News & Commentary
posted in September 2006
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Apple Fixes 15 Flaws, Updates Mac OS X To 10.4.8
News  |  9/29/2006  | 
Four of the bugs are in Flash, the Adobe-sold animation player bundled with Mac OS X.
Congress Mulls Pretexting Laws
News  |  9/29/2006  | 
Friday's hearing focused on the practice more generally, although several members of the panel mentioned the previous day's hearing, which focused exclusively on HP.
Investor Worry Over HP Has Peaked, Analysts Say
News  |  9/29/2006  | 
A congressional hearing on Hewlett-Packard's involvement in pretexting hasn't hurt the company financially and probably won't in the future, experts said.
Fujitsu Joins Sony Battery Recall
News  |  9/29/2006  | 
Fujitsu joins Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo, and Apple Computer in recalling the batteries that have on rare occasion burst into flames. There have been no serious injuries reported.
CIOs Urged To Reduce Environmental Damage From Data Centers
News  |  9/29/2006  | 
Escalating use of power-hungry data centers is helping boost emissions from electricity-producing plants and contributing to global warming, Gartner said in a recent report.
Running The Numbers On Vista
Commentary  |  9/29/2006  | 
With every month that ticks by before Windows Vista arrives, Microsoft needs to fill the white space with reassurances to companies that an upgrade will be worth their time and money. On Friday, Microsoft released new total-cost-of-ownership figures--the overall price tag of installing, running, and supporting its upcoming operating system--that show the best-managed IT shops could save as much as $340 per PC each year they run Vista, compared with today's Windows XP system. Any payback numbers
MX Logic, Blue Coat Team On Web Security
News  |  9/29/2006  | 
Two new managed services are on tap, including Content Control, which allows companies to block employees from accessing inappropriate or non-business-related Web sites.
Credit Suisse Disruptive Technology Portfolio Mover Of The Week: Red Hat
News  |  9/29/2006  | 
An index of companies shaking up traditional business models.
Down To Business: What They Didn't Say At The HP Hearings
Commentary  |  9/29/2006  | 
More important than the details of 'pretexting" and other transgressions are what the three-week saga tells us about the composition and priorities of the board, as well as the stuff of its new chairman
From Our Blog
Commentary  |  9/29/2006  | 
A Computer Display You Can Put In Your Pocket
News  |  9/29/2006  | 
Brits work on thin, flexible display that can be rolled and folded.
Gumstix Aims At Mobile Apps
News  |  9/29/2006  | 
Startup Turns To Specialized Processors For Low-Cost Supercomputing Power
News  |  9/29/2006  | 
PeakStream uses graphics and other chips to boost performance of scientific and financial apps by 20 times.
Podcasters Plead For Microsoft's Help
News  |  9/29/2006  | 
What the industry needs is a podcast aggregator in Zune and Vista, some say, but there are no plans for one at the moment.
Beyond Financial Performance: Q&A With Forrester's Paul Hamerman
News  |  9/29/2006  | 
You've checked the SOX (Sarbanes-Oxley) box and streamlined financial budgeting, planning and consolidation in the process. So what's the next performance management challenge? Paul Hamerman, Forrester's vice president of enterprise applications, looks at operational performance management and offerings from the likes of Oracle, SAP and Microsoft.
IE7 May Impact E-Tailers' Sales
News  |  9/29/2006  | 
The automatic updating of most browsers will stress Web sites' help desks like nothing before, one Web services exec says, meaning sites may risk losing sales because they're busy with the upgrade during the critical holiday season.
Congress Takes HP To The Woodshed
News  |  9/29/2006  | 
CEO Hurd apologizes for the shady behavior and promises to set things right.
HP Agrees To Include Yahoo Services In New PCs
News  |  9/29/2006  | 
Hewlett-Packard said Thursday it plans to make Yahoo the default search engine in its consumer desktop and notebook PCs.
AMD Signs Chip Deal With Chinese PC Maker
News  |  9/29/2006  | 
The agreement covers desktop systems initially and would be expanded to notebooks and servers in the near future.
Software Lets Podcast Listener Leave Audio, Video Feedback
News  |  9/29/2006  | 
Listeners can leave audio and video messages on virtually any blog using their microphone and Webcam.
Intel Touts Advancements In Energy Efficiency At Developer Forum
News  |  9/29/2006  | 
The new chips provide more power and consume less energy, CEO Otellini says.
Intel Sets Sights On Quad Core With New Processors
News  |  9/29/2006  | 
Intel hopes to become the defining force in an emerging market for mainstream multicore processing with its first quad-core chips, slated to hit the market in about a month.
Businesses Seek Security In Windows Vista
Commentary  |  9/29/2006  | 
With only two months (barring further delays) until Windows Vista is due for business availability, InformationWeek surveyed 672 business technology managers to gauge their plans for the operating system. Microsoft should be happy to know that 39% of the businesses we surveyed plan to upgrade to Vista within the first year of availability. The top reason? Security, what else?
Microsoft Steers Firefox Users Wrong On XP SP1
News  |  9/29/2006  | 
Some customers running Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Firefox are being incorrectly told that their PCs must be upgraded.
iSkoot Offers Dual-Mode Cell Phone Users A Route To VoIP
News  |  9/29/2006  | 
Users need a dual-mode phone that supports both Wi-Fi and GSM/CDMA networks.
Innovative Curriculum Lures Students To Georgia Tech
News  |  9/29/2006  | 
With the new threads program, students' computer science degrees are personalized to reflect their particular interests and career aspirations. It must be working: The university's freshman class of computer majors is up by 33%.
PayPal Pays $5.2 Million To Settle Suits
News  |  9/29/2006  | 
The eBay subsidiary also promised to streamline its user agreement and provide more information about how it's protecting users' financial data.
Microsoft To Patch Newest IE Flaw
News  |  9/29/2006  | 
Microsoft admitted that an ActiveX control--WebViewFolderIcon, also called "Web View"--exposes a vulnerability in the Windows Shell that can be exploited by attackers to hijack PCs. A fix is promised on Oct. 10.
Battery Boasts USB Rechargeability
News  |  9/29/2006  | 
The batteries, which recharge by plugging into a USB port, are already for sale in the United Kingdom and will be available soon in the United States.
Imaginestics Does Web Search With Drawings
News  |  9/29/2006  | 
Users can find parts on foreign language sites without needing to type in text queries, though text can be used to refine searches.
HP's E-Mail Tracer Plan Pushes Ethical, Legal Envelope
News  |  9/29/2006  | 
More commonly used by spammers than corporate investigators, use of e-mail tracers, commonly known as Web bugs, is serious enough for federal investigators to seek court approval before employing one.
Whitebook Builders Profit From Notebook Battery Recall Fallout
News  |  9/29/2006  | 
With news of the latest recalls breaking last week, system builders and solutions providers say they've continued to see the sales of whitebooks buoy as problems mount.
Dell Recalling More Batteries
News  |  9/29/2006  | 
Dell is adding 100,000 more units to the recall list and is asking all customers to recheck their batteries against a list of affected models if they haven't already ordered or received a replacement battery.
Social Networks vs. Online Communities
Commentary  |  9/29/2006  | 
Former HP Chief Security Strategist: Company's Leak Investigation Crossed The Line
News  |  9/28/2006  | 
Ira Winkler, a former CSS at HP, talks about the bad decisions the company made in its boardroom leak investigation, where he thinks investigators crossed the line, and how common intelligence schemes are in corporate America.
Tele Atlas Adds Human Element To Updating Map Data
News  |  9/28/2006  | 
One way Tele Atlas is expanding how it updates geographic mapping data is by asking people to provide feedback online.
Brief: Social Networks Becoming A Prime Target For Online Video
News  |  9/28/2006  | 
As a result, the networks are growing in importance as a market for free video streaming backed by ads and the online sale of films and TV programs, says a research firm.
HP Targets Gamers With VoodooPC Acquisition
News  |  9/28/2006  | 
The company plans to form a separate business unit within its Personal Systems Group focused on the gaming business.
House Panel Says Pretexting Illegal, HP Defense Unbelievable
News  |  9/28/2006  | 
The congressional panel grilled former chairwoman Patricia Dunn and HP CEO Mark Hurd about what they knew, when they knew it, and who was responsible.
Companies Reportedly Buying More Software As A Service
News  |  9/28/2006  | 
Gartner attributes the uptick to enhanced functionality and improved customization capabilities.
IBM Collab Chief: Stay Tuned For Better Mac Support
News  |  9/28/2006  | 
The new Notes client for the Mac will feature Mac dialogue boxes and scroll bars.
IT Confidential: Mac Vista: IT Private Eye
Commentary  |  9/28/2006  | 
What goes around comes around in Silicon City, and personal data is the coin of the realm.
Brief: IE Harbors Yet Another Bug
News  |  9/28/2006  | 
The flaw is in an ActiveX control included with Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server and can be exploited to overflow Internet Explorer's buffer, then introduce malicious code to the compromised PC.
Microsoft Cautions Developers About Visual Studio/Vista Conflicts
News  |  9/28/2006  | 
The company said it will release a patch to fix incompatibilities between Visual Studio 2005 and Vista, the latter of which won't support older versions of the development application.
Brief: Strong Growth Reported In Online Local Search
News  |  9/28/2006  | 
Google and Yahoo were neck-and-neck in market share, with Microsoft's sites a distant third.
Brief: Apple Ships Fix For ITunes 7
News  |  9/28/2006  | 
The company said version 7.0.1 "addresses stability and performance issues with cover flow, CD importing, iPod syncing and more."
Brief: Sony Working On Battery Replacement Program
News  |  9/28/2006  | 
The beleaguered supplier of lithium-ion batteries said it's working out the details of a global replacement program with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Cable Channel To Allow Video, Photo Sharing
News  |  9/28/2006  | 
Time Warner Cable subscribers in Hawaii are the first to test the service, with other states, such as New York and California, to roll out soon.
Zune Pricing Shows Microsoft Waging Market Share Gamble
News  |  9/28/2006  | 
Microsoft releases pricing for Zune, the Apple iPod challenger that some analysts believe the software maker is selling at a loss to grab market share.
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