Daily Archives: September 13, 2008

New WinZip 12.0 Delivers Industry’s First Zip Photo Compression

WinZip Computing, a Corel company, announced the availability of WinZip® 12.0, the latest version of the world’s leading compression software. New capabilities of WinZip 12.0 include industry-first JPEG Zip compression, a complete photo management and sharing solution, improved performance and compatibility and enhanced security options.

WinZip 12.0 makes it easier than ever to work with Zip files and other popular archive formats and adds functionality to improve performance for both home and corporate users.

“WinZip remains the most user-friendly compression tool available, and the new features in version 12.0 allow users to do much more than just compression,” said Shawn Cole, Director of Product Management of WinZip Computing. “WinZip 12.0 includes a complete photo management solution which allows users to download, rotate, zip and send JPEG files – all with WinZip. We like to call it our ‘from camera to grandma’ photo solution.”

New features and enhancements in WinZip 12.0 include:

– Photo and image compression—without any loss of quality or integrity—as well as image management and sharing

– Ability to create smaller Zip files through new compression algorithms and support for additional Archive formats

– Encryption security features to customize password requirements and the types of encryption available

– Improved user experience with various interface enhancements and refinements to help you (or your users) work smarter, faster, and safer

Photo Compression, Management and Sharing
– Compress Image Files –WinZip 12.0 compresses JPEG files by 20 to 25% without any loss of photo quality or data integrity. Smaller file sizes allow users to send photos faster and fit more on hard drives and removable media.

– Transfer and compress photos directly from digital camera – The new Zip from Camera Wizard (available in WinZip 12.0 Pro) makes it easy to transfer photos from a digital camera and compress them in a Zip file. For cameras that support orientation tags, WinZip 12.0 can also “auto-rotate” photos prior to compression so they are correctly oriented in the Zip file.

– View and work with photos directly in WinZip – WinZip’s Explorer allows users to view thumbnails of each photo, then drag and drop their images into folders for better organization. WinZip Pro includes a full-sized image viewer to view slide shows, rotate, resize, or delete photos all without unzipping them.

– Share photos with WinZip – WinZip 12.0’s enhanced Send feature makes it simple to share photos directly from WinZip. This is a fast and easy way to share pictures while reducing the required storage space and transfer time.

Improved Performance and Compatibility
– Powerful new compression technology – WinZip 12.0 adds the powerful LZMA compression method to create the smallest Zip files yet using WinZip’s unique “Best” compression option.

– Support for More Archive Formats – WinZip 12.0 adds support for 7Z archives, CD/DVD .ISO and .IMG disk image files to existing support for RAR, BZ2, CAB, LHA, Z, GZ, TAR, UUE, XXE, BinHex, Mime, and ZIP files.

Encryption Security Features

– Set password complexity preferences – WinZip 12.0 adds a new password policy which allows you to customize encryption password requirements to achieve a desired password complexity.

– Specify the types of encryption available – With WinZip 12.0 Pro, System Administrators can specify which encryption methods are available to each user and can disable the encryption features completely during MSI installation.

Improved User Experience
– Logically display file contents with Smart View – The new content-sensitive Smart View makes it easier to see the contents of Zip files. Simply open a Zip file and WinZip 12.0 will choose the most appropriate viewing method.

– More Compression Methods – The addition of WinZip’s new JPEG and LZMA compression methods to its existing PPMd, BZip2, Enhanced Deflate and WAVPack methods, WinZip offers improved compression performance for most file types.

– More intuitive and informative – New features combined with the classic Job Wizard task-automation tool in WinZip Pro, to make WinZip 12.0 the simplest and most intuitive version of WinZip ever.

Pricing and Availability

WinZip 12.0 Standard is US$29.95, and WinZip 12.0 Pro is US$49.95. Attractive volume licensing discounts are available. Existing registered users can upgrade to WinZip 12.0 at 50% of the new license fee.

WinZip is certified for Windows® XP and Windows Vista®.

Download links and ordering information can be found on the WinZip web site at

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Posted by on September 13, 2008 in Corel


D-Link’s DCS-900 series Internet cameras feature best home security options

Imagine being able to view the nanny and kids while you’re in the office, find out if your brother jacked your car while you were out-of-town, monitor the house perimeter for trespassers while out on the field, or even check for property damage during a typhoon while the waves are lapping at your feet on a beach far away.

D-Link International, one of the world’s biggest suppliers of network products, has made all these easier with its latest Securicams DCS-910 and DCS-920 Internet cameras with a 1.0 lux sensor to capture video in low-light conditions for home and office security.

Night time is not a problem for the easy-to-install DCS-910 and 920 which are designed for low-light conditions. Those away from home will still be able to view their prized possessions such as the house, the car, even the children and pets with great clarity anytime, anywhere. Wires and cables are not a concern because the DCS-920 has none.

The DCS-920 and DCS-910 can automatically detect motion, send email alerts when motion is detected and record to a computer on the home network or attached storage devices for detailed video monitoring and playback. They represent an ideal solution to keep an eye on children, senior members of the family or the office remotely by simply logging onto the camera using a web browser from any computer with Internet access.

“Affordably priced at less than Php 6,040 for the DCS-910 and less than Php 6,980 for the DCS-920, both Internet cameras come with a host of features to enable consumers to install a reliable home camera surveillance system that works for them. These include the 1.0 lux sensor and capability to record 320 x 420 resolution videos of up to 30 frames per second. All these come in a newer and slimmer design that makes installation in tight corners easier,” said Mr Desmond Toh, Marketing Director, D-Link International Pte Ltd.

Wi-Fi Connectivity for Flexible Placement
The latest DCS-900 series takes a departure from its previous bulky, black design to reveal a stylish form factor that enables the camera to be completely encased in white casing, without any protruding parts. An entry level yet full featured Internet camera, the DCS-910 is a wired version, and connects to an existing 10/100 Fast Ethernet network in the home or office. The DCS-920, on the other hand, comes with integrated 802.11g Wi-Fi capability, allowing it to be mounted in previously inaccessible places, such as ceilings and walls. It comes with WPA and WPA2 encryption for enhanced security.

Security at your fingertips
Both cameras come bundled with the D-ViewCam 2.0, network monitoring software which enables the camera to simultaneously view up to 32 cameras, hassle-free. Easily accessed and controlled using any Java-enabled browser, both cameras enable recording and snapshots to be done directly from a web browser to a local hard drive.

Multi-OS Support

Both cameras are compatible with Microsoft, Macintosh and Linux operating systems.

The new D-Link DCS-900 series is available through authorized retailers, resellers and distribution partners. The DCS-910 is retailing at the suggested retail price of Php 6,040. The DCS-920 is retailing at the suggested retail price of Php 6,980.

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Posted by on September 13, 2008 in D-Link


AMD Delivers Optimum Platform for Virtualization with Microsoft

AMD announced the availability of robust new virtualization solutions powered by a combination of technologies from AMD and Microsoft Corp. This new deployment model uses AMD Opteron processors with AMD Virtualization (AMD-V) technology together with Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V to deliver significant efficiencies to enterprises large and small. Mid-market companies in particular, which have traditionally been slower to implement virtualization, can take advantage of the combined AMD and Microsoft product offering to help reduce cost, complexity and energy consumption.

“AMD has taken a leading role in driving virtualization innovation into the x86 processor, helping to meet a compelling need in the commercial market for cost reduction, increased performance and energy efficiency,” said Kevin Knox, vice president of Worldwide Commercial Business, AMD. “Now, through our continued partnership with Microsoft, AMD is expanding virtualization’s reach and the benefits of resource consolidation to companies that might not have taken advantage of virtualization in the past.”

Resource consolidation achieved through virtualization can deliver the low energy consumption, and superior utilization and manageability demanded by today’s business es. AMD Opteron processors and Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, a hypervisor-based virtualization feature of Microsoft Windows Server 2008, allow OEMs, VARs and Solution Providers to offer a valuable server virtualization combination to help increase their competitive edge and market opportunity. AMD-V technology and Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V also help enable business es to scale according to demands, boosting the efficiency of workloads.

“AMD and Microsoft have a history of working closely together to design industry-leading solutions that allow customers to maximize their investments and stay ahead of the changing business landscape,” said Bob Kelly, corporate vice president of Microsoft Infrastructure Server Marketing. “Virtualization is here to stay, and Microsoft’s portfolio of virtualization software combined with technology like AMD-V will help a business of any size realize its potential.”

Increased Flexibility for the Mid-Market
Mid-market companies are often faced with legacy applications and hardware, integration challenges and cost constraints. The efficiencies and flexibility promised through the combined AMD and Microsoft product offering is expected to particularly benefit this underserved market segment.

“We implemented virtualization for manageability purposes, but rapidly adopted the AMD and Microsoft solution for its multiple benefits,” said David P. Smith, Chief Technology Officer, ServiceU Corporation, an on-demand event management software provider. “Through the use of power-efficient AMD processors running Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, in one datacenter alone we doubled the number of operating system installs and processor cores, while cutting power requirements, heat output and space requirements by approximately one third,” continued Smith. “We were blown away by the results, and are now firm believers in the AMD Opteron processor and Microsoft’s Hyper-V technology.”

AMD Opteron processors with Direct Connect Architecture are well suited for x86 server-based virtualization. Microsoft and AMD’s robust architectures allow customers to scale with ease, providing a flexible infrastructure that can evolve as an organization grows. The two platforms also deliver the necessary performance to securely handle memory-intensive virtualization with less overhead—all with low energy consumption. Benefits of AMD’s design architecture and technology include:
– AMD-V technology improves efficiency by allowing customers to host more virtual machines, transactions and users per server with superior control and less overhead.
– Native multi-core capabilities fully integrate processing cores rather than simply packing them together.
– AMD continues to add significant features to AMD Opteron processors, such as Extended Migration, the Tagged Translation Look-aside Buffer for fast switching times and Rapid Virtualization Indexing technology.

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Posted by on September 13, 2008 in AMD