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  • Salesforce.com, Cisco partner on SMB call-center tech

    Posted October 5, 2009 - 11:44 am

    Salesforce.com and Cisco Systems on Monday announced an offering for small and medium-size companies that integrates Salesforce.com's on-demand, customer-service software with Cisco's unified communications technology.
  • Recording screen activity with QuickTime Player

    Posted October 5, 2009 - 8:27 am

    QuickTime Player may not be the most sophisticated screen capture program available, but since it comes free with every copy of Snow Leopard, you might as well take advantage of it. Here's how.
  • Adobe puts LiveCycle in the cloud

    Posted October 5, 2009 - 2:10 am

    Adobe Systems is preparing an update to its document-based workflow system, LiveCycle Enterprise Suite, that can be hosted in the Amazon computing cloud and accessed on the go from smartphones, the company said Monday.
  • Flash Player inches closer to smartphones

    Posted October 5, 2009 - 2:10 am

    Adobe's Flash Player software is getting closer to being offered on smartphones, though Apple's elusive iPhone remains beyond its reach.
  • 10 must-have free Android apps

    Posted October 4, 2009 - 9:25 pm

    Google's Android operating system, native to T-Mobile's G1 and myTouch smartphones and due out soon in a number of new phones and even netbooks, is an impressively open and versatile platform. As with rival smartphone platforms -- Apple's iPhone OS, RIM's BlackBerry OS and Palm's new WebOS -- the out-of-the-box features offered by Android are just a starting point.
  • Review

    DownTester Reports Your Connection Speed

    Posted October 4, 2009 - 9:16 pm

    Everyone wants to know how fast their Internet connection is, and DownTester promises to tell you exactly that. This free utility is simple to use and tests speeds by contacting any Web site of your choice.
  • TD Bank struggles to fix computer glitch

    Posted October 4, 2009 - 9:09 pm

    Problems related to a troublesome computer integration effort have affected numerous customers of TD Bank N.A, one of the largest banks in the U.S.
  • Quicksilver lives again on Snow Leopard

    Posted October 4, 2009 - 9:05 pm

    Upgrading to Snow Leopard was a step forward for making Macs leaner, meaner, and snow-ier. But for many users who rely on productivity Swiss Army knife Quicksilver and its many useful plug-ins, Snow Leopard was really two steps back. Fortunately, a beta build from the community may help users get back on their feet.
  • Review

    NotAwesome Firefox Add-On Hides History

    Posted October 4, 2009 - 8:57 pm

    NotAwesome is a simple, free Firefox add-on that allows you to selectively hide bookmarks from the incriminating gaze of the AwesomeBar.
  • ICANN goes global, Xerox to offer more services

    Posted October 2, 2009 - 7:41 pm

    Independent business service companies have become a rare breed after Monday's news that Xerox is buying Affiliated Computer Services. Xerox follows Dell and Hewlett-Packard, fellow hardware companies that see revenue in selling machines as well as services. In Internet news, a more diverse management body will run the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), ending the U.S. government's close oversight of the organization. Finally, two of Microsoft's latest software products, Windows 7 and a rudimentary version of its online collaboration applications, are reviewed.
  • What Google needs to do to keep us riding the Wave

    Posted October 2, 2009 - 8:21 am

    Google Wave invites are going out, but the Wave-enabled population is too sparse to really make the service useful yet. So what can Google do to maintain the high level of interest it's now enjoying?
  • Cloudera intros Hadoop management tools

    Posted October 2, 2009 - 7:41 am

    Startup Cloudera is introducing a set of applications on Friday for working with Hadoop, the open-source framework for large-scale data processing and analysis.
  • IBM aims at Google, Microsoft with new Webmail

    Posted October 2, 2009 - 12:10 am

    IBM has launched LotusLive iNotes, an on-demand e-mail, calendaring and contact management system meant to compete with the likes of Gmail and Microsoft Exchange.
  • C4 notes: Developers cool towards iPhone projects

    Posted October 1, 2009 - 9:39 pm

    If you looked around the room at the C4 conference this past weekend, you'd certainly see no lack of iPhones--it seemed like every attendee had at least one. But just because the indie developer crew were all packing Apple's handset for personal use doesn't mean that their professional opinions were quite as enthusiastic.
  • Microsoft looks to move SourceSafe users to newer technology

    Posted October 1, 2009 - 1:55 pm

    Microsoft will offer a special installation option for Team Foundation Server ALM platform as it winds down Visual SourceSafe support.
  • Apple's Placebase acquisition a shot across Google's bow

    Posted October 1, 2009 - 12:09 pm

    Despite strained relationships between Apple and ex-BFF Google, the Web giant's presence has continued to be felt, thanks to built-in iPhone services like YouTube and Google Maps. However, as Computerworld's Seth Weintraub has pieced together, the latter may under threat from one of Apple's strategic acquisitions.
  • Geek Alert: Process Hacker Tweaks Your PC For Free

    Posted October 1, 2009 - 12:04 pm

    Process Hacker is an astoundingly useful and full-featured tool for monitoring and, yes, hacking ongoing processes on your PC. There is an astonishing amount of functionality crammed into a clean, well-designed, interface. And it's free.
  • Snow Leopard can once again Growl

    Posted October 1, 2009 - 11:57 am

    Being the operator of your computer is like being the captain of a ship: you need to be aware of what's happening on your boat in order to steer it right. Well, that and you always need to keep an eye out for pirates. Growl helps you stay informed: it's a notification framework that many of the applications you run today can use to display messages about what they're doing.
  • 3 Key Tweaks for Windows 7

    Posted October 1, 2009 - 11:47 am

    As an environment to work and play in, Windows 7 beats Vista, hands down. But it isn't perfect, and you may find yourself missing a few features that have disappeared. Here's how to get them back.
  • Windows 7 Upgrade Checklist

    Posted October 1, 2009 - 11:46 am

    Confirm that you have all of the following at hand before you start the Windows 7 upgrade.
  • How to Upgrade From XP to Windows 7

    Posted October 1, 2009 - 11:32 am

    You had good reason to stick with XP and skip the Vista experience entirely. But now that the folks at Microsoft have created a new operating system that's worth moving to, they haven't made the upgrade easy, because you have to perform a clean install of the OS. Here are the issues you need to be aware of, and how to handle them. Then read the main article, "How to Upgrade to Windows 7" for more information on the process.
  • Review

    Using Link Shell Extension with Windows Explorer

    Posted October 1, 2009 - 11:28 am

    If you're unfamiliar with hard links, junctions, volume mount points, or Vista's symbolic links, skip the rest of this review--Link Shell Extension (free/donationware) is not for you.
  • Microsoft passes its first SAML 2.0 interoperability test

    Posted September 30, 2009 - 10:02 pm

    Microsoft completed its first SAML interoperability test and the results are in: Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 software received a passing grade.
  • Oracle fined by TPC over benchmarking claims

    Posted September 30, 2009 - 7:10 pm

    Oracle has been fined over claims it made in an advertisement about the performance of its software running on Sun Microsystems server hardware.
  • SAP, Salesforce.com make apps with Google Wave

    Posted September 30, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    Google's Wave communication and collaboration platform is getting early interest from enterprise application vendors like Salesforce.com and SAP.

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