AOL Launches Broadband Client Beta
Dubbed Open Ride, the client enables users to see all their tools on one page versus previously having to toggle back and forth between windows.
EA To Embed Ads In Video Games
Improved graphics and mass-market game appeal are also seen as contributing to the ascent of in-game ads, which EA claims will "enhance" the games. It's unclear how advertisers will gauge their ROI from the ads.
Web-Hosting Vendor Pays Students To Train At Boot Camp
Rackspace Technical Boot Camp is designed to help the company fill a skills gap for staff with Web services skills. Applicants will be paid $12 per hour to attend the 10-week program, and the best will get jobs at Rackspace.
Where Gutenberg Led, Google Follows
When you've been in the tech business for more than a few years, you develop loyalties to certain companies, sites, and products. This is why when I saw the recent coverage of Google's new venture to offer free book downloads, I bristled. Most news stories about the service tout the revolutionary aspects of the project, which "makes it possible for people to store books on their computers and make copies" rat
DRM Stripper Launched For Apple's iTunes 6
The QTFairUse6 tool requires some knowledge of Python code and isn't as easy to use as FairUse4WM, which targets Microsoft's Windows Media Player. But it does the same thing: break the DRM code.
OpenOffice Suite Gets Font Freebies
OpenOffice.org Premium can be downloaded from the SourceForge Web site, but is available only for Windows. A native Mac OS X version of the suite will be previewed in France in September.
Gaming Computer Vendor Alienware Targets Enterprise
Alienware execs describe life three months after Dell acquired the company. Best known for turbocharged gaming PCs with science-fictional designs, Alienware now finds that enterprises value its systems for high-performance computing.
Diversetrade.com Positioned As eBay Alternative
The Dutch owner is positioning the new entry as a "no-nonsense" Web site that will enable buyers and sellers to conduct business "at a fraction of existing auction website charges." The reference is to eBay, which recently raised its fees for sellers.
Zilog Chairman, CEO Resigns
Jim Thorburn has been replaced by Robin Abrams, who currently serves on the company's board. Abrams will act as interim CEO while the chipmaker searches for a permanent replacement.
Katrina's IT Legacy
This week marks the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the devastation of New Orleans. In case there was any danger of forgetting the ability of Mother Nature to wreak unspeakable havoc, she highlighted the date by bringing forth Hurricanes Ernesto and John.
Tandberg Buys Tape Maker Exabyte
It's the second recent major merger in the tape industry, following the close last week of Quantum's $770 million acquisition of ADIC.
California Considers Wi-Fi Protection Bill
The legislation would require manufacturers to choose one of four ways to protect consumers. The goal is to educate people to help prevent intruders from piggybacking onto their Wi-Fi connections.
Google Offers Free Book Downloads
Out-of-copyright books have been available for reading online through Book Search. The new feature makes it possible for people to store books on their computers and make copies.
Survey: Japanese Companies Ignore Bloggers
Bloggers chat about companies quite a bit, but their attention isn't returned, according to a new survey that reinforces the notion that company communication is trusted in Japan.
Exec Sees IT Workforce Shortage In New Orleans
Vince Gremillion, president of New Orleans-based Restech Information Services, didn't lose his house or his office, but he did lose valuable members of his staff and hasn't been able to replace them.
Weather.com Doesn't Weather Traffic Flood
According to U.K.-based Netcraft, Weather.com was either offline or showing signs of sluggishness Tuesday evening into early Wednesday. The highest traffic from the United States was recorded Tuesday.
Amazon: Office 2007 To Ship In January
Amazon's pre-order listings for various Office 2007 editions indicate that the software will be released Jan. 30, 2007, the same day the online retailer has slated for Windows Vista's availability.
Chinese iPod Factory Owner Sues For Libel
Two Chinese journalists have had their cars confiscated, among other things, and are being sued for libel after their newspaper printed a story about long working hours and poor conditions in a local iPod factory.
ISS Solution Providers Ponder Future With IBM
IBM's cannonball into the deep end of the IT security services market with a deal to buy Internet Security Systems has left some partners hoping their ISS businesses don't drown in the wake.
Research: Privacy, Security Problems Alarming But Fixable
According to one study, some 84% of network attacks could have been thwarted if after checking the user ID and password, the organization had simply authenticated the identity of the invasive computer with commercially available software.
Nokia Teams With Sourcefire For Security
Adding Sourcefire's intrusion detection technology to Nokia's security platforms will allow customers to protect both their wired networks and their mobile environments, the vendors say.