In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Tech Toys For The Holidays
2. Today's Top Story
- Keep An Eye On The Watchdogs: Readers Reply
3. Breaking News
- Microsoft Wraps Up SharePoint Services 3.0
- IBM Enhances Tool To Measure Data Center Power Consumption
- Symbian Surges Smartphone OS Shipments Beyond 100 Million
- IBM 'Declares War' On HP In Blade Server Market
- Exploits Surface For Critical Microsoft Bug
- Spend More, Get More In Tech R&D? Not Always, According To Innovation Study
- WinZip 11 Launches; Bug Found In Version 10
- Microsoft Keeps Software Update Services Alive Until July
- Google Adds Mac Support To Ajax Toolkit
- Dell Delays Earnings Report, SEC To Begin Investigation
- Microsoft-Sprint Mobile Search Alliance Aims To Bring In Ad Dollars
- Study Shows 95% Of IT Pros Happy With Their Jobs
4. Grab Bag
- So Much Music, So Few Choices
- Game Definitely Not Over
- Stores Brace For Hordes Of Gamers
5. In Depth:
- First Look: Microsoft Zune
- Review: Two Packages Put Windows On The Mac Pro
- Review: Apple's New Mac Pro Blows Away The Competition
- Sony PlayStation 3 Is A Geek's Dream
6. Voice Of Authority
- Why Open Source Java Is Such A Big Deal
7. White Papers
- Guide For Selecting An Enterprise Network Management Solution
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1. Editor's Note: Tech Toys For The Holidays
When was it that you were hit with your first Christmas commercial this year? For me, it was sometime right after Halloween, when I was watching a local TV station and was suddenly confronted with that overweight guy in a red suit who was urging me to think about what I wanted to get my friends this year.
My first instinct was to growl that I would simply ship them all the Halloween candy I had left overbut then I started thinking. While I'm not a huge holiday gift-giver, I do have a number of friends and relations who get periodical gifts for birthdays and other occasions, and many of them are highly enthusiastic about tech toys. You know the type: Their favorite pastime away from the computer is to wander around Best Buy or the local tech junk shop and examine the merchandise with an eye toward its usefulness, its feature set, and its coolness factor (but hardly a glance toward the price tag).
They are the folks who are figuring out if they want to move away from the iPod and try out Microsoft's new Zune; who are thinking strongly about moving toward the new Mac Pro (as long as they can still run their favorite Windows apps), and who want to get HDTV not only to watch the latest adventure flick but so they can get NASA's live space footage in glorious high definition.
You know, I'm not sure why I'm talking about these people in the third person, since I strongly suspect I'm one of them as well. In fact, if you count yourself in this category, I'd like to ask you a favor. We're putting together a Gift Guide to exhibit what we think will be the most exciting tech gadgets for this holiday season. If you've seen somethingor heard rumors about somethingthat you would love to find wrapped and with your name on it, drop me a line at my blog post and let me know what it is.
I can't promise you that the overweight guy will deliver it, but at least you might be able to point at the Web site and say, casually, "You see that? Boy, that looks really cool. I wonder if somebody might ... nah ... still, it would be nice if ...
Symbian Surges Smartphone OS Shipments Beyond 100 Million
Symbian reported Thursday that shipments of smartphones using its eponymous operating system have topped the 100 million mark, with Symbian-equipped handsets in the hands of customers of more than 250 network operators worldwide.
Exploits Surface For Critical Microsoft Bug
Both proof-of-concept exploit code and a public exploit have popped up for the bug fixed in MS06-070, a security update that patched Windows 2000's and Windows XP's Workstation Service.
Google Adds Mac Support To Ajax Toolkit
Ready, Set, Go?
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Stores Brace For Hordes Of Gamers (CNN.com)
Retailers expect to be overwhelmed by demand during the impending video game console launches but say they're working to keep the spirit festive while trying to prevent chaos and confusion.
5. In Depth: Personal Tech
First Look: Microsoft Zune
If you find a certain air of geeky awkwardness appealing, then you might like this first try at a media player from a company not famous for its hardware design.
Sony PlayStation 3 Is A Geek's Dream
Among the most advanced features is an IBM-built central processing unit, called the Cell Broadband Engine, that provides the equivalent computing power of eight individual microprocessors.
6. Voice Of Authority
Why Open Source Java Is Such A Big Deal
This week's announcement by Sun Microsystems that it is, in fact, releasing the Java Software Development Kit and JVM, the Java Compiler, and the just-in-time byte-code compiler known as HotSpot is a Really Big Deal.
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