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Apple today announced that models of iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 with cellular networking will be available in China starting this week. TD-LTE and FDD-LTE standards, as well as TD-SCDMA, DC-HSDPA, HSPA+ and other fast networks, are all available in a single model, giving iPad Air 2 customers in China the ability to stay connected on advanced cellular data networks in China and around the world so they can go more places and do more things.

iPad Air 2 is the thinnest and most powerful iPad ever. Just 6.1 mm thin and weighing less than a pound, iPad Air 2 is packed with amazing new innovations—an improved Retina® display with a new anti-reflective coating that reduces glare by 56 percent* for enhanced viewing in the office, the classroom or outdoors; all new iSight® and FaceTime cameras for capturing stunning photos and videos; second generation 64-bit A8X chip that delivers improved CPU and graphics performance while playing games or working; and the revolutionary Touch ID™, a simple and secure way to unlock iPad with just the touch of a finger and authenticate within apps to better protect logins and data. Thin and light enough that you can comfortably hold it all day, iPad Air 2 still delivers the up to 10-hour battery life** users expect from iPad. iPad Air 2 with WLAN + Cellular delivers faster WLAN and FDD-LTE for up to 50 percent faster cellular connections*** so users can easily get and stay connected wherever they go.

The new iPad mini 3 joins iPad Air 2 in offering users the simplicity and security of Touch ID; both run more than 675,000 apps specifically designed for iPad and come in three gorgeous metallic finishes—gold, silver and space gray.

Pricing & Availability

iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are currently available in more than 110 countries worldwide including China, the US, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, Singapore and the UK. iPad Air 2 with WLAN models are available in China for a suggested retail price of 3,588 (RMB) for the 16GB model, 4,288 (RMB) for the 64GB model and 4,988 (RMB) for the 128GB model. iPad Air 2 with WLAN + Cellular models which support both TD-LTE and FDD-LTE are available for a suggested retail price of 4,488 (RMB) for the 16GB model, 5,188 (RMB) for the 64GB model and 5,888 (RMB) for the 128GB model. iPad mini 3 with WLAN models are available for a suggested retail price of 2,888 (RMB) for the 16GB model, 3,588 (RMB) for the 64GB model and 4,288 (RMB) for the 128GB model. iPad mini 3 with WLAN + Cellular models which support TD-LTE and FDD-LTE are available for a suggested retail price of 3,788 (RMB) for the 16GB model, 4,488 (RMB) for the 64GB model and 5,188 (RMB) for the 128GB model.

iPad Air, iPad mini 2 and iPad mini, available in silver or space gray, are now offered at more affordable prices. iPad Air starts at 2,888 (RMB) for the 16GB with WLAN model, iPad mini 2 starts at 2,198 (RMB) for the 16GB with WLAN model, and iPad mini starts at 1,798 (RMB) for the 16GB with WLAN model. iPad Air with WLAN models are available for a suggested retail price of 2,888 (RMB) for the 16GB model and 3,288 (RMB) for the 32GB model. iPad Air with WLAN + Cellular models which support both TD-LTE and FDD-LTE are available for a suggested retail price of 3,788 (RMB) for the 16GB model and 4,188 (RMB) for the 32GB model. iPad mini 2 with WLAN models are available for a suggested retail price of 2,198 (RMB) for the 16GB model and 2,588 (RMB) for the 32GB model. iPad mini 2 with WLAN + Cellular models which support both TD-LTE and FDD-LTE are available for a suggested retail price of 3,088 (RMB) for the 16GB model and 3,488 (RMB) for the 32GB model. Additionally, the original iPad mini is offered at 1,798 (RMB) for the 16GB WLAN model and 2,688 (RMB) for the 16GB WLAN + Cellular model. iPads are available through the Apple Online Store (, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

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Lexus has announced the addition of a second vehicle to its growing stable of F brand high performance models.

Earlier this year the luxury manufacturer unveiled the RC F, a V8-powered performance coupe that will launch in Australia in February 2015.

The newest Lexus F brand vehicle will make its global premiere at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The vehicle will be revealed at a press conference in the Lexus display space at Cobo Center on Tuesday, January 13 at 8:40am EST.

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Seiko Epson Corporation today announced that it had shipped its 100 millionth high-temperature polysilicon (“HTPS”) TFT liquid crystal panel for 3LCD projectors, enough for more than 33.3 million projector units.

Epson began developing HTPS, the core devices at the heart of 3LCD projectors, in the 1980s and introduced its first 3LCD projector in 1989. Since then, shipments of Epson HTPS panels have grown in tandem with the projector market, reaching 50 million in 2008, and now, 25 years since the launch of the first 3LCD projector, achieving 100 million.
Applications for projectors have now expanded, for example, for business presentations in offices, for home theaters, for education, and for commerce. By continuing to develop products that fulfill the demands of these markets, Epson has maintained its position as the world’s No.1*

Epson will continue to expand and enhance its HTPS lineup with panels for 3LCD projectors that boast outstanding color brightness, natural images, and which are easy on the eyes.

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NEC Supplies Supercomputer

NEC Corporation today announced that NEC Deutschland GmbH has delivered a supercomputer utilizing NEC’s scale-out server, the Express5800/E120f-M, featuring the new Intel(R) Xeon(R) E5-2600 v3 Product Family, to the University of Ulm, a state university in Germany offering high performance computing services for theoretical chemistry researchers.

The new “JUSTUS” system, named in honor of the accomplished German chemist Justus von Liebig, will help researches in Baden-Wurttemberg to understand highly complex chemical processes with computer simulations. The system will address highly practical issues, such as energy storage and energy transformation, as well as more fundamental research on molecular mechanics, catalytic processes and the pharmaceutical effect of medications.

JUSTUS is built from more than 7,100 CPU cores in 444 compute nodes. There are two special systems for visualization which can be used by researches to directly analyze results without having to copy data for viewing on separate workstations. In addition, more than 1,000 solid state disks (SSD) are utilized, four in each compute node, combined with a central block storage device connected via an extremely fast Infiniband network. Cooperation between Ulm University’s Communication and Information Center (kiz) and NEC assures that this novel solution, which brings together the speed of local SSDs with the flexibility of central storage, is further developed using the latest software technologies.

Moreover, JUSTUS not only offers world-class performance but it is environmentally friendly at the same time. The system features the high temperature tolerance of the NEC Express5800 server, which allows the cluster to be cooled for free more than 200 days a year through a heat exchanger that does not require external cooling power. This helps the university to reduce power consumption and cooling costs, which are budgetary challenges for smaller universities.

“We selected the NEC Express5800 technology because of its superior performance and energy saving capabilities. Moreover, NEC’s custom cluster design perfectly matches our users’ demanding memory and IO requirements by combining flash disks with a central storage concept using a fast Infiniband interconnect network,” said Professor Stefan Wesner, head of the Communication and Information Center (kiz) at University of Ulm.

“Strong interest is now being seen in NEC’s new Express5800 servers from the HPC market and we are very pleased that the University of Ulm has introduced our latest energy saving technologies. This is one of the first orders we received for a large-scale Express5800 system in the European HPC market and we have already gained a good position with this new product,” said Tomoyasu Nishimura, general manager, IT Platform Division, NEC Corporation. “We look forward to continuing to offer scalar and vector server products tailored to the application environment of customers in need of high performance computing.”

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Acer today announced the launch of the latest addition to its Iconia tablet family: the Iconia Talk S. It is the very first tablet presented by Acer to support 4G LTE connectivity. With its 7-inch display, voice-call functionalities, and microSD support of up to 128GB, this device seamlessly expands the existing product line of Acer tablets.

Balanced Dual World

With the Iconia Talk S, Acer developed a well-balanced product. Its large screen makes it a tablet that is pleasant to use, while the voice-calling features allows it to be used as a phone, eliminating the hassle of having to rely on two devices and constantly switching between the two. The slim, narrow body and light weight of only 270 grams make the tablet pocketable and provide a comfortable one-handed experience just like those usually enabled by smartphones. Finally, thanks to its Dual SIM slot, the Iconia Talk S lets users simultaneously access different networks with only one device for more flexibility and cost-effectiveness. This feature is especially convenient for those who are often split between two worlds: frequent travelers, for example, will be able to use their home and local SIM cards, cutting roaming costs and remaining more accessible while on the road, while busy professionals can keep up with their personal and work lives at the same time.

Blazing Fast Connectivity

With a speed of up to 150 Mbps in download and 50 Mbps in upload, the Iconia Talk S with 4G LTE connectivity ensures users will get the fastest browsing and streaming experience available on the market. This is guaranteed thanks to the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ quad-core processor built-into this tablet. This processor, especially designed for 4G LTE devices, delivers fast data, quick network response times and smooth connection to multiple networks. Additionally, it ensures battery efficiency and secures up to 300 hours of standby time. 3G connectivity is also available on the Iconia Talk S, securing seamless voice calls that allow the tablet’s owner to stay in touch with friends, family and loved ones at all times.

Fantastic Visuals

Fast communication is not the only asset of the Iconia Talk S: securing breathtaking visuals was also one of Acer’s main focus points when developing this product. With its beautiful 7-inch HD IPS panel, built-in Zero Air Gap technology and Anti Fingerprint coating, the Iconia Talk S promises a fantastic viewing experience, both when used indoors and outside. Furthermore, the design of the device itself is optimized for an immersive viewing experience: thanks to the very narrow display bezel (5.9mm on each side), the screen-to-body ratio is significantly higher than that of other 7-inch tablets on the market ,making it easier for the eye to focus on visuals without being distracted by the frame.

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DDR4-2133 Unbuffered DIMM

SP/ Silicon Power, the world’s leading provider of memory storage solutions, today announces the launch of DDR4-2133 Unbuffered DIMM for desktops to keep pace with the next generation of DRAM. Compatible with Intel® Haswell-E platform, SP DDR4 desktop memory features outstanding stability and super-fast data transmission, allowing users to enjoy unprecedented experiences.

Performance Upgrade to a Whole New Level

As DDR4 memory industry is getting more mature, it reflects the growing demand for computing solutions of higher performance. To meet the needs, SP introduces the revolutionary memory module – DDR4-2133 U-DIMM which supports Intel Haswell-E platform and X99 chipset motherboards. It is available in 4GB and 8GB, and the motherboard can be upgraded up to the maximum capacity of 64GB. DDR4-2133 outperforms DDR3-1600 with high frequency of 2133 MHz and a transfer bandwidth reaching 17GB/s, which is 33% faster than DDR3-1600. The amazing stability and powerful performance will bring a beyond-the-expectation experience for professionals; no matter they are advanced gamers, multimedia workers or DIY enthusiasts.

Lower Voltage of 1.2V for a Greener Life

In addition to system upgrade, DDR4 also resolves a major issue of energy consumption. A lower voltage of 1.2V can reduce 20% power usage compared to 1.5V for DDR3-1600. Less heat dissipation keeps the computer running at low temperatures that will improve stability and extend the life of system hardware. And the lower energy consumption also catches the trend of eco-consciousness.

Persisting in good quality, SP DDR4-2133 memory features high performance, high stability, and low power consumption. In order to satisfy different demands, SP provides various options in channel kits with 4GB, 8GB, 4GB*2, 8GB*2, 4GB*4, and 8GB*4. For those who eager to upgrade their PCs to a new level, SP DDR4-2133 U-DIMM is the best solution to get up to speed! SP insists on selecting high quality and original memory module for DDR4-2133 U-DIMM, and it is 100% tested before shipping to guarantee the highest standard of stability, durability and compatibility. SP backs all memory modules with a lifetime warranty.

DDR4-2133 Unbuffered DIMM Features:

● High performance at transfer bandwidth reaching 17GB/s
● Low voltage of 1.2V for less power consumption
● Original and high quality memory module
● 100% tested for stability, durability and compatibility
● Lifetime warranty

DDR4-2133 Unbuffered DIMM Specifications:

● Type:DDR4-2133 Unbuffered without ECC
● Pins:288-Pin
● Speed:DDR4-2133 MHz
● Capacity:
Single Package ─ 4GB、8GB
Dual Channel Kit ─ 8GB (4GB*2)、16GB(8GB*2)
Quad Channel Kit ─ 16GB (4GB*4)、32GB(8GB*4)
● Chip Specification:512M*8 bit
● Voltage:1.2 V
● CAS Latency:CL15

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WorkForce Pro WF-8090

Epson, a leading provider of business imaging solutions, today announced expansion of its portfolio of workgroup printers with its two new A3 printing solutions powered by PrecisionCore – the WorkForce Pro WF-8590 and WF-8090. The WorkForce Pro 8000-Series printers are designed to deliver affordable color printing with low intervention for small and medium companies and corporate workgroups.

The WorkForce Pro 8000-Series features black and color print speeds up to 24 ppm1, a duty cycle of up to 75,000 pages2, and cost savings up to 40 percent lower than printing from color lasers3. With the WorkForce Pro WF-8590 (multifunction) and WF-8090 (single function) color printers, workgroups will benefit from versatile media handling to print up to 13” x 19” on a variety of media, including envelopes and labels. With ultra-high yield cartridges to print or copy up to 7,000 color pages4 and total paper capacity of up to 1,830 sheets with optional paper trays, small and medium businesses (SMBs) can maximize work productivity by reducing the frequency of supplies replenishment.

“Business decision-makers and their solutions providers are moving A3 printing closer to the knowledge workers who print a high volume of color pages,” said Larry Trevarthen, director, Business Imaging, Epson America, Inc. “This move not only minimizes workflow disruption, but with the new WorkForce Pro 8000-Series, it can also optimize the costs of color printing.”

“These new Epson models are designed to augment traditional ‘big iron’ machines – not replace them – to more conveniently deliver the wide-format color documents produced by companies in sectors such as manufacturing, healthcare and financial services,” Trevarthen added.

Additional WorkForce Pro 8000-Series features include:

  • Drivers & utilities – universal printer driver; PCL* and PostScript® 3 support.
  • Security features: PIN number certification for job release; user control access, printer and network settings via Web configuration with printer’s IP address, SSL/TLS security, IPSec.
  • Efficiency – automatic duplexing plus auto media size detection; WorkForce Pro WF-8590 adds auto two-sided copying, faxing and scanning, including Scan to Cloud5, scan to email and Epson Document Capture Pro software.
  • Built-in connectivity – includes Ethernet, USB, wireless b/g/n6 and Wi-Fi Direct®6; easily print from tablets and smartphones7, including remote printing and access to Cloud.
  • Enabled for remote printer data collection – Compatible with MPS software solutions from PrintFleet®, ECi (FMAudit®) and others.


The WorkForce Pro WF-8590 and WF-8090 will be available in January 2015 through the Epson ImageWaySM Partner Program to channel partners and through authorized commercial channel resellers.

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Airbus A330 MRTT

Airbus Defence and Space has been selected by the French Ministry of Defence to supply 12 A330 MRTT new generation air-to-air refuelling aircraft for the French Air Force. The first delivery is foreseen for 2018, followed by the second in 2019, and then at a rate of one or two per year.

The contract agreed between the French procurement agency, la Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), and Airbus Defence and Space is now ready for the official award. The contract covers the development and qualification of the specific French configuration as well as the associated support and training systems, such as spares, ground support equipment, training devices and five years of in-service support from first delivery.

France’s choice of the A330 MRTT makes it the sixth nation to order the type following Australia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom which have ordered a total of 34 aircraft. In addition, India and Qatar have selected the MRTT and are in the final stages of contractual negotiations for six and two aircraft respectively. A total of 22 aircraft are currently in service and the aircraft has been battle-proven in recent coalition actions.

The A330 MRTT has won every major tanker aircraft procurement competition outside the USA since it has entered the market.

Airbus Defence and Space Executive Vice President Military Aircraft, Domingo Ureña Raso said: “The French Air Force has enormous experience in the field of air-to-air refuelling. It knows the factors which are critical to success and its selection of the A330 MRTT is a real honour for us. In addition it is a long-standing operator of our transport aircraft and as always we are particularly proud in gaining the further confidence of an existing customer.”

In French service the A330 MRTT will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines, be equipped with a combination of the Airbus Refuelling Boom System and underwing hose-and-drogue refuelling pods, and can be configured in a variety of layouts carrying up to 271 passengers as well as medevac arrangements including the French MORPHEE intensive care module carrying up to ten patients as well as 88 passengers.

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Siemens is launching 15″ widescreen devices for gesture and multi-touch operation onto the market. The flat panel monitor Simatic IFP1500 and the two panel PCs Simatic IPC477D and IPC677D with a 15″ display will complement the existing portfolio of 19″ and 22″ devices. Outstanding features include industrial-standard anti-glare for easy legibility from wide viewing angles, high image resolution for precise operation, and automatic detection of spurious touching and operation caused for example by catching the screen with the ball of the hand, or soiling. The continuous glass front is scratch-proof and resistant to chemicals, while a metal surround protects the glass edge from mechanical damage. Machinery and plant manufacturers benefit from the multi-touch devices from Siemens for modern operating concepts featuring zooming, scrolling and context-sensitive displays. Multi-touch user interfaces can be implemented easily and efficiently thanks to the industry-specific device design, the practical functions and the supporting engineering tools.

The new flat panel monitor Simatic IFP1500 and the new panel PCs Simatic IPC477D and IPC677D with a 15″ display are ideal for the intuitive, efficient operation of machinery and plant using one or more fingers as well as gestures or two hands. They can also be operated while wearing protective gloves, and can be used for single-touch applications. The new devices with projected capacitive touchscreens (PCTs) designed specifically for industrial applications are splash-proof and dirt-resistant. The special design, which features a continuous glass front and keyless operation, makes the new products ideally suited to applications with rigorous cleanliness and hygiene requirements, for example in the food and beverages industry. The devices with an aluminum housing are designed for 24-hour continuous operation, and comply with high-temperature, vibration, shock and EMC requirements.

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GIGABYTE, the world’s leading premium hardware brand, today releases the FORCE H1 wireless gaming headphones designed for mobile gaming and entertainment. Via Bluetooth 3.0 technology, the sleek FORCE H1 provides hassle-free, wireless mobility for gaming enthusiasts who long for experiencing high-fidelity sound quality while playing their favorite game titles on the go.

With the explosion of mobile games in all their genres nowadays, the game content is rapidly getting more sophisticated, and it is no surprise that mobile gamers are also expecting much enhanced audio performance in their games. Catering to such needs, the FORCE H1 is specifically tuned to offer a comprehensive mobile gaming experience, delivering the optimized multi-dimensional comfort in sound, wear and control for mobile gamers.

No cable getting in the way, the FORCE H1 can be cordlessly connected to any Bluetooth enabled device. The on-ear design padded with ultra-soft ear cushions perfectly blocks all outside noise. Plus, the built-in 40mm gold-plated driver creates rich and clear all-around stereo quality, allowing gamers to get immersed in their favorite games anytime, anywhere.

The lightweight design with the unique hexagonal structure evenly distributes contact pressure to ensure wearing comfort, especially for long gaming or jam sessions. The swiveling ear pad with memory foam wrapped in breathable leather offers superior ergonomic fit to add extra comfort, while the stainless steel reinforcement provides both durability and flexibility for the optimized fit.
In addition to gaming, the FORCE H1 is also perfect for listening to music, watching videos/movies, and communicating on mobile devices. The integrated volume, call answering, and playlist controls on the ear cup bring users with easy and intuitive control navigated by touch. The prolonged battery life is good for 10 hours of uninterrupted wireless play/music time and up to 300 hours in standby with microUSB charging on the side. The headphones can be folded and stored in the supplied durable case ideal for commuting or long-distance travel.