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SlySoft Introduces "Speedmenus" With Latest AnyDVD Release.

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The irritating wait time for a movie to finally start in your home cinema will now drastically decrease with SlySoft's latest release of AnyDVD. A new feature called "Speedmenu" allows you to instantly replace the original Blu-ray menu on the disc while you play the movie or rip it to your hard disc.

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As with everything AnyDVD does, AnyDVD creates the Speedmenu "on the fly", to mean seamlessly. The disc is remastered within seconds using AnyDVD's unique "Magic File Replacement(tm)" technology.

If enabled, the Speedmenu is instantly available as soon as you insert a disc and play it on your PC. If you decide to backup a disc the Speedmenu will be on the backup as well.

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SanDisk Acquires FlashSoft

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SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, today extended its enterprise solid state disk drive (SSD) solutions portfolio with the acquisition of FlashSoft, a provider of innovative caching software products. SanDisk intends to sell FlashSoft's products as standalone software, as well as offer these software products in combination with SanDisk's growing portfolio of SAS, PCIe and SATA enterprise solutions.

FlashSoft's software is targeted for Windows, Linux and VMWare platforms, and will form the basis of a growing ecosystem of SSD-optimized software solutions from SanDisk and third party partners, enabling the configuration of complete solutions optimized for the specialized needs of enterprise and cloud customers.

Data center managers face ongoing challenges in achieving balanced application performance as the underlying system resources process data at different rates. As CPU speeds and memory bandwidth have grown rapidly, I/O bottlenecks have begun limiting application performance as data-starved CPUs must wait for overloaded I/O subsystems to deliver application data.

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SanDisk Licenses SSD Caching Software From Diskeeper

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SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, today announced it has entered into a worldwide, exclusive agreement with Diskeeper Corp. to license its industry leading caching software solutions for solid state disk drives (SSDs). Under the terms of the agreement, SanDisk will provide these solutions both as standalone software products as well as bundled with SanDisk's SSD products for client computing applications. The resulting hardware/software bundled solution from SanDisk will help its consumer OEM customers build optimized computing devices, such as Ultrabooks and other ultra-thin form factor products, that provide greater responsiveness, higher performance and an overall better user experience to consumers worldwide.

The agreement initially calls for SanDisk to exclusively license Diskeeper's ExpressCache® and NowOn™ software products, which improve overall system performance and boot time in dual-drive (paired SSD and HDD) storage configurations. SanDisk has the ability to license other Diskeeper products currently in various stages of development for application across client and enterprise computing and mobile markets. Additional details of the agreement were not disclosed.

"The combination of Diskeeper's industry-leading ExpressCache and NowOn software offerings with SanDisk's broad and flexible client SSD solutions delivers the lowest-cost, smallest footprint implementation to meet Ultrabook requirements," said Kevin Conley, SanDisk's senior vice president and general manager, Client Storage Solutions. "We are excited to add these software solutions to our portfolio for standalone and bundled opportunities in this rapidly growing market."

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Corel Introduces Roxio Easy VHS to DVD 3 Plus

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roxio_easy_vhs_to_dvd_3_plus_box.pngCorel today announced the release of its first Roxio® product, Roxio® Easy VHS to DVD 3 Plus. For anyone who has precious memories on video tape, the new Roxio Easy VHS to DVD 3 Plus bridges the gap between old and new by making it simple to preserve and share VHS, Hi8 and V8 in today’s digital video formats – whether you’re burning a DVD, sharing on YouTube™ and Facebook®, or saving to mobile devices like iPhone®.

“Over the years, when we picked up our video cameras and recorded the exciting events in our lives, we wanted to have them forever. Now, so many of these irreplaceable memories like weddings, graduations, children’s birthdays and other special family celebrations are locked away on old tapes that are degrading over time while the devices to play them are disappearing. With this simple-to-use product, anyone can convert their aging video tape to digital and save and share the movies that tell their family’s unique story,” said Sean Penn, Vice President of Product Management for Roxio Products at Corel.

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CyberLink Launches PowerDVD 12 Ultra With New iOS And Android Apps

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cyberlink_powerdvd_12_box.pngCyberLink Corp. today launched the new PowerDVD 12 Ultra, the latest version of the world’s leading Blu-Ray and Media Player. With its new companion apps PowerDVD Mobile v.4 and PowerDVD Remote v.2, PowerDVD 12 is the ideal single solution for the multi-platform home, as the world’s only universal multimedia player to provide a unified solution for the Windows, iOS and Android platforms. Now, users can easily stream, store and share their multimedia content across any device in their home—including iPhones, iPads and Android tablets and smartphones.  With enhanced TrueTheater® technology, users can enjoy a unique experience and enrich any content to its best possible HD & 3D quality, including DVDs, low-resolution videos and content from popular social media sites.

“PowerDVD 12 Ultra delivers the total freedom to enjoy all types of media content in enhanced quality on any device at home or on-the-go,“ said Alice H. Chang, CEO of CyberLink. “With the proliferation of devices and operating systems, PowerDVD automatically converts videos at the optimal quality to play on iPads, iPhones and Android devices. PowerDVD 12 Ultra is truly a premium media experience for the consumers.”

The latest version of PowerDVD comes with more than 30 new features and additional media format support, including the ability to intelligently sync media gallery content with Android devices, convert Blu-ray movies from 2D to 3D, and deliver 7.1 channel surround sound audio from DTS and Dolby, together with new lossless audio format support for OGG and FLAC files.

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CyberLink Demonstrates PowerDirector Mobile for Android At CES 2012

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CyberLink Corp., innovative solution provider for the connected digital lifestyle, unveiled its brand new Android device application at CES 2012. From the award-winning, world’s fastest video editor on PC –PowerDirector, CyberLink brings the experience of building high performance video editor to the Android platform, introducing PowerDirector Mobile for Android. PowerDirector Mobile for Android is optimized for NVIDIA’s new quad-core Tegra 3 mobile processor, enabling a high-performance video editing experience on the ARM platform.

PowerDirector Mobile’s quad-core optimization on the NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 processor will provide users with unprecedented speed and performance when editing videos on their Android devices.

“PowerDirector Mobile for Android is an exciting development for us, delivering unparalleled on-the-spot video creation experience,” said Alice H. Chang, CEO of CyberLink. “We are delighted to work closely with NVIDIA, enabling consumers to create high-quality personal movies directly from portable devices.”

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CyberLink Unveils New Windows 8 Metro-Style Multimedia Apps At CES 2012

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CyberLink Corp., an innovative solution provider for the connected digital lifestyle, today announced three new apps designed for Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 operating system and the new Metro-style interface. By extending their award-winning multimedia experience to Metro, CyberLink further extends its capabilities to empower consumers to become a master of their digital universe.

CyberLink, with its years of expertise from designing multimedia applications, now brings its experience to the Metro interface to create apps that make interacting with PCs and tablets fluid and intuitive. The apps enable consumers to do what they want to do intuitively – whether it’s media gallery playback, video editing, or using their device’s camera to take photos with effects.

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Rovi Unveils Solution For Providing Cloud Access To DVD And Blu-ray Disc Collections

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Rovi Corporation today announced Rovi Digital Copy Solution, a ground-breaking offering that will enable consumers to access their physical DVD and Blu-ray Disc movie collections via the Cloud. Rovi Digital Copy Solution integrates into consumer electronics devices and PC applications, allowing them to recognize a movie on physical disc, authenticate its origin, and then trigger access to a copy from the UltraViolet Digital Library. Digital copies can then be enjoyed by consumers from virtually anywhere on a range of enabled connected devices that may include HDTVs, Blu-ray Disc players, set-top boxes, game consoles, smartphones, tablets, and PCs.

According to Forrester Research, by 2016 the personal cloud services market will hit $12 billion and be used by 196 million consumers; yielding a new computing experience that is focused on seamless access to virtual libraries from across personal devices. This trend to access digital movie, music, book, photo, and other collections, coupled with the growing demand for Internet-connected living room devices which is expected to reach 540M worldwide by 2014 (Source:TDG), is opening new revenue opportunities for content owners and distributors.

"Consumers want to watch movies anywhere, while still getting value from the investment they have made in physical media. The Rovi Digital Copy Solution combined with UltraViolet, unlocks new value for consumers and helps them rediscover some of their favorite entertainment that can be enjoyed on many different devices via the cloud," said Corey Ferengul, executive vice president of products, Rovi. "Rovi Digital Copy Solution can provide CE manufacturers, digital storefronts, and movie studios with an opportunity to acquire new customers, generate new revenue, and introduce more consumers to the flexibility and convenience of digitally delivered entertainment."

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NVELO Announces SSD Storage Cache Software For Ultra-thin Mobile Computing

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NVELO Inc., a pioneer in innovative computer storage software, today announced that its Dataplex product, the industry’s leading cache software solution, now delivers increased system performance and responsiveness required for the next generation mobile computing devices, such as Notebook and Tablet computing devices. Dataplex has been tested on the very latest notebook platforms, and exceeds aggressive performance requirements with a 5400RPM HDD, and as little as 16GB or 20GB of MLC-based mSATA SSD cache. PC OEM’s can now offer affordable ultra-thin notebooks that deliver new levels of performance in terms of boot times, hibernation, application launch and data transfer times.

“There is clearly a new wave of momentum building for Ultrabook type products, and PC OEM’s are scrambling to achieve the right balance of price and performance for storage subsystem requirements,” said Jiurong Cheng, CEO at NVELO. “After working with key PC OEM partners, and leveraging our own expertise in high-performance caching for workstation and server products, we are very excited to offer this robust caching product that enables PC OEM’s to meet the price, performance, and endurance requirements, while preserving the flexibility to deploy caching on their own choice of chipsets, storage HDD’s, and Cache SSD’s.”

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Ashampoo Releases Burning Studio 11

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The Ashampoo burning program has a ten year history of success. The latest version to hit the market, Ashampoo Burning Studio 11, offers a range of new features that make burning even faster, simpler and more compact than ever before. As always, our programmers have taken special care to meet the ever changing needs of users and have taken the growing interest in social networks, cloud and online services into account. This sophisticated software includes modules optimized for working with social networks, cloud services, smartphones and modern multi-core processors in addition to the popular authoring tools that our users are already familiar with.

In line with our philosophy of making complex tasks simple, version 11 of Ashampoo Burning Studio incorporates a wealth of new features without sacrificing the program’s reliability, efficiency or its famous ease of use. Ashampoo Burning Studio 11 unites new, innovative functions and capabilities, a host of enhanced details, and vastly increased speed in a program that is highly intuitive to use.

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