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2/5/2013 3:15:55 PM

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Fix up, look sharp

Serif’s PhotoPlus X6 comes with a host of new photo editing features

Contact: Serif


Description: Serif’s PhotoPlus X6

Serif’s PhotoPlus X6

Serif has unveiled its latest version of PhotoPlus, which has been certified by Microsoft to be compatible with Windows 8.

PhotoPlus X6 includes the new ‘smart edge refinement’ tool, which enables users to quickly select and adjust intricate parts of photos.

Users can take advantage of the software’s new 64-bit engine. Using all the available memory of computers with a 64-bit operating system, the program now enables users to edit and enhance very large images without the risk of slowing down. Multi-threading technology also utilises all the cores on a modern computer’s processor, making PhotoPlus X6 the fastest version yet.

Other new features include ‘non-destructive crop’, which saves all image data so photos can be restored and re-cropped again without losing other edits that have been applied.

Photographers can also control blur and saturation to create miniature tilt shift effects in the new ‘depth-of-field’ filter. In addition, the program also includes new vector masks and fill layers tools.

PhotoPlus X6 has an RRP of $107 and is available from Serif.

Feel the power

Be quiet! releases brand new System Power S7 series

Contact: Be quiet!


Description: System Power S7

System Power S7

The new power supply line from be quiet! consists of seven models ranging from 300 Watts up to 700 Watts

Whether it’s a high-end workstation or a low price entry level system, this range is designed to suit the needs of all professional PC system integrators.

With customers demanding the best price-performance-ratio available along with a list of important features, be quiet! has designed this new line to meet that demand and offers a wide variety of power levels and features to help the system builder tailor a system to each and every customer’s needs.

“We are excited to be able to offer high-end features like the new Active Clamp topology and best-in-class efficiency up to 80 Plus Silver certification to professional system builders,” said Scott Richards, global director for be quiet!.

System Power S7 is available in 300, 350 and 400 Watt models with 80 Plus Bronze certification. The 450, 500, 600 and 700 Watt versions provide 80 Plus Silver certification.

Get your game on

ROCCAT’s Lua features an ambidextrous design so lefties can get in on the action

Contact: Meroncourt


Description: The ROCCAT Lua comes in ambidextrous form to suit both left and right-handed users

The ROCCAT Lua comes in ambidextrous form to suit both left and right-handed users

German gaming peripherals company ROCCAT has announced the release of its latest product, the Lua Tri-Button gaming mouse.

The mouse features an advanced Pro Optic R2 sensor, with a choice of seven DPI settings – 250, 500, 1000, 1250, 1500, 1750, and 2000 so gamers can play with accuracy at the speed that matches their style. The Lua also comes with a dedicated DPI button that can be programmed to switch between preferred settings.

Its ambidextrous form makes the Lua Tri-Button suitable and comfortable for both left and right-handed gamers.

“We took the beloved three-button mouse design and injected it with our innovative gaming engineering and created a killer tool that gives props to the past while heading boldly into the future,” says René Korte, ROCCAT founder and CEO.

“The Lua delivers everything gamers need for control, comfort and style all in a sleek and slim design that offers perfect comfort for every hand.”

The Lua comes standard with ROCCAT driver software, which lets users easily customise their mouse buttons. It also features ‘no-sweat’ side grips to provide a steady hold throughout any intense gaming sessions.

The ROCCAT Lua is available through Meroncourt and has an RRP of $38

The ROCCAT Lua comes in ambidextrous form to suit both left and right-handed users.

Outback surveillance

Swann’s latest camera is designed to survive the Australian Outback

Contact: Entatech


Description: Swann OutBackCam

Swann OutBackCam

Security monitoring solutions provider Swann has released a new portable camera and recorder, specifically built to survive the harshest weather conditions.

The OutBackCam features a camera and recorder both housed in the same anti-corrosive, lockable shell. Video footage or still photos record to the included SD card, which can be inserted into your computer to view all the content.

With a night vision range of up to 32ft, the OutBackCam switches on when motion is detected and is 100 per cent battery operated, enabling the unit to be installed anywhere, even if there is no access to mains electricity.

Data and Moon Phase stamping ensures you know exactly what time of the day or night the image was captured.

The device is concealed in a durable, water-resistant casing and can operate in most weather conditions and temperatures.

Keep a lookout in remote areas with portability by mounting to trees, posts or flat surfaces for capturing leisure activity such as hunting or fishing, monitoring farm or wild animals, or capturing unwanted behaviours such as trespassing and vandalism.

With an SRP of $150, the Swann OutBackCam is available from Entatech. A tree strap and 4GB SD card are included in the box.

Speed up your data transfers with Dynamode

Two new disk enclosures for SATA hard disks

Contact: Dynamode


Description: Dynamode USB 3.0 SuperSpeed

Dynamode USB 3.0 SuperSpeed

Dynamode has launched one of the first external disk enclosures to feature the new SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface.

USB 3.0 allows up to 5Gbps transfer speeds to your existing USB 3.0 interface but at the same time being totally USB 2.0 compatible.

Supporting almost all 3.5-inch SATA interface hard disks with a storage capacity of around 2TB, the new USB-HD-3.5S-3.0 comes with a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 data cable, vertical stand and external power supply.

As well as this, Dynamode has launched the USB3-HD2.5-S1B, designed for 2.5-inch SATA hard disks used in notebook and desktops.

Powered by USB, this disk enclosure also features high-speed USB 3.0 for quick data transfer.

There is no need to install any drivers as the USB3-HD2.5S-1B has a ‘plug n play’ feature which enables users to start transferring data as fast as possible.

Both enclosures are compatible with Windows and Mac and are available now from Dynamode.

Reach for the StarTech

Manufacturer add USB 3.0 adapter to its portfolio of products.

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StartTech has released a new USB 3.0 adapter, enabling users to connect to a Gigabit Ethernet network from a USB 3.0-enabled computer.

The adapter adds a single RJ45 gigabit Ethernet port, and with support for full SuperSpeed USB 3.0, provides greater bandwidth for your network connection.

Description: StarTech USB 3.0 adapter

StarTech USB 3.0 adapter

“This latest addition to our wired networking family of products is ideal for users who need a convenient way to access high-speed Gigabit networks,” said Carey Cline, senior product manager for’s Networking I/O product line.

“Because the adapter uses a USB 3.0 host connection, users are able to take advantage of the convenience of USB without having to rely on an ExpressCard or PCI Express expansion slot. More importantly, they’ll also be able to achieve a much faster connection through the additional bandwidth offered by USB 3.0 technology, as opposed to earlier USB 2.0-based network adapters which were limited by outdated host bus speed capability.”

Other features include Jumbo Frame support, Windows and Mac drivers, backwards compatibilities with USB 2.0, and a dongle-style connection to help reduce clutter and spacing issues.

StartTech’s USB 3.0 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter has an RRP of $59 and is distributed by Entatech, Ingram Micro and Micro-P

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