News & Commentary
posted in October 2005
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Snoozing Through Presentations
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
In a recent online poll of 382 business managers, most admitted to falling asleep, or being sleepy, during business presentations, especially individual speeches and training sessions, according to the data-visualization firm that did the survey.
Holiday Online Spending Outlook Positive, Study Says
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
Forrester Research said traditional items from consumer electronics to toys will prove popular, noting apparel will be popular because more women are shopping online.
Online Kids Take More Risks At Home
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
Most of the time, schools have stricter rules governing Internet usage than youths encounter at home, a new study says.
Analysis: Symantec Leads the Drive for Better Self-Service
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
If CRM is dead, as some speculated in the wake of Oracle's acquisition of Siebel, it may be in part because self-service is now the hot hand in providing customer service.
In Focus: When Capture Becomes a Service
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
Imaging and content management executives were still buzzing last week about EMC's pending acquisition of Captiva Software, debating just what it will mean to the future of both markets.
Candidates Reach Voters With Blogs, RSS, Text Messages
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's high-tech campaign is the latest example of a new wave of how candidates are reaching voters via new media and changing the meaning of grassroots politics.
Exalead Brings Search Application To U.S.
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
A French software firm introduces its desktop tool that it claims makes for more precise searches, with versions to come for workgroups, the data center, and the enterprise--all based on a common search technology and user interface.
Apple Logs A Million Video Downloads On ITunes
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
Video is moving a lot more slowly than music did when iTunes was first introduced. Apple has been offering video on iTunes for three weeks, and has 2,000 videos available.
RFID Classes Hit Business Schools
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
At the University of California Irvine Extension, five courses totaling 150 hours are required to complete the program.
RFID To Speed Commuting Payments For Some Big Apple Workers
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
The Port Authority plans to install readers in 13 transit stations by next spring.
Informatica Pushes Data Integration Boundaries
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
PowerCenter 8 links structured and unstructured data, offers integrated data quality management.
HP Expands Blade Server Line To Include Itanium
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
The BL60p is the first blade to support both the HP-UX 11i operating system and the Itanium 2 processor.
IBM Supports Utility Upgrades In Michigan
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
The idea is to prevent massive blackouts like those that hit the Northeast in August 2003 and help the utility meet reliability standards imposed by the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 2005.
Supreme Court Spurns Microsoft Patent Appeal
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
At issue is how much money Microsoft should have to pay for infringing on a researcher's patent and whether the monetary award should count global or just domestic sales.
Outsourcing Helps U.S. Economy, Says Trade Group
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
The practice added a net 257,042 U.S. jobs this year, according to the study, in stark contrast with the reports over the past few years that criticize global outsourcing as detrimental to the economy.
Startup Claims Breakthrough In Fuel Cells
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
PolyFuel claims its fuel-cell membrane, based on hydrocarbon direct methanol, has passed the 5,000-hour mark in durability testing.
ActiveShopper.com Releases Firefox Plug-In
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
The comparison-shopping site unveiled a Firefox plug-in that lets users search for bargains directly from the open-source browser.
Sirius Satellite Radio Extends Chrysler Deal
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
Sirius Satellite Radio has extended to 2012 its exclusive contract with DaimlerChrysler.
High And Inside (A Phone)
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
Are Feds The Answer?
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
Tizor Debuts Activity Monitoring Appliance
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
Mantra is a passive, network-based appliance that provides real-time analytics to do things including detect patterns in user activity that signal malicious activity.
Review: Kyocera KR1 Wireless Router
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
Easy setup and good throughput make the KR1 Router a device any mobile business can both afford and put to good use.
Unisys Exits Hardware Assembly
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
HP Ships Server, Storage Management Pack
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
Now that the AppIQ acquisition is final, HP is shipping a new version of Storage Essentials and is talking about its plans for integrated systems and server management going forward.
Researcher Details More Microsoft Patch Missteps
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
Cesar Cerrudo, CEO at a security vendor, claims that Microsoft's problems with past patches, now finally fixed, may augur larger issues with the whole process.
2006 A.G.: After Greenspan
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
Collaboration Aims To Calm Consumers' Online Anxieties
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
The government's anti-fraud cornerstone is a new Web site that offers consumers information on the latest scams, tips for avoiding the malware, and a risk assessment tool that shows how vulnerable a consumer is on the Web.
Red Hat To Include Xen, Stateless Linux In Next Release
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
The idea is to make Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5--due late next year--a more compelling platform for the data center and grid deployments, the company says.
Stealing From Google
Commentary  |  10/31/2005  | 
I have a confession to make: I've been stealing from Google. With $1.578 billion in revenue last quarter, the company is unlikely to miss the pennies I've denied it. Still, I feel I owe an explanation: I'm "adnorant," which is to say I ignore online ads.
Movaris Unifies Financial Statements, Close Tasks, And SOX Controls
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
The new software allows organizations to synchronize their financial close, financial statements, and Sarbanes-Oxley monitoring activities.
Google's Patents Now On CD
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
Google's patent portfolio -- representing important clues to its future plans -- are being made available on CD.
Review: Three Ultra-Portable DLP Projectors
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
Can these two-pound projectors from NEC, Optoma, and Dell handle both high quality PowerPoint and HD images?
The Ticker
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
Accenture Loses Deal
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
New Garmin GPS Avoids Traffic Jams, Plays MP3 Jams
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
Garmin announced today two new GPS gadgets that feature large, seven-inch touch screens. The new $1,499 StreetPilot 7200 and $1,800 StreetPilot 7500, show navigation, traffic, weather information and play satellite radio and MP3 files.
Review: More New Internet Explorer 7 Features Revealed
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
In the latest preview of Windows Vista, IE 7 offers some significant new additions, including new capabilities for tabs, favorites, and security.
'Wi-Fi' Lands In Dictionary
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
Wi-Fi is no longer just a wireless technology: it's now an official word, too, because it's included in the new edition of the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary.
Text Messaging Boosts Teen Writing Ability
Commentary  |  10/31/2005  | 
A Cambridge University study has found that text messaging has boosted the ability of teenagers to write. The study found that "today's teenagers are using far more complex sentence structures, a wider vocabulary and a more accurate use of capital letters, punctuation and spelling." That's the good news. The bad news is that they're also "ten times more likely to use non-standard English in written exams than in 1980, usin
AOL Co-Founder Steve Case Suddenly Leaves Time Warner Board
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
Case said the decision will increase his ability to grow Revolution LLC, his new firm, which has been acquiring companies in the technology and health fields.
Radware Offers Software To Detect Network Performance Problems
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
APSolute Insite is meant to deliver comprehensive network management and security auditing, making it easier control user access to data.
Intel Self-Destruct Mode Aids AMD Momentum
Commentary  |  10/31/2005  | 
It's hard to believe a company that controls more than three-quarters of perhaps the most profitable segment of the electronics industry can simultaneously look vulnerable and weak even while posting "banner" operational results.
Review: Microsoft Windows Vista's Latest Pre-Release
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
The October Community Technology Preview adds features for networking and system diagnostics, and hints at new controls for mobile users.
Sprint Launches Mobile TV, Music Downloads
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
New services provide downloadable music for $2.50 a song and both live broadcast and on-demand video over cell phones.
Richard Smalley, Nanotech Innovator, Dead at 62
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
The co-discoverer of the buckyball died last week after a long battle with cancer.
Treo 650 Music Docking Station?
Commentary  |  10/29/2005  | 
Move over iPod snobs, with your fancy gadget aftermarket of music docking stations. We Treo 650 smart phone snobs now have one of our own. The Treo 650 Music Dock charges and connects (for PC synchronization) your Treo, and plays music either from the Treo or from an external music source (the dock sports a 3.5mm
Second Version of Gen 2 RFID Label Bows
News  |  10/28/2005  | 
The new materials and design will make the labels more sensitive and easier for readers to pick up signals, the manufacturer promises.
Feedback
Commentary  |  10/28/2005  | 
Transforming Telecom: What Megamergers Bring Business
News  |  10/28/2005  | 
Will SBC-AT&T and Verizon-MCI combos raise innovation--or prices?
You Know These Security Threats--You Hired Them
News  |  10/28/2005  | 
New products are designed to stop threats that come from the inside
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