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  • WhatsUp Gold buys Windows security management vendor

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 7:10 pm

    WhatsUp Gold acquires Dorian Software to augment its network management software suite with security event and log management capabilities.
  • Facebook and Twitter? Why not just put a gun to your head?

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    Researchers and reporters both know one thing - if you want people to sit up and take notice, take the most popular technology of the day and somehow link it to some horrible illness or social calamity. Because Facebook and Twitter are at the top of everyone's minds these days, these social networking sites have become the root of all evil in the world, judging by the headlines.
  • NASA Mars Rover Spirit ends one mission to start another

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    After weeks of trying to trying to get its Mars rover Spirit out of a sandtrap, NASA today said it was resigned to leaving the rover in place and making adjustments to help it survive as a remote but stationary science robot.
  • A Big Year for 'Socialytic' Applications?

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    IDC's Predictions 2010 expects a rise in these new applications.
  • MS, HP unveil 'breakthrough' stack integration

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 5:10 pm

    Microsoft Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Co. Wednesday announced a US$250-million three-year investment toward integrating their respective technology stacks from infrastructure to application in a cloud-driven effort the companies said "represents the most integrated technology stack in the industry today."
  • Oracle sues Rimini Street for intellectual property theft

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 5:10 pm

    Oracle has filed a lawsuit against third-party maintenance provider Rimini Street and its CEO Seth Ravin, alleging the parties have been engaged in "massive theft of Oracle's software and related support materials through an illegal business model," according to documents filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada.
  • 14 free enterprise training tools from Microsoft

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 5:10 pm

    If there is a silver lining to the frustration caused by Microsoft's new Ribbon menus, it is this: the company has created a new program geared to end user training of Office 2007 and Windows 7 comprised of more than a dozen (mostly) free tools. Microsoft calls this program "Cultural Adoption of Software in the Enterprise" or CASE (as in, "making the CASE" for new software, or maybe "get off my CASE" -- I'll leave that interpretation up to you.)
  • Review: Kingston's new USB drive offers public and encrypted partitions

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 4:40 pm

    Kingston recently unveiled a new version of its DataTraveler USB stick that includes the ability to create two partitions, one for public use and the other for secure data storage, a very handy feature.
  • Immersive techs: It's not all Second Life

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 3:10 pm

    Immersive technologies like Second Life in the enterprise have often at best been perceived as a distraction or just too complex to deal with. But a great way to understand these computer-generated collaboration and productivity environments is as the front end of a unified communications strategy, said an analyst.
  • IBM steps up Sun conversion program

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 1:40 pm

    New software tools automate migrations from Sun to IBM
  • Google Toolbar Tracks Some Browsing When It Should Not

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 12:40 pm

    A bug in Google Toolbar has resulted in the search giant receiving information about users' Web surfing in violation of the product's privacy policy, according to an anti-spyware and privacy researcher. In a report to be released Tuesday, Ben Edelman, an assistant professor at Harvard Business School, shows that under certain circumstances the Google Toolbar (versions 6.3 and above) tracks the browser habits of Internet Explorer 8 users who have activated the toolbar's "enhanced features" even when the toolbar is turned off or disabled.
  • Novell uveils software appliance development package

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    The Novell Suse Appliance Toolkit enables enterprises and ISVs to package apps with an OS and database for a single VM image
  • UK police engage print industry to stop fake IDs

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 11:40 am

    U.K. police are trying to get wider participation from printer manufacturers and makers of specialist equipment in a voluntary program designed to cut off criminals from the tools they need to make fraudulent passports and ID cards.
  • Using Inkscape: Insider tips from Inkscape developer Dmitry Kirsanov

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 10:38 am

    As a designer and heavy user of graphic editors, Inkscape developer Dmitry Kirsanov admits his agenda for creating a new and free alternative to Adobe Illustrator looks much like his dream list of vector graphics editor features.
  • New Microsoft Office price list: Winners and losers

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 9:10 am

    Microsoft's new Office pricing scheme is more complex that first thought; it's at least partially a response to increased competition from IBM, Google, Zoho and
  • Nexus One maker sees potential in Windows Mobile 7

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 9:10 am

    High Tech Computer (HTC), the world's largest maker of smartphones running Google's Android mobile OS and Microsoft's Windows Mobile OS, believes the Nexus One will raise its global profile this year while the launch of Windows Mobile 7 will lead to the development of more apps for Microsoft phones.
  • Talend reveals open-source MDM

    Posted January 25, 2010 - 9:45 pm

    An open-source MDM (master data management) suite from Talend is now available, giving companies a lower-priced option to proprietary products from the likes of Tibco, Kalido and IBM, the company announced Monday.
  • Kernel contributor says Linux community can be intimidating

    Posted January 25, 2010 - 7:28 pm

    A key Linux kernel contributor has admitted the developer community can be intimidating and hard to break into.
  • 10 Great Google Chrome Extensions

    Posted January 25, 2010 - 7:10 pm

    With Google releasing a stable version of Chrome that supports extensions, it's a great time to install some of these enhancements for the Web browser. Google says there are now 1,500 extensions to choose from, which you can find can find and install here. To get you started, here are 10 of my favorites:
  • AccuRev offers agile ALM suite

    Posted January 25, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    AgileCycle features AccuRev, Rally, and Urbancode tools for development teams using agile methodologies
  • How to Save on Microsoft Business Software

    Posted January 25, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    Many small businesses pay too much for Windows, Office, and other Microsoft products. They buy software off retail shelves or online, one-at-a-time, and miss significant discounts that are available to almost every company. If your company uses more than four Microsoft products, such as Project or Visio, there is a discount program available. You just have to know where to look.
  • Google offers HTML APIs and browser extensions in Chrome

    Posted January 25, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    A "stable channel" version of the browser is offered for Windows
  • Google patches 13 Chrome bugs, adds extensions to Windows

    Posted January 25, 2010 - 5:10 pm

    Google today added support for extensions and bookmark synchronization to the production version of Chrome for Windows.
  • Symantec touts NetBackup 7, Backup Exec 2010, 'deduplication everywhere'

    Posted January 25, 2010 - 4:40 pm

    Symantec today announced new versions of its enterprise-class NetBackup software and its midmarket Backup Exec product, both of which now include deduplication and incremental backup for virtual server environments.
  • Using Predictive Analytics to Tap More Profitable Customers

    Posted January 25, 2010 - 3:40 pm

    Dealer Services, a company that lends money to dealerships acquiring used cars, is trying to use predictive analytics to make money when its rivals can't.
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