Overview

Work, meet, play. Create, stream, watch, listen, and do more on this durable, stylish notebook. This versatile, secure HP ProBook boasts a 15.6-inch diagonal HD display sure to make an impression in and out of the office.

 

Features

Featuring Genuine Windows 7 Professional and/or other operating systems

• Optimized for Genuine Windows 7 Professional, you gain strong Intel processor capabilities, wireless functionality, and a choice of three display sizes.

Equipped to get the job done

• Gain strong processor capabilities, wireless functionality and a 15.6-inch or 17.3-inch diagonal HD display.

Stylish design

• Secure access to your information using optional HP Face Recognition or fingerprint-reading technology, and protect your notebook, and its sensitive data, with HP ProtectTools.

 

Easy productivity

• Use HP QuickWeb to access the Internet, email, contacts, and calendar fast—at the touch of a button—without long boot-up times.

• Reduce your communication costs and improve your productivity with an optional HD webcam, dual-array microphones, and SRS Premium Sound—ideal for high-qualityweb casting.

Always on, always available

• Stay connected in more places with WLAN or optional WWAN.

• The HP ProBook 4530s offer a choice of a 6-cell battery with HP Fast Charge or a longer-life 9-cell battery—all designed to meet the needs of mobile professionals.

 

The best of both worlds

• With Switchable Graphics, you can get high performance from discrete graphics, or the long battery life of integrated graphics, in the same notebook.

• The HP ProBook 4430s and 4530s offer a choice of a 6-cell battery with HP Fast Charge or a longer-life 9-cell battery, and the HP ProBook 4730 features an 8-cell battery—all designed to meet the needs of mobile professionals.

Gammatek, a leading distributor of Branded Technology Accessories in Southern Africa has introduced the ultimate accessories for the New iPad which includes global brands Golla, Speck, Ozaki , Zagg and Body Glove. Expected to be equally as popular as its predecessors, the New iPad is ideally suited to an array of great-looking, practical and resilient accessories.  Gammatek readily meets this need with a range of accessories that will undoubtedly offer the right fit, functionality and styling to meet a variety of iPad requirements. “The highly anticipated New iPad no doubt requires accessories that enhance its features while at the same time looking amazing and protecting it.  At Gammatek we provide all these and more to the SA marketplace,” comments Zev Cherniak at Gammatek.

 

Speck

Immediately available from Gammatek, the Speck Fitfolio comes in black, red, sprinkle twinkle grey and pink and megaplaid (black) and features a padded cover, soft micro-suede interior and custom-fit hard shell cradle.  It also folds into a multi-position stand which is perfect for viewing or typing.  The plastic snap closure keeps the case shut and the integraded magnet activates the iPad’s sleep/wake function. Speck’s MagFolio lounge, WanderFolio, Pixel Skin HD Wrap and Shieldview Screen Protectors for the New iPad are also available from Gammatek.  The Wanderfolio, for example, features a tri-fold design and six pockets for cash, cards, IDs and passports and more.  It also includes a built-in stand with multiple viewing angles and a redesigned cradle that holds the iPad securely. The MagFolio Lounge features a custom, crescent-shaped stand that enables you to use your iPad on your lap. The vegan-leather cover provides padding and the hard polycarbonate cradle holds the iPad securely in place.Lastly, Speck’s PixelSkin HD Wrap (made with TPU polymer) offers lightweigh, grippy protection with a new snap closure and revamped four-panel cover and ShieldView anti-glare matte screen protector sticks perfectly to your iPad screen keeping it clean and free of scraches and smudges. 

Ozaki

The Ozaki 2012 Red Dot Design Award Winning iCoat-Slim-Y case, available in Futurism black, Mechanism green and Post Modernization pink , offers 360 degrees stability, front and back protection, adjustable multi-angleviewing hold, free stylus and detachable stylus holder.  The ‘Y’ shape, for example, creates a tri-axial stand, offering four or more angles and a stable platform. Also launching is the Ozaki Smart Cover which unlike the orginal “Smart Cover” it offers solid protection for the front and back of the ipad while offering the wake/sleep function. Available in stylish grey and pink colours. It also has space to slip in your Ozaki stylus/pen. For improved accuracy, Gammatek has also introduced Ozaki’s O!Tool Stylus which offers replaceable tips and is available in a range of colours: fuchsia; silver; white; and purple.  Optimised for the iPad it can also be used with iPods and iPhones. 

Golla

The new Golla Flip Folder for both iPad 2 and the new iPad  comes in a variety of colours and styling such as pink, black, red and white.  The folder also offers an array of features: smart stand function for multiple viewing angles; anti-slip imitation suede lining; rubber band enclosure and frame mounting system. Additionally, Gammatek is also launching the Golla Sleeves in blue and white which, when you take your iPad out of the sleeve, it can actually stand up. This is a very nifty design by Golla.

 

Zagg & Body Glove

Another offering is the Zagg Invisible Shield and the magnificent Body Glove detachable bluetooth keyboard or folio as well as the Body Glove Anti Glare Screen Guard.

Gammatek, leading distributor of Branded Technology Accessories in Southern Africa has introduced Golla, the popular mobile lifestyle company’s 2012 range of fun and fashion-forward accessories that include laptop bags, smartphone hard covers and tablet sleeves.

Showcased at the recent, renowned Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Golla has undoubtedly taken its approach to design to the next, eye-catching level which makes any mobile device look like a true fashion accessory while offering the necessary protection against falls, bumps and scratches.

The 2012 range is available exclusively through SA partner, Gammatek at major retail, photo and luggage stores. The range features the following products: Superbee Earbud; iPhone 4/4s Hardcases; Mobile Bags; Mobile Wallets; Smart Bags; Table Bags; Laptop Bags; Laptop and Tablet Sleeves; Laptop Backpack; Camera Bags and Digi Bag.

The Laptop and Tablet Sleeves offer protection coupled with eye-catching motifs that suite a range of tastes and needs.  The Golla Laptop Bags are resilient and are available with numerous carrying options, enabling you to customise it to suite your needs.

The new Golla G-Bag is light-weight, versatile and offers a cushioned gadget compartment which makes it ideal for people and their tablets on-the-go.  The iPhone 4/4s Hardcover casing also offers important protection and is made from durable polycarbonate, which makes scratch and shatter resistant.

The range also features fun, colourful Superbee earphones (in red, black, white and charchaol) and swanky camera bags and Digi Bags that make carrying your camera equipment a breeze while featuring padding to safeguard it against bumps and falls.

The Golla Mobile Wallet combines a simple compartment for your smartphone with several slots for cards and a zip pocket for other essentials. Your smartphone is therefore easily accessible and your screen remains scratch-free. Carry it from the belt loop or in your bag.

Lastly, the Golla Mobile Bag comes with an extra pocket perfect for small items like earphones, small change or a bank/credit card.  It features: a carabiner for attaching the bag in a variety of places such as a belt loop, bigger shoulder bag or backpack; a separate neck-strap; zipped pocket on the back for earphones, coins etc; and soft lining material to protect the screen of the device

“The range from Golla epitomise the saying form meets function, these products are all great to look at but offer the necessary protection which is so crucial in a mobile world,” comments Zev Cherniak at Gammatek.

 

 

Gammatek SA, a leading distributor of Branded Technology Accessories in Southern Africa has introduced I-Dice, an eye-catching, giant dice shaped iPhone/iPad and iPod docking station and speaker system that is not only fantastic to look at but packedwith great functionality. Manufactured by S-D-Starking and available immediately from Gammatek, the I-Dice system comes in a black or white dice design, measuring 190 x 190 x 220 mm in size.  Under the hood it features two speakers – 4 W left/right and a 15 W subwoofer bundled with a remote control. Coupled with its great aesthetics you are definitely ready to roll be it for a blazing Saturday party or lazy Sunday afternoon.  It’s extremely easy to use, whether you want to play your favourite song from your iPad, iPhone or iPod, simply slot it into the docking station and the let the dice do its magic. “The new I-Dice is such a great addition to your Apple accessories collection.  With its fantastic dice design, it is a sleek yet fun docking station and speaker system that will undoubtedly make a few heads turn.  We have no doubt that I-Dice offers a fun alternative to more the traditional options out there,” comments Zev Cherniak at Gammatek.”

Retail Price

The I-Dice docking station and speaker system is available at Istore, Musica and other select consumer electronic stores at the recommended retail price of R1699. 

The company has launched the next generation of its award-winning prepress workflow, :Apogee Suite 8.0, which features new tools, including cloud-based applications, which help print service providers produce better output, work more efficiently and extend their market reach.
 
The new tools are designed to help printers in offset and digital print or hybrid environments become more innovative and interact more efficiently internally and with their customers while optimising every step in the production process. :Apogee Suite 8.0 will be running live and available for demonstrations at the company’s stand at drupa (Hall 8A). It will be available in the third quarter of 2012.

Among the innovations in :Apogee Suite 8.0 is the new interactive :Apogee StoreFront, the new cloud-based, web-to-print solution. :Apogee StoreFront makes it easy to set up online stores for both printed and non-printed products. Seamless integration with :Apogee Prepress or any other workflow software ensure that orders are automatically downloaded and setup for production based on job specifications. Because it is cloud based and easy to use, printers can launch multiple, customised storefronts with no additional staff or costly infrastructure investment. :Apogee StoreFront gives printers the means to reach new markets and enrich customer experience, thus expanding business.

:Apogee Impose now supports web offset printing. Designed for the specific needs of web printing operations, this unique rule-based imposition software takes all specifications into account, including web folding and finishing requirements, to generate the optimal imposition scheme. A last minute change of press is no problem for :Apogee Impose. It also supports single, dual and multiple web deliveries. :Apogee Impose lowers setup cost while delivering the level of automation web printers demand.

A new Merge Jobs function lets :Apogee 8 determine which jobs can be combined in one production run. This cuts costs by optimising press runs. An innovative algorithm places different jobs on the sheet in the most optimal manner. As a result, there are fewer cuts which translates to less paper waste.

‘:Apogee 8 is loaded with innovations that cater to every type of operation—sheet and web offset as well as hybrid operations including wide format. New 64-bit support combined with virtualisation (VMWare) lets high-volume printers consolidate processing. Other tools reduce costs with efficient output management such as the job merge function. All of these improvements are the result of carefully listening to our customers all over the world and incorporating their feedback,’ said Andy Grant, Head of Software, Agfa Graphics, worldwide.

:Apogee Suite 8.0 gives prepress operators more process control. A toolbox of plugins allows them to easily manipulate PDF pages in the workflow. A varnish plugin, for example, lets them create a spot varnish on top of text or an image. The new CSR Dashboard gives customer service representatives or production managers detailed job status reports, allowing them to interact more efficiently and accurately internally and with customers. CSRs can record notes and add customer requests. All information stays with the job to ensure absolute job integrity.

:Apogee Preflight offers improved colour management. The new document-based capability verifies that profiles are attached to all objects and automatically updates incorrect profiles. :Apogee Preflight also makes the necessary adjustments should the output target change. A new customer profile wizard generates the optimal calibration profiles for any substrate. This is a critical capability in operations that have offset, digital and industrial inkjet printing. The end result is consistent color output over different media types regardless of the output device or if the operator is generating a proof.

ICC Profile Regularisation is an Agfa patented technology that avoids discontinuities in profiles due to folding. This is especially important for wide-format applications and results in better and more consistent colour output. :Apogee Suite 8.0 is also built to support digital printing, including variable data printing, giving users an edge when it comes to providing new services for their customers.

Article courtesy of Africa Print.

 

Sapphireblue offers some handy, green-friendly tips for the office which are simple ways all staff member can contribute to helping save the planet.

 

 

Tip 1:

Provide trays to collect and reuse print and copy error sheets.

Tip 2:

Provide bins/recycling containers and zone them appropriately for collectionof old technology (e-waste), newspapers magazine and plastic bottels.

Tip 3:

Buy recycled paper whenever possible.

Tip 4:

Look for the recycled option in all products you buy.

Tip 5:

Use reusable and recyclable containers for shipping your products and reuse newspaper, shredded paper, bubble wrap and cardboard boxes for packaging.

Tip 6:

When planning events think of items that you can reuse or recycle at other events.

 

 

 

Galaxy Note 10.1 coming in May

The 10.1-inch Galaxy Note has been officially unveiled by Samsung and will be available in SA from May. The Galaxy Note 10.1 is the tablet-sized version of the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note “phablet” that was punted as both a smartphone and a tablet in a single device.

A core selling point of the new tablet is the incorporation of the “S Pen” (a specially designed stylus), which Samsung says provides more “intuitive ways to maximise efficiency”. Together with the S Note application, the S Pen allows for writing, sketching and note-taking. The application allows users to combine notes with Web content and other media.

The Galaxy Note 10.1’s S Pen has enhanced pressure sensitivity and improved accuracy, providing what Samsung calls an “analogue pen writing experience on a digital device”. The tablet runs the latest iteration of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, and has a 1.4GHz dual-core processor and HSPA+ connectivity.

Another key feature of the Galaxy Note 10.1 is its multi-screen functionality that allows for simultaneous viewing of Internet pages, videos and other applications, while also allowing for side-by-side writing and sketching.

Samsung is also punting the tablet as a learning device. “Students can watch a lecture live-streamed on video, while writing down comments on S Note; they can research a college essay on the Web while taking notes; or even read a full e-textbook while annotating it.”

The tablet comes pre-loaded with Adobe Photoshop Touch and Adobe Ideas. According to Samsung, these programs have been specially optimised for use with the S Pen to allow for PC-like editing and drawing.

Extending mobile

Samsung Electronics SA MD Deon Liebenberg says: “The Galaxy Note 10.1 takes productivity on a Note to a whole new level. With a larger, multifunctional screen and superior performance, it combines the intuitiveness of handwriting with all the versatility of digital content.

“With the Galaxy Note 10.1, we are demonstrating Samsung’s commitment to extend the mobile category and are working with key partners like Adobe to provide extraordinary experiences for users.”

Samsung says the local recommended retail price will be in the region of R8 699.

Article by Kathryn McConnachie, digital media editor at  ITWeb: http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=52168:galaxy-note-101-coming-in-may

 

We touched it. We caressed every bezel. The new iPad is a model of inspired industrial design, and its specs best the previous-generation iPad 2 in all the important areas. But while our hands-on time with the new iPad was admittedly brief today, we nonetheless left Apple’s demo room with an overwhelming sense of, well, “sameyness.”

Very little during our hands-on demo provoked a moment of jaw-dropping awe. The best tablet of 2011 is now undoubtedly better — but for Apple, is this good enough? If anything, we’ve been spoiled by the performance and finesse of Apple’s existing products. We’ve become inured to the company’s unique charms.

At first glance, the new iPad exudes familiarity — and not just because most of its features were telegraphed via leaks and rumors during the last four months. The new slate’s physical design is nearly identical to that of the iPad 2, and nothing about its Appley comportment screams, “I’m an entirely new tablet!” The home button remains intact, and all but one physical dimension remains the same.

It’s only when you hold the new iPad in your hands — and then turn on its screen — that you begin to notice two key differences.

The first is extremely subtle: The new tablet is thicker. Now, it’s true, you have to be an iPad 2 user to notice the difference, but this latest model really does look a bit pudgier in the flesh. From generation to generation, the tablet’s waist line has grown from 8.8mm to 9.44mm. Who knew such a small size differential could even be noticeable?

We didn’t find the new dimension to be a problem, mind you. During our 15-minute hands-on demo, the extra thickness had no bearing on useability — nor did the new tablet’s extra weight (the baseline Wi-Fi model has grown from 1.33 lbs to 1.44 lbs). But if you’re obsessed with industrial design aesthetics (or simply want to argue), you can take Apple to task for sliding just a wee bit backwards in the race to manufacture the slimmest, lightest mobile gear around.

The second key difference between the iPad 2 and “the new iPad” (come on, Apple, choose a name already) comes to light as soon as you turn on the screen. Packed with a 2048 x 1536 resolution, and pixel density of 264 pixels per inch, the new tablet’s so-called “Retina Display” is a sight to see.

It doesn’t boast the 326ppi spec of the iPhone 4 and 4S, but during our brief demo we couldn’t discern any difference in display quality between Apple’s best smartphones and newest tablet. This alone would seem to support the company’s overall promise that in a Retina Display, individual pixels melt into nothingness, leaving nothing but brilliant, near continuous-tone images in their wake.

To be sure, the new iPad’s display is drop-dead gorgeous, as well as notably bright. We scrutinized a bunch of high-resolution images pulled from Apple’s new iPhoto app, and found display quality on the new iPad to be sublime. Just one problem, though: All its brilliance notwithstanding, the iPad Retina Display didn’t show us anything that iPhone 4 and 4S users haven’t seen before.

Yes, the pixel density is world-class, but the Retina Display is no longer breath-taking the way it was when it was first introduced in June 2010. It’s a welcome addition to the iPad line, yes, but it no longer reeks of breakthrough technology.

It was much harder to evaluate other new features during our brief hands-on demo. The new iPad supports 4G data speeds, but demo units were locked down to Wi-Fi during Apple’s event, so we can’t comment on the 4G experience. And while we were able to snap images with the new iSight camera, we couldn’t evaluate resulting image quality against competing sensors (including the iPad 2’s).

As for the new A5x processor — which boasts dual-core CPU functionality, but a with quad-core graphics engine — we found performance in Safari web browsing and Infinity Blade Dungeons to be blissfully zippy. But, again, without some semblance of comparative testing, it’s difficult to comment on what performance bumps, if any, the new processor provides.

Only a full review will tell the complete story, so please stay tuned for our final, hands-on critique. For now, just enjoy our pretty iPad pictures.

Article courtesy of Jon Phillips at Gadget Lab: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/03/hands-on-with-apples-new-ipad/?pid=3032

Canon announced on 29 March that the ground-breaking EOS C300, the first model from the new Cinema EOS System, has met the standards the BBC requires from cameras tested to the EBU recommendation EBU R118. The approval allows both internal and external BBC production teams to use the EOS C300 for the production of a variety of programmes to be broadcast on the BBC’s range of HD channels.

The EOS C300 is the third professional camcorder from Canon to be approved by the BBC since the start of 2011, joining the XF305 and XF300 Full HD camcorders, which were approved for use in January last year.

“The EOS C300 has received a fantastic response since it launched in November last year, and we’re delighted it’s been approved for use by the BBC,” said Kieran Magee, Director of Professional Marketing at Canon Europe Ltd. “By utilising the expertise in our video, broadcast, DSLR and lens groups, we’ve created a unique product that offers exceptional creative scope for videographers of all kinds. Its quality and versatility make it ideal for a number of different shooting purposes, and we’re looking forward to seeing how the BBC puts it to use.”

A landmark model for Canon, the EOS C300 merges Canon’s heritage in sensor and lens design to create a compact, versatile camera that offers exceptional image quality alongside the flexibility to shoot in a wide range of different situations.

The EOS C300 offers a first-class specification including a newly-designed Super 35mm-equivalent CMOS sensor with approximately 8.29 million effective pixels. MPEG-2 Full HD (MPEG2 422@HL compliant) compression and 50 Mbps recording rate allows videographers to record directly to two CF memory cards, while 4:2:2 colour sampling provides enhanced gradation and finer detail, as well as reducing jagged edges at chroma edges.  

As part of the wider EOS System, the EOS C300 is immediately compatible with Canon’s collection of over 60 EF lenses – providing videographers with an unrivalled range of creative options. Canon has also used its unrivalled heritage in lens design to create a new line of EF Cinema Lenses that are specifically designed for video use, each of which delivers outstanding 4K optical performance and compatibility with the Super 35mm-equivalent format.

More information about the EOS C300 can be found here: http://www.canon.co.za/

Johannesburg, March 22, 2012 – HP recently unveiled a new design, multicore updates and increased expandability on its powerful, line of HP Z Workstations.

Engineered for the most demanding and compute-intensive visualisation needs, the HP Z820 is ideal for customers using oil and gas, computer-aided design (CAD), and engineering, medical or media and entertainment applications. The HP Z820 provides up to 16 processing cores, up to 512 GB of ECC memory, up to 14 terabytes (TB) of high-speed storage and up to dual NVIDIA Quadro 6000 graphics.

For quiet environments and minimal space consumption, the HP Z620 is a great choice for customers in financial services, video, animation, architecture and midrange CAD. Updated to support both single- and dual-socket processors, the powerful and versatile HP Z620 provides up to 16 processing cores, up to 96 GB of ECC memory, up to 11 TB of high-speed storage, and up to NVIDIA Quadro 6000 or dual NVIDIA Quadro 5000 graphics.

Engineered to meet mainstream computing and graphic needs for customers in product design, architecture, video  and image editing, the HP Z420 includes up to eight processing cores using the latest Intel Xeon processor E5-1600 and E5-2600 product families, providing up to 64 GB of ECC memory, up to 11 TB of high-speed storage, and up to NVIDIA Quadro 5000 or dual NVIDIA Quadro 2000 graphics.

The new workstations feature the latest eight-core Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 product family, offer up to 512 gigabytes (GB) of DDR3 memory, (1)and support multithreaded workstation applications that professionals rely on.

The latest additions to the industry-leading line of HP Z Workstations also feature third-generation PCI Express technology, providing customers increased performance and seamless integration of new graphics cards.

“As the workstation industry leader, HP continues to invest in technology that allows our customers to push the limits of innovation,” Kobi Elbaz, director, Commercial Solutions, HP Personal Systems Group EMEA. “Our investments in R&D and technology have led to workstations that meet and exceed the needs of the world’s most demanding customers.”

More cores for “megatasking”

The Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family allows for up to 16 physical cores in a single system and let 32 threads run at one time when using two processors, each with eight cores and Intel Hyper-Threading(2) Technology enabled. The new processors include Intel® vPro™ Technology,(3) integrated memory controllers and Intel Turbo Boost Technology. (4)

“HP Workstations based on our new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family are helping workstation users fast track the way they create, test  and modify their innovative ideas” said Boyd Davis, vice president, Architecture Group, Intel.  “Our new Intel Xeon E5 processors combine an increase in computational capacity and proficiency with an optimized I/O infrastructure. These advanced capabilities enable professionals to quickly and efficiently interact with their models while concurrently executing simulations, renderings, ray tracing and modelling their ideas on their HP Workstations.”

The new HP Z Workstations include 90-percent-efficient power supplies – reducing both overall energy usage and the amount of waste heat released.

All HP Z Workstations offer BFR/PVC free configurations(5)and more than 90 percent recyclable by weight.

HP workstations are used by some of the world’s most demanding customers in industries such as graphic arts, broadcast, CAD, engineering, medical imaging, finance, and oil and gas exploration. Companies use HP workstations to design everything from running shoes to race cars, animated characters to deep-sea submersibles, and to manage everything from billions of dollars of tradable securities to mission-critical IT environments. 

More information about HP Workstations is available at www.hp.co.za/workstations. 

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