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Koch Media launches back the C64
2017-11-20

A timeless classic celebrates its return in the form of the THEC64 Mini. Koch Media takes over the distribution of the THEC64 Mini developed by Retro Games Ltd. The console, which will be released in the spring of 2018, is a fully licensed miniature version of the best-selling home computer of the 1980s. The THEC64 Mini is only half the size of the original and offers direct connectivity to modern TVs and appears with a true-to-original new joystick that can be easily connected to one of the two USB ports. The THEC64 Mini offers classic gaming enjoyment in just a few easy steps. Released back in 1982, the C64 Home Computer conquered the world and dominated the digital entertainment landscape for much of the 1980s. Millions of units sold today still guarantee a safe place in the heart of the fans of that time. Just in time for the 35th anniversary he is celebrating his return! HDMI port allows players to relive all 64 licensed products on modern devices and experience gaming history. These games include titles by legendary developers such as Epyx, Gremlin Graphics, Hewson and Bitmap Brothers. Titles such as California Games, Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe, Paradroid and Impossible Mission drive C64 fans into the tears of joy in their eyes. Many of the titles supplied with the book can look back on high ratings of the trade press at that time and have lost none of their fascination to this day. From sports to shooter, platformer and puzzle games, the variety makes every retro heart beat faster.

"We are incredibly proud to have the opportunity to bring back some of the best and most beloved retro games from fans to date", says Paul Andrews, Managing Director at Retro Games. "The TheC64 Mini is a replica of the classic C64 era and the first product in a planned series."

As is appropriate for a home computer, the THEC64 MINI can also be equipped with a PC keyboard (USB) and can be used as a classic C64 for entering BASIC commands or programming new games.

It will be available in Europe through Koch Media offices in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Riva appoints Extenso
2017-11-20

France: multiroom speaker vendor Riva Audio has appointed consumer electronics specialist Extenso as an official distributor in the country.

Acadia strengthens FSP's distribution network
2017-11-20

France: PC component and gamin specialist Acadia Informatique has started the distribution of power supplies for desktop PCs and universal chargers from FSP. Acadia has a solid reputation as a specialist in the distribution of desktop components and wishes to continue to bring its thousands of customers in France the best of technology. That's why Acadia and FSP have just signed a distribution agreement for the national territory.

Mickael Yeung, FSP's main account manager, adds: "ACADIA Informatique, leader in Gaming and Professional products distribution, has become a key player in this field for FSP. Their professionalism and responsiveness are well proven and this partnership will celebrate new perspectives in terms of the development of the IT and industrial market."

The entire range of PC power supplies will be available for the greatest satisfaction of French integrators and computer shops, as FSP is a reference in terms of performance, silence and reliability. Many specialized media reward FSP power supplies for their intrinsic qualities, and consumer reviews are praising them. It is therefore only natural that this agreement found its meaning between these two major players in the sector. On the other hand, Acadia will offer universal chargers equipped with new intelligent technologies that adjust and optimize the power required to meet the needs of the device. Until now, FSP products were available through Acadia's competitor Europ' Computer Performance.

Tech Data introduces new global brand
2017-11-17

American broadliner Tech Data has introduced its new brand identity, highlighting the company's expanded reach and capabilities as a global leader in technology distribution and services. Following the company's transformational acquisition of Avnet's Technology Solutions business earlier this year, Tech Data has established a single global brand that capitalizes on the full reach, efficiency, and technical expertise of its new combined organization. Tech Data will now operate as a unified brand in all of its markets throughout the world, enabling channel partners to benefit from its unmatched end-to-end portfolio of products, solutions, and services. "As we evolve our business in anticipation of what's next, the Tech Data brand has evolved as well. Today we are proud to introduce the new Tech Data and the next chapter in the history of our company", said Bob Dutkowsky, chairman and CEO of Tech Data. "Our new global brand is centered on the proven strength of the Tech Data name and provides a unified promise of integrity, expertise and excellence. Tech Data serves as a beacon in the IT channel—central to our customers' and vendors' success. Our teams have highly specialized skills in next-generation technologies, extensive software and services capabilities, and the best logistics engine in the industry, all backed by a global IT system that can do anything from process the sale of a laptop to configure the most complex multi-vendor solution. Tech Data has become a company that delivers business outcomes—not just products—and we're excited for the future of our company as we help connect the world with the power of technology."

To enable a specialized approach while maintaining the exceptional service levels that partners expect from Tech Data, the company has grouped its offerings into two primary solutions portfolios under the Tech Data brand:

  • Tech Data's Endpoint Solutions portfolio, previously known as the company's broadline offering, primarily includes PC systems, mobile phones and accessories, printers, peripherals, supplies, software and consumer electronics.
  • Tech Data's Advanced Solutions portfolio includes primarily data center technologies such as storage, networking, servers, advanced technology software and converged/hyperconverged infrastructure. This portfolio also includes next-generation technologies such as cloud, IoT, mobility, security and analytics solutions.
  • Tech Data's next-generation technology solutions, as well as the company's services offering, including lifecycle, CRM, integration and supply chain services, span its Endpoint and Advanced Solutions portfolios. In addition to the company's two solutions portfolios, Tech Data will continue to go to market with three specialized solutions: Datech Solutions, Maverick AV Solutions and Global Computing Components. Azlan, Tech Data's pan-European enterprise specialist brand, will be transitioned over time and will be incorporated into the company's Advanced Solutions portfolio.

While Tech Data's logo will not change, the company's color palette and graphic devices have been updated to incorporate both its foundation and its new dimensions, blending the unique capabilities of Tech Data and Technology Solutions into a modern, global brand. Tech Data has also introduced new purpose, vision, and mission statements.

Exclusive Networks and Picus Security join forces
2017-11-17

Picus Security, a cyber attack simulation and intrusion prevention editor, and network and security VAD Exclusive Networks have signed an agreement to maximize the cyber-security potential of businesses. Since a few weeks, Exclusive Networks has been offering through its offices in France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom Picus, an innovative assessment technology that measures the ability of organizations to detect cyber threats 24/7 and respond quickly after a threat has been detected. Picus was founded in 2014 to address a problem that many companies are facing: prevention technologies, even when they are advanced and regularly updated, are still lagging behind emerging cyber threats. New cyber threats are created every day by hackers and cyber-security teams lack the tools to accurately measure their ability to react, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, and to respond quickly. By identifying hacking techniques that can thwart a company's cyber-protection capabilities, Picus is arming cyber-security professionals with the tools to provide them with practical assessment, greater visibility, and the information they need to respond to attacks.

"Even if some companies have made significant investments in security technologies and services, none of them are yet in a position to express full confidence in their IT infrastructure", explains Stéphane Iaich, Director of Strategic Marketing at Exclusive Networks. He also added: "one of the main reasons for this gap is the difficulty in managing complex security technologies to effectively combat cyber threats. We are joining forces with Picus to help customers manage these technologies more efficiently, improve their return on investment and answer the question: what is my level of cyber-security right now?"

Armagan Zaloglu, Vice President of Picus Sales in the EMEA region, explains that a partnership with a leading player such as Exclusive Network is proof of the relevance of the Picus offer. "We wanted to partner with a true value-added distributor, who understands the value of emerging technologies. This partnership with Exclusive Networks is a very exciting new step in our global expansion strategy", he says.

 

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