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  • Oracle hails grid computing in mobile database upgrade

    Posted January 11, 2005 - 3:42 pm

    Made to run on laptops and handheld devices, Oracle Database Lite 10g takes grid computing on the road.
  • Study: South Africa corporate VoIP use to increase

    Posted January 10, 2005 - 1:13 pm

    A survey released by local technology research house World Wide Worx last week revealed that VoIP take-up among corporates in South Africa is expected to increase from 31 percent to 78 percent this year.
  • U.K. to get broadband VOIP - over Wi-Fi

    Posted January 7, 2005 - 3:08 pm

    VOIP service provider Vonage Holdings Corp. has launched in the U.K. The initial consumer voice-over-broadband service will be followed in spring or summer, with a Wi-Fi phone that can be used at public hotspots on the same account, and an SME offering that handles up to 50 lines through normal PBX equipment.
  • Home WLAN security: The next generation

    Posted January 7, 2005 - 10:44 am

    A new round of WLAN security products may finally be easy enough to set up to prompt widespread adoption. Unfortunately, many of them are tied to a specific vendor's products.
  • Cisco eyes Airespace in wireless LAN switch realm

    Posted January 7, 2005 - 10:39 am

    Cisco seems determined to stay in the game for the wireless networking future. After having swallowed up Linksys, the enterprise networking giant is now eyeing WLAN switchmaker Airespace.
  • Hackers step up search for unpatched servers

    Posted January 7, 2005 - 1:08 am

    The SANS Internet Storm Center has warned of a sharp rise in attempts to exploit a known vulnerability in the Microsoft Windows Internet Naming Service (WINS), and urged network administrators who have not patched WINS servers to do so immediately.
  • Cheat sheet: Grid computing

    Posted January 6, 2005 - 6:06 pm

    If you resolved to make 2005 the year that you finally got a handle on grid computing, make this article the place you start. Call it grid primer-lite or grid-tainment, it will at least get you thinking grid.
  • The biggest grid yet

    Posted January 6, 2005 - 3:02 pm

    Take 10 million computers, tie them together with peer-to-peer networking softare, and you have the makings of the World Community Grid. The grid's first project will be to identify links between proteins and disease.
  • Phishers migrating to Trojan attacks

    Posted January 6, 2005 - 12:45 pm

    The latest report from the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) has suggested a depressing if unsurprising outlook for phishing trends in 2005. Most concerning is that phishers are increasingly using "technical subterfuge" -- Trojan keyloggers in plain English -- in favor of old-fashioned social engineering attacks.
  • CES: Broadcom secures WLANs in one push of a button

    Posted January 6, 2005 - 10:11 am

    Wi-Fi silicon vendor Broadcom plans to release new Wi-Fi security software that allows users to easily set up secure home wireless networks with access points from Linksys and devices from Hewlett-Packard.
  • Patent-pending technology sets new RFID accuracy mark

    Posted January 6, 2005 - 10:04 am

    One of the dirty little secrets of RFID is that up to 20 percent of a typical set of tags can produce inaccurate reads. New technology from Worldlabel.Com claims to radically improve tag performance - and the company is having a hard time keeping up with orders.
  • OECD: U.S. leads world in file swapping

    Posted January 5, 2005 - 6:13 pm

    The U.S. makes up the majority of the world's peer-to-peer file sharing population according to a new study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), although experts say that the findings do not represent the entire file sharing picture.
  • CES: Vonage to offer wireless phones

    Posted January 5, 2005 - 10:15 am

    Vonage Holdings Corp. on Tuesday announced it has partnered with two companies to offer wireless telephone handsets for its VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) service.
  • Bell Labs grapples with VoIP, open source

    Posted January 4, 2005 - 1:43 pm

    Voice over IP (VoIP) and open source technology hold great promise for cost savings, but also threaten traditional ways of doing business. Rather than shy away from the challenges that these disruptive technologies represent, Bell Laboratories, the renowned R&D arm of Lucent Technologies Inc. in Murray Hill, New Jersey, is attempting to bring them into the mainstream.
  • New spec could put RFID into action

    Posted January 3, 2005 - 11:26 am

    The new UHF Generation 2 spec, with improved encryption and approval to work within the regulations of a number of government, could be the key to expanding adoption of RFID.
  • Level 3 lights up U.S. fiber net for France T

    Posted December 30, 2004 - 9:58 am

    Just over four years into a 20-year agreement, France T
  • Autonomic standards

    Posted December 29, 2004 - 4:45 pm

    IBM has a lot riding on autonomic computing, with no fewer than 50 unique products having some autonomic capabilities. It's no wonder then that the company is working to accelerate the standards process.
  • Grid gets down to business

    Posted December 29, 2004 - 4:04 pm

    If you think grid computing is just for scientific research, think again. Financial publishing firm Bowne & Co. implemented a production grid that has thus far proven its mettle by cutting report processing time in half.
  • What the hell are Grids anyway?

    Posted December 29, 2004 - 3:36 pm

    In this article, Songnian Zhou, chief executive of Platform Computing, answers a few fundamental questions about grid computing, including what it is, the importance of standards, and where concept meets reality.
  • Grid solutions continue to grow in Europe

    Posted December 28, 2004 - 2:41 pm

    This article looks at three IBM customers who are using grids -- their needs, their solutions, and their payoffs.
  • Oracle releases 10g database for Mac

    Posted December 28, 2004 - 11:31 am

    Oracle has released and made available for download from its website Oracle Database 10g for Mac OS X.
  • Autonomic attack plans

    Posted December 28, 2004 - 11:10 am

    This article is a useful guide for sorting out the differences among the steps HP, IBM, and Microsoft are taking to set apart and promote their self-managing, autonomic data center visions and offerings.
  • China's first IPv6 network enters operation

    Posted December 27, 2004 - 10:52 am

    China's first network based on IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) formally entered operation on Saturday, according to the China Education and Research Network Information Center (CERNIC).
  • Small firms struggle with WLAN security

    Posted December 22, 2004 - 10:23 am

    Many smaller companies see WLANs as easing their networking administration woes. But these very firms are often thus unprepared for the work that needs to go into securing those networks.
  • Grid Computing: mainstream, or not?

    Posted December 21, 2004 - 11:52 am

    IBM has proclaimed that grid computing is now a mainstream technology, but not so fast says IT analyst firm Quocirca.
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