Hyperion Offering BI For The Masses
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
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.
Inside Microsoft's Labs
It's not every day that Microsoft Research opens up about technologies still in its labs. Here's a look at some things in the security pipeline, from a tool that helps find rootkits to a program that notifies of lost e-mails.
Cooliris: It's A Keeper
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
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.
The free Any Video Converter for Windows lets you convert between many video formats.
Dell, CompUSA Gear Up For Windows Vista Launch
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.
Watch Out for Oracle BPMS
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.
Vista Will Foil Office File-Format Attacks
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.
Web 2.0 And The Ajax Challenge
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.
Apple Patches 31 Mac OS X Bugs
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.
IDC Pegs Vista Sales At 90 Million In 2007
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
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
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
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.
TinyURL Comes To Firefox 2.0
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:
Analyst: Microsoft's Revamped WGA Puts Burden On Users
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
The company releases a browser-based book editor that offers the ability to collaboratively assemble and print photo books online.
IBM To Acquire Wireless Software Provider
Vallent specializes in developing software that operators of wireless telecommunications networks use to monitor network traffic, identify bottlenecks, and guard against service interruptions.
Rights Groups Argue In Court For E-mail Privacy
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.