Archive for August, 2011

As Apple CEO Steps Down, Company will Forge Ahead

August 25, 2011

Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs announced his official resignation yesterday, spawning a huge international reaction among industry analysts and consumers a like.

Jobs has been on medical leave for an undisclosed condition since 17 January, as the decision comes after a liver transplant resulting from pancreatic cancer.  Unable to meet the chief executive duties, Jobs will step down, however, remain an Apple chairman.

Following the announcement, Apple shares fell 4.1 percent in the secondary listing in Frankfurt, and dropped 5 percent in after-market trading on New York NASDAQ, reported the BBC.

Conversely, competitors in Asia, HTC and Samsung Electronics saw an increase in its shares to 4.1 and 3.2 percent, respectively.

Inside sources say the resignation was not unexpected, and will have little effect on the day-to-day operations of the tech giant. Colin Gillis at BGC Financial told news sources that Jobs will still be able to provide input as he would when CEO, and his replacement, Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook, has been “de facto” chief executive for quite a while as the company has experienced great success.

Gartner analyst Michael Gartenberg told BBC, “At the end of the day, consumers don’t buy products from Apple because they’re from Steve Jobs, they buy them because they meet their needs and they’re good products, and they’ll continue to do that.”

And for those businesses looking to rent iPad and iPad 2, or MacBook Pro and MacBook Air to meet the needs of a training session or other event, Hamilton Rentals has the innovative Apple technology ready at hand.

Don’t let Event Attendees Pass You By, Check out 40 Inches of Touch Technology

August 23, 2011

As you prepare you booth for the next company trade show, you’ll want to stand out from the competition.  Don’t just use any plasma or LCD display—take it a step further with 3M touch technology over a 40-inch HD resolution with the NEC Multeos M40 with DST Touch.

NEC cites some of the major highlights of this particular display as:

  • Insensitivity to surface dirt
  • Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080)
  • Fully integrated 40-inch DST Touch Technology by 3M
  • Option of a stand alone solution when integrated with Built-in PC
  • Contrast ratio of 3000:1
  • Multiple analog video options including: 5 X BNC, Component, Composite (via BNC and Cinch); 1 x S-Video; 1 x Dsub 15
  • Digital analog options including: 1 x DVI-D (with HDCP); HDMI

Give attendees a reason to top by your booth by creating an interactive presentation that will captivate their attention and retain your message…and your brand.

At Hamilton Rentals, we provide a wide variety of plasma and LCD rentals from the industry top manufacturers like Panasonic, NEC, Sony and Samsung.  High-definition, 3D technology, touch screen capabilities ranging from 19- to 103-inches, we’ve supplied organisations and events ranging from small presentations to major conferences, exhibitions and sport gatherings with the displays to perfectly suit their requirements.

Contact us to learn more about our offerings in audio-visual and event technology; whether you require laptops or plasma and LCD display hire.

Apple a Growing Influence, but Windows PC Still Heavy in Rentals

August 22, 2011
laptop hire

UltraBook as the Answer to MacBook Air

Although Apple’s influence continues to grow within the corporate technology space with its slick products like the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and iPad / iPad 2, it has yet to actually dominate the corporate consumer arena that has traditionally favored Windows PC.

While at Hamilton Rentals we see our Apple hire stock become an increasingly more popular rental option among our business customers, many organisations who have maintained their infrastructure on Windows seek out hardware that is consistent with their current configurations.

Like TechCrunch writer Matt Burns wrote:

“As I write this, I’m sitting in my office. Around me, there are nine computers — seven of them run Windows. I have three slates, too — only one is an iPad. Welcome to the Post-PC world outside of San Francisco where Microsoft is still top dog and Apple is a niche, but admittedly, influential player.”

According to Burns, the PC market’s answer to the slick Apple products will come through UltraBooks, running on the power of Intel’s latest technology.

The first “true” UltraBook will come with the release of Asus UX21 in September—reminiscent of the MacBook Air with a shiny aluminum casing and a super-thin design.  Also like the MacBook Air, the laptop will feature a compact motherboard, CPU and flash storage.  The UX21 will also run on Intel’s Sandy Bridge CPU.

The added appeal of an UltraBook like the Asus UX21 is the universal corporate appeal of seamless integration with coveted Windows 7.

Whether your organisation prefers Apple or PC hire, Hamilton Rentals has a wide selection of PC and Mac notebooks available to suit your specific requirements.

Apple Seeks an EU Ban on Samsung Galaxy Smartphones and Tablets

August 19, 2011

In Apple’s crusade to protect its creative property, the latest in a string of legal actions against Samsung has progressed in an effort to implement a European Union ban on imports of all of the company’s Galaxy smartphones and tablets.

The Galaxy Tab is one of the only other tablets on the market seen as a legitimate competitor to Apple’s reign with the iPad and iPad 2.

Samsung products that would be affected by the injunction, filed in The Netherlands’ Hague district court, include Galaxy Ace, Galaxy S and Galaxy SII smartphones in addition to Galaxy Tab 7 and Galaxy Tab 10.1.

The complaint was reviewed by German Web publication, WebWereld (Google’s English translation available here — not perfect but you get the idea), further demanding a letter from Samsung to distributors and resellers with the request to return all stock back to the company within 14 days, at Samsung’s expense. Acting outside of compliance with this request would be an infringement on Apple’s intellectual property.

“For the record, we mention the fact that by the stock, the offering and/or selling said Galaxy smartphones [and tablets, red], infringes the intellectual property of Apple Inc.,” Apple cited in the complaint.

Samsung will continue to battle for its products in Europe, responding in a company statement: “Samsung will continue to actively defend and protect our intellectual property and to ensure our continued innovation and growth in the mobile communication business.”

Our tablet rental services span the globe, with a huge stock of  iPads and iPad 2s in addition to Samsung Galaxy Tabs from our U.S. branch.  As these developments continue, we’ll see how the U.K. is affected by the results.  In the meantime, contact us for an inquiries your organisation has about our iPad hire services.

Dell Launches Latest Business Laptop with Extended Battery Life

August 16, 2011

Adding to its Vostro laptop line – designed with the SMB in mind – Dell has launched the Vostro V131 promising high-performance, style and security features.

Powered by Sandy Bridge technology, the Intel Core i5 and i7 processors are said to deliver optimum functionality, although the Intel Celeron Dual Core 847 processor is an alternative option.  Other Intel technology featured includes Wi-Di capabilities to allow wireless streaming of content on HDTVs and projectors with the same functions.

As a rental provider of AV displays like HDTVs and projectors in addition to IT needs like laptops, Hamilton Rentals is always excited to hear of opportunities to combine both technologies.

Dell’s vice president of its Consumer & SMB Product Group said in a statement, “We designed the Vostro V131 to deliver fast, uninterrupted multitasking for today’s business challenges.  The result is a feature-rich laptop for mobile professionals who want full performance to support their technology demands without sacrificing design and portability.  In addition, the V131 offers services and software solutions that improve productivity and data security.”

The laptop will include two USB 3.0 ports and a full HD camera accompanied by SRS Premium Voice Pro and digital arrays microphones – providing you with the abilities for a premium video conferencing experience with your mobile professionals on-the-go. Also adding to mobile convenience – the battery life has been extended from 4.5 hours with a six-cell battery to 9.5 hours with the latest model.

Unfortunately, this latest addition isn’t available in the U.K. quite yet, but we like to keep our eyes on the latest technology as soon as it is made available. To learn more about other laptop rental options from Dell, or other top name brands like HP, Lenovo, Sony, Acer, Panasonic, Toshiba and Apple, contact us at Hamilton Rentals.

Apple Hire More Portable than Ever with MacBook Air and iPad 2

August 15, 2011

Apple’s iPad and iPad 2 are famous for packing the functions of a laptop into a package at just 613g, and with the latest models of the notably thin MacBook Air including an 11-inch—the company’s portable options are growing, indeed.

One account comparing the products side-by-side was presented by someone with a profession epitomising the term “mobile professional;”  photojournalist Edmond Terakopian in The British Journal of Photography.

Terakopian notes the amount of equipment required for professional photography often puts a heavy burden on the backs and shoulders of the photographers. Along with the heavy professional camera itself, there are also pro-spec lenses, lights and computer equipment.

Despite the fact that the iPad 2 wasn’t necessarily designed for photo editing, and that many of the current photographic-centric apps are what he describes as “gimmicky,” Terakopian found he often turned to his iPad to edit and transmit pictures.

The 11-inch MacBook Air was also easily portable, and lightweight, although at 1.06kg, not as much so as the iPad 2.  He found the laptop can be comfortably used sitting on your lap using both hands to type and control the touchpad.

However, as was mentioned before, a photojournalist’s needs for portability are serious, and that is where the iPad trumps the MacBook Air.  He writes, “The iPad 2 is held in one hand and easily controlled with the other using its touchscreen interface. So if you’re on the hoof, covering a demonstration, for example, it’s easier to use to edit pictures and send them through to the picture desk.”

If you’re looking to suit your mobile professionals with truly portable equipment – contact us Hamilton Rentals where our Apple hire lineup includes both the iPad 2 and MacBook Air.

IBM x86 System Breaks TPC-C Benchmark Record

August 12, 2011

x86 servers have received a lot of industry attention as of late, and as IBM continues to enhance its own line of the model – the company has released exciting news this morning.  IBM achieved the highest TPC-C benchmark performance score ever for an x86 server.

“Leveraging significant investments in x86 technology, IBM continues to push the envelope in terms of innovation, scalability and performance,” said Alex Yost, vice president, IBM System x and BladeCenter systems in a company press release.  “At the end of the day, it’s about the customer, about delivering highly scalable, cost-effective, energy-efficient solutions that help clients differentiate themselves in their chosen markets.”

The server tested was the single rack non-clustered IBM System x, running DB2 and achieving more than three million transactions per minute.  These results top the industry record—also set by the same IBM x86 system—by 66 percent.

The winning combo comprising the system used the technology of IBM’s 5th generation Enterprise X-Architecture, DB2 9.7, IBM MAX5 on system x, and the latest Intel Xeon E7 processors running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11.  The IBM x3850 X5 was housed in a single 42U rack.

The benchmark tests leading to the record simulated the environment of a wholesale supplier’s order entry processes, including: entering and delivering orders, recording payments, checking the status of orders and monitoring the level of stock at the warehouses.

The company says clients who choose to deploy the system can “expect to see more orders entered, as well as faster monitoring, distribution and delivery.”

Hamilton Rentals is a preferred rental partner of IBM, supplying IT departments with trials for POWER6 and POWER7, System x, BladeCentre and Mid Range storage.  Contact us to learn more about our server rental fleet.

iPad and Projector Rentals to Come Together with Apple’s Latest Patent

August 11, 2011

As if Apple hasn’t already made a huge impression on our IT hardware, it looks like it will be making a big splash in AV as well.

We’ve seen how Apple devices like iPad 2 can enable AV equipment like projectors and plasma/LCD displays when connected with an HDMI adapter, but it seems that Apple will officially enter into the projector business as well.

According to Patently Apple, Apple’s latest patent indicates the tech giant will actually be integrating projectors into its iOS devices.

Apple first hinted at the possibility for mini or pico-like projectors in future iOS devices back in 2009.  After that, the rumor mill was full of tips and leads of the company incorporating projection systems in MacBook. The latest patent explains in full detail how the company will integrate pico-like projectors for iOS devices with particular references for use within a shared workspace presentation.

The company’s desire to further infiltrate the business market is clearly visible with this latest development. Soon you will be able to turn on your iPhone, iPad, or MacBook, lay it on a table, and broadcast your latest presentation.  The MacBook won’t have the projector actually built-in, but rather an accompanying accessory to plug in to the laptop.

The patent applications were published by the US Patent & Trademark office today.  No one knows how long it will take for this technology to hit the market, but it will surely be a hit for Apple in the corporate market.

It will also be exciting for us at Hamilton Rentals, as we supply businesses of all sizes with Apple hire and projector rentals.  Bringing the two together will be very cool indeed.

It’s no Secret: Students Love Tablets and Laptops

August 10, 2011

We’ve wrote about technology in the classroom before.  Tablets, laptops, online file sharing—it’s all becoming more commonplace in today’s educational institutions for students of all ages.

As time passes and technology progresses, the data supporting this theory continues to grow as well.  Most recently, Onlineeducation.net has created a very cute graphic which you can find below.

According to their numbers, 27 percent of students surveyed said their laptop was the most important item in their backpack, compared to 10 percent who responded their text book was the most vital.

Three out of four students say they couldn’t (or maybe, wouldn’t) study without technology, with one in four respondents citing podcasts as a resource.  Almost half of the students—46 percent—respond more favorably to digital reading assignments than those on paper.

A whopping 91 percent of students indicated using email as a means to receive extra help from their teachers.  While in the classroom, 82 percent of students said they use devices to write papers, 81 percent use them for research, 70 percent opt for the devices in lieu of a pen and paper, and 65 percent use technology to make class presentations.

Still climbing in popularity under email and laptops are other mediums like social networking sites and tablets.  Only 8 percent of respondents use social sites to contact their teachers, and 13 percent use cell phones.  However, tablets are becoming a quick favorite of the student population.  About three fourths of students who own tablets said they prefer them to traditional textbooks, and nearly half of the respondents believe that the portable technology will completely replace the paper-based counterparts in the next five years.

Even if students don’t already own a tablet, they likely want one, as 90 percent of students believe it would make studying more efficient.

Considering incorporating a stronger technological presence in your educational facility?  Contact us at Hamilton Rentals to learn more about iPad and laptop rental, whether it’s for a special project or to test out the technology before making a purchase.

Students Love Technology
Via: OnlineEducation.net

Technology Brings Londoners and Worldwide Supporters Together Amidst Chaos

August 9, 2011

Owly Images

As a result of the chaos emerging from riots sweeping London over the weekend, there is a positive light beginning to shine as people have come together to rectify the damage through the collaborative efforts made over the Web.

Thanks to technology, social media platforms have allowed those with a positive influence to organise massive riot cleanups.

While technology got a bit of a bad rap when the riots began—as rioters used RIM’s BlackBerry Messenger to organize their havoc—the recent efforts to cleanup the destruction were put together via public mediums like Facebook and Twitter, showing that the capability for evil lies within the user, and not the technology itself.

Mashable reports a few key hubs having sprouted up with the Twitter page @RiotCleanup having already gained more than 50,000 followers in less than 10 hours.

You can see from this picture posted by CommunityUK (the organisation providing broadband access to counsel-housing areas included Leigh Park Hampshire, and of which Hamilton Rentals is a preferred IT partner), how community members and worldwide supporters are coming together to restore the city.

Other mediums like Tumblr account “Catch a Looter” are even accepting and posting images of the looters for identification.

So cheers to the volunteers taking back the streets of London, one broom at a time, and cheers to technology for bringing them together.

(To learn more about the technology of Hamilton Rentals, visit the company page to learn about its AV and IT rental selection).