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Acer 64-bit dual core server targets SMEs

Acer's Altos G5350 is one of the first dual core servers designed for SMEs. It is based on AMD's 64-bit Opteron processor and has features to make it easy to manage, with redundant storage arrays and hot-swap support for eight hard drives, Acer said.

A3 laser printer can deliver 32 colour ppm

Lexmark has introduced two laser printers: the Lexmark C920, an A3 high-performance colour printer, can print up to 36ppm in mono and up to 32ppm in colour, and starts at £2,059. The Lexmark W840, a wide-format mono printer, from £1,779, has a 625MHz processor and 256Mb memory and prints up to 50 letter-size ppm.

Robust 8Gbyte 1 inchhard drive for handhelds

Seagate has developed an 8Gbyte, 1-inch hard drive designed for handheld devices. The ST1 Series also protects the drive against shock from accidental system mishandling, increasing the robustness of devices that use it.

Motorola extends Push service to other devices

Motorola has begun to offer Push-To-Talk over Cellular (PoC) clients for Symbian and UIQ mobile devices. The release of clients for both Symbian Series 60 and UIQ mobile devices will enable operators to provide PoC services a choice of PoC devices.

Dell adds Fibre Channel switch option to blades

Dell is offering users of its Power Edge 1855 blade server an upgrade to add up to two McData 4314 Fibre Channel switches in the modular server enclosure. These can be used for redundant server-to-storage connectivity and support performance Ethernet.

IBM launches latest PowerPC chips

PowerPC 970MP is the latest addition to IBM's PowerPC set. The processor is a dual-core version of the PowerPC 970FX, known as the G5 processor in Apple's Power Macs and iMacs.

Buffer overflow flaw spotted in zlib standard

Users have been warned of a security flaw in a widely-used open-source data compression technology. Security research company Secunia said a buffer overflow vulnerability exists in the open-source "zlib" standard. Zlib is used in a variety of open-source and proprietary software applications, including Linux, FreeBSD, Microsoft Office, MSN Messenger, and Internet Explorer.

Oracle ships release 2 of Database 10g

Oracle has begun shipping Oracle Database 10g Release 2. Oracle said Release 2 offered improved performance, manageability and security. Oracle Database 10g is designed to support grid computing, which enables companies to use connected low-cost servers to process large amounts of data. Andy Mendelsohn, Oracle senior vice-president of database server technologies, said, "Release 2 builds upon the grid capabilities delivered in Release 1, while introducing significant new security capabilities."

McAfee antivirus team reports rise in malware

The latest figures from the antivirus and vulnerability emergency response team (Avert) at McAfee, shows a 12% increase in the number of new potentially unwanted programs created between Q1 and Q2 2005. Bots continue to plague enterprise companies and home users because of their ability to inconspicuously take over a user's computer and remain hidden while they launch their malicious attacks. McAfee Avert reports an obvious increase in attempted machine hijackings. Also, several Mytob variants have dropped hundreds of adware files on to users' PCs.

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