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Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 Ultimate

Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 Ultimate is dynamic photo editing software that combines ease of use with full professional power. Fix brightness, colour and photo imperfections in a few clicks, or use precision editing controls to create the picture you want. Give photos a unique look using hundreds of special effects, and turn your favourite shots into fun projects for sharing! The Express Lab lets you view and fix photos quickly and easily. And the built-in Learning Centre takes you step-by-step through common editing tasks. Plus, the Ultimate edition is packed with extras like media recovery software, professionally-designed creative content and a 2 GB USB flash drive.

How far will HDMI go?

The HDMI expander and distribution series provides a flexible solution for digital signage, home theatre or any public broadcasting. With simplified and cost effective installation, it brings full HD 1080p quality to users.

Zeacom founder wins entrepreneur gong

Miles Valentine, who started Zeacom, has won this year's Technology category at the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. The awards recognise entrepreneurs who created and developed innovative businesses that have been successful in their chosen markets. In their summary the award judges credited Valentine, who founded Zeacom in 1994, for keeping communication human. They point out that Zeacom started off creating a user-friendly call centre product that allowed businesses, ranging from small enterprises through to large corporations, to better handle enquiries and general points of contact. The judges state that Zeacom is now capturing the rapidly growing need for unified communications with its “flagship” Zeacom Communications Centre 5.0 system. “This system is a carefully-planned integration of all Zeacom’s products into one unified and integrated offer.” But the judges add that Zeacom’s success did not come just through the power of the software it developed, but also because of the passion and drive Valentine’s team put into their daily activities. Valentine and the four other category winners will compete for the overall title of Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, which will be announced at an award banquet on October 23. The New Zealand 2008 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year will then vie for the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in Monte Carlo in May 2009.

Carbonite pairs with Lenovo for backup

New Zealanders who buy Lenovo IdeaPad and IdeaCentre PCs will be able to trial Carbonite’s Online Backup service free from next month. The trial version will ship pre-loaded on the Lenovo PCs, and is then activated by the user with an email address and password. New Zealand is one of several countries where the partnership will take effect, including the US, Canada, France, Australia, Singapore, India and South Africa. Future territories will include Mexico, Brazil and the United Arab Emirates, the companies say. Carbonite’s executive vice president of business development, Bill Cunningham, says the company believes all PCs will ship with pre-installed online backup in future. “Studies show that users are more likely to switch PC brands if their computer crashes and they lose valuable data,” he says.

Logitech gets into surveillance

In a move that will interest small businesses, Logitech is to release its first wireless video security system locally in October. The company's first two video-security cameras are available as starter packs or add-on cameras. They include the Logitech Indoor Video Security Master System, the Logitech Outdoor Video Security Master System, the Logitech Indoor Add-On Camera and the Logitech Outdoor Add-On Camera. According to a statement, the system requires no additional wiring as it uses Logitech's HomePlug technology that connects and transmits video data over an existing electrical wiring. The vendor claims it only takes three simple steps to secure a small business or home: install the Logitech Command Centre PC software, connect a USB receiver and plug in the camera.

Gen-i signs up Progressive Enterprises

Telecom subsidiary Gen-i and Australian-owned supermarket chain Progressive Enterprises have inked a five-year deal to upgrade Progressive’s local ICT infrastructure. Gen-i is now changing over Progressive’s approximately 150 stores to a managed services environment, taking on full accountability for the delivery of end-to-end operations, monitoring and management of its telecommunications. Progressive Enterprises is part of Woolworths Australia, and owns the Foodtown, Countdown and Woolworths supermarkets across New Zealand.

Worry-Free Business Security Advanced 5.0

Worry-Free Business Security Advanced protects your customer’s business and its reputation against data theft, risky websites and being overwhelmed by spam. Trend Micro’s safer, smarter, simpler security blocks web-based threats and other malware to protect your customers’ business assets and information. Only Trend Micro offers web threat protection that addresses the exponential growth of web threats with constant updates that won’t slow your PCs down. Trend Micro’s knowledge base rapidly deploys to defend all customers – just like global neighborhood watch.

Creative Zen Mosiac

Create your own style with the eye-catching ZEN Mozaic. Available in a 2 GB or a 4 GB capacity, the player sports a mosaic keypad. Distinctive in form and cool in function, you can view your photos in sharp clarity on the 1.8" screen while tuning in to your favourite music hits. You can also share the latest chart-toppers out loud with the ZEN Mozaic's powerful built-in speaker. Available in black, silver and pink and you can jazz it up with accessories like the ZEN Moziac Skin Pack. Surprisingly affordable and power-packed with dynamic features; entertainment on the go has never been so palatable. Visit www.au.creative.com for more information.