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  • Microsoft gives Apache cash to promote open source

    Posted July 25, 2008 - 5:04 pm

    Microsoft on Friday expanded its support for the open-source community by donating cash to the Apache Software Foundation.
  • Review

    Pac-Man for iPod

    Posted July 25, 2008 - 11:32 am

    Namco has brought its classic coin-op arcade game Pac-Man to the iPod, so it's fitting that one of its first iPhone offerings is another version of Pac-Man. This new release for the iPhone and iPod touch is easier to see than the original iPod game, that's for sure. It also has some innovative control options, though it comes up short on the game play side.
  • Augmented reality coming to your desktop soon

    Posted July 25, 2008 - 10:00 am

    A Tokyo-based start-up has taken the wraps off new software that brings to the desktop the world of augmented reality.
  • Microsoft still working on online branding issues

    Posted July 25, 2008 - 9:44 am

    Microsoft is working on a way to combine all of its online services under a single Web page, rather than continue on with its confusing online presence involving multiple brands and services reached through many different portals.
  • SAP maintenance backlash grows in UK and Germany

    Posted July 25, 2008 - 9:32 am

    SAP has sparked a growing backlash with its announcement of sharp cost increases in its maintenance contracts for enterprise software. The UK & Ireland Sap Users Group today spoke out against a 29.4 percent price hike that "is proving to be a particularly difficult area to accept," said Alan Bowling, the group chairman. "The mandatory nature of this change along with the increase in cost has received hugely negative feedback from our membership to date.
  • Users may help to vet Android apps

    Posted July 25, 2008 - 9:22 am

    Google may use a user-driven rating system to help keep bad or harmful Android applications off mobile phones.
  • Mozilla fixes nine flaws in Thunderbird

    Posted July 24, 2008 - 4:33 pm

    Mozilla Messaging patched nine security vulnerabilities in Thunderbird Wednesday, the first time it's plugged holes in the e-mail software since early May.
  • Symantec gets it all wrong

    Posted July 24, 2008 - 2:05 pm

    It's no fun for any company when its chief operating officer sticks his foot in his mouth or when that same foot is used to kick its resellers in the ass.
  • Facebook takes steps to clean house

    Posted July 24, 2008 - 10:18 am

    At Facebook's f8 developer conference, the company announced some initiatives to improve the quality of applications on its site, but it may have disappointed developers by making no significant new additions to the platform.
  • Free BlackBerry Software

    Posted July 23, 2008 - 5:36 pm

    Our past Tips of the Week included a variety of BlackBerry software -- free, open-source and otherwise -- but most of those applications were strictly business-focused. This week, in the spirit of summer, we're loosening the tie, undoing our top buttons and giving you five free BlackBerry downloads designed for your life outside the corporate walls.
  • MobileMe fracas continues

    Posted July 23, 2008 - 4:04 pm

    Apple's MobileMe migration continues to be troublesome, with the company last night confirming at least some problems that could be attributed to one of the MobileMe email servers.
  • Coverity™ Introduces New Static Analysis Solution for C#

    Posted July 23, 2008 - 1:15 am

    Coverity™, Inc., the leader in improving software quality and security, announced Coverity Prevent™ for C#. The product utilizes a new analysis engine developed by Coverity’s research and development lab that is designed specifically for detecting defects in applications built on Microsoft’s .NET framework. Prevent for C# expands the language coverage of Coverity’s static analysis products, and brings the company’s proven expertise in automatic defect detection to developers programming in C#.
  • Mozilla to release first Firefox 3.1 preview Friday

    Posted July 22, 2008 - 4:28 pm

    Mozilla Tuesday set Friday as the ship date for the first preview edition of Firefox 3.1, the fast-track update it hopes to polish off by late this year or early in 2009.
  • Report: Beware of 'chaos' SharePoint can create

    Posted July 22, 2008 - 4:00 pm

    A report from Forrester is warning customers to consider carefully how they plan to use Microsoft's Office SharePoint Server product, which they say can wreak havoc in an IT organization when used as a custom application development platform.
  • Japanese browser maker taking on IE, Firefox

    Posted July 22, 2008 - 3:48 pm

    A Japanese software company is stepping up international promotion of its Web browser in the hope of carving out a 5 percent share over the next few years of a market dominated by Internet Explorer and Firefox.
  • Cast Iron adds data-cleansing to integration appliance

    Posted July 22, 2008 - 3:26 pm

    Cast Iron Systems, maker of an appliance for integrating SaaS and on-premise applications, is introducing a new version that adds data cleansing and migration tools, along with a library of prebuilt integration templates for connecting many commercial software-as-a-service products.
  • Online office apps get real

    Posted July 22, 2008 - 3:17 pm

    Web-based office suites are coming into their own at last. For quite a while, Web-based suites -- which offered word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and other tools associated with desktop office suites -- were extolled not because they did these things well, but because they could do them at all. But the three major competitors, Google Docs, ThinkFree, and Zoho, have all made major improvements in recent months. They're becoming both broader, with more applications, and deeper, with more features and functionality in existing apps.
  • IBM, Oracle sued over server software technology patents

    Posted July 21, 2008 - 5:23 pm

    IBM, SAP and Adobe Systems are the latest targets of patent lawsuits filed by Implicit Networks.
  • Patches -- proof that software is never finished

    Posted July 21, 2008 - 4:19 pm

    Patches are a fact of life. Staying up to date is important, even if you don't sell or support the product.
  • Windows Home Server update fixes data-corruption issue

    Posted July 21, 2008 - 4:14 pm

    Microsoft has released an update to Windows Home Server that fixes a data-corruption problem some users were having with the software.
  • 21 Tips to Improve HTML Email Delivery

    Posted July 21, 2008 - 4:24 am

    Wondering if you should be sending HTML or text-only email correspondence? It’s Not as Easy as it Looks. Often there is more energy and passion applied to the graphic design than there is to the content, personalization headline and call-to-action elements combined. Unfortunately, poorly designed and coded HTML messages have about a 70% chance of being ignored, deleted or filtered.
  • Firefox 3.0.1 patches Mac-only bug

    Posted July 18, 2008 - 2:56 pm

    Mozilla Corp. patched three critical vulnerabilities in Firefox 3.0 this week, including a Mac-specific bug reported by Apple Inc., not just two as originally reported.
  • iPhone apps: When 2.0 means 1.0

    Posted July 18, 2008 - 12:37 pm

    With the release of the updated iPhone software, Apple flung open the doors of its new App Store. On its first day, the App store was populated with more than 500 programs, and that number is growing rapidly. Think about that: 500 programs, all of them at version 1.0. On a device that had never before supported software written outside of Apple.
  • XTuple releases 'hybrid' open-source ERP

    Posted July 18, 2008 - 11:21 am

    XTuple has released the 3.0 version of its ERP (enterprise resource planning) application, with new features including a screen-builder tool for designing dashboards and a product configurator for processing custom orders.
  • Setting up Jumpstart clients: Create a profile

    Posted July 17, 2008 - 4:38 pm

    Setting up client jumpstart profiles might seem tedious, but can save you a lot of time, particularly if you will be installing many identical systems.
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