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Seagate to buy Samsung

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Seagate today announced that it has agreed to buy Samsung’s computer hard-disk drive business for $1.38 billion in cash and stock options. Under the terms of the agreement, Samsung will provide NAND flash memory to Seagate for use in solid-state drives (SSDs) and hybrid drives while Seagate will provide disk drives to Samsung for use in personal computers, notebooks and consumer electronics. Both the two companies have agreed to extend and enhance an existing patent cross-license agreement.

NVIDIA enables websites to stream 3D video

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Nvidia today announced that it is making its industry-leading NVIDIA 3D Vision video player technology available for free to Web developers, enabling them to easily build websites for streaming high-quality 3D video to 3D Vision-equipped PCs. It is the first company to deliver a 3D video plug-in for the Microsoft Media Platform (MMP) Player Framework v2.5 (F.K.A. Silverlight Media Framework) with support for active-shutter 3D glasses. The plug-in is based on the same technology that powers NVIDIA's popular 3D Web community, www.3DVisionLive.com.

Software AG's new partner programme in the region

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Software AG (SAG), launched its new Partnership Programme that will appoint selected partners to countries where the company has no direct presence in order to enhance the local experience of its customers. The initiative will help significantly lower implementation and support rates for SAG's regional clients without compromising quality. SAG will selectively appoint business-driven partners that are certified on SAG solutions and will be differentiated according to their specialized services and solutions. Channel recruits will have access to a wide range of SAG benefits and resources complementing their goals and plans at every phase of the business cycle.

Canon large format printers in Oman

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Canon, launched its latest image PROGRAF range of large format printers at its first ever end-user seminar for system integrators and value added resellers in Oman. The initiative organised by Genetco, Canon’s authorised distributor in Oman is part of the company’s ongoing strategy aimed at building relationships with its end-user customers. The new models showcased at the event provide a fast, precise, effective and affordable system for copying, archiving and distributing technical documents such as maps, drawings, renderings, blueprints, facility management plans and construction site maps.

Xerox Emirates appoints new Sales Director

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Xerox Emirates, today announced the immediate appointment of Phil Coles as the Sales Director of Technology. The appointment of a Phil Coles, along with the move to its new facility in IMPZ (International Media Production Zone), forms a solid foundation which enables Xerox Emirates to effectively pursue its new business strategy for 2011. Phil will lead the technology business toward delivering on the aggressive growth plans set for 2011 and beyond. The strategy centers on positioning Xerox Emirates as the number one choice in the markets in which it serves by creating value through its differentiated document services, people and partners.

Sourcefire launches new IPS solutions

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Sourcefire the leading cybersecurity solutions provider, today announced that it has expanded its IPS solutions portfolio on three fronts with Sourcefire IPSx, a streamlined, easy-to-manage IPS, Sourcefire 4.10 software release, an enhanced awareness and 3rd party interoperability for the Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention System (NGIPS) and Sourcefire 8000 Series appliances, a modular and scalable high-speed platform powered by new FirePOWER technology for enterprise customers. The Sourcefire 8000 Series appliances set a new standard for IPS hardware, addressing enterprise requirements for flexible configurations, lower entry prices, and faster processing of network data.

Aptec reaches Antarctica

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Aptec commenced its long-term environmental sustainability plan by sponsoring one of the participants in The Renewable Energy Expedition to Antarctica, Zornitza Hadjitodorova, resident of UAE, an environmental activist and an official ambassador of the organization 2041 across the Middle East. Zornitza was part of the expedition along with 27 senior business leaders from across the world with an objective to raise awareness on the topic of environmental sustainability globally and leadership on the edge.

Qtel unveils new SME research at Enterprise Qatar

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Qtel introduced breakthrough new research into the growth of Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) companies at the recent Enterprise Qatar meeting in Doha, as part of Qtel's support for the thriving sector. With approximately 98 percent of companies in Qatar classified as SMEs, providing the correct environment for the growth of this segment is a key strategic priority, and Qtel is at the forefront of providing a range of dedicated connectivity, efficiency and security solutions.

Savvytek lands Oracle EBS R12 implementation at ASEZA

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Savvytek today announced that it has been awarded the contract to deploy the state-of-the-art Oracle e-Business Suite R12 for Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) to meet the current and future business needs, via paperless, better streamlined internal processes and operational environment. After the completion of this project, ASEZA will be able to develop a single source of truth and a rich database of financials, inventory, Human Resources and payroll data across all departments.

New ultra-short-throw projectors from Epson

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Epson has announced the Middle East launch of its latest interactive projectors: the EB-455Wi and EB-465i. The projectors also come with a digital pen and wall-mount, enabling schools to easily and affordably tap into interactive learning. Further, with no need for a separate screen or interactive whiteboard, this adaptable solution can make any flat surface interactive – even a tabletop. While interactive boards have size limitations, with bigger screens costing more, Epson’s unique mirror-imaging design means these projectors deliver a large projected image from a short distance.

Canon launches new scanner

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Canon Middle East today announced the launch of its updated imageFORMULA DR-3010C scanner, operating more than 30% faster than its previous scanning speed. It also comes with additional software enhancements, providing customers with more value and performance without any corresponding increase in cost. The compact, robust DR-3010C is now capable of scanning at rapid scanning speeds of 40ppm in black and white, compared to 30ppm on the previous version. The same speed and performance level is maintained even when scanning at 300dpi resolution, often a requirement for accurate OCR scanning.

Africa e-Waste greens the IT wastelands

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Africa e-Waste has developed a process that addresses these issues. More importantly for Van Wyk, however, is the role Africa e-Waste is playing in the preservation of South Africa's environment. Consumer awareness and education is a large part of Africa e-Waste's strategy. Despite the media attention e-waste has received, consumers don't understand the far-reaching impact of irresponsible disposal.
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