferencing products before, like Logitech’s BCC950. While the BCC950 is an excellent product for small meeting rooms and for having three to five people on camera at once, it’s overkill for a telecommuter or just someone in a single office.

Enter the Logitech C930e, a “Business” webcam. Like any other webcam it clips to the top of your monitor and plugs into your USB 2.0 or 3.0 port. But this is no ordinary webcam.

At a street price of $129.00 it’s more expensive than Logitech’s consumer/prosumer webcam offerings, but there’s considerable enterprise-class video conferencing technology built-into this little device.

First, provided your bandwidth supports it, the C930e can capture 1080p video (or 15MP stills) at 30 frames a second because it includes Scalable Video Coding using H.264 and UVC 1.5, the second of which is needed to be certified for use with corporate-grade video conferencing tools.

Second, the camera has a 90-degree diagonal field of view so you get a widescreen capture of the subject without any “fish eye” distortion. You also get a Carl Zeiss lens and 4X digital zoom with software pan and tilt control, as well as built-in stereo microphones

Logitech also offers the consumer-oriented C920 which is about $30 cheaper than the C930e, but it lacks the the Scalable Video Coding and UVC 1.5 capabilities used with corporate applications like Lync and Cisco UC and is more suited towards Skype and other consumer video applications like Google Hangouts. It also lacks the 90-degree FOV of its more expensive sibling.

While the two cameras look very similar, they shouldn’t be confused with each other. If corporate video conferencing capability and quality is definitely what you need, you want the C930e.

Long life, no cooling fans: Intel’s 4.5W Core processors could blur the PC/tablet line

Windows tablets hold within them an implicit promise: To deliver the full Windows 8 experience in a svelte tablet form factor.

Unfortunately, the ambitions of Microsoft and its partners have thus far exceeded reality, largely due to processor power issues. Even the lowest of low-wattage Ultrabook chips simply sip too much juice, forcing manufacturers to house their hybrids in cases full of fans—a compromise that has left Windows tablets and convertibles thicker and louder than the ARM-based tablet competition.

No more. Intel announced Tuesday that new Core Y-series Haswell processors capable of fitting in thin, completely fanless designs are inbound “in the coming months.”

While Intel had previously announced its Core Y-series chips would run at a scenario design point—basically, an Intel metric for the power draw during sustained workloads—of 6 watts, the newly announced processors will dip all the way down to 4.5W SDP. (6W variants will also be available.) That 1.5-watt difference between the two is the difference between needing additional cooling and a potentially fanless design, according to Intel

Tablets and hybrid PCs with the 4.5-watt Core chips will offer more than nine hours of battery life on active usage, Intel spokesman Dan Snyder said via email.

Don’t expect to see crazy performance from such low-powered Haswell processors, however.

While the new chips will be able to boost to higher performance for short periods thanks to their 11-watt thermal design power rating—a “worst-case” power metric that measures the maximum energy used during heavy workloads—a large part of Intel’s ability to bring the cooling and power requirements down so far lies in underclocking the processor. Sustained boosting above 4.5W would strain the cooling capabilities of a fanless chassis.

Even still, a low-powered Haswell processor will blow the pants off both ARM chips andIntel’s own Atom CPUs, performance-wise, bringing true Ultrabook-like chops to a truly tablet-style design.

“I think there is a real market need for a fanless tablet or 2-in-1 with PC-level performance,” says Patrick Moorhead, president and principal analyst at Moor Insights and Strategy. “This is exactly where Intel’s new 4.5-watt [chip] comes into play… Even though the 4.5-watt Haswell will be clocked lower than the 6-watt version announced at Computex, it will have significantly higher performance than Bay Trail.”

While Moorhead expects production of low-watt chips to ramp up sometime in 2014, Intel says the first round of energy-sipping Y-series processors will be produced in limited quantities. It’d be a shock if those chips failed to show up in a Haswell refresh of Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet.

Motherboard ECS A55F2- M3

Now with FM2

If you remember, the elder brother of ECS-M3 PCplus A55F2 test this time PCplus ever fit in issue 412. Old brother-M3 ECS A55F2 it is ECS A55F-M3 alias minus the number 2 on the naming. At that time, ECS A55F-M3 comes with support for AMD socket FM1 APU with. Now, ECS A55F2-M3 comes with support for the latest generation AMD APU, Trinity, who took FM2 socket.

u6-435-ecsSelain will support newer AMD APU, ECS-M3 A55F2 also added to the display for digital output. ECS A55F-M3 only offer analog outputs in the form of D-Sub 15pin. Digital outputs are added to this is the HDMI.

In terms of main memory slots and expansion slots, micro ATX motherboard is still giving two slots and three slots. Expansion slot is paired ECS PCIExpress 2.0 x16, PCI-Express 2.0 x1, and PCI. Unfortunately, the use of dual slot graphics card, like his brother, will close the slot PCI-Express 2.0 x1 and could complicate the use of a SATA port.

What about the additional facilities? ECS-M3 A55F2 rely more on the facilities offered by the AMD A55 chipset it uses. Therefore, there is no SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0. Similarly, eSATA and FireWire. Both of these interfaces are not added to the ECS.

For you who like tinkering with computers, this motherboard does provide a number of options for you to adjust the BIOS setup, but there are a number of common options for tweaking is not offered by ECS. There is also no indicator POST process and switch / easy to clear CMOS button on the rear panel. The good, easy way to clear CMOS utilizing the Page Up key on the keyboard still included.

For business solid capacitors, ECS-M3 A55F2 use. Unfortunately, the use of only on the assessed critical. For others, ECS still wearing electrolytic capacitor. Just a reminder, solid capacitors generally considered to have the durability and quality that is better than electrolytic capacitor that is more affordable.

Given that the cost should you spend to redeem, various limitations this is a natural thing. ECS motherboard consign it for you who need a FM2 motherboard affordable and do not need the completeness of all kinds. Good again, ECS still provides a number of distinctive features such as the EZ Charger can recharge your mobile device battery quickly.

Intel aims for longer tablet battery life with Haswell chips

IDG News Service – Intel says it will increase of the battery life of tablets and hybrid PCs that use its microprocessors, with new low-power Haswell chips that will start shipping later this year.

The chip maker said Tuesday that its upcoming Core Y series chips will run at 4.5-watts using a metric called SDP (scenario design power), roomates measures the power used to dissipate heat while running certain apps on mobile and touch devices.

That’s a lower figure than Intel was aiming for initially, Intel spokesman Dan Snyder said via e-mail. Intel previously said it would release the Core Y chips with a 6-watt SDP.

Intel’s use of SDP has been Criticized, however, since it differs from the used and accepted, Instant-TDP (Thermal Design Power) metric. TDP Intel counters that may not be applicable on devices such as tablets, Because they differ so much in design from laptops. Rivals such as Advanced Micro Devices disagree.

Tablets and PCs hybrid with the 4.5 watt Core chips will offer more than nine hours of battery life on active usage, Snyder said. Intel also Announced Y 6-watt Core processors for PCs fitted with fans.

Claimed that Intel has the fourth-generation Core chips based on Haswell offer up to 50 percent longer battery life and up to twice the graphics performance than their predecessors Ivy Bridge.

The Y Core chips will ship to device makers in the coming months, Snyder said. However, the company Declined to comment on when tablets and hybrids based on the chips would Become available. Tablets and hybrids running on Intel’s third-generation Core i3 and i5 chips based on Ivy Bridge are already available. Intel also offers the Atom processor for tablets; faster the Core processors are more power hungry though.

The Y-series chips are vital for Intel, roomates needs to grab a larger share of the tablet market as PC shipments decline. Intel is also trying to bridge the divide via laptop-tablet Haswell, targeting the chips at hybrids with detachable touchscreens and keyboards. The market today is dominated by ARM, Whose processors are used in most tablets and smartphones.

The first Core processors Y joins a lineup of Haswell processors that include a dual-core Core U laptop chips, roomates draw 11.5 watts to 15 watts of power. Intel started shipping in June also other quad-and dual-core Haswell chips for desktops and laptops. Including PC makers Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Acer have Announced laptops and hybrids based on the Haswell chips Announced in June.

Gigabyte S1185 Padbook: Relies on Full Screen HD and Full Connectivity

Computing products manufacturers from Taiwan, Gigabyte, again presents a PC-based Windows 8 tablet newest Padbook Gigabyte S1185.
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Gigabyte S1185 comes Padbook relying Full HD IPS touch screen measuring 11.6 inches. Performance is supported by the use of an Intel Core i5-337U 1.8GHz (Ivy Bridge) with support for 4GB of RAM and a 64GB SSD. To replace a regular keyboard, Gigabyte S1185 Padbook magnetic kit comes with a keyboard that can dilepaspasang and equipped with various advanced features such as Optical Finger Mouse Buttons and Navigaton and Smart Switch Technology.
Port connectivity is complete enough from its port D-Sub, HDMI, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi to support 3.5G (optional). Additionally there is support THX TruStudio Pro technology to accommodate the needs of multimedia such as watching movies, listening to music, or playing games. And present a 5 megapixel main camera and 1.3 megapixel front camera that can be used for video chat.
Datascrip, as the sole distributor in Indonesia Padbook Gigabyte, Gigabyte will price Padbook S1185 with prices ranging from about Rp9.275.000.

Samsung Announces SSD Storage Capacity 1TB

SEOUL – Manufacturers of electronic devices from South Korea, Samsung, announced the latest hardware besutannya, solid-state storage drive (SSD) 840 Evo. The data storage hardware comes with capacities of 1TB of data.

Reported by Cnet, Thursday (07/18/2013), the launch of Samsung’s 840 SSD series has circulated in November 2012. Latest, Samsung offers a new device called the SSD 840 with a capacity of 1 TB Evo.

The main difference between the two is that, the latest variant of the Evo SSD 840 offers double the capacity than the 840 series and the performance is claimed to be faster. As with previous variants, 840 Evo comes with a 7mm thickness and 2.5-inch design.

The data storage device connectivity supports SATA 3 (6Gbps) I / O. Samsung said the 840 Evo compact design using 10-nanometer class technology with 128GB NAND flash memory.

Evo 840 companies scheduled to begin mass production in April 2013. The device will be equipped with Samsung’s multicore MEX controller.

This portable storage is claimed to offer speeds of between two to three times that of the previous series. Samsung SSD 840 Evo offers up to 520MBps and write speeds of 540MBps read. In random access (random access), the device offers up to 98,000 IOPS.

The company claims 840 Evo is the fastest SSD for consumers. Samsung 840 Evo will reportedly be available in five capacities, ie, 120GB, 250GB, 500GB, 750GB and 1TB. Not yet known how much the price tag of the new device.

Review: Seagate Wireless Plus

The storage capacity is relatively limited tablet often makes us have to be smart to choose which content you want to keep in it. Not realizing it, remove and insert the digital content such as music video and it turns out that quite a lot of time consuming.
Well, one of the more clever solution is to use an external hard disk as Wi-Fi. Seagate Wireless Plus (SWP) is the replacement for the Seagate GoFlex Wireless (SGW) which appeared in 2011. There are some improvements that are owned SWP as larger capacity, longer battery life, as well as support for streaming 8 connections at once. The size is also smaller than SGW, and attractive, the price is not much different from SGW.
To fill the data into SWP, you just connect it to a PC via a fast USB 3.0 connection. If desired, you can replace with Thunderbolt or Firewire connector (sold separately). SWP is very easy to operate. You simply press the on / off button is there, then set your device to connect via Wi-Fi access point to the SWP. While connected to the SWP, you can still connect to the Internet by connecting the device to a Wi-Fi hotspot through SeagateMedia application available free on Play Store and AppStore.
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Wireless Plus has been arranged with several standard folders such as Videos, Music, Photos, and Documents. But you can create your own folders if desired. SeagateMedia application quite well, but does not support all video formats. To music, more fully supported formats. As for the documents, Seagate will ask what application you want to use to open the document. I tried it on the Galaxy Note 10.1 and the Apple iPad 3. The results are quite varied and SWP proved more smoothly used in the Android platform, especially for video playback.
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Full HD video in a streaming format. MP4 can be done smoothly, while for the format. Above 1GB MKV, a little choked up. This is not a problem in the SWP, but more to the software problem. Fortunately
You can use other applications to play the video. SWP battery is claimed to last up to 10 hours. But if you continue to take streaming video, then the battery will be filled after 6-7 hours. If it varies, then the battery will be able to last up to 9-10 hours.
Seagate Wireless Plus is an easy to use, very handy, and will remain relevant for longer than a new gadget you bought. The price is quite high, but the ability is quite worth it.