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posted in August 2008
The upstart Mac cloner claims in an antitrust suit that Steve Jobs and company employ a mix of hype, dubious licensing schemes and technology to dominate the Mac computing environment.
Ciao operates in seven European languages and countries, and recently launched a beta site aimed at the U.S. market.
The agreement stems from a complex arrangement under which Immersion agreed to pay the software maker a portion of moneys obtained from a similar settlement with Sony.
Psystar claims Apple's restrictions on third-party hardware makers violate U.S. antitrust laws.
New features in Elements 7 include a tool that lets users brush away unwanted images, such as passers-by in a photo's background.
Microsoft's forthcoming Web browser will feature four tools that let users surf the Web anonymously.
The deal creates the world's second largest IT services and outsourcing vendor, trailing only IBM.
Contract wins in India and Russia boost the company's global outsourcing unit.
The 3-D photo-stitching service slowed to a crawl after receiving more than 286,000 image uploads on its first day.
Trademark applications show that the features are designed to let users conceal their movements on the Web.
The $300 million deal covers data center management, security services, and help desk support.
The facility will house about 75 workers employed at an average annual salary of $70,000.
Complaints about the OS's speed, stability and security features have prompted the vast majority of users to upgrade to the service pack, research group says.
The comedian will be part of a campaign designed to give the struggling OS an image makeover, according to the paper.
The software maker and Novell are also developing new tools and services to help users run Windows and open source systems side-by-side.
Big Blue aims to keep its customers safe by employing cloud computing standards.
A Bigfoot hunting group says it was scammed by two men -- one of whom is a former police officer.
The fee-elimination program applies to 41 Microsoft server applications, including certain editions of SQL Server 2008, Exchange Server 2007, Dynamics CRM 4.0, and SharePoint Server 2007.
The software company says in the lawsuit the flood caused more than $1.2 million in damage, and claims that Plaza Construction is to blame.
Psystar was granted an extension until Aug. 28 to file a response to an Apple suit that says Psystar's Mac clones violate Apple copyrights.
In the HD wars, Microsoft initially placed itself in the HD DVD camp by introducing an external disc player for its Xbox 360 console capable of playing the Toshiba format.
The so-called "DNA evidence" that was supposed to prove the existence of the legendary beast Bigfoot turned out to be mixed with that of a possum, according to researchers who studied the genetic material.
Office Open XML is the basis of the format that lies behind Microsoft's Office 2007 and Office for Mac 2008 desktop application suites.
The rush to view purported pictures of Bigfoot on Thursday was so intense that the Web site SearchingForBigfoot.com went offline.
Microsoft also has launched a blog called Engineering Windows 7 to keep developers informed on progress on its forthcoming operating system.
The federal appeals court said open source users that do not comply with the software's strict licensing terms can be sued for copyright infringement -- even if the software is free.
Queries to SearchingForBigfoot.com were returned with an error message that said "Bandwidth Limit Exceeded."
In further defiance of Apple, Psystar also this week said it is making Leopard OS restore disks available to its customers.
IBM plans a rich-media Webcast on Friday to promote the center, which sits behind a private firewall in IBM's "green spot" in Second Life.
The footage, introduced at a Star Trek convention by actor Leonard Nimoy, showed Federation Starships battling Borg vessels and other hostile races.
The combination will create a supply chain management software company with revenue of more than $600 million that can better compete with SAP and Oracle.
About 67% of all workers use mobile devices and wireless computers, IBM said, and the number of mobile Internet users in the world will approach 1 billion this year.
It was the biggest one-month decline in more than year, as publishing houses and tech firms implemented cutbacks driven by declining ad revenues, industry consolidation, and offshoring.
Though nothing is final, Lenovo's participation in the project could vastly increase its reach and pose a significant threat to Microsoft's dominance of the desktop PC market.
The Jets aren't the first organization to be caught napping by a sudden spike in Web traffic and likely won't be the last.
Users looking to try out Microsoft's SQL Server 2008 can download a fully functional copy free of charge and run it for up to 180 days.
The Microsoft-free software package features IBM's Lotus Notes and Lotus Symphony e-mail and desktop productivity suites, running on versions of Linux.
For its fiscal first quarter, CSC reported record revenue of $4.44 billion, up 16% from the previous year, on the strength of a 39% increase in sales of business services and a 12.3% gain in technology outsourcing sales.
The software vendor plans to develop versions of its products with "basic functionality" to be sold at lower prices than its standard offerings.
The attorneys pressing the suit are seeking to include all of Apple's California IT workers, including those who are dispatched to Apple retail stores.
A study of Microsoft's instant messaging network supports the popular idea that everyone on the planet can be connected through fewer than seven links in a chain of contacts.
The group announced Monday that it has signed 11 new member companies in recent weeks and said that the number of mobile devices running the LiMo OS now totals 21.
Saturday's launch failed when the two-stage Falcon 1 did not separate properly after taking off from an island in the central Pacific.
A legal dispute between Mercedes and Cobasys has halted the production of nickel-metal hydride batteries, which the carmaker needs for its ML-450 SUV.
The software company is asking for testers to put the forthcoming IE 8 through it paces.