HP announced today a new line-up of consumer desktop PCs that deliver the latest technologies in sophisticated designs. With clean lines, soft forms and contrasting materials, the redesigned Pavilion desktops match the style and preferences of today’s consumer. A glossy black front panel layered over a metallic base gives depth and dimension to the new towers, while sliding front panels hide ports and drives for a polished, clean appearance. Select models also offer a valet tray integrated into the top of the PC and equipped with USB 3.0 ports for easy access and charging of smartphones, digital cameras and MP3 players.
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SanDisk witnessed explosive growth in the Middle East and Africa region driven mostly by high mobile phone penetration rates and a growing appetite for flash-based storage devices. “Based on global market research, our most popular product segments are flash memories for smart-phones, tablets and solid-state drives (SSD) for PCs. Our market in the Gulf is very mature and showing excellent growth,” said Tareq Husseini, SanDisk’s Regional Sales Director, Middle East and Africa (MEA).
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D-Link recently announced the launch of a media router ideal for streaming high definition (HD) online content. The D-Link DIR-657 HD Media Router 1000 is capable of transmitting multiple media types, such as high-definition video and music, to several devices simultaneously. The HD Media Router 1000 offers excellent wireless performance with maximum speed and coverage suitable for online gaming at blazing speed with no lag.Read More…

Microsoft Gulf announced the of Naim Yazbeck as the new Microsoft Country Manager for Qatar and Mohammad Hammoudi as the new Public Sector Director for the Gulf region. Yazbeck will take over as Country Manager in Qatar after a successful three year stint as Public Sector Director for Microsoft Gulf where he achieved double digit growth every year during his tenure. In his new role, he will be responsible for leading the company’s efforts in Qatar to work with customers and partners to support the eco-system that already promotes development of a dynamic ICT market in Qatar. Read More…

SonicWALL announced availability of the SonicWALL SSL VPN 5.5 firmware for the Secure Remote Access (SRA) Series. The release significantly enhances SonicWALL’s market-leading SSL VPN technology with the introduction of spike licensing, which enables network administrators to quickly and automatically increase the concurrent user capacity of their remote access solution during disaster situations. SonicWALL also offers new features that continue to innovate Web Application Firewall (WAF) technology to help companies meet PCI compliance requirementsand deploy outbound Data Loss Prevention (DLP) withadvanced web application security.Read More…

Fujitsu has launched its first annual SELECT Awards, designed to publicly recognise the successes of SELECT Partner Programme participants in South Africa. Business-oriented awards celebrate hard financial performance in each of the three SELECT Partner certification levels, from which the Fujitsu Channel Team in South Africa will select a national Partner of the Year. A further six individual national awards will celebrate important ‘softer’ measures of success, such as solution innovation and ambassadorship on behalf of Fujitsu.Read More…

Epicor plans to expand its channel reach further in fast growing economy of Qatar. The Qatar Information Technology Report stated that lucrative business prospects are expected from key growth sectors such as hydrocarbon, banking, real estate, education and telecoms, helping establish Qatar as one of the fastest-growing markets in the region. The report also revealed that Qatar’s total IT market is expected to reach USD 610 million by 2015.
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Canon recently hosted its first ever end-user seminar for IT resellers and system integrators in Doha. The initiative is part of Canon’s ongoing strategy aimed at building relationships with its valued end-user customers.
“This is the first in a series of end-user seminars that we will be conducting in Qatar. Our aim is to get the message across to our first customers that we are committed to engaging with them directly in order to deliver outstanding products and unrivalled service, ensuring that they get the most out of every Canon product they purchase,” said Hendrik Verbrugghe, Marketing Director, Canon Middle East.Read More…

Drive Control Corporation (DCC) the distributors for HP in South Africa announced the launch of all new refreshed HP ProBook range of laptops. “This is a great deal for the end users, where the key feature is upgraded specs without any increased cost. The standard hard drive specification has been upgraded from 320GB to 640GB, giving users even more space to store their documents, music and multimedia files,” says Deon Botha, HP PSG Business Unit Manager at DCC.Read More…

Video Games Retail Specialist Geekay Games launched the Middle East region’s first online games store that stocks a wide range of video games software, hardware and branded accessories. Consumers are increasingly demanding the convenience to consume and interact with contentanytime, anywhere. Digital Migration and the changes in consumer behaviour have put extreme pressure on current business models, not only in the region but across the world.Read More…

Misys announced the appointment of Michel Daenen as the new Sales Director of the company’s Capital Markets business in Middle East and Africa. Michel Daenen joined Misys through the acquisition of Sophis earlier this year, where he was the Regional Business Manager for the region. Prior to joining Sophis in March 2007, Michel spent almost nine years with Thomson Reuters in the Middle East leading professional services and pre-sales teams for their front-to-back trade and risk practices. Prior to that, he was the Vice President, Business Information Manager – Treasury and Capital Market for Dexia in Luxembourg. Michel also has deep knowledge of the risk and capital markets businesses and has been involved with both sell-side and buy-side institutions.Read More…

3i Infotech won the ‘Best Takaful Technology Company’ award for the fourth consecutive year, at the Takaful Leadership Awards 2011
which also coincide with 5th International Takaful Summit 2011 in London. These annual awards honor companies and practitioners that have contributed the most to the growing Takaful market. Presented by Lord Mohammed Sheikh, Chairman of Camberford Law Plc, and timed to coincide with the 5th International Takaful Summit 2011, the conference included a number of high profile speakers from around the world who discussed some of the most important issues facing the growing Takaful market.Read More…