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Savvy and Stunning:  New Dell Latitude Ultrabooks and Laptops Offer World’s Best Security and Manageability Combined with Seductive Design

  • Dell unveils Latitude 7000 Series, a sleek line of business-class Ultrabooks for elite mobility
  • New Latitude 5000 Series laptops offer organizations of all sizes best-in-class security and manageability
  • New Latitude 3000 Series offers reliable, affordable essential business computing
  • Durable, portfolio-wide touch display options at every price opens Windows 8 for business


Dell recently unveiled the newest additions to its secure, manageable and reliable line of commercial PCs: the Latitude 7000 Series Ultrabooks, Latitude 5000 Series and Latitude 3000 Series laptops. With this new suite, Dell balances sophisticated design, quality construction and uncompromised durability to offer businesses of all sizes a wide variety of solutions. The Latitude 7000, 5000, and 3000 Series are available with touch display options, leading the way for business touch devices that enable better interaction with customers, enhanced student engagement, improved patient care, and collaboration amongst knowledge workers.


“These exciting new additions to the Latitude line provide our commercial customers what they’ve been asking for by bringing touch capability to the workspace at desirable price points,” said Lackshmindra Fernando, country manager, Dell Sri Lanka. “The new Latitude 7000 Series builds on the success of the award-winning XPS and Latitude 6430u to redefine the corporate laptop, complete with security, manageability, reliability and beautiful design. And with the Latitude 5000 and 3000 Series, we’ve addressed the needs of today’s dynamic workforce by enabling easy entry into business-class computing.”

Most Secure and Most Manageable with Outstanding Reliability

 Dell offers the world’s most secure commercial laptops and the Latitude 12 and 14 7000 Series are the world’s most secure Ultrabooks, with best-in-class Dell Data Protection solutions, comprehensive encryption with Dell Data Protection| Encryption and advanced authentication and leading-edge malware prevention with Dell Data Protection| Protected Workspace. Engineered to help save IT time and money, Dell offers the industry’s most manageable commercial PCs with exclusive Intel vPro extensions for remote BIOS management and hard drive wipe, even when systems are powered off, paired with Dell automated tools and utilities for easily deploying, monitoring and updating systems.

Dell’s passion for reliability is epitomized by the Latitude commercial PC family. Each Latitude Ultrabook and laptop is crafted using the best materials: brushed aluminum, reinforced magnesium alloy, strong steel hinges, woven carbon fiber, durable powder-coated underside, spill-resistant keyboards and LCD seals. Additionally, all Dell touch-enabled displays offer optimal viewing experiences, touch sensitivity, brightness and durability. The Latitude 7000, 5000 and 3000 Series touch displays offer Corning® Gorilla® Glass NBT™ for up to 10 times higher scratch resistance1 compared to soda lime glass which is the predominant material used in laptop screens throughout the industry. Latitude laptops also come armed with StrikeZone™ shock absorbers, Fast Response Free-Fall sensors and rubber hard drive isolation. For the previous three product generations, the Latitude family has outperformed its competition in third-party durability testing, known as MIL-STD 810G.

New Latitude 7000, 5000, and 3000 Series: Secure, Manageable, Reliable…and Beautiful

The sleek and powerful Latitude 7000 Series are the most secure and manageable Ultrabooks, with outstanding reliability, and epitomize mobility at its finest with business-class style. Touted as the Ultrabook to be loved by IT professionals and end-users alike, and powered by Intel ultra-low voltage processors, these thin, light and beautiful Ultrabooks completely redefine the corporate laptop.

The Dell Latitude 7000 Series Ultrabooks are:

–      Made to move, with the 12-inch model starting at just 20 millimeters thin and 1.3 kilograms (2.99 pounds)2

–      Easy for IT to manage with exceptional integrated management capabilities including Dell-unique Intel vPro extensions and automated tools that plug into Microsoft System Center and Dell KACE

–      The world’s most secure Ultrabooks with best-in-class endpoint security solutions that include comprehensive encryption, advanced authentication and leading-edge malware protection from a single source, and featuring the highest level of FIPS 140-2 (level 3) certification for system disk encryption

–      Designed for reliability, passing rigorous third-party durability testing and crafted with premium materials such as aluminum, a Tri-metal chassis and Corning Gorilla Glass NBT for scratch and damage resistance and optimal brightness

–      The only corporate Ultrabook designed to be backwards compatible with existing (E-) Latitude docks


Complementing the Dell Latitude 7000 Series Ultrabooks are the new Latitude 5000 and 3000 Series laptops, designed to help businesses of all sizes adopt secure, manageable and reliable notebooks. The Latitude 14 and Latitude 15 5000 Series are designed to meet most workforce needs with 14.1-inch or 15.6-inch display options and other key features, such as:

–      Reliable mobile productivity with up to Intel Core i7 ultra low voltage processors for extended battery life, a discrete graphics option for more processing power and a higher quality visual experience, and SSD or Performance Solid State Hybrid Drive options

–      Corning Gorilla Glass NBT on the touch displays for scratch and damage resistance and optimal brightness

–      Mobile broadband, Bluetooth and Wireless LAN options for mobility and connectivity virtually anywhere, and an HD webcam and microphone array for efficient, anywhere collaboration

–      Compatible with Latitude E-family docking designed to connect seamlessly with award-winning Dell monitors, wireless keyboard and  andard,ss keyboard, mouse an d award-winning monitorstionality and includ mouse


The Latitude 3000 Series is Dell’s newest line of entry-level commercial laptops for education and small business customers. The Latitude 14 and 15 3000 Series laptops offer:

–      Durable and reliable chassis that have undergone Highly Accelerated Life Testing, including hinge testing, keyboards and shocks

–      4th Generation Intel Core processors with Turbo Mode for fast data processing

–      Business class discrete graphics with up to 2GB3 video memory for more processing power and a higher quality visual experience

–      Thin (21 to 25mm) and light (starting at 4.3lbs / 2.0kg)2 design for great mobility

–      Choice of 14-inch and 15.6-inchAnti-Glare LCD for comfortable visualization and optional touch displays

–      Integrated microphone and HD Webcam for remote collaboration and interaction



Not every tech company can afford to build a head-mounted display from scratch; thanks to OmniVision’s new OmniGlass reference design, they won’t have to. The template combines a 0.26-inch, 720p liquid crystal on silicon display with a 4-megapixel camera and an imaging chip, giving firms most of what they’d need to craft a Google Glass-like wearable computer beyond the computer itself. Don’t anticipate a flood of me-too products just yet, though. OmniGlass developer kits and sample units are available today, but mass production won’t start until the second quarter of 2014.

OmniVision Releases OmniGlass™ Reference Design for Fast-Growing Wearable Electronics Market

New Design Leverages OmniVision’s OVP2200, the World’s Smallest 720p High Definition LCOS Solution

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — OmniVision Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: OVTI), a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, today announced OmniGlass™, a new reference design that combines a wearable display and a camera module for the rapidly growing wearable electronics market. The OmniGlass™ reference design combines OmniVision’s new ultra-compact and low-power OVP2200 liquid crystal on silicon (LCOS) solution, which displays 720p high-definition (HD) video, with the OVP921, a companion chip that provides image processing support and further simplifies system design. Together, the OVP2200 and OVP921 deliver a complete high performance display solution that is structured specifically for the next-generation wearable consumer electronics market.

“We’re bringing the OVP2200 to market at a time when the wearable electronics industry is poised for explosive growth. Industry analysts are predicting that the global market volumes for wearable electronics will exceed 130 million units by 2018, reaching an estimated $8 billion in revenues[1],” said Raymond Sun, senior manager, LCOS business at OmniVision. “By building the OVP2200 LCOS display into the OmniGlass reference design, we can help enable our customers and partners to quickly enter the burgeoning wearable display and camera markets with highly competitive offerings.”

The OmniGlass reference design is a complete optical head-mounted display (OHMD), equipped with a 4-megapixel autofocus camera that delivers high quality 720p HD video, and a best-in-class display enabled by OmniVision’s high-performance OVP2200 LCOS solution. The device’s image processor is capable of supporting various wireless connections, including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and enables on-screen display (OSD) features for augmented reality applications.

The single-chip OVP2200 is a color field sequential LCOS device with a native resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and a diagonal measurement of 0.26-inch. It uses all-digital technology to produce clear, stable images. The OVP2200′s ultra-compact form factor and low-power consumption make it an ideal LCOS solution for applications ranging from wearable smartphone displays to sports and medical cameras.

The OVP921 companion chip provides enhanced system performance without the need for external memory or an image processor. It has built-in keystone correction, frame rate conversion, video input scaling, interface to LED controller and an embedded microcontroller. The OVP921 can accept video data from three different signal inputs: 24-bit RGB, MIPI or USB.

A prototype of OmniGlass is currently available for demonstrations, and a development kit is available for customer sampling upon request. The OVP2200 is currently sampling, with volume production expected to begin during the second quarter of 2014.


Source : http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/14/omnivision-omniglass/


There’s a new iPhone. Well, to be completely accurate there are two new iPhones. But the new iPhone 5S is Apple’s flagship phone and it’s the best iPhone you can buy. It looks exactly like how the iPhone 5 looked last year but with improved internals and guts that will make everything run even faster. Twice as fast, Apple says. Oh and it also has a fingerprint scanner.


There’s nothing too different about the design of the new iPhone 5S compared to last year’s iPhone 5. The icon-less home button has a silver (or gold) ring around it to signify the 5S-exclusive fingerprint scanner but everything else is pretty much the same. Same unibody aluminum body. Same two-toned design. Same 4-inch display. All your cases for the iPhone 5 will work with the 5S.

Apple iPhone 5S: Everything You Need to KnowSEXPAND

One thing is new though. The iPhone 5S now has a new gold color option, along with the usual black and white (which is now weirdly called space gray and silver).

The Guts

Powering the iPhone 5S is Apple’s new A7 processor which is a 64-bit chip. It’s the first 64-bit chip in a smartphone and it’ll make the iPhone 5S two times faster than the iPhone 5 (and 40 times faster than the original iPhone). The 5S runs OpenGL ES 3.0 which makes the graphics performance in the 5S pretty gnarly too (that’s 56x faster than original iPhone, which yay, I guess?). The A7 chip has 3x general-purpose registers, 2x floating-point registers and over a billion transistors.

Along with the A7, Apple is using a “motion coprocessor” in the 5S called the M7. It continuously measures motion data with an accelerometer, gyroscope and compass support. It’s supposed to “enable a new generation of health and fitness apps” by letting apps use all that motion data without tapping into the A7.

Fingerprint Scanner

Just as we expected, the iPhone 5S’ home button pulls double duty as a fingerprint scanner. Apple dubs the feature “Touch ID.” The scanner adds another layer of security to your iPhone by allowing you to use the fingerprint scanner in lieu of a passcode. Place your thumb down on the new sapphire crystal home button and the iPhone 5S will unlock. The silver ring around the home button will detect when your finger is on it so you don’t have to actually press down on the button.

Apple iPhone 5S: Everything You Need to Know

You can use Touch ID to make purchases in iTunes too and set it up so it can read multiple fingerprints.

The fingerprint sensor has a 500ppi resolution and 360 degree readability.


As with every new iPhone, Apple focused on making the camera even better. The iPhone 5S has dual-LED flash that might make the flash on the iPhone camera actually usable. Or at least, slightly better than the weak excuse of a bulb that did more harm than good in previous iPhones. The dual-LED flash—one is white and the other is amber—in the 5S may help make your pictures look more natural and balanced because the iPhone can combine the right percentage and intensity of the two bulbs to create 1,000 different variations of a flash.

Apple iPhone 5S: Everything You Need to Know

Megapixel-wise, the camera remains the same at 8-megapixels. But megapixels never tell the entire story with cameras. The iPhone 5S has improved its camera by using a larger f/2.2 aperture and a 15 percent larger sensor. Basically, that means the camera has 33 percent greater light sensitivity, which will make for better looking pictures.

Here’s an actual image taken with the 5S camera:

Apple iPhone 5S: Everything You Need to KnowSEXPAND

And here’s an image comparing the difference between the old flash and the dual-LED flash:

Apple iPhone 5S: Everything You Need to Know

The 5S camera has an autofocus that’s twice as fast, auto image stabilization, and a new burst mode to capture ten frames per second. The iPhone will analyze all those burst shots and show you what it thinks your best shot is. The iPhone 5S also has a slow-motion camera that allows it to record 720p video at 120FPS. Your videos of your cat will theoretically look more epic.

Battery Life

The iPhone 5S has slightly better battery life with ten hours talk time, ten hours LTE browsing, and 250 hours standby. That’s an improvement over last year’s eight hours of talk time, eight hours of LTE browsing and 225 hours of standby. We’ll have to see how this actually translates in real world use though.


Apple iPhone 5S: Everything You Need to KnowSEXPAND

Apple is in the accessories game. It’s selling a dock again for 30 bucks which will fit both the iPhone 5S and the discontinued iPhone 5. There’s also a new leather case that comes in six different colors, which will run you 40 bucks.

Price and Availability

Apple is keeping the same price as the previous generation for AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. The iPhone 5S 16GB will cost $199, the 32GB version will be $299 and the 64GB version will cost $399, all with a new two-year contract. There’s also an unlocked and contract-free version of the 5S for T-Mobile. Prices for the unlocked 16GB start at $650.

You can start buying the iPhone 5S on Friday September 20th.

Source : http://gizmodo.com/apple-iphone-5s-everything-you-need-to-know-1282062460


SolidWorks Design Validation Day 2013, the annual event on simulation organised by the ACECAM Ltd. kicked off on 4 July at Waters Edge, Battaramulla.
ACECAM Ltd. (www.acecamtech.com) is the Value Added Reseller to Dassault Systems, SolidWorks Corporation and a leading software solutions provider in engineering designing, civil, architecture, drafting, construction and manufacturing industries for the last eight years.
Dassault Systèmes, the 3Dexperience company is the world leader in 3D design software, 3D digital mock up and product lifecycle management solutions. Powered by the Dassault Systèmes 3Dexperience platform, SolidWorks 3D applications help millions of engineers and designers succeed through innovation. (www.3ds.com/solidworks).
The event was enriched with the contribution from two technical experts from SolidWorks Amol Mane, Territory Technical Manager and Kapil Gaitonde, Manager, Simulation, Asia Pacific.  The event secured participation from most industry leaders such as MAS, Brandix, Flintech, Trelleborg Lanka, Samson Engineering, Loadstar, Jinasena, Eu-Retec, ELSTEEL, Elastomeric Technologies, CaviTool, Aero Sense, Ansell Lanka, Ceylon Tobacco, Ceylon Steel Corporation, AMW, Policrom, Lalan Group, CBL (Munchee), Dipped Products and Fonterra.
Governmental bodies such as Ceylon German Technical Training Institute, Institute of Post Harvesting Technology and Department of Government Factory also took interest to participate in order to get introduced developing sustainable designs using SolidWorks.
It also noteworthy that leading academia such as University of Moratuwa, Open University of Sri Lanka and SLIIT ensured their participation to identify how SolidWorks (education software) empowers educators and students of all levels in learning with access to curriculum and teaching tools.
SolidWorks offers the best suite of tools for engineering design, documentation, simulation, and sustainable design in one easy-to-learn software package. All the Engineering Faculties of Government Universities use SolidWorks Education Version and standardise it in their curriculums.
Easy-to-use, fast SolidWorks Simulation CAD-embedded analysis solutions enable designers and engineers to simulate and analyse design performance. Users can quickly and easily employ advanced simulation techniques to optimise product and cut down on costly prototypes, eliminate rework and delays and save both time and development costs.
Ruwan Manchanayake, Director, ACECAM explaining the benefits of SolidWorks simulation mentioned: “The technology ensures the quality and performance of the designs before committing to production. Comprehensive analysis tools let you test models digitally for valuable insight early in the design process. You can easily determine methods to reduce weight and material costs, improve durability and manufacturability, optimise margins, and compare design alternatives to best meet specific customer requirements.”
He thanked all who took interest to take part in this event and invite for the forthcoming SolidWorks Innovation Day which will be held at the end of the year.

Source: DailyFT