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Toshiba’s toughest Tecra yet

Adam Gosling – Thursday, 3 November 2005

Toshiba has released a new Tecra, the S3 business notebook, which it claims is the most durable and secure mobile PC you can get.

On top of Toshiba’s EasyGuard suite security the notebook includes integrated software RAID, fingerprint reader, a three-axis ‘accelerometer’ for hard disk drive (HDD) protection, spill resistant keyboard, anti-theft timer and extensive cushioning to protect the most crucial components of the machine.

It’s green too being the world’s first computer to fully comply with the European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive for environmentally-friendly electronic equipment – in fact the Tecra S3’s compliance precedes the compliance as set out in the RoHS directive by seven months.

Mark Whittard, Toshiba ISD general manager for ANZ said: “The single greatest concern for CIOs and IT departments is the protection of data – and with good reason. Research has shown that it can take up to three weeks and $20,000 to reproduce 20 megabytes of lost data, particularly that from critical functions such as accounting.”

The inbuilt RAID1 system on the new Tecra duplicates information on the primary hard drive to a secondary hard drive (optimal 9.5mm Slim SelectBay) as you would expect, but Toshiba has included a utility, which will automatically check the integrity of data on each drive and correct any corrupted data on either drive. Add the 3D motion sensors to detect motion…

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Nokia Launches Open-Source Browser

Model S60 smart phones from Nokia and Siemens can use the new Safari-based browser.

Nancy Gohring, IDG News Service Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Nokia has announced the release of its open-source mobile Web browser and has launched a new portal to share information about its open-source activities.

In June, Nokia announced that it was developing an open-source browser for phones that use its S60 smart-phone software platform. The browser, now available to licensees of S60 Third Edition, relies on the WebCore and JavaScriptCore components of Apple’s Safari Web kit. Safari, Apple’s browser, uses KHTML and KDE’s JavaScript Engine, developed as part of KDE’s Konquerer open-source project.

Nokia and Siemens build phones based on the S60 platform.

The browser will display Web pages to mobile phone users exactly as the Web site developers designed those pages, Nokia said. The browser includes pop-up blocking software, access to RSS feeds, and…

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Lenovo’s first full quarter with IBM PC business shows positive results

Lenovo’s first full quarter with IBM PC business shows positive results 2 November, 2005 by Chris Talbot

Lenovo has released the financial results for the second quarter of its 2006 fiscal year.

According to those results, Lenovo showed continued overall revenue and profit growth. The quarter is the first reflecting a full three months’ contribution from Lenovo’s acquisition of IBM’s former Personal Computing Division (PCD), which closed on April 30, 2005.

Lenovo’s consolidated revenue for the second fiscal quarter ended Sept. 30, 2005, and it increased 404 per cent year-over-year to $28.5 billion (HK). In the same period, pre-tax income increased 70 per cent to $507 million (HK), and profit attributable to shareholders grew 22 per cent to $354 million (HK).

Lenovo’s performance in the second quarter was positive, the company stated. PC shipments grew 13 per cent year-over-year. The results were driven by shipments of PC systems introduced after the PCD acquisition, such as the ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC and the model refresh of the ThinkCentre desktop PC line. While Lenovo’s PC operations in China, the Americas and Asia Pacific all were profitable, the PC operations in EMEA (Europe/Middle East/Africa) reported a loss.

“The new Lenovo is already showing signs of achieving its potential, although we have much yet to do,” said Mary Ma, CFO of Lenovo. “In financial terms, we have delivered another quarter of profit growth and our cash position is very good. Most importantly…

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