Europe’s Fastest Supercomputer

NUREMBERG, Germany, July 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Today, Europe’s most powerful supercomputer was officially inaugurated by IBM during a ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Leibniz-Rechenzentrum (LRZ) of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences in Garching, Germany. Used to solve difficult scientific questions in physics and fluid dynamics, SuperMUC, powered by SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server, ranks number four in the June 2012 TOP 500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers. SuperMUC is a System X iDataPlex from IBM and is equipped with more than 155,000 processor cores, which deliver an aggregate peak performance of more than 3 Petaflops of computing power.

A special feature of SuperMUC is an innovative, warm-water cooling technology, inspired by the human blood circulation and developed by IBM, that results in 40 percent less energy consumption than traditional air-cooled machines. Additionally, the system allows energy to be captured and reused to heat the buildings of the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre Campus.

“SuperMUC is many times more efficient than its predecessor. Where it makes sense we use frequency scaling, a Linux kernel function delivered with SUSE Linux Enterprise, which allows us to run applications at their optimal operating point. This means we use, wherever possible, newly developed energy efficiency mechanisms in Linux,” said Dr. Herbert Huber, head of high-performance systems at the LRZ.

D-Link® Cloud Camera 5000

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., July 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — D-Link, today announced its new D-Link® Cloud Camera 5000 (DCS-5222L) is now available, bringing expanded surveillance capabilities to home and small business customers. The Cloud Camera 5000 offers a round-the-clock surveillance solution with 720p HD recording, smooth pan/tilt and digital zoom functionality, integrated motion-sensing and night-vision technology. Joining D-Link’s award-winning line of Cloud Cameras, the Cloud Camera 5000 enables users to monitor a home or business anywhere, anytime, with an iPhone®, iPad® or Android™ device with the free mydlink™ app. The camera includes a microSD card slot for recording snapshots or video without the need for a computer or separate network storage drive.

“There’s no doubt that we have a lot to value – from new little ones to pets to valued possessions to keeping an eye on the small business while you’re away,” said Daniel Kelley, associate vice president of marketing, D-Link. “The new Cloud Camera 5000 offers people an effective, affordable home or small business surveillance solution that can be up and running in no time.  And, the camera’s new capabilities, including remote pan and tilt, the clarity of HD 720p video and on camera recording of video to advanced night vision technology, the Cloud Camera 5000 gives customers added control and peace of mind 24/7.”

Availability and Pricing
The Cloud Router 5000 (DCS-5222L) Camera is now available for $249.99 estimated street price at Staples, Amazon.com, Newegg.com, and D-Link’s broad range of e-tail partners.

Sony Unveils Latest Android™ Powered Walkman®

SAN DIEGO, July 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Sony today announced the new line of Walkman® Mobile Entertainment Players featuring legendary premium Walkman® sound quality. With Android™ 4.0, the new F800 Series incorporates Sony’s exclusive digital audio fidelity technologies delivering a richer, bolder and louder presence. The new line-up also includes the Walkman® E470 Series, the slimmest model in Walkman® history.

Designed for music lovers, by music lovers, Walkman® features unparalleled sound quality with Clear Audio technologies by Sony, assuring detailed sound with deep and powerful bass while restoring subtle high frequency details that get lost when listening to heavily-compressed digital music files. The integrated S-Master™ digital amplifier incorporated in the flagship F800 Series greatly reduces noise levels and distortion along with additional audio technologies to create an enriched music experience.

Pricing and Availability

The new Walkman® Mobile Entertainment Players will be available beginning August 2012 at Sony Stores, participating retailers and online at www.sony.com/walkman.

The 16G F800 Series will retail for about $269.99 and the 32G will retail for about $299.99. The 4G E470 Series will retail for about $79.99, the 8G for about $89.99 and the 16G for about $109.99.

Researchers Developing Technology for 5G Cellular Networks

NEW YORK, July 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Researchers at Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) have assembled a powerful consortium of government and business support to advance beyond today’s fourth generation (4G) wireless technologies toward 5G cellular networks that could potentially increase cell phone capacity by more than 1,000 times.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the team an Accelerating Innovation Research (AIR) grant of $800,000, matched by $1.2 million from corporate backers and the Empire State Development Division of Science, Technology & Innovation (NYSTAR), which supports the project through its longstanding partnership with NYU-Poly’s Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications (CATT). Industrial partners include InterDigital, National Instruments (NI) and faculty startup company Asension Laboratories.

“This new collaboration will significantly accelerate the progress towards 5G, and it exemplifies the power of NYU-Poly’s philosophy of i-squared-e– invention, innovation and entrepreneurship,” said NYU-Poly President Jerry M. Hultin. “The team is built of experienced faculty entrepreneurs and highly innovative researchers. Students will learn how to create products and companies, working beside these professors and researchers from blue ribbon companies.”

The 5G project will develop smarter and far less expensive wireless infrastructure by means of smaller, lighter antennas with directional beamforming to bounce signals off of buildings using the uncrowded millimeter-wave spectrum, where 50 to 100 times more user capacity is readily available. It will also help develop smaller, smarter cells with devices that cooperate rather than compete for spectrum.

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn – Trailer Released

SAN DIEGO, July 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — At San Diego Comic-Con International, the world’s largest pop culture convention, 343 Industries and Microsoft Corp. unveiled the official trailer for “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn,” the landmark live-action digital series based on the best-selling Xbox franchise.The series will be initially distributed worldwide by Machinima, debuting on its new channel, Machinima Prime, as well as on Halo Waypoint, on Oct. 5, 2012. “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” will unfold through a series of five episodes, setting the stage for the worldwide launch of “Halo 4″ on Nov. 6. The official “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” trailer is now available on Machinima Prime (http://www.youtube.com/MachinimaPrime) and on Halo Waypoint (http://halo.xbox.com/ForwardUntoDawn). Machinima will also be releasing exclusive content, backstory and character pieces leading up to the launch of this highly anticipated series.

“Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” tells an exciting story of heroism and sacrifice on a scale never before seen in the “Halo” universe, taking fans back to the beginning of the human and Covenant war and leading into the events of “Halo 4.” Set against the backdrop of a United Nations Space Command (UNSC) military academy, a group of highborn cadets are training to be the next generation of soldiers in the UNSC’s ongoing war with insurrectionists in the outer colonial planets. Among these cadets, Thomas Lasky struggles with his doubts about this war, and with the burden of expectations he may not be able to carry. As Lasky comes to terms with his potential as a military leader, the terrifying alien alliance known as the Covenant arrives and turns his world upside down. Inspired by the Master Chief, he must decide what it means to be a hero. “Halo” fans who experience Lasky’s thrilling origin story in “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” will be rewarded with special insights into the story of “Halo 4″ and the “Halo Infinity Multiplayer” experience.

An extended, 90-minute Special Edition featuring additional footage and bonus content will be available Nov. 6 in the “Halo 4″ Limited Edition and on on-demand video services.

  • “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” Special Edition. Available as part of the “Halo 4″ Limited Edition game bundle for $99.99(1) (U.S.), the “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” Special Edition is an extended 90-minute version of the live-action digital series that will bring the “Halo” universe to life as you’ve never seen it.

“Halo 4″ Limited Edition also includes the following bonus content:

  • In-fiction content expanding the characters and stories of “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn”
  • Special Featurette: “Bringing Gaming into Reality”
  • Making of “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn”

Wilson Electronics’ 4G-V Mobile Cell Phone Signal Booster

ST. GEORGE, Utah, July 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Promising better connections and fewer dropped calls, Wilson Electronics (www.WilsonElectronics.com), North America’s leading maker of cellular signal boosters, today announced the availability of the Sleek® 4G-V, the world’s first 4G signal booster designed to improve cell reception in vehicles like cars, trucks, and boats.

In areas with Verizon Wireless™ LTE service on the 700 MHz band, the Sleek 4G-V will ensure a strong LTE signal as well as conventional 3G and 2G signals. Benefits include fewer dropped connections and no-service “dead zones,” faster data transfer rates and improved battery life for wireless devices.

In areas not served by Verizon Wireless LTE, the cell phone signal booster will amplify any existing signal on 800 MHz and 1900 MHz bands (except Nextel/iDEN). This allows the user to enjoy a strong, reliable cellular signal even when no 4G service is available.

Although the Sleek 4G-V is designed for use in a vehicle, it can also be used indoors with the purchase of an optional accessory kit – where it also boosts 4G wireless hotspots like the Verizon JetPack™.

The 4G-V can also deliver more than 20 times the power of a typical cell phone alone, and weighs only three ounces (85 grams) and measures just 2.5 by 4.5 by 2.5 inches (6.4 x 11.4 6.4 cm). Simple, do-it-yourself installation is done in a matter of minutes.

InfoSonics Unveils s757 5-inch Smartphone/Tablet

SAN DIEGO, July 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – InfoSonics Corporation (NASDAQ: IFON) today announced the launch of its new verykool® s757 Smartphone/Tablet 5-inch crossover product.

“Many consumers in emerging markets do not have personal computers, and the technology convergence between mobile phones and tablet PCs helps bridge the technology divide,” said Joseph Ram, the company’s president and chief executive officer.  “Our new Android 2.3.5 powered s757 Smartphone is a crossover product with a larger 5-inch capacitive touch screen that enables users to easily connect through their service provider to the internet and browse the web, while still having all the capabilities of a wireless phone, including tethering.  It has a 5-megapixel rear camera and a VGA front-facing camera for video conferencing, 4GB of RAM with capacity for 32GB of external storage and a multitude of connectivity and media features.”

The verykool® s757 is available now and comes in two versions:  a single SIM version for operator customers and a dual SIM version for the open market.  To learn more about the device, visit our verykool® website at http://www.verykool.net/Phones/s757.

Scam Detector App for Android

EDMONTON, Alberta, July 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Scam Detector Inc., developer of the award-winning application Scam Detector, is announcing the launch of its Android version. Scam Detector is a free mobile and web-based app that exposes in detail over 550 of the world’s most fraudulent activities, in several industries.

“Thousands of people from all over the world requested an Android version. We are now happy to make that available in Google Play Store. We will keep updating it with the newest scams on regular basis,” says Sorin Mihailovici, VP of Business Development for Scam Detector Inc.

All the scams in the free app are grouped into nine categories, according to their industry: auto, travel, employment, real estate, social networking, financial, online auctions, telephone, and face to face. Every scam in the app can be instantly shared on Facebook, Twitter, or by e-mail, while users can submit their own scams.

Scam Detector can also be found as an iPhone app in the AppStore, as well as a web-based app online at: www.scam-detector.com.

Cybercriminals Continue to Spam Victims While Posing as Popular Companies

CLEARWATER, Fla., July 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – GFI Software today released its VIPRE® Report for June 2012, a collection of the 10 most prevalent threat detections encountered last month. In June, GFI threat researchers observed two fresh spam campaigns linking to Blackhole exploits which posed as confirmation emails from Twitter® and Amazon.com®. Delta Airlines® similarly had their brand misappropriated in a spam campaign meant to infect users with Sirefef and rogue antivirus software. GFI also hosted a free webinar which provided a detailed look at the Flame virus using data gathered from GFI’s own GFI Sandbox™ technology.

Throughout the month of June, phony emails claiming to be Amazon.com order confirmations were sent to unsuspecting victims in the hopes of infecting them with malware. Users who clicked any of the links contained in the email were directed to a web page that contained Blackhole exploit code. The exploit scanned the user’s system for Adobe® Reader® and Adobe Flash® before loading a Java applet that redirected the victim to web pages that hosted specially-crafted PDF exploit files depending on the version of Adobe Reader found on the system.

Another fake email posing as a Twitter account confirmation linked victims to a Russian website which housed a Blackhole exploit kit. The site deployed exploits that targeted Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash vulnerabilities which were as old as six years. It’s important to note that both of these attack campaigns could have been avoided had victims kept their software fully patched and up to date.

A bogus spam email was also discovered disguising itself as a Delta Airlines e-ticket. Users who downloaded the attachment were met with an executable file that infected their system with Sirefef and Live Security Platinum, a rogue antivirus program. This fake AV program blocked the running of all other applications and deployed constant pop-ups and browser redirects to messages alerting the user of an infection and requesting payment to clean up the system.

Blacklight: Retribution Free On Steam

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., July 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Perfect World Entertainment Inc. today announced the official release of its hit first-person shooter Blacklight: Retribution on Steam. The popular free-to-play game is now available for download by the more than 40 million players using Valve’s digital distribution service.

In celebration of the Steam launch, every new Blacklight: Retribution player who registers through Steam and reaches level five is granted a free orange Portal weapon tag. In addition, both Steam and veteran players will have the opportunity to acquire a blue Portal Weapon tag during the first week of the Steam launch.

For more details on how to obtain the exclusive Valve branded items and to download and play Blacklight: Retribution for free, please visit:store.steampowered.com/app/209870