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  • Gosling vows to stay involved with Java

    Posted April 21, 2010 - 12:35 pm

    Java pioneer James Gosling says his resignation has been 'a full-time job' and he's feeling 'pretty burned out and trashed' by his departure from Oracle
  • buying contact-data vendor Jigsaw

    Posted April 21, 2010 - 11:40 am said Wednesday it has signed a deal to buy Jigsaw, a cloud-based vendor of business contact data, for roughly US$142 million in cash. The acquisition, which appears to be one of's largest to date, is scheduled to close later this year.
  • Expectations run high for Facebook's developer conference

    Posted April 21, 2010 - 11:11 am

    Facebook's F8 conference for external developers is expected to yield major announcements from the company regarding extended and new functionality for its application platform, likely in areas such as search, geolocation, payments and integration with other Web sites.
  • Microsoft unleashes long-awaited SQL 2008 update

    Posted April 21, 2010 - 11:11 am

    Microsoft's newly released SQL 2008 R2 can support larger implementations
  • Red Hat drops Xen from RHEL

    Posted April 21, 2010 - 8:40 am

    Red Hat's beta release of RHEL 6.0 adds cloud features and removes Xen.
  • SAP plans to acquire compliance software vendor TechniData

    Posted April 21, 2010 - 8:12 am

    SAP plans to acquire TechniData, a German company that provides software to help businesses comply with environmental, health and safety regulations.
  • Taskly offers sleek, flexible task management for iPhone

    Posted April 20, 2010 - 7:10 pm

    Taskly is a feature-rich task manager from developer Patrick Otten with a sleek interface, Push Notifications, map and location integration, and much more.
  • Microsoft GP 2010 features integrations, BI

    Posted April 20, 2010 - 3:40 pm

    Microsoft on Tuesday pulled the wraps off Dynamics GP 2010, the latest version of its ERP (enterprise resource planning) application for smaller companies.
  • Developers: How To Protect Your Intellectual Property During The iPhone and iPad App Development Gold Rush

    Posted April 20, 2010 - 2:08 pm

    Six things developers must consider when initiating work on an app and throughout the life cycle of the product. Adhering to these guideposts may help to create a solid foundation for building a software development company to address the growing mobile market.
  • One firm's story: The mainframe goes, but Cobol stays behind

    Posted April 20, 2010 - 1:16 pm

    Medical supply company Owens & Minor has decided to continue using its Cobol-based ERP system, but is moving it from a mainframe computer to x86 servers.
  • Four Tips for Making Your Camera's Batteries Last

    Posted April 20, 2010 - 11:44 am

    Like a desert mirage, revolutionary new battery technologies always seem to be just beyond the horizon. New materials, nanotubes, and fuel cells all offer the promise of dramatically longer runtime and shorter (or nonexistent) recharges. But until that elusive day comes, we're going to have to contend with our existing battery technology. Recently, I offered some tips for dealing with your memory card, so this week I thought we should turn our attention to batteries. Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your batteries.
  • Targeted Cyberattacks Testing IT Managers

    Posted April 20, 2010 - 11:39 am

    Targeted cyberattacks like the one that accessed Google's internal network earlier this year are testing enterprise security models in new ways, and they pose a more immediate threat to sensitive corporate data and bank accounts.
  • Windows Phone? No App for That

    Posted April 20, 2010 - 11:16 am

    Microsoft's lackluster performance in the mobile phone market may not seem consequential now, says Preston Gralla, but it will matter a lot in years to come.
  • Office 2010 Reaches RTM, Watch Out Google

    Posted April 20, 2010 - 11:07 am

    Following a public beta with more than 7.5 million participants--three times the beta participation for Office 2007--Microsoft has signed off on Office 2010 and released it to manufacturing (RTM). Google may have drawn first blood with the recent changes to Google Docs, but Microsoft is aggressively taking on Google on its home turf with Office 2010.
  • Designing apps for the iPad: It's not just a big iPhone

    Posted April 20, 2010 - 11:00 am

    User experience (UX) designers don't just make pretty icons, though that certainly can be part of the job. Figuring out how people interact with data and interfaces means understanding ergonomics, psychology, computer science, cognitive science, graphic design and a number of other fields.
  • Seagate, Microsoft launch disk-to-disk to cloud service

    Posted April 20, 2010 - 10:42 am

    Seagate today announced it has tightly integrated its EVault backup software and cloud storage service with Microsoft's Data Proteciton Manager disk-based backup appliance to offer multi-vendor application backup managed through a single dashboard.
  • Oracle now charging US$90 for ODF-Office plug-in

    Posted April 20, 2010 - 10:41 am

    Oracle has imposed a fee of US$90 per user on a plug-in for Microsoft Office that was available at no cost under Sun Microsystems' ownership.
  • Microsoft to fix error in Polish browser ballot screen

    Posted April 20, 2010 - 10:10 am

    Microsoft will fix an error on the Polish-language browser ballot screen that inadvertently always lists Internet Explorer first, a company official said Tuesday.
  • Your BlackBerry's dirty little security secret

    Posted April 20, 2010 - 10:07 am

    There are many creative ways for people to spy on you through your BlackBerry.
  • Review

    Data loss prevention comes of age

    Posted April 20, 2010 - 10:02 am

    After testing endpoint and perimeter data loss prevention products, we conclude our series with a look at data loss prevention tools that can do both.
  • Offshore banking more secure? You're dreaming

    Posted April 20, 2010 - 9:59 am

    Storing your money offshore because you think those financial institutions are safer than those close to home? Security expert Andrew Hay says you're wrong.
  • New Microsoft support service offers XP users Windows 7 goodies

    Posted April 20, 2010 - 9:29 am

    MIcrosoft has launched a new self-support service for Windows XP and Vista users that relies on technology baked into Windows 7.
  • IBM Q1 profit jumps 16 percent

    Posted April 20, 2010 - 9:03 am

    IBM on Monday reported first-quarter earnings of US$1.97 per share on $22.9 billion in revenue, a rise of 16 percent and 5 percent, respectively, over the same period last year.
  • Gizmodo paid $5K for next-gen iPhone

    Posted April 20, 2010 - 8:55 am

    Gizmodo paid $5,000 for access to Apple's next-generation iPhone, said Nick Denton, head of Gawker Media, which publishes the blog.
  • Drupal upgrade to be slower but more scalable

    Posted April 20, 2010 - 8:52 am

    Founder of the Drupal project details plans for the open source content management system.
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