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posted in May 2005
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On-Demand Software Service Helps Companies Manage Ideas
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
Brightidea is launching an on-demand, subscription-based service for managing and tracking innovative ideas within a company.
Fidelity Investments To Consolidate File Servers Using PolyServe Software
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
The move is expected to reduce the number of file servers by 20% and help shrink administrative costs.
AMD's Grand Ambition: Half Of The Processor Market By 2015
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
AMD executives and publications lay out the company's long-range goal of providing half of the world's processors.
Review: A Pocketsize Backseat Driver
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
The MIO 168RS is both a GPS gadget and a full-featured PDA. It's powered by an Intel XScale 300MHz CPU with 64MB of SDRAM memory, and runs Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition. It has a 3.5-inch TFT Active Matrix LCD display with 240x320 resolution in 64K colors as well as a tiny speaker and microphone.
Yahoo Launches Sorting Tool For Search Results
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
Yahoo Inc. has released in beta a tool that sorts search results according to whether they are commercial or more informational, such as from academic or research-oriented sources.
Blank Keyboard Fad Will Fade
Commentary  |  5/31/2005  | 
Generic keyboards are being made into geek status symbols by the removal of letter on the keys? Gimme a break!
Borland Unveils Road Map For JBuilder
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
Borland Software says it plans to introduce two new products for its Java development environment by the first half of next year.
Developing Countries Hit Hardest By Spam
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
Developing nations are struck hardest by spam, which sucks up capacity and resources of Internet service providers and discourages consumers from using the Web.
HP Adopts Itanium For NonStop Line
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
Hewlett-Packard continues a strategy of migrating its high-performance servers to Itanium processors by introducing the first NonStop system based on the Intel processors.
New Hitachi HDTVs Announced
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
Hitachi unveiled ten new models of high definition television to be available to consumers between August and December this year.
The 'Standard' Marketing Ploy
Commentary  |  5/31/2005  | 
One BI platform for the whole business? Don't count on getting there any time soon.
Review: System Based On Dual-Core AMD Processor Pushes The Speed Barrier
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
One of the first systems out of the gate based on AMD's dual-core processor, Cyberpower's Ultra Workstation 3000 is scary fast. But whether it sits at the top of the current pantheon of powerful PCs depends on what you'll be using it for.
Good Gets Boost Against Popular RIM Blackberry
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
Cingular Wireless, the largest wireless carrier in the U.S., says it will offer business customers Good Technology Inc.'s e-mail service.
New Variant Of Bagle Virus Spreading Fast
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
Trojan program arrives as an attachment and can disable virus-protection software.
Microsoft Nixes IE 7 For Windows 2000
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
As official support for Windows 2000 winds down, Microsoft has confirmed that it won't release a version of its upcoming Internet Explorer 7 for the still-used operating system.
Spyware Software Dubbed 'Ransom-Ware'
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
An apparently bogus anti-spyware tool is the newest addition to the expanding "ransom-ware" category of malware, Panda Software says.
Finding A Web Host
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
The Web hosting company you choose should not only be able to address your initial needs, but have a full range of services you can add to your Web site as needed. Here's what to look for.
Seven In 10 Secondhand Hard Drives Still Have Data
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
Although more users seem to be wiping hard drives before selling them as secondhand, seven out of 10 disks examined still contain data that can be reconstructed.
U.S. Health Department Signs Major Linux Deal With Novell
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
The deal gives Health and Human Services employees unlimited access to a range of Novell products, but there's no plan to unseat Microsoft software
Gateway Debuts Three New Servers
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
Gateway rolls out three new servers.
Itronix Intros Faster Pentium-Based Tablet PC
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
The Duo-Touch Tablet PC is based on the Intel Pentium M processor 733 and the Mobile Intel 915GM Express Chipset, making it faster than Itronix's original GoBook Tablet PC.
In Focus: Imaging and AIIM Are Inseparable
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
The buzz from back East was excellent, with reports of a packed show floor and healthy exhibitor numbers.
Update: Microsoft-Sun Pact, One Year Later
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
It's been just over a year since tech giants Microsoft and Sun Microsystems buried the hatchet in their extended feud over Java. Fast-forward to today, where the Ballmer/McNealy relationship seems to flow naturally, and the first payoff is all interoperability.
Revenue For Google And Yahoo Costs Competitors
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
The extraordinary revenue growth exhibited recently by Google and Yahoo is coming at the expense of established players in the $263 billion information industry, a new report says.
New Tablet PC Supports 3G, Wi-Fi And Bluetooth
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
Besides Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support, the new Itronix Tablet PC also has built-in support for cellular data.
TD Bank And Ameritrade In Talks
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
Falling commissions and decreasing trading volumes have spurred consolidation talks in the online brokerage industry.
Analyst: Growing Momentum For VoIP In Small Businesses
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
The small-business market for VoIP will become increasingly competitive over the next year, according to a new report by Nemertes.
AMD Aims Dual-Core Athlons At Power Users
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
AMD's first dual-core processors for the PC market will offer up to an 80% improvement in performance for some applications.
This eGov Portal Is Part MapQuest, Part Craigslist
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
Plenty of government initiatives are aimed sharing information electronically, but one that’s surprisingly advanced is the effort to share geospatial information system (GIS) content across federal, state, county and city agencies.
Google This, Microsoft: Cheap, Innovative Applications
Commentary  |  5/31/2005  | 
Google CEO Eric Schmidt says the company plans to put more of Google's Web-site capabilities into appliance devices that can be deployed in business environments. Schmidt seems less interested in the margins of hardware appliances than in the windfall to be made delivering ads to the world's most sophisticated computer users "- all those professionals glued to their PCs during the work day. And that's a philosophy Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer know well enough.
Men Talk More Than Women On Cell Phones, Survey Says
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
A survey by Cingular found that the number of wireless minutes used by men is about 35 percent higher than the minutes used by women.
More IT Jobs May Leave Europe In Wake of France's 'Non' Vote
Commentary  |  5/31/2005  | 
For a country where unemployment is north of 10%, France seems unduly anxious to ensure that well paying, white collar jobs forsake its shores for foreign soil.
eGov Portal Is Part MapQuest, Part Craigslist
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
The Geospatial One-Stop (GOS) Portal has been operational since July 2003, and a “GOS2” facelift expected to bow in July will incorporate easier searching, a customizable portal interface and an online marketplace designed to encourage joint purchases of new GIS content.
Review: Web Services Client
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
Smart Company's Turbo 1.0 .Net-supported smart client is subject to Microsoft vulnerabilities, but its pivot-table paradigm makes up for the time you spend patching.
Mobile WiMAX Coming Sooner -- Analyst
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
A research analyst says that there already is an unused part of the existing WiMAX specification that provides for some level of mobility even before the 802.16e standard is ratified.
Vendor Claims Wi-Fi Technology With 4-Kilometer Range
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
Using a new type of array antenna mounted on highly elevated locations, 5G Wireless claims its technology will provide a low-cost option for campuswide and municipal wireless deployments.
ADT To Deliver 'Intelligent' RFID Reader
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
The reader, due in August, can process radio signals from tags without relying on instructions from a connected network.
IBM, Borland, Microsoft Connect Programmers With Production
Commentary  |  5/31/2005  | 
Operations people, take heart. The neglected production side of the house is beginning to fall into line of sight of application developers.
Cingular Offers Business-Focused 'Push' E-Mail
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
Enterprise-focused service uses GoodLink technology to provide always-on E-mail service without the need to install behind-the-firewall server software.
SIA Confirms April Semiconductor Sales Stall
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
The three-month average of worldwide sales of semiconductors came in at $18.22 billion, a decline of 1% from March's figures but up from the tally in April 2004.
Alpha Software Offers Tool To Ease MySQL Programming
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
A company's new product is intended to allow VARs and business users to build Web-based applications tied directly to the open-source database, without requiring programming expertise.
Brocade Weaves New Storage Tapestry
News  |  5/31/2005  | 
Tapestry software provides automated provisioning and activation of servers and related application resources, as well as new Wide Area File Services capabilities.
Red Hat To Launch Directory, Certificate Servers
News  |  5/30/2005  | 
At its first annual summit this week in New Orleans, the leading Linux distribution vendor will formally launch its the renamed Red Hat Directory Server and Red Hat Certificate Management System.
Business Technology: Pertinent Questions -- Are Your Answers OK?
Commentary  |  5/27/2005  | 
Bob Evans has some questions for you to consider on such subjects as business-process optimization, supply-chain strategy, patch management, Barry Bonds, customer-data privacy, and publicly funded outsourcing, plus a thought for the people we remember on Memorial Day.
Banks Batten Down
News  |  5/27/2005  | 
Financial institutions have put convenience before security in their online interactions with customers. Identity theft is changing that.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  5/27/2005  | 
SmartAdvice: A Checklist To Consider When Deciding On Remote-Access Applications
Commentary  |  5/27/2005  | 
In addition to Citrix and Microsoft, there's a range of applications by price and service level, The Advisory Council says. Also, ask questions to get an idea of RFID's return for your company.
Hot Apps: Microsoft Virtual PC
News  |  5/27/2005  | 
Virtual OS software is an efficient and cost-effective way to run multiple operating systems or different configurations of the same operating system on one physical computer.
Mozilla Readies Alpha Release of Firefox Upgrade
News  |  5/27/2005  | 
The Mozilla Foundation plans to release in alpha early this week the next upgrade of the Firefox browser.
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