News & Commentary
posted in April 2005
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Ted Koppel Mulling Move to Satellite Radio
Commentary  |  4/29/2005  | 
A short, frothy interview in Editor & Publisher posted online yesterday revealed that Nightline host Ted Koppel, one of the leading TV journalists of the past three decades and a master of the substantive political interview, is seriously considering a move to Sirius radio -- or XM.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  4/29/2005  | 
RFID Goes To The O.R.
News  |  4/29/2005  | 
Stick-on chip is being tested to avoid operations on wrong patient or body part
Aggressive Treatment
News  |  4/29/2005  | 
A $402 million deal between IBM and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center aims to cut operating costs with improved efficiency, while also co-developing IT products the rest of the industry may use
Microsoft Sales Disappoint
News  |  4/29/2005  | 
IBM Plans Restructuring
News  |  4/29/2005  | 
Business Technology: The Real Impact Of The IBM-UPMC Deal
Commentary  |  4/29/2005  | 
The stunning deal between IBM and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is not only a landmark for those two organizations but a new standard for the type of forward-looking, precedent-setting relationship that should begin to characterize the new ways the IT customers and vendors regard each other, Bob Evans says.
Microsoft, Intel Building Up Patent Portfolios
News  |  4/29/2005  | 
As Washington eyes patent reforms, the imperative to secure intellectual property is driving companies to build up their portfolios.
Microsoft's Metro Aims To Be PDF Replacement
News  |  4/29/2005  | 
Adobe's popular file format is application-agnostic--and potentially threatening
Tibco Monitors Processes To Detect Fraud And Abnormalties
News  |  4/29/2005  | 
New BusinessEvents software sounds an alert when it identifies deviations in routine business processes.
Grocery Chain Aligns I.T. With Key Objectives
News  |  4/29/2005  | 
Giant Eagle uses governance software to focus resources more efficiently
Sound Of Music, Your Way
News  |  4/29/2005  | 
Wal-Mart launches a service to let music lovers create custom CDs on its Web site
Data Losses Blamed On Stores And Software
News  |  4/29/2005  | 
Poor security practices and software flaws may leave data open to theft or loss
Tech Vendors Converge On Aptly Named Interop Show
News  |  4/29/2005  | 
Vendor partnering and technology convergence highlight this week's annual Interop conference and exhibition in Las Vegas.
Zafi-D Leads Top 10 Viruses in April
News  |  4/29/2005  | 
The virus Zafi-D, which first appeared on the Internet at the end of last year, led a monthly list of top 10 viruses for the fifth straight month in April.
Ariba Opens Its E-Procurement Platform
News  |  4/29/2005  | 
The supply-chain vendor is opening up its Web-based supplier network to companies that currently don't use its software with a new subscription-based service.
Microsoft To Launch Windows XP Thin Clients
News  |  4/29/2005  | 
Microsoft is set to debut two Windows XP thin clients, one for low-end PCs for task-oriented workers, and another for mobile workers, according to sources.
Dell To Expand India Outsourcing
News  |  4/29/2005  | 
Dell plans to add 2,000 people in India by year's end as the PC maker seeks to make the country a hub for software development and back-office work, an Associated Press report said.
Building Better Purchasing And Production Processes
News  |  4/29/2005  | 
Pacific Alliance is installing TradeStone Software's Web-based apps to better automate the highly collaborative garment-buying and manufacturing process.
Firefox Tops 50 Million Downloads
News  |  4/29/2005  | 
Web-analytics firm OneStat.com reports that Firefox has captured 8.69% of the global browser market share. That represents a 0.24% increase since February. In the period between November and February, Firefox usage grew at a rate of more than 1%.
Actuate Earns Profit, But Q1 Sales Soften
News  |  4/29/2005  | 
Actuate rebounds from a loss in the same period last year and reports progress with its open-source reporting tools project.
E-Passport Makers Hail U.S. Retreat
News  |  4/29/2005  | 
Global electronic passports suppliers hailed a decision by the U.S. State Department to drop a requirement for additional security measures in next-generation U.S. passports.
The Networking World Gathers In Las Vegas For N+I
News  |  4/29/2005  | 
Scores of vendors have disclosed plans to introduce new products at the show, which also features seminars on wireless, security, and VoIP.
Symantec Offers New Suite Deal
News  |  4/29/2005  | 
Symantec this week plans to introduce a way for solution providers to quickly outfit customers with a comprehensive suite of IT life-cycle management tools.
Microsoft Unveils New Auto Industry Drive
News  |  4/29/2005  | 
Through its new Microsoft Peak Performance Initiative, the company will use open industry standards and Internet services to generate products and services for the auto industry.
Wachovia Rolls Out Web-Based Mortgage System
News  |  4/29/2005  | 
System is built on reusable software components that can be deployed to third-party portals.
Bad Apple Stinks
Commentary  |  4/29/2005  | 
For many years now, I've been a fan of Apple Computer. That is, I'm a fan of the Apple Computer that produced the iMac, OS X, and Darwin--not the idiot twin who staggers around Cupertino, leering at old ladies and spilling cheap beer all over its ratty Think Different" T-shirt.
SAP Gets Rich
Commentary  |  4/29/2005  | 
SAP application data is about to get a lot flashier.
Pope Domain Donated To Charity
News  |  4/29/2005  | 
The computer-book author who registered the Pope BenedictXVI.com Internet address days before Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected to the position has donated the URL to a New York charity.
Next-Gen 3G Rollout To Be Slowed By Handsets, Study Says
News  |  4/29/2005  | 
Phones that support the newest version of the 3G cellular standard won't be available in quantity until the middle of next year, a new study predicts, even though operators want to roll out the service before then.
Microsoft Throws Support To Ultra-Wideband Group
News  |  4/29/2005  | 
Microsoft joins the WiMedia Alliance, saying it wants to ensure that UWB works well with future versions of Windows.
Verizon Hangs Up On Phone Booth Hotspots
News  |  4/29/2005  | 
Company quietly pulls the plug on its plans to convert outdoor phone booths to hotspots as its 3G cellular data network expands.
Beware The VoIP Boom?
News  |  4/28/2005  | 
VoIP is growing worldwide, so what could be the problem? Quality of service and other issues loom.
Same Old Story
Commentary  |  4/28/2005  | 
It's déjà vu all over again - but is anyone listening this time? A panel of top-tier user companies this week once again sounded the call for software vendors to start delivering better quality products. They also made it clear that they long to be close to you - vendors that is. For all the endless marketing blather we hear about customer relationship management, it's clear that the only k
Microsoft 3Q Profits Double, But Sales Disappoint
News  |  4/28/2005  | 
A big drop in legal expenses helped Microsoft's profits nearly double in the third quarter, but revenue inched up just 5% to $9.62 billion.
Customer Data Losses Blamed On Merchants And Software
News  |  4/28/2005  | 
Poor security practices and software that doesn't delete credit-card data may have opened holes for customer information to be stolen or lost.
Cisco And IBM Partner In Contact-Center Products
News  |  4/28/2005  | 
Cisco Systems Inc. and IBM are jointly developing speech-enabled, self-service products for contact centers.
Five High-Tech Segments Make Consumer's Top 10 List
News  |  4/28/2005  | 
Five out of the 10 industries rated highest for customer service by consumers were either computer- or Internet-related.
AOL Begins Beta Test Of AIM Overhaul
News  |  4/28/2005  | 
America Online launches in beta an overhaul of its instant messaging client that expands the product's communication capabilities to include enhanced PC-to-PC voice and streaming video messaging and media file transfers.
Apple Rolls Out Server Operating System Upgrade
News  |  4/28/2005  | 
Along with its new "Tiger" client operating system, Apple is expected to ship the Mac OS X Server 10.4, a major upgrade of its Unix-based server platform.
Apple Lets Loose 'Tiger' OS
News  |  4/28/2005  | 
Solution providers say Macintosh users will want to get their claws on "Tiger," the latest version of Apple's operating system, which is slated to ship late Friday.
QlikTech Upgrades Flagship BI Tool
News  |  4/28/2005  | 
The new version of QlikView supports Intel's x64 and Itanium 64-bit platforms, which remove the 4 gigabyte memory limit of 32-bit systems.
Fast Road to IT Governance
News  |  4/28/2005  | 
After four years in stealth mode, a new company that applies BI technology to IT governance officially launched yesterday.
New York Sues Marketing Company For Spyware Distribution
News  |  4/28/2005  | 
Attorney General Spitzer accuses Intermix Media of being a source of spyware and adware that degrades the performance of computers.
Bagle Worm Seen As 'Blueprint' For Web Criminals
News  |  4/28/2005  | 
A pair of research reports arrived at the grim conclusion that profitable malicious software can be constructed, deployed, and managed as efficiently as profitable security software.
Wal-Mart Custom CD Music Service: No Burner Required
News  |  4/28/2005  | 
The custom CD music site is an addition to Wal-Mart's downloadable music site and similar to a service Starbucks began rolling out in October. Separately, RealNetworks introduced a version of its Rhapsody music service that will let nonsubscribers listen to 25 songs free each month.
Dual-Core CPUs Will Rule By 2007
News  |  4/28/2005  | 
That dual-core processors will triumph is inevitable, so get used to it. A research firm predicts that by 2007, most server and desktop CPUs will be dual designs.
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