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Wells new Powerhouse VP

San Ramon-based Powerhouse Technologies Group, a maker of mobile computing products, said David R. Wells joined the company as vice president of finance operations. Wells will oversee PowerHouse’s financial accounting and reporting activities and will also be responsible for the company’s investor relations program.

Plasticsmith releases laptop stand

The Plasticsmith Inc., based in San Carlos, released its newest Lapvantage laptop stand, a height-adjustable stand that places the laptop’s screen at eye level. Lapvantage allows users to work ergonomically without the eye, neck, back, and wrist strain usually associated with notebook computers.

Kleinberg to lead tech association

Santa Clara-based AeA, the nation’s largest high-tech trade association, said Palo Alto city council member Judith Kleinberg has been named the new executive director of AeA’s Bay Area Council, representing member companies in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay area. The Bay Area Council has more than 300 member companies. Kleinberg is currently an elected officer of both the Santa Clara County Cities Association and the Peninsula Division of the League of California Cities, and is vice chair of the Santa Clara County Emergency Preparedness Council.

GDA licenses Ethernet MAC IP cores

San Jose-based GDA Technologies Inc., a supplier of intellectual property and electronic design services (EDS), has licensed its 10 Gigabit (XGEMAC) and 1 Gigabit (GEMAC) Ethernet MAC IP cores to inSilica Inc., a supplier of customer specific SoC products. XGEMAC is industry’s first UNH_IOL compliance-validated 10 Gigabit Ethernet MAC IP core targeting LAN, MAN, WAN switches and routers, traffic aggregators, multiplexers and test equipments applications. inSilica will be incorporating the XGEMAC IP core into its next generation communication products.

Audioblog.com launches audio publishing service

San Francisco-based Audioblog.com has launched an audio publishing service for the weblog and online journal community. Audioblog.com exclusively provides the BlogRecorder, which enables publishers to record high quality audio using a PC microphone and Web browser. Among the other recording methods, Audioblog.com subscribers can upload MP3 or WAV files, and also record by telephone to create audio moblogs.

Art Institute debuts game scholarships

The Art Institute of California-San Francisco announced a new scholarship program designed for video game industry professionals interested in furthering their education. The school is now offering special scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to individuals currently working in the game industry, or who have recently worked in the industry and are looking to expand their skills or finish their degrees. Applicants must complete a scholarship entry form, write a short essay, and submit two letters of recommendation and a resume showing any educational background and game industry experience. There is no deadline to apply and entries will be reviewed on a quarterly basis. More information about the school is available.

Toy new Wyse Technology COO

San Jose-based Wyse Technology announced the appointment of Max Toy as chief operating officer. Toy is the former president of Wyse’s software subsidiary, Rapport Technologies. Wyse has been #1 in thin-client market share for the last seven years, and has been named Microsoft “Embedded Partner of the Year” for three years running.

Cirago releases new MP3 players

Mountain View-based Cirago International Ltd. announced two new multifunction MP3 players. The Stanchion EMP-6606FM features an elliptical cylinder design with a toggle joystick. The Blastoff EMP-132+ resembles a smaller, squared thumb drive, with a “switch” to release the hidden USB connector for direct connection to a PC. Both of the new players feature a five-mode equalizer, dynamic bass boost, and a user-selectable seven-color backlight LCD display that shows the artist name and song titles.

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