News & Commentary
Content tagged with Enterprise Applications posted in November 2006
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Hyperion Offering BI For The Masses
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
Hyperion plans to offer next year mini desktop applications that can deliver to customer employees selected information from the vendor's business intelligence platform.
Post Vista: Microsoft Hints At What Comes Next
Commentary  |  11/30/2006  | 
When asked the other day about what's missing from Windows Vista, Steve Ballmer refused to be drawn into the discussion. "I don't choose to go down that path, sorry," he replied. At today's official launch of Vista in New York, however, Ballmer opened up, rattling off a list of things customers can expect to see in Vista's successor.
Merger Of Lucent And Alcatel Is Complete
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
The total employee head count is 79,000, with about 23,000 of them working in R&D. Bell Labs will remain headquartered in New Jersey.
Apple Seeks Patent For Wireless Handheld Device
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
A patent application shows that wireless communications will play a part either in an upcoming revision of Apple's iPod or in its long-rumored mobile phone.
Cooliris: It's A Keeper
Commentary  |  11/30/2006  | 
I've been using Cooliris for about a day now, and my verdict so far: it's a keeper.

Cooliris helps you check out a page to see if it's worth visiting. Cooliris is a browser plug-in that lets you mouse over Web links and get a pop-up window that shows the Web page on the other end of that link. It works with Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari.

Visit Google's Super-Secret Experimental Playground: Searchmash
Commentary  |  11/30/2006  | 
Searchmash is Google's site for experimenting with new features in its core search business.

Visiting Searchmash, you're confronted with a mostly-blank page, with a logo, and a one-line text entry field inviting you to type a search query.

Enter a query and you get a single page that shows search results, with side-panels showing search results in images, blogs, videos, and Wikipedia.

Sun, Nokia, Ericsson Form Telecom Equipment Alliance
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
The three vendors will assist telecommunications firms and service providers by developing a common telecom infrastructure platform.
Microsoft Launches Vista, Office; 30 More Products On The Way
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
Microsoft plans to spend more to promote the new products than it devoted to its landmark Windows 95 and Office 95 software 11 years ago.
Center Seeks To Overturn E-Learning Patent
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has been asked to re-examine its grant of Blackboard's 44 claims in the patent.
Sophos Claim: One-Third Of November's Malware Can Breach Vista
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
Although Vista's integrated e-mail client stopped all 10 pieces of malware that made November's list of most common threats, three bypassed Vista's built-in defenses when a third-party e-mail client was used.
The Quad-Core War Begins: AMD Launches Quad FX
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
AMD's dual-socket, multicore desktop platform is designed to take full advantage of Microsoft's Windows Vista, which also officially launched on Thursday.
Adobe Warns Of Critical Acrobat, Reader Bugs
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
The critical unpatched bugs could be used by attackers to seize control of Windows PCs running Internet Explorer, Adobe warns.
Microsoft To Give Away 30,000 Copies Of Vista, Office 2007
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
The free software will go to developers who register for at least three Webcast training sessions.
Convert Videos
Commentary  |  11/30/2006  | 
The free Any Video Converter for Windows lets you convert between many video formats.

Accenture Opens New Software Lab In India
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
The center will employ about 80 developers and coordinate work with three existing Accenture software labs in India.
Financial Firms Use Software Tools To Reduce Risk, Comply With New Regulations
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
About a quarter of all companies have to comply with an average of six to eight regulations, and larger financial services firms are subject to a dozen or more, all with overlapping requirements, says the Yankee Group.
Developers Embrace Java, Drop Visual Basic
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
Use of Visual Basic has dropped 35% since the spring, says a poll of more than 430 North American developers done by research company Evans Data.
IRS Deep-Sixes Outsourcing Plans As Tax Season Approaches
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
The halting of the plan is unrelated to the fact that the IRS has a poor track record when it comes to managing large outsourcing projects, a spokesman insists.
Dell, CompUSA Gear Up For Windows Vista Launch
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
Dell said customers with volume licensing agreements with Microsoft can use Dell to factory-install Vista, and CompUSA is offering a Vista implementation program at 160 of its stores.
Vista Will Add Vroom To New Business Software
News  |  11/29/2006  | 
A handful of business-software vendors are introducing products they've been working on for months that are designed to utilize the best of what Vista has to offer.
Verizon Wireless Could Get Boost From Video Content Deals
News  |  11/29/2006  | 
Verizon Wireless has signed exclusive deals to distribute user generated video from YouTube and Revver, which could provide a boost to the carrier's slow-selling mobile media service.
HP Unveils Automated Cooling System For Data Centers
News  |  11/29/2006  | 
HP says its Dynamic Smart Cooling system will cut data center power costs by 20% to 40%.
Watch Out for Oracle BPMS
Commentary  |  11/29/2006  | 
Oracle has one of the most widely used BPEL tools on the market, but so far they haven't shown up in Gartner's business process management suite (BPMS) magic quadrants. That should change soon. Recall that Oracle did an OEM deal in July with IDS Scheer for the ARIS Process Design Platform. At the time I speculated this had more to do with keeping up with SAP, but that's apparently not entirely true.
Microsoft Defends Changes To Windows Genuine Advantage Program As 'Small Burden'
News  |  11/29/2006  | 
Microsoft says the changes to its anti-piracy software will have little impact on customers using legal copies of Windows XP.
Vista Will Foil Office File-Format Attacks
News  |  11/29/2006  | 
Vista's Address Space Layout Randomization approach will stop some kinds of exploits, notably those that rely on memory manipulation, by arranging key data areas randomly in the available address space.
IBM Uses Video Games To Spur Student Interest In Math, Science
News  |  11/29/2006  | 
IBM volunteers show students what's under the hood of popular games like World of Warcraft and Doom -- and how that technology can be applied to loftier environments like health care research and space exploration.
Microsoft Zune Sales Slow Following Strong Launch
News  |  11/29/2006  | 
For the first four days following the Nov. 14 launch, Zune accounted for 9% of unit sales and 13% of revenue in the portable media player market, the NPD Group reported Wednesday.
Web 2.0 And The Ajax Challenge
Commentary  |  11/29/2006  | 
Web 2.0, and in particular the Ajax technology that often embodies it, has the technology world abuzz. Ajax facilitates more interactive Web sites that deliver a better user experience. With Ajax, Web-based software makes data retrieval transparent to the user, so software behaves more like it's running locally.
Wal-Mart Tests Movie Downloads As Its Web Site Struggles To Keep Up
News  |  11/29/2006  | 
The company's site was down for 10 hours on Friday after it got seven times the traffic of last year.
Apple Patches 31 Mac OS X Bugs
News  |  11/29/2006  | 
Unlike Microsoft and other vendors, Apple doesn't rank or rate the vulnerabilities it patches, but about two-thirds of the bugs could result in an attacker hijacking an unpatched Mac.
Supreme Court Appears To Favor Abolition Of Key Patent Standard
News  |  11/29/2006  | 
Some justices appear to be taking a skeptical view of lower court decisions that have worked to safeguard patented products from claims that their invention was obvious and not worthy of legal protection.
IDC Pegs Vista Sales At 90 Million In 2007
News  |  11/29/2006  | 
The research firm predicts that 90% of PCs sold to home users next year will be powered by one of the Windows Vista Home editions, but only 35% of new business computers will be equipped with Vista Business or Vista Enterprise.
BitTorrent Raises $25 Million, Ousts Founder Bram Cohen
Commentary  |  11/29/2006  | 
TechCrunch is reporting that BitTorrent received $25 million in funding and ousted CEO Bram Cohen, who created the BitTorrent protocol. The company signed licensing agreements with Warner Bros., Paramount, and others to sell movies and TV shows priced starting at $1 each, and will put its software on DVRs, cable boxes, and wireless routers to allow BitTorrent users to download legal movies or
Cooliris Is The Coolerest
Commentary  |  11/29/2006  | 
Cooliris is a browser extension that give you previews of links without clicking on them, by hovering the mouse pointer over the link, then moving your mouse pointer over a tiny little icon that appears when you hover the mouse over a link. It works with Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari.

Cooliris reduces back-and-forths that result from clicking a link and finding out that the page is unsuitable or the link broken.

To get a look at Co
WordPerfect To Support ODF, Office 2007 Formats
News  |  11/29/2006  | 
By mid-2007, WordPerfect will include open, view, and edit support for the Open XML formats used by Office 2007's Word, Excel, and PowerPoint applications, as well as for ODF word processor documents.
CA Upgrades Application Performance Manager Introscope
News  |  11/28/2006  | 
CA enhances the integration between Wily Introscope, software for managing application performance, and the Unicenter Network and Systems Management framework.
TinyURL Comes To Firefox 2.0
Commentary  |  11/28/2006  | 
One of my favorite Firefox extensions has finally been updated for Firefox 2.0. TinyURL lets you make wicked long URLs into short ones, which are easier to e-mail to other people, post to newsgroups, or write down with a pen and paper.

For example: Consider this URL:

Do Apple Advocates Use FUD To Criticize The Microsoft Zune?
Commentary  |  11/28/2006  | 
Jon Lech Johansen, a/k/a DVD Jon defends the Microsoft Zune against misrepresentation and distortions by its critics. Microsoft, he says, is offering features to its customers that Apple isn't offering -- features that give users
Opera Upgrades Mobile Web Browser
News  |  11/28/2006  | 
Opera Mini 3.0 also includes a reader for RSS feeds and a secure connection for online banking or shopping on eBay or
Beatles And Apple Could Come Together Over iTunes
News  |  11/28/2006  | 
Apple Computer and Apple Corps may forge an agreement to offer Beatles music over iTunes, according to published reports.
Analyst: Microsoft's Revamped WGA Puts Burden On Users
News  |  11/28/2006  | 
Microsoft is adding a revamped wizard to provide users with more information on validation results and new tools to troubleshoot the problem when the anti-counterfeit software can't make up its mind whether the copy of Windows is legitimate or not.
Tabblo A Blow To iPhoto
News  |  11/28/2006  | 
The company releases a browser-based book editor that offers the ability to collaboratively assemble and print photo books online.
Bye-Bye, Wires; Sony Wants To Send Sounds Through Your Body
News  |  11/28/2006  | 
Sony has found a way to transmit radio signals through a wearer's body to earphones that convert the signals back to sound.
Fast Acquires Platefood To Compete In Online Advertising
News  |  11/28/2006  | 
Fast wants to keep all of Platefood's employees, most of whom are based in London.
IBM To Acquire Wireless Software Provider
News  |  11/28/2006  | 
Vallent specializes in developing software that operators of wireless telecommunications networks use to monitor network traffic, identify bottlenecks, and guard against service interruptions.
Hackers Prepping For New Attacks
News  |  11/28/2006  | 
Exploits come in waves followed by periods of quiet. A new wave of attacks is in the works, says Exploit Prevention Labs.
Rights Groups Argue In Court For E-mail Privacy
News  |  11/28/2006  | 
Several cyber-liberties groups are arguing in federal court that protections that shield telephone calls and postal mail from unreasonable search and seizure should be extended to e-mail stored online.
Most Chinese Hackers Seek Passwords
News  |  11/28/2006  | 
More than half of the malware coming out of China aims to steal passwords, and nearly half of those attempts targeted online gaming login information during October.
Nokia, Ericsson Picked By T-Mobile To Upgrade Its Cellular Network
News  |  11/28/2006  | 
T-Mobile is stuck in fourth place in U.S. cellular subscriber numbers, but has been posting impressive growth numbers.
New Bot Exploits Months-Old Symantec Bug
News  |  11/28/2006  | 
The bot, dubbed Spybot.acyr, includes exploits for seven different vulnerabilities, including five already patched flaws in Microsoft Windows and one within Symantec's enterprise antivirus products.
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