Balreed to host Print Workshops and Seminars at Business 2012 Event

Business 2012 is a new event taking place at London’s O2 on the 18th, 19th and 20th March. Confirmed headline speakers include Sir Richard Branson and Lord Alan Sugar, two of the UK’s most respected and well-known entrepreneurs, and the whole event is designed to provide business leaders with the opportunity to learn how to grow and develop their organisation.

There is a huge programme of workshops and seminars at the event and Balreed will be exclusively hosting the official printing solution workshops and seminars for the thousands of visitors that are expected. Our workshops will cover 4 key areas:

Workshop 1: Print strategies for new business
Workshop 2: Optimising your print infrastructure
Workshop 3: Managed Print Services
Workshop 4: The commercial advantage of a print strategy

In addition on stand B34 and B44 Balreed will be showing live demonstrations of the latest print management, scanning and print workflow systems as well as explaining how Balreed’s Managed Print Services can help businesses control the cost of printing.

Gary Downey, Group Marketing Director at Balreed, said: “Being part of Business 2012 is very exciting as it gives us a great opportunity to show how Balreed can help new start-ups and more mature businesses control their costs whilst optimising their print capabilities.”

“How a business produces and manages documents should be a crucial consideration for any organisation, especially in the current climate, but surprisingly it is so often over-looked by business leaders. Through our exclusive workshops and seminars, visitors to Business 2012 can learn the many commercial benefits of a print strategy, assess how well they are currently performing in this area and what good looks like, and follow simple steps to optimise the infrastructure they have already. We have seen a massive growth in interest in our Managed Print Services and Remote Managed Print Services so we will also host workshops dedicated to these in which we will explain what an MPS is and how an organisation can use an MPS strategy to gain a real competitive advantage.” Balreed’s workshops and seminars have been tailored to suit any size or type of business and a full schedule of what takes place each day can be found on the Business 2012 site: http://www.business2012.com.

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Try before you buy with South East Labels

South East Labels (SEL), the West Sussex label provider, now allows customers to try out products before purchasing them. This marketing initiative allows interested buyers to test the quality of a product before finalising a purchase.

Storeowners are often hesitant to upgrade their labelling systems, because there is no guarantee that a newer system will be more expedient. This leaves cashiers with out-dated scanners and verifiers that rarely scan on the first attempt.

Annoyed customers are then forced to stand in long queues waiting for the faulty system to register a reading – a problem most evident in grocery stores where it’s possible for a single customer to purchase over 100 items, which must each be scanned individually.

SEL’s “try before you buy” approach to labelling products removes the risk of upgrading to a system that’s incompatible with a storeowner’s needs. If storeowners are unhappy with the quality of a product, then they can try another or simply retain the system that they have.

When it comes to label manufacturers UK companies rarely offer such a transparent approach to sales. But the people at SEL are confident that their products work, and they express this belief by allowing potential buyers to try new items.

It is likely that more label companies will follow SEL’s lead in the near future. Customers like to know what they are buying, and this is especially relevant when the efficiency of their businesses is at stake.

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Sonos Play 3 Wireless Multi-Room Music System launched

Causing a lot of noise in the music system industry is the new wireless multi room music system. The Sonos Play 3 has recently gone on sale at playmediaworld.co.uk.

This amazing little system has three integrated speakers and has three dedicated amplifiers which provide the crystal-clear, high-quality, just plain brilliant sound which has today given Sonos its outstanding reputation.

Imagine having an iPod in your hand, choosing which room you want the track playing, how loud, and from which music service, all with perfect synchronisation between the sonos players, no lagging or jitters.

There are so many music services from which you can choose from with the Sonos System. You then control the system with the Sonos controller, the iPhone, iTouch, iPad and Android phone which you can download the app for free. The providers include big names such as Spotify & Napster. There are also over 10,000 free radio stations and millions of podcasts at your fingertips.

With the Sonos Play 3 it is extremely simple to set up. There is no wiring involved, no silly programming.

Play Media Worlds Marketing Manager, Rick Hope said: “The simplicity, design and quality of this device is just amazing, you would not expect the Sonos Play:3 to sound as good as it does for its size.”

“The brilliance of Sonos is that I can now also add additional sonos players to my home network, all linking up working together in a harmonious wireless mesh.”

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Get The Tools To Do All Your Jobs In One Ultra-Portable Device From BT Business Direct

When you need the power to be able to create, present and work on the move, you’ll find a Samsung Slate PC from BT Business Direct makes light work of it all.

In the past, different machines have often been the best option for different tasks such as taking notes, creating documents and reports, giving presentations, and carrying out online research….but the Samsung Series 7 Slate PC will prove that there’s now a solution that can perform all these jobs with perfect poise.

Its thin and light design means it’s a Powerhouse PC with the portability of a tablet. An Intel core i5 processor handles the most demanding of jobs with ease, allowing you to decide how you want to most comfortably input data on the Samsung Series 7 Slate, by either touching or writing on the screen, alternatively typing on the full-featured keyboard.

Weighing in at less than two pounds, and measuring just half an inch thick, it’s a PC you can truly take anywhere. You’ll always be able to see clearly what you’re doing, wherever you are, thanks to the SuperBright Plus screen, which is twice as bright as a standard laptop display.

Equipped with Bluetooth connectivity, it also means you can stay in touch no matter how remote your location.

“Wanting to minimise the size of your working PC has until now, meant having to compromise on many of its features, and replacing it with a business tablet PC wouldn’t really carry all the power of a PC” said Kimberley Beck, Samsung Specialist at BT Business Direct.

“Samsung has now proved with this latest model that the power and capabilities of a top-end Laptop can indeed fit into the chassis of a slim, light, ultraportable and unbelievably stylish ‘Slate’ and can go with you anywhere.”

Available from stock today, the Samsung Series 7’s diminutive dimensions and light weight mean it can be delivered on a day of your choice for as little as £5.34 extra.

Check out the outstanding range of features and capabilities of a Samsung Series 7 Slate PC today, and see for yourself that this lightweight machine is a heavyweight performer!

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Small Businesses Have Printing Needs Met

South East Labels is focused on providing professional printing equipment to small businesses in 2012. Small companies starting up in the New Year will find accessible labelling and printing systems on offer from this label manufacturer. Based in West Sussex, it has been providing such services and equipment across the country since 1988.

As well as selling top brands’ products, South East Labels manufactures labels and can provide small businesses with a range of solutions to their printing needs. Retail businesses will find their barcode and scanning prayers answered!

The process is simple. Once GS1 UK has provided you with the numbers for your products, South East Labels can then do the label printing for you and provide all the barcode labels you require. Minimum fuss and maximum ease. For businesses that would like to manage the process in-house, South East Labels can also supply all the blank labels, label printers and software necessary.

Barcodes need to be printed professionally in order to be read properly by scanners. This is where South East Labels comes in. Staff members have years of experience in manufacturing labels, and therefore know all the tricks of the trade. These include printing barcode labels in the ‘picket fence’ style for high quality scans, and leaving enough blank space around the barcodes for interference-free scanning.

All of this detail can be daunting for new businesses, which is why South East Labels’ service is becoming more and more popular. Rather than having to do it all themselves, start-ups can take advantage of the expertise on offer. By concentrating on manufacturing labels for small businesses, South East Labels is making 2012 the year to simplify your printing process by placing it in experts’ hands.

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OCZ solid state drives now available at BT Business Direct

Solid state drives (SSDs) from computer hardware manufacturer OCZ Technology are now available at BT Business Direct. The new Synapse Cache SSD, released late 2011, can add speed and higher performance to even older model PCs and so is gaining the most interest on a wide consumer market right now.

OCZ Technology releases new high-tech SSDs on regular bases, driving the innovation into every angle of SSD technology. This includes the new Synapse Cache series that enable any computer to enjoy the increased performance of SSD. This technology is independent from hardware, unlike others and can be used on any modern platform.

A standard SSD + HDD setup will make one program fast and the other slow, load one game quickly but the other lags off the scale. The OCZ Synapse cache SSD will integrate with the hard drive becoming one storage solution and dynamically manage the entire storage capacity of the hard drive. It is the typical example of ‘Best of Both World’; full capacity and full performance.

The Dataplex software makes the integration of SSD and HDD possible. The SSD stores‘hot’ data (files that are accessed often) on the high-speed SSD, while ‘cold’ data (files that are less-frequently accessed) are stored on the HDD. Once you have booted your PC with the OCZ Synapse SSD installed, it will start cache immediately. And after two or three reboots the fast responsiveness of the computer will start improving dramatically and the more it is used, the faster it will become.

Vivienne Kennedy, Category Manager of BT Business Direct said: “These SSDs are the ideal addition to any work or home PC and can help to improve running speeds and make accessing files a quick and easy job. We are very pleased to be able to stock them, but customers should buy now in order to avoid disappointment.”

Both the 64GB and 128GB versions of OCZ’s SSDs are available at BT Business direct now and retail at £87.49 and £134.16 respectively.

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South East Labels Provides Extensive Labelling Solutions

Label supplier South East Labels now offers a full range of labelling systems to cater for demands across the industry.

South East Labels extensive range of labelling systems and products includes ink labels and digital printing, hot foil labels, security and asset tracking labels, cryogenic and antimicrobial labels, barcodes and bubble badges.

South East Labels can produce printed rolls suitable for thermal transfer and thermal direct systems as well as coloured/printed labels manufactured by a variety of methods and range of materials. Pre-printed sheet labels are also available to order for inkjet/printers. Their comprehensive range of services include: standard and custom sizing options, numerous materials including, paper and synthetics such as polyester, clear polypropylene, ultra-destructible, tamperproof, laminated, waterproof, ‘void’ and perforated, many different adhesives including permanent, peelable, easypeel, watersoluble, freezer and chill perm.

If you have a particular labelling requirement, it is best to start off with some advice and samples from a supplier. South East Labels manufacture samples and labels from the highest quality material, which is of particular importance if the labels are to be over-printed by thermal transfer or thermal direct printers and for the successful scannig of bar codes.

South East Labels can offer customers advice on choosing a labelling system to best suit their requirements. For scanning or verifying equipment the company gives demonstrations of the most suitable models for each job.

For the use of thermal transfer ribbons South East Labels can help source and test your materials. To get the best from your chosen system, ribbons must be compatible with your labels. Access to many types of ribbons and face papers is paramount. South East Labels provides Label Converters that can produce plain and clear labels on rolls suitable for all makes of thermal transfer printers to ensure the highest quality finish.

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New High-Tech OCZ Solid State Drives Now Available At dabs.com

Computer technology retailer dabs.com has recently unveiled new stock of OCZ’s latest solid state drive (SSD), which is set to be the hottest SSD on the computing market this year.

Anyone who wants to increase the power and performance of their computer without having to complete a full upgrade should take a look at OCZ Technology’s new Synapse Cache Solid State Drives.

These SSDs use new Dataplex software that makes them totally unique – unlike most SSDs on the market right now they are designed to be used in conjunction with standard hard drives (HDD). This new Dataplex software increases the speed at which data can be cached, as well as overhauling the way that it is done.

In the past, using an SSD and an HDD at the same time could have actually slowed down the entire running of your home PC, unless you were willing to upgrade to a SATA HDD and use an external enclosure to make data transfer speeds faster. Many people still want to be able to take advantage of the large capacity of their HDD while also benefiting from fast processing with a SSD, and with the Synapse Cache SSD this is now possible.

Duncan Rutherford, Product Manager of dabs.com said: “We understand that customers don’t always have the time or money to perform a full upgrade of their PC just to be able to make use of their new solid state drive, so buying a new motherboard just isn’t possible.

“With the help of OCZ’s amazing new SSD, our customers can get exactly what they want out of their PC without having to spend anything extra.”

The Synapse Cache SSD works so well because it caches ‘hot’ data that is used often on the easy-to-access SSD, while ‘cold’ data is stored on the HDD. By the third time that you run your system with this SSD, all of the data will have been sorted, so you can begin reaping the rewards of the fast Dataplex technology.

dabs.com currently stocks the OCZ Synapse Cache Solid State Drives in 64GB (32GB cache capacity) and 128GB (64GB cache capacity), and both can be bought from the online shop now.

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South East Labels Ready for Christmas Rush

Label manufacturer South East Labels today confirms that it is ready for the Christmas retail rush – with Christmas always proving to be the busiest time of year for retailers. For giftware and confectionary retailers in particular, this often proves to be especially so. . So this year, more than ever, it is important that retailers and their suppliers are ready for the big Christmas rush.

Being ready for Christmas requires retailers to have responsive and professional suppliers on hand to deliver the goods and services they need. South East Labels is a reliable and experienced supplier to the retail trade. The company always works to a quick turnaround, supplying labels and labelling equipment to help their retail customers label-up efficiently and achieve those all-important Christmas shopping purchases.

The company website – Southeastlabels.co.uk – includes a huge selection of labels and labelling equipment Custom-made products and products not listed online are available for order too – so it’s always a good idea to call if you can’t find what you need. All products come with quick turnaround and delivery times.

Featured products this month include the Image TTP247 plus series of fantastic desk top label printers with professional labelling software included as standard. This is the new and updated version of the best-selling line of desk top label printers, with enhanced electronics and fast label processing – great for printing barcodes and QR codes. All Image printers are supplied complete with LabelDirect software, giving you all the tools you need to produce print performance that can’t be beaten.

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Axceleon Unveils Microsoft Azure Render Farms

Axceleon is actively demonstrating the Microsoft Azure integrated workflow rendering process and render farm to customers and prospects.

Axceleon has released CloudFuzion for Azure and is showing existing Media & Entertainment customers and prospects how easy it is to integrate existing studio workflows into a cloud based render farm on Microsoft Azure with no impact on the artist.

CloudFuzion is integrated with applications such as Autodesk Maya, 3dsMax, Softimage, Adobe After Effects and allows launching of image renders from the application directly to an Azure render farm anywhere in the world. CloudFuzion will move the scene, including any attributes or references, from the studio data repository to the Azure render farm and in turn will move the resulting rendered images back to the studio data repository as part of an automated workflow. The animator or artist is oblivious as to where the images are being processed or rendered.

Also released was a CloudFuzion implementation of a high performance cluster running on Microsoft Azure for use by power utility & energy companies worldwide.CloudFuzion is integrated with applications such as PSLF and SSTOOLS from General Electric Energy, and PSS®E from Siemens and these applications can be run on a CloudFuzion managed Azure cluster.

CloudFuzion is a workflow automation solution, no render wrangler required for media& entertainment industry, with color coded job status, a simple self-service user interface and also supports split frame/tiling and stitching of large 3dsMax and Maya images for further render acceleration along with processor affinity settings to maximize 3D application core usage by machine.

CloudFuzion also enables single threaded applications to use many cores in a multi-core machine or computer. This enhances the speed of processing and further improves the time to results, a major productivity tool for engineering studies and financial analysis.

For nearly 12 years, EnFuzion has been widely deployed in the energy, financial, bioinformatics, telecommunications, scientific research and engineering market segments, as well as for 3D rendering, where it helped users to get more results faster.

ABOUT ENFUZION & CLOUDFUZION
EnFuzion® and CloudFuzion®, high performance cluster computing software, is developed here in the United States by Axceleon. The CloudFuzion® platform is available as a service (PaaS) and used on larger public clouds, such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon EC2, compute grids and high performance internal cloud computing environments and runs natively on all major OS platforms Windows®, Linux®, Mac OS® and Unix®.

EnFuzion® cluster computing software is currently deployed in power/energy utilities, 3D applications, financial services, bioinformatics, scientific research, telecommunications and engineering, where it helps users to get more results faster.

EnFuzion® was one of the first size able deployments of grid computing technology on Wall Street in 2000.

To learn about CloudFuzion®, please visit CloudFuzion Website www.CloudFuzion.com and EnFuzion3D Website at www.EnFuzion3D.com.

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Green Fingers Get Sticky With Innovative New Labels

South East Labels, a Sussex-based labelling supply company, has introduced a new product line aimed at the horticultural market.

According to a spokesman, “Our ‘Loop Lock’ and ‘Stick-in’ labels are ideal for labelling your trees, shrubs and pots. We will be adding more horticultural products in the near future.”

Made from tough and resistant polypropylene, the ‘Loop Lock’ labels are almost impossible to tear. Also known as ‘Loop Holds’ or ‘Tree Ties’, the labels are supplied plain and can be printed on, using a thermal transfer printer, or simply written on, using a permanent marker. Because there is no adhesive, either side can be printed or written on. ‘Loop Locks’ are supplied in rolls of 1,000 and are available in two measurements: 25mm x 229mm or 25mm x 191mm.

‘Stick-ins’, also known as plant pot labels or pot markers, are made from 300-micron-thick polypropylene and are designed to withstand the rigors of British weather. ‘Stick-ins’ are supplied plain, allowing gardeners to print on them, using either a thermal transfer printer or a permanent marker.

These new additions further bolster the company’s impressive range of horticultural products. Interested consumers can try a free sample of polypropylene, ‘Loop Lock’ or ‘Stick-in’ labels by contacting the company via its website.

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Which Online Backup Plan from AsaDrive Should You Choose?

AsaDrive offers a wide range of online storage plans and free trials to choose from. There you will find some useful information which will help you choose the best one to suit your needs.

There are basically five online storage plans AsaDrive provides: two dedicated Online Backup plans, two Online Backup and Online Drive plans and one Business plan.

All of these plans are designed to fit different sets of demands and standards, according to the motivation and purpose of using AsaDrive Desktop software and the data storage service. You do not need to worry if you have not decided yet, as the online backup plans are available as free trials. This means the system will not charge you for fourteen consecutive days, during which you will be able to test AsaDrive Desktop software and maybe even drop a line to tell us how it felt!

The Online Backup plans make it available an unlimited storage amount for you to safely back up very large amounts of data. Unlimited bandwidth and access to the web portal are included, however the Online Drive and file sharing features are not included.

Of all the five backup plans offered by AsaDrive, the Online Backup and Online Drive is the most popular choice among users. This pricing plan consists of 2 TB storage space, a 0.5 TB to use with the Online Drive feature and also unlimited bandwidth for you to benefit from while taking advantage of your access to the web portal and file sharing. Unlike Drive, the improved Drive+ plan provides unlimited storage, a total amount of 2 TB to use with Online Drive, apart from web portal and file sharing. You should go with this option if you wish to mount your back up, online drive just like any other regular virtual drive and access it straight from your computer.

Last, but not least, the Business plan offers ultimate backup and storage experience, as it includes all features offered by AsaDrive. However, the included storage amount for Online Backup and Online Drive are yet to be determined. The most powerful of all five backup plans is recommended for computer clusters or large amounts of data resulting from the activity of a business corporation.

All five backup plans offer the best AsaDrive experience and are meant to meet any types of expectations from this software. So start thinking about which one best suits your needs, and if it happens for you to still remain undecided, you can download the free trial. You are strongly encouraged to feel how it is like to use this software and experience, for fourteen days, the true AsaDrive quality and care for your files and online safety.

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Leading website helps people to save on latest laptops, printers and more

Consumers thinking about refreshing their home computing setup or getting hold of a new laptop can save through the latest deals for PC World and Comet available on DiscountVouchers.co.uk. The deals are on show on the voucher codes specialist among the offers for more than 800 top name retailers.

The DiscountVouchers.co.uk site offers shoppers the chance to save money at all the big name stores, and right now is offering money off tech kit at Comet. Consumers are able to log on right now and save on Comet laptops and more – other deals to be had include 15% off selected printers and 20% off all printer ink and toners.

PC World is another store available on a budget on the DiscountVouchers.co.uk this week, with a new choice of PC World discount code on show. Consumers can log on right now and get their hands on new deals such as save up to £300 on laptops and free delivery on all orders.

Doug Scott, managing director at DiscountVouchers.co.uk, comments, “It is our mission at DiscountVouchers.co.uk to always help people save money on top brands from all the nation’s leading stores. These new Comet and PC World deals help consumers get great value IT and computing kit right now.”

DiscountVouchers.co.uk offers consumers money saving deals at major high street brands and specialist retailers, including stores like Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Travelodge, First Choice, lastminute.com and Boden.

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BT Business Direct Releases the Samsung Series 9 900X3A – Power and Durability, All Within a Lightweight Frame

BT Business Direct Releases the Samsung Series 9 900X3A – Power and Durability, All Within a Lightweight Frame.

The stylish and ultra-slim Samsung 9 series laptops are now available at UK business laptops specialist, BT Business Direct. With an Intel Core i5 processor, Solid State Drive (SSD) and Samsung’s Fast Start technology, they are ideal for business users on the go.

BT Business Direct has now begun selling the hotly-anticipated Series 9 laptops from Samsung. With a premium design and features developed with the travelling worker in mind, Kimberley Beck, BT Business Direct’s Samsung Sales Specialist believes this line will be in great demand.

“In recent years Samsung’s line of business laptops has focussed not only on having power and performance on the inside but now also the aesthetics and style on the outside,” said Kimberley.

“The latest addition to the 9 Series, the 900X3A Pro, in particular is ultra-slim and made from Duralumin – the same material used to build aircrafts due to its lightweight yet incredibly strong properties compared to aluminium.”

The 900X3A is not just great to look at, the laptop but also possesses many of the leading technologies that make using a laptop in the business world effortless and convenient. An ultra-fast 128GB solid state drive (SSD) means that the computer boots up in 12 seconds and wakes from sleep mode in just three seconds.

The laptop also possesses plenty of visual features to impress in the boardroom or any meeting where workers need their laptops. The SuperBright 13.3” screen and 1.3MP high-definition webcam also provide crystal clear imaging for conferencing when users cannot meet face-to-face.

With all of the expected connectivity features including wireless internet and Bluetooth 3.0, high-speed connections, it also has as well as the ability to easily tether smartphones for mobile internet on the move, making this laptop the perfect solution for businesses looking for the ideal mobile workstation.

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Feeling Artistic? Design Your Company Labels

Do you feel that your business or company needs that extra touch of class to stand out from the many competitors in the market? Little details such as improved and personalised labels can be the kind of features that would sway a customer to purchase your product. The best way to get labels exactly the way you want them is to actually design them yourself.

Making your labels on a computer needn’t be the laborious or artistic challenge that many may think. There’s some excellent software on the market at the moment which is built to give even the most inexperienced among us the chance to design something. After you’ve chosen how your labels look, you don’t have to wait around for them to be sent to you in the post as you can just print what you want when you want.

The market is full of design software which can cater for these kinds of needs, but there are two programmes which are particularly accessible and come highly recommended. These are EnLabel which is a Windows label designer which comes with many features as well as Batender Basic and Pro which supports multiple label designing and much more. Both of these packages are available from South East Labels and are competitively priced – at £359.00 and £190.00 respectively.

These top of the range software programmes are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what is on offer at South East Labels. Customers can also pick up everything else that they might require to design, print and use their own unique labels with scanners, verifiers, rewind units, applicators and printers all available.

Whilst you are pursuing for your next piece of software or barcode printer at South East Labels it is worth baring in mind that South East Labels also work as a direct label manufacturer and you can order labels which will be sent out to you in the post. There is a huge array of different styles and materials to choose form including barcode, hot foil, asset tracking and Made In.. labels. Check out all of this and more on the website.

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Attack on Japanese Defence Contractor

The recent publication of the security breach suffered by the Japanese Defence Contractor, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is just the latest in a long series of similar breaches around the world.

Once again, the discovery of multiple instances of the installation of malware or viruses on servers and desktops is symptomatic of what could be a very sophisticated attack – frequently referred to as Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) type attack.

It is reported that the breach started with what is known as spear phishing attacks – when attackers use very targeted emails; specially crafted/customised to targeted individuals, to maximise the chances of them being opened and any links within them being clicked on and followed.

Martin Finch, Managing Director of commissum, a specialist Information Security Consultancy, said that “the organisation targeted here is a typical victim of such an attack by what could be industrial espionage or state sponsored hacking to access either national security information, or intellectual property. Previous victims have for example included, Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest aerospace company”.

Chris Williams, senior consultant at Information Security company, commissum said that “the usual modus operandi is for attackers to establish a foothold through initial breaches, and then use this to both escalate the level of the breach and establish further access points. This frequently continues over what is often a very protracted time-scale. The victim will, if one or more breaches are discovered, be uncertain as to how many other breaches have been established and where these are”.

China, Russia and Korea have been mentioned as possible sources of this type of attack in the past; China in particular in this case has vigorously and indignantly denied any involvement. That is one of the problems with a sophisticated attack of this type; it can be almost impossible to establish for certain where the attack originated. It is clear though that China is just one of the countries suspected of past involvement in such attacks by US and Western European government agencies.

In addition, as is often the case, the victim is downplaying the impact and the level of penetration achieved. It is reported that the Japanese government were not immediately informed of the breach, as is required in the Defence sector; allegedly it was discovered in August but was exposed by the press this week. It is unlikely that the public will ever know for sure if the breach involved a serious leak of information.

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South Coast Labels Urge Better Info Management

South East Labels expects a continuing growth in demand for barcode and scanning equipment for information management purposes. Just a quick glance at recent news stories will explain why.

The phone hacking scandal that has sunk the News of the World Newspaper and besieged News International is an example of what can happen in complex organisations with poor data management and retrieval systems. The problems at New International have been exacerbated by alleged criminal activity, and the scandal inflamed by lackadaisical, if not corrpupt, internal and police investigations.

However, the underlying story is one of a commercial organisation struggling to manage the volume of information for which they are responsible and which will shed light on their business performance. In terms of the metropolitan police, the picture may simply be one of a failure to prioritise the time-consuming job of sifting documentary evidence.

That job now falls to Lord Justice Levenson who will head a judicial enquiry into phone hacking scandal and into media regulation generally. His job will be even more complex as, in addition to the mountains of documents from News International, there is likely to be hundreds of transcripts of interviews and statements to consider.

A process such as this can only be managed by barcoding packets of incoming documents, scanning them, and linking the storage location to a database which will enable easy retrieval and eventual archiving. South East Labels has experience of such systems being a trusted supplier of barcode printers and scanners.

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Launch of Sonos Play 3 Is Music To The Ears Of dabs.com Customers

There’s exciting news for those who love a home filled with music, as the Sonos Play 3 wireless music system goes on sale at dabs.com.

Three by name and triple by nature, the device has a trio of powerful digital amplifiers, serving speakers engineered to diffuse crystal clear sound throughout any room in your living space.

Sonos is all about connecting sound in your home; and the Play 3 fully embodies this ethos, with the ability to link wirelessly and play music stored on your PC, Mac, iPod or phone, among other devices – up to 16 at once. Users can also access music from a wide range of services such as Last.fm, Pandora and Spotify.

The Sonos Play 3 is available from technology retailer dabs.com in two colours – bright white and sleek black – and is easy to position in your home thanks to its minimalist design.

Its technical credentials include a bass radiator for low notes, two mid-range drivers and a high-frequency tweeter to complete the sound. Its class D amplifiers are energy efficient and the whole package is desirably lightweight, with rubber feet to avoid marking surfaces.

dabs.com Marketing Manager, Michelle Helme said: “The Sonos Play 3 is a stunning system which plays music in your home to a standard of which recording artists would highly approve. The sound performance can be optimised with zone-specific controls for bass, treble and balance.”

“As a useful added bonus, the Play 3 can also be used to supply internet connectivity to other devices in your home network, such as your set-top box, PC, games console or hard drive.”

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New HP TouchPad Tablet Now Available at dabs.com

The new HP TouchPad Tablet, now on sale at dabs.com, aims to revolutionise computing practices by combining a beautifully light design with a focus on effective multitasking.

Weighing only 740g, the HP TouchPad is easily portable yet still boasts a large screen (9.7 inch diagonal), helping users to carry out several tasks at once. Unlike many other tablet devices the HP TouchPad has multi-tasking at its core.

The device’s operating system, HP webOS, allows it to quickly and simply move between messages, calendars, photograph collections and more by controlling and swiping “cards”, stacking similar tasks together according to the user’s preference.

The HP TouchPad Tablet also offers an extensive range of applications from a catalogue of thousands – including social networking facilities such as Facebook and popular games such as Angry Birds – along with wireless printing; a strong download capability for viewing movies and TV shows; and music courtesy of Beats Audio.

Dabs.com Computing product manager, Michelle Wood said: “The new HP TouchPad Tablet has a stunning backlit screen and IPS wide viewing-angle technology – but it doesn’t just look good, it also has an extremely impressive level of functionality, with an intuitive webOS which aims to reflect human nature in carrying out multiple simultaneous activities”.

The tablet has a fast processor and is geared towards communication and entertainment, with an integrated webcam and microphone for video calling and similar multimedia options.

Its rechargeable battery allows up to eight hours of web browsing and it can be charged either using the sleek HP Touchstone Charging Dock; or in its case, using an AC charger. The HP TouchPad Case itself is innovative, acting both to protect the device and as a stand for display uses.

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dabs.com Begins Selling AMD’s A-Series APU Range Promising Triple-A Performance on One Chip

Processor and graphics chip become one with the latest release of the AMD APU – capable of DirectX 11 graphics and quad-core processing power, with two processors available now at dabs.com.

With on-board graphics chips in the past many PC owners and builders have had to buy additional Graphics cards in order to be able to handle the latest PC games and HD videos. This all changes with the introduction of AMD’s revolutionary A8 APU (Accelerated Processing Unit), the combination of a high-performance CPU with bespoke graphics capabilities to rival the latest standalone graphics cards.

AMD, well known for their Processors, acquired graphics specialist ATi Technologies in 2006 and many computing journalists speculated on the day that AMD would incorporate ATi’s Radeon graphics chipsets in to an all-encompassing and economical chip.

The APU is the product of this union and UK computing and consumer electronics specialist dabs.com now has two models – the AMD A8-3850 and the AMD A6-3650 – available at great prices.

Duncan at dabs.com said: “With up to 3x more graphics capabilities compared to competing systems the AMD APU achieves incredible performance in all situations where a powerhouse PC is required.

“From streaming HD content to playing the latest highly-detailed PC games, the APU with AMD’s Turbo CORE Technology and DirectX 11 support ensures that users get incredible power from one component.”

Duncan added: “For added performance and capability the AMD APU works seamlessly with many of the latest Radeon HD 6000 graphics cards to boost the graphics processing power by a staggering 75 per cent.”

As well as the visual features, the A8 and A6 APU chips also offer many other features that are becoming essential in the home and the home office, such as multi-monitor support and the Advanced 32nm CPU that is both powerful and low on power-usage.

The Socket FM1 processor is now available at dabs.com priced at £109.99 for the 2.9GHz A8-3850 and £89.98 for the 2.6 GHz A6-3650.

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