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Today's Procurement News & Projects
1 Australia: SOAs may spawn 'Business Process Experts' - Australia
2 Australia: Splashtop Linux conquers Asus laptops - Australia
3 Australia: Explosion has data center scrambling, users venting - Australia
4 Australia: Mozilla shooting for record books with Firefox 3 release - Australia
5 Australia: Researcher: Ad software maker likely violates copyright - Australia
6 Australia: Symantec to users: Disable protection before XP SP3 upgrade - Australia
7 Australia: SonicWall revamps SSL VPN management - Australia
8 Australia: Hackers exploiting Flash Player zero-day bug - Australia
9 Australia: Acrobat 9 aims to reinvent PDFs - Australia
10 Global: Google shows off Android capabilities - Australia
11 Australia: IBM Rational lists 20 products supporting Jazz technology - Australia
12 Australia: Microsoft urges Windows users to shut down Safari - Australia
13 Australia: Safari flaw worse than first thought, Microsoft warns - Australia
14 Australia: SRS wool leads to pilling: wool processor - Australia
15 Australia: Firefox on track to crack 20% share in July - Australia
16 Australia: Google shows off Android capabilities - Australia
17 Australia: It's Yahoo's turn to bring desktop features to browser - Australia
18 Australia: Via releases laptop design as open source - Australia
19 Australia: APC teams up with IBM on efficiency - Australia
20 Australia: Microsoft beta tests online diagnostic tools for Windows - Australia
21 Australia: Safari flaw worse than first thought, Microsoft warns - Australia
22 Australia: Apple patches 40 Mac OS X security bugs - Australia
23 Global: Google to host JavaScript libraries for developers - Australia
24 Australia: Sourcefire says no to Barracuda's takeover bid - Australia
25 Australia: Symantec now says current Flash Player safe from attack - Australia
26 Australia: HP beefs up its application-security software - Australia
27 Global: HP blade server targets cloud computing - Australia
28 Australia: Internode switches on SourceForge mirror - Australia
29 Australia: Asus to launch laptops with Linux Net software - Australia
30 Australia: Server shipments continue to rise - Australia
31 Australia: Symantec backtracks on Adobe Flash warning - Australia
32 Australia: Mac OS X update causes Adobe file corruptions, users say - Australia
33 Australia: Qualcomm says Windows Mobile 7 key for mini-laptops - Australia
34 Australia & United Kingdom: GlassHouse continues UK growth through TPP acquisition - Australia
35 Global: Microsoft beta tests online diagnostic tools for Windows - Australia
36 Australia: Sourcefire says no to Barracuda's takeover bid - Australia
37 Australia: Grabba takes PDAs and SmartPhones to the next level for enterprise - Australia
38 Australia: Study: Surveillance software revenue to quadruple by 2013 - Australia
39 Australia: IBM releases three servers with AMD's quad-core processors - Australia
40 Australia: Lenovo set for final test of IT systems for 2008 Olympics - Australia
41 Australia: Study: Surveillance software revenue to quadruple by 2013 - Australia
42 Global: Mac OS X update causes Adobe file corruptions, users say - Australia
43 Australia: Symantec now says current Flash Player safe from attack - Australia
44 Australia: Researchers breach Microsoft's CardSpace ID technology - Australia
45 Brazil: Brazil bitchslaps ratification of OOXML - Brazil
46 Canada: Canadian group charges that Facebook violates privacy laws - Canada
47 Canada: MapText to Showcase its Text-Placement Solutions at the GeoTec Event in Ottawa - Canada
48 Switzerland: Component Manufacturer Partron Selects NemeriX to Enhance GPS Modules for PND and Mobile Handset Markets - Switzerland
49 China: Official Release of AvisMap GIS 5 Products Series - China
50 United States and China: US, China largest sources of Internet attacks - China
51 China: Huawei maintains world's No.1 in mobile softswitch - China
52 China: NXP and T3G Deliver TD-SCDMA Solution to the Chinese Market - China
53 China: Xi'an Haitian develops UWB antennas covering all bands - China
54 China: Netdragon launches 'Heroes of Might and Magic Online' - China
55 China: Acer will not use acquisition strategy to cut into China - China
56 China: Profitability more important than ranking UTAC - China
57 China: Teradata EDW solution at Industrial and Commercial Bank of China - China
58 China: China TransInfo to construct Olympic GIS - China
59 China & Taiwan: Chin-Poon likely to trim sales guidance on conservative bookings - China
60 Egypt: Boom drives upgrade at Cairo bourse - Egypt
61 France: Atos Origin buries hatchet with rebel shareholders - France
62 France: Dalet selects Harmonic's Rhozet transcoding technology - France
63 United Kingdom: Want a 1TB optical drive? Call/Recall me - United Kingdom
64 United Kingdom: Too much code, too few application security specialists - United Kingdom
65 United Kingdom: Split on support for 'old' Java in next Eclipse - United Kingdom
66 United Kingdom: Windows experiment meets the bottom line - United Kingdom
67 United Kingdom: Will Seagate build a flash SSD foundry - United Kingdom
68 United Kingdom: KDE 4.1 beta 1 released - United Kingdom
69 United Kingdom: Mozilla guns for Guinness world record with Firefox 3.0 - United Kingdom
70 United Kingdom: IBM dumps Rational tools on unsuspecting users - United Kingdom
71 United Kingdom: VMware dollars swarm into B-hive Networks - United Kingdom
72 United Kingdom: Asus offers Brits Eee PC 900 battery swap plan - United Kingdom
73 United Kingdom: When it comes to SaaS, money talks - United Kingdom
74 United Kingdom: Dell rapped for USD 118 delivery charge on USD 393 laptop - United Kingdom
75 United Kingdom: Apple mega update strikes out calendar bug - United Kingdom
76 United Kingdom: Nvidia targets Intel Atom with ARM-based system-on-a-chip - United Kingdom
77 Global: Microsoft urges Windows users to shun 'carpet bombing' Safari - United Kingdom
78 United Kingdom: EC denies 'provisional decision' on Intel anti-trust probe - United Kingdom
79 Global: Dell's wee Eee-alike uncovered - United Kingdom
80 United Kingdom: Penmap announces new release of Version 6.2.net - 'open' mobile geodata software - United Kingdom
81 United Kingdom: SYSPRO releases Quality Management Software for Small, Mid-Sized Businesses - United Kingdom
82 United Kingdom: Ballmer and Gates defend Vista, drop Windows 7 hints - United Kingdom
83 Global: HP launches siamese-twin server blade - United Kingdom
84 Global: Google highlights OpenSocial, Gears at I/O event - United Kingdom
85 United Kingdom: Heaviest Virgin Media downloaders face new daytime go-slow - United Kingdom
86 United Kingdom: UK developers prefer open source - United Kingdom
87 United Kingdom: Microsoft seeds HP PCs with Live Search - United Kingdom
88 United Kingdom: HP biased against BIOS password security - United Kingdom
89 United Kingdom: Low-end EMC NSX is on its way - United Kingdom
90 Global: Google defends open source from 'poisonous people' - United Kingdom
91 United Kingdom: Date set for next major PS3 firmware release - United Kingdom
92 United Kingdom: Sigma Seven Sponsors AGI GeoCommunity Conference 2008 - United Kingdom
93 United Kingdom: VIA revamps NanoBook sub-notebook platform - United Kingdom
94 United Kingdom: ID fraudsters soak the rich - United Kingdom
95 United Kingdom: Android to offer iPhone-like App Store - United Kingdom
96 Israel: VMware buys app performance vendor, sets up shop in Israel - Israel
97 Israel: Altair Semiconductor To Provide Power Efficient Chipsets To WILLCOM Inc. For Next Generation PHS Technology - Israel
98 India: Five IT parks to come up in Kerala - India
99 India: ASTRA unveils octo-GPU supercomputer - India
100 India: SYSTIME To Deploy JD Edwards EnterpriseOne For Naga Limited - India
101 India: Government allows service sector up to USD 100 mn external borrowing - India
102 India: Four Soft To Deploy Solutions To PTT Polymer Logistic - India
103 India: SYSTIME to deploy JD Edwards EnterpriseOne for Naga Limited - India
104 India: Sasken links up with S60 Product Creation Community - India
105 India: Alibaba ties up with Intel on SME-market PCs in India - India
106 India: WNS Holdings set to bag Aviva's BPO operations - India
107 India: TATA rural BPO to come up near steel site in Orissa - India
108 Japan: Fujitsu Siemens Computers announces Amilo series - Japan
109 Japan: Oki ships samples of 'smallest' stereo audio codec LSI - Japan
110 Japan: Solar powered PMP shines down - Japan
111 South Korea: Magnachip Launches 40V Power MOSFET Series - Korea, Republic of
112 Malaysia: Pirated Computer Software Contributes To RM933 Mln Loss To Industry - Malaysia
113 Malaysia: Fiberail selects Alca-Lu's optical solution for network expansion - Malaysia
114 Nigeria: Ensure high digital standards in printing, publishing - OD - Nigeria
115 New Zealand : Orcon deploys Juniper solutions - New Zealand
116 Philippines: SME Technology Summit 2008 to tap best business solutions - Philippines
117 Phillippines: DFA to release more than 1T passports - Philippines
118 Pakistan: Inbox unveils infrastructure management solutions - Pakistan
119 Pakistan: NetSol and Pakistan Software Export Board launch apprenticeship programme - Pakistan
120 Russia: RUXX investment index set to open 2.33% up - Russia Federation
121 Russia: Buka Entertainment launches Collapse website - Russia Federation
122 Russia: Russian crackers spread nuclear panic - Russia Federation
123 Russia: Comstar-UTS and Fon launch global Wi-Fi network in Russia - Russia Federation
124 Rwanda: Information Technology helps Rwandan clinics reach out - Rwanda
125 Singapore: Waves of effort to go green - Singapore
126 Singapore: Intel delays Centrino 2 launch over chipset issues - Singapore
127 Singapore: Korn-Ferry selects Verizon Private IP solution - Singapore
128 Asia-Pacific: Asia-Pacific Suppliers to Lead Global Cellular Modem Industry Shipment by 2013 - Singapore
129 Taiwan: ProMOS to avoid 60nm transition issues by going to 50nm - Taiwan, Province of China
130 Taiwan: LCD equipment market to double by 2010 - Taiwan, Province of China
131 Taiwan: Nvidia to announce ARM-based handheld device platform - Taiwan, Province of China
132 Taiwan: Nvidia's Tegra could outsell GeForce business - Taiwan, Province of China
133 Taiwan: ASUS to launch laptops with instant-on feature - Taiwan, Province of China
134 Taiwan: IBM Unveils Three Energy-Efficient Servers Powered by Quad-Core AMD OpteronT Processors - Taiwan, Province of China
135 Taiwan: UMC considering increases in OEM quotes - Taiwan, Province of China
136 Taiwan: Microsoft to feature four product lines at Computex - Taiwan, Province of China
137 Taiwan: Gigabyte to apologize to Asustek - Taiwan, Province of China
138 Taiwan: Prodisc denies reports it will pay Philips USD 400000 - Taiwan, Province of China
139 Global: Intel and Micron introduce 34nm MLC NAND flash - Taiwan, Province of China
140 Taiwan: VIA christens its Isaiah-based CPUs Nano - Taiwan, Province of China
141 Taiwan: Rexchip likely to be first Taiwan DRAM maker to swing to profits in 2Q - Taiwan, Province of China
142 Taiwan: Biostar launches Intel 4-series-based motherboards - Taiwan, Province of China
143 Taiwan: SDI lead frames under validation with LED makers - Taiwan, Province of China
144 Taiwan: Taiwan aims to become top wireless region in the world, says premier - Taiwan, Province of China
145 Taiwan: E-ton expected to post strong sequential sales growth in May - Taiwan, Province of China
146 Taiwan: AMD ATI Radeon HD 4850 pictured - Taiwan, Province of China
147 United States & Taiwan: Garmin teams up with Taiwanese handset makers to tap GPS phone market - Taiwan, Province of China
148 Taiwan: OSRAM Opto launches brightest leds ideal for extremely thin displays - Taiwan, Province of China
149 Taiwan: Taiwan handset IC design houses worry about vendors trimming shipments - Taiwan, Province of China
150 Taiwan: New VIA Chip Ready to Take On Intel, AMD - Taiwan, Province of China
151 Taiwan: FET to promote WiMAX applications in daily life at 2008 WiMAX Expo Taipei - Taiwan, Province of China
152 Taiwan: TWM aiming for 2.4 million 3G subscribers by end of 2008 - Taiwan, Province of China
153 Taiwan: Tatung and NEC passed verification acceptance for the M-Taiwan WiMAX System - Taiwan, Province of China
154 Uganda: Taxing Goods Sold Over the Internet - Uganda
155 Global: Array Networks introduces Energy-Efficient Universal Access Controller for securing and extending access to applications - United States
156 United States: Xactly Selected for California Tech Showcase 2008 - United States
157 United States: Comcast hack leaves users without email - United States
158 United States: US Finance, Insurance, & Real Estate Business IT Personnel Expenditures, 2007-2012 - United States
159 United States: Progeny Systems Corp win contract of USD $ 13 Mln - United States
160 United States: Geographic Technologies Group selected for Multiple Contracts - United States
161 United States: Wisconsin Department of Transportation Selects Autodesk 3-D Design Tools for Road and Highway Design - United States
162 United States: VIASPACE Energy delivers humidity sensor to fuel cell test station manufacturer Scribner Associates - United States
163 United States : Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions win contract of USD $ 18 Mln - United States
164 United States : Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions win contract of USD $ 18 Mln - United States
165 United States: BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services, Inc win contract of USD $ 21 Mln - United States
166 United States: IFS Applications Selected by General Dynamics to Provide IT Backbone for Navy Logistics Contract - United States
167 United States: LandNet Corporation receives Third Patent for Online Mapping Tools - United States
168 United States: Printer's gel-like ink works on everything - United States
169 United States: SoftServe, Inc. names Ron Ezsak vice president of sales - United States
170 United States: Consona ERP announces Made2Manage® Product Direction - United States
171 Global: Greenlight launches paid search product to 'defend brands' - United States
172 United States: IGEL launches Enhanced North American Channel Partner Program - United States
173 United States: Apple store detains teens for installing iPhone game - United States
174 United States: IBM Unveils In-Memory Database - United States
175 United States: Ilium Software's sale, this week only - United States
176 United States: Persystent Raises USD11.6 Million Round to Fund Expansion - United States
177 United States: Consumer awareness of Bluetooth technology at all time high - United States
178 United States: American Biomass Corporation secures USD 4 million in series A funding from .406 ventures - United States
179 United States: NormSoft introduces Pocket Tunes Music and Radio Player for Windows Mobile Smartphones - United States
180 United States: Right Hemisphere's 3D Visualization Technology to Integrate With SAP PLM - United States
181 United States: Keane Bags USD 1.5 Million EMR Contract with Long-Term Care Network - United States
182 United States: TeamPage 4.0: Putting Hypertext to work - United States
183 United States: Eze Castle Integration ranked among North America's top technology integrators by VARBusiness - United States
184 United States: Neuron-ESB Sponsors the Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit - United States
185 United States: Check Point Endpoint Security Adds Full Disk Encryption for the Mac Platform - United States
186 United States: Via Nano takes on Intel Atom - United States
187 United States: Better Networking Through Software - United States
188 United States: Abstracts Sought for the 13th Annual GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference - United States
189 United States: Lighting Fixtures offer reduced energy consumption. - United States
190 United States: CMM System provides scanning and probing functionality - United States
191 Global: Google opens Android kimono - United States
192 United States: Northern Trust announces partnership with Pendo Systems for Insurance Accounting - United States
193 Global: Supermicro shows off Intel desktop boards - United States
194 United States: Attensity 'Market Voice' software solution enables analysis of the 'Blogosphere' - United States
195 United States: United States: Marathon Technologies named "Best of Tech·Ed 2008 Finalist" for bringing fault-tolerant, high availability software to server virtualization - United States
196 United States: Exeros launches Validator Software Solution - United States
197 United States & Japan: US protests to WTO over EU 'IT' tariffs - United States
198 United States: US town tells Street View to push off - United States
199 Global: Google opens cloud to (all) earthbound developers - United States
200 United States: Harte-Hanks(R) Trillium Software Delivers Latest Version of Trillium Software(R) System for Global Data Quality - United States
201 United States: Intel faces long not very hot summer - United States
202 United States: IBM to pay USD 20 million to settle shareholder suit over options expensing - United States
203 United States: Harte-Hanks(R) Trillium Software Delivers Latest Version of Trillium Software(R) System for Global Data Quality - United States
204 United States: Symantec Expands Product Certification Program - United States
205 United States: Printer gets rid of unwanted blemishes - United States
206 United States: Acuo Technologies(R), developers of the DICOM Services Grid, announces Integration and Certification of the IBM Grid Medical Archive Solution - United States
207 United States: Microsoft and Apple Get Cozy With Office 2008 - United States
208 Global: Sun's xVM Virtual Box Passes 5 Million Downloads - United States
209 Global: Streaming21 to unveil FAVO - United States
210 United States: Blue Marble's Geographic Transformer pricing reduced by 1/3rd during June - United States
211 United States: Barracuda Networks offer rejected by Sourcefire - United States
212 United States: ArcSoft Unveils New Version of ArcSoft Print Creations Software Suite - United States
213 Global: New Online Acrobat Community launched by Adobe - United States
214 United Sates: SoftServe, Inc. opens U.S. headquarters in Fort Myers, FL - United States
215 United States: Persystent adds USD 11.6 million - United States
216 United States: BigLever Software to Participate at IBM's Rational Software Development Conference - United States
217 United States: Best Buy flirts with e-waste recycling - United States
218 Global: Sysinternals Live Launches - United States
219 Global: Virtual SIM With Free Push E-Mail and SMS to Boot - United States
220 United States: Intel Nehalem Processors and X58 Express Chipsets show up in Taipei for Computex - United States
221 United States: Cloning/Erasure Tool also verifies degaussed hard drives - United States
222 United States: Software provides on-demand sales configuration - United States
223 Global: Pioneer libraries receive grant for literacy software - United States
224 United States: Google renames, enhances hosted site search - United States
225 United States: IGEL's Latest Microsoft® Windows® XP Embedded Firmware Allows Customers to Access their Virtual PCs Using an Open Hypervisor Strategy - United States
226 United States: Fortisphere selected to join Microsoft Startup Accelerator Program - United States
227 United States: Microsoft Warns of Apple Flaw - United States
228 United States:Hackers hit Mars lander's Web site - United States
229 United States: Microsoft Contributes to Scanner Effort - United States
230 United States: Adobe Updates Acrobat, launches hosted services - United States
231 Global: NComputing, AMD and BRAC Join Forces to Expand Computing in Bangladesh - United States
232 Vietnam: Electronics industry hopes to earn $6 billion by 2010 - Vietnam
233 South Africa: Petroleum Agency SA to use SMT Kingdom Software - South Africa
234 South Africa: Standard Bank Computers On the Blink - South Africa
Details of Procurement News
Australia - Australia: SOAs may spawn 'Business Process Experts'
TIRef.No 2844620
Description The emergence of services-oriented architecture (SOA) from traditional object-oriented programming means that system design now requires a different approach, and therefore a new combination of skills. That new role is someone with one foot in IT and the other in business -- a duality necessary today as SOA and the business process platform increasingly gain traction. Fuelling the need is "this notion that you can use technology more as Lego blocks instead of just building standard applications," said SAP AG's Marco ten Vaanholt. ten Vaanholt is the global director of a community built around a role that SAP has coined the Business Process Expert -- or BPX -- where members can acquire skills training and interact with other BPXs. The SAP BPX Community, which started in 2006, has almost 350,000 members. But the role of a BPX is quite different from that of a business analyst in that a PBX must have the ability to gather not only business requirements but process requirements. The differentiator is the ability to talk with an enterprise architect and model IT landscapes, said ten Vaanholt -- or in other words model the Lego pieces into a comprehensive solution that supports a specific business process. Among the other skills that form a BPX are knowledge and practical experience of business operations and core processes. Not surprisingly, soft skills like communication and collaboration are must-haves in order to act as moderator or "marriage counsellor" between two warring parties, most often IT and business. But besides the ability to converse at a more granular level among peers, BPXs must also have the wherewithal to sell a solution to high-level executives. Knowing how to use tools of the trade is essential but so are tools like the applications residing natively on the platform and the Web 2.0 extensions they can integrate with. An understanding of standards is crucial, said ten Vaanholt, because comprehending standards and best practices lets companies build business platforms across heterogeneous IT environments. Although the goal of the community is to preach the sharing of business process knowledge, ten Vaanholt doesn't deny that the dissemination of SAP technologies forms part of that goal, joking that he's "preaching Christianity but I really want you to become Catholic." But he does envision the role of the BPX as being extensively applicable across other vendor technologies, and noted that community discussions
Australia - Australia: Splashtop Linux conquers Asus laptops
TIRef.No 2844790
Description It's a small step for an operating system, perhaps, but it could be another giant leap for Linux. DeviceVM has announced that its Splashtop 'instant-on' Linux is to appear on Asus laptops from this US summer. The news follows the DeviceVM's recent coup of persuading the influential Taiwanese PC company to embed Splashtop - which Asus calls 'Express Gate' - on all its motherboards, out of the blue putting a type of Linux in millions of mainstream computers for the first time. The first Asus machines to feature the system will be the M70T, M50V, M51Vr, and high-end F8Va/Vr, but it looks as if all new Asus laptops will feature the software in time. Anyone buying such a machine will be buying a conventional Windows Vista laptop, but with a key difference. At boot time they can bypass the lengthy Windows startup to load a suite of simple Linux applications from a flash chip in a matter of seconds. These include a version of Mozilla's Firefox, Skype telephony app, and a simple photo viewer and media player, but might be extended to cover new types of software in future. "The integration of Splashtop into notebooks represents a big step forward in portable computing, where instant 'on' and 'off' is essential," said DeviceVM's CEO and founder, Mark Lee. Asus appears equally pleased to have embraced an interesting innovation in a market where so many PC vendors look alike. "Asus is always committed to bring customers the most innovative solutions," said Henry Yeh of Asus. "With Express Gate, users will experience a new, fast, and secure way to surf, chat and play on Asus notebooks for a new computing experience." YouTube users can view a demonstration of the Splashtop environment, coincidentally, another application that can be accessed using it.
Australia - Australia: Explosion has data center scrambling, users venting
TIRef.No 2844633
Description The Planet.com Internet Services hopes to have all 9,000 of its servers in its Houston data center back online later Monday night following a blast that shut down the facility on Saturday afternoon. When firefighters arrived around 5 p.m., they could see "light smoke" at the Planet data center -- the aftermath of an explosion in a network gear room that hit with enough force to move walls. Sprinklers quickly doused whatever flames erupted from the blast, and the fire was attributed to an electrical problem with a transformer, according to a Houston Fire Department spokeswoman. There were no injuries. Although the data center says it has power systems that "are designed to run uninterrupted" and a "fully redundant network operations center" with diesel generators, the electrical problem exposed an apparent Achilles' heel in its business continuity planning. Firefighters told data center workers to turn off all the power, according Planet spokeswoman Yvonne Donaldson. That meant the servers, even though they weren't damaged, were offline. Approximately 6,000 of the affected servers were returned to service early this morning. Another 3,000 were due to return online by tonight, the company said. The Planet staff provided updates on the restoration on its customer forum site, including a message from CEO and Chairman Douglas Erwin, wrote that some servers will be relying on generator power for a week until normal utility connections are restored. The Planet operates more than 40,000 servers at multiple data centers and hosts more than 3 million Web sites. While Planet data center staff worked to restore service, users -- many of them small business owners -- wrote of their frustrations over the outage on forum posts. Questions about the data center's backup capabilities were raised, as well. One person, flynnibus, wrote: "You shouldn't put all your money into one bank -- and you shouldn't put all your servers in one DC [data center] if you want to be truly resilient."
Australia - Australia: Mozilla shooting for record books with Firefox 3 release
TIRef.No 2844688
Description Mozilla is aiming to create what may be the geekiest world record ever with its upcoming Firefox 3 browser release. The company on Wednesday started a campaign asking users to pledge to download the next full release of its browser on the day it is available so the release can set a Guinness World Record for the largest number of software downloads in 24 hours. Mozilla has not yet unveiled exactly when Firefox 3 will be available, but expects it could be as soon as mid-June. A test release of Firefox 3 is currently available online. The company is deeming the day of its release "Download Day" and is asking fans to not only pledge to download Firefox 3, but to host parties to encourage friends to download with them, and place "Download Day" buttons on their Web sites as reminders of the big day. Currently there is no world record for software downloads; Mozilla is trying to create one with Firefox 3 and its Download Day festivities. According to the campaign's Web site, once Download Day is over, Mozilla plans to provide the Guinness Book of World Records a signed statement of authentication from its judges showing that it followed rules for breaking records; the company also will confirm download numbers. Mozilla also plans to send video footage and photographs of Mozilla users hosting download parties as well as download logs for a sample size of Firefox 3 downloads to prove it has set a world record. While the fanfare may seem a bit geeky, Firefox -- released in November 2004 -- has inspired a significant and rather fervent fan base. This is in part because it was the first browser in years to give Microsoft's Internet Explorer viable competition. The browser even has its own fan page (sign-in required) on the Facebook social-networking site, with 79,174 fans signed up and counting. According to Mozilla, there are more than 175 million users of Firefox, which is available in more than 45 languages and used in more than 230 countries. More information about how users can participate in Download Day is available on the campaign's Web site.
Australia - Australia: Researcher: Ad software maker likely violates copyright
TIRef.No 2844951
Description Some videos offered by advertising software maker Zango are likely being distributed without permission from the copyright holders, according to a spyware researcher. Zango's advertising software shows pop-up ads related to the content users have been browsing. In exchange, users get access to videos and other online entertainment content on Zango's Web site that the company says it has licensed from the copyright holders. However, some of the content there is not licensed, according to Ben Edelman, an assistant professor at Harvard who has criticized Zango repeatedly. He also wrote that his latest look at Zango's software also found that much of the content on the company's site is available for free at other sites on the Internet, and that some sexually-explicit videos lack proper warnings. Edelman wrote that he is contacting those who own content offered by Zango, and some say they've not given permission to Zango. "Zango should be criticized and shunned for reproducing others' copyrighted work without any apparent license to do so, showing sexually-explicit material unrequested and offering users a lousy value by bundling extra ads with content users could get elsewhere for free," Edelman wrote. The company, formerly known as 180solutions, has run into repeated trouble over its software. It was ordered by the US Federal Trade Commission in November 2006 to forfeit US$3 million after it found the company's software was difficult to remove and deceived consumers as to its function. Zango disputes the accusation, writing in a blog post that it has a team that secures permission from copyright holders and has agreements with 100 content providers. Still, Zango acknowledged some of the same copyright-related troubles shared by others. Google, which owns YouTube, was sued in March 2007 by Viacom for US$1 billion over clips uploaded by users without permission. "We occasionally do receive copyright-related inquiries about content available at Zango.com and via our syndication platform," the company wrote. "In each and every instance, we investigate those claims quickly and resolve them on a case-by-case basis." One clip offered by Zango features the comedic character Borat. The clip bears a DivX symbol, a sign the clip was ripped from a DVD, Edelman wrote. "No authorized reproduction would be provided with a DivX overlay, so the presence of the DivX marker confirms that this video was reproduced without permission from
Australia - Australia: Symantec to users: Disable protection before XP SP3 upgrade
TIRef.No 2844956
Description Symantec has told customers of its consumer security products that they should disable a feature in the software before upgrading to Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3), or risk crippling their computers. In a post to a Symantec support forum, Reese Anschultz, a senior manager with the company, said users of Norton Internet Security, Norton AntiVirus and Norton 360 -- the firm's best-selling consumer security software titles -- should switch off the "SymProtect" feature before trying to install XP SP3. "After a lot of testing, we've reproduced a number of different cases where applying the XP SP3 upgrade adds additional registry keys within already-existing Symantec registry keys," said Anschultz. "We have determined that the SymProtect feature is involved, though this issue is not exclusive to Symantec customers. To help prevent this issue from occurring, you should disable SymProtect prior to installing the Windows XP SP3 upgrade." Anschultz also provided instructions for disabling SymProtect in various Norton-labeled titles. SymProtect, which Symantec bills as technology designed to protect its security software from being hacked by malware, is tagged with the added description of "tamper protection" in some of its consumer products. Anschultz said last Friday that Symantec was still trying to pin down why the XP SP3 upgrade was adding spurious entries -- in some cases thousands of them -- to some users' Windows registries. "We are still trying to understand why the upgrade is adding these keys," he said in the post. Within hours of Microsoft releasing Windows XP SP3 to its Windows Update service, users started reporting problems that included empty Device Managers and broken network connections that cut them off from the Internet or wireless networks. Users quickly identified the cause as large numbers of bogus keys -- all starting with nonsense characters such as " "$%&" -- that had flooded the registry. Symantec has repeatedly denied that the problem was its fault, while Microsoft has just as regularly declined to comment. Last week, Symantec blamed a Microsoft file named fixccs.exe for spawning the errant registry entries; fixccs.exe is part of the XP SP3 upgrade package. Tuesday, however, a Symantec spokeswoman said that it was a combination of fixccs.exe and her firm's SymProtect that caused the problem on some systems. "Fixccs.exe adds registry keys during the SP3 update process and then attempts to delete them," said
Australia - Australia: SonicWall revamps SSL VPN management
TIRef.No 2844961
Description SonicWall is upgrading its SSL VPN gear to make it easier for businesses with hard-pressed IT staff to manage the equipment. The company has added a hot key to its Virtual Assist software so technicians can quickly fire up live chat with users having trouble setting up a VPN, the company says. The SonicWall SSL VPN 3.0 software adds toolbar shortcuts for file transfers and to launch users' start menus or task managers to assist help desks during remote help sessions. The Virtual Assistant logs and generates reports on remote support sessions that can be sent to administrators via e-mail or export to other reporting programs on a regular schedule. This is particularly useful to system integrators that include a maintenance contract with the SonicWall gear they sell and need records of how long what technician spent helping what customer, the company says. Virtual Assist is a separate software module that sells for US$995 per concurrent technician using it. SSL VPN 3.0 introduces the capability for help technicians to trigger MSInfo32.exe to quickly gather data about users' computers, rather than trying to guide users to it and launch it themselves. The goal is to reduce the time to resolve user problems, the company says. The new software changes the look of the management software to give the same appearance and feel of the software for SonicWall's UTM/firewall so technicians don't feel they have to learn a new platform. The software is available now for the company's SSL-VPN 2000 and 4000 appliances.
Australia - Australia: Hackers exploiting Flash Player zero-day bug
TIRef.No 2844958
Description Attackers are exploiting an unpatched bug in Adobe System's popular Flash Player, security researchers warned Tuesday. The bug, which is in the most up-to-date version of Flash, was reported by researchers at the SAN Institute's Internet Storm Center and by others from Symantec. "Adobe Flash Player is prone to an unspecified remote code-execution vulnerability," Symantec said in a warning posted to its SecurityFocus site. "An attacker may exploit this issue to execute arbitrary code in the context of the affected application. Failed exploit attempts will likely result in denial-of-service conditions. "Symantec has observed that this issue is being actively exploited in the wild," the company added. The last serious Flash vulnerability fixed by Adobe was patched last month. That bug was used in late March by a hacker to take down a laptop running Windows Vista and claim a US$5,000 prize in a contest sponsored by 3Com's TippingPoint security company. According to Symantec, Flash Player 9.0.124.0 -- the version currently available for download from the Adobe site -- is vulnerable to attack. Flash is used by a huge number of Web sites, including YouTube, to display multimedia content. Adobe officials were not immediately available for comment.
Australia - Australia: Acrobat 9 aims to reinvent PDFs
TIRef.No 2844315
Description Adobe's Acrobat software has evolved beyond merely reading Adobe's Portable Document Format files. With the new Acrobat 9, Adobe adds features that elevate Acrobat to a potential must-have application for business and individuals alike. You can choose among three flavors of Acrobat: the US$299 Standard (which includes the cool new PDF Portfolio feature), the US$449 Pro (which adds additional options to Portfolio), and the US$699 Pro Extended (which now bundles Adobe Presenter for automating PowerPoint presentations with audio and video--previously a separate US$500 application--and can convert various video file types to Flash video and has a 3D mapping overlay so you can create PDF maps). I looked at a late beta of the Pro Extended version. Portfolio is one of the most useful additions to Acrobat in years. With Portfolio, you have the ability to very easily create a suite of related files and documents--complete with their own intro screen. Conceptually, this almost reminds me of how Apple's OS X 10.5 lets you group files and documents into related "Spaces." The difference here is that you can create a single document that you can send to others, too. The Portfolio can be read by the free Adobe Reader 9. Creating a Portfolio is simple: Choose from among the existing file templates, and then choose the behavior and presentation within a file template (for example, you can opt for files to be lined up, or to revolve around in an iTunes CoverFlow-like fashion) for the welcome screen.? Then you drag and drop what you want to be in this Portfolio into the container. Portfolios remain organic documents; you can add files and folders to an existing portfolio as needed. A Portfolio outputs as a .PDF document. Since Acrobat 9 integrates support for Flash video--a first--you can even integrate an .swf Flash application for viewing within the Portfolio. If you want to edit a file that's within a portfolio, no problem: Clicking on the file opens it in the appropriate application; you can then save the file and it closes back into the Portfolio. Another nifty feature (in Pro and Pro Extended): the ability to compare two .PDF files, with the text and image differences highlighted so you can what's different. This document comparison could be useful for deciphering changes between versions of a document. Adobe has added a whole connected element to Acrobat (all three versions) as well; for on Acrobat.com, see "Adobe's Acrobat.com Document Collaborati
Australia - Global: Google shows off Android capabilities
TIRef.No 2844319
Description Google's eye-catching demonstration of an early Android-enabled mobile phone Wednesday appeared to mimic Apple's iPhone. But Google officials downplayed the notion that they will face off against iPhone in the handset market. The company at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco showed an Android device, featuring touch screen functionality, advanced graphical capabilities and Internet access, similar to iPhone. With Android, the company seeks to extend the browser to handheld devices, a capability currently limited to systems such as iPhone, said Vic Gundotra, Google engineering vice president. "We believe over time, the browser on mobile devices will be the entry point for many, many applications," Gundotra said. Android, though, does not represent Google's countermove against the iPhone, Gundotra argued. "I wouldn't say that at all. I think the iPhone is just a world-class device with a great Web browser that delivers in many respects on one of Google's key goals: To bring the Web to the mobile device," Gundotra said. "We wish every mobile phone was as good as the iPhone." The first Android systems are due in the second half of this year, with an Android SDK available now that leverages Java development tools. Android also relies on Apple's open-source WebKit browser engine. The audience was shown a view of a street from an Android system as well as a demonstration of the Pac-Man video game. Users also can add icons to the screen, such as a New York Times icon to access news. Additionally, Android features capabilities like an unlock pattern for security and a status bar enabling access to missed calls, for example. Shortcuts can be enabled to applications such as Gmail and music and contact lists. Applications written for WebKit-enabled phones can work out of the box. Also highlighted were zooming capabilities, a compass mode, site navigation, and access to Google Maps. The Android demonstration made an impact on a developer in the audience who previously was not interested in the project. "The Android [demonstration] did look really interesting to me, and that was actually something that I wasn't interested but after this, yes, I definitely am interested in it," said developer Chad Crandall, who also is a student at Arizona State University. "It appears to be making a single platform for all the mobile Web applications, and that's something we all need." Android technically is under the jurisdiction of t
Australia - Australia: IBM Rational lists 20 products supporting Jazz technology
TIRef.No 2844874
Description IBM's Rational Software unit Monday listed 20 products that will use its new collaboration technology for development teams whose members are separated geographically or are dispersed throughout a company facility. The products - from IBM and partners - that incorporate the new Jazz technology will all be available before the end of 2008, IBM said. Each has garnered feedback from the approximately 15,000 people who accessed the technology since IBM launched a Jazz community in January, noted Dave Locke, Rational's director of offerings go-to-market. IBM has said it envisions that Jazz will evolve like the Eclipse open source development framework that IBM built and launched and then spun off to a community-based open source model. IBM announced Monday at its IBM Rational Software Development Conference in Orlando that the collaboration technology will eventually be included in its entire Rational portfolio of products. The 20 products now supporting the technology include new and upgraded products from IBM and 11 products from IBM partners. One new IBM product, Rational Team Concert will weave in social networking tools like instant messaging and presence awareness to application development management. Due to be available June 30 in a standard edition for mid-sized companies and small teams in larger companies, the software aims to automate data collection to reduce documentation, team meetings and status reports by half, IBM said. For example, Locke added, the new tool will allow all those involved in a software development project to "collaborate in context," to understand workflow and who is working on what piece of the project. "How do I know who I need to contact for any given piece of the project, especially when you're working in a very geographically dispersed way?" Locke said. "I wrote some code. Who is my tester, or who is the business analyst who came up with this idea? This notion of collaborating in context is all about team awareness. As work gets done, the right people are notified. As I have a question, the tool will know who created that thing or who has the knowledge about that business requirement, model or test." Rational expects to have an enterprise edition of Rational Team Concert available in 2009, which will include full equivalent versions of IBM Rational ClearCase, IBM Rational ClearQuest and IBM Rational BuildForge. IBM also announced IBM Rational Team Concert Express-C Edition, a free version that uses
Australia - Australia: Microsoft urges Windows users to shut down Safari
TIRef.No 2843784
Description In an unusual move, Microsoft on Friday warned Windows users to swear off Apple 's Safari Web browser until a patch is available that plugs holes that could let attackers to compromise computers. One security researcher noted that Microsoft's public warning and Apple's silence on the subject are typical for the two rivals and illustrate their different approaches to security. Friday, the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) issued a security advisory for what it called a 'blended threat' caused by combination of a bug in Apple's Safari Web browser and vulnerability in how Windows XP and Windows Vista handle executable files placed on the desktop. Microsoft is investigating new public reports of a blended threat that allows remote code execution on all supported versions of Windows XP and Windows Vista when Apple's Safari for Windows has been installed. The Safari bug Microsoft referred to is the same one disclosed two weeks ago by researcher Nitesh Dhanjani, which Apple declined to treat as a security issue. Apple told Dhanjani that it did not consider the problem a security issue, but might fix it in a future Safari update. The next week, the anti-malware group Stopbadware.org criticized Apple for that position.
Australia - Australia: Safari flaw worse than first thought, Microsoft warns
TIRef.No 2844923
Description Microsoft is warning that a previously disclosed flaw in Apple's Safari browser could have dire consequences for Windows users. The Safari bug, originally disclosed on May 15 by security researcher Nitesh Dhanjani, allows attackers to litter a victim's desktop with executable files, an attack known as "carpet bombing." It turns out that if this flaw is exploited in combination with a second unpatched bug in Internet Explorer, attackers can run unauthorized software on a victim's computer, according to Aviv Raff, a security researcher. Raff says he originally reported the IE flaw to Microsoft more than a year ago, and then told them about how it could be combined with the carpet bombing bug just over a week ago. IDG News Service tested Raff's demonstration attack code, which runs Windows Calculator on a victim's system. For the attack to work, a victim must first visit a maliciously crafted Web page with the Safari browser, which in turn will trigger the carpet bombing attack and exploit the IE flaw. Both the Safari and IE bugs "are moderate vulnerabilities that, combined, produce a critical flaw, which allows remote code execution," Raff said in an instant message interview. Microsoft is taking the issue seriously. It released a security advisory on the problem late Friday, a sign that it may be working on a patch for the IE flaw. The advisory says that the vulnerability has to do with the way Windows handles desktop executables and recommends that Windows users "restrict use of Safari as a web browser until an appropriate update is available from Microsoft and/or Apple." The attack reportedly affects all versions of Windows XP and Vista, Microsoft said. Apple may not be rushing out to patch this bug, however. Dhanjani says that Apple has told him that it is not treating the Safari bug as a security issue, a response that has generated criticism from the security community. Last week, for example, the consumer advocacy group Stopbadaware.org urged Apple to reconsider this stance. According to Raff, unless Apple patches the bug, more attacks like the one he found in IE are likely to pop up. "This is not the only issue that can be combined with the Safari vulnerability," he said. "If Microsoft fixes this, Safari users will still be vulnerable." Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
Australia - Australia: SRS wool leads to pilling: wool processor
TIRef.No 2836556
Description Wool fabrics expert Bill Jones has slammed the recent promotion of Soft Rolling Skin (SRS) Merino sheep, saying this fine and superfine wool is prone to pilling.Mr Jones, managing director of Sustainable Living Fabrics and former chairman of the Australian Wool Processors Council, says that fabrics produced from the low-crimp wool of SRS sheep have an unacceptably high level of pilling. People promoting SRS sheep as a solution to the mulesing issue are either genuinely unaware of this serious flaw, or are attempting to pull the wool over our eyes. SRS sheep have been around for well over 20 years, and just recently they're being touted as a breeding solution to meet the 2010 phase-out of mulesing. But the low-crimp wool they produce is simply unacceptable for many apparel and furnishing fabric applications, because of pilling. CSIRO research funded by Australian Wool Innovation and published in a 2001 report titled. The post-mulesing future of the wool industry depends on developing sustainable practices to produce quality fabrics from normal, high-crimp, fine and superfine wool. There's no future in a furnishing fabric or apparel that is going to pill the way SRS wool does.
Australia - Australia: Firefox on track to crack 20% share in July
TIRef.No 2844861
Description Mozilla's Firefox browser is on pace to hit the 20 percent market share mark next month, a Web metrics company said Monday. Firefox boosted its share by 0.6 percent in May, accounting for 18.4 percent of the browsers used during the month and putting it within shouting distance of a major milestone, according to Net Applications Inc. "Firefox is trending to hit 20 percent market share some time in July," said Vince Vizzaccaro, the company's executive vice president of marketing, in an e-mail. May's share was a Net Applications record for the open-source browser, and resumed gains that had been interrupted in April when its share dropped slightly. The one-month increase was also the largest by Firefox since March 2007. "Firefox is surging again, but their gains when reviewed over time aren't out of the ordinary," said Vizzaccaro. "Other than the stagnation Firefox experienced in mid-2007, their growth has been fairly consistent." Vizzaccaro was referring to several months last summer when Mozilla's flagship browser slipped in market share, including May 2007 (down .9 percent from the month previous) and July (down .2 percent). Although Vizzaccaro didn't pin all of Firefox's increase on a change last month to its update dialog, he did note the new approach. "Mozilla has implemented a change in Firefox 3.0 RC1 [Release Candidate 1] where the installation now has a checkbox that defaults to making Firefox your default browser," he noted. Vizzaccaro refused to ding Mozilla for the practice. "The option is clearly displayed and labeled, unlike Safari, which misleadingly labeled the Safari install as an 'update' [but] since correctly changed to an 'install.' However, this practice is a break from the traditional practice browsers employed of defaulting this option to off." In March, Apple began using its Software Update tool -- it's packaged with its Windows software, including the popular iTunes -- to push out Safari 3.1 for Windows. Initially, Apple offered its browser to anyone who ran Software Update, whether or not Safari was already installed on the PC. That practice drew the ire of, among others, Mozilla's CEO, John Lilly. Several weeks later, as Vizzaccaro mentioned, Apple modified its Windows update tool to separate new installations -- such as the Safari 3.1 offer -- from traditional updates. Firefox 3.0, which Mozilla is still shooting to deliver this month, showed a 0.2 percent increase in May. Also grabbing more market
Australia - Australia: Google shows off Android capabilities
TIRef.No 2844892
Description Google's eye-catching demonstration of an early Android-enabled mobile phone Wednesday appeared to mimic Apple's iPhone. But Google officials downplayed the notion that they will face off against iPhone in the handset market. The company at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco showed an Android device, featuring touch screen functionality, advanced graphical capabilities and Internet access, similar to iPhone. With Android, the company seeks to extend the browser to handheld devices, a capability currently limited to systems such as iPhone, said Vic Gundotra, Google engineering vice president. "We believe over time, the browser on mobile devices will be the entry point for many, many applications," Gundotra said. Android, though, does not represent Google's countermove against the iPhone, Gundotra argued. "I wouldn't say that at all. I think the iPhone is just a world-class device with a great Web browser that delivers in many respects on one of Google's key goals: To bring the Web to the mobile device," Gundotra said. "We wish every mobile phone was as good as the iPhone." The first Android systems are due in the second half of this year, with an Android SDK available now that leverages Java development tools. Android also relies on Apple's open-source WebKit browser engine. The audience was shown a view of a street from an Android system as well as a demonstration of the Pac-Man video game. Users also can add icons to the screen, such as a New York Times icon to access news. Additionally, Android features capabilities like an unlock pattern for security and a status bar enabling access to missed calls, for example. Shortcuts can be enabled to applications such as Gmail and music and contact lists. Applications written for WebKit-enabled phones can work out of the box. Also highlighted were zooming capabilities, a compass mode, site navigation, and access to Google Maps. The Android demonstration made an impact on a developer in the audience who previously was not interested in the project. "The Android [demonstration] did look really interesting to me, and that was actually something that I wasn't interested but after this, yes, I definitely am interested in it," said developer Chad Crandall, who also is a student at Arizona State University. "It appears to be making a single platform for all the mobile Web applications, and that's something we all need." Android technically is under the jurisdiction of t
Australia - Australia: It's Yahoo's turn to bring desktop features to browser
TIRef.No 2844348
Description Yahoo Wednesday became the latest company to provide developers with the opportunity to build rich Internet applications with some desktop functions with its unveiling of a preview version of a new offering called BrowserPlus. The software, which in this so-called "sneak peek" release only works on Yahoo sites, helps developers build applications that allow users to do things like drag and drop from the desktop, easily upload files and receive native desktop notifications while inside the browser, Yahoo said. Yahoo said the preview version, which was developed by a small team over the past year, will let it gain input from developers. The final version of the software will support any Web site, Yahoo said. It did not say when the final version of BrowserPlus will be available. The most unique feature of the software, according to Yahoo, allows users to add new services without having to restart a browser or reload a page. "For users, this means no more interruptions or installers to run," Yahoo said in a blog post. "We handle the complexity of software distribution and updates. For developers, it means you can check for and activate new services with a single function call (pending user approval, of course). BrowserPlus is dynamic, allowing us to implement the standards of tomorrow while enabling fun and playful web applications along the way. Yahoo said all updates are signed and verified by Yahoo so users can trust that they're are authentic. Updates are never applied without a user's approval. BrowserPlus will never let sites access a user's data or resources unless the user approves. If a security issues is found in a service on the Web, Yahoo said it can quickly deactivate that service so it can't be exploited. As for performance, BrowserPlus runs separately from the browser so that Yahoo can minimize the performance impact and shut down the software when it is not needed. As a result, the software is unlikely to affect speed or stability of daily browsing, Yahoo said. The new yahoo tool will compete with other recently unveiled offerings, including Microsoft's Silverlight, Adobe Systems's Adobe Integrated Runtime, or AIR, and Prism from the Mozilla Foundation.
Australia - Australia: Via releases laptop design as open source
TIRef.No 2844890
Description Via Technologies released the hardware design for a low-cost laptop with WiMax support under an open-source license on Tuesday, a move intended to make customization easier and shorten design cycles for system makers. The CAD (computer-assisted design) files for the OpenBook reference design can be downloaded for free and made available to anyone under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 license. The terms of this license allow the CAD files to be freely copied, shared and modified. The only requirements are that use of the design is attributed to Via and changes made to the design can only be distributed under the same license or one that has similar terms. "We're hoping we'll get some interesting feedback, and look forward to seeing what the community thinks about this concept," said Richard Brown, vice president of marketing at Via. The OpenBook is based on Via's 1.6 GHz C7-M processor and VX800 chipset. The design includes an 8.9-inch screen with a resolution of 1,024 pixels by 600 pixels and calls for a hard disk with a capacity of 80G bytes or more. The basic wireless module included in the design supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Optional modules include Assisted GPS (AGPS), WiMax, and support for high-speed cellular networks based on EV-DO (Evolution Data Optimized), HSPA (High-Speed Packet Access), and WCDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access). Other features of the 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) OpenBook include a full-size keyboard, up to 2G bytes of DDR (double data rate) memory, a 2-megapixel camera, a memory-card reader, and a 4-cell battery that offers up to three hours of life. The laptop is designed to run Windows Vista, Windows XP, or Linux, including G/OS, SuSE Linux, and Ubuntu. The OpenBook design is similar in appearance to Everex's CloudBook Max unveiled at the CTIA Wireless exhibition in April, but the two designs are different, Brown said, pointing to subtle design changes made to suit the requirements of Sprint, the operator that commissioned the CloudBook Max. Depending on the exact configuration, OpenBook systems will likely cost between US$500 to $800, Brown said, adding that the first products will likely hit the market during the third quarter. Via isn't the first company to release a hardware design as open source. In March, Openmoko" target="_blank">Openmoko, a company set up by Taiwanese hardware maker First International Computer (FIC), released an open-source smartphone design, the N
Australia - Australia: APC teams up with IBM on efficiency
TIRef.No 2844374
Description Backup-power product maker APC and building automation vendor TAC will integrate their software management platforms with IBM's Tivoli Monitoring energy management tools, giving data center managers more visibility into and control over their systems, the company said Friday. Better management of the data center can help solve inefficiency problems exacerbated by worldwide increases in data creation and computing requirements, APC executives said. The integration joins Tivoli Monitoring with TAC's building management software, which focuses on indoor climate, security and use of energy, and with APC's InfraStruXure Central, an infrastructure management platform that combines power, cooling, management and security tools with server racks. "By integrating InfraStruXure Central and TAC with IBM Tivoli Monitoring software administrators will be able to view, correlate and profile the dependencies of business process and IT assets to their underlying physical infrastructure," APC states in a press release. "The result will help monitor and manage efforts to reduce risk, raise data center system availability levels and increase energy efficiency." The integration of the three products is in development and will be available to customers worldwide sometime in 2009, APC says. Pricing for APC InfraStruXure Central, which is already available, starts at around US$10,000. APC and TAC are owned by Schneider Electric. APC described the integration and its vision for a more efficient and easy-to-manage data center on Friday during a media event at its Rhode Island facility. The company also said it is making electrical efficiency data for its enterprise power and cooling products available at its Web site. "We really have to iPod-ize the data center. It's just getting too complicated to deal with all of it," said Neil Rasmussen, APC's senior vice president for innovation. Joining with TAC and IBM is part of a holistic approach that APC says is necessary for cutting waste in server and storage rooms. "We will dramatically simplify the way data centers are designed, managed and how they are evolving," APC CEO Laurent Vernerey said. One component, product or vendor can't provide all the answers to the data center efficiency problem, he said. "We believe only a system approach will allow us to deliver a solution to our customers," Vernerey said. "We do not believe that we alone can bring a solution to all issues." Aaron Davis, APC chief
Australia - Australia: Microsoft beta tests online diagnostic tools for Windows
TIRef.No 2844929
Description Microsoft has launched a beta service that lets Windows users launch the Sysinternals library of free diagnostic and troubleshooting tools -- including the popular Process Explorer -- from a Web browser. The service, dubbed "Sysinternals Live," is in beta, Microsoft said in a brief note posted to the Sysinternals Web site Wednesday. "We're excited to announce the beta of Sysinternals Live, a service that enables you to execute Sysinternals tools directly from the Web without hunting for and manually downloading them," the notice read. Sysinternals, the brand name for more than 70 separate tools, was acquired by Microsoft when it bought Austin, Texas-based Winternals Software in mid-2006. Microsoft also brought Winternals' co-founder Mark Russinovich into the company as a technical fellow. Among the better-known tools in the Sysinternals collection are Process Explorer, an uber-Task Manager; Processor Monitor; and RootKitRevealer, which sniffs out signs of rootkit installations by examining the Windows registry. Users can launch the Sysinternals tools from the service's bare-bones Web page -- some browsers, including Firefox, however, default to first saving the file, as in a traditional download, and require users to install the utility -- or by using the syntax "live.sysinternals.com ools " in Windows' Run box. (The syntax is sans the quotation marks, of course, and the name of the tool, as shown on Sysinternals Live, must be substituted for .) Users can call up any Sysinternals tool free-of-charge from the service's home page.
Australia - Australia: Safari flaw worse than first thought, Microsoft warns
TIRef.No 2844923
Description Microsoft is warning that a previously disclosed flaw in Apple's Safari browser could have dire consequences for Windows users. The Safari bug, originally disclosed on May 15 by security researcher Nitesh Dhanjani, allows attackers to litter a victim's desktop with executable files, an attack known as "carpet bombing." It turns out that if this flaw is exploited in combination with a second unpatched bug in Internet Explorer, attackers can run unauthorized software on a victim's computer, according to Aviv Raff, a security researcher. Raff says he originally reported the IE flaw to Microsoft more than a year ago, and then told them about how it could be combined with the carpet bombing bug just over a week ago. IDG News Service tested Raff's demonstration attack code, which runs Windows Calculator on a victim's system. For the attack to work, a victim must first visit a maliciously crafted Web page with the Safari browser, which in turn will trigger the carpet bombing attack and exploit the IE flaw. Both the Safari and IE bugs "are moderate vulnerabilities that, combined, produce a critical flaw, which allows remote code execution," Raff said in an instant message interview. Microsoft is taking the issue seriously. It released a security advisory on the problem late Friday, a sign that it may be working on a patch for the IE flaw. The advisory says that the vulnerability has to do with the way Windows handles desktop executables and recommends that Windows users "restrict use of Safari as a web browser until an appropriate update is available from Microsoft and/or Apple." The attack reportedly affects all versions of Windows XP and Vista, Microsoft said. Apple may not be rushing out to patch this bug, however. Dhanjani says that Apple has told him that it is not treating the Safari bug as a security issue, a response that has generated criticism from the security community. Last week, for example, the consumer advocacy group Stopbadaware.org urged Apple to reconsider this stance. According to Raff, unless Apple patches the bug, more attacks like the one he found in IE are likely to pop up. "This is not the only issue that can be combined with the Safari vulnerability," he said. "If Microsoft fixes this, Safari users will still be vulnerable." Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
Australia - Australia: Apple patches 40 Mac OS X security bugs
TIRef.No 2844926
Description Apple Wednesday patched 40 security vulnerabilities in more than 25 different components and applications bundled with Mac OS X, including Flash Player, iCal and Apache. The year's third update fixed fewer than half as many flaws as the previous collection, which Apple issued two months ago to plug nearly 90 holes. Sixteen of the 40 patches in Wednesday's update were tagged by Apple with its "arbitrary code execution" phrasing, putting them into the category most other vendors would label "critical." According to the Security Update 2008-003 advisory, the most-patched components by vulnerability count were Apple's version of the Apache open-source Web server (eight bugs fixed) and the version of Adobe System's Flash Player that Apple tucks into Mac OS X (seven flaws patched). Fixes to Flash Player, said Apple in its Security Update 2008-003 advisory, update the popular multimedia player application to version 9.0.124.0, the one currently available for download from Adobe itself. Adobe released that version nearly two months ago to patch the same seven vulnerabilities Apple fixed yesterday. Among the seven was one used to claim a US$5,000 prize at a hacker challenge in late March. Coincidentally, earlier versions of Flash Player are currently being exploited by attackers who have hacked legitimate Web sites and are infecting Windows users with a variety of malware. Also notable in the update was a fix for one of thee three iCal vulnerabilities that had been disclosed last week by Core Security Technologies. Apple patched the most serious of the trio, marked as CVE-2008-1035, Core's chief technology officer, Ivan Arce, confirmed Thursday. "Yes, I can say that they patched the most serious of the vulnerabilities, but I cannot confirm that they have patched, or haven't patched, the other two." Core reported the three iCal bugs to Apple in January 2008, and then went public with information about the vulnerabilities last week after it tired of Apple's patch delays. Core's researchers and Apple's security team also disagreed over the severity of the two bugs still unpatched, according to notes Core posted online. Arce confirmed the disagreements last week in an interview, and mentioned them again Thursday. After several rounds of e-mail messages, he said, Core told Apple that it appeared the two lesser vulnerabilities were "crash-only," and could not be used to inject malicious code. "But that doesn't mean that they're not securit
Australia - Global: Google to host JavaScript libraries for developers
TIRef.No 2844879
Description Google last week launched its Google AJAX Libraries API, enabling developers to use the company's global infrastructure to host and serve major JavaScript libraries. "What it is really about is being able to make life easier and faster for developers," said Dion Almaer, Google engineer for developer programs. The API serves as a content distribution network and loading architecture. Using the Google AJAX API Loader method, an application gains access to open-source JavaScript libraries, including script.aculo.us, dojo, jQuery, MooTools, and prototype. Alamaer said the project is just the beginning; Google wants to add more libraries. "If we see good usage, we can work with browser vendors to automatically ship these libraries. Then, if they see the URLs that we use, they could auto load the libraries, even special JITed (Just In Time) ones, from their local system," said Almaer. Thusly, there would be no network hit at all. The browser could have the IP addresses for the service available to avoid DNS hits. Also, longer lived special browser caches for JavaScript could use the URLs. "The bottom line, and what I am really excited about, is what this could all mean for Web developers if this happens," he said. "We could be removed of the constant burden of having to re-download our standard libraries all the time." Google's Web page on the project said the API "takes the pain out of developing mashups in JavaScript while using a collection of libraries." In addition to hosting libraries, cache headers are set; up-to-date bug fixes are furnished as well. Automatic compression also is featured as part of the project.
Australia - Australia: Sourcefire says no to Barracuda's takeover bid
TIRef.No 2844880
Description Open-source security software maker Sourcefire has rejected a US$186 million unsolicited takeover offer from Barracuda Networks. Late Thursday, Barracuda offered to pay US$7.50 per share, a 13 percent premium on the company's current stock price, but about half of what Sourcefire shares fetched a year ago. Barracuda, a maker of security appliances that include some of Sourcefire's open-source code, said that there was a synergy between the two companies. In a Friday statement, Sourcefire flatly rejected that idea, saying that "the proposal is not in the best interests of Sourcefire and its stockholders" because it "substantially undervalues Sourcefire." Sourcefire is best known for making the open-source Snort intrusion-detection software. Last year the Columbia, Maryland, company acquired ClamAV, a maker of open-source antivirus products. Barracuda ships ClamAV with its appliances, and the code has been at the center of a high-profile legal dispute between Barracuda and competitor Trend Micro, which claims that ClamAV violates one of its patents. Because it is already fighting a lawsuit with Trend Micro, Barracuda feels it is already addressing what could turn into a legal problem for Sourcefire, Barracuda President and CEO Dean Drako said in a Tuesday letter to Sourcefire's board of directors, which Barracuda made public Thursday. "We also feel that the company's inaction in dealing with the looming threat of litigation from Trend Micro has had an effect on the stock price," he wrote.
Australia - Australia: Symantec now says current Flash Player safe from attack
TIRef.No 2844933
Description Symantec Thursday said that "suspicious behavior" by a captured exploit had led it to mistakenly conclude that the most up-to-date standalone versions of Adobe System's Flash Player are vulnerable to ongoing attacks from Chinese servers. But a Symantec researcher said earlier Thursday that Flash Player 9.0.124.0, the currently-available version of the popular multimedia player, is not vulnerable to the ongoing attacks. Just yesterday, Ben Greenbaum, a senior research manager in Symantec's security response group, had claimed that while Flash Player 9.0.124.0 plug-ins were safe, standalone editions of the program were not. "All versions Version 9.0.124.0 on all platforms, plug-ins and standalone, are not vulnerable," Greenbaum said Thursday. The switch was the third change in Symantec's analysis in the last two days. On Tuesday, Symantec first warned that legitimate Web sites were redirecting unwitting users to one of several Chinese servers, which in turn were trying multiple exploits, including some aimed at Flash Player. Then, Symantec said that older versions of the Adobe software -- version 9.0.115.0, which was replaced in early April -- and the current 9.0.124.0 could be successfully exploited. Based on that analysis, Symantec dubbed the vulnerability a "zero-day" bug, meaning it was unpatched, and dangerous to anyone with Flash installed. Later on Tuesday, however, Symantec backtracked from the zero-day label. "Originally, it was believed that this issue was unpatched and unknown, but further technical analysis has revealed that it is very similar to the previously reported Adobe Flash Player Multimedia File Remote Buffer Overflow Vulnerability (BID 28695), discovered by Mark Dowd of IBM," Symantec said. Even so, Greenbaum maintained yesterday that while the vulnerability wasn't new, the in-the-wild exploit was effective against standalone versions of Flash Player 9.0.124.0. "Not all the versions are patched correctly," he said Wednesday. Thursday, however, Greenbaum said that Symantec had come to the erroneous conclusion based on tests of the standalone Linux version of Flash Player 9.0.124.0. "While testing against the latest [Linux] version, we saw behaviors consistent with a successful exploit that failed to deliver the payload," he explained Thursday. "[But] the exploit was not, in fact, successful against the latest version." In a follow-up e-mail, a Symantec spokesman spelled it out in more technical detail.
Australia - Australia: HP beefs up its application-security software
TIRef.No 2844952
Description HP is announcing the first upgrade to Web-application security-testing software it acquired last year with the purchase of SPI Dynamics. The HP security-assurance suite has three components: DevInspect for checking the integrity of code, QAInspect for testing whether discovered flaws have been corrected, and WebInspect for testing whether Web applications operate as intended. HP has upgraded all three. The vendor faces competition in this area from Breach Security, WhiteHat Security and IBM's Watchfire, among others. These tools can save time when trying to assure that code is secure, says Christopher Rence, CIO of financial-services firm Fair Isaac. "We're doing the [quality assurance] upfront while we're writing the code, basically saving us time. We're able to say we've run this through QA, so as the code comes out, we're not having to go back and regression-test it," he says. DevInspect has been upgraded to improve the interaction of its static and dynamic analysis of software it tests. Static analysis seeks what may be vulnerabilities, while dynamic analysis tests those potential vulnerabilities to see whether they are exploitable. The purpose of using both static and dynamic analysis is that static can find flaws but not say whether they need to be fixed. DevInspect already combined static and dynamic analysis, but the new version performs more-definitive static analysis, making it possible to know for sure that a vulnerability exists. QAInspect now includes tools to track how discovered defects in code are being addressed to meet the requirements of such industry standards as the US Payment Card Industry's Data Security Standard, and creates a workflow map to make sure they get done. WebInspect now tests Web applications and their use of Ajax, Java, Javascript and flash by emulating a browser to analyze how these scripts run inside it. The security-assurance suite is expected to be available in August. It will be offered via HP Software-as-a-Service and include consulting from HP's services group.
Australia - Global: HP blade server targets cloud computing
TIRef.No 2844848
Description HP released a new ProLiant blade enclosure Wednesday with higher server densities designed for cloud computing and other computing-intensive applications. With up to 32 server nodes in a single 10U blade chassis, the new BladeSystem can scale up to 128 servers, 1,024 CPU cores and 2 terabytes of RAM in one standard-sized rack consisting of four enclosures, HP says. The new blade offers double the density of its HP predecessors by fitting two servers into each slot, says Paul Miller, HP's marketing vice president. Density and power efficiency are the main advantages of the new blade, dubbed the HP ProLiant BL2x220c G5, Miller says. While cloud computing applications are likely to benefit, the blade is targeted at multiple use cases, such as oil and gas producers who need computing power for geophysical surveys. "They don't consider themselves clouds," Miller says. "We don't want to pigeonhole this technology in that way." Some customers are likely to use thousands of these servers for Web 2.0, grid and high-performance computing applications, HP says. Pricing starts at US$6,349 and can go up to more than $20,000. The system comes with either dual- or quad-core Intel Xeon processors, achieving speeds of up to 12.3 teraflops for a 42U rack. HP's announcement comes about a month after IBM launched a similar line of blade servers called the iDataPlex, which is designed for Web 2.0 and cloud computing environments. While HP doubled its density by loading two servers into each slot, IBM rotated each server 90 degrees, creating racks that hold 84 servers.
Australia - Australia: Internode switches on SourceForge mirror
TIRef.No 2844859
Description National ISP Internode has launched an Australian mirror of the SourceForge open source software repository and development portal. SourceForge.net provides free hosting to open source software development projects with resources for managing projects, issues, communications and code. Internode's 4.7 terabytes of SourceForge mirror is unmetered for Internode customers. With SourceForge Internode claims a total amount of mirrored content on its servers of more than 32 terabytes. Technical leader for content services at Internode Kingsley Foreman said unmetered access SourceForge data is a boon for the local open source community. "We see this as an important enhancement for Australia's open source community by providing high-performance access to SourceForge that eclipses its previous local footprint," Foreman said. "Increasingly, future software will come from the international collaboration that emerges from the open source community, so Internode is pleased to make it even easier for this to happen."
Australia - Australia: Asus to launch laptops with Linux Net software
TIRef.No 2844882
Description Asustek (Asus) is trying out its Express Gate Linux software in laptop PCs, a bid to make multimedia files and Internet access a snap for users Express Gate allows users to bypass Windows at start-up and go directly to the Express Gate screen in just five seconds. From there, users can go directly to the Internet, play games or access music and other multimedia files. The company has equiped its motherboards with the software in the past and plans to put it in all future laptop PCs, including a few to be launched at Computex next week. Next week, the company will show off the F8V, the first laptop PC with a hot key to access Express Gate directly instead of waiting for Windows to boot up. From the end of June, all new Asustek laptop PCs will come with Express Gate on board, and all motherboards will come with Express Gate software on CDs so users can load it on their PCs if so desired, an Asustek representative said.
Australia - Australia: Server shipments continue to rise
TIRef.No 2844635
Description Server shipments worldwide increased 7.6 per cent in the first quarter of 2008 compared with the first quarter of last year, while worldwide server revenue for the same period climbed 4.3 per cent, according to Gartner. Worldwide server revenue climbed $13.6 billion for the quarter, as worldwide server shipments reached just below 2.3 million units. "There were a number of dynamics that affected the market to produce an initial quarter of growth for 2008," said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner. "For example, x86 server replacements were on an upswing as the year commenced, we continued to see build outs of large Web data centres, and emerging-market growth forged ahead." "RISC-Itanium Unix servers fell in shipments but showed a small amount of growth in revenue," Hewitt noted. "In this segment, shipments fell 8.4 per cent while revenue grew 3.7 per cent for the quarter." Hewlett-Packard and IBM continued to vie for market leadership in the worldwide server market based on revenue. HP took the overall revenue share lead over IBM by a narrow 0.7 per cent. Dell, Fujitsu/Fujitsu Siemens, and IBM had revenue growth for the period at 6.6 per cent, 4.9 per cent and 2.1 per cent respectively. Sun was the only global vendor not to have server revenue growth -- it had a slight decline at just under one per cent.
Australia - Australia: Symantec backtracks on Adobe Flash warning
TIRef.No 2844457
Description After warning on Tuesday that hackers were exploiting an unpatched bug in Adobe Systems' Flash Player software, Symantec has backtracked from this claim, saying the flaw is "very similar" to another vulnerability that was patched last month. Symantec's initial warning described a disturbing threat -- a previously unknown and unpatched flaw that was being exploited on tens of thousands of Web pages. The flaw allowed attackers to install unauthorized software on a victim's machine and was being used to install botnet programs and password-logging software, Symantec said. Now Symantec believes that the bug was previously known and patched by Adobe on April 8, said Ben Greenbaum, a senior research manager with Symantec Security Response. However, the Linux version of Adobe's stand-alone Flash Player, version 9.0.124, is vulnerable to the attack. On Tuesday Symantec researchers saw that the attack worked on Linux and that it caused Flash Player to crash on Windows XP, so they reasoned that they had a new bug that was just not working properly on the Windows platform, possibly due to a programming error by the hackers. "We thought it was a problem with the exploit," he said. Now Symantec believes that the vulnerability was simply not properly patched in this one version of Adobe's software, Greenbaum said. That means that Windows and Mac OS X users with the latest updates are not vulnerable, and even Linux users who are running the latest Flash Player plugin inside their browser, rather than as stand-alone software, are safe. However, Windows XP users running the older Flash Player, version 9.0.115, are vulnerable to the attack, Greenbaum said. This kind of missed security assessment is rare, but it does happen from time to time, said Matt Richard, director of VeriSign's iDefense Rapid Response Team. "It looks like they just jumped the gun and put it out a little bit too early without doing all the homework," he said of Symantec. "When we did our testing in the lab, the latest version completely fixes the issue: No crashes, no exploits, no nothing." IBM's Internet Security Systems (ISS), which is credited with discovering the Flash Player bug, echoed Richard's analysis. "Several reports have stated that a zero-day Flash vulnerability is being exploited through several Chinese hacker websites," ISS wrote in its advisory on the flaw. "All of the samples X-Force has seen target the vulnerability disclosed in this Advisory." In a
Australia - Australia: Mac OS X update causes Adobe file corruptions, users say
TIRef.No 2844762
Description Users of Adobe System's popular design software, including PhotoShop and InDesign, have reported that after updating their Macs to the latest version of Leopard, files get corrupted when saved to network servers. Apple had no immediate explanation, but a spokesman pointed to a year-old Adobe warning of potential problems when saving files to network drives. Apple released Mac OS X 10.5.3, an update that fixed more than 100 security vulnerabilities and other problems, on Wednesday. By the next morning, users were complaining on both Adobe's and Apple's support forums that files created by its CS3 suite applications -- PhotoShop is the best known in the bundle -- were being corrupted. "Essentially, PhotoShop doesn't recognize the files after saving edits on an existing X Server, thus ruining your file," said a user named Kevin Moran in a message posted to an Adobe support forum Thursday. "I too got @#$%^&ed by this for every file I worked on today," added a user identified as "chazcron" on the same thread. PhotoShop and InDesign users also reported the same problem on Apple's support forum, and stressed that the file corruption only started after they'd updated to Mac OS X 10.5 .3. "Started right after installing the 10.5.3 update," claimed "Traumarama" in a post to the Leopard forum. "No one else can open my files either. I've tried the usual fixes. What to do now?" "Since installing the update I have had the same problem with .psd and .tif files becoming corrupt," added Rik Tweed on the Apple thread. "I am likewise working with files on a shared volume, which I have done for years with no problem. I cannot get the corrupted files open locally or remotely and creating new copies does not help." Adobe did not responded to questions about the extent of the problem, when it would be fixed and where the fault lay. Apple, meanwhile, had no answers to the same questions, but spokesman Anuj Nayar pointed out an Adobe support document from January 2007. That document spells out problems with the then-current Mac OS X, dubbed Tiger. "Mac OS X 10.4.6 uses newer AppleShare components which conflict with PhotoShop when you save a file to a server," said the Adobe document, which also told users it does not support opening or saving files from a server "because of potential file corruption." Adobe indicated then that the problem -- which popped up after users updated from 10.4.5 to 10.4.6 -- was Apple's fault. Users, meanw
Australia - Australia: Qualcomm says Windows Mobile 7 key for mini-laptops
TIRef.No 2844470
Description Mobile phone chip giant Qualcomm on Monday showed off a mini-laptop that could cost around US$299 and offer quick wireless access to the Internet via 3G (third generation) mobile telecommunications networks. The laptop, made by Taiwan's Inventec, is small and streamlined because the low-power chips inside don't need much space to disperse heat. But it runs on a Linux OS, which is less familiar to most people than Microsoft Windows. Microsoft Windows Mobile 7, which is made for chips used in mobile phones, will be more laptop friendly than older versions of Windows Mobile, said Luis Pineda, senior vice president at Qualcomm, on the sidelines of a news conference in Taipei. Windows Mobile 7 could be a key for the mobile phone industry in the future if they hope to take a bite out of the growing market for mini-notebooks such as the Eee PC that have 7-inch to 10-inch screens, weigh less than 1 kilogram and connect wirelessly to the Internet. The Eee PC is based on chips made by Intel, and runs PC programs such as the Windows XP OS and Microsoft Office. Asus also sells a version loaded with a Linux operating system and other open-source software. Mobile phone industry chips can't run programs designed for PCs because of the difference in PC processors versus mobile phone processors, so Microsoft years ago created Windows Mobile to get its software into handsets. Qualcomm hopes Windows Mobile 7 will make its Snapdragon chipsets a more vital competitor in mini-laptops as it takes on PC processor makers Intel, AMD and Via. The Qualcomm chipsets come with 1GHz Arm processing cores and Qualcomm technology to connect mini-laptops and other gadgets to 3G mobile phone networks. One advantage for mobile phone chip makers is that they have worked from the start to create low power products that give off little heat, because mobile phones are small and people want handsets with long battery life. Now that they're moving into bigger products like laptop PCs, the advantages become clearer in longer battery life and more streamlined designs -- since they don't have to include heat sinks for hot-running chips. Companies that make chips for PCs paid little attention to power consumption in the past because desktops plugged into walls. There was lots of space inside a desktop and no battery. Over the past several years, however, they have worked hard to reduce power consumption and heat dissipation in chips aimed at laptops. Qualcomm was not
Australia - Australia & United Kingdom: GlassHouse continues UK growth through TPP acquisition
TIRef.No 2842086
Description GlassHouse Technologies, the leading independent IT infrastructure consulting and services firm, announced the acquisition of independent IT consulting firm TPP Group. The move is part of GlassHouse's continued drive to expand its storage management capabilities across the UK. The agreement was completed on May 22, 2008 for an undisclosed amount, and TPP employees have already joined the GlassHouse team at the company's EMEA headquarters in Weybridge. TPP clients will also be joining the GlassHouse roster. This acquisition provides GlassHouse with additional project and program management capabilities that strengthen the company's storage management teams. TPP also bolster's GlassHouse's European presence and provides added support to existing partnerships.
Australia - Global: Microsoft beta tests online diagnostic tools for Windows
TIRef.No 2844834
Description Microsoft has launched a beta service that lets Windows users launch the Sysinternals library of free diagnostic and troubleshooting tools -- including the popular Process Explorer -- from a Web browser. The service, dubbed "Sysinternals Live," is in beta, Microsoft said in a brief note posted to the Sysinternals Web site Wednesday. "We're excited to announce the beta of Sysinternals Live, a service that enables you to execute Sysinternals tools directly from the Web without hunting for and manually downloading them," the notice read. Sysinternals, the brand name for more than 70 separate tools, was acquired by Microsoft when it bought Austin, Texas-based Winternals Software in mid-2006. Microsoft also brought Winternals' co-founder Mark Russinovich into the company as a technical fellow. Among the better-known tools in the Sysinternals collection are Process Explorer, an uber-Task Manager; Processor Monitor; and RootKitRevealer, which sniffs out signs of rootkit installations by examining the Windows registry. Users can launch the Sysinternals tools from the service's bare-bones Web page -- some browsers, including Firefox, however, default to first saving the file, as in a traditional download, and require users to install the utility -- or by using the syntax "live.sysinternals.com ools " in Windows' Run box. (The syntax is sans the quotation marks, of course, and the name of the tool, as shown on Sysinternals Live, must be substituted for .) Users can call up any Sysinternals tool free-of-charge from the service's home page.
Australia - Australia: Sourcefire says no to Barracuda's takeover bid
TIRef.No 2843791
Description Open-source security software maker Sourcefire has rejected a USD186 million unsolicited takeover offer from Barracuda Networks. Late Thursday, Barracuda offered to pay USD7.50 per share, a 13 percent premium on the company's current stock price, but about half of what Sourcefire shares fetched a year ago. Barracuda, a maker of security appliances that include some of Sourcefire's open-source code, said that there was a synergy between the two companies. Sourcefire flatly rejected that idea, saying that the proposal is not in the best interests of Sourcefire and its stockholders because it is substantially undervalues Sourcefire. Sourcefire is best known for making the open-source Snort intrusion-detection software. Last year the Columbia, Maryland, company acquired ClamAV, a maker of open-source antivirus products. Barracuda ships ClamAV with its appliances, and the code has been at the center of a high-profile legal dispute between Barracuda and competitor Trend Micro, which claims that ClamAV violates one of its patents. Because it is already fighting a lawsuit with Trend Micro, Barracuda feels it is already addressing what could turn into a legal problem for Sourcefire.
Australia - Australia: Grabba takes PDAs and SmartPhones to the next level for enterprise
TIRef.No 2838900
Description Brisbane-based company, Grabba International is working hard to make life easier for business, with its range of attachments for PDAs and SmartPhones. The business success can be attributed to the hard work of our core group of engineers and designers, who have taken a clever idea and turned it into a device that empowers business users to maximise the data-capturing power of a wide range of PDAs and SmartPhones.
Australia - Australia: Study: Surveillance software revenue to quadruple by 2013
TIRef.No 2844911
Description In a new study that has potentially Orwellian implications, ABI Research projects that revenue for video surveillance software will quadruple over the next five years. According to ABI Vice President and Research Director Stan Schatt, revenue generated from surveillance software will increase to more than US$900 million in 2013, up from current revenues of US$245 million. Schatt says there are several big drivers for this increase, including increased spending on security systems by the government, on theft prevention systems by retail outlets and on surveillance by market researchers. Additionally, he says that the advent of Wi-Fi has made it possible to place wireless cameras just about anywhere while still sending footage back to a central location. Looking at the broader picture, Schatt says that technological advances are also increasing the scope and the potential uses of video surveillance. He says that one of the more disturbing uses is the ability of store marketing departments to actually monitor the eyeball movements of customers to figure out what products or displays draw their attention. "When stores have the ability to observe you as you walk through a store, what I can imagine is that more and more stores will try to basically have a pretty in-depth knowledge of their customers," he says. "So let's say for instance the store issues you a discount card that also has a radio frequency ID that identifies who you are. And then let's say they observe you looking at, but not actually purchasing, movies in the adult video section. Well, the next thing you know you're getting all these promotional materials for racy movies you're not even interested in." Schatt also notes that more and more banks are looking into installing cameras with face recognition ability to help prevent robberies before they even occur. Thus, when a known bank robber enters a bank, the camera can recognize his face and send out an alert. Casinos are already deploying this sort of face recognition software to monitor their employees, Schatt says, and using it to detect when certain employees enter into unauthorized areas and alerting the security team. Schatt believes that as more surveillance equipment becomes increasingly digitized and software-reliant, it will increasingly move into the purview of IT departments. And because the surveillance software vastly broadens the extent to which companies and governments can watch people, it will inevitably creat
Australia - Australia: IBM releases three servers with AMD's quad-core processors
TIRef.No 2844847
Description IBM is releasing three new rack servers built on Advanced Micro Devices' quad-core processors, all aimed at users who need large memory systems. The systems, beginning with the x3455 -- a two-socket system with up to 48 GB of memory -- are aimed at users of scientific, technical and financial applications, said IBM. Pricing for the x3455 starts at US$1,809. The x3655 model, also a two-socket model, can accommodate up to 64 GB memory and starts at US$2,499. The third model, x3755, has up to four sockets and 128 GB of memory. Pricing begins at US$3,407. IBM says users can add processors according to their computing needs, and that all three servers will be available next month. Volume shipments of AMD's Barcelona quad-core chip began in April after a delay due to a technical glitch. Other vendors, including Hewlett-Packard, have previously announced systems built on the AMD chip. Gordon Haff, an analyst at Illuminata, said the chip is "a nice upgrade; it puts them back in the game for now against Intel," but he said there's no financial data yet on how the chip is helping AMD.
Australia - Australia: Lenovo set for final test of IT systems for 2008 Olympics
TIRef.No 2844824
Description With the 2008 Olympic Games only a few months away, Lenovo Group is gearing up for a three-day trial of the hardware infrastructure it's set up in Beijing for the events. The technology rehearsal - the second this year - will include more than 300 Lenovo engineers testing how some 30,000 different pieces of hardware are working together. Running from June 10 - 12, the test also will gauge how well the technicians can deal with whatever problems pop up. This will be the final test of the hardware before the 17-day Olympic Games kick off on August 8. "It's a matter of making sure the equipment and the people are integrated with the whole Olympic team and are working well with other partners," said Bob Page, a spokesman for Lenovo. As the exclusive computer equipment provider, Lenovo is supplying the games with 24,000 ThinkCentre M55e desktop PCs; 800 ThinkPad T60 laptops; and 2,000 desktop printers. The company also is supplying 700 servers, including the Lenovo SureServer R520, the SureServer T350 and the SureServer R630. A total of 580 engineers are being trained to begin work on the network in July. They will stay on the job through the end of the Olympics, on August 24. The June rehearsal will simulate three of the busiest days of the games, according to Lenovo. The test is designed to force technicians to practice managing a wide range of potential problems and situations, such as missing equipment, slashed cables, security breaches and power outages. The company noted that nearly 95 percent of Lenovo's installed computing equipment will be deployed over the three-day rehearsal. For the actual games, the equipment is being set up to handle 302 competitive events that will be held over the course of the 17 days. The equipment in competition venues is expected to be run from 6 a.m. to midnight and machines in non-competitive areas are expected to run 24 hours a day. Atos Origin, an IT services company based in France, is on board to handle system integration, while Samsung is providing wireless communication equipment.
Australia - Australia: Study: Surveillance software revenue to quadruple by 2013
TIRef.No 2843790
Description In a new study that has potentially Orwellian implications, ABI Research projects that revenue for video surveillance software will quadruple over the next five years. According to ABI Vice President and Research Director Stan Schatt, revenue generated from surveillance software will increase to more than USD900 million in 2013, up from current revenues of USD245 million. There are several big drivers for this increase, including increased spending on security systems by the government, on theft prevention systems by retail outlets and on surveillance by market researchers. The advent of Wi-Fi has made it possible to place wireless cameras just about anywhere while still sending footage back to a central location. The technological advances are also increasing the scope and the potential uses of video surveillance. One of the more disturbing uses is the ability of store marketing departments to actually monitor the eyeball movements of customers to figure out what products or displays draw their attention. Schatt also notes that more and more banks are looking into installing cameras with face recognition ability to help prevent robberies before they even occur. Thus, when a known bank robber enters a bank, the camera can recognize his face and send out an alert.
Australia - Global: Mac OS X update causes Adobe file corruptions, users say
TIRef.No 2843792
Description Users of Adobe System's popular design software, including PhotoShop and InDesign, have reported that after updating their Macs to the latest version of Leopard, files get corrupted when saved to network servers. Apple had no immediate explanation, but a spokesman pointed to a year-old Adobe warning of potential problems when saving files to network drives. Apple released Mac OS X 10.5.3, an update that fixed more than 100 security vulnerabilities and other problems. By the next morning, users were complaining on both Adobe's and Apple's support forums that files created by its CS3 suite applications - PhotoShop is the best known in the bundle - were being corrupted. PhotoShop and InDesign users also reported the same problem on Apple's support forum, and stressed that the file corruption only started after they'd updated to Mac OS X 10.5 .3. Adobe did not responded to questions about the extent of the problem, when it would be fixed and where the fault lay. That document spells out problems with the then-current Mac OS X, dubbed Tiger. Adobe indicated then that the problem - which popped up after users updated from 10.4.5 to 10.4.6 - was Apple's fault.
Australia - Australia: Symantec now says current Flash Player safe from attack
TIRef.No 2844950
Description Symantec Thursday said that "suspicious behavior" by a captured exploit had led it to mistakenly conclude that the most up-to-date standalone versions of Adobe System's Flash Player are vulnerable to ongoing attacks from Chinese servers. But a Symantec researcher said earlier Thursday that Flash Player 9.0.124.0, the currently-available version of the popular multimedia player, is not vulnerable to the ongoing attacks. Just yesterday, Ben Greenbaum, a senior research manager in Symantec's security response group, had claimed that while Flash Player 9.0.124.0 plug-ins were safe, standalone editions of the program were not. "All versions Version 9.0.124.0 on all platforms, plug-ins and standalone, are not vulnerable," Greenbaum said Thursday. The switch was the third change in Symantec's analysis in the last two days. On Tuesday, Symantec first warned that legitimate Web sites were redirecting unwitting users to one of several Chinese servers, which in turn were trying multiple exploits, including some aimed at Flash Player. Then, Symantec said that older versions of the Adobe software -- version 9.0.115.0, which was replaced in early April -- and the current 9.0.124.0 could be successfully exploited. Based on that analysis, Symantec dubbed the vulnerability a "zero-day" bug, meaning it was unpatched, and dangerous to anyone with Flash installed. Later on Tuesday, however, Symantec backtracked from the zero-day label. "Originally, it was believed that this issue was unpatched and unknown, but further technical analysis has revealed that it is very similar to the previously reported Adobe Flash Player Multimedia File Remote Buffer Overflow Vulnerability (BID 28695), discovered by Mark Dowd of IBM," Symantec said. Even so, Greenbaum maintained yesterday that while the vulnerability wasn't new, the in-the-wild exploit was effective against standalone versions of Flash Player 9.0.124.0. "Not all the versions are patched correctly," he said Wednesday. Thursday, however, Greenbaum said that Symantec had come to the erroneous conclusion based on tests of the standalone Linux version of Flash Player 9.0.124.0. "While testing against the latest [Linux] version, we saw behaviors consistent with a successful exploit that failed to deliver the payload," he explained Thursday. "[But] the exploit was not, in fact, successful against the latest version." In a follow-up e-mail, a Symantec spokesman spelled it out in more technical detail.
Australia - Australia: Researchers breach Microsoft's CardSpace ID technology
TIRef.No 2844915
Description A trio of computer security researchers say they've successfully compromised Microsoft's CardSpace, a technology intended to strengthen the security of personal information on the Internet. CardSpace ships with the Windows Vista operating system. It works in concert with a browser when someone uses a Web site that asks for information such as an address or a credit card number. That personal information can be stored on the user's computer or with a third-party identity provider. CardSpace keeps a set of virtual ID cards on the user's computer. When a Web site asks for information, the user picks one of the cards. "Self-issued" cards store identity information on a user's PC, while "managed" cards are stored by an identity provider. When logging into a Web site, the user can ask the identity provider to vouch for them, which saves having to remember a slew of different passwords, a concept known as single sign-on. Rather than directly receiving the personal information, the Web site gets a token from the identity provider, adding an additional layer of security to a Web transaction beyond SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) browser encryption. The researchers, from the Horst Gortz Institute for IT Security at Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, have shown it is possible to intercept the authentication token from CardSpace. The hacker could then use the token to gain access to the other site or transmit sensitive information to that site. Microsoft is hoping CardSpace will reduce problems plaguing Internet users such as identity theft. The company has also pledged to integrate CardSpace with OpenID, an open-source standard with the same goals that has been implemented in part by companies such as Yahoo. However, Web sites have to be designed to work with CardSpace and OpenID, and so far, neither is widely used. The attack against CardSpace involves directing a user to a malicious Web server. In their explanation, the attack involves modifying the victim's DNS (Domain Name Server) settings -- another trick known as "pharming" -- and direct the person to the malicious Web server, which is then able to grab the authentication token. So far, the method remains proof-of-concept and has not been used to attack people. But that could change, the researchers said. The attack can be easily replicated, according to the Horst Gortz Institute. The researchers "conclude that it is realistic to expect attacks against CardSpace soon in the wild."
Brazil - Brazil: Brazil bitchslaps ratification of OOXML
TIRef.No 2842981
Description Brazil has fired off a formal objection to the International Standardisation Organisation (ISO) against the approval of Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML) document format as an international standard. Associação Brasileira de Normas Técnicas (ABNT), which is the Brazilian national standards body, issued its appeal to the ISO. Now Brazil has become the latest country to put the boot in by objecting to what it claimed was a flawed BRM that saw processes rushed through in favour of Microsoft gaining approval for its document format. The ABNT disputed the BRM, claiming the voting outcome to be "inconclusive" and requested that the final text of the 6,000 page standard should be published "immediately". South Africa complained about the continued delay of the publication of DIS 29500 - which is the technical name for OOXML - despite the ISO's own guidelines that clearly state a final version must be published no more than one month after a decision has been reached.
Canada - Canada: Canadian group charges that Facebook violates privacy laws
TIRef.No 2844924
Description A Canadian public policy group Friday filed a complaint charging Facebook with 22 separate violations of a Canadian personal information protection law. The Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), based at the University of Ottawa, asks the Privacy Commissioner of Canada to investigate what it describes as Facebook's failure to inform members how their personal information is disclosed to third parties for advertising and other commercial activities. The complaint also alleges that Facebook has failed to obtain permission from members for disclosure of their personal information. Facebook did not respond to a request for comment. The complaint alleges that Facebook violates the Canadian Personal Information Protection and Electronics Documents Act, which Philippa Lawson, the clinic's director, said is much stricter than US personal information protection laws. "In Canada we have data protection legislation that applies to all commercial entities that require [them] to get informed consent from individuals before they collect, use or disclose personal information," she said. "You can't collect more personal information than you need for the purpose you get consent. We think Facebook is violating those rules in a number of respects." The group contends that Facebook violates the law in three areas: social networking; social advertising; and third-party applications. On the social networking side, the complaint says that Facebook is not clear enough about how broadly user information is shared with people they don't know, Lawson said. For example Facebook allows users to join groups called Networks based on geographical location, hobbies and interests. The complaint acknowledges that upon joining a Network, users are informed that they will be sharing their profiles with other users in the network, and are informed they can change their privacy setting to prevent this sharing. However, the complaint notes that they are not prompted to go to a page to change the settings. "There are problems with that in that it is not clear enough to users how broadly their information is being shared with people they don't know," according to Lawson. "The default privacy settings are set to share with strangers. Under Canadian law they would have to get opt-in consent -- rather than defaulting people to share and then expect them to figure out how they can opt out."
Canada - Canada: MapText to Showcase its Text-Placement Solutions at the GeoTec Event in Ottawa
TIRef.No 2842076
Description MapText, Inc., the leader in high-quality cartographic text placement software will demonstrate its latest text placement technology in Booth 314 at the GeoTec Event, to be held in Ottawa, Canada, June 2-5. At the event, MapText will highlight the speed, flexibility and accuracy of its powerful automated text placement solutions by demonstrating its Label-EZ, GeoLabel, SmartLabel, and Label-Web products. These demonstrations will showcase the use of these products for: Labeling of street maps, parcel and zoning maps, infrastructure maps, oil and gas pipeline maps, highway maps, wall maps, tourist maps, and many more. Integrated high-quality labeling for web-applications using GeoMedia WebMap. High-quality text placement within MapInfo. Integrated dynamic and static text placement within GeoMedia. MapText's high-end Label-EZ product caters to the needs of high-end GIS users generate high-quality paper maps in all major GIS environments. The company's latest dynamic labeling product Label-Web for GeoMedia WebMap helps greatly enhance the quality of web-based maps. It provides high-speed / high-quality dynamic labeling for all feature types with capabilities such as automatic conforming to shape of feature, stacking of labels, and route shield placement.
Switzerland - Switzerland: Component Manufacturer Partron Selects NemeriX to Enhance GPS Modules for PND and Mobile Handset Markets
TIRef.No 2842085
Description NemeriX, a leading fabless semiconductor company specializing in ultra low power, high-performance A-GPS solutions for GPS and location-based service (LBS) products, announced a partnership with Partron, a leading component manufacturer serving the mobile phone and PND markets, to incorporate NemeriX's high-performance GPS solutions into Partron's components. Based in Korea, Partron designs, manufactures and supplies RF modules, GPS components, VGA camera modules, antennas and other components to handset and PND manufacturers. Launched in 2003, Partron was founded by the technologists who led RF-development for the mobile communications division of Samsung Electro-Mechanics. Since its founding, Partron has become one of the world's premier manufacturers of RF modules. The enhancements delivered from its partnership with NemeriX will help Partron increase its PND market-share on a global basis, and also provide a competitive advantage for Partron's components in mobile phone markets. Partron's innovation and technical leadership in developing RF solutions for mobile phones, PNDs and base stations is widely recognized by the customers, and by many of the companies.
China - China: Official Release of AvisMap GIS 5 Products Series
TIRef.No 2841908
Description AvisMap GIS Engine 5 series is the succeeding series of AvisMap GIS 4.8, which published on May 2006. Remarkable improvement in Map Rendering, Overlay analysis, Bus-routes analysis, Spatial Query, and etc. are built in this version. Release Candidate version of this series had been tested by the users in Japan, Hong Kong, China and the Southeast Asia extensively before officially releasing. High availability and stability are guaranteed in operation with massive data from multiple and variant data sources. Improving the support of ORACLE, SQLServer (SQLPlus Engine) and SDB Engine; Highly improving of the performance and accessibility of using ORACLE Spatial Objects; Newly supporting direct reading and importing of MicroStation V8 Design File format; Newly Extending the supporting of DGN linkage from MSLINK to DMRS Linkage and Generic Linkage, which includes the supporting of reading out of INTERGRAPH FRAMME TAG; Ensuring the performance under multi-users editing environment by improving the spatial indexing technologies on ORACLE and SQLServer; Newly adding time sequence functionality in SDBPlus engine; Highly improving on stability and performance, especially in Labeling, Importing of MicroStation Design file, Manipulation of massive raster data, Oracle Spatial data supporting, spatial overlay analysis, layout printing, and etc.
China - United States and China: US, China largest sources of Internet attacks
TIRef.No 2844932
Description China and the United States were the two largest sources of Internet-attack traffic during the first quarter of 2008, accounting for 30 percent of such traffic, according to Akamai Technologies. Akamai, which operates a global server network for online media, applications and transactions, said it will release quarterly "State of the Internet" reports compiled from data extrapolated from its network. Another finding was that attack traffic overall targeted 23 unique network ports. Many of the ports that saw the highest levels of such traffic were targeted by the worms, viruses and bots that spread across the Internet several years ago. Akamai observed attack traffic originating from 125 countries. In addition to data on the origins of this traffic, the report charts network outages and de-peering events, significant denial-of-service attacks, Web-site hacks, and network events, as well as broadband connectivity by geography. Akamai found a number of major network events occurred during the first quarter of 2008 that affected millions of Internet users: At the end of January, undersea cable-cuts in the Mediterranean Sea severed Internet connections between the Middle East and Europe. De-peering events between major networks affected Internet communications for selected Internet users in the United States and Europe for a two-week period. A routing change by a telecommunications provider spread across the Internet, causing a popular Internet video-sharing site to go offline for several hours. Akamai also observed that South Korea had the highest measured levels of "high broadband" -- that is, broadband with speeds of more than 5Mbps -- connectivity. In the United States, Delaware topped the list, with more than 60 percent of connections to Akamai servers occurring at 5Mbps or greater. At the other end of the bandwidth spectrum, Rwanda and the Solomon Islands topped the list of slowest countries, with 95 percent or more of their connections to Akamai occurring at speeds below 256Kbps. In the United States, Washington State and Virginia turned in the highest percentages of sub-256Kbps connections, at 21 percent and 18 percent, respectively. Akamai is planning to release its second-quarter "State of the Internet" report in August. The first-quarter report is available for download.
China - China: Huawei maintains world's No.1 in mobile softswitch
TIRef.No 2839488
Description Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (Huawei), a leader in providing next generation telecommunications network solutions for operators worldwide, has announced that it remains as the market leader in mobile softswitches. In 2007, the company increased its worldwide market share of mobile softswitches from 31.2%.to 43.7%. Huawei's softswitches are used by China Mobile to run the world's largest All-IP mobile softswitch network and Huawei's comprehensive experience extends to all areas of the IP core network. As a leading proponent of All-IP core networks, the telecom giant continues to add new technologies and new features to its solutions, such as MSC Pool, embedded IMS functions and fixed-mobile convergence capabilities.
China - China: NXP and T3G Deliver TD-SCDMA Solution to the Chinese Market
TIRef.No 2841906
Description The Nexperia cellular system solution T3G7208 from NXP Semiconductors and T3G Technologies is now commercially available to the Chinese market. The T3G7208 - a complete solution for multimode TD-SCDMA/EDGE mobile phone - powers the popular Samsung SGH-L288 handset. Samsung has also provided special edition T3G7208 TD-SCDMA phones with added push-to-talk functionality to the Beijing Olympic Games Organizing Committee. TD-SCDMA services are now in commercial trial across eight cities in China, including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. With the T3G7208-powered Samsung SGH-L288, featuring video telephony, data communication at 384kbps downlink and 128kbps uplink, and a 2-megapixel camera, end users will be able to enjoy more multimedia and fast data transfer through the 3G networks. The Nexperia cellular system solution T3G 7208 offers best-in-class multimedia applications including video and connectivity. The device allows voice automatic handover of multi-mode TD-SCDMA and GSM/GPRS/EDGE in a handset, which has been validated successfully on T3G's TD-SCDMA/GSM/GPRS/EDGE dual mode handset reference design platform in multiple network environments built by all major Chinese infrastructure vendors.
China - China: Xi'an Haitian develops UWB antennas covering all bands
TIRef.No 2841917
Description Xi'an Haitian Antenna Technologies has developed ultra-wideband (UWB) antennas and improved its 128 multi-probe 3D radiation pattern test system. The PRC government announced its policy regarding the restructuring of the telecommunications industry and its issue of 3G service licences, three of which it plans to issue after the restructuring. Xi'an Haitian owns rights for two R&D technologies, including its 128 multi-probe 3D radiation pattern test system and its low cost broadband-based antenna feeder units, which have obtained a national patent. With the two technologies mentioned above, a single UWB antenna set can cover all 2G and 3G bands, so it can be used in any 2G and 3G base station construction project. The UWB antenna is also equipped with electro-adjusted functions, which means that no site location needs to be reselected and no tower re-built when the base stations are being constructed; instead, all that is required is for the existing 2G antenna to be exchanged for a UWB antenna.
China - China: Netdragon launches 'Heroes of Might and Magic Online'
TIRef.No 2841896
Description Chinese online game developer and operator Netdragon has officially launched the online game 'Heroes of Might and Magic Online'. It is a 2.5D massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) and was developed based on the PC game 'Heroes of Might and Magic', licensed to the company by Ubisoft Entertainment. 'Heroes of Might and Magic Online' combines the turn-based strategy gameplay of 'Heroes of Might and Magic' with online game features. Players can choose to play a hero who belongs to one of the eight races, build their own castles and lead an army to fight in hundreds of conquests. The game includes diverse virtual items, including virtual weaponry and castle building material.
China - China: Acer will not use acquisition strategy to cut into China
TIRef.No 2839560
Description Acer enjoys a large economic scale, and the company will not look toward making further acquisitions in an attempt to enter China. Over the two most recent quarters, Acer saw shipments grow by 70%, expects the company will be able to achieve an annual increase of 100%. Regarding the Gateway acquisition, the merger of the two company structures will be complete within two more months. Although the extra costs involved in the merger impacted the company's first quarter revenues, Wang predicted large decreases in future personnel and channel business operational costs. The company has achieved its targeted economic scale in terms of lowered costs, but commented that the integration process had not progressed as smoothly as hoped.
China - China: Profitability more important than ranking UTAC
TIRef.No 2839552
Description Being one of the top-ten IC packaging and testing companies in terms of sales, United Test and Assembly Center (UTAC) stresses the importance of profitability rather than ranking, though the company is always wishing to advance its ranking. A series of consolidation in the IC backend production industry will continue and that only companies with annual sales of USD 1 billion can have economy of scale. UTAC is confident that it is heading towards this benchmark and it is likely to achieve such a goal in 2010, or even in 2009. There are about 50-60 packaging and testing companies in the industry. But now, the top-four out of the top-ten makers each post annual sales of over USD 1 billion, while the non-top-10 players have sales of less than USD 200 million. The gap here suggests that these players will see growing difficulty to survive. I think an IC packaging and testing company has to achieve economy of scale by having annual sales of USD 1 billion.
China - China: Teradata EDW solution at Industrial and Commercial Bank of China
TIRef.No 2841919
Description Teradata, a player in enterprise data warehousing, has announced that the Teradata Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) built for Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, became operational in early 2008. Teradata was selected in 2007 to deploy an EDW, which integrates the information resources from across ICBC to support all the analytical applications for the bank and improve its operational and management efficiency. In the first phase of the project, Teradata assisted ICBC in building a centralized EDW for data analysis to support back-office applications. This was accomplished by integrating data from core operational systems across the bank.
China - China: China TransInfo to construct Olympic GIS
TIRef.No 2841895
Description China TransInfo Technology, a provider of public transportation information systems technology and solutions in China, has won a bid valued at RMB4.73 million (approximately USD0.69 million) to construct the Olympic Games Traffic GIS Application System for the Beijing Traffic Management Bureau (BTMB). The Olympic GIS System is a virtual electronic information platform built on the BTMB's existing traffic management applications. The system will enable the BTMB to track and regularly update street level traffic data within the entire urban area of Beijing. It will provide detailed street traffic management information to the BTMB to facilitate more integrated urban street traffic analysis and planning. Designed specifically for the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing, the system will encompass the entire Olympic Village area by the end of July 2008. Following the conclusion of the games, the system will be expanded to cover the entire urban area of Beijing by the end of October 2008.
China - China & Taiwan: Chin-Poon likely to trim sales guidance on conservative bookings
TIRef.No 2841888
Description After failing to meet first-quarter performance expectations, Chin-Poon Industrial is likely to trim its sales guidance for 2008 due to sluggish demand for printed-circuit boards (PCBs) used in automobile and consumer electronics. Chin-Poon expects to post annual sales of NT$15 billion (USD49.3 million) in 2008, representing a 15 percent on-year growth. However, in light of a change in demand outlook, the analysts estimate that Chin-Poon may likely see its annual sales growth to be within 10 percent. Chin-Poon did not update its sales guidance but admitted that demand from automobile and consumer electronics customers from China and Taiwan should remain weak in the second quarter. The company's performance in the first half of 2008 might still fail expectations. Sampling amount since March and April has been reduced by at least 20 percent on year; implying that demand from the end product side is weak and customers are conservative about rolling out new products.
Egypt - Egypt: Boom drives upgrade at Cairo bourse
TIRef.No 2836572
Description Egypt's stock market is to make its expensive move to a new trading platform by July, ahead of a predicted threefold increase in trading activity in 2008. The existing system used by the Cairo & Alexandria Stock Exchanges (Case) is already struggling to cope with the surge in trading activity in recent years. The exchange's current platform was introduced in 2000 and can handle 15,000 transactions a day. The new platform has been bought from OMX, part of the Nasdaq OMX group, which also has a stake in the Dubai International Financial Exchange. It will be able to handle up to 1 million transactions a day in equities, bonds and derivatives once it goes live. It is an expensive upgrade that they have to do to stay in business. The upgrade will enable them to make cost savings because a standardised system is easier to maintain. Case will run both trading platforms in tandem for one month to ensure there is no break in trading.
France - France: Atos Origin buries hatchet with rebel shareholders
TIRef.No 2842348
Description Atos Origin and its two largest shareholders yesterday ended their ugly public row over the firm's management and biz strategy after chairman Didier Cherpitel resigned. Jean-Philippe Thierry, who is currently president of insurance firm AGF Holding, will succeed Cherpitel at the French IT services company. Atos said it had agreed to compromise with investment funds Centaurus Capital Ltd and Pardus Capital Management by reaching a deal that was "in the best interest of the company, its employees, its clients, and all stakeholders". The agreement follows months of bitter wrangles between Atos management and the funds, which hold a combined stake of more than 23 per cent in the firm. Just last week CEO Philippe Germond was forced to suspend the firm's annual general meeting (AGM) amid chaotic scenes in which a dispute kicked off over votes of the company's employee shareholding fund. The IT services outfit had been in talks with potential buyers last year before cutting loose and deciding to go it alone, much to the chagrin of Centaurus and Pardus, both of whom had called for the firm to seek tie-ups with other companies.
France - France: Dalet selects Harmonic's Rhozet transcoding technology
TIRef.No 2842089
Description Harmonic, a provider of video solutions, has announced that its Rhozet Carbon Coder video transcoding solution has been selected by Dalet Digital Media Systems for integration with the full range of Dalet asset management and broadcast solutions. The Dalet - Rhozet integration is deployed at The Press Association, the national news agency for the United Kingdom and Ireland, for efficient production and management of video packages which are distributed to affiliates via The Press Association's web portal. Video journalists in the field can edit video using their laptops and upload finished packages to headquarters using a customised store-and-forward video hub application developed using Rhozet video transcoding technology.
United Kingdom - United Kingdom: Want a 1TB optical drive? Call/Recall me
TIRef.No 2842326
Description Call/Recall has announced it is developing a 1TB optical drive and disk, backwards compatible with Blu-ray, in partnership with the Nichia Corporation of Japan. Call/Recall began synthesizing 1TB materials for Nichia's blue-violet laser diodes in December 2007, with first initial testing successfully completed in March 2008. InPhase has just this year announced its revolutionary 300GB holographic disk and here is another optical format with more than three times the capacity. How realistic is this? Call/Recall and Nichia will jointly develop the ultra high-capacity optical disc recording and playback system. It is designed around Nichia's commercially available violet and blue laser diodes and Call/Recall's one terabyte media. Understanding Nichia is simple: it co-developed blue-violet laser diodes in conjunction with Sony and they are used in Blu-ray drives. What about potential markets? Here's what the company says: 'The demand for blue-violet laser-based recording and playback is expected to grow as the US market approaches the hard shut-off of standard analog broadcast on February 17, 2009. Nothing has been said about product availability. Guesstimation suggests 2010 or 2011 but there are plenty of potential obstacles to be dealt with.
United Kingdom - United Kingdom: Too much code, too few application security specialists
TIRef.No 2842183
Description Agile dominates software development. According to Scott Ambler, a prolific author of books on the subject in addition to being IBM's agile development practice lead, 69 per cent of organizations already use agile in one or more projects. Twenty four per cent of the rest are planning to start in the next year. Unlike traditional waterfall projects, which progress through a series of horizontal layers until complete, agile projects work in vertical "sprints" to completely implement a small slice of functionality before moving on to the next one. Agile's lack of formal requirements, architecture, and paperwork makes most in the security field shudder. The waterfall model is burned deep into the security mindset. In the venerable Orange Book, assurance comes by way of formal models, traceability across lifecycle stages, test plans and test results. The agilistas might be on to something. From a security point of view, there are certainly problems with the big-design-up-front approach. First, so many security problems are at the implementation level that getting a big design up front complete enough is exceedingly difficult.
United Kingdom - United Kingdom: Split on support for 'old' Java in next Eclipse
TIRef.No 2842303
Description A summit on the next version of Eclipse platform - E4 - has exposed fundamental disagreements between those who want to update the platform and those wanting to continue support for "old" Java. The dispute is over whether to focus on Java 5 or to continue supporting its aging predecessor Java 1.4. Eclipse projects currently embrace several versions of Java ranging from 1.4, released six years ago, to the latest Java 6. At the heart of the matter is the issue of "bloat" - whether later versions of Java have become choc-full of APIs for every single scenario, and whether Java should be stripped down to the bare essentials. A "large portion of the community" making up the recent E4 summit was reckoned to be "resistant to using old technology. It's those pesky "embedded folks (and their ilk)" that apparently do not want Java 5 because they are worried about "bloat". Software leaders including C++ inventor Bjarne Stroustrup and the founder of the open source Spring Framework Rod Johnson have also weighed in, in the past, on whether Java is becoming unfit for action.
United Kingdom - United Kingdom: Windows experiment meets the bottom line
TIRef.No 2842872
Description This project I began writing about in late January, the prototyping of a large database project using the latest versions of a Microsoft software stack, has been an unusual exercise. Unusual because, from the start, both the executive and the technical personnel were fully co-operative throughout the entire undertaking. The starting point was an existing SQL Server 2005 database running on top of Windows Server 2003. Both the executive and technical sides agreed that SQL Server 2008 had significant advantages for this particular project. Every group will identify its own killer functionality or functionalities, but for us these were the spatial data types and file streaming. They were aware that other database engines also offer spatial data types - both DB2 and Oracle do - but a change of engine was not an option. The level of disruption that an engine change would entail was deemed unacceptable, and it seemed likely that the pain would outweigh the gain.
United Kingdom - United Kingdom: Will Seagate build a flash SSD foundry
TIRef.No 2842353
Description Seagate thinks flash solid state drives (SSDs) are interesting and Seagate will sell them - but not yet. A customer buys a hard disk drive (HDD) array from an OEM or channel source and the innards consist of a controller from LSI or someone similar and disk drives from Seagate or someone else similar. Seagate makes drives but not controllers. A flash SSD array or array component will consist of a flash array controller and flash SSDs, which consist of flash chips and the SSD-level controller, roughly equivalent to the HDD integrated circuit board sold and supplied by Seagate as an intrinsic part of the hard drive. So, logically, Seagate would sell to OEMs a flash SSD equivalent to a HDD unit; that is to say, a bunch of flash chips and control electronics. Will Seagate make the flash chips?
United Kingdom - United Kingdom: KDE 4.1 beta 1 released
TIRef.No 2842328
Description K Desktop Environment project devs have made the first beta of KDE 4.1 available. The latest code for the desktop suite features expanded desktop shell functionality, the KDE Personal Information Management suite ported to KDE 4, and many new and newly ported applications. Testers, brave of heart, and those craving the bleeding edge stable versions be damned can find the code here. The most noticeable changes are to KDE 4.0's desktop and user interface tool, Plasma. Support has been added for multiple and resizable panels and the application launcher menu as ben polished and optimized. A bunch of applications have been ported to KDE 4. There's also some new arrivals such as Dragon Player, a lightweight media player. Final release for KDE 4.1 is scheduled for July 29, 2008. That's six months after the KDE 4.0 was released.
United Kingdom - United Kingdom: Mozilla guns for Guinness world record with Firefox 3.0
TIRef.No 2842194
Description Mozilla aims to make Firefox 3 a record breaker. It wants the release of the next version of its flagship open source browser to be accompanied by a record for the most software downloads in a single 24-hour period 1. Download Day - as Mozilla dubs it - will begin the minute Firefox 3 is generally available and continue for 24 hours. Ahead of this release, expected in mid-to-late June, Mozilla has set up a website. This encourages people to organise Download Day parties, to run around collecting sign-up pledges at their university or place of work, and to place Download Day buttons on their websites. Firefox 3 is based on Gecko 1.9, an updated layout engine. The browser features a cleaner layout, better bookmark handling and more stability. And it's faster. Mozilla decided to release a second release candidate for Firefox 3.0 at a meeting, in response to the discovery of 10 performance and stability bugs. The alternative would have been to patch these potential "showstoppers" after the browser shipped.
United Kingdom - United Kingdom: IBM dumps Rational tools on unsuspecting users
TIRef.No 2842990
Description IBM launches the first products using its open-source Jazz project, extending real-time team collaboration across its own Rational tools and Microsoft's Visual Studio development suite. IBM is using its annual Rational Users' Conference in Orlando, Florida to announce pricing and availability for a swath of 22 products. There will be six additions to the Rational application lifecycle family based entirely on Jazz, updates to five Rational favorites that add Jazz capabilities, and plans for certified add-in products from 11 Rational partners. Included are a set of connectors enabling members of IBM's Jazz combo to provide IM, presence, data and workflow integration with Visual Studio. Connectors are due in the fourth-quarter of this year. Integration has been helped by the fact IBM is a member of Microsoft's Visual Studio Integration Program (VSIP), and has access to code and engineering support from Microsoft. IBM calls it the next evolution in application lifecycle management. Improved collaboration between tech team members and between tech teams and the business is a familiar - and tired - promise from ALM providers like IBM. IBM should detail three versions of Team Concert and announce a fourth.
United Kingdom - United Kingdom: VMware dollars swarm into B-hive Networks
TIRef.No 2842193
Description VMware intends to sweeten how applications run on its virtual machines with the purchase of B-hive Networks, a firm that specializes in performance management tools. B-hive is based in San Mateo, California with its research and development center in Israel. Its flagship appliance, B-hive Conductor, monitors application performance and helps resolve problems with app response time. VMware will use the technology to alert VMware infrastructure to when application performance wanes, and automatically resolve the issue by either adjusting the resources allocated to the application or by provisioning new virtual machines with additional instances of the app. The freshly-acquired firm claims the upper hand over OS-based performance monitoring products because it can measure performance across multi-tier or service-oriented architecture applications distributed across clusters of ESX hypervisors and virtual machines.
United Kingdom - United Kingdom: Asus offers Brits Eee PC 900 battery swap plan
TIRef.No 2842991
Description Asus has bowed to consumer pressure and agreed to swap Eee PC 900 buyers' old, 4400mAh batteries for a new 5800mAh model - and for a payment of USD 21 (GBP 11.75). The battery swap programme would commence on 10 June. It had posted a Bios update that would eke out the 900's battery life by a further 30 minutes on average. The 4400mAh battery in the 900 delivered only slightly less runtime than the 5200mAh battery in the original Eee PC. The new Bios update should mean that the 900 now delivers a longer runtime than an Eee PC 701 with a bigger battery. However, it's not yet clear what - if any - performance trade-off this has required.
United Kingdom - United Kingdom: When it comes to SaaS, money talks
TIRef.No 2842965
Description During the past few days, the increasingly hot software as a service (SaaS) market has gotten even hotter following some high-cost deals. Investors have plowed USD 17 million into U.K. SaaS house Jobpartners PLC, while "cloud computing" specialist NetSuite spent USD 31 million in cash and option obligations for fellow SaaS provider OpenAir, and Enterprise Compliance and Quality Management software developer Pilgrim jumped into the SaaS business. The new financing will be used to accelerate growth in new regions and to fund product development. The company, which is claiming a 35-percent compound annual growth rate for the past half-decade, adds the cash came from two new investors: CM-CIC Private Capital (CM-CIC) and Societe Generale Asset Management Alternative Investments (SGAM AI) as well as from existing investors I-Source and Gilde IT. The funding round is the third for Jobpartners. It took in USD 7 million when it was first founded in 2000. The next year, it got some USD 16 million more.
United Kingdom - United Kingdom: Dell rapped for USD 118 delivery charge on USD 393 laptop
TIRef.No 2842355
Description Dell has been criticised by the advertising watchdog for not making it clear enough that a laptop would incur a USD 118 (GBP 60) delivery charge. The charge "added significantly" to the cost of the computer. In a direct mail advert for Dell computers a USD 393 (GBP199) laptop computer was offered for sale, but one recipient said that that advert was misleading because of extra charges a buyer would have to pay. Buyers were told they could either pay the delivery charge or a USD 112 (GBP 57.58) collection charge, though Dell later said that the inclusion of a collection charge was an error and that it no longer charged for collection. Error or not, the advert appeared to impose charges amounting to a significant proportion of the cost of the computer on buyers, and that buyers appeared to have no choice but to pay the charges. Dell argued that it charged the same price for delivery for any system, ranging from the low-cost laptops advertised to systems costing thousands of pounds. The ASA rejected that argument.
United Kingdom - United Kingdom: Apple mega update strikes out calendar bug
TIRef.No 2842349
Description Apple pushed out a bumper security and performance update that finally plugs a long-standing security hole. Mac OS X version 10.5.3 updates open source components that Apple bundles with its software (such as Apache) as well as its own software and third party components. In total the software upgrade patches 22 modules, including a fix for a serious security bug in Apple's calendering application iCal. Flaws in iCal that potentially created a means to inject hostile code onto vulnerable systems were discovered by Core Security back in January, and promptly notified to Apple. A protracted series of exchanges followed. The dialogue revolved around whether the bugs were serious enough to patch and, if so, when Apple would issue patches. Eventually Core said it would publish an advisory on Wednesday (21 May) in the belief Apple was ready to release a fix on Monday (19 May). In the event, this update only came out on 28 May. Apple now concedes that maliciously crafted iCalendar files might be used to smuggle malware onto unpatched systems.
United Kingdom - United Kingdom: Nvidia targets Intel Atom with ARM-based system-on-a-chip
TIRef.No 2842910
Description Nvidia has announced its attempt to split Intel's Atom: Tegra, an ARM-based system-on-a-chip product for handheld internet access gadgets that's capable of crunching 1080p H.264 HD video. Well, that's the Tegra 650 - a lesser model, the 600, only runs to 720p. Both chips will output at those resolutions - respectively, 1920 x 1080 and 1280 x 720 - through an HDMI 1.3 port if one's built into the host device. Both chips' video processing component - the HD Audio Video Processor, as Nvidia calls it - can encode video at 720p, and support an array of standard music formats and JPEG for photos. It can be connected to a camera sensor of up to 12-megapixel resolution. An on-board Ultra-low Power (ULP) GeForce graphics core provides 3D graphics through the OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics API. The 600's ARM 11 core runs at 700MHz, while the 650's is clocked at 800MHz.
United Kingdom - Global: Microsoft urges Windows users to shun 'carpet bombing' Safari
TIRef.No 2842989
Description Microsoft's security team is advising users to stop using Apple's Safari browser pending investigation into a quirk that allows miscreants to litter their desktop with hundreds of executable files. Windows users who visit a booby-trapped site with Safari could be forced to download and execute malicious files with no prompting, Microsoft says. The "blended threat" is a result of the default download location in Safari and the way the Windows desktop handles executable files. This Microsoft advisory suggests users "restrict use of Safari as a web browser until an appropriate update is available from Microsoft and/or Apple. The recommendation comes a week after researcher Nitesh Dhanjani reported that Apple's browser doesn't seek user permission before downloading certain types of files. Even when encountering malicious iframes - a common occurrence these days even on the most trustworthy of sites - Safari obediently does what it's told to do, including downloading a file hundreds of times. Apple's unfortunate refusal probably explains why Microsoft's security arm has resorted to the unusual recommendation. We can't remember the last time Redmond counseled users to avoid installing a mainstream product for security reasons.
United Kingdom - United Kingdom: EC denies 'provisional decision' on Intel anti-trust probe
TIRef.No 2842174
Description The anti-trust arm of the European Commission today denied that it had reached any provisional decision in its ongoing probe of Intel's marketing and sales practices. There is no provisional or internal decision on this case. The investigation is very much active and ongoing. The Financial Times Deutschland newspaper, which cited Brussels sources, for providing misleading information and described the report as "irresponsible journalism. The newspaper had said that the European Union anti-trust authority planned to take action against Intel's marketing and sales practices by this summer. It reckoned that decision had already been made by EU commissioner Neelie Kroes because the EC had gathered enough evidence against the world's biggest chip maker following a lawsuit by rival AMD. The paper also claimed that the EU would prevent Intel from marketing its microprocessors to PC vendors at a marked down price, and that the authority would forbid the company from subsidising retailer's advertising costs.
United Kingdom - Global: Dell's wee Eee-alike uncovered
TIRef.No 2842346
Description Pictures of Dell's upcoming Eee PC look-a-like have been revealed, and it's rumoured to be called the Mini Inspiron. Last month, an unnamed executive from Taiwanese contract manufacturer Compal claimed it is building an Eee PC rival for Dell. It's thought the PC will use Intel's 'Diamondville' Atom processor and will be released sometime in June. But, according to Gizmodo, Dell's very own Michael Dell has since told the news site that the upcoming small form factor PC has been designed as a low-cost notebook for developing countries. Although he wasn't kind enough to give away any of the machine's specs, it was noted that the PC being held by Michael Dell had three USB ports, a memory card reader and Ethernet connection. The machine was also bright red and came with a stylish black sleeve. Dell is obviously under pressure to reveal more information about the Mini Inspiron though, because it's also released some official snaps as shown above. It's not yet known if the Mini Inspiron will be released in the UK, or if it'll be marketed alongside an Eee-esque perky and attractive female.
United Kingdom - United Kingdom: Penmap announces new release of Version 6.2.net - 'open' mobile geodata software
TIRef.No 2842143
Description Penmap is delighted to announce the release of Penmap Version 6.2.NET. Designed to allow users to graphically and accurately display, collect, and edit survey data in the field, Penmap - Mobile Geodata Software is ideal for organisations wanting to extend the power of their GIS and CAD systems to personnel working in the field. General Manager Erik Schuetz stated "Penmap has been designed to save our customers hours every week through faster and easier data collection, and gives them full peace of mind that every detail is collected, complete and accurate, before leaving the site. In this way we provide security of investment and future growth for our existing users. Penmap connects to common GPS and optical instruments and integrates them with all other surveying techniques for the most efficient field data capture. Utilizing the latest standards in GNSS infrastructure, including VRS, NTRIP, and RTCM V3 - users achieve homogeneous cm-accurate Positions in less than 5 seconds. Penmap operates on the most modern platforms and operating systems, including PDA's running Windows Mobile.
United Kingdom - United Kingdom: SYSPRO releases Quality Management Software for Small, Mid-Sized Businesses
TIRef.No 2842105
Description SYSPRO, a provider of visionary ERP for the manufacturing pragmatist has combined with uniPoint, a provider of quality management software developed on Microsoft.NET technologies, to offer a new enterprise solution that integrates to SYSPRO's standard enterprise resource planning offerings. Called Quality for SYSPRO by uniPoint, the new solution enables SYSPRO users to create, link, communicate, track and manage the life cycle of quality activities and documents. Quality for SYSPRO by uniPoint bridges a multitude of quality standards, such as ISO 9001, ISO 13485, ISO/TS 19649, AS9100 and FDA 21 CFR Part 11 & Part 820 Compliance, allowing SYSPRO users to maintain and measure the cost and frequency of quality events. Quality for SYSPRO by uniPoint also encompasses the principles of Lean Manufacturing and "green" technologies and is being offered with several SYSPRO modules: Non-Conformance, which manages the cost tracking and assignment of user responsibilities and includes both detailed and summary reporting; Corrective and Preventative Action, which centralizes continuous improvement processes and tracks the impact of corrective and preventive actions.
United Kingdom - United Kingdom: Ballmer and Gates defend Vista, drop Windows 7 hints
TIRef.No 2842342
Description Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer insisted that the firm was not guilty of making huge blunders with its unloved operating system Windows Vista. Speaking at the All Things Digital D6 conference alongside lame duck chairman contended: "Vista's not a failure and it's not a mistake." He also took the opportunity at the opening night of the Wall Street Journal event in Carlsbad, California, to claim that Microsoft has now shipped 150 million Vista licences that's ten million up on the figure released by the company in late April. Of course, that's a somewhat skewed number given that a large swathe of companies that bought machines loaded with the Vista OS opted to downgrade to Windows XP. Gates, who finally hangs up his Redmond boots on 30 June, was a little more reticent on the lukewarm response Vista has so far received. The firm has in recent days gone to great pains to convince its business customers that grasping the Vista nettle first would ease the path to Windows 7 deployment when it reaches the masses - with January 2010 being the date Microsoft insists it will land.
United Kingdom - Global: HP launches siamese-twin server blade
TIRef.No 2842163
Description Hewlett-Packard has devised a siamese-twin CPU server blade for those monstrous data centers with nowhere to spread out. HP pitches its new ProLiant BL2x220c G5 as the first blade with two independent servers combined into a single blade enclosure. The twofer is intended for large "scale-out" operations that require massive computing power, but have limited floor space or don't want to pony up to build a new site. That covers the entire Web 2.0, cloud, and high performance computing (HPC) racket by HP's estimations. The server blade uses two Intel Xeon 5400 series quad core chips, or two Intel Xeon 5200 series Dual cores. Each enclosure hosts 8GB memory (4GB per server) standard and a maximum of 16GB RAM. Each server node has internal drive support for a 2.5" 120GB SATA drive. With two servers per slot, it fits up to 32 server nodes per HP BladeSystem c7000 enclosure or 16 per c3000 enclosure. It scales up to 128 servers, so HP muses that means 1,024 CPU cores and two terabytes of RAM in a single 42U rack. We'll oblige the math since it is, in fact, pretty darn dense.
United Kingdom - Global: Google highlights OpenSocial, Gears at I/O event
TIRef.No 2844324
Description Google has upgraded its OpenSocial platform with a new REST (representational state transfer) API for applications that need to tap back-end servers for data and functionality. This capability had been eagerly awaited by developers creating OpenSocial applications, particularly because having the REST API (application programming interface) is considered key for mobile applications. Version 0.8 of OpenSocial also enhances the platform's JavaScript API, Google announced Wednesday at its I/O developer conference. "This represents the next evolution of the OpenSocial API, which was scoped, specified and built via an open process run by the community," wrote Google product manager Dan Peterson in the OpenSocial blog. OpenSocial is a project that provides a set of basic APIs so developers don't have to fully re-write an application to have it run on each social-networking site. The JavaScript API modifications are detailed in version 0.8's release notes. In a related I/O announcement, Google said that MySpace is adopting its Gears technology for storing data from Web applications locally in a browser for offline access. Specifically, MySpace will use Gears in the e-mail service it provides to its social-networking site members. To date, this is the largest implementation of Gears outside of Google and the first time MySpace has made available functionality for its users to search and sort mail. According to MySpace, its members send an average of 170 million mail messages every day using the site's mail system. Through its local storage capability, Gears will allow them to search and sort their mail rather than having to manually scroll through their messages. In addition, Google announced that popular blog-publishing service WordPress is also using Gears to let its users manage their blogs offline, and that Gears now also supports Apple's Safari browser and version 3 of the Firefox browser.
United Kingdom - United Kingdom: Heaviest Virgin Media downloaders face new daytime go-slow
TIRef.No 2842332
Description Virgin Media will double the number of hours it throttles the bandwidth of customers who hammer its network day and night, changes to its traffic management policy have revealed. The tightened regime means that between 10am and 3pm subscribers to its "M", "L" and "XL" packages will have their connection throttled for five hours if they download more than their full speed ration. The decision follows recent regional testing of extended restrictions in London and the North West. Previously the brakes were only slammed on for five hours if limits were exceeded at any point between 4pm and 9pm. Now, "M" customers who bust 900MB during the day will have their theoretical maximum download halved from 2Mbit/s to 1Mbit/s. "L" and "XL" users' usual headline speeds of 10MBit/s and 20MBit/s will be slowed by three quarters if they break daytime download limits of 2400MB and 6000MB respectively.
United Kingdom - United Kingdom: UK developers prefer open source
TIRef.No 2844886
Description The majority of UK developers who do not already use open source licences for their products would do so if they had the choice, according to a new survey from Kingpin Intelligence. The survey found that among development organizations that do not produce open source software, the main things preventing them from doing so are client requirements and licensing restrictions. The survey of 400 developers from Kingpin's database illuminates some key facts about the way open source is approached in the UK. Britain is the laggard of Europe in the use of open source, according to industry body OpenForum Europe. Its director, Graham Taylor, said earlier this month that up to 90 per cent of public administrations are locked into proprietary vendor solutions because of poor business decisions. Among developers, at least, open source has a significant proportion of supporters, according to Kingpin's survey. Even at developer organizations that do not use open source, 62 per cent of respondents said they used open source software outside of work. Nearly half of all respondents, or 42 per cent, said they believe the LAMP software stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) poses a threat to entrenched technologies. But only 31 per cent were convinced the open source development process produces higher-quality software than proprietary processes. Amongst open source development organizations, only 30 per cent of respondents were contracted to enterprise organizations, the study found. And reflecting the dominance of Windows, open source developers targeted the Windows and Linux operating systems almost equally, Kingpin said. Overall, the firm said the survey results reflect growing interest in open source amongst UK developers, with cost and flexibility seen as advantages under current economic conditions.
United Kingdom - United Kingdom: Microsoft seeds HP PCs with Live Search
TIRef.No 2842884
Description Ever determined to close the gap on Google, Microsoft has cut a deal with HP to dope all new PCs it flogs to North Americans with Live Search. From January next year HP machines will come with the Live Search search enging toolbar pre-installed in Internet Explorer, and the homepage set to Live.com. Google has been the master of these kinds of deals to gobble up market share for its web search. The tens of millions it pumps into the Mozilla Foundation pays for the Google Toolbar to be installed on machines owned by Firefox users worldwide. The partnership follows soon after the announcement of a parallel attempt by Microsoft pay to up its measly search market share. A new scheme lets users reap cash back if they use the service to access certain major online retailers. It's also about to begin splurging USD 300m on a new marketing campaign aimed at making Microsoft products seem web-trendy.
United Kingdom - United Kingdom: HP biased against BIOS password security
TIRef.No 2842993
Description HP has come under fire for nullifying BIOS password protection steps on laptops by publishing reset data on its website. UK-based security consultancy SecureTest compared the approach to hiding a front door key under a welcome mat. Security breaches resulting from stolen laptops have hit the headlines repeatedly over recent months. Full disc encryption is the best approach to making sure data remains secure even if an item of hardware is lost or stolen. But other techniques, such as BIOS password security, still have a role in discouraging casual thieves from bothering to read the data on stolen or 'lost' laptops. Laptop BIOS resets typically involve a call to a vendor and going through a challenge-response process before reset codes are handed out. So SecureTest was surprised to discover that HP publishes the reset process for the series of laptop most commonly used in the office on their UK website.
United Kingdom - United Kingdom: Low-end EMC NSX is on its way
TIRef.No 2842985
Description To better compete with NetApp, EMC is to launch a low-end version of its Celerra NSX NAS gateway product. A NAS (network-attached storage) gateway is a server presenting files to accessing application servers but storing them on a storage area network (SAN), The Celerra NSX (pictured) is a data center-class NAS and IP storage gateway front-ending Symmetrix or CLARiiON Fibre Channel storage. It is accessed via NFS, CIFS or the iSCSI protocol and is built from a clustered X-Blade architecture. Each X-Blade has dual Pentium 4 CPUs, runs the DART (Data Access in Real Time) O/S, and is an autonomous file server supporting up to 32TB of Fibre Channel drive or SATA drive storage in Fibre Channel-connected arrays. There can be between 3 and 8 X-Blades with maximum storage of 256TB, of which 224TB is usable. According to a well-informed source the NSX-4 will be a small scale version of the product, with price and performance characteristics making it a stronger competitor to alternate NetApp products. It is expected within the next one to six months.
United Kingdom - Global: Google defends open source from 'poisonous people'
TIRef.No 2842963
Description Once upon a time, there was an open source project called Subversion, and it needed a new date parser. One day, a coder came along and wrote one. But he insisted on tagging the source code with his John Hancock. And that was against the rules. Subversion's founders said that name tags would undermine collaboration. When the founders asked the coder to remove his name, he refused, threatening to leave the project and take his date parser with him. It was a good date parser - just want the project needed - but the founders stood their ground. So, the coder left with his parser and never submitted another patch. But six weeks later, a second coder came along. Two of Subversion's founding developers - Brian Fitzpatrick and Ben Collins-Sussman - believe in open source projects that maintain a large "bus factor." A poisonous person would be anyone who puts a drag on collaborative coding, from cruel souls who enjoy tossing a wrench into the works to social misfits who screw things up simply by being themselves.
United Kingdom - United Kingdom: Date set for next major PS3 firmware release
TIRef.No 2842958
Description The next major firmware update for the PS3 goes live within two weeks, it's been claimed. The new system software gives gamers access to the much-hyped in-game messaging and video chat facility. Firmware 2.4 will be made available by Sony on 18 June. In-game chat and video are expected to become accessible through stocky updates to Sony's XMB interface. But you'll need additional hardware, such as Sony's PS3 Eye camera, to make use of video calls. Also rumoured to be included in version 2.4 is a so-called Trophy feature. This is expected to be a rewards system that gives gamers exclusive graphics that they can show off to other gamers, much like the achievements doled out by Microsoft's Xbox 360. Sony's official lines of communication are keeping mum about an 18 June launch for the time being.
United Kingdom - United Kingdom: Sigma Seven Sponsors AGI GeoCommunity Conference 2008
TIRef.No 2842084
Description Sigma Seven are pleased to announce their sponsorship of the annual conference of the Association for Geographic Information (AGI). Taking place in Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK, 24-25 September, the AGI Conference and Exhibition are key dates in the calendar of the British GI industry and have been the flagship events of the AGI for more than a decade. The theme of this year's conference is 'Shaping a Changing World' and will address how the GeoCommunity works in a global environment of change, challenge and transformation. As corporate members of the AGI who have taken an active part in previous AGI events, Sigma Seven are proud to continue to support the important work of the organisation. Sigma Seven was formed in 2000 by a group of mapping, data management and GIS professionals from leading IT Service and Utilities companies. Recognising the growing demand for flexible and affordable mobile map-based solutions in all organisations with field workers, the company has developed the GeoField product suite. Sigma Seven has helped some of the largest utility companies in the UK to take mapping out of the office and into the front line.
United Kingdom - United Kingdom: VIA revamps NanoBook sub-notebook platform
TIRef.No 2842992
Description VIA has revised its NanoBook Small, Cheap Computer reference design to make it a little more like Asus' Eee PC. It also comes with a new name: OpenBook. The chipmaker had to change the name, of course. Having just launched its 'Isiah' 64-bit CPU as the Nano, folk would have assumed the sub-notebook design featured the new processor had the name not been tweaked. As it stands, the OpenBook continues to use VIA's C7-M ULV (Ultra-Low Voltage) CPU. The 1.6GHz processor sits on an 800MHz frontside bus connected to a VIA VX800 chipset - an upgrade on the Nanobook's VX700 chipset. VIA anticipates licensees throwing in up to 2GB of DDR memory and at least 80GB of hard drive storage. The design calls for an 8.9in, 1024 x 600 display, an improvement on the NanoBook design's 7in, 800 x 480 screen. The graphics come courtesy of the chipset's integrated VIA Chrome 9, a DirectX 9-compatible GPU that can grab up to 256MB of main memory for its video buffer.
United Kingdom - United Kingdom: ID fraudsters soak the rich
TIRef.No 2842192
Description Identity fraud grew alarmingly in the UK last year, with affluent Londoners particularly at risk, according to figures from credit reference agency Experian. More than 6,000 victims of identity fraud contacted Experian last year, compared with 3,500 in 2006. These directly reported incidents are just a tiny fraction of the 10,000 identity fraud cases analysed by Experian, from which it has identified ID crime hotspots and victim profiles. London residents were twice as likely (on average) as others in the rest of the population to experience identity fraud problems. This factor makes London both the capital of the country and ID fraud, according to Experian. The typical identity fraud victim is aged between 26 and 45, earns more than £50,000 a year and tends to be a homeowner. Higher income earners are three times as likely to fall victim to identity fraudsters. Many victims realised they had been swindled after spotting dodgy transactions on credit monitoring reports. A separate study by Symantec recently noted that identities are been traded online for as little as £5, so the growing prevalence of identity fraud shouldn't come as a big surprise.
United Kingdom - United Kingdom: Android to offer iPhone-like App Store
TIRef.No 2842306
Description Google will offer an iPhone-like app store for Android, giving developers a central means of distributing applications on its soon-to-be-open-source mobile platform. At least, it looks that way. Speaking at the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco, Android project leader Andy Rubin didn't officially announce an Android app store, but he pretty much guaranteed it's on the way. It would be a great benefit to the Android community to provide a place where people can go to safely and securely download content and where a billing system would allow developers to get paid for their effort. Of course, if Google opens an Android app store, there's no guarantee it will actually show on every Android phone. There's no guarantee any of Google's tools will actually show up on phones. Google is already working with more than 30 mobile industry players on the development of its Linux-based mobile stack, including handset makers and service providers, and you can bet that some OEMs will closely follow Mountain View's lead.
Israel - Israel: VMware buys app performance vendor, sets up shop in Israel
TIRef.No 2844851
Description VMware has agreed to acquire B-hive Networks, an application performance management software vendor, the company announced Wednesday. B-hive is based in the US, but has R&D facilities in Herzliya, Israel, which VMware said will form the core of a new development center. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. VMware expects to complete the deal during the third quarter. B-hive software gives customers visibility into how their applications are performing. For example, it can tell you how many transactions per second are being processed by a database, or the response time of a Web site, says Raghu Raghuram, VMware's vice president of products and solutions. Because it runs on top of VMware's hypervisor, B-hive software can then dynamically instruct the VMware infrastructure to reallocate resources in response to changing needs, he says. These capabilities become increasingly important when enterprises use virtualization for production applications such as ERP, databases, and Microsoft Exchange, as opposed to test and development scenarios. "As virtualization becomes mainstream, our customers are increasingly putting mission-critical applications onto virtual platforms," Raghuram says. B-hive already sells its "Conductor" software on VMware's Virtual Appliance Marketplace. Such appliances consist of a virtual machine, operating system and the B-hive software in one integrated package. "Unlike OS-based performance monitoring products, the B-hive solution is designed to measure performance across multi-tier or service-oriented architecture applications that are distributed across clusters of ESX hypervisors and virtual machines," VMware states in a press release. B-hive is the third company VMware has acquired this year and the ninth since 2005. VMware -- which itself is owned by EMC but operated as an independent company -- bought application virtualization vendor Thinstall in January, and purchased the services assets of Foedus that same month. B-hive's R&D center in Israel was one of several reasons VMware made the purchase, Raghuram says. VMware previously didn't have a base in Israel. Going forward, VMware will use the Israeli facility for general development of VMware products, rather than simply continue B-hive's work in application performance management. "Israel is home to great talent and technology in software," Raghuram says. "This came as the right opportunity to set up shop in Israel." Raghuram says VM
Israel - Israel: Altair Semiconductor To Provide Power Efficient Chipsets To WILLCOM Inc. For Next Generation PHS Technology
TIRef.No 2839201
Description Altair Semiconductor (Altair), a fabless chip company developing the world's most advanced 4G mobile semiconductors for handheld devices, recently announced it has been selected to supply the chipsets for wireless devices operating on WILLCOM Inc.'s (WILLCOM) next generation Personal Handyphone System ("XG-PHS") in Japan. WILLCOM, Japan's largest PHS technology operator, chose Altair after an extensive evaluation of chipset solutions from semiconductor suppliers around the world. Under the terms of the agreement between the two companies, Altair will supply its ALTx150 series ultra-low power and high performance chipsets to WILLCOM's authorized ecosystem of mobile handset and handheld device manufacturers. WILLCOM is the pioneer of PHS deployment in Japan and has an extraordinary track record for pushing the envelope on performance and service quality. WILLCOM's selection of Altair's chipset validates our development of highly flexible and power-efficient processors that allow us to address different 4G markets and technologies with a single semiconductor platform.
India - India: Five IT parks to come up in Kerala
TIRef.No 2839432
Description The Kerala government gave the nod to set up IT parks in Kollam, Alappuzha, Thrissur, Kannur and Kasargode districts. Chief Minister told reporters after the weekly cabinet meeting that these IT parks will come under the newly set up IT infrastructure company of the state government. They asked the revenue department to see that they take possession of the land, which should be ranging from a minimum of 25 acres to 100 acres in these five districts. The government holds 51 percent share and the rest will be given out to private and public companies in the IT infrastructure company, which would build the necessary infrastructure at the proposed sites where the five new IT parks come up. This development comes at a time when Kerala registered a record software exports from the state touching Rs.12 billion for the last fiscal. Currently there are around 35,000 software professionals working at the two IT parks here and at Kochi and the state government plans to expand this to 100,000 IT professionals in the coming years.
India - India: ASTRA unveils octo-GPU supercomputer
TIRef.No 2839438
Description It seems that the techies over in Belgium have plonked four GeForce 9800GX2 graphics cards in a quad-SLI motherboard plus the requisite glowing blue fans - to create an eight-GPU desktop supercomputer. The pint-sized processing powerhouse which came in at a svelte ?4,000 has the same performance of approximately three hundred and fifty desktop PCs based on 'normal' microprocessors. The Nvidia-based supercomputer won't be used for cranking up the frames-per-second in the latest first-person shooters: ASTRA, the group behind the system, plans to use it to process tomographic data from medical scanners to rapidly produce three-dimensional models of patients' internal bits and bobs. Whereas traditional PCs at the ?4,000 mark would take a week to crunch through the data, the power of the GPU on the Nvidia cards is such that the same data can be processed in a matter of hours. The system, built by a team from the Belgium computer shop Tones.be was made using entirely off-the-shelf commercial parts - meaning repeating the stunt to create an ultra-powerful cluster that can also be used as a kick-ass LAN for deathmatches will be well within the reach of the ASTRA group.
India - India: SYSTIME To Deploy JD Edwards EnterpriseOne For Naga Limited
TIRef.No 2839427
Description SYSTIME, a 100 per cent subsidiary of the CMS group and a global business solutions provider, has clinched yet another deal to implement Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne for Naga Limited, India. JD Edwards enables manufacturers to manage core business processes and inventory, thereby reducing wastage, costs and time-to-market. SYSTIME is said to have been awarded the Naga Limited contract because of its track record, functional expertise and understanding of Oracle software. SYSTIME will implement Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne finance, distribution and manufacturing applications at Naga Limited. According to SYSTIME, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne will enable Naga Limited to gain greater control over productivity and achieve maximum return-on-investment (ROI) at a low total cost of ownership. Added Maurice D'souza, vice president, international, SYSTIME, "This business win is another example of SYSTIME's reputation as the most reliable JD Edwards EnterpriseOne implementation partner, and endeavour will be to ensure that the implementation results in maximum profitability to our client."
India - India: Government allows service sector up to USD 100 mn external borrowing
TIRef.No 2839426
Description The government eased its external commercial borrowing (ECB) norm, enabling firms in the service sector - hotels, hospitals and software companies - to borrow up to $100 million for import of capital goods. The decision comes as a big solace to the borrowers in service sector, who are not currently eligible to avail ECB under the automatic route. "It has been decided that henceforth borrowers in services sector, viz hotels, hospitals and software companies may avail ECB up to $100 million for import of capital goods under the approval route. The government reviews its ECB policy regularly in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India to keep it in tune with the evolving macro-economic situation, changing market conditions, sectoral requirements, the external sector and its experience. On May 28, the government had amended the ECB policy to enable borrowers in infrastructure sector to avail ECB up to $100 million for rupee expenditure for permissible end-uses under the approval route.
India - India: Four Soft To Deploy Solutions To PTT Polymer Logistic
TIRef.No 2839423
Description Four Soft Limited, provider of software solutions for transportation and logistics verticals, announced that it has been chosen by PTT Polymer Logistics Co. Ltd. (PTTPL), a company of PTT Group, Bangkok, to deploy its transportation application - 4S eTrans across PTTPL's multiple locations in Bangkok, to support its trucking business. 4S eTrans is built on the modern J2EE technology. It is an on-line web-based application and seamlessly integrates air, ocean and truck operations with inbuilt freight accounting module. The software automates the multi-mode transportation functions and offers visibility of the goods in several stages of processing, both to the logistics providers and their customers, at any given time. PTT group is a Bangkok based company, backed by Government of Thailand. PTT and its Petrochemical subsidiaries have planned to expand their downstream business in Petrochemical industry. These products are also distributed both in domestic market and worldwide. In order to have a better control over logistics activities for this expansion, PTT Polymer Logistics Company Limited (PTTPL) was established in September 2006 to provide full logistics service for PTT Petrochemical subsidiary companies.
India - India: SYSTIME to deploy JD Edwards EnterpriseOne for Naga Limited
TIRef.No 2841885
Description SYSTIME, a 100 percent subsidiary of the CMS group and a global business solutions provider, has clinched yet another deal to implement Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne for Naga Limited, India. JD Edwards enables manufacturers to manage core business processes and inventory, thereby reducing wastage, costs and time-to-market. SYSTIME have been awarded the Naga Limited contract because of its track record, functional expertise and understanding of Oracle software. SYSTIME will implement Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne finance, distribution and manufacturing applications at Naga Limited. According to SYSTIME, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne will enable Naga Limited to gain greater control over productivity and achieve maximum return-on-investment (ROI) at a low total cost of ownership. This business win is another example of SYSTIME's reputation as the most reliable JD Edwards EnterpriseOne implementation partner, and their endeavour will be to ensure that the implementation results in maximum profitability to their client.
India - India: Sasken links up with S60 Product Creation Community
TIRef.No 2839510
Description Sasken Communication, a provider of software services and solutions in 3G wireless and broadband DSL technologies, has joined the S60 Product Creation Community (S60 PCC). S60 PCC, created in 2003, was established to accelerate the crucial steps in bringing S60 phones to market. The members of the community offer S60 OEM-licensees expert help with all aspects of S60 smartphone development, including software integration, hardware implementation and customization of the S60 software package. The Technology Integrator status provides it an opportunity to add value to S60 ecosystem through its multimedia experience. The membership also reinforces Sasken's associated partnerships, which include Symbian Competence Center, OMAP Technology Center and ARM Approved Design Center.
India - India: Alibaba ties up with Intel on SME-market PCs in India
TIRef.No 2842997
Description Alibaba.com, China based e-Commerce group has partnered with Intel Corp for a PC targeted at small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Under this partnership Alibaba will embed its new E-commerce platform into the PCs, while Intel will provide support on Internet security and services based on its chip platform. Currently, Intel and Alibaba are selecting domestic PC manufacturers to make the PCs and bring in IT service providers to integrate their services in the product. Alibaba expects the first machines to be offered this year. The company will also launch a new E-commerce platform into the PCs, while Intel will provide support on Internet security and services based on its chip platform. Last month, Alibaba tied up with Infomedia India Ltd to create an online sourcing community in India.
India - India: WNS Holdings set to bag Aviva's BPO operations
TIRef.No 2839200
Description WNS Holdings appears to have emerged as the highest bidder for insurance giant Aviva's BPO operations Aviva Global Services (AGS) with an offer of over $200 million. The deal covers acquisition of Aviva's captive unit, outsourced operations parked with vendors and an assured business from the UK-based insurance firm for a five-year period. Private equity giant Warburg Pincus-controlled WNS is believed to have pipped rival outsourcing firm, EXL Services, and a multinational player rumoured to be Capgemini in a rather prolonged bidding process that marks the successful sale of a large captive BPO unit in the country. When completed, WNS is set to absorb around 6,500 employees of Aviva's consolidated operations spread across Bangalore, Pune, Noida, Chennai and Colombo. Aviva remains committed to the success of its offshoring operations and is proud of what has been achieved so far. NYSE-listed WNS has been aggressively chasing consolidation in the country's decade-old BPO sector. Last week, ET first reported that WNS has held early M&A discussions with Firstsource Solutions. WNS was likely to execute a leveraged buyout of Aviva BPO with the backing of $180-200 million facility from ICICI Bank.
India - India: TATA rural BPO to come up near steel site in Orissa
TIRef.No 2839439
Description BS reported that, in a conciliatory move towards educated locals who are agitating against TATA Steel's proposed 6 million tonne steel plant in Kalinga Nagar, the TATA group is setting up a business process outsourcing unit on the proposed site. The rural BPO centre will be established by the TATA Business Support Services in partnership with TATA Steel Rural Development Society. To start with, it is expected to employ around 200 people. TATA has already recruited the first batch of the executives for the BPO unit, who are expected to undergo two months of training at ATA Business Support Services' headquarters in Hyderabad. ATA Business Support Services has developed a specialized training program in view the fact that most of the new recruits are not computer literate. The centre aims at handling the Orissa region front end and customer support works of group companies including TATA Teleservices and TATA Sky. The BPO unit will also provide services to other firms who have substantial operations in Orissa.
Japan - Japan: Fujitsu Siemens Computers announces Amilo series
TIRef.No 2842352
Description The brand new range is aimed at an across the board audience, from a sleek entry-level desktop to a "high performance" gaming machine and notebooks that cater for frequent use when mobile. The launch consisted of three product lines in the new livery, with Amilo - the brand for the consumer products - in high-contrast black and white. The Amilo 3000 series includes consumer-targeted desktop, laptop and peripherals, while the Esprimo notebooks and desktop PCs are aimed at professionals. Alongside these are the Celsius workstation range and the Scenicview display series. Pricing details weren't available, but the Amilo 3000 series will start with the PA and PI notebook range on sale in June, followed by the XA models becoming available in July, and the SA and SI shipping in August. The Esprimo professional notebooks and PCs will be available from the summer.
Japan - Japan: Oki ships samples of 'smallest' stereo audio codec LSI
TIRef.No 2842146
Description Oki Electric Industry has started shipping samples of what it calls the world's smallest 16-bit stereo audio codec LSI, the ML26121. This device is targeted to audio recording and playback for portable devices. It comes in dimensions of 2.96mm x 2.96mm and combines Oki's technologies of analog circuit design for ultra small-size and wafer-level chip-size packaging (W-CSP). To maximise the sound quality of stereo microphones used in portable equipment, Oki implemented technologies in the LSI such as sound effect technologies that enable natural playback of low-pitch sounds, in addition to a wind-noise-reduction and notch filters included in conventional monaural codec LSIs. The LSI also includes new technologies such as 3D surround to enable realistic stereo sound even when microphones are closely laid out, and LoudSound technology to output loud and high-quality sound even when using a very small speaker. Shipment in production quantities is scheduled to start in September 2008.
Japan - Japan: Solar powered PMP shines down
TIRef.No 2842345
Description Whilst Apple plays it cool over solar powered gadgets, a Japanese company has cut to the chase and unveiled a media player powered by the sun's warming glow. The sunny little Portable Media Player (PMP), from Japanese gadget specialist Thanko, may only have a 176 x 220 pixel display, but also features a fold-out solar panel. The panel not only allows the player to be watched whilst, say, sat on a table, but also ensures that sunlight is still directed towards the energy-generating cells. But, should the sun go behind some clouds, then the player's internal battery can be used instead. Thanko's PMP may only have 4GB of internal storage, but the player accepts SD cards too. A USB port is also featured for direct data transfers. Several audio formats are supported, including MP3 and WMA, in addition to videos and still images.
Korea, Republic of - South Korea: Magnachip Launches 40V Power MOSFET Series
TIRef.No 2841918
Description Magnachip Semiconductor, a South Korean designer and manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products for high volume consumer applications, has announced the launch of its 40V N-Channel MOSFET series for use in LCD Monitors and TV applications. The company informed that the 40V N-Channel MOSFET series allows customers to save overall system cost by minimizing required board space and provides improved switching performance with the specific combination of RDS (ON) and Qg as a result of advanced technology. Mass production of the new 40V MOSFET series began in May.
Malaysia - Malaysia: Pirated Computer Software Contributes To RM933 Mln Loss To Industry
TIRef.No 2839097
Description The use of pirated computer software in the country contributed to RM933 million (USD 116 m) in losses to the industry although the number of cases declined by one percent from the 2006 figure, according to a study by the Business Software Alliance (BSA). BSA Malaysia joint committee chairman Ronald Chua said although the loss recorded was high, there had been positive efforts by the government to check the problem. They are seeing some positive developments after the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry launched 'Ops Tulen' to bring to book those responsible. Meanwhile, the ministry's Penang enforcement told that his department was investigating four cases of using pirated computer software involving losses amounting to RM218,900. The offenders would be charged under the Copyright Act and faced a fine of up to RM20,000 or up to five years' jail or both, if convicted.
Malaysia - Malaysia: Fiberail selects Alca-Lu's optical solution for network expansion
TIRef.No 2841900
Description Fiberail, a fibre optic network operator and a network solution provider in Malaysia, and network solutions provider Alcatel-Lucent have announced the expansion of Fiberail's existing network. Based on Alcatel-Lucent's optical technology, the network will provide Fiberail with improved capacity, flexibility and scalability to address the bandwidth needs of its customer base, including managed network service providers, global operators, discounted voice operators, broadcasting operators and financial sectors. Alcatel-Lucent is also providing deployment and maintenance as part of the expanded contract. The Alcatel-Lucent optical solution is aimed at enabling Fiberail to extend its network along the railway corridor in both the western and eastern part of the Malaysian peninsula, as well as along the gas pipeline corridor on the east coast. By increasing the network's capacity to carry voice, data and video traffic over a single platform, Alcatel-Lucent's solution is expected to help Fiberail address customer demand for advanced business applications such as Ethernet-based services, as well as residential applications such as triple play.
Nigeria - Nigeria: Ensure high digital standards in printing, publishing - OD
TIRef.No 2839489
Description The minister of Information and Communications, Mr. John Ogar Odey has enjoined Zamfara State Government to ensure that its Printing and Publishing Company remained one of high digital standards to compete favourably with other companies in the industry, adding that arrangements should be made to train and re-train the company's personnel to maintain the best standards and practices with a view to achieving desired goals. He was emphatic that with the commissioning of the Zamfara Printing and Publishing Company and facilities therein, the state would be strategically positioned and committed to providing the needed service and platform to facilitate timely publishing and dissemination of information on state government activities, as well as federal government policies and programmes easily to the people.
New Zealand - New Zealand : Orcon deploys Juniper solutions
TIRef.No 2842147
Description New Zealand's Orcon has deployed Juniper Networks MX960 ethernet services routers and E120 broadband services routers to increase the capacity and performance of its network infrastructure. Orcon will also deploy the SRC and C-series Controllers, part of Juniper's Session and Resource Control portfolio, to enable policy based control over network resources. The MX960 platform has up to 960 gigabits per second (Gbps) of switching and routing capacity. It was designed for business and residential applications and services that Orcon is offering or planning to offer including high-speed transport and VPN services, next-generation broadband multiplay services and high-volume internet data centre internetworking. At the network edge, Orcon will upgrade its existing E-series routers with the newer, high capacity Juniper Networks E120 Broadband Service Router. The E120 offers high system capacity in a small form factor, and leverages the E-series' operating system. Orcon broadband customers will connect to the E120 across a variety of access technologies including wholesale DSL, ADSL2+, metro ethernet and wireless connectivity.
Philippines - Philippines: SME Technology Summit 2008 to tap best business solutions
TIRef.No 2842995
Description SME.com.ph in cooperation with Planters Development Bank and International Finance Corporation bring its first-ever SME Technology Summit 2008, themed: 'Linking you to Opportunities, Delivering Results' on August 6 and 7, 2008 at Makati City, Philipphines. The event is predicted to be a large gathering that will attract the country's growing entrepreneurs, business owners, managing directors, CEOs, general managers, direct marketing managers, IT managers, brand managers, product managers, advertising managers, corporate communication managers, marketing managers, and those involved in managing, marketing or advertising using the Internet, mobile and e-commerce. Internet and mobile landscape in the Philippines, online payment solutions, marketing through blogs and search engine optimization-are just among the relevant topics that promise to hook its participants during the two-day affair. The event is managed by Fiera de Manila Incorporated.
Philippines - Phillippines: DFA to release more than 1T passports
TIRef.No 2841910
Description The releasing of passports will be done at the Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Activity Center (NomPac) at the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City. Claimants are required to personally present their official receipts to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) personnel. The immediate family members who are authorized to claim the passports shall present a special power of attorney and identification cards. This will still be subject to the evaluation and approval of the DFA releasing personnel. A total of 1,244 passports are scheduled to be release this Saturday. As per DFA estimate, the mobile processing and releasing of passports have saved the Negrenses of about P2.7-million worth of transportation, food and lodging expenses in going to Iloilo City to file and claim their passports. The mobile service is a joint undertaking of DFA and the provincial government of Negros Occidental under the Public Affairs Division, Office of the Governor.
Pakistan - Pakistan: Inbox unveils infrastructure management solutions
TIRef.No 2842110
Description Inbox Business Technologies, one of the leading end-to-end technology solutions companies in Pakistan, unveiled its premier services programme for infrastructure management. Inbox Platinum programme is a value-added service offering by Inbox for large enterprise customers. The programme includes premier support and after-sales services for technology infrastructure products and services, as well as a fully integrated customer portal for better management and more informed decision-making.
Pakistan - Pakistan: NetSol and Pakistan Software Export Board launch apprenticeship programme
TIRef.No 2842112
Description NetSol in collaboration with Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) has kicked off an apprenticeship programme to train 200 fresh computer science graduates in the latest tools and technologies. NetSol is undertaking this programme as its corporate social responsibility by developing a comprehensive training curriculum, keeping in view the future requirements of the IT Industry. The apprenticeship program will focus on four batches, each containing 50 IT graduates. The apprentices will begin their training on June 02, 2008 for the duration of twelve (12) months at the NetSol Technologies Institute.
Russia Federation - Russia: RUXX investment index set to open 2.33% up
TIRef.No 2839475
Description Russia's investment index will open at 1,056.41 points, up 2.33% following sessions on major world trading floors. The Russian Industrial Leaders Index (RUXX) is a composite economic index of 30 Russian companies with financial instruments (shares and depository receipts) placed on bourses, including the New York Stock Exchange, the London Stock Exchange, the Nasdaq and AMEX. The index rose 5% in April, following a 1.4% decline in March. The RUXX has been available for all global trading systems since February 1 2006 with an initial base of 500 points, and rose 55.3% by the end of the year. The number of companies included in the index has increased from 17 to 30. The index is calculated in U.S. dollars and weighted according to companies' market capitalization. The higher the market capitalization, the larger the company's share in the index, with a weight cap of 20% for each company. Market capitalization and share weights in the index are changed quarterly.
Russia Federation - Russia: Buka Entertainment launches Collapse website
TIRef.No 2841898
Description Russian game publisher Buka Entertainment has unveiled the official website for its futuristic action/adventure game Collapse. The site contains information on the game storyline, its characters and weapons as well as screenshots, downloads and other media related to the game. The site also offers community features including an English-language forum.
Russia Federation - Russia: Russian crackers spread nuclear panic
TIRef.No 2842302
Description Russian crackers attacked the websites of a local nuclear power plant last week shortly after planting false rumours of an accident at the facility. Internet forums were buzzing with bogus reports of "radioactive emissions" emanating from the Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant near St Petersburg and an evacuation of locals at the same time official websites were knocked offline, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reports. Russian officials reckon the attack was coordinated, suggesting opponents of the nuclear industry might have been behind the scare. This was a planned action by hackers, which has brought down almost all sites providing access to the Automatic Radiation Environment Control System (ASKRO), including the Leningrad NPP site, the rosatom.ru site, and others. For several hours users were unable to reach the sites and obtain reliable information on the situation at the plant. People who stand to lose out from the Russian nuclear power industry's development have an incentive to spread false rumors of an accident at the nuclear plant. The ASKRO systems, which provides real-time information on radiation levels and incidents, has now been restored.
Russia Federation - Russia: Comstar-UTS and Fon launch global Wi-Fi network in Russia
TIRef.No 2839470
Description Comstar-UTS has claimed to conclude a strategic agreement with the Fon Wireless Company that develops a unified Wi-Fi network. The key concept of building the Fon network is to provide every subscriber to the unlimited broadband internet with a special Wi-Fi router La Fonera. The router supports the Wi-Fi network, so that every person located in the action zone of such a hotspot and in possession of a subscriber device with Wi-Fi might connect to the internet. Thus, the network is established and expanded due to people that install La Fonera routers. Moreover, a user might connect to his private network through such a router. One of the owners of the Fon network is the venture fund Coral/ Sistema Strategic Fund supervised by JSFC Sistema. Moreover, Fon's investment partners are the largest global companies and investment funds: Google, British Telecom, Skype, Neuf Cegetel, Index Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Excite, Digital Garage. Fon and Comstar-UTS launch Wi-Fi network in Moscow on the basis on Comstar-UTS subscriber base, so that all subscribers are automatically connected to the global Fon network.
Rwanda - Rwanda: Information Technology helps Rwandan clinics reach out
TIRef.No 2839468
Description U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael O. Leavitt go on testing for HIV at a mobile, voluntary testing site set up in Kigali. Medical records and other health information can now be easily shared via mobile phone and other modern technologies. Such information and communication technologies (ICTs) are an important way for Africa to some of its most pressing challenges. Africa Renewal examines a project in Rwanda which shows how to bring better health to everyone in Africa with the click of a button. The small, dusty village of Mayange lies 20 kilometres from Rwanda's capital, Kigali. Its health centre has fewer than 40 beds but serves an estimated 35,000 people. With software developed by Ericsson and phones donated by the Rwandan subsidiary of Mobile Telephone Networks (MTN) health workers can call up the medical records of pregnant women from an online database and then, by cell phone, tell care-givers what to do during an emergency.
Singapore - Singapore: Waves of effort to go green
TIRef.No 2839504
Description Asia Pacific Marketing Manager, Freescale Semiconductor As humans continue to depend on electronic products, more features are expected to be integrated in these devices as needs and lifestyles change. A classic example would be old models of mobile phones that can only do plain old telephony (POT) are now being replaced with multimedia handsets that can capture pictures and videos; record and play music; view e-mails and so forth. In the next few years, these intelligent handsets will integrate more functions. Now, as portable devices become densely packed with functions, more power is needed to run these gadgets. Batteries are constantly being replaced with powerful versions to meet the ever increasing requirements. However, old batteries containing hazardous metals are not properly discarded. This places technical, environmental and financial problems, such as high energy cost and power wastage. To address this issue, electronic designers must find ways to drive down power consumption without compromising performance and availability. These can be done through advancements in design, technology, integration of parts, and system architecture.DESIGN
Singapore - Singapore: Intel delays Centrino 2 launch over chipset issues
TIRef.No 2841902
Description Intel will delay the launch of its upcoming Centrino 2 platform for laptop computers by nearly two months to resolve issues related to the chipset and the antenna used with the wireless chipset. Centrino 2, also called Montevina, is the next version of Intel's popular Centrino platform for laptops and was previously slated for a June launch. Computer makers are now expected to begin shipping laptops based on new mobile processors to retail shops in July, with the launch of Centrino 2 scheduled for the first week of August. The Centrino 2 platform includes new Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme Mobile processors, as well as an updated chipset with integrated graphics. On the wireless side, Centrino 2's will offer support for Wi-Fi, and WiMax is being offered as an option. The new processors will now ship on July 14, but the wireless and graphics chipsets that complete the Centrino 2 package won't be ready until early August. Nevertheless, the Centrino 2 delay is an embarassing setback for Intel. In recent quarters, the chipmaker has released new products with clock-like precision, putting behind it memories of missteps that gave rival Advanced Micro Devices an opportunity to gain market share in recent years.
Singapore - Singapore: Korn-Ferry selects Verizon Private IP solution
TIRef.No 2841916
Description Korn-Ferry International has informed that it has streamlined its Asia-Pacific communications capabilities by implementing a Verizon Private IP solution to provide secure connectivity between Korn-Ferry's 17 offices across the region and its Singapore administrative headquarters. A provider of talent management solutions, Korn-Ferry International helps companies identify, deploy, develop, retain and reward their talent around the world. Verizon Business completed the first phase of the Private IP network rollout in March; additional sites will be brought online in the coming year. Korn-Ferry also plans to consolidate its regional IT resources by co-locating its key IP telephony, e-mail and database systems within the Verizon Business secure data centre in Singapore.
Singapore - Asia-Pacific: Asia-Pacific Suppliers to Lead Global Cellular Modem Industry Shipment by 2013
TIRef.No 2841904
Description Boosted by 3G network deployments, cellular modems are providing wireless connectivity to laptops, UMPCs and even desktop computers. According to ABI Research, cellular modem sales, including PC Cards, Express Cards, USB modems, embedded modems and 3G/Wi-Fi routers cumulatively, increased more than 300 percent in 2007 compared to 2006. The market analyst firm forecasts that by 2013, shipments of cellular modems will exceed 200 million units. However the incredible growth of 2007 did not benefit just traditional market share leaders such as Option Wireless, Sierra Wireless and Novatel. Asia-Pacific vendors including Huawei, ZTE, and C-motech now control the majority of worldwide sales and they are bringing a completely new set of capabilities to the marketplace. The leading Asia-Pacific cellular modem vendors have robust portfolios of other telecommunications products and services. This positions them to compete for operator sales at a very different level, and is forcing changes to incumbent modem supplier business models. The factors driving this market go beyond a very competitive modem supplier market and 3G networks. Enterprise customers have been the traditional buyers of these devices, but operators have expanded their portfolio of mobile broadband price plans, opening up the market to SMB and consumer demand.
Taiwan, Province of China - Taiwan: ProMOS to avoid 60nm transition issues by going to 50nm
TIRef.No 2839520
Description After Hynix Semiconductor recently gained approval by the Korean government to transfer its 54nm DRAM production technology to ProMOS Technologies, ProMOS is believed will be the first Taiwan DRAM maker capable of fabricating DRAM on 50nm-class node, allowing it among rivals to avoid any transition issues to 60nm. ProMOS is expected to start producing DRAM on the latest process node during the second half of 2008 and early 2009, with Hynix expected to take a 10% stake in the company. ProMOS is believed will be the third DRAM maker after Hynix and Samsung Electronics to produce DRAM on a 50nm-class process node. Given that fabrication on 60nm only delivers a 30-40% cost advantage over 70nm and that huge capital expenditure (capex) has to be spent on equipment, industry players stressed that a transition from 70nm to 50nm is more cost effective as production costs can be halved.
Taiwan, Province of China - Taiwan: LCD equipment market to double by 2010
TIRef.No 2839521
Description The worldwide market for array processing equipment for TFT LCDs will more than double by 2010 after dropping 34.3% in 2007 and 15.8% in 2006. The LCD equipment market was in a tailspin in the past two years, dropping 50% since 2006," notes Robert N Castellano, president of TIN. The lithography sector will make up all its lost ground in 2008, growing 66% following a 48% drop in 2007. Equipment in 2008 is slated for the 8.5-generation (8.5G) plant of Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) in the Kaohsiung Science Park, Taiwan and the 8.5G facility of AU Optronics (AUO) in Taichung, Taiwan. The supply glut experienced in 2006 and 2007 will turn into an industry-wide supply shortage in the second half of 2008 as demand outstrips supply by 6.5% for the year. Large-area panel shipments will grow 19% in 2008 on top of a 34% growth in 2007. On an area basis, shipments will reach 67 million square meters in 2008, a growth of 28.5%, the research firm detailed.
Taiwan, Province of China - Taiwan: Nvidia to announce ARM-based handheld device platform
TIRef.No 2839524
Description Nvidia is planning to announce its ARM-based handheld device platform Tegra on June 2, targeting Intel's Atom-based platforms as its main competitor. Tegra is a system-on-chip (SoC) design integrating CPU, GPU, southbridge and northbridge all in one. The CPU is based on the ARM 11 microarchitecture. Nvidia will launch two series - Tegra APX 2500 targeting handsets and Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) and Tegra CSX 600/650 targeting netbook type devices. APX 2500 adopts a 65nm process and is manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). The chip will support 720p decoding and includes the GeForce ULP 3D graphics core featuring OpenGL ES2.0, Direct3D Mobile and PureVideo support. The low-power design allows APX 2500-based handsets to last 10 hours watching HD video or 100 hours listening to digital music. APX 2500 shipments will mainly target handset, PND, personal multimedia device and digital music device makers, with end products to appear in the market by the end of 2008.
Taiwan, Province of China - Taiwan: Nvidia's Tegra could outsell GeForce business
TIRef.No 2839202
Description Taipei (Taiwan) In very simple terms, all chip manufacturers have the same business goal: To sell more chips every year. If your core market limits your growth, you will have to look for new markets. Intel has recently done this with its Atom processor, which targets low-cost computing devices and handheld computers. Nvidia's Tegra hits expands barriers of market segments and puts the company within reach of a new market that currently has a demand of more than 1 billion processors per year. It could be a game-changing move for Nvidia - not just in terms of growth opportunity. It is known that Nvidia organizes its product families under very few umbrella trends and new brands typically indicate the launch of a major new product. The company started out with its GeForce line of graphics cards (which also include nForce chipsets) and eventually extended its strategy with its professional Quadro products. In late 2006, the company launched the Tesla high-performance computing line and now we have a fourth major brand, Tegra.
Taiwan, Province of China - Taiwan: ASUS to launch laptops with instant-on feature
TIRef.No 2839425
Description Five new laptop models from ASUS will incorporate DeviceVM's Splashtop instant-on software. The ASUS M70T, M50V, M51T, F8Va, and F8Vr will be the first laptops on the market to include the "rapid-start platform". The technology, which ASUS has licensed from DeviceVM and rebranded as Express Gate, before. It was first introduced last fall on a single ASUS motherboard, and recently expanded to ASUS' full P5Q series of motherboards. Splashtop differs from the instant-on media players already found on many laptops because it's actually an embedded Linux OS with both Firefox and Skype. The advantages are threefold: The quick on/off feature means you don't have to wait to load Windows when you want to hit the Web--a boon for travelers who just want to hop online for a few minutes while waiting to board a flight. It also means you can turn off your laptop while in transit, instead of wasting battery life on hibernate mode. The laptops announced are expected to be available at the end of June or early July.
Taiwan, Province of China - Taiwan: IBM Unveils Three Energy-Efficient Servers Powered by Quad-Core AMD OpteronT Processors
TIRef.No 2836554
Description AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced growing industry support for the Quad-Core AMD OpteronT processor among global OEMs continues with IBM's launch of three updated System xT servers. Designed to address customer priorities such as energy efficiency, performance, scalability, and virtualization, the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-based servers from IBM offer an exceptional power-efficient platform for today's most demanding datacenters. Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-based servers deliver energy-efficiency even in the context of satisfying IBM's most demanding high-performance computing solutions. Datacenter managers are increasingly seeking a balance of performance, energy-efficiency, and advanced virtualization functionality in order to optimize server resources amidst skyrocketing power, cooling and space costs. The Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor is at the forefront of addressing this new real-world definition of datacenter performance. IBM continues to deliver innovation and choice in the x86 market with today's introduction of System x servers based on AMD's new Quad-Core processors. IBM has refreshed its current line of rack-mount AMD Opteron processor-based System x servers.
Taiwan, Province of China - Taiwan: UMC considering increases in OEM quotes
TIRef.No 2839580
Description Facing increasing pressure from oil pricing, United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) is considering the possibility of increasing its wafer manufacturing quotes. The company is now thinking about transferring its increasing costs, but has not yet setup any concrete plans. If UMC does raise OEM quotes, the increases are expected to affect all segments including advanced and mature processes. Most Taiwan-based IC designers rely heavily on mature processes, but as most are currently focusing on increasing their market share, they are unlikely to transfer any cost increases to their customers. As a result, if UMC does go ahead with any price increases, IC designers can be expected to take a hit in their gross margins in the second half of the year.
Taiwan, Province of China - Taiwan: Microsoft to feature four product lines at Computex
TIRef.No 2839583
Description Microsoft's theme at Computex Taipei 2008 is "It's Better with Windows," and the company's exhibition will be focusing on four product lines. Microsoft will focus its exhibition on software solutions for NetBook PCs, Windows Mobile, Windows Embedded and Windows Home Server.
Taiwan, Province of China - Taiwan: Gigabyte to apologize to Asustek
TIRef.No 2839568
Description The legal battle between motherboard makers Gigabyte Technology and Asustek Computer looks set to be over before it even started, with Gigabyte agreeing to issue a public apology. Tensions between the two companies flared up over "defamatory" comments and comparisons Gigabyte made in a internal document which challenged Asustek's claims of using high-quality components in its motherboards, and the merits of Asustek's EPU energy saving technology and its own DES equivalent. Asustek took issue with the particularly strong wording used in the document and that Gigabyte failed to present independent test results. Problems also arose from the juxtaposition of an image of "blown" capacitors on an unidentified maker's product alongside an Asustek motherboard, which Asustek alleged was an attempt by Gigabyte to imply Asustek products were of equally poor quality. In response Asustek lodged a complaint with Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) and initiated legal proceedings against the Gigabyte employee responsible for writing the document.
Taiwan, Province of China - Taiwan: Prodisc denies reports it will pay Philips USD 400000
TIRef.No 2839570
Description Optical disc maker Prodisc Technology issued a press statement denying reports that it has agreed to pay Royal Philips Electronics USD 400,000 in order to lift the provisional seizure of company funds by a local court in Taiwan as a part of the ongoing CD licensing dispute between the two. The two companies had reached a settlement. However, Prodisc refuted the report saying that it is still negotiating solutions with Philips. Although a consensus has not yet been reached, both sides are coming closer to an agreement.
Taiwan, Province of China - Global: Intel and Micron introduce 34nm MLC NAND flash
TIRef.No 2839553
Description Intel and Micron Technology have announced the introduction of a sub-40nm NAND memory device with the unveiling of a 34nm-made multi-level cell (MLC) chip with a density of 32Gb. Sampling is slated to begin in June with mass production expected to follow in the second half of 2008. The companies claimed that the device carries the smallest NAND process geometry on the market and is the only monolithic device at this density that fits into a standard 48-lead thin small-outline package (TSOP). It was designed with solid-state drives (SSD) in mind. The companies stressed that the product will enable more cost-effective SSDs, instantly doubling the current storage volume of these devices and driving capacities to beyond 256GB even for 1.8-inch form factor drives. Process advancements will expand the value proposition and accelerate the adoption of SSD solutions in computing platforms. Based on the 34nm architecture, Intel and Micron also plan to introduce lower density MLC products including single-level cell (SLC) products, by the end of this year.
Taiwan, Province of China - Taiwan: VIA christens its Isaiah-based CPUs Nano
TIRef.No 2839555
Description VIA Technologies has officially announced the name and availability of its next-generation Isaiah CPUs. VIA Nano CPUs will offer four times of performance of the company's C7 series, while maintaining the same power envelope and pin compatibility. VIA Nano processors support 64-bit instructions and feature a superscalar, speculative out-of-order architecture. The processors adopt a nanoBGA2 packaging sized at 21×21mm and will be manufactured by Fujitsu using a 65nm process. Initially VIA will offer two models, the L series for mainstream desktop and notebook PCs, and a U series for mini desktop and notebooks.
Taiwan, Province of China - Taiwan: Rexchip likely to be first Taiwan DRAM maker to swing to profits in 2Q
TIRef.No 2841886
Description Rexchip Electronics is likely to be the first Taiwan DRAM maker to swing to profits in the second quarter, as the company has already turned a profit from April. Rexchip currently is seeing monthly sales of over NT$2 billion (USD66 million) with stronger growth expected as the company is having all of its DRAM produced in 1Gb density on a 70nm process node. It will start introducing production on 65nm in the second half of 2008 and PSC will start introducing production on 50nm in 2009, PSC updated. PSC indicated that yields from the mainstream 70nm node has surpassed 85 percent, implying that production costs are shrinking. Once the price of 1Gb DDR2 appreciates to USD2.50 again, PSC will see production on 70nm become profitable. The spot price of 1Gb DDR2-667 opened at USD2.13 on June 1.
Taiwan, Province of China - Taiwan: Biostar launches Intel 4-series-based motherboards
TIRef.No 2839525
Description Biostar Microtech International has announced the launch of a number of Intel 4-series-based motherboards, including its TPower I45. Biostar launched a number of motherboards based on Intel's 4-series chipsets for different user groups at different price points, including the TPower I45, TP45 HP, TP43 HP, TP45D2-A7, TP43D2-A7 and P43-A7 paired with either the ICH10R or ICH10 southbridge chipset. The TPower I45 features a full set of BIO-TEX technologies and the latest TPower utility. The multi-functional TPower I45 uses 100% solid capacitors, while supporting 8+2 channel HD audio, two PCI-Express x16 and Cooler Harbour thermal solution. The TPower I45 supports native FSB up to 1600MHz and dual channel DDR2 memory up to 1200MHz. The motherboard also supports ATI CrossFireX and will be priced at USD 179.
Taiwan, Province of China - Taiwan: SDI lead frames under validation with LED makers
TIRef.No 2839526
Description Lead frame maker Shuen Der Industry (SDI) is progressing on its LED deployments, with the company's lead frames already under validation with customers. SDI set up production lines for LED lead frame production in 2007 targeting automotive related applications. A key customer in this segment is Sharp, with an average monthly sales contribution of USD 231,941 (TWD 7 million). SDI has recently started extending is presence to the electronics sector with validation with LED customers already underway. SDI indicated that it would add more LED lead frame production equipment in the second half of 2008. It currently has five sets of equipment for press forming, electroplating and injection molding. Sales contribution is expected to emerge from late 2008 or early 2009 with meaningful sales growth expected in the second half of 2009.
Taiwan, Province of China - Taiwan: Taiwan aims to become top wireless region in the world, says premier
TIRef.No 2844038
Description The Taiwan government has listed the development of wireless infrastructure as one of the 12 new construction projects aimed at stimulating the economy in Taiwan, according to newly inaugurated premier Liu Chao-shiuan. The development of the wireless infrastructure aims to make Taiwan the top wireless region in the world, Liu announced at a session held in the Legislative Yuan last week. Under the plan, the government will build up complete wireless networks in Taiwan's major cities as well as "wireless highways" in remote areas, to enable both urban and rural areas to enjoy broadband services, Liu said. Turning Taiwan into a wireless region is an extension of the "Mobile-City" (M-City) program initiated by the Taipei City government in 2004 when Taiwan's newly inaugurated president Ma Ying-jeou was serving as the mayor of Taipei. Over 90% of the population of Taipei City was covered by wireless LAN services six months after the launch of the M-City program, according to data from the Taipei City government. The international certification organization JiWire certified Taipei City as the city with the largest public wireless network in the world in 2006. Under the new development policy, the Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) under Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) said that the push of wireless applications in Taiwan will enable Taiwan hardware makers to expand their production from CPE (customer premise equipment) products to central office end products such as WiMAX base stations. The production value of the WiMAX industry in Taiwan is expected to top NT$100 billion (US$3.29 billion) in 2010 and further expand to NT$270 billion 2015, IDB estimated. In the short-term, the government aims to built up 10 mobile cities and 14 mobile special zones that will allow 4.5 million people to wirelessly access the Internet in 2008, said the IDB.
Taiwan, Province of China - Taiwan: E-ton expected to post strong sequential sales growth in May
TIRef.No 2844157
Description Among the three major solar cell makers in Taiwan, E-ton Solar Tech is expected to post the strongest growth as polysilicon supply from its partner M.Setek is consistently ramping up, according to industry players. The industry players estimate that E-ton is likely to see its May sales grow by 12% on month to surpass NT$1 billion (US$32.9 million). Since material supply from M.Setek keeps growing, they foresee the solar-cell maker's growth in June sales also exceed 10%. Industry sources indicated that E-ton in April had about 30-40% of its polysilicon supplied from M.Setek, up from 30% in March. The ratio will grow further to 50% in May, they added. Since E-ton procures polysilicon from M.Setek at a discount of more than 30% lower than market price, the industry players noted the strong gross margin that E-ton might post. E-ton's gross margin averaged 12.4% in the first quarter and the rate exceed 15% in May. Industry players generally estimate that E-ton's gross margin should average above 15% in the second quarter. Motech Industries announced that its May sales have grown by 3.97% on month and 68% on year to (USD 61.2 m)NT$2.02 billion. Gintech Energy is expected to have its May sales grow by 7% on month to (USD 33.2 m)NT$1.4 billion.
Taiwan, Province of China - Taiwan: AMD ATI Radeon HD 4850 pictured
TIRef.No 2839256
Description Visiting one of the many manufacturers here in stormy Taipei, we just happened to stumble across this little number sitting on the side. A few shots later (why is it the most important ones always have the most blur?) and decided to ask around as to its story. Apparently, it's a dummy sample direct from the double-A team, which the companies use to get the basic gist of what they need for artwork and branding, and so that they can start working on their own cooling solutions. Said company remained exceptionally tight lipped (like a well trained terrier) about the details of the card, and we didn't have time to whip out the screwdriver to see underneath. Check the (overly zoomed) picture right to see that it's the RV770 all right! So here it is it could be mistaken for the Radeon HD 3850, except for the larger fan, although nothing much else has changed on the surface. The Radeon HD 4850 is rumoured to use GDDR3 memory, while AMD has already announced that the high-end Radeon HD 4870 will utilise the all-new GDDR5 memory.
Taiwan, Province of China - United States & Taiwan: Garmin teams up with Taiwanese handset makers to tap GPS phone market
TIRef.No 2842144
Description Garmin Ltd. of the United States, the world`s No.1 producer of global positioning system (GPS), recently decided to muscle into the mobile phone market and will soon debut a GPS phone codenamed Nuvifone in cooperation with Taiwanese handheld-device specialists formerly hired by HTC Corp. People familiar with Garmin`s plan pointed out that the company would not make its phones available at retail stores as it usually does with its personal navigation devices, but at telecom carriers like AT&T. So far, Apple and HTC have contracted AT&T to sell their iPhone and Diamond Phone, respectively. The phone is built with Ericsson`s 3.5-generation EMP chip solution and a unique operating software developed by Garmin itself. Although Nokia, HTC and Asustek have added GPS to their phones, their phones do not have GPS interface on screen as Garmin`s, on which map location of the holder of the phone number pops up as soon as the phone user dials the number.
Taiwan, Province of China - Taiwan: OSRAM Opto launches brightest leds ideal for extremely thin displays
TIRef.No 2839513
Description The new RGB MicroSIDELED from OSRAM Opto Semiconductors features an ultra-slim design and delivers high brightness for in-coupling into light guides designed for backlighting in space-sensitive applications. Featuring three individual color chips, OSRAM's new RGB MicroSIDELED offers the highest color gamut in the industry, delivering more than 100 percent of NTSC on screen, depending on the used LCD. It is ideally suited for applications where extremely vivid colors are preferred such as mobile phones, laptops, navigation systems and microdisplays. It also features a high efficiency green delivering, 1cd at 20mA with a power efficiency of 50 lumens per watt. The new RGB MicroSIDELED offers excellent thermal resistance as each chip has its own thermal contact lead. Additionally, the LEDs can be driven in series, allowing for greater flexibility in electrical design. Measuring only 5x1.4x0.6mm, the mercury-free and RoHS-compliant RGB MicroSIDELED is the ideal solution for any display where space constraints are a concern.
Taiwan, Province of China - Taiwan: Taiwan handset IC design houses worry about vendors trimming shipments
TIRef.No 2839516
Description Taiwan handset IC design houses express concern about leading vendors possibly trimming shipments, citing a slow demand warm up seen so far, according to sources at the companies. Rumors have surfaced about a possible revision in annual shipments guidance from leading handset vendors, including LG Electronics, Nokia and Samsung Electronics, during the mid-second quarter due to sluggish demand caused by the subprime mortgage meltdown. It is likely that most leading handset vendors will be unable to meet their shipment targets in the second quarter, the sources commented. Citing past experience, handset IC design houses usually see full order bookings in the second quarter. But demand from handset vendors was relatively strong only during March and April. Order bookings have been staying flat with a slowdown in shipments from late April.
Taiwan, Province of China - Taiwan: New VIA Chip Ready to Take On Intel, AMD
TIRef.No 2836552
Description For years, chipmaker VIA Technologies has not competed with Intel and AMD in the desktop and notebook space, but now it's challenging them with a very low power processor that even runs the notoriously taxing game Crysis. The VIA Nano, developed under the code name "Isaiah," is a single-core, 64-bit superscalar x86-compatible processor with a power draw ranging from 5 to 25 watts, considerably lower than anything from Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) and AMD (NYSE: AMD). VIA has traditionally stuck to the ultramobile and embedded markets with its C3 and C7 x86 processors, but with Nano, it feels it can compete for the low-end laptops and desktops markets. The Nano product line ranges from the 1.8GHz L2100 processor, with an 800MHz frontside bus and a 25-watt power draw, down to the U2300 processor, which runs at 1.0GHz and draws only 5 watts. It is pin-compatible with the C7, so existing C7 systems can upgrade their chips and get a two to four-fold performance boost.
Taiwan, Province of China - Taiwan: FET to promote WiMAX applications in daily life at 2008 WiMAX Expo Taipei
TIRef.No 2839557
Description Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET) plans to promote the message "Living a Bigger, Better, Faster, Smarter Life" during the 2008 WiMAX Expo Taipei to be held between June 2-6. In line with the promotion, FET will provide a bus, named Road Warrior, which will give passengers free rides around the exhibition while allowing them to experience the benefits of WiMAX technologies. FET also plans to exhibit applications for WiMAX in daily life at the expo including personal media centers, multimedia set-top boxes, interactive digital signage boards, and the U-Care remote medical care system.
Taiwan, Province of China - Taiwan: TWM aiming for 2.4 million 3G subscribers by end of 2008
TIRef.No 2839523
Description Taiwan Mobile (TWM) has set a challenging goal of attaining 2.4-2.5 million 3G subscribers by the end of 2008. The number of TWM 3G subscribers increased from 1.2 million at the end of 2007 to 1.59 million at the end of April 2008, equivalent to an average monthly increase of 975,000 subscribers, TWM indicated. To reach its goal for 2008, it is necessary to have a net addition of 101,000-114,000 subscribers per month from May to December. TWM is encouraging its existing 2G/2.5G subscribers to shift to 3G services and is trying to convince its competitors' 3G subscribers to switch over as well as touting new 3G applications, the company indicated. In addition, TWM aims at fast growth in sales revenues from mobile value-added services and hopes to become the largest provider in the business sector at the end of 2009.
Taiwan, Province of China - Taiwan: Tatung and NEC passed verification acceptance for the M-Taiwan WiMAX System
TIRef.No 2839509
Description NEC Corp.'s WiMAX systems, including base stations and peripheral equipment, supplied to Tatung InfoComm has successfully passed the acceptance test conducted by Taiwan's Industrial Development Bureau, Ministry of Economic Affairs (IDB). This is said to be the first Acceptance to pass IDB's test of the M-Taiwan Projects in terms of WiMAX Forum 802.16e standards. The Acceptance test passed by IDB means that the WiMAX system is an acceptable system (passed all the requirements defined under M-Taiwan regulations). The systems supplied by NEC to Tatung InfoComm have achieved the criteria of the Acceptance test which include but not limited to the criteria in the CPE UL/DL Throughput, BS Sector Throughput, and VoIP over WiMAX.
Uganda - Uganda: Taxing Goods Sold Over the Internet
TIRef.No 2844823
Description The recent entry of a new mobile phone operator in Uganda, together with the expected entry of yet another two new mobile phone companies that have already been licensed must be music to the ears for the internet shoppers in Uganda. All these mobile phone companies are investing heavily in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) which should help faster transfer of data and transaction processing over the internet. In addition to all these private sector investments, the Government has also invested nearly US$100m in a National Data Transmission back borne to speed up connectivity countrywide as well as create more bandwidth for internet use. All this is happening at a time when local banks are launching new credit-based products into the market and extending flexible and competitive interest rates to consumers. Access to the internet and availability of credit cards at competitive interest rates is what Ugandans have been waiting for to join the worldwide bandwagon of internet shoppers. So what is this got to do with tax, I hear you asking. A lot! Electronic commerce, in particular shopping on the internet, has some very interesting tax implications, both in respect to tax compliance and tax administration. For example the collection of VAT and corporate income taxes for internet-based transactions is likely to pose considerable challenges to URA. First of all, if internet transactions are outside the tax-bracket it would give such transactions a considerable leverage over other traditional means of commerce that are taxed. For example if 18 per cent VAT or 30 per cent income tax could be avoided via the internet, the latter would be the ideal market-place. As the volume of internet based transactions increase, URA will be faced with the challenge of how to administer taxes relating to these transactions in a manner that is easy, fair and without introducing unnecessary distortions and discriminations within the tax system. Tax administration will become even more challenging as taxable "online" transactions are by their nature more difficult to trace, especially if transaction records are encrypted. The greatest challenge will be in respect of the collection of VAT and customs duties especially with regards to imports and cross border trade transactions. The internet also poses a challenge for corporate income tax administration and policies. According to the Ugandan tax laws, corporate taxation is typically pegged on the r
United States - Global: Array Networks introduces Energy-Efficient Universal Access Controller for securing and extending access to applications
TIRef.No 2839549
Description Array Networks Inc., a global leader in enterprise secure application delivery, announced its new SPX 4800 Universal Access Controller (UAC) which uses a maximum of 122 Watts of power to support up to 12,000 concurrent users. The energy efficient SPX 4800 UAC requires only one rack unit of space and consumes 0.01 watt of power per user at maximum use. This not only reduces power consumption and space costs by an order of magnitude as compared to other solutions on the market, but it also positively impacts customers' environmental initiatives. Array's SPX 4800 UAC is a single system that provides unifying framework across different access methods using one platform. AccessDirect secure remote access, SiteDirect site-to-site access, DesktopDirect remote desktop access and WiFiProtect wireless LAN security software modules enabled with Built-In NAC capabilities are currently available for the SPX 4800. This eliminates costly stovepipe security deployments for wireless, local, remote and third-party access, thereby increasing security, compliance and productivity. It also provides identity-based access control for all users whether local or remote, fixed or wireless.
United States - United States: Xactly Selected for California Tech Showcase 2008
TIRef.No 2842099
Description Xactly Corporation, the market leader in on-demand sales performance management, announced it has been selected to participate in the California Tech Showcase (CTS 2008), to be held in conjunction with the World Investment Conference in La Baule, France from June 4th to June 6th. Xactly was hand-picked after an extensive review of more than 700 companies by the CTS 2008 selection committee, which is comprised of senior executives from Europe's leading technology companies such as Siemens, T-Mobile, British Telecom and SAP. The California Tech Showcase brings together the hottest Silicon Valley companies with the top technology titans of Europe, the world's second-largest technology marketplace. As a company looking to expand its presence in the European market, Xactly will be paired with ideal European partners who can best provide distribution, strategic alliances, capital and established relationships at this event. The CTS 2008 will take place in conjunction with the World Investment Conference, which will feature hundreds of corporate leaders from firms such as Sony, Freescale, EDF, Nokia, BT, Total, Siemens, as well as government officials and ministers from around Europe.
United States - United States: Comcast hack leaves users without email
TIRef.No 2842350
Description The portal of US communications giant Comcast was hacked in an assault that left subscribers unable to access their emails for several hours. The comcast.net front page was replaced by a greeting from hackers on 28 May. The defacement was removed around two hours later. Users were then confronted by a "page under construction" message before the site was restored in the early hours of Thursday. The site remained intermittently unavailable even after this time.
United States - United States: US Finance, Insurance, & Real Estate Business IT Personnel Expenditures, 2007-2012
TIRef.No 2842142
Description Research and Markets has announced the addition of US Finance, Insurance, & Real Estate Business IT Personnel Expenditures, 2007-2012 to their offering. This Excel-based Data-rich Deliverable (DRD) that is part of the FIRE subscription includes market intelligence on IT: Personnel expenditures for the FIRE vertical. IT Personnel consists of expenditures on internal staffing, part-time and full-time, within a firm's IT department. This may include the salaries of non-technical staff, such as office managers, that are performing IT related duties in smaller companies. Fire includes those firms or organizations involved in Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate businesses or services. Insurance includes property, casualty, health, life, and other insurance services. Real estate includes the sale of commercial and residential properties. Size of business includes SOHO (1-4 employees), Small Business (5-99 employees), Mid-Sized Business (100-999 employees), and Enterprise Business (Over 1000 employees). The Expert Guide for this deliverable is Stephanie Atkinson. Forecasts are from 2007 through 2012 and include annual growth rate, as well as percentage of total market.
United States - United States: Progeny Systems Corp win contract of USD $ 13 Mln
TIRef.No 2844969
Description Progeny Systems Corp.,* Manassas, Va., is being awarded a $13,119,809 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide for the continued hardware/software development, systems engineering, procurement of Commercial Off-The-Shelf products and hardware/software integration to provide a common solution for automation and reduced manning systems in support of USS Virginia Class Submarines and other submarine/ surface ship systems. This effort is being awarded under a program for Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and is titled Topic No. N03-049, "Automation and Work Flow Advances Using Technology Infusions for Manning Reduction." The concept for this SBIR is for a Navy-wide implementation of portal technology for internal and external information sharing requirements. This procurement will use the prototype products, processes and methodologies developed by Progeny Systems Corp., under the SBIR Phase I and II efforts. The processes and prototype products developed will apply to Submarines, Surface Ships, Surveillance and Air Platforms. Progeny will also design, prototype and demonstrate a common technical architecture for a Non-Tactical Data Processing Sub-System (NTDPS) Information Automation and Reduced Manning System or Engineering Development Models as needed. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $65,573,613. Work will be performed in Manassas, Va., and work is expected to be completed by Apr. 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-08-C-6278).
United States - United States: Geographic Technologies Group selected for Multiple Contracts
TIRef.No 2841877
Description Geographic Technologies Group® (GTG®) was selected for multiple software contracts including: Montgomery County, Tennessee - upgrading from LGdispatch to LGdispatch Community Connect and upgrading from LGmobile to LGmobile Community Connect. City of Lacey, Washington - migrating to the ArcGIS Server environment. City of Jacksonville, North Carolina - purchased the upgrade of nine (9) seats of LG Geo Blade Dispatch and 25 seats of LG Geo Blade Crimes. City of Alexandria, Virginia - purchased 105 additional seats of LG Mobile Community Connect. County of St. Clair, Michigan - purchased eight (8) seats of Geo Blade Dispatch. City of West Sacramento, California - purchased one (1) seat of GeoManager. Town of Nags Head, North Carolina - purchased on-site training. City of Suffolk, Virginia - updating existing GIS software. GTG is pleased to announce the release of Geo Blade Community Maintenance, one of the blades, or additional functionalities, incorporated into the Geo Blade software suite. The Community Maintenance blade provides a mapping interface to visualize code inspections, community projects, and other activities related to community maintenance. Geo Blade Community Maintenance is ideal for local government planning and zoning professionals.
United States - United States: Wisconsin Department of Transportation Selects Autodesk 3-D Design Tools for Road and Highway Design
TIRef.No 2841907
Description Autodesk, Inc. announced that the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) would implement AutoCAD Civil 3D software to produce new roadway designs more efficiently and cost effectively. AutoCAD Civil 3D addresses WisDOT's need for a fully integrated and easy-to-use 3-D transportation design solution as they transition from legacy software. This decision was made after a thorough, 18-month evaluation of alternative technologies. Using AutoCAD Civil 3D software, WisDOT can automate much of the roadway design and documentation process with powerful 3-D information models. These models also allow WisDOT the ability to provide contractors with 3-D proposed surfaces for driving machine control grading projects, saving time and money during construction. AutoCAD Civil 3D software allows WisDOT's civil engineers; designers, drafters and surveyors parallel access to the same up-to-date model, regardless of location. Autodesk's transportation solutions offer state and local governments the ability to better design and construct infrastructure projects to meet community needs. Through an integrated workflow built on coordinated, reliable information, Autodesk solutions enable transportation departments to easily create and share digital design information and documentation; use that information to accurately visualize, simulate, and analyze performance and cost; and reliably deliver their projects faster and more economically.
United States - United States: VIASPACE Energy delivers humidity sensor to fuel cell test station manufacturer Scribner Associates
TIRef.No 2842081
Description VIASPACE Inc., a company that transforms proven space and defense technologies from NASA and the Department of Defense into hardware and software solutions, announced that its VIASPACE Energy division has begun shipments of its HS-1000 humidity sensor instrument to Scribner Associates of Southern Pines, NC. Scribner designs and manufactures a variety of fuel cell test stations and electrochemical instruments, with distributors in Asia, Europe and Canada. The performance of hydrogen fuel cells using a Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) depends on the moisture level of the membrane. The membrane only conducts protons when it is hydrated or moist. The moisture is provided by water vapor in the incoming air or hydrogen stream. The VIASPACE HS-1000 VIASENSOR instrument provides real-time measurements of the amount of water vapor in these gas streams and can be utilized within a fuel cell test station for that purpose.
United States - United States : Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions win contract of USD $ 18 Mln
TIRef.No 2844837
Description Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions, Tinton Falls, N.J., was awarded on May 30, 2008, an $18,115,495 firm-fixed price contract for a performance extension for an additional year of maneuver control system, joint tactical common operational picture workstation, and global command and control system-Army software support. Work will be performed in Tinton Falls, N.J., and Springfield, Va., and is expected to be completed by May 31, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on Mar. 31, 2008. CECOM Acquisition Center, Fort Monmouth, N.J., is the contracting activity (W15P7T-06-C-N401).
United States - United States : Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions win contract of USD $ 18 Mln
TIRef.No 2844838
Description Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions, Tinton Falls, N.J., was awarded on May 30, 2008, an $18,115,495 firm-fixed price contract for a performance extension for an additional year of maneuver control system, joint tactical common operational picture workstation, and global command and control system-Army software support. Work will be performed in Tinton Falls, N.J., and Springfield, Va., and is expected to be completed by May 31, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on Mar. 31, 2008. CECOM Acquisition Center, Fort Monmouth, N.J., is the contracting activity (W15P7T-06-C-N401).
United States - United States: BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services, Inc win contract of USD $ 21 Mln
TIRef.No 2844916
Description BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services, Inc., Rockville, Md., is being awarded a $21,716,356 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee term, level of effort contract (N00421-06-C-0085) to exercise an option for maintenance, logistics, and life cycle services in support of communication-electronic equipment/systems and subsystems for various Navy, Army, Air Force, Special Operations Forces and other Federal Agencies. These services are in support of the Special Communications Requirements Division of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division. Work will be performed in Chesapeake, Va., (32 percent); Fayetteville, N.C., (28 percent); California, Md., (22 percent); San Diego, Calif., (6 percent); Fort Bliss, Texas, (4 percent); Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., (2 percent); Panzer Kaserne, Germany, (2 percent); Homestead, Fla., (2 percent); Tampa, Fla., (1 percent), and the District of Columbia, (1 percent), and work is expected to be completed in Jun. 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, St. Inigoes, Md., is the contracting activity.
United States - United States: IFS Applications Selected by General Dynamics to Provide IT Backbone for Navy Logistics Contract
TIRef.No 2844918
Description IFS, the global enterprise applications company, announced today that General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems has chosen IFS Applications as its IT backbone solution for a U.S. Navy performance-based logistics contract. Under its contract with the Navy, General Dynamics will be responsible for logistics support of mission computers for several types of F/A-18 and AV-8B aircraft. General Dynamics' responsibilities will include making repairs, providing spare systems and modules, arranging transportation, managing obsolescence and controlling inventories. In support of this effort General Dynamics will use IFS Applications for supply chain, tracking, repair, maintenance and reporting functions. "IFS defense solutions are designed with evolution in mind. In order to effectively manage logistics for U.S. defense organizations, companies like General Dynamics must utilize technology that is reliable and easily adaptable," IFS North America President and CEO Cindy Jaudon said. "The demands placed on defense suppliers change so rapidly that an agile enterprise application is crucial. Combine the ability to reconfigure and add functionality to meet customers' specific needs and you have technology that can give Department of Defense contractors a real competitive edge." Aerospace and defense is one of IFS' targeted market segments. IFS Applications includes advanced standard functionality that meets the demanding requirements of defense manufacturers. IFS' fully integrated project tracking and product data management capabilities, when combined with other IFS Applications components, make it easier to operate while managing the design, manufacturing, and ongoing spare parts logistics and maintenance support of complex products throughout the product lifecycle. IFS customers within the aerospace and defense industry include the British, Norwegian, and US defense organizations as well as the Eurofighter consortium. Commercial MRO shops and operators include Finnair, Bristow Helicopters, Aero-Dienst GmbH, Hawker Pacific, and Jet Turbine Services. In addition, IFS provides solutions to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) such as General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, BAE SYSTEMS, Saab, and GE Transportation
United States - United States: LandNet Corporation receives Third Patent for Online Mapping Tools
TIRef.No 2841894
Description LandNet Corporation, a provider of Internet mapping solutions, has been issued its third patent for online mapping functionality. On April 8, 2008, the U.S. Patent Office awarded patent 7,356,406 containing an additional 73 claims to the 'Land Software Tool' patent 7,054,741 that was filed in 2002 and issued in 2006. Provisional patents date back seven years to 2001. The land software tools are used in conjunction with the Property Archive website technology covered under patent 7,171,389 issued in January 2007. Four other patents relating to online mapping are pending. LandNet Corporation is the developer of LandVoyage, a turnkey online mapping and real estate archiving business launched in 2000. The company's patented technology includes the Land Software Tools, which cover numerous online map drawing, editing and measuring capabilities, and the Property Archive Tool, which relates to the identification, storage and display of land data on a website. With the three patents awarded and more than 50 million maps served online, Property Archives with the LandVoyage software tools are now ready for nation-wide deployment to serve any and all sectors in the real estate industry. LandNet Corporation is seeking joint venture partners to expand the operations of LandVoyage in the commercial market.
United States - United States: Printer's gel-like ink works on everything
TIRef.No 2842145
Description Xerox gave a sneak peek at its cured gel ink for digital printers that works on a large variety of materials from foil to super-slick plastic to cardboard. Xerox's ink, previewed at the print industry trade show Drupa in Germany, is aimed at taking a bite out of the estimated USD 400 billion offset printing market. The cured gel ink, with its peanut butter-like consistency, is heated up and becomes a thick liquid, similar to motor oil. The liquid squeezes through the print heads and onto a printing surface, such as a piece of paper, foil or plastic. As the liquid cools, it reverts back to a peanut butter-like consistency and is then shot with a pulse of ultraviolet light to harden the ink.
United States - United States: SoftServe, Inc. names Ron Ezsak vice president of sales
TIRef.No 2842108
Description SoftServe, Inc., a leading provider of outsourced software development services, announced the appointment of Ron Ezsak as Vice President of Sales. In this position, he will assume responsibility for managing the SoftServe sales team and will play a key role in developing client relationships and trusted partnerships that will serve to optimize the company's profitability, revenue, and client satisfaction. Joining SoftServe with over 30 years of experience in direct and indirect sales management for software and technology-based solutions, Ron is a seasoned industry professional who has been involved in the development and management of marketing and strategic alliances, as well as new business and new market launches, both domestically and internationally.
United States - United States: Consona ERP announces Made2Manage® Product Direction
TIRef.No 2842109
Description Consona ERP, a leading provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and services for small and midsize manufacturers announced that Made2Manage Version 7.0 (v7.0) will be built on Microsoft .NET technology. The v6.0 release, currently in beta, will add significant new functionality in the areas of customer relationship management (CRM) and planning and scheduling. Enhancements to field service and manufacturing execution systems (MES) modules are currently in development. Moving to. Although Microsoft has announced it will discontinue support for VFP in 2015, enhancements to the VFP version of Made2Manage, as well as ongoing compatibility with future versions of both Vista and SQL, will extend the life of VFP-based products well beyond Microsoft's timeframe.
United States - Global: Greenlight launches paid search product to 'defend brands'
TIRef.No 2841897
Description Search marketing agency Greenlight has launched a brand-monitoring platform specifically targeted at paid search marketing campaigns. Called SearchSentry, the service aims to provide brand defence within the paid search channels of the main search engines. The launch of SearchSentry follows the change in Google's policy to allow UK and Ireland advertisers to bid on trademarked keywords for the first time. The new policy, which came into effect on 5 May, has already caused much controversy, with a number of advertisers publicly declaring that they would bid on their competitor's brand names. The new platform reportedly works to protect brands online by monitoring competitor and affiliate activity to provide brand managers with detailed information on who is bidding on their brands. It then mines the data collected so that a plan of action can be drawn up to help brand managers defend and control their brand.
United States - United States: IGEL launches Enhanced North American Channel Partner Program
TIRef.No 2839550
Description IGEL Technology, the world's third largest thin client vendor, launched its enhanced North American Partner Program, further enabling its partners and resellers to accelerate growth, differentiate their business and drive greater profitability. Featuring the largest range of thin clients in the world, combined with a 100% channel-focused sales strategy, IGEL offers a substantial opportunity for its partners through a simple, yet flexible program. IGEL makes it easy for partners to take advantage of the growing thin client market by delivering an optimal user experience through its revolutionary "Universal Desktop" approach to thin clients.
United States - United States: Apple store detains teens for installing iPhone game
TIRef.No 2842987
Description Four teens in Palo Alto, California, say they were detained and photographed by an Apple store after they downloaded a third-party application to an iPhone demo unit. The youngsters told Mercury News that a manager of their local University Avenue Apple store called for police reinforcement after discovering the racing game, "Raging Thunder" had been installed on the touch screen phone. Both the store employees and manager were at first unperturbed by the boys playing around with the demo unit. But after they left the store, a manager bolted out and demanded the teens return. The manager then called the police. Sgt. Sandra Brown of the Palo Alto Police confirmed to Mercury News that they were called in by the Apple store, although no arrests were made. The group claims they were also lectured by the manager about the dangers of "hacking," were all photographed, and told their pictures would be sent to surrounding Apple stores "so they'd be on the lookout for us. The boys also say they were issued a ban from all Apple stores, although an Apple spokesman has denied the claim.
United States - United States: IBM Unveils In-Memory Database
TIRef.No 2844039
Description In a bid to catch up to other major database vendors, IBM has announced IBM solidDB, an in-memory relational database package which will deliver data at up to 10 times faster than conventional relational databases. This uses technology from Solid Information Technology, a Finnish company with offices in Cupertino, Calif., which IBM acquired earlier this year. IBM solidDB supports the company's global Information on Demand business strategy, which lets clients rapidly use information to keep pace with change. It can be deployed as a cache to the IBM DB2 data server or to the Informix Dynamic Server. Alternatively, it can be deployed as a standalone in-memory database. Because the database resides in system memory, enterprises will have to increase their systems' memory, but "the price of memory is going down dramatically and it now is very affordable," Paola Lubet, director of product marketing for IBM solidDB, told InternetNews.com. That's not the only factor. Others are "64-bit addressing, which has made it possible to have larger memory space so databases can be bigger, and the advent of grid-based computing which takes away any memory limitations on the database," IDC analyst Carl Olofson told InternetNews.com. The solidDB database runs across "a variety of operating systems," including any version of Linux, HP/UX, AIX and Solaris, and will be able to support DB2 on the IBM zOS mainframe operating system, Lubet added. IBM is a tad late to the party: Oracle acquired major Solid Information Technology competitor TimesTen in June of 2005, and there are other in-memory databases in the market, some of which have since died out, Olofson said. All are lightweight and are speedy because "they can use memory pointers instead of an indirect pointer system which points to where the database records are stored on disk," Olofson said. Larger vendors are acquiring in-memory database vendors to "set them up as front-end caches to improve performance," Olofson said. Although IBM is well behind Oracle in moving into the in-memory database field, the technology is so new that this won't prove much of a handicap, Olofson said. In-memory databases have mainly been used in vertical markets, such as telecommunications companies and switch builders, and those are the markets both Solid Information Technology and TimesTen targeted. IBM will likely continue that and push into high-performance markets such as financial services, "
United States - United States: Ilium Software's sale, this week only
TIRef.No 2841911
Description Ilium Software, makers of such great Windows Mobile applications as eWallet, ListPro and NewsBreak are celebrating its 11 years in business this week. During the weeklong celebration, there will be a contest each day. They will be giving away Amazon gift cards, as well as copies of their software. The contests will be run on their blog from Monday, June 2nd, through Friday, June 6th. They will also be offering a 55 percent discount off the regular price of all of their software during the five days.
United States - United States: Persystent Raises USD11.6 Million Round to Fund Expansion
TIRef.No 2841912
Description Persystent Technologies, the leading provider of automated PC repair and high-speed imaging announced it has raised USD11.6 million in equity financing from two leading technology venture capital firms and inside investors. The company will use the working capital to expand and accelerate the level of sales and marketing and R&D, where maintaining a solid state of continuous computing is essential. ABS Ventures (Boston, MA) and Valhalla Partners (Vienna, VA) led the equity round with additional funding coming from existing investors. Persystent has developed the world's only PC automated repair (pre-boot of OS), on or off the network, and high-speed imaging solution that transforms today's computers from their current state of unpredictability and vulnerability to a new solid state of continuous computing. Persystent's software automatically repairs and restores an infected or corrupted PC's operating system and software applications, on or off the network, while also ensuring enforcement of corporate configuration policies. It returns the PC operating environment to a work-ready and compliant state each time the computer is turned on - all without human intervention. This important round of funding will help Persystent build a scalable and sustainable business with greater emphasis on marketing, sales, and continued development of the company's product portfolio.
United States - United States: Consumer awareness of Bluetooth technology at all time high
TIRef.No 2844863
Description The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has more to celebrate this week than just the 10th anniversary of its launch. According to an annual survey conducted by research firm Millward Brown, global awareness of Bluetooth technology is at an all time high with 85 percent of consumers recognizing the wireless technology. This is the fifth consecutive year awareness of Bluetooth technology has climbed, according to the annual survey conducted by research firm Millward Brown. Consumers in China, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, the US and UK say they have heard of Bluetooth technology and are also overwhelmingly aware of the Bluetooth logo (68 percent) and products that use Bluetooth technology. Products consumers noted included: Mobile phones (79 percent) Headsets (61 percent) Computers (56 percent) In four out of the six countries polled, at least 60 percent of respondents claim to own a Bluetooth enabled device. Of those consumers who heard a lot about Bluetooth technology, 78 percent said they are willing to pay more for products that include the technology and 57 percent of respondents say Bluetooth technology "makes their lives easier." "The rise in popularity of Bluetooth technology over its ten year existence has been amazing," said Michael Foley, Ph.D., executive director of the Bluetooth SIG, the trade association for Bluetooth technology made up of over 10,000 companies. "There are 2 billion devices with Bluetooth technology in the marketplace now. What started with mobile phones and headsets has spilled over into nearly every industry from gaming and cars to clothing and toys. Bluetooth technology is now an expected part of the average consumer's lifestyle." The Millward Brown study also polled consumers on their awareness of other wireless technologies and their overall impressions of wireless technology. Bluetooth technology is by far the most recognized wireless brand with an 85 percent global average compared to Wireless USB (57 percent), Wi-Fi (53 percent), IrDA (53 percent) and WiMedia UWB (16 percent). This study polled approximately 2,500 consumers in China, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, US and the UK between the ages of 18 and 70 who make decisions within their household on mobile technology purchases. This is the fifth year the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) commissioned Millward Brown to conduct an independent study on consumer awareness, attitude and usage of Bluetooth wireless technology. The full report fin
United States - United States: American Biomass Corporation secures USD 4 million in series A funding from .406 ventures
TIRef.No 2842088
Description Mi-Co, the developer of mobile data collection software solutions for field inspection, healthcare and government, announced the immediate availability of Version 7 of its Mi-Forms software. Mi-Forms provides powerful and flexible mobile e-forms design, easy data capture, real-time data validation and secure communication to existing systems. Mi-Forms replicates the comfortable, natural, paper experience that mobile workers are familiar with, and captures and converts data into fully electronic information which is immediately accessible for reporting and analysis. The software supports Tablet PC, Windows Mobile and digital pen technology. Mi-Forms Version 7 offers customers new features, enhanced flexibility in forms design and improved server performance and integration capabilities. Mi-Forms designers can now include subforms for field users to employ at the point of service. These subforms can capture an unlimited and dynamically changing number of data samples.
United States - United States: NormSoft introduces Pocket Tunes Music and Radio Player for Windows Mobile Smartphones
TIRef.No 2842111
Description NormSoft, Inc. announced the availability of its award-winning audio player Pocket Tunes(TM) Deluxe for Windows Mobile(R) 5 and 6 devices. Pocket Tunes is an easy-to-use and feature-rich music player for listening to digital music and Internet radio stations. The Pocket Tunes software can be purchased and added to many phones and PDAs to expand their multimedia capabilities. With the addition of Windows Mobile, Pocket Tunes now supports Palm, Inc.'s entire family of handhelds and smartphones in addition to many Windows Mobile handhelds and smartphones from other manufacturers. A Pocket Tunes Sync application for iTunes(R) is included for Windows PCs enabling users to copy music, audio books, or podcasts from iTunes to their phone. Pocket Tunes Sync for iTunes can be configured to sync selected playlists automatically when a Windows Mobile device is connected to the PC.
United States - United States: Right Hemisphere's 3D Visualization Technology to Integrate With SAP PLM
TIRef.No 2842083
Description SAP PLM Customer Value Network - Right Hemisphere®, the leading provider of visual communication and collaboration solutions, announced that SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) has licensed and will be integrating Right Hemisphere's 2D and 3D visualization technology into the SAP PLM Solution. Right Hemisphere's visualization technology will serve as the standard for viewing, collaborating and publishing graphical product data for SAP's next generation of enterprise applications. The next release of SAP® Product Lifecycle Management (SAP PLM) which is slated to begin shipping later this year will be the first SAP application to integrate and take advantage of Right Hemisphere's 3D technology. This technology integration will also allow SAP users to seamlessly incorporate additional Right Hemisphere client and enterprise software products into their IT infrastructure for state-of-the-art 2D and 3D product graphics authoring, management and publishing capabilities. In 2007, Right Hemisphere's Deep Server(TM) 4.1 enterprise software successfully achieved SAP Certified Integration status for its integration with SAP PLM, Release 4.7. Earlier in 2007, Right Hemisphere received an equity investment from SAP Ventures, a division of SAP AG.
United States - United States: Keane Bags USD 1.5 Million EMR Contract with Long-Term Care Network
TIRef.No 2839194
Description Keane, Inc., a global services firm, providing consulting, technology, and outsourcing services, has entered into a $1.5 million, five-year contract with Golden Living, a network of long-term care facilities. Keane will implement eCharting and ePrescribing solution components of Keane's browser-based EMR software, NetSolutions®. The deployment of NetSolutions' eCharting and ePrescribing solutions will be providing Golden Living with a secure, browser-based technology for immediate access to patient information at the point of care, to enhance safety, enable paperless documentation, and improve efficiency of order management.
United States - United States: TeamPage 4.0: Putting Hypertext to work
TIRef.No 2841887
Description Traction® Software, the leading developer of products for secure, scalable, hypertext collaboration, announced TeamPageT 4.0, the latest version of Traction's award-winning enterprise blog and wiki software. Traction TeamPage 4.0 delivers a combination of wiki, blog, tagging and social networking capabilities that extend Traction's secure, simple and scalable hypertext platform to handle Enterprise 2.0 collaboration on the work that matters most to business: developing products, communicating with customers and sales partners, collaborating with key suppliers, tracking business issues, and competitive intelligence. TeamPage 4.0 addresses all the requirements of Enterprise 2.0 and adds the ability to work just as easily with many external stakeholders, such as customers or supply chain partners, across secure permission boundaries that are invisible to internal stakeholders. Traction Software's unique hypertext technology enables businesses to gain the advantages of Enterprise 2.0 collaboration - seamlessly weaving together facts and discussions that cross projects and organizations, as well as general, behind-the-firewall collaboration. TeamPage 4.0 comes with a front page and project workspaces that include hand authored links, as well as easily configured dynamic sections, capable of automatically surfacing what's important or new. Each section can now show content events as well as tags, search results and timed-ordered content.
United States - United States: Eze Castle Integration ranked among North America's top technology integrators by VARBusiness
TIRef.No 2839551
Description Eze Castle Integration, Inc., a leading provider of technology and IT services to hedge funds and investment firms, has been recognized by Everything Channel's VARBusiness magazine as one of North America's top technology integrators. Recognized for the third year in a row, Eze Castle moved up four spots to 391 on the VARBusiness 500 for its continued rapid growth and comprehensive service offerings for the investment industry. Eze Castle is a trusted and recognized partner for hedge funds and investment firms, serving over 500 companies worldwide and leading the industry with comprehensive IT offerings that directly impact a fund's bottom line. Known for its wide range of offerings, Eze Castle partners with the world's leading technology companies to help its client base achieve optimal results and generate strong returns. Eze Castle is ranked on the VARBusiness 500 because of its 2007 growth, new service introductions and global expansion initiatives. The VARBusiness 500 list ranks the biggest and best service providers in North America, highlighting the leading revenue producers within technology integrators and technology solution provider organizations.
United States - United States: Neuron-ESB Sponsors the Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit
TIRef.No 2841920
Description Neudesic, a leading provider of business solutions that leverage the capabilities of the Microsoft product line, is pleased to announce the participation of its flagship product, Neuron-ESB, in the upcoming Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit taking place June 9-11 in Orlando, FL. Neuron-ESB is an Enterprise Service Bus that extends the Microsoft Platform by providing real-time messaging, integration and web service management. Neuron-ESB accelerates SOA adoption by helping companies successfully implement real-time integration across their enterprise, allowing timely response to changing events within their business. Neuron-ESB is built on the Microsoft Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) technology to provide real-time reliable messaging options for companies adopting SOA. The synergy between Neuron-ESB and these products empower companies to develop more robust and business-aware applications with far less effort and complexity. The 20th Edition of Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit provides a complete view of SOA, SaaS, Web Services, Application Development & Integration, and emerging trends. In 6 tracks and 70+ sessions, the Summit covers the hottest topics across SOA & application infrastructure.
United States - United States: Check Point Endpoint Security Adds Full Disk Encryption for the Mac Platform
TIRef.No 2841899
Description Check Point® Software Technologies Limited, the worldwide leader in securing the Internet announced the release of Check Point Full Disk Encryption for Mac OS X, the industry's first full-disk encryption solution with pre-boot authentication to support the Mac OS. Check Point Full Disk Encryption now supports all major laptop and desktop operating systems, including Mac OS X version 10.4.5 'Tiger' through Mac OS X version 10.5 'Leopard.' Check Point encryption products support more end-user platforms than any other solutions in the industry, from Windows, Linux and Mac OS based laptops to Symbian, Windows Mobile, Palm and PocketPC based smartphones and PDAs. Regardless of the operating systems, customers receive encryption technology from Check Point that is recognized as a data security leader in the latest Gartner Mobile Data Protection Magic Quadrant. Check Point Full Disk Encryption is quick and easy to deploy, scales to any size organization and is proven in every type of industry and government agency around the world. Customers benefit from easy to use features and centralized management across diverse operating systems, significantly simplifying the implementation and use of full-disk encryption in mixed environments.
United States - United States: Via Nano takes on Intel Atom
TIRef.No 2839203
Description Chip maker Via has launched the latest range of processors based on its Isaiah architecture. The Via Nano range promises up to four times the performance of the existing Via C7 processor family while remaining within the same power range. Via Nano is also pin compatible with C7 processors allowing them to be used in existing motherboards and integrated systems. The new range of 64-bit processors are built using Fujitsu's 65nm process technology and have an idle power draw of just 100mW, making them well suited to miniature notebooks. The Nano range has been optimised for media processing to cater for the increased demand in video and other multimedia applications. Via Nano processors represent the next generation of x86 technology, providing the fundamental building blocks for a new genre of optimised computing solutions. The family will range from the Via Nano U2300 1.0GHz CPU which has a maximum power draw of 5W up to the L2100 1.8GHz processor at 25W. Via's Nano processors are available now for OEMs and motherboard vendors. Systems featuring Via Nano processors are expected to reach the market in the third quarter of 2008.
United States - United States: Better Networking Through Software
TIRef.No 2841890
Description When it comes to the movement of data around the enterprise, the focus is usually on the hardware systems within the infrastructure (routers, switches, HBAs) or the protocols they use. But DataDirect's Mike Johnson makes a good argument in this article on SOA World that when it comes to database communication, the bottleneck has moved to the middleware layer, particularly the data connectivity software stack. He says the increased use of server virtualization can exacerbate the problem because most drivers are stuck in a per-virtual mentality. The simple fact is that all data connectivity solutions are not created equal. There are significant differences in the way drivers like ODBC and JDBC operate. But since they are usually included as default components within commercial database offerings, they are rarely given any consideration. The drawback to this state of affairs is that if the connection layer is loaded up with numerous tools like libraries and disk caching, they may end up overusing network resources. He offers up a number of ways that third-party drives can be fine-tuned to improve network performance, so it's probably worth a read.
United States - United States: Abstracts Sought for the 13th Annual GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference
TIRef.No 2841891
Description URISA and the IAAO are accepting abstract submissions for the 13th Annual GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference. The conference - for Professionals in Property Assessment, Tax Administration, Mapping and Information Technology - will take place in Charleston, South Carolina, February 8-11, 2009. The theme for the event is 'Technology to Revolutionize Your Valuations'. The Committee has specified three general program tracks for the conference and has provided topic ideas for each.
United States - United States: Lighting Fixtures offer reduced energy consumption.
TIRef.No 2841892
Description Decreasing cave effect created by traditional parabolics, ES8R(TM) relight fixtures help improve balance between horizontal and vertical light levels. They reuse existing fixture housings, and reduce waste through 50 percent fewer lamp replacements, reduced CO2 production, and use of recyclable materials. Eliminating need for full-fixture replacement, relight assemblies are suited for outdated and inefficient spaces.
United States - United States: CMM System provides scanning and probing functionality
TIRef.No 2841893
Description Combining Metronor DUO portable CMM and Breuckmann stereoSCAN white-light-scanning system, naviSCAN System can scan areas up to one square meter per shot. Benefits include hidden points that are not accessible through scanner to be measured with touch probe, monitors vibrations, and checks accuracy between scans in real-time. Available with heavy-duty transport cases, portable system is designed for inspection tasks on large components under shop floor conditions and reverse engineering.
United States - Global: Google opens Android kimono
TIRef.No 2842343
Description The second loudest cheer was for the opening of Google App Engine. The loudest was for a compass built into an unnamed mobile handset running Android. In San Francisco, Android engineering director Steve Horowitz demonstrated the fledging mobile OS on a mystery handset with a Synaptics touch screen, showing off several applications for the first time. Among these was a version of Street View that moves through Google's virtual world in response to the physical movements of the phone itself. Google bills Android as an "entirely open source world-class mobile stack." But at the moment, it's not open source. Google is privately developing the platform in tandem with more than 30 mobile-industry partners, and it won't open things to outside developers until version 1.0 is released "in the second half of this year.
United States - United States: Northern Trust announces partnership with Pendo Systems for Insurance Accounting
TIRef.No 2841903
Description Northern Trust announced that it is entering into a partnership with Pendo Systems, Inc., a leading provider of financial accounting solutions. Under the terms of the agreement, the companies will work together to deploy an accounting and financial reporting outsourcing solution to Northern Trust's insurance clients, using the Pendo Systems BasisPoint(R) investment accounting software. As insurance investment portfolios take on more complex strategies, Northern Trust is committed to supporting those clients with the highest level of financial reporting, trade processing and full-service outsourcing. Their agreement with Pendo Systems will help them meet the evolving demands of their clients with an efficient, adaptable solution that can be deployed on Northern Trust's single, global technology and operations platform. Northern Trust has a long history of providing accounting services to its custody clients, and they are pleased to expand this capability to the insurance industry by offering a full statutory investment accounting solution. Pendo Systems' core product, BasisPoint, is a global, enterprise-grade investment accounting engine that is designed to support clients with a multi-currency investment portfolio, a multiple book of record, and a multi-company structure. It incorporates a full suite of process modules to manage investment trading and operations from the front office through to the back office.
United States - Global: Supermicro shows off Intel desktop boards
TIRef.No 2839428
Description Third party board maker Supermicro announced that it's showing off two motherboards at the Computex show which use Intel's Eaglelake G45 and G43 Express chipsets. The boards, dubbed the C2SEA and C2SEE are aimed at the workstation market and support 45 nanometre quad core chips and DDR3. They also include support for Blu-Ray and HD DVD, anve a PCI-Express 2 slot for graphics cards, six Serial ATA ports, 12 USB ports, and a Gigabit LAN port. DDR3 up to 8GB of memory can be added while the boards also have support for four legacy 32-bit PCI slots. The ATX boards include Super Doctor III management software.
United States - United States: Attensity 'Market Voice' software solution enables analysis of the 'Blogosphere'
TIRef.No 2842087
Description AttensityT, the leader in text analytics software for First Person IntelligenceT, announced Attensity 'Market Voice,' a new solution enabling users to track, analyze and act on customer conversations in blogs, Web forums, product review comments, and other forms of online customer exchanges. As an integral part of Attensity's successful 'Voice of the Customer' (VoC) application, Market Voice automatically harvests online customer feedback feeding data directly into Attensity's patented Exhaustive ExtractionT engines for analysis of sentiment, identification of the root cause of issues and for early warning on emerging issues and opportunities. The solution also includes pre-built output including analysis reports and dashboards. Companies that deploy the Attensity Market Voice solution have the ability to aggregate and analyze invaluable customer sentiment on the Web, as well as identify and curb potential issues with new product introductions or marketing messages. With the Attensity solution users can combine real-time online feedback with feedback residing in company service and call center notes, emails, and survey responses for a truly comprehensive solution.
United States - United States: United States: Marathon Technologies named "Best of Tech·Ed 2008 Finalist" for bringing fault-tolerant, high availability software to server virtualization
TIRef.No 2841921
Description Marathon Technologies, the only provider of fault-tolerant, high availability software for physical and virtual servers, announced that it has been named as a finalist for the "Best of Tech·Ed 2008 IT Professional Awards" in the virtualization category by Penton Media's Windows IT Pro® and SQL Server Magazine®. Marathon was awarded the distinction for developing everRun VM, the world's first fault-tolerant, high availability software for server virtualization. everRun® VM addresses one of the major factors that has limited the broader adoption of server virtualization a lack of simple and effective high availability technology for virtual environments. The Best of Tech·Ed 2008 Awards recognize companies who offer innovative products in the industry. The judges reviewed more than 220 products and services submitted for the contest and chose 29 finalists to be interviewed at the Tech·Ed 2008 IT Professionals Conference in Orlando, Fla. Winners will be announced on June 12 at an evening reception for all of the finalists.
United States - United States: Exeros launches Validator Software Solution
TIRef.No 2839563
Description Exeros(R), Inc., an innovator in cross-system data relationship discovery software, announced the launch of Exeros Validator(TM), which provides a complete platform for ongoing identification and remediation of exceptions and inconsistencies within and between distributed data sources. This groundbreaking product audits data quality across customers' distributed data landscape by monitoring business rules over time - both within and between data sources. This enables data stewards to remediate and fix those exceptions in an ongoing, repeatable and verifiable process. Exeros Validator(TM) is already in deployment at customer sites and builds upon the company's solutions for cross-system data analysis by delivering the first product built specifically for auditing, validating and remediating cross-system business rules typical in today's distributed environments. Exeros Validator(TM) delivers a complete workflow for managing the validation process.
United States - United States & Japan: US protests to WTO over EU 'IT' tariffs
TIRef.No 2842171
Description The US and Japan filed complaints with the World Trade Organization over European Union tariffs on imported flat-screen monitors, some TV set-top boxes, and printers able to scan, fax and copy. The United States has requested the World Trade Organization help resolve the ongoing dispute over the EU taxing consumer electronics goods that should, be duty-free under the WTO Information Technology Agreement. Japan has filed a similar complaint. The 1996 agreement eliminates import duties on computers, telecommunication equipment, semiconductors, semiconductor manufacturing equipment, software, and scientific equipment. But the contested products can be taxed because they include technologies and features developed after the accord was signed. It claims changes in technology make some products "objectively different" and fall outside the original product categories covered by the ITA. Extensions to the agreement should not be automatic, but based on periodic review.
United States - United States: US town tells Street View to push off
TIRef.No 2842871
Description Google has removed a private Minnesota community from its Street View feature after the town politely asked the search monolith to keep its roving spycars to itself. North Oaks, north east of Minneapolis, boasts a "unique situation", the Minnesota Star Tribune reports, in that its roads are owned by the residents and it "enforces a trespassing ordinance". The North Oaks City Council sent Google a letter back in January asking for erasure from Street View, and the company quickly complied: Google is coming under increasing pressure to address the Street View privacy issue. The company has a "delete-on-request" service for individuals caught on camera, and last month deployed some experimental face-blurring tech on images of New York shortly after admitting privacy could be a bigger issue in Europe than in the US as it began to prowl the streets of several European cities.
United States - Global: Google opens cloud to (all) earthbound developers
TIRef.No 2842308
Description Google has offered a spot on its cloud to every developer down on earth. And it can almost tell how much it plans to charge for this sky-high real estate. Google technical lead Kevin Gibbs announced the news during a keynote at Google I/O, the company's first large-scale you-pay-your-own-way developer conference, and he received the second biggest cheer of the morning. The biggest arrived during a demo of Android, Google's fledgling mobile OS, but more on that later. App Engine offers dynamic web-serving, storage, automatic scaling and load balancing, APIs for authenticating users and sending email, and a local development environment that lets you code on earth before uploading to the cloud. Currently, the platform is completely free. But user is limited to 500MB of storage and enough CPU and bandwidth for about 5 million page views per month. Sometime later this year, Google will sell resources above and beyond these limits.
United States - United States: Harte-Hanks(R) Trillium Software Delivers Latest Version of Trillium Software(R) System for Global Data Quality
TIRef.No 2841914
Description TrilliumSoftware®, a business of Harte-Hanks, Inc. and a leading enabler of Total DataQuality(TM) solutions delivered the latest version of its enterprise data quality software solution, the Trillium Software® System version 11.5. The software now offers an expanded, fully-integrated set of data profiling, validation and cleansing capabilities across a broader range of countries to meet the global needs of business users who require amore strategic approach for solving data quality challenges throughout their organizations. As a result, customers who process large volumes of product and customer data from multiple regions can achieve superior data quality for optimal business operations performance. In addition, the company announced the availability of TS Insight 2.5,Trillium Software's data quality dashboard tool, and reaffirmed its commitment to supporting mainframe applications by offering new functionality for helping customers integrate data quality into their Z/OS legacy infrastructure applications. In a time of increasing economic challenges and rapid consolidation of data quality providers - which leaves significant gaps in data management knowledge - it is important for our customers to know they can turn to Trillium Software for superior expertise to help them achieve their data quality objectives.
United States - United States: Intel faces long not very hot summer
TIRef.No 2842340
Description Intel will leave its OEMs facing a summer drought of new mobile chips after admitting its Centrino update, Montevina, would not appear till August at the earliest. The update to the vendor's mobile laptop chip range, also know as Centrino 2, was originally due this month, but was pushed back to late June a week or two ago. This would still have brought it in the H2 time frame it had originally been scheduled for. However, it has emerged that a brace of problems means that the complete Centrino 2 package will now not appear till August. The vendor is having problems both with the chipset for the platform, and with the wireless platform's antennae. The platform is supposed to support both Wi-Fi and Wimax. Intel might be expected to distract its customers by pointing at its Atom line of processors which are supposed to be powering all sorts of new and interesting PC formats. The problem is that while plenty of machines powered by the diminutive chip have been spotted, the part itself is not around in the numbers OEMs would like.
United States - United States: IBM to pay USD 20 million to settle shareholder suit over options expensing
TIRef.No 2842113
Description IBM Corp has agreed to pay US$20 million (S$27 million) to settle a lawsuit by shareholders who claimed the technology company misled the public about employee stock-option expenses in 2005. The settlement, disclosed by lawyers for the plaintiffs, comes a year after the Securities and Exchange Commission determined that IBM's conduct had violated federal law. However, the SEC stopped short of finding that fraud had been committed, and it imposed no fine on IBM. The cost turned out to be US$0.10 per share, and some analysts complained that IBM originally gave the higher figure in order to artificially lower expectations for the quarter and cushion disappointing business results.
United States - United States: Harte-Hanks(R) Trillium Software Delivers Latest Version of Trillium Software(R) System for Global Data Quality
TIRef.No 2842100
Description Trillium Software®, a business of Harte-Hanks, Inc. (NYSE: HHS) and a leading enabler of Total Data Quality(TM) solutions, delivered the latest version of its enterprise data quality software solution, the Trillium Software® System version 11.5. The software now offers an expanded, fully-integrated set of data profiling, validation and cleansing capabilities across a broader range of countries to meet the global needs of business users who require a more strategic approach for solving data quality challenges throughout their organizations. As a result, customers who process large volumes of product and customer data from multiple regions can achieve superior data quality for optimal business operations performance. In addition, the company announced the availability of TS Insight 2.5, Trillium Software's data quality dashboard tool, and reaffirmed its commitment to supporting mainframe applications by offering new functionality for helping customers integrate data quality into their Z/OS legacy infrastructure applications. Trillium Software System is a complete data quality lifecycle management software platform that is scalable and optimized for increased performance and rapid data profiling, cleansing, standardization, matching, and, ongoing data governance.
United States - United States: Symantec Expands Product Certification Program
TIRef.No 2842101
Description Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) announced the Symantec Certification Program, which combines technical credentials for Symantec data protection, high availability and security into a single program that covers the company's broad product portfolio. Offered through Symantec Education Services, this formal certification program enables IT professionals to strengthen their professional development and enhance their careers by earning technical credentials for Symantec products. In addition, certified IT staffers demonstrate the highest level of technical competency which will help ensure that Symantec technology is utilized for maximum performance and reduce an organization's overall IT risk. For IT managers to get the most benefit out of their technology investment, their teams must be fully skilled in the features and functions of their tools. IDC Research shows that training, and ultimately certification, represents the most effective way to ensure a team has the right skills to fully leverage the benefits built into new technologies. Exams are computer-based and delivered at the more than 4,000 secure, standardized and geographically dispersed Prometric testing centers located in more than 135 countries worldwide.
United States - United States: Printer gets rid of unwanted blemishes
TIRef.No 2842159
Description Kodak's All-in-One inkjet printer range has been expanded to include the ESP3 and ESP5, which both come with Kodak's photo editing software feature, Facial Retouch. The energy efficient-rated ESP5 features a 3-inch colour LCD screen, multiple card and USB readers and one-touch, PC-free print, copy and scan functions, which allows consumers to view, edit and print with or without a computer. Facial Retouch editing software means consumers can create clearer photos by enhancing facial features and reducing the appearance of skin irregularities. This software automatically detects people in pictures and allows users control over which faces to retouch. With a click, several enhancements are applied to improve the facial features of people in photos - including texture enhancer, skin tone smoothing, blemish removal, as well as subtle eye and teeth whitening, with up to four levels of intensity.
United States - United States: Acuo Technologies(R), developers of the DICOM Services Grid, announces Integration and Certification of the IBM Grid Medical Archive Solution
TIRef.No 2839575
Description Acuo Technologies, a company specializing in the development of high-performance software for intelligent medical image management, data migration tools and services, announces the integration and certification of IBM's Grid Medical Archive Solution (GMAS) as well as the addition of IBM to Acuo's Elite Partner Program. By adding the Acuo Technologies middleware software to the IBM GMAS solution, the medical imaging industry has the ability to procure a strategy that enables the customer to gain control of their data as well as manage it in a manner that provides flexibility and lower the total cost of ownership. The integration also adds IBM to Acuo's Elite Partner Program, a select group of business partners certified to deliver Acuo Technologies' intelligent medical image management product suite.
United States - United States: Microsoft and Apple Get Cozy With Office 2008
TIRef.No 2836557
Description Microsoft's relationship with Apple never has been cozy, but the release of Office 2008 seems to have solidified the two and their working relationship for the foreseeable future. Office has become the ubiquitous word-processing and spreadsheet application out there, and nearly all corporate presentations are made in PowerPoint, as well. Apple is trying to make inroads with its new IWork version, but it has some limitations. The word processor is fine for most users, and Keynote, the presentation software, is quite elegant if you are assured you are going to be making the presentation using Apple hardware. (The Apple spreadsheet is not ready for corporate use.) With Office 2008, Microsoft has upped the ante. Office 2004, the earlier version, had been getting long in the tooth, and the new one has arrived just in time. The best feature for students is the new citations palette, which makes management of citations and bibliographies in research papers easier.
United States - Global: Sun's xVM Virtual Box Passes 5 Million Downloads
TIRef.No 2844291
Description When Sun Microsystems unveiled its xVM Virtual Box high-performance desktop hypervisor, it expected a fairly good response - after all, the hypervisor (define) is open source and it's free. The response blew Sun away -- xVM Virtual Box has been downloaded more than five million times in the 18 months since it was rolled out. It lets users access software using Windows and Linux, and lets developers build, test and run cross-platform, multi-tier applications on a laptop or desktop. Sun unveiled Virtual Box 1.6 May 2, adding full support for Mac OS X, Solaris and OpenSolaris, formerly beta features, as host operating systems; it also supports Linux, Solaris, OpenSolaris, Windows and OS/2 as guest operating systems. "You can host as many virtual machines as you like on top of your host operating system," Vijay Sarathy, Senior Director for Marketing, Sun xVM, told InternetNews.com. Virtual Box has a 17 megabyte footprint (DEFINE:FOOTPRINT>, and version 1.6 lets a window within the guest operating system float on the host OS "without all the other background from the guest cluttering up the desktop," Sarathy said. It was "designed from the ground up to be extremely modular" so programmers who don't need the user interface can just use a command line or a Web services API (application programming interface) to control the hypervisor, according to Sarathy. Version 1.6 added the Web services API. Virtual Box is the entry-level product in Sun's xVM virtualization and management platform; the other three are xVM Server, an enterprise grade bare metal hypervisor; xVM Ops Center, the management framework, version 1.1 of which has just been released, and Sun VDI 2.0, unveiled March 18, which provides remote consolidation of desktop operating systems. Sun said Virtual Box is for anyone who wants to test cross-platform applications or develop multi-tier applications. If users want to then move to an enterprise-class desktop, they can go to xVM Server, Sarathy said. Sun will add proactive live migration, as well as the predictive self-healing capability from Solaris, to xVM Server, to be unveiled this summer. Predictive self-healing lets the system identify and isolate defects in hardware as they crop up "so it can still function, which makes for a very reliable and available platform," Sarathy said. Sun also plans to beef up xVM Ops Center, which now allows for data center automation and management. "Today we can do Solaris and
United States - Global: Streaming21 to unveil FAVO
TIRef.No 2841915
Description Streaming21 is launching its seamless on-demand service platform FAVO for the connected digital home. The technology, as a 'Digital Utility Pipe', enables contents and services to flow seamlessly to connected devices over the digital converged industry value chain to users. Streaming21 is joining Microsoft to participate in the Computex Taipei 2008 from 3 - 7 June along with sox other Windows Home Server partners - WNC, AMD, VIA, Chenbro, Gigabyte and Sampo. Streaming21 will showcase its FAVO services, which is fully integrated with Microsoft Windows Home Server and connected with many IP-based devices such as STB/ DMA, IPTV, digital photo frame, IP-refrigerators, mobile devices etc. FAVO services delivers personal (video, music and photos), aggregate rich internet/community/commercial contents, and provide communication and sharing services in a unified user interface designed for operation with a remote control or touch panel.
United States - United States: Blue Marble's Geographic Transformer pricing reduced by 1/3rd during June
TIRef.No 2841909
Description Blue Marble Geographics is pleased to announce that customers who purchase the Geographic Transformer during the month of June will be offered a discount of 33 percent. The Geographic Transformer is a powerful raster referencing, reprojection, mosaicking and tiling tool with excellent file format translation and compression support. Blue Marble's geospatial data manipulation and conversion solutions are used worldwide by thousands of GIS analysts at software companies, universities, oil and gas companies, civil engineering, surveying, technology, enterprise GIS groups, government and military organizations. This special promotional offer is in anticipation of the next major version of the Geographic Transformer, slated for release later this summer. Geographic Transformer 6.0 will feature a complete rewrite of the underlying GeoTransform library, along with the newest version of GeoCalc. These tools will be seated under a brand new application interface that will feature a new look and feel for the software, consistent with Geographic Calculator 7.0, released in November 2007. Version 6.0 will have enhanced image viewers, dockable windows, and new organizational tools such as workspaces and job management options. Improved memory resource allocation for faster image reprojection leverages the new dual core technology available in most new computers and provides the user more information on processing status.
United States - United States: Barracuda Networks offer rejected by Sourcefire
TIRef.No 2839485
Description Barracuda Networks' buyout offer for Sourcefire Inc was rejected by the company's board highlighting undervalued assets and future perspectives. Sourcefire Inc., a software company, supporting the development of the free software Snort and ClamAV projects, found a USD 187.4 million, or USD 7.50 per share, bid not in the best interests of Sourcefire and its stockholders. Its bid represented a 13 percent premium to Sourcefire's closing price on May 23. Barracuda Networks, Inc. is a privately held company providing firewall products to block e-mail spam, viruses, spyware, load balancing and instant messaging software.
United States - United States: ArcSoft Unveils New Version of ArcSoft Print Creations Software Suite
TIRef.No 2839429
Description ArcSoft Inc. has released its newest version of ArcSoft Print Creations software suite, now including a new application and new services: Quick Photo Book, Online Ordering and Flash Photo Book. ArcSoft Print Creations is a fun software suite, which allows users to get creative with their photos. Adding Quick Photo Book and the new services to the family certainly enhances the user experience for those who wish to rapidly create fantastic looking photo books and share them in a cinch. With Quick Photo Book users can have a photo book ready to order or print in less than one minute. Users can also order their Photo Books directly within the application without having to wait for their pictures to upload. And for an easy way to share memories, Flash Photo book retains the original look and feel of the project by saving them directly as a flash file. The new application and services join the existing ArcSoft Print Creations creativity suite, which includes a line of fun creative applications. All of the Print Creations applications are available for OEM licensing and customization.
United States - Global: New Online Acrobat Community launched by Adobe
TIRef.No 2842106
Description Adobe has announced the launch of its new online document sharing community site at Acrobat.com. This new site will allow people to create, store and share documents online, and they can also hold web conferences to discuss changes. It was revealed at the same time as the new version of Adobe's Acrobat software in which Flash video can now be embedded. The launch of this new service positions Adobe directly against Microsoft, Google and others who are also trying to bridge the online and offline worlds. Anyone can sign up for the Adobe.com service, but it currently only exists in trial, or beta, form. Acrobat.com can be used without buying any other Adobe products. Through the service, users get access to the Buzzword word processor that lets them create basic text documents. Document creators can save their files on the site and invite others to collaborate, read or comment.
United States - United Sates: SoftServe, Inc. opens U.S. headquarters in Fort Myers, FL
TIRef.No 2842107
Description SoftServe, Inc., a leading software development company and consultancy, announced the opening of its new U.S. headquarters in Fort Myers, Florida. With European headquarters in Lviv, Ukraine, development facilities throughout the Ukraine, and sales offices in Boston, Massachusetts, and Santa Ana, California, SoftServe now also offers clients the convenience and security of cooperating with a reliable U.S. corporation along with all of the benefits of an affordable offshore outsource development team. The opening of these new headquarters is a crucial milestone in our business development plans. It will afford the company even more opportunities and further extend possibilities for providing strategic advice and a wide range of services that help ISVs dramatically reduce the cost and time and boost the quality of software development. Armed with solid commitment to supreme quality and world-class service delivery, SoftServe will continue striving to further extend its expansion efforts across the global marketplace in order to enable its distinguished client base around the world to yield even greater business value.
United States - United States: Persystent adds USD 11.6 million
TIRef.No 2839579
Description Persystent Technologies, the leading provider of automated PC repair and high-speed imaging, announced it has raised USD 11.6 million in equity financing from two leading technology venture capital firms and inside investors. The company will use the working capital to expand and accelerate the level of sales and marketing and R&D, where maintaining a solid state of continuous computing is essential. ABS Ventures (Boston, MA) and Valhalla Partners (Vienna, VA) led the equity round with additional funding coming from existing investors. Persystent has developed the world's only PC automated repair (pre-boot of OS), on or off the network, and high-speed imaging solution that transforms today's computers from their current state of unpredictability and vulnerability to a new solid state of continuous computing. Persystent's software automatically repairs and restores an infected or corrupted PC's operating system and software applications, on or off the network, while also ensuring enforcement of corporate configuration policies. It returns the PC operating environment to a work-ready and compliant state each time the computer is turned on all without human intervention.
United States - United States: BigLever Software to Participate at IBM's Rational Software Development Conference
TIRef.No 2836551
Description BigLever Software(TM) announced that the company will be participating in IBM's Rational Software Development Conference on June 1-5, 2008 in Orlando, Florida. The conference provides valuable information for improving the success rates of software projects. Many software development challenges will be addressed at the conference including information isolation, requirements overload, poor processes, geographical barriers, and unproductive organizational bureaucracy, as well as technical topics spanning the full software development lifecycle. As a participant in the Ready for Rational Pavilion, BigLever will spotlight innovative software product line engineering tools and integrations including the Rhapsody/Gears Bridge: The Bridge solution is the integration of IBM/Telelogic's Rhapsody for Model-Driven Development (MDD) and BigLever's Gears for Software Product Line Engineering (SPLE). Integrated tool support for both MDD and SPLE provides a simple, elegant approach to effectively manage product line diversity in MDD and to cleanly integrate MDD into SPLE lifecycles. The Rhapsody/Gears Bridge offers optimized software reuse, increased productivity and reduced cost, resulting in dramatic reductions in time-to-market for new products and increases in portfolio scalability.
United States - United States: Best Buy flirts with e-waste recycling
TIRef.No 2842994
Description US electronics retailer Best Buy is experimenting with taking back some of the toxic materials contained in the products it peddles. It's piloting an e-waste recycling program at 117 stores in the Baltimore, San Francisco, and Minnesota markets. If all goes well, Best Buys says it will consider expanding the offering throughout the US. Participating stores will take gratis a maximum of two items per household per day. Acceptable electronics are computers, phones, cameras, television and monitors up to 32", and other small-ish devices and peripherals. Folks wishing to heave decent-sized TVs and monitors, air conditioners, microwaves, console televisions, and big appliances are out of luck. Each of the areas being tested will use a different e-waste recycling program to dispose of the materials. The Baltimore area will use E-Structors, the Twin Cities area will use Materials Processing Corporation, and the San Francisco stores will use Electronic Recycling. Those not living near a testing area will just have to cross their fingers and hope nobody falls in the e-waste thrasher then.
United States - Global: Sysinternals Live Launches
TIRef.No 2836555
Description In 2006, Microsoft purchased Winternals Software and hired Mark Russinovich to continue the development of the popular toolset. Beginning this, developers may now access a folder view of the latest version of the tools from http://live.sysinternals.com/. Intent of the new site is to provide a persistent location for access to the popular toolset. From the readme.txt on the site: Along with the launch of the new site, Mark released version 2.0 of ZoomIt and version 11.20 of Process Explorer. Both of which have appeared in Scott Hanselman's ultimate tool list since 2003.
United States - Global: Virtual SIM With Free Push E-Mail and SMS to Boot
TIRef.No 2842098
Description FREE push e-mail and SMS - this is what Unos Pro promises to those who want to try out the downloadable software from get.myunos.com or www.myunos.com. A unique feature of the software is, when installed on selected Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, LG, Motorola and Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition- based mobile phones, a virtual SIM is created. A PC version is also available to pick up voice-over-Internet- protocol calls. This, in turn, allows the user to roam for free even with a different SIM while travelling overseas and still text message and make calls to the same phone. To use the platform-independent Unos Pro, users do not need a BlackBerry-type device or sign up for services to get push e-mail on their phones. Now with SmailS, an SMS and e-mail hybrid client in Unos Pro, data can be compressed up to 30 per cent of its original size, helping users save on data charges. Besides getting free push e- mail, users can opt to view attachments. Unos Pro also offers free SMS to other Unos users through SmailS.
United States - United States: Intel Nehalem Processors and X58 Express Chipsets show up in Taipei for Computex
TIRef.No 2839197
Description The crew over at bit-tech are over in Taiwan for Computex and have already spotted some great stuff. The talked MSI into letting them take snap some pictures of Intel's upcoming "Tylersberg" X58 Express chipset, which is whatthe new Nehalem processor will run on.
United States - United States: Cloning/Erasure Tool also verifies degaussed hard drives
TIRef.No 2841905
Description While able to clone hard drives with built-in write blocker, PSIClone (TM) also offers functionality to image and erase hard drives as well as verify if they have been completely degaussed. Hand-held unit plugs directly into computer via USB cable and is managed using CPR Toolbox companion software. Every session is logged, providing complete audit trail while also helping to ensure compliance with laws regulating disposal and treatment of electronic data.
United States - United States: Software provides on-demand sales configuration
TIRef.No 2841901
Description Leveraging web 2.0 technology, BigMachines Lean Front-End® v8.2 on-demand quoting, configurator, and proposal platform helps improve automated transaction reports that enable users to proactively track and manage user adoption. It features customizable interface elements such as ability to scale configuration input fields on-the-fly in arrays and drag and drop quotes into folders. Software accurately delivers quotes and orders, as well as generates and manages sales contracts.
United States - Global: Pioneer libraries receive grant for literacy software
TIRef.No 2836553
Description The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded Pioneer Library System a $14,762 grant to integrate computers and literacy software into its adult literacy and English as a second language programs. New adult readers in Pioneer library communities are more likely to come from families and schools that have had limited access to computer and digital technologies. The grant will allow the library to introduce the students to computers as they learn to read. The new literacy software will allow students to switch from one-on-one tutoring sessions to independent computer resources when they're ready. Computers at the library system's branches in Cleveland, McClain, and Pottawatomie counties will be dedicated to literacy students. During the yearlong pilot project, Pioneer will track students' progress to determine how the addition of computer classes affect their learning.
United States - United States: Google renames, enhances hosted site search
TIRef.No 2842874
Description Google announced new features and a new name for its former Custom Search Business Edition service. The rechristened Google Site Search (GSS) includes a supplemental index the search giant said reaches more of a company's content and also provides more customization options of search results. Hosted by Google, the GSS service is available now at the same starting price (USD 100 per year for searching up to 5,000 pages) as the Business Edition. There is also a free, ad-supported version. Basically (as with Business Edition) GSS offers companies a cloud-based search infrastructure with Google as the host utility providing the service.
United States - United States: IGEL's Latest Microsoft® Windows® XP Embedded Firmware Allows Customers to Access their Virtual PCs Using an Open Hypervisor Strategy
TIRef.No 2842103
Description IGEL Technology announced the availability of its latest Microsoft® Windows® XP Embedded firmware on the broadest and most powerful range of thin clients on the market. The latest firmware gives users increased choice of hypervisors for virtual PCs, improved device management and further energy saving capabilities. IGEL Universal Desktops powered by Microsoft Windows XP Embedded now have additional Ericom features included as standard. The new firmware version includes the Ericom® WebConnect client. This provides users with secure, local and remote access to applications and desktops running on Windows Terminal Servers, Virtual Desktops (VDI), Blade PCs and legacy host systems. With support for 14 hypervisors, including VMware® ESX, Citrix® XenServer, Microsoft Hyper-V, Oracle® VM, Virtual Iron and others, Ericom® PowerTerm® WebConnect enables organizations to flexibly choose the VDI environment that best suits user requirements. Additional features in the firmware include the Internet Explorer 7 web browser with its improved tabbed browsing, instant search and improved security features. Users will also experience enhanced video performance and support for a broader range of media with the latest Media Player 11.
United States - United States: Fortisphere selected to join Microsoft Startup Accelerator Program
TIRef.No 2842104
Description Fortisphere, a leading provider of policy-based virtualization management software, announced that it has been selected to join the Microsoft Startup Accelerator Program. As a member of the program, Fortisphere will receive customized Microsoft support for its software development initiatives and increased access to internal Microsoft resources, ensuring that its policy-based virtualization management solutions are compatible with Microsoft virtualization platforms including the upcoming release of Hyper-V. Stewarded by the Emerging Business Team (EBT) at Microsoft Corp., the Microsoft Startup Accelerator Program is designed to connect high-potential startups committed to the Microsoft platform to an extensive support network that provides access to Microsoft people and programs, guidance on future directions and support to accelerate their success. Fortisphere has also been named a Microsoft Certified Partner, which will enable the company to help Microsoft virtualization customers more efficiently manage their virtual infrastructures. Virtual EssentialsT is a suite of policy-based virtualization management solutions providing a new level of visibility, control and automation around the inventory, configuration and policy-based management of virtual machines.
United States - United States: Microsoft Warns of Apple Flaw
TIRef.No 2844203
Description Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is a company that usually keeps plenty busy advising users of security issues with its products. Redmond is now advising users about a blended security threat that involves users running Apple's Safari Web browser on Windows. The threat could potentially allow Safari to download a malicious file that Windows would then execute. Microsoft has a work-around it suggests, though no patch is available from Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) for the issue. "Security Advisory (953818) does not refer to vulnerability in either Safari or Windows," Tim Rains, security response communications lead for Microsoft said in a statement sent to InternetNews.com. "Rather, it describes a blended threat in which files may be downloaded to a user's machine without prompting, allowing them to be executed. This results from a combination of the default download location in Safari and how the Windows desktop handles executables." The Safari issue had been publicly disclosed by security researcher Nitesh Dhanajani on May 15. Dhanajani described the issue as a 'Safari Carpet Bomb' in his discussion of the security risk. Dhanajani explained that Safari allows a malicious Web site to 'carpet bomb' a user with resource downloads for which a user does not provide consent. Those downloads end up in a default location on a Windows desktop. Where the blended part comes in is how Windows in some cases handles resource downloads. Microsoft's advisory notes that the downloaded malicious content could be run locally using the same permissions as the logged-on user. "Microsoft and Apple security teams are in contact with each other and are working together on this issue," Rains stated. An Apple spokesperson was not immediately available for comment. Rains noted in his e-mail that Microsoft Windows users that change the default location where Safari downloads content to the local drive are not affected by this vulnerable condition. Simply changing the default download location in Safari however may not be enough to protect, at least according to security researcher Aviv Raff. In a blog post, Raff noted that he is working with Microsoft on the issue since the combined attack also exploits an old vulnerability in Internet Explorer he had previously reported. "I've currently decided not to publicly disclose any further details, until Microsoft or Apple provide a patch," Raff wrote. "I can only say that Microsoft's suggestion for a workaround i
United States - United States:Hackers hit Mars lander's Web site
TIRef.No 2844908
Description The Web site for the Phoenix Mars Mission, NASA's most recent arrival on the Red Planet, was hacked over the weekend by a Turkish crew, according to a defacement database. Phoenix's site, which is hosted and operated by the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, was hacked on Saturday by members of the "sql loverz crew 2008," according to zone-h.org, a group that collects evidence of site attacks, including page defacements and redirects. The home page of the Mars Mission's site was breached twice in quick succession Saturday by two members of the hacker gang, which is reportedly based in Turkey. Visitors were shunted to another site that displayed the Turkish flag and messages including "pwned by BLaSTER - Cr@zy_king" and "nasa teach ariz0na pwn3d??" Security blogger Dancho Danchev first reported the zone-h.org logging of the redirect attacks. On Saturday, the Associated Press quoted a Lunar and Planetary Laboratory's spokeswoman who acknowledged the attack and said that the site had been temporarily taken offline. As of Monday morning, the Phoenix Mars Mission site was back online. Spokeswoman Sara Hammond did not return a phone call today asking for details about the attack, including how long the Web site was dark. The Phoenix Mars Mission Web site offers news, images and other information about the lander, which safely touched down just over a week ago. The mission is being co-managed by the University of Arizona and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Unlike the still-functioning Mars rovers -- Spirit and Opportunity -- Phoenix is stationary. It will use an advanced robotic arm and other instruments to analyze Martian soil, particularly for evidence of water. The arm took its first scoop of soil today. Web site defacements and redirects are common -- zone-h.org logs hundreds on a typical day -- and are often aimed at the most prominent sites. Last year, for example, hackers defaced the United Nations' site with messages accusing the US and Israel of killing children. Sections of the UN site remained offline for much of a day.
United States - United States: Microsoft Contributes to Scanner Effort
TIRef.No 2844276
Description In an effort to make it easier for scanners and all-in-one device makers to interface with Windows Vista, Microsoft announced Thursday it is contributing a set of Web services protocols it has developed for scanners to a standards group working on that issue. Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is contributing the protocols to the Printer Working Group (PWG), a program of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Industry Standards and Technology Organization, according to the organization's Web site. "The purpose of the [protocols] specification was to enable network scanning in home and small business environments," Mike Fenelon, a technical lead in Microsoft's documents experience group and author of the spec, told InternetNews.com. Known as Microsoft Scan Service Definition Version 1.0, but usually referred to as WS-Scan, the protocol specification is designed to simplify the process of creating interfaces between Vista and consumer scanning peripherals - thus lowering costs for hardware makers and making the experience of installing and using scanners more seamless for users. Since Microsoft developed the specification with help from its hardware partners, who are also members of PWG, the company is contributing it to the PWG. The PWG will, in turn, incorporate the technology into its Semantic Model, a standardized description of how scanners work that is both cross platform and cross device. "Microsoft is contributing WS-Scan to the PWG to help improve interoperability and make the connectivity process easier and more seamless for consumers," a Microsoft statement said. While not relinquishing its intellectual property rights in the protocols, Microsoft is granting use of it to all comers under what's known as a "RANDZ" license - reasonable, non-discriminatory, and zero cost. "Right now, the PWG is at a critical point in working on a semantic model for scanners," Fenelon said. The current version of the model is being extended to support multifunction devices. Microsoft claims that there are some 77,000 devices certified to work with Vista. However, when it first came out, some pundits complained loudly that it didn't support enough devices out of the box. "Microsoft's WS-Scan specification is a significant contribution to the Printer Working Group [which] will greatly help us in our effort for industry-wide standardization of networked multifunction device behaviors and capability representation," Jerry Th
United States - United States: Adobe Updates Acrobat, launches hosted services
TIRef.No 2842139
Description Adobe Systems has updated Acrobat to version 9 and launched Acrobat.com with hosted services centered around the software. Adobe Acrobat 9 includes Flash and is aimed at business collaboration and sharing. Acrobat.com offers applications, including Buzzword and ConnectNow, that will compete with Google Docs and Microsoft's Office Live. Adobe Systems announced a major upgrade to its Acrobat software for creating and sharing documents. Adobe Acrobat 9 includes native support for Flash and other rich media plus new features for collaboration and sharing. Concurrent with the new software, Adobe has launched Acrobat.com, a Web site offering a suite of hosted services centered around the software. The upgrade addresses the emerging needs of the business community for online collaboration. The ability to break through and communicate a message in a compelling way has never been at a greater premium. The new features in Acrobat 9 will fundamentally change how professionals communicate and collaborate using electronic documents.
United States - Global: NComputing, AMD and BRAC Join Forces to Expand Computing in Bangladesh
TIRef.No 2842102
Description NComputing, AMD (NYSE: AMD) and BRAC announced the completion of a collaborative project to deploy innovative technology solutions in 10 new school-based 50x15 Initiative Learning Labs throughout Bangladesh. BRAC, one of the world's largest non-governmental organizations, deployed NComputing virtual desktops and AMD Athlon(TM) 64 X2 Dual-Core processor-based desktop computers in 10 schools around the country as part of the 50x15 Initiative, a global initiative founded by AMD with the goal of providing computing capabilities and Internet connectivity to 50 percent of the world's population by 2015. NComputing, a leading provider of desktop virtualization software and hardware, and AMD, a leading global provider of innovative processing solutions in computing, graphics and consumer electronics, are collaborating to empower people in emerging countries with tools and skills to help them succeed in today's modern world. BRAC, NComputing, and AMD plan to apply the successes and lessons learned in these labs to future deployments. The AMD/NComputing solution makes sense for budget-constrained areas. AMD is known for its work in energy efficiency throughout the world, and NComputing virtual desktop software and hardware allow the power and cost to be shared by multiple users.
Vietnam - Vietnam: Electronics industry hopes to earn $6 billion by 2010
TIRef.No 2844965
Description Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has endorsed the master plan for the development of the electronics industry, targeting revenues of US$4-$6 billion by 2010, with $3-$5 billion of that from exports. The industry, which projects an annual growth rate of 20-30 per cent beginning in 2010, will create 300,000 jobs nationwide, according to the Viet Nam Electronics Industries Association (VEIA). In a bid to reach these targets, Viet Nam will begin turning out more lucrative electronic items, including both finished products and components and spare parts used in informatics, telecommunications, medical and industrial equipment, measurement and automation. Meanwhile, the household electronics sector will enhance its competitive edge by raising product quality while cutting production costs to reduce sale prices, VEIA says. The electronics sector is set to earn $3 billion in export turnover this year, a 22.7 per cent increase over last year's $2.2 billion, with 95 per cent of products produced by foreign-invested enterprises. Though domestic electronic items in the past have not been considered major exports, higher demand for these products will help the industry hit its turnover target, VEIA says. Furthermore, Viet Nam has drawn many large-scale projects since becoming a member of the World Trade Organisation, including investment from companies such as Intel, Foxxcon and Nidec, which will contribute to export turnover in the coming years. Many of the companies, which produce electronic items under outsourcing contracts with foreign firms, are trying to raise the added value in their products by designing their own models and intensifying the production of components and spare parts for export, the association says. Compared to ASEAN countries like Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, whose electronics export turnovers for 2007 were $50, $43 and $41 billion respectively, Viet Nam's turnover last year was modest.
South Africa - South Africa: Petroleum Agency SA to use SMT Kingdom Software
TIRef.No 2841913
Description Seismic Micro-Technology, a provider for Windows-based geophysical and geological interpretation software, has announced that its flagship Kingdom solution will be used to explore deepwater offshore South Africa by the country's government-affiliated hydrocarbon exploration and regulatory entity Petroleum Agency SA. The Petroleum Agency SA will use Seismic Micro-Technology's (SMT) Kingdom solution on all of its projects for the Orange basin, Outeniqua basins and Durban Zululand basins, an area equaling nearly 1.1 million square kilometers offshore South Africa. In an effort to promote the commercial potential of the country's natural oil and gas resources, the agency is providing prospecting maps and information for investors to review and consider exploration opportunities. Their organization chose SMT's Kingdom as the primary offshore exploration software after researching and reviewing several other industry options. They chose SMT because the company's software is not only user-friendly and economical, but it is also easily adaptable to their specific needs, including the user interface.
South Africa - South Africa: Standard Bank Computers On the Blink
TIRef.No 2844822
Description STANDARD Bank Group, one of the country's big four banks that has about 8-million retail and business clients, had to figuratively close its doors for about three hours yesterday afternoon when software problems prevented branch, internet and credit card payments. Spokesman Ross Lindstrom said the bank "apologises sincerely" to all its customers for the problem and the inconvenience of not being able to transact. He assured clients that the bank's system had not been hacked into, and that all client information was safe. The financial effect on Standard of not being able to trade for about three hours had not been quantified, he said. Typically, the big banks in SA can source up to half of their revenue from fees generated from client transactions. Standard Bank's share price fell 1,68% to R81,70 on the JSE yesterday, almost in line with the 1,37% decline of the overall banking index. The bank's share price is, however, still well below its 12-month high of R119,50. Investec Asset Management banks analyst John Biccard said software problems of the scale reported by Standard Bank was uncommon in the local banking industry. However, the problem with the software would not affect his outlook on the bank's share price, and it was similarly unlikely to have affected the share price movement yesterday. Standard's share price decline yesterday had nothing to do with its temporary software problem. Lindstrom said though he was "no techie", the software problem was detected early yesterday afternoon in the banks' mainframe and that no transactions that involved the banks' branch network across the country, credit cards or internet services were able to take place. He said the problem had not been caused by the introduction of new software. All the banks' services had been restored before 5pm. He said the bank had never experienced a problem on such a scale before, though about a month ago the bank had had some software problems with certain types of ATMs. Standard's headline earnings for the year to December 31 grew to R13bn, up 22% on the previous year. Its medium-term projections include a normalised return on equity pegged at 22,5%. It reduced its forecast for headline earnings per share growth from 10 percentage points above SA's inflation rate to five percentage points above.

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