Heat-sink Rack Mount Enclosures

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Takachi HYR 1

Erntec offers the HYR series of 19” rack mounting enclosures with integrated heat-sinks from Takachi in Japan.

Available as standard in 2U and 3U heights, the enclosures have an internal usable area of 386.5mm x 225mm. They are available in black or silver.

The enclosure is designed with vertical a vertically finned heat-sink mounted on each side of the enclosure. This allows convection cooling to take place in the rack/cabinet rather than allowing heat-soak to move into the next upper layer. The lid and base feature ventilation holes to assist in cooling whilst eliminating catch-point of the heat-fins.

Accessories include internal mounting plates with L-brackets and handles. Erntec can also provide milling services and labelling options.

These enclosures are ideal for applications where medium level heat and high quality finish need to co-exist.

The series is also available as the HY series without the 19” panel mounts and with greater variations in footprint.

fingerprint unlocks LastPass on the Galaxy S5

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Samsung’s Galaxy S5
On any other phone, you’d have to type in the master password to access all your other passwords stored on LastPass — including the iPhone, where Touch ID gets you into your phone and iTunes account, but stops there. But on Samsung’s Galaxy S5, all you need to do is swipe your finger across the home button, now that the password manager’s Android app has been updated to work with the device’s biometric scanner. To set that up, you’ll first need to type in your credentials like everyone else, and then activate fingerprint authentication for future use. It’ll be a lot faster to add or change entries with the feature in place, and in some ways, fingerprint authentication is more secure than using a complex master password. We just hope you have no bitter enemies that’ll go as far as to make afake finger to sabotage your digital life.
video game console PlayStation 4

Curious to know everything that’s in the PlayStation 4’s 1.70 update launching on Wednesday? You won’t have to download it yourself to find out — Sony has spilled the beans ahead of time. Some of these updates we’ve heard about before, such as the SHAREfactory video editor, 720p HD Twitch streams (that are archivable) and automatic pre-order downloads. However, we now know that there’s quite a few subtler improvements in store. You can control the default length for shared gameplay videos before saving them to a USB drive, and a toggle to dim the DualShock 4’s lightbar is included in this update. Remote Link pairing with the PlayStation Vita is now automatic, and those who hate credit cards can shop with PayPal on the PlayStation Store. All told, this is a lot more than a simple tune-up, and you’ll likely want it as soon as it hits the servers — updated companion apps for iOS and Android are already available.

The PlayStation®4 system opens the door to an incredible journey through immersive new gaming worlds and a deeply connected gaming community. PS4™ puts gamers first with an astounding launch lineup and over 180 games in development. Play amazing top-tier blockbusters and innovative indie hits on PS4™. Developer Inspired, Gamer Focus.

Following the news that Netgear has built a Facebook-linked amenity Wi-Fi option into its routers, enabling businesses to offer free Wi-Fi in return for liking the company Facebook page, David Nowicki, CMO at Devicescape comments about the growing adoption of amenity Wi-Fi by businesses and the opportunities this provides to mobile operators.
“Amenity Wi-Fi, those access points and networks that are intentionally shared, is on the increase in markets around the world, driven by consumer demand for connectivity on the go. Businesses of all shapes and sizes are transforming themselves into Wi-Fi hotspots. Wi-Fi has become essential for businesses to attract customers and market services in-store. This rapidly growing network of available hotspots also presents a huge opportunity for mobile operators to extend capacity-reach and ensure seamless connectivity for their subscribers.”
“Amenity Wi-Fi falls into a number of categories – from entirely open and requiring no action from the user to completely locked down by a password that is only individually shared with trusted users. Increasingly, making Wi-Fi easily available is becoming the preferred model for businesses and other organisations.”
“In London, for example, Oxford Street is full of venues offering different kinds of Wi-Fi access. Topshop’s flagship store on Oxford St provides customers with free Wi-Fi as do retailers John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Nike and UniQlo. But this model isn’t restricted to retailers Barclays Bank has announced the rollout of Wi-Fi hotspots across 1,500 UK branches. Large retailers and banks don’t want to manage vast amounts of passwords but they have made a conscious decision to make Wi-Fi easily accessible. This is being copied by the smaller chains and independents because they also see the value of offering Wi-Fi to customers.”
“From a mobile operator’s point of view, an amenity Wi-Fi strategy allows them to ensure an ‘always best connected’ experience for subscribers, removing any unexpected costs associated with mobile data usage, or a reluctance to access Wi-Fi because of unreliable connectivity or slow data speeds. Disparate Wi-Fi networks acting independently may not offer an operator a carrier-grade solution, but when the world’s amenity Wi-Fi is carefully curated and scrutinised for quality and reliability, it delivers on QoE and extends capacity reach further than any cellular network in operation today.”

During the five years to 2014, the Electrical Equipment Manufacturing industry was forced to contend with increased competition from abroad and recession-driven declines in demand from downstream customers. Primary consumers of electrical equipment manufacturing products include industries involved in nonresidential construction and manufacturing facilities. In 2009 and 2010, downturns in these sectors contributed to plunging industry revenue. Nevertheless, revenue has steadily risen since 2010, and is expected to increase at an average annual rate of 3.9% during the five years to 2014. As the economy recovers, demand from downstream industries is expected to continue stimulating industry demand. Revenue is expected to jump 5.4% in 2014 to reach $46.9 billion as industrial production and construction rates continue to increase.

According to IBISWorld Industry Analyst, Despite improving downstream markets, industry sales have been slow to recover due to a loss of domestic market share to imports. Import penetration has risen due to increased competition from countries with lower wages, which are able to manufacture industry products at lower costs. In response, many US-based companies have offshored production operations to lower-wage countries. Imports are estimated to satisfy 61.8% of domestic demand in 2014, compared with 40.0% in 2009. Increasing import penetration has led to plant closures and consolidations, as some domestic operators have been unable to compete with less expensive imports. Consequently, the number of establishments is expected to decline at an annualized rate of 0.4% to 2,248 in 2014. However, due to consolidations, factory closures and offshoring, overall industry profitability improved from 2009 to 2014.

Moving forward, environmental concerns will drive demand for industry products that are secure and energy efficient, presenting an opportunity for industry operators. In the five years to 2019, domestic demand for industry products is forecast to increase, underpinned by rising demand for energy-efficient products and the need to replace aging electrical infrastructure, says Kahn. Over the same period, exports are expected to rise at an annualized rate of 9.5%, further bolstering revenue. Export growth, however, will be somewhat offset by continued import penetration. Even in the event of this potential setback, industry revenue is forecast to grow over the next five years.

IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

Electrical Equipment Manufacturing industry manufactures power, distribution and specialty transformers; electric motors, generators and motor-generator sets; switchgear and switchboard apparatus; relays; and industrial controls. Electrical equipment manufacturers sell their products to other manufacturing industries, wholesalers and the construction sector.

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Lenovo’s new all-in-one desktop, the IdeaCentre A720 ($1,560), is both forward-looking and retro. It’s got a 27-inch touchscreen you can fold so that it’s flat on a table or desk. And it includes a selection of touch-based games that potentially could offer families hours of fun.

What makes it retro? Some of the games remind me of touch-based updates of old-fashioned video games like Pong. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

The hardware. The IdeaCentre uses the latest Core i7 processor from Intel. It’s got 8GB of memory, as well as 2GB of video memory. There’s also a 1TB hard drive, so you’ll be able to store plenty of photos to show on the large screen.

The IdeaCentre also has a built-in Blu-ray player for viewing videos on the 1,920×1,080 display, which is relatively slim considering its size. Lenovo says it built in 10-point multitouch technology, which could come in handy for playing certain games, for example.

The software. Touchscreens will be a lot more useful once Microsoft launches Windows 8 this fall, since that operating system will be based on touch technology. Meanwhile, Lenovo has its own touch interface laid over Windows 7, and you can easily flip back and forth between the two.

The games are what give this all-in-one a different flavor than others. We tried several, and Curling was a favorite. It’s a pinball/shuffleboard combo where you aim a disc, push it with your finger, and try to score big while pushing your opponent’s discs out of the way. Angry Birds also worked well and was fun to play on such a large screen. Wong is a new take on that early video-game favorite, Pong. Air Hockey was fun, but fell a bit short because our fingers didn’t easily slide over the surface of the display.

Bottom line. Lenovo makes a good start at putting tablet-like games on a big screen, but that sticky surface could be annoying. And you can find less-costly all-in-one desktops with smaller displays. But if you want to combine the entertainment value of the very large display for movie or TV viewing (a TV tuner is optional), the touch capabilities for playing fun family-oriented games, and the large workspace for manipulating spreadsheets or opening multiple documents, the IdeaCentre is worth considering.

We’ll bring you full Ratings of the IdeaCentre A720 soon.

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