China`s Gome to Increase Procurements of Taiwan-made NB PCs and LCD TVs

The China-based Gome Electrical Appliances Holdings Ltd., the largest retailer of household electronics in the country, is going to spend RMB1 billion (US$146.39 million at US$1: RMB6.831) procuring notebook PCs and LCD (liquid crystal display) TVs from Taiwanese brands, including Acer, Asus and Benq, in the fourth quarter of this year, according to Wang Junzhou, Gome`s vice president.

ang paid his first personal visit to Taiwan recently to seek cooperation with large-sized notebook PC and LCD TV makers on the island. In light of Taiwanese notebook PC brands` competitive edges, such as efficient supply chains, excellent production and R&D capability and cost efficiency, he said, Gome is quite interested in cooperating with them to distribute their products in China.

In the meantime, besides existing Taiwanese partner TPV Technology Ltd., Gome is also going to contact another leading Taiwanese LCD TV maker, Amtran Technology Co., Ltd. for cooperation, according to Wang. Amtran now is well known as the production arm for Vizio, one of the top two LCD TV brands in North America.

Wang indicated that Gome now operates more than 1,100 chain stores in China, scoring sales revenue of RMB100 billion (US$14.63 billion) in 2008, with communication devices, LCD TVs and notebook PCs as the three hottest sellers among its available portfolio.

He said that scale of the Chinese market for consumer electronics has been rapidly growing to up to RMB800 (US$24.61 billion) a year, with notebook PCs emerging as the stellar products in the market. For reasons, he noted, lowering unit prices make the products more affordable for local consumers than before. Presently, a notebook PC sells for about RMB3000 (US$439.17) per unit on average, especially friendly to students. Furthermore, with Chinese telecom companies actively promoting wireless Internet accesses and 3G communication services, notebook PCs and netbook PCs are increasingly popular in the market.

The firm`s increasing sales of notebook PCs reflects the aforementioned situation in the market, with the products contributing 7-8% to the firm`s total sales revenue in the first half of this year, higher than 5-6% of a year earlier.

VAIO X Notebook PC VPCX115KXB

VAIO X Notebook PC VPCX115KXB: An Ultra-mobile masterpiece
EVERYDAY ULTRA-MOBILE PERFORMANCE

Vaio VPCX115KXB

So light and slim, you might not even know it’s there. About as thin as most cell phones, the 1.6lb (with standard battery) VAIO® X series is a cinch to tote. Enjoy a full-featured PC experience with Genuine Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium 32bit.

See your content as it was meant to be. An 11.1″ (1366×768) widescreen, LED backlit display uses power efficient technology and delivers incredible picture clarity with 100% color saturation. Designed to be as functional as it is gorgeous, the isolated keyboard design on the VAIO® X series offers a user-friendly touch and feel that makes for easy typing.
CUT THE CORD
Enjoy a new kind of computing freedom with the X series that includes both a standard and large capacity battery. With a combined battery life of up to 15 hours , you’ll be able to stay unplugged through the day and into the night… not bad for a PC that’s about ½ ” thin and weighs only 1.6 lbs (with standard battery).

WIRELESS FREEDOM
Your friends, your news, and your entertainment when you need it. The VAIO® Lifestyle PC lets you browse the web in more places with Verizon Wireless Mobile Broadband Built-In, America’s largest and most reliable 3G network .

Built-in real-time GPS lets you navigate even the most unfamiliar places with ease. No internet connection required. Extend the reach of your VAIO Lifestyle PC with A2DP Bluetooth® technology that’s ideal for streaming uncompromised CD-quality stereo music to compatible Bluetooth® technology enabled speakers or headphones.

ENDLESS FEATURES
Intuitive and fun to use, the X series touch pad features multi-touch functionality. Easily zoom in and out, flip through pictures, rotate items and scroll vertically and horizontally without ever touching your mouse. A built-in webcam lets you video chat with friends, family and colleagues practically anywhere you go.

ULTRA-LIGHT, ULTRA-THIN… AND TOUGH
Faster and more efficient, the 128GB solid state drive is also less prone to damage than a standard hard drive. A carbon-fiber casing adds durability without extra weight. A seamless aluminum keyboard panel adds structural integrity to the X series while a scratch resistant LCD protects against wear and tear to the screen. Experience a new kind of computing freedom with the VAIO® X Series, the world’s lightest notebook . Supplied with both a standard and large capacity battery, it delivers extra long battery life . And add to the mix Verizon Wireless Mobile Broadband , durable carbon-fiber casing and integrated GPS , and the result is a notebook that redefines the benchmark on ultra-mobility.

Specifications

General
Computer Type:
Notebook
Type of Use: Ultra-portable
Action Buttons: Wireless / Bluetooth® on / off
Pointing Device: Electro-static touch pad

Hardware
Keyboard: QWERTY, 82 keys with 1.2mm stroke and 17mm pitch
Camera: Built-in MOTION EYE® camera andmicrophone with face-tracking technology
Processor: Type: Intel® processor Speed: 2.00GHz Front Side Bus Speed: 533MHz
L2 Cache: 512kB

Memory
Installed:
2GB (2GBx1)
Maximum: 2GB
Type/Speed: DDR2/533MHz

Expansion Slots
Multimedia Card Reader:
One Memory Stick Duo™ media slot with MagicGate® functionality One Secure Digital (SD memory card) media slot

Solid State Drive
Capacity: 128GB
Interface: Serial ATA

Audio
Sound System: Intel® High Definition Audio

Display
Screen Size:
11.1″
Resolution: 1366×768
Back Light Technology: LED

Graphics
Processor:
Mobile Intel® Graphics Media
Accelerator 500
Chipset:
Mobile Intel® Hub US15W Chipset

Power
Battery Type:
Standard Capacity Lithium-ion Battery Large Capacity Lithium-ion Battery
Estimated Battery Life: Up to 3.0 hours Standard
Capacity Battery: Up to 12.0 hours Large Capacity Battery

Wireless/Networking
Ethernet Protocol: 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T (Gigabit)
Ethernet Speed: Fast Ethernet (RJ-45)
Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth® Technology: Integrated Stereo A2DP (2.1 + EDR)
Mobile Broadband: Verizon Wireless Mobile Broadband Built-in

Software
Operating System:
Genuine Microsoft® Windows 7® Home Premium 32-bit
Supplied Software: Microsoft® Works SE 9.0 w/60-Day Trial Version of Microsoft® Office Home and Student 2007 Microsoft® Streets and Trips

The VAIO® Software Experience: VAIO Care™ -System diagnostics and maintenance
Anti-Virus Software: Norton Internet Security™ 2009 30-Day Trial Offer

Service and Warranty Information
Telephone Support: 1 year toll-free technical assistance available 24/7 at 888-476-6972
Online and Email Support: Available at http://www.esupport.sony.com/EN/VAIO
International Service: 1 year international service plan. Registration required. See
www.sony.com/IRSP  for details.
Limited Warranty Term: 1 year limited warranty. See actual warranty for details.

Environmental Information
EPEAT™ :
Gold
RoHS®: Compliant
ENERGY STAR®: 5.0

Dimensions
Weight: 1.60 lbs (with standard battery)
Measurements: 10.95″(W) x 0.55″(H) x 7.29″(D)

Supplied Accessories
Standard Lithium-ion battery,Large Capacity Battery, AC Adapter, Power Cable
Optional Accessories
Bluetooth® Aluminum Slider Mouse (VGPBMS10/B)
Leather Carrying Case (VGP-CKX1)

Source: Sony

Sagem Sécurité and Hitachi unveil multi-modal finger vein and fingerprint device

Sagem Sécurité and Hitachi unveil multi-modal finger vein and fingerprint device
London, Biometrics 2009, October 19, 2009 – Sagem Sécurité (Safran group), the world leader in biometrics and Hitachi, the engineering and information technology giant will unveil the first ever multi-modal finger vein and fingerprint device at Biometrics 2009 in London, Finger VP.

This new device combines Hitachi’s Finger Vein imaging (VeinID) to detect the pattern of blood vessels under the skin, and Sagem Sécurité’s fingerprint identification technology (Morpho). It is the only multi-modal device capable of simultaneously capturing and processing two sets of biometric data and can be used either for one-to-one or one-to-many verification.

Hideyuki Ariyasu, Managing Director of Hitachi Europe said: “The consolidation of our Finger Vein Authentication with Sagem’s Finger Print technology has resulted in a device which gives companies and individuals unrivalled levels of security, accuracy and performance.”

Jean-Paul Jainsky, Chairman and CEO of Sagem Sécurité commented “I strongly believe FINGER VP is the next generation of biometrics and will be part of our future identification systems. By combining Finger Vein Authentication with fingerprint analysis, security has never reached such a high level.”

FINGER VP is designed to be used either standalone or integrated into a vast range of end-user devices, e.g. access control terminals, ATM, mobile devices for identity checks and secure payments. It is being geared for mass roll-out in 2010.

Source: Hitachi

A Future of Innovation Transformation is the essential element of development

A Future of Innovation Transformation is the essential element of development

Never forget the most important question: what business are we really in?
Then, decide categorically which activities, metrics and best practices have the potential to generate profitable long-term growth and which do not. For Acer, making the right choice has made all the difference, in the same way as the company’s courage to change and take risks without ever losing sight of its final objective and without ever straying from its mission.

The company took an ‘unpopular’ decision – to stake everything on mobility – and then organised itself to make this decision work: abandoning production activities in favour of Research and Development, specialising in sales&marketing and investing everything on an indirect sales strategy.

When the going got tough, Acer took yet another courageous decision that would forever change its destiny. It acquired three companies: eTen allowed Acer to enter the smartphone segment, while Gateway and Packard Bell led to the development of Acer’s multibrand strategy, one that has proven successful in other markets but was unheard of in IT. The result is that Acer is now ranked third worldwide. The Acer Group.

Up to this point, this is common knowledge.

Cultural transformations are the essential phases of development. For this reason, the Acer Group changed the rules of the game, focussing on innovation as the answer to the challenges introduced by the social and environmental changes of recent years.

“A company grows and develops as long as its approach is flexible and shows that it is capable of adapting to volatile situations,” comments Gianfranco Lanci, Acer Inc CEO and President. “Connectivity and mobility will continue to expand over the next few years and in all probability this growth will drastically change the profile of our industry. Only those prepared for this transformation will be able to manage it and, as a consequence, will be in a position to evolve and renew themselves.”

Acer’s ambition has always been to make mobile Internet access attractive and immediate for everyone. Today, Acer is the only vendor to cover all mobility profiles: notebooks, netbooks (or ‘two-hand devices’) and smartphones (or ‘one-hand’ devices). This ambition has taken shape over the years, adapting to user needs and evolving over time.

Innovation both inside and out

A brand is not simply a logo, but rather everything it implies, the emotions it evokes, its capacity to think ‘outside the box’.

This is why the Acer Group was the first to transform its image on the market: with highly diversified solutions for equally diversified needs that speak the language of the consumers they target. The Acer brand name is always on the cutting edge, highly innovative and capable of “simplifying life through technology” and in style; while those of Gateway in America and Asia and Packard Bell in Europe are synonymous for fashion and trendiness.

And as a result, the entire corporate structure was innovated.

The reference market was segmented into four channels: retail, telco, distribution, and education, each with its own identity, language and offering under a specialised and distinct organisation.

A need dictated by the profound transformation of the user – whether business or end users –, driven by new appetites and fresh enthusiasm and eager to seek out simplicity in a sea of possibilities. Then there was the need to optimize internal processes and eliminate any overlaps as well as rigid, sluggish procedures, thereby facilitating communications with clients through improved decisional and operative efficiency.

The identification of the new telco segment in particular highlights how the Acer Group continues to maintain its sharp focus on mobility that, together with connectivity, represents the company’s future of innovation.

In order to maintain its competitive edge during the current economic-financial crisis that continues to condition international markets, the Acer Group has dramatically revamped its corporate structure, adapting it to the new global and consolidated market model. Talented resources have always been one of the leading factors in creating company value.

The quantity and quality of talent that the company can count on are key indicators for dominating the significant cultural and social transformations, as they allow the company to transform challenges into opportunities.

The Acer Group is well aware of this, and for years has recruited nothing but the best with a particular programme called Fast Track, while collaborating with the Milan Polytechnic business school for managerial training through the Acer Academy. Fast Track was introduced in times when unpaid internships seemed to be the only way to enter a company. It immediately broke away from the pack.

The Acer Group proposed a secure and well-paid job position through 36 months of on-the-job training in a sort of Acer boot camp so that, upon conclusion of the orientation period, the new graduates were well-prepared to meet the challenges of the IT market head-on.

The Acer Academy training opportunities enabled managers to master the theoretical and practical tools required to compete effectively on international markets, spurring them to reach quality objectives and reacting with extreme flexibility to the dynamics of a market under constant evolution. The same flexibility can also be found in the Group service, where innovation is represented by a diverse approach.

Acer call centres and repair centres are company-owned, demonstrating Acer’s total commitment and preference for local investments as opposed to the growing tendency to choose more economical solutions abroad. The enormous advantage of this is the ability to adapt to market flows and guarantee 100% service in real time simply by moving repairs from one overloaded centre to a freer one or by transferring technicians from one nation to another. In the era of globalization, it is not important how or where things get done, but rather how fast answers are given, challenges are faced, and services are offered, without compromising on quality.

Hence, all-around innovation inside and outside of the business, in every single cell of the Group: innovation in technology, in products and design, in marketing, in human resources and training, and in services.

This is a group that sees the future. One that looks ahead and evolves with courageous and winning decisions in a continual process of transformation. A journey that began in 2007 with “A Step Into The Future” (Acer Group 2007), continued with “Shaping The Future” (Acer Group 2008) and now comes full circle with “A Future Of Innovation” (Acer Group 2009).

A company that chooses and knowingly creates its own future. A future of Innovation. The driving force behind the Acer Group pushes it to become the global market leader for notebooks. A promise for 2011

TOSHIBA INTRODUCES LOW-CONTRAST VASCULAR IMAGING

Low-Contrast Imaging Improves Visualization of Soft Tissue to Improve Patient Care and Diagnostic Confidence in the Angio Suite
 To continue its commitment to advancing medical imaging technology and improving diagnosis, Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. introduces Low-Contrast Imaging (LCI) for Toshiba’s Infinix™-i systems with mid (12” x 12”) and large (12” x 16”) flat-panel detectors (FPD). Toshiba will demonstrate its low-contrast imaging capabilities at this year’s Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) annual meeting in San Francisco, Sept. 21 – Sept. 25, 2009 (Booth #705).

“Toshiba’s low-contrast imaging enables better visualization of soft tissue to improve the imaging and treatment of patients,” said Robert Micer, director, X-ray Vascular Business Unit, Toshiba. “Using low-contrast imaging in the angio suite improves patient safety and diagnostic confidence by offering CT-like images of soft tissue, including brain tissue, cerebral ventricles and hepatic visualization, without requiring additional exams.”

Beneficial for both physicians and patients, low-contrast imaging allows better visualization of soft tissue in the angiography suite and enables more accurate diagnosis of a variety of diseases using a single system. Additionally, this technology may be used to confirm appropriate endpoints during interventional procedures, such as aortic stent-grafting. Capturing CT-like images without the use of an additional test helps improve accuracy and workflow in the angio suite. It also leads to lowering overall health care costs by using a single system to treat numerous diseases and handle multiple procedures.

The Infinix-i line features a five-axis C-arm that enables head-to-toe and fingertip-to-fingertip coverage and allows greater clinician access to the patient for diagnostic and interventional procedures. The freely moving components, ergonomically friendly design and five-axis positioner enable physicians to obtain optimal angles for cardiac diagnosis and interventional procedures without repositioning the patient. Infinix’s unique, flexible design improves workflow and collaboration between cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, anesthesiologists and clinical staff during exams, especially in hybrid OR settings.

About Toshiba
With headquarters in Tustin, Calif., Toshiba America Medical Systems markets, sells, distributes and services diagnostic imaging systems, and coordinates clinical diagnostic imaging research for all modalities in the United States. Toshiba Medical Systems Corp., an independent group company of Toshiba Corp., is a global leading provider of diagnostic medical imaging systems and comprehensive medical solutions, such as CT, Cath & EP Labs, X-ray, Ultrasound, MRI and information systems. Toshiba Corp. is a leader in information and communications systems, electronic components, consumer products, and power systems. Toshiba has approximately 198,000 employees worldwide and annual sales of $77 billion. For more information, visit www.medical.toshiba.com.

MIDWEST ULTRASOUND SELECTS TOSHIBA ULTRASOUND PRODUCTS

MIDWEST ULTRASOUND SELECTS TOSHIBA ULTRASOUND PRODUCTS

 Midwest Ultrasound, a proven leader in providing quality cardiac and vascular ultrasound systems to a diverse client mix from small rural and community hospitals to major urban academic centers and large physician practices, entered into a two-year renewable partnership with Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. Through the agreement, Midwest Ultrasound purchased an initial 11 Xario™ XG ultrasound systems to be utilized at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio and various other clients. The Xario has been named Best in KLAS 2009 in KLAS Enterprises 2009 Top 20 Best in KLAS Awards: Medical Equipment (www.KLASresearch.com).

Midwest Ultrasound, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Christ Hospital, started with the purchase of 11 Xario XG systems to provide its clients with unique features and clinically proven technologies for unsurpassed image quality. The full range of imaging functions on the Xario XG let operators precisely visualize minute cardiac and vascular structures for fast and accurate diagnosis. Under the two-year agreement, Midwest Ultrasound has plans to purchase additional systems for other clients.

Prior to selecting Toshiba and the Xario XG, Midwest Ultrasound developed an extensive buying matrix and competitive analysis to determine which diagnostic imaging vendor would be selected. They evaluated numerous vendors on their qualifications in 14 different categories, some of which include: price, system longevity, clinical performance, product line fit, ergonomics and interface, advanced features, service quality, technical protection, education and relationship potential. Through this unique and exhaustive process, the Xario XG and Toshiba graded the highest among ten competitive systems.

“We evaluated systems and vendors on a 14-category buying matrix to more accurately and quantitatively determine the best systems for our clients’ needs,” said Dave Parlato, chief of clinical operations, Midwest Ultrasound. “When conducting the ultrasound analysis for this agreement, the Toshiba product line received the overall highest score and excelled in clinical performance, system longevity, ergonomics and interface, service quality and relationship potential. Toshiba also provided an upgrade path to ensure our clients would have the latest ultrasound technology for their patients.”

“Toshiba is committed to flexibility in our offerings to meet the clinical and service requirements of our customers,” said Girish Hagan, vice president, Marketing, Toshiba. “The scoring system used by Midwest Ultrasound demonstrates our commitment across all aspects of our business and how we strive to develop partnerships with our customers.”

Xario XG
The Xario XG ultrasound system delivers an abundance of features that promote operator comfort and ease of movement while streamlining workflow. The Xario XG ultrasound system features a 19-inch monitor and comes standard with a bundled software package consisting of: Advanced Dynamic Flow™, which accurately displays blood flow with directional information, even for tiny vessels, and improves diagnosis. Additionally, the Xario XG features ApliPure™, which uses real-time spatial and frequency compounding technology to deliver clearer image quality and QuickScan, one touch auto optimization for 2D and Doppler imaging. Another feature is Trapezoid, which provides wide or expanded field of view imaging.

About Midwest Ultrasound
Midwest Ultrasound, Inc. began in 1983 as a small mobile ultrasound company, and has grown to be the regional leader in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky providing diagnostic ultrasound services (cardiac, vascular, and general) in partnerships with hospitals and large physician practices. We have a comprehensive program that includes top-quality testing through state-of-the-art equipment, highly trained professional sonographers, lab accreditation, physician education, quality assurance, and a focused management approach of a facility’s ultrasound department.

In July 2008 Midwest Ultrasound was purchased by The Christ Hospital, a nationally-recognized Top 50 hospital and regional leader in cardiovascular services. Midwest is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Christ Hospital, and remains dedicated to serving our clients with the highest quality service.

About Toshiba
With headquarters in Tustin, Calif., Toshiba America Medical Systems markets, sells, distributes and services diagnostic imaging systems, and coordinates clinical diagnostic imaging research for all modalities in the United States. Toshiba Medical Systems Corp., an independent group company of Toshiba Corp., is a global leading provider of diagnostic medical imaging systems and comprehensive medical solutions, such as CT, Cath & EP Labs, X-ray, Ultrasound, MRI and information systems. Toshiba Corp. is a leader in information and communications systems, electronic components, consumer products, and power systems. Toshiba has approximately 198,000 employees worldwide and annual sales of $77 billion. For more information, visit www.medical.toshiba.com.

ROG Maximus III Series Motherboards Promise Maximum In-game Immersion

P55-based ATX Maximus III Formula and mATX Maximus III GENE Boast Industry-leading Features that Deliver Unprecedented Realism in Games
 ASUS today added the Maximus III Formula and Maximus III GENE to its Republic of Gamers (ROG) lineup of high performance motherboards. Based on Intel’s P55 chipset and purpose-designed for gaming, both motherboards are equipped with a wealth of exclusive gamer-centric features that effect improvements across all facets of the user’s gaming and overclocking experience—from improved in-game response and reduced Internet latency, to convenient hardware-based, real-time tweaking. The ATX Maximus III Formula is targeted at PC enthusiasts, hardcore gamers and early adopters who crave leading-edge specifications, enhanced extensibility, and the cool factor, while the mATX Maximus III GENE is designed for case modders and budget-conscious gamers who prefer smaller—yet still power-packed—machines.

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Bearing the Hallmarks of their High-end Heritage
ASUS’ Maximus III Series motherboards are designed to deliver the no-holds-barred gaming performance and gamer-tailored features that have earned ROG its renown amongst gamers. Armed with the best components and top-end technologies, these motherboards ensure users the best possible and most immersive gaming experience on the P55 platform.

Designed for Maximum Immersion
Maximus III Series motherboards are packed with advanced gaming features that deliver the best in-game experience, and give users a decisive edge over their opponents.

GameFirst
A unique traffic shaping technology, GameFirst manages the flow of traffic according to users’ needs so that they can still perform Web-based tasks, download and upload files, and engage in Internet chats while maintaining the low ping times needed to dominate their opponents during online gaming.
Speeding HDD
Utilizing a dual channel design, Speeding HDD doubles data transfer rates, slashing game loading and data access times. To enjoy this technology, users simply have to connect two HDDs to the specially-marked SATA connectors on the Maximus III Series motherboard. The drives are set-up automatically—no manual configuration is required.
SupremeFX X-Fi
With its premium components and support for Creative Labs’ acclaimed Crystalizer, CMSS3D and EAX technologies, SupremeFX X-Fi delivers the most realistic and accurate audio in games. This iteration of SupremeFX X-Fi also supports Blu-ray output.
Designed for Maximum Tweakability
Maximus III Series motherboards feature a revolutionary overclocking interface dubbed ROG Connect. ROG Connect enables users to link up to the embedded iROG controller via a separate PC—such as a notebook—connected via a USB cable. This allows users to tune the main system at a purely hardware level in real-time, as well as view POST code and hardware status readouts, on a notebook or netbook—just like a race car engineer.

Designed for Maximum Compatibility
Memory is temperamental, and oftentimes difficult to tune. ROG Maximus III Series motherboards enable users to easily circumvent potential memory compatibility issues with the inclusion of MemPerfect, a tool that automatically tests, fixes, and adjusts memory for the best possible performance. The result is greater system stability, optimized speed, and the ability to resolve issues quickly without having to manually perform lengthy memory tests.

Designed for Users with Differing Needs
While both Maximus III Series motherboards feature the same rich complement of features to enhance users’ gaming and computing experience—such as ROG Connect, GameFirst and MemPerfect—they are available in two different form factors to cater to the needs of different users.

The ATX Maximus III Formula is designed for hardcore gamers and performance seekers who demand the very best specifications and superior extensibility. The mATX Maximus III GENE, on the other hand, is designed for case modders and budget-conscious gamers who prefer smaller machines, yet desire the power and features that only ROG can provide

Cinepolis Partners with IBM to Support its Operations in India

IBM’s unique Store Roll Out solution will allow Cinepolis to control operating expenses as well as to swiftly develop and deploy new customer facing applications. Cinepolis has a goal of opening 500 screens in the country by 2016. Of this, it is looking at making 130 screens go-live in eight cities over next 3 years. IBM’s IT solutions will power Cinepolis operations at each of these sites.

Commenting on the deal, Vivek Malhotra, Territory Executive – North & East, General Business, IBM India/S Asia, said, “This is a very strategic win for IBM in the media & entertainment space. Accelerating time to market and reducing operational complexity for Cinepolis will be the key focus areas for IBM in this engagement. Our industry experience and domestic market know-how will help a global leader like Cinepolis achieve success in the Indian market by focusing on its core business — cinemas.”

Driven by innovation, Mexico-based Cinepolis was the first to introduce novel concepts to the Latin American exhibition industry, such as the first multiplexes in 1972, the first megaplexes in 1994, the first IMAX® screens in 2004, the first concept of Edutainment with a six screen CinemaPark® in 2006 and the first digital 3-D screens with RealD® in 2008. Cinepolis is also credited with pioneering the concept of ‘VIP Cinemas ‘, which has been adopted by multiplexes across the world. The company plans to transform the experience of watching movies in India by screening movies in an ambience that boasts of world class facilities backed by highest levels of customer service.

IBM will provide Point of Sale (PoS), kiosks, server, storage, software, networking and related services that will run Cinepolis’ core applications as well as internet-related and general business applications.

According to Ashish Shukla, Head Exhibition, Cinepolis India, “Cinepolis endeavors to look for best in class solutions across all functional and technical areas and IBM was the ideal strategic technology partner for us. Through this alliance, Cinepolis has extended its access to current and future technologies essential for establishing and expanding our business. With technology increasingly underpinning business growth, we are confident that our partnership with IBM will enable us to continue to provide differentiated services to customers.”

About Cinepolis India
Cinepolis India is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cinepolis. Cinepolis is the first international exhibitor to independently enter India.

About Cinepolis

Cinepolis is the world’s 5th largest movie theater circuit, operating more than 2,000 screens in 6 countries and serving more than 100 million patrons annually. The company operates its screens under four different brands that span across the ultra premium to the extreme value segments. As a company that is committed to innovation, Cinepolis was the first to pioneer the concept of premium movie theaters via its Cinepolis VIP brand. The company aspires to provide its patrons the best overall experience in filmed entertainment and employs a global workforce of 13,000 people to support its mission. Founded in 1971, Cinepolis is privately held and is headquartered in Morelia, Mexico.

Vodafone Portugal has launched its Digital TV service based on Alcatel-Lucent solution

Vodafone Portugal announced on July 17, 2009 the launch of its Digital Television (IPTV) service, designated as Vodafone Casa TV. The IPTV service of Vodafone Portugal, developed with Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) provides access to more than 100 TV channels, including 8 high definition channels and hundreds of movies available via video on demand (VoD). The move reinforced Vodafone Portugal’s offer for the home and strengthens its position as a total communications company.

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The offer includes all advanced television features such as High Definition Image (HD) and Dolby Surround Sound, as well as a wide portfolio of innovative services. For example, “Passou na TV (Was on TV)” program allows customer to view recent programs while the service “Fotos e Músicas (Pictures and Music)” enables customers to use their television to access photos and music stored on any network-connected PC inside the house, as well as the possibility to record programs on any TV Box without any extra costs in a simple and immediate way.

The service also has a unique user interface, specially designed for Vodafone and developed by Alcatel-Lucent for simplified and intuitive access to all the television and video services features.

“Vodafone Portugal, which is committed to offering its customers the best multimedia services and the best television experience, selected Alcatel-Lucent after an evaluation process to develop the “Vodafone Casa TV” service. In this instance Alcatel-Lucent was selected due to the technical and functional quality of the proposed solution, for its competence in developing and integrating complex multimedia services and for its expertise in delivering TV solutions,” said Jorge Bento of Vodafone Portugal, responsible for the Technical Implementation of the service.

The “Vodafone Casa TV” service reuses the network architecture developed for providing broadband and voice services to the commercial offer “Vodafone Casa”. The Middleware and DRM, essentialsoftware for the service offering are Microsoft products.

“Delivering on our customers’ vision for Portugal and its business imperatives, Alcatel-Lucent is focused on making Vodafone’s IPTV service a rich and user-friendly experience,” said Gianluca Baini, Alcatel-Lucent’s Global Account Leader for Vodafone. “After deploying our triple play service delivery architecture, Vodafone can now leverage our unique services integration capabilities to provide the advanced services their customers expect.”

As the integrator for the solution, Alcatel-Lucent provides Vodafone professional services including project management, design, installation and deployment. Alcatel-Lucent is also responsible for the development of an applications set that provide new features such as “SelfCare”, a solution that gives Vodafone Casa TV customers access to the remote channels subscription, allowing them to customize their channel selection. Vodafone Portugal’s IPTV solution is also equipped with a tailored OSS solution for real time monitoring of TV service quality and continuous alarm management.

“We’re excited to be working with Vodafone Portugal on a compelling TV service that enables consumers in Portugal to enjoy TV on their terms,” said Christine Heckart, general manager of marketing for the Connected TV Business Group at Microsoft Corp.

Alcatel-Lucent is a recognized leader in IPTV, occupying the No. 1 position in IPTV access and middleware solutions worldwide – according to the most recent MRG IPTV Market Leaders Report (April 2009). Alcatel-Lucent currently supports more than 5 million IPTV subscribers for its service provider customers, representing more than 18 percent of all IPTV subscribers worldwide.

The company is also involved in more than 55 triple play service delivery architecture (TPSDA) deployments, and more than 60 IPTV transformation and integration projects. These transformation projects leverage Alcatel-Lucent’s extensive field deployment experience and lab investments in next generation IP Transformation Centers (IPTCs) and dedicated IPTV Network Solution Integration & Testing lab (NSIT) to reduce time to market and mitigate deployment risk.

Acer announces Android netbook; another choice of mobile Internet-centric netbooks

Acer unveils its first Aspire One netbook featuring the Android operating system to offer users outstanding wireless Internet capability. The Android operating system will provide Acer netbook users with faster connection to the Internet, further enhancing efficiency on-the-go.

“Netbooks are designed to be compact in size and easy to connect to the Internet wherever you go,” said Jim Wong, president of IT Products Global Operation, Acer Inc., “The Android operating system offers incredibly fast wireless connection to the Internet; for this reason, Acer has decided to develop Android netbooks for added convenience to our customers.”

The introduction of Android into Acer netbooks presents customers with another choice of operating system. In addition to Microsoft’s operating system, the majority of Acer netbooks will also offer Android in the future. Users may then select their preferred choice of operating system. Acer believes the Android operating system will contribute significantly to the worldwide netbook market growth.

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Android is a free, open source, and fully customizable mobile platform. Its full stack offering includes an operating system, middleware, and key mobile applications. Third-party developers can customize and integrate Android applications, bringing true add-on value to benefit the end-users.

Acer plans to launch its first Aspire One netbooks with Android in Q3 2009.

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