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SEP Software Corp. and IBM Partner Together to Provide Global Solutions to the Marketplace

SEP Software Corp. has announced its flagship product, SEP sesam, is one of the first Enterprise-class backup and disaster recovery solutions to be fully certified on IBM DB2.  SEP has successfully completed the IBM Pure Systems certification and is now listed in the IBM Global Solutions Directory. SEP sesam offers complete backup protection and meets key IBM integration standards for DB2 database software for Linux, UNIX, Windows, and DB2 for z/OS.

“We are excited to be partnering with IBM,” stated Tim Wagner, President of SEP Software Corp.  “Being verified for IBM DB2 demonstrates our commitment to quality in the IT industry and shows clients that our solution meets or exceeds key IBM integration standards.  Our functionality is second to none, and as backup needs grow in complexity, SEP Software Corp. continues to evolve to provide the highest performing results,” continued Wagner. “It is critical that our software, SEP sesam, delivers a truly unified and innovative solution that pushes the limits on performance and features.”

Ideally suited for the enterprise to the SM space, SEP sesam’s intuitive GUI allows the system administrator to access and control the backup infrastructure from anywhere. Backup topologies and policies can be created to perfectly match the needs of the individual institution. SEP sesam uses its patented Multi-Streaming Technology to facilitate unlimited simultaneous streams to provide the highest performance yet experienced in the backup market.

About SEP Software Corp.
SEP sesam is installed in over 50 countries worldwide and is used by the world’s leading governments, institutions and universities, ranging in size and complexity. SEP has been delivering the widest range of backup products for enterprise level customers since 1996. With thousands of installations world-wide, SEP sesam provides backup solutions for all environments, both physical and virtual; delivering the fastest backup, restore and disaster recovery tools on the market today.

Try Browser, Can Direct Voucher Rp 50,000!

Although less popular among netizens, the browser application (browser) Internet Explorer apparently still prevail as the most widely used browser.

Based on the results of research from Net Applications, between December 2012 and January 2013, the number of Internet Explorer users scored 55.14 percent in January.

While Firefox and Google Chrome remained in a two and three, which stood at 19.94 per cent and 17.48 per cent.

In detail, IE10 get 1.29 percent of the market, while IE9 was 20.93 percent and IE 8 is still the best value for Microsoft with 23.54 percent.

Although the youngest position, IE10 recently earned the most secure browser (Read: Adu Safe, IE10 Defeat Firefox and Chrome).

However, it is not know it was love? Therefore, Microsoft Indonesia Kompas.com invites readers to try out the most secure browser.

Not only could give it a try, you will also receive a voucher directly from the online shopping site Lazada of Rp 50,000 (these terms and conditions) as soon as you download this browser.

How easy really. You live register and download IE10 on the following link, and also provide a unique commentary. The three most interesting comments will get a voucher worth Rp 200,000.

MontaVista Software Extends Support for ARM® Architecture Targeting Telecom and Networking Markets

SAN JOSE, Calif., July 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — MontaVista® Software, Inc., the leader in embedded Linux®commercialization, today announced Carrier Grade Edition® (CGE) support for the Carrier Grade Linux 5.0 profile for ARM architecture.  This milestone marks the first CGL registered product to support the ARM architecture. The tidal wave of smart phone and tablet usage has created a situation where mobile broadband demand is outpacing infrastructure capability. Carriers are racing to expand capacity while reducing the power required to run the mobile broadband telecommunications infrastructure.  For almost a decade, Telecom OEM and carriers have defined their Linux requirements using the Carrier Grade Linux specification.  MontaVista has bridgecd the gap between next generation silicon on ARM and Telecom Linux requirements.

“To support ARM-based SoC designs for carrier and cloud equipment, we recognize the importance of carrier grade software platforms to be in lock step with those silicon implementations, as this will accelerate time-to-deployment for highly reliable, available and secure next-generation equipment,” said Bob Monkman, manager, Enterprise Networking Segment for ARM. “MontaVista pioneered the Carrier Grade Linux movement, and it continues to be a leading innovator for this software platform that remains the crucial benchmark for network equipment and data centers alike. This milestone is another proof point that the necessary software ecosystem is in place for ARM-based systems to deploy into the global communications network.”

MontaVista’s Carrier Grade Edition is designed for high reliability infrastructure markets. CGE is the standard foundation of a Linux based platform, certified to meet performance requirements, high availability, serviceability, hardening, and real-time response.  The CGE multi-architecture platform allows customers to cross compile across all major architectures knowing they have met all CGL, LSB, and IPv6 requirements.  Only MontaVista provides a Carrier Grade Linux cross-architecture platform that allows telecom & network equipment manufacturers to cross compile from other architectures to ARM for their next-generation devices.

“As the provider of the world’s most widely-deployed Carrier Grade Linux, MontaVista is committed to supporting the ARM ecosystem with certified and high-performance operating systems.” said Patrick MacCartee, Director of Marketing for MontaVista Software. ”

MontaVista is bridging the gap between IT and Telco Linux operations systems by providing leadership in the Linaro Network Group (LNG), where it sits on the steering committee, as well as being part of the Carrier Grade Linux community. Our unique experience enables us to provide the best-in-class platform for ARM in cloud and carrier infrastructure applications.  MontaVista is supporting the ARM architecture for a range of applications in the telecom supply chain.  Work is underway to provide KVM-based virtualization to enable cloud-based solutions for mobile core and data plane on the ARM architecture.

“MontaVista has led the way in providing Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) support since the first Requirements Definition document in 2002,” said Mark Orvek, Linaro VP of Engineering. “We’re pleased to see MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition listed by the Linux Foundation as the first distribution to implement the CGL specification on the ARM platform and we’re very happy to be working together with MontaVista and the other industry-leading members of the Linaro Networking Group to develop the future of Linux on ARM in this space.”

MontaVista is committed to compliance with the major industry standards and maintains its position of being the only Linux distribution in the world to comply with the three key requirements issued by the industry’s major standards bodies: CGL, Linux Standard Base (LSB), and IPv6. MontaVista’s Carrier Grade Edition is also the only embedded Linux to be Oracle-certified. This certification demonstrates MontaVista’s ongoing and continued commitment to CGE interoperability with industry software and hardware, and meets the rigorous demands of current and future multi-core network infrastructures. MontaVista has made available copies of the CGL5 registration documents on its website at http://www.mvista.com/products/cge/cgl/cgl.php.

“We applaud MontaVista’s continued leadership with Carrier Grade Linux for the carrier infrastructure market,” said Amanda McPherson, vice president of marketing and developer services Linux Foundation. “MontaVista’s support of the CGL specification for the ARM architecture will be key to enabling a smooth migration to this important SoC architecture that supports millions of devices worldwide.”

“Carrier grade” is a term for software and hardware products that support public telecommunications and data communications networks. Carrier grade products require extremely high degrees of reliability, scalability, and performance to provide an uninterrupted flow of the enormous volume of high-bandwidth data and voice needed for today’s multimedia communications. MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition is the most widely deployed carrier grade Linux solution in the world, and is used by leading network equipment providers (NEPs) including Alcatel-Lucent, Motorola, NEC, and other leading suppliers.

About MontaVista Software
MontaVista Software, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cavium, Inc. (CAVM), is a leader in embedded Linux commercialization. For over 10 years, MontaVista has been helping embedded developers get the most out of open source by adding commercial quality, integration, hardware enablement, expert support, and the resources of the MontaVista development community. Because MontaVista customers enjoy faster time to market, more competitive device functionality, and lower total cost, more devices have been deployed with MontaVista than with any other Linux.

DataCore Software Builds on Software-Defined Storage Momentum and Names Paul Murphy as Vice President of Worldwide Marketing

DataCore Software, the premier provider of storage virtualization software, today announced the appointment of Paul Murphy as the vice president of worldwide marketing. Murphy will oversee DataCore’s demand generation, inside sales and strategic marketing efforts needed to expand and accelerate the company’s growth and presence in the storage and virtualization sectors.  He brings to DataCore a proven track-record and a deep understanding of virtualization, storage technologies and the pivotal forces impacting customers in today’s ‘software-defined’ world. Murphy will drive the company’s marketing organization and programs to fuel sales for DataCore’s acclaimed storage virtualization software solution, SANsymphony™- V.

“Our software solutions have been successfully deployed at thousands of sites around the world and now our priority is to reach out to a broader range of organizations that don’t yet realize the economic and productivity benefits they can achieve through the adoption of storage virtualization and SANsymphony-V,” said DataCore Software’s Chief Operating Officer, Steve Houck. “Murphy brings to the company a fresh strategic marketing perspective, the ability to simplify our messaging, new ways to energize our outbound marketing activities and the drive to expand our visibility and brand recognition around the world.”

With nearly 15 years of experience in the technology industry, Murphy possesses a diverse range of skills in areas including engineering, services, sales and marketing, which will be instrumental in overseeing DataCore’s marketing activities around the globe. He was previously Director Americas SMB Sales and Worldwide Channel Development Manager at VMware, where he developed go-to-market strategies and oversaw both direct and inside channel sales teams in both domestic and international markets.

Prior to that, Murphy was senior product marketing manager at NetApp, focusing on backup and recovery solutions and their Virtual Tape Library product line. In this role, Murphy led business development activities, sales training, compensation programs and joint-marketing campaigns. An excellent communicator, he has been a keynote speaker at numerous industry events, trade shows, end-user seminars, sales training events, partner/reseller events and webcasts. Before moving into sales and marketing, Murphy had a successful career in engineering.

“The timing is perfect. DataCore has just updated its SANsymphony-V storage virtualization platform and it is well positioned to take advantage of the paradigm shift and acceptance of software-defined storage infrastructures,” said Murphy. “After doing the market research and getting feedback from numerous customers, it is clear to me that there is a large degree of pent-up customer demand. Needless to say, I’m eager to spread the word on DataCore’s value proposition and make a difference in this exciting and critical role.”

About DataCore Software

DataCore Software develops storage virtualization software leveraged in virtual and physical IT environments to obtain high availability, fast performance and maximum utilization from storage. DataCore’s SANsymphony-V storage hypervisor is a comprehensive, yet hardware-independent solution which fundamentally changes the economics of provisioning, replicating and protecting storage for large enterprises and small to midsize businesses. For additional information, visit the DataCore website at or call (877) 780-5111.

DataCore, the DataCore logo and SANsymphony are trademarks or registered trademarks of DataCore Software Corporation. Other DataCore product or service names or logos referenced herein are trademarks of DataCore Software Corporation. All other products, services and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Sony SmartWatch 2 will launch at 9 September

Jakarta – In June 2013, Sony has introduced smart watches, Sony SmartWatch 2. Previous smart watches is reported to be released on July 15, 2013. But, then again Sony deliver a new launch date for the SmartWatch 2 on 9 September 2013.
If ordered through Clove website, you can get 2 SmartWatch soon after launch. This smart watches IP57 certified. So SmartWatch 2 can be brought into the water up to a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes. In addition, the SmartWatch 2 also anti dust.
Sony SmartWatch 2 had 200 applications. The developers can also access the API (Application Programming Interface) to add the application. This device is compatible with all types of operating system Android 4.0 and above. This watch is also equipped with NFC technology (Near Field Communication).
With smart watches SmartWatch, the user can answer or ignore the call. SmartWatch 2 also displays incoming phone call notifications and missed calls. Wearable device also has a calendar and weather applications and other applications that can be downloaded on Google Play Store. Sony Smartwatch 2 will be priced at U.S. $ 181 or about USD 1.8 million.
Besides Sony, other technology manufacturers like Apple, Microsoft, Google and others are now also working on smart watches. It is estimated that smart watches will emerge from 2014. Wearable devices or devices that can be used are likely to soon become a new trend in the technology market.

Compete with Microsoft, Google Destroy Copy Paste Systems

California – Now Google browser users can copy and paste the various forms of documents and slide sheets from Gmail to Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides or otherwise more easily. Unfortunately, to be able to feel the system copy and paste from Google this, the user must have the Chrome browser.
The browser engine giant announced on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 when the company had a massive overhaul copy and paste system. “With Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, Chrome browser users can copy and paste text and images between all documents, spreadsheets or tables, and presentations as well as for different types of files,” Google wrote in his blog. Google claims that copied and pasted the format will remain the same.
Copy and paste system not unlike the way Google copy paste that is commonly used to keyboard shortcuts through or from the right-click menu. Users can also copy images from applications on the computer and insert it directly into the document, spreadsheet or presentation slide.
To compete with Microsoft Officenya Microsoft, Google did provide another alternative for users who do not have the Chrome browser with the web clipboard. However, how to copy and paste his work is not as easy as on the Chrome browser. There are eight steps that need to be done.
First, select the section to be copied. Second, click on the Edit menu, and select Web clipboard. Thirdly, click the Copy to clipboard web. When the user has reached the destination file, the user enters the fourth stage click the Edit menu and select Web clipboard again. Users will see an option that previously be copied.
Fifth, Place the cursor where the user wants to insert content. Sixth, select another Web clipboard from the Edit menu. In the seventh stage, the user will select the parts to be inserted with pilhan various formats, such as plain text or HTML. Finally, select the appropriate format and finish.

Laser App Software Announces Core Initiatives for 2013 Broker-Dealer Conference

Laser App Software, the leading provider of forms automation and management software for the securities and insurance industries, today announced the key initiatives planned for the 2013 Broker-Dealer Conference. The conference will take place from August 21 through August 23 and will be held at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina. The conference brings 300 broker-dealer executives and software providers into a collaborative environment to focus on technology trends and integrations.

Laser App has geared the 2013 conference around the optimization of working in a mobile practice. This is in response to the overwhelming industry push toward mobility. Everything from the “Advisor adoption of technology” presentation by author and industry expert Joel Bruckenstein, to demonstrations on integrations with the major custodians, to the e-sign acceptance presentation, and the recently produced software integrations with our partners are all geared toward broker-dealers supporting their reps in a mobile environment.

At last year’s event, Laser App released the Anywhere Platform its pure HTML mobile solution. This year, Laser App is unveiling a myriad of enhancements and integrations to the platform designed to meet the needs of both broker-dealers and advisors.

As always, there will be a blend of work and play. The evening event will be a casino cruise around the San Diego harbor where attendees will be treated to dinner, drinks, and their favorite table games. The Thursday lunchtime keynote speaker is Reggie Brown, a comedian and impressionist, known for his impersonation of President Barack Obama.

“Over the last 7 years, the Laser App conference has evolved from a user group meeting to a place where hundreds of broker-dealers come to learn and interact with each other and solution providers. I want every broker-dealer to leave the conference knowing where they’re headed and which solution providers can solve their problems, and I want them to enjoy themselves,” said Robert Powell, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Laser App Software.

“The Laser App Conference has been incredibly useful for broker-dealers to learn more about technology advancements in the financial services industry. The conference is consistently high-energy and covers important topics such as straight-through-processing, integration, and mobile business processing. We look forward to the conference every year as a way to learn more about where we can improve our operations, and how technology can benefit our practice,” said Chris Shaw of ProEquities.

About Laser App Software
Laser App Software is the premier e-forms provider in the financial services industry. Laser app creates highly integrated solutions that combine state‐of‐the‐art forms-filling technology with its massive library of industry related forms.

Guidewire Software Wins First Place Vanguards in Insurance Practices (VIP) Award Recognition in Five of Six Categories

Guidewire Software, Inc. (GWRE), a provider of software products for Property/Casualty (P/C) insurers, today announced that it has received five of six 2013 Vanguards in Insurance Practices (VIP) Awards. The VIP Awards are sponsored byInsurance Networking News (INN) in partnership with Celent and were announced and presented at the recent ACORD LOMA Insurance Systems Forum in Las Vegas. The VIP award winners were solely determined by insurance company professionals through their participation in an online survey where they were asked to name technology providers that deliver the most value in various VIP categories.

Guidewire’s 2013 VIP awards included recognition in the Back Office & Support Systems, Customer Experience Solutions, Decision Support Solutions, Insurance Core Solutions, and Strategic Partner categories. More information about the 2013 VIP Awards can be found at www.guidewire.com.

“The VIP awards identify the leaders in insurance technology and recognize the vendors that best help insurance carriers meet the increased expectations of consumers and agents,” said Carrie Burns, editor-in-chief, INN. “This year, we’ve seen that while insurers still consider customer service and stability to be important traits of vendors, the ability to plan for advances in technology is becoming just as important.”

“Guidewire is very effective in building and supporting their partner networks, and their customers appreciate that choice of implementation partners,” said Chuck Johnston, director, Celent. “They’ve also built out a solid organization that has connected with their customers and created good rapport, as seen in the award results. They’ve made significant investments in pertinent technologies to support their customers, also reflected in the award results.”

“It is a great honor for the Guidewire team to be recognized especially given that the award rankings are based solely on feedback from P/C insurance professionals,” said Brian Desmond, vice president, Marketing, Guidewire. “We thank Insurance Networking News and Celent for sponsoring the VIP awards program, and we thank everyone who participated in the survey.”

This year is the seventh annual VIP ranking of technology solution providers to the insurance industry. 2013 winners were chosen based on votes from 476 unique respondents.

About Insurance Networking News

Insurance Networking News is a trusted source for information on how technology is being implemented to support insurers’ strategic business objectives, providing insightful analysis of the technology innovations utilized to automate critical processes. Insurance Networking News is written to help senior insurance executives obtain mission-critical information on resolving industry challenges.

About Guidewire Software

Guidewire Software is a provider of software products for Property/Casualty insurers. Designed to be flexible and scalable, Guidewire products enable insurers to deliver excellent service, increase market share, and lower operating costs. Guidewire products include Guidewire InsuranceSuite™, consisting of Guidewire PolicyCenter®, Guidewire ClaimCenter® and Guidewire BillingCenter® which span the core functional areas in insurance; Guidewire LiveSM, a cloud-based network connecting peer insurers, core system data and expert tools through instant on apps; Guidewire DataHub™ and Guidewire InfoCenter™ which help insurers address their data management and business intelligence challenges.

Make OS X Faster & Efficient

Because created and designed by one company, hardware and software from Apple can work optimally and efficiently. One of the advantages are when we install OS X, we do not need to fuss looking for drivers for the Mac that we use.

Moreover, because the security system, not many viruses that successfully made to screw up OS X, though there is still malware that managed to infiltrate. It was not to screw up OS X, but rather aims to steal sensitive data or personal in the Mac.

While it is arguably efficient, we can still fiddling with that OS X running faster again.
Here are some things we can do:

Hardware side

T02-436-111-make. Upgrading memory up stuck. Output for Macbook Pro 2012 to the above, this is not possible, because the memory is soldered directly to the motherboard. Even so great a minimum of memory available is quite capable, which is 4 GB. 4 GB of memory is the minimum for all major applications in both heavy-and could not walk comfortably. The bigger the memory, the better.

2. Upgrade the hard drive. Mac can walk comfortably if enough free space available in the T02-436-make-12partisi existing OS X. In order to walk comfortably, should be available at least 30 GB of free space. If you use a heavy application sorts PhotoShop, AutoCAD, or the other, there are at least 80-120 GB of free space on my hard drive. So get used to the data stored on the internal hard drive external hard drives that can have empty space relief. If forced, upgraded hard drive to a larger capacity. If you can, use a hard drive upgrade to SSD. It is still expensive, but the performance is much more hurried.

 

Software side

T02-436-21a1-making. Repair Disk Permissions. Actually this procedure is to check whether the file status in accordance with the original. File status could change as the applications that use them have problems. As a result, the Mac can run slow or weird, such as the application of a sudden go out alone, running slower, slower booting, and other sebagainya.Caranya quite easily, run Disk Utility> click on the existing partition OS X it> click repair permission and wait until the process is complete. If you’ve done repair permissions, more afdol followed by a second step.

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2. Reset NVRAM. Non-Volatile RAM or NV-RAM is an OS X application and keep most of the settings that we often use. The goal is that we run the application on the condition that we use. But at a certain point, the NV-RAM will be full and will actually make the Mac went awry. How to reset the NV-RAM is quite straightforward, we turn on the computer and then we immediately pressing Cmd + alt + P + R and press and hold until dueng Mac emits three times.

3. Provide enough free space on the disk / partition OS X is. The trick is to move the data to another hard drive and remove any unwanted applications. With so many free apps available on the AppStore, maybe some of us a lot of the “greedy” to install the free application. In the end, many of these applications are not suitable for us and ultimately make the hard drive so full. Most applications are indeed living discard the application file to the trash. But it does not hurt to uninstall the application using software like CleanApp, AppZapper, CleanMyMac, etc..

T02-436-244-make. Clean desktop. Try not store any files on your desktop as this will slow down the boot. Each boot, OS X will prepare a file on the desktop that can be accessed at any time. If only one or two files it may seem, but we would feel if a desktop full of files.

 

T02-436-255-make. Delete unneeded languages. Mac provides multiple language that is easy to use by people from various countries. Surely we do not need all of the existing language. If only need English only, we better just delete the language that we do not need, especially when they take a big enough hard drive space. The easiest way is to use Monolingual which can be downloaded from http://www.monolingual.sourceforge.net. The trick is easy, just check the language that you want to delete and click remove.

T02-436-26a6-making. Turn off animation. When running the application, mac will display an animation that gives the impression that the application is open from the icon that we double-click the. When the mouse over the application icon in the dock line, the application automatically enlarges. Such animations can we Disable that Mac go faster. Run the System Preferences> Dock> uncheck the choice of animate opening applications. Also do not use the option of changing the existing wallpaper in System Preferences> Desktop & Screen Saver.

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7. Set the Startup Item. Some immediate applications come running when OS X booting. Check if there are applications that do not really matter that went along with running. I run the System Preferences> Users & Groups> and check the applications that do not want to run at startup.

 

Mac Monitor Every Time

After performing such optimization step above, of course, we should be able to monitor the Mac that is always in top condition. Some steps we can do include:

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1. Activity Monitor running. This application provides a complete and detailed information firsthand what is happening on the Mac. So when Mac was running slow and do not know why, we can run the Activity Monitor and find out.

a. Button to shut down the application. Once we click on the application process takes a wild and uncontrolled, click the button to turn it off.

b. Percentage of CPU used by an application. Applications that run normally just use cpu power is not more than 10%. More than that, the application will be considered illegal and should be turned off. Applications typically do not have errors and uncontrolled eating up 90% cpu power. No wonder Mac can be slow.

c. This is the part where we can see the other processes of the cpu, such as memory, disk activity, disk in use, and network. Some of them are equipped with a chart showing the current work process.

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2. iStat Menus. This application can display the information that we need in the menu bar, so we only glance we can determine the condition of the current cpu. This application can be purchased at macupdate.com costs 25 dollars.

 

T02-436-333-make. Daisy Disk. Very useful for hard drive clean up when we needed space. Daisy Disk folder instantly displays the big size, so we know which folder has a large file. Can be purchased in the App Store for USD. 95 thousand.

 

T02-436-344-make. Memory Clean. As we know, that we run most of the applications will be put into memory. The problem is, when we close the application, most will still be stored in memory. Over time the memory will be full and the computer was so slow. Used to be the only way to clear this memory just by turning off the computer or restart. Now we can use the Memory Clean with one click direct memory clean. Purge memory several times in order to get maximum results. Download it for free in the App Store.

Review: First 8-inch Windows tablet is a device that shouldn’t exist

My dissatisfaction with PC OEMs is something I have documented in the past. They offer a confusing array of products and tend to cut corners in the worst ways imaginable. The OEM response to Windows 8 has been to produce a wide range of machines sporting novel form factors to fit all sorts of niches, both real and imagined.

One niche that the OEMs haven’t tried to fill, however, has been sub-10-inch tablets. That’s not altogether surprising. Microsoft designed Windows 8 for screens of 10 inches or more, and initially the operating system’s hardware requirements had a similar constraint.

That decision looked a little short-sighted after the success of tablets such as the Google Nexus 7 and the iPad mini. Accordingly, Microsoft changed the rules in March, opening the door to a range of smaller Windows tablets.

The Acer Iconia W3 is the first—and currently the only—8-inch Windows tablet. That attribute alone makes it in some sense noteworthy. Sadly, it’s about the only thing that does.

Spec-wise, this is another Intel Clover Trail tablet, and its internals are basically the same as the devices that launched last year (such as its bigger brother, the Acer Iconia W510). This means 1.8 GHz, dual core, four thread Intel Atom Z2760 CPU, 2 GB RAM, 64 GB flash storage (which with Acer’s default partitioning leaves a little over 29 GB usable), front and rear cameras, Bluetooth 4.0, and 802.11b/g/n (no 5 GHz support). There’s a micro-HDMI and micro-USB port for external connectivity (a separate cable converts the micro USB port into a full-size one), along with an SD card slot. The tablet has a speaker adequate for notification sounds but little more.

As a result, performance and battery life are similar to what we’ve seen before. The Iconia W3 comes equipped with full-blown Windows 8, unlike ARM tablets, so it can run any 32-bit Windows application—should you really want to. Clover Trail’s GPU performance is such that games and other graphics-intensive programs won’t run well, however.

Eight inches of horror

The new bits on this tablet are really the screen and the size.

Screens are important. We spend essentially all our time interacting with devices looking at screens. Cost-cutting on screens is unforgivable, as a bad screen will damage every single interaction you have with the device. This goes doubly so for tablets, where the screen works not only as an output device but also as the primary input device.

The Acer Iconia W3’s screen is a standout—because it is worst-in-class. I hated every moment I used the Iconia W3, and I hated it because I hated the screen. Its color accuracy and viewing angles are both miserable (whites aren’t white—they’re weirdly colorful and speckled). The screen has a peculiar grainy appearance that makes it look permanently greasy. You can polish as much as you like; it will never go away. The whole effect is reminiscent in some ways of old resistive screens.

It’s hard to overstate just how poor this screen is. At any reasonable tablet viewing distance, the color of the screen is uneven. The viewing angle is so narrow that at typical hand-held distances, the colors change across the width of the screen. At full arm’s length the screen does finally look even, but the device is obviously unusable that way.

Acer has clearly skimped on the screen. I’m sure the panel in the W3 was quite cheap, and that may be somewhat reflected in the unit’s retail price ($379 for a 32GB unit, $429 for this 64GB one—putting it at the same price as the 32GB iPad mini, which has a comparable amount of available disk space), but who cares? It doesn’t matter how cheap something is if you don’t want to use it at all.

This poor screen quality isn’t a question of resolution, either. 1280×800 is not a tremendously high resolution, but text looks crisp enough. At 186 pixels per inch, 1280×800 feels more or less OK for this size of device.

The low resolution does, however, have one significant drawback: it disables Windows 8’s side-by-side Metro multitasking, which requires a resolution of at least 1366×768. The W3’s screen is 86 pixels too narrow, so the Metro environment is strictly one application at a time.

This is an unfortunate decision. The side-by-side multitasking is one of the Metro environment’s most compelling features. Keeping Twitter or Messenger snapped to the side makes a lot of sense and works well. I’ve never used Windows 8 on a device that didn’t support side-by-side Metro multitasking before, and I don’t ever want to again.

Size-wise, the W3 may be small for a Windows tablet, but it’s not exactly small. It’s fat. The W3 is 11.4 mm thick. The iPad mini, in comparison, is 7.2 mm thick. The Iconia W3 is also heavy at 500 g; the iPad mini, in comparison, is 308 g. That makes the W3 more than 50 percent thicker and more than 50 percent heavier.

The thickness makes the lack of a full-sized USB port on the device more than a little confusing. There’s certainly room for a full USB port, and a full port would be more convenient than the dongle. But for whatever reason, Acer didn’t give us one.

The device itself feels solid enough, albeit plasticky. It doesn’t exude quality, but it’s a step or two up from the bargain basement.

Keyboard non-dock

The W3 also has a keyboard accessory. As is common for this kind of thing, the keyboard has no electrical connection to the tablet. It’s a Bluetooth keyboard powered by a pair of AAA batteries. It has a groove along the top that can hold the tablet in both landscape and portrait orientations and a clip on the back that lets you use the keyboard as a kind of screen protector.

The keyboard has to be manually paired to the tablet. It’s more or less full-size, with a reasonable key layout. It’s a typical mediocre keyboard. The feel is a little on the squishy side, lacking the crispness of, for example Microsoft’s Type Cover for its Surface tablets. It’s better than any on-screen keyboard, and to that extent it does its job. But it’s a long way from being an actually good keyboard.

The groove does hold the tablet up, and on a level surface the unit doesn’t topple over, but it’s not as satisfactory as some of the hinged keyboard/docks we’ve seen on other devices. Tilt the base while carrying it or using it on your lap and the tablet is liable to fall out.