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  • Microsoft adds access controls for SQL Azure online database

    Posted November 17, 2009 - 11:10 pm

    Microsoft Corp. is creating technology to give businesses more fine-grained control over access to data stored in the company's upcoming SQL Azure database-as-a-service, a senior engineer said Tuesday.
  • Microsoft to open up compilers for Visual Basic, C#

    Posted November 17, 2009 - 11:10 pm

    Language improvements for multicore processors also promised
  • Service lets users build own iPhone, RIM, Windows apps

    Posted November 17, 2009 - 10:40 pm

    A startup is now offering to take the hard work out of creating mobile applications and even of porting them to the iPhone, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile platforms, all through an online service that gives novice developers simple templates for various types of businesses and organizations.
  • Heartland CEO: Encryption on track despite dispute

    Posted November 17, 2009 - 10:39 pm

    In a conversation with Computerworld today, Heartland CEO and Chairman Robert Carr blasted VeriFone's lawsuit and its suggestion that Heartland is incapable of supporting VeriFone customers.
  • The six greatest threats to US cybersecurity

    Posted November 17, 2009 - 8:40 pm

    It’s not a very good day when a security report concludes: Disruptive cyber activities expected to become the norm in future political and military conflicts. But such was the case today as the Government Accountability Office today took yet another critical look at the US federal security systems and found most of them lacking.
  • Three Tips for Making the Most of Microsoft Office

    Posted November 17, 2009 - 8:40 pm

    The billboard ads may be telling you it's time to "Go Google" with your productivity apps, but most enterprises still use Microsoft Office, and are planning to keep it that way.
  • Review

    NASA app for iPhone

    Posted November 17, 2009 - 7:39 pm

    NASA's Website connects everyday folks to the goings on of the universe (and the goings on of the American space agency that eats up a substantial part of the national budget). The site is packed with information, and it delivers NASA's day-to-day activities in a clean, intuitive, and visually compelling way. Now you can get all the information the Website offers on your iPhone or iPod touch through the free NASA app for iPhone.
  • Open minimized windows in current space in OS X 10.5

    Posted November 17, 2009 - 5:40 pm

    Snow Leopard changed a lot of small things in the system, and not all of these were detailed by Apple. One such change occurs when you use minimized windows with Spaces (Apple's tool to create virtual desktops). In OS X 10.5, when releasing (unminimizing just sounds so...wrong) a minimized window from the Dock, it would spring back into whatever Space it started on, switching to that Space as it activated the newly-released window.
  • Diskeeper launches app to eliminate fragmentation

    Posted November 17, 2009 - 5:40 pm

    Diskeeper today unveiled its latest software for eliminating up to 85% of fragmentation, increasing performance and reducing the need for scheduled or manual defragmentation tasks.
  • NASA, Microsoft want you to be a Martian

    Posted November 17, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    NASA and Microsoft today said they have built a Web site that lets would-be Martians virtually explore the red planet.
  • IBM offers Symphony on Keepod USB devices

    Posted November 17, 2009 - 4:40 pm

    IBM announced Tuesday that its free Lotus Symphony office productivity suite is now available on Keepods -- thin USB devices made by the Italian company NSEC.
  • Microsoft sets Windows Azure production date

    Posted November 17, 2009 - 4:40 pm

    The cloud platform, which has been in the community technology preview stage, goes to the next phase early in 2010
  • 64-bit Windows safer, claims Microsoft

    Posted November 17, 2009 - 4:40 pm

    Windows users running 64-bit versions of the operating system are less likely to get infected by attack code, Microsoft's security team said yesterday.
  • Adobe unveils public betas for Flash Player 10.1, AIR 2.0

    Posted November 17, 2009 - 4:40 pm

    This just in: Adobe Labs has some new toys up for grabs. As part of Adobe's poorly-named Open Screen Initiative to put Flash on every popular platform known to mankind, Adobe has released beta versions of Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR 2.0 for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
  • YouTube Direct: Why Citizen Journalists Shouldn't Care

    Posted November 17, 2009 - 4:40 pm

    Great news, citizen journalists! Not only do the mainstream media have a condescending name for your ilk, but they now have a tool to help them swipe your videos, thanks to YouTube!
  • Migrating to Windows 7: Final Touches

    Posted November 17, 2009 - 4:40 pm

    For the past month or so, I've been leisurely migrating to Windows 7--at my own pace. If you've been following along, thus far we've partitioned the hard drive and installed Windows 7 on a new partition, and then used a couple free programs to install favorite apps and copy over Firefox bookmarks. This week I'll show you how to finish up the process by migrating your Apple iTunes library and copying over your data.
  • SVG a graphics format for 21st century

    Posted November 17, 2009 - 3:50 pm

    Misunderstood standard a likely basis for new wave of applications.
  • How enterprises can (gently) squeeze their vendors during the recession

    Posted November 17, 2009 - 3:09 pm

    Enterprises can use the recession to transform their relationships with vendors without trashing them, while saving some or a lot of money to boot.
  • Create Sticky Notes in Windows 7

    Posted November 17, 2009 - 2:40 pm

    Forget pasting analog sticky-notes to the sides of your monitor. They look terrible there, and they always fall off anyway. Instead, paste digital stickies to your Windows desktop. If you're a Windows 7 user, it's a snap: Just run the new Sticky Notes app.
  • IT takes biggest job-cut hit in the back office

    Posted November 17, 2009 - 2:09 pm

    Two million IT positions are expected to have been eliminated from 2000 to 2014, according to Hackett Group, which forecasts an 'extended jobless recovery'
  • Technology We'll Miss When It's Gone

    Posted November 17, 2009 - 12:40 pm

    The times, they are a-changin'. When haven't they been? But change isn't always good. Here are ten tech items whose days are numbered, and we're going to miss them all--though some more than others--when they're gone.
  • Elastra offers a tool to build public-private clouds

    Posted November 17, 2009 - 12:40 pm

    Elastra has announced the availability of its Cloud Server platform, which lets enterprises build public-private computing clouds, it said on Tuesday.
  • The Cloud Security Survival Guide

    Posted November 17, 2009 - 12:40 pm

    For companies increasingly dependent on cloud services, security challenges abound. Here's a collection of articles, columns and audio to help IT security practitioners plot the right course.
  • Clear Metrics for Cloud Security? Yes, Seriously

    Posted November 17, 2009 - 12:40 pm

    In the second installment of his series on "Clearing the Cloud," security expert Ariel Silverstone proposes some clearer definitions and metrics to improve cloud security.
  • JetBrains upgrades Ruby IDE

    Posted November 17, 2009 - 12:40 pm

    RubyMine 2.0 features improvements in refactoring and code analysis, as well as a set of tools for code changes in software projects
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