News & Commentary
Content tagged with Software posted in January 2008
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Meebo Offers Tools To Embed Ad-Carrying Chat Rooms
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
In offering its APIs, the company is hoping its chat rooms will show up in more social networks and comments sections of blogs.
Intel To Sell Apple MacBook Air Chip To PC Makers
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
The highly miniaturized version of the Core 2 Duo made by Intel specifically for the MacBook Air could end up spurring a raft of Windows-based competitors.
More Macs, More Mobile, More Open Source, Gartner Predicts
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
By 2012, Gartner foresees mobile workers abandoning notebooks, despite their slowly diminishing size, for smaller, more portable mobile devices.
The Coolest Thing I Saw At DEMO
Commentary  |  1/31/2008  | 
Every year at Demo there's one presenter that captures my imagination and actually seems to be providing something that I will find useful. This year, while Skyfire showed off the beta of an intriguing new mobile browser and BitGravity displayed its power new network platform for high-definition video, the choice was easy: Silobreaker.
Google Revenue Rises, Social Networking Ads Fall Short
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
CEO Eric Schmidt notes that more than half of the company's search traffic is now outside the United States.
VMware Offers Desktop Virtualization As Next Step
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
Industry analyst firm IDC predicts desktop virtualization will be a fresh wave of implementing virtualization technology in the enterprise, amounting to a $2 billion market by 2011.
ELT vs. ETL: Much Ado about Something
Commentary  |  1/31/2008  | 
There's no doubt that ELT - yes, that's extract-load-transform (also called "pushdown") not conventional extract-transform-load (ETL) - is now a mainstream capability. Informatica's inclusion of pushdown optimization in the recently released PowerCenter version 8.5 brings ELT the legitimacy it deserves... I fully expect pushdown will be come a new frontier in the battle for ETL supremacy.
Google Decries Enterprise Search Challenger's Claims
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
Google claims an Autonomy white paper contains "significant inaccuracies" about the larger company's security, comprehensiveness, relevancy, and user experience.
Linux To Challenge Symbian, Microsoft In Mobile Phone Market
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
Purple Magic is a 3G Linux reference feature phone that costs less than $100 and combines video telephony, music playback, high-speed Internet browsing, and video streaming.
Microsoft Rolls Out Dynamics CRM 4.0 Worldwide
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
The business software was built as a Web-based application, though it can also be used in a traditional client-server architecture.
Garmin Adds A Cell Phone To Its GPS Device
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
The Nuvifone's built-in camera takes pictures that are automatically tagged with latitude and longitude.
RealPlayer Labeled As 'Badware'
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
StopBadware.org came to the designation after noting one version inadequately discloses advertising behaviors, while another installs additional applications without notifying the user.
Apple Launches How-To Site For New Mac Users
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
For Windows users thinking of taking the plunge, the site offers video on how to move data from a Windows PC to a Mac.
So Open Source Is Mainstream -- Now What?
Commentary  |  1/31/2008  | 
This may not be "the year of Linux on the desktop" -- and who knows, maybe it is -- but there's little to no question that this is a pivotal year for open source as a mainstream economic phenomenon in the tech world, as my colleague Charles Babcock has indicated.  My big question is: what next?

Microsoft To Provide Automaker Renault With Novell Linux
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
The deal includes the controversial "IP Assurance" clause under which Microsoft pledges not to sue open source users.
Domino's Pizza Tracker Mixes High-Tech With Super Bowl XLII
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
As the restaurant chain plans delivery of 1.2 million pies, the new service lets customers find out whether the pie is being prepared, baked, boxed, or en route.
Patriots, Giants Use Video Technology To Prepare For Super Bowl
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
XOS's Coach's Command Station is used by all NFL teams to study video of their opponents and plan for various scenarios they're likely to face on the field.
Hoover's Launches Business Social Network 'Connect'
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
The company markets its Visible Path acquisition as a non-intrusive way to make targeted contacts with key business people through contacts subscribers already have.
California Senate Approves Bill To Outlaw Skimming RFID Tags
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
Technology to steal -- or skim -- information from RFID tags is readily available, off-the-shelf, and surprisingly inexpensive.
Georgia Tech Offers Doctoral Degree In Robotics
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
The program will draw from curricula in computer science, electrical and computer engineering, aerospace, biomedical engineering, and mechanical engineering.
IBM Bows Multi-Domain Master Data Management Server
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
Pre-build data models address data quality and consistency problems related to customers, products, accounts, suppliers and more.
Dog Food Is Important, But Don't Forget The Dog
Commentary  |  1/31/2008  | 
Long ago, Microsoft verbified the term "dog food" to describe the act of using its own products within Microsoft, as they are being developed. Dogfooding helps developers make sure the product really works the way it's supposed to work, on real computers with real users trying to get real work done. Yet all that focus on the dog food ignores the importance of the dogs.
Apple Delays Apple TV Software Update
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
Apple says it needs another couple of weeks to finish the software upgrade that will let people rent movies directly from their televisions.
Western Digital Drops Price of 320 GB Pocket-Size USB Drive
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
The software that ships with personal drives enable consumers to synchronize content on their desktop with files they take with them.
Hyperic Web Site Management Tool Now Linked To MySQL
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
Hyperic's HQ 3.2 also is integrated with another piece of open source code, Nagios system monitoring.
DEMO Update: The Problems With 'Me-Centric' Search
Commentary  |  1/30/2008  | 
Among the presenters in the final stretch of the 2008 Demo conference were a pair of companies that are focused on search results geared specifically to the preferences, needs, and personality of the searcher. It was apparent that that's not necessarily such a great thing.
Feeling Lucky? Don't Tell Google
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
Search engine spammers have ramped up their efforts to ensnare the unwary using a fake link constructed from the search engine's direct results feature.
Next-Gen Collaboration Takes Stage At DEMO
Commentary  |  1/30/2008  | 
In the after-lunch lull at Demo 08, a group of companies displayed new sets of collaboration technologies that can transform the way companies connect and collaborate remotely.
Apple Developers Get Ready For iPhone SDK
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
As Apple prepares to release its software development kit, developers are already cobbling together iPhone Web-based apps. An interview with a developer sheds some light on what they're up to.
Put A Brick In It
Commentary  |  1/30/2008  | 
"IT managers continue to place a premium on system reliability as they grapple with storage capacity concerns," started a press release in this morning's inbox. This was the key (and altogether unsurprising) data point of a vendor survey. Why do vendors bother with these blazing insights into the glaringly obvious?
Holy Halftones! Microsoft Launches Comic Featuring Superhero Techies
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
The Heroes Happen Here comic strips are being created by Jordan Gorfinkel, a former DC Comics editor who helped revitalize the Batman series.
Open Source 'Movement' Becoming A Gold Rush
Commentary  |  1/30/2008  | 
I see references to the open source "movement," as if it were a cohesive ideological gathering, like the Labor Movement of the 1930s or maybe the Wobblies. I agree there are certain shared values among open source developers and a favored way of doing things, but I've always doubted the political agenda. After the $1 billion Sun/MySQL deal, however, my doubts have been erased. It's clear there is a movement -- and it's headed toward the bank.
Windows Mobile-Based VoIP For Smartphones Offered
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
Raketu says its software helps people make cheap international calls in more than 40 countries.
Where's Your Credit Card Data?
Commentary  |  1/30/2008  | 
PCI regulations require companies to protect credit card numbers. But first you have to know where they are. Here's what I've learned from retailers and PCI auditors about step one of PCI compliance.
It's The Talent, Not Just The Technology
Commentary  |  1/30/2008  | 
Something I've noted in passing about the recent spate of open-source acquisitions -- Nokia and Trolltech, Sun and MySQL AB -- deserves to be expounded on at length.  What's being bought here is not the software, but the talent behind it.  The software is free, or as free as this sort of thing gets.  Talent is priceless.  That's what's being bought and sold here.

Internet-Enabled Gadgets Shipments Exceed 60 Million
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
The market for IP-enabled consumer electronics hasn't reached hypergrowth, outside of game consoles, according to an industry survey.
Are Enterprises Finally Waking Up To RSS?
Commentary  |  1/30/2008  | 
It seems like yesterday I was downloading Newsgator's Outlook-friendly tool to quench my thirst for all the RSS subscriptions I could find.
Dell Ditches Kiosks
Commentary  |  1/30/2008  | 
NPR, Cnet News.com
Davidson Companies Reports Data Breach Affecting 226,000 Clients
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
The company reportedly hired a testing company last September to assess its IT security and the firm's hackers did not find any holes.
Innovative Ways To Manage Content Seen At DEMO
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
In what could be called Content Management 2.0, companies are showing off new ways to manage and distribute content to fixed and mobile devices.
Microsoft's IGMPv3 Vulnerability Can Be Exploited
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
Immunity Inc., a Miami computer security company, has posted a Flash video that demonstrates a proof-of-concept exploit of the networking protocol flaw.
Kiwee Marks 500 Million Downloads In Six Months
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
The American Greetings division offers graphic expressions for major IM applications and social networks.
MacBook Air's Leopard Installer Incompatible With Other Macs, Apple Warns
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
It's the latest example of how Apple stretched engineering boundaries to produce the new, lightweight laptop.
HyperOffice Links Business Software To iPhone
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
The company's collaboration tools are meant to serve as an alternative to Microsoft Exchange, which the iPhone doesn't support at the moment.
Silobreaker advances social-network visualization
Commentary  |  1/30/2008  | 
I'm a fan of network visualizations, by which I mean display of interconnectedness mined from disparate sources. The subject matter could be just about anything: witness the collection of projects at Manuel Lima's VisualComplexity site. Social networks inferred from on-line media prove particularly interesting, the sort of stuff you'll find in static form at Jeffrey Heer's and Danah Boyd's vizster site and dynamically in Linkinfluence's Map of the Political Blogosphere, which I wrote about las
NXP Modem Includes All GSM Standards From Edge To LTE
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
The modem uses Software-Defined Radio cellular baseband technology so handsets can be designed to support any GSM standard, frequency, or air interface.
At DEMO, Re-Rebranded Flypaper Aims To Be The YouTube Of Online Presentations
Commentary  |  1/30/2008  | 
In the process of reinventing itself, Flypaper Studio wants to reinvent the way people create online presentations. And its ambitions go beyond merely giving users the tools to do that; the company plans to host multimedia presentations for everyone to see.
EMC Reports Strong Growth Across All Business Segments
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
The company reported double-digit revenue growth across the board, even in its mature business of information storage and content management and archiving.
Liautaud Takes the Money and Runs
Commentary  |  1/30/2008  | 
Business Objects announced today that its founder, Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer, Bernard Liautaud, has resigned from those roles and will join SAP's supervisory board in June. With the acquisition of Business Objects by SAP all but complete and the BI agenda being set, at best, by committee, Liautaud is heading for the exit (a well-trod path by executives in his shoes), free to enjoy the well-earned spoils of his success.
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