Monday, May 31, 2010

Metrology: Inspection at the Speed of Light

OASIS Inspection System
MIDDLETOWN, Del., March 26 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Industry leaders frustrated with high cost of inspection: push for speed in the quality department without sacrificing accuracy or adding complexity. These days, equipment is only as good as the software that runs it. According to Erik Adams, of George Products Company, "Customers don't want a collection of parts; they want a turn-key solution to their inspection problems that includes powerful software to drive the system."

The OASIS Inspection System is driven by its own proprietary software that powers the system to operate at very high inspection speeds. New to the system is a strobe light source that creates the part shadow to be measured, and is controlled by the OASIS software to pulse light in micro-second bursts that effectively stops action.

Couple that with a strobe rate of 6 bursts per second, synchronized with the shutter on the digital camera, and the result is the OASIS' ability to measure all external dimensions in under a second -- all without the part ever needing to stop.

In yet another newly released feature geared toward speed, one-click reporting now instantly takes all measurements and exports them to SPC programs or the OASIS report spreadsheet.

"The speed of the Oasis has reduced our inspection time to seconds per component; reducing the need for a dedicated inspector doing audits and allowing the operator to inspect each component 100 percent. This has resulted in real-time data acquisition that helps manage tool wear and keeps the process stable during operation. The Oasis is the perfect inspection system to reduce inspection labor and is a great tool to monitor process operations," said Daniel Proveaux, Quality Assurance Manager, Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, COQE Certified Quality Manager, Goodrich Corporation - Bamberg, South Carolina.

About George Products Company, Inc.:

Founded in 1951 and located in Middletown, Delaware, George Products Company is the manufacturer of the OASIS Inspection System. The OASIS is a full-featured machine vision inspection system designed to measure multiple profile dimensions on parts, accurate to +/- 0.0001-inches, with all the measurements done in less than a second.

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NEWS SOURCE: George Products Company, Inc.

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Five x Five Selected as Top 10 Innovative Georgia Technology Company

Five x Five
ATLANTA, Ga., April 1 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) has selected Five x Five, a marketing analytics company offering cutting edge marketing optimization technology, as one of the Top 10 Innovative Companies in Georgia. The TAG Top 10 are selected from the Top 40 list and chosen based on a number of criteria, including: degree of innovation; scope and financial impact of innovation; likelihood of success; and promotion of Georgia's innovative efforts nationally and internationally. Companies selected to be in the Top 10 presented at the annual Georgia Technology Summit to 1,000 of the state's technology leaders.

"Our congratulations to Five x Five for making this year's Top 10 list," said Tino Mantella, president of TAG. "The Top 10 finalists represent an exciting mix of companies that I'm sure we'll hear more from in the years to come."

"The Five x Five team is very pleased to be selected as one of the Top 10 Innovative Companies by TAG," said Dan Russotto, Chief Technology Officer and Partner of Five x Five. "It is an honor to be recognized by our peers in the technology sector for our dedication to innovation and analytics. We will continue to leverage our knowledge and expertise to deliver new and groundbreaking functionality and features to our suite of software products."

GridMap, one of Five x Five's premier optimization software products, was highlighted in a presentation at the Georgia Technology Summit, where Five x Five recently accepted its award. GridMap is an intuitive, web-based marketing tool that helps companies optimize their digital storefronts in a way that maximizes overall revenue and profit potential. The self-learning prediction engine forecasts sales for each product in each placement, while the optimization engine allows business constraints to be specified, thus ensuring an optimal plan that is realistic and actionable. GridMap simplifies the forecasting, planning and management processes for digital storefront marketers by blending predictive modeling and advanced analytic expertise with innovative technology.

About the Technology Association of Georgia:

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support its members by generating opportunities for personal, professional and business growth. By forging strategic alliances, TAG serves as a primary catalyst to foster a rich environment for economic development in Georgia's technology community. TAG is made up of 8,000 members representing technology leaders from over 1,500 Georgia-based companies, affiliated technology and business organizations. For more information, visit

About Five x Five:

Five x Five is an advanced analytics company that leverages mathematical methods and technology to help companies solve their most complex marketing problems. Leveraging the partners' backgrounds in complex analytical consulting services, the company is focused on building repeatable and easy-to-use solutions within a suite of analytics software and visualization tools. Team members work as trusted advisors to clients and partners, and incorporate an intensely collaborative approach towards problem solving. For more information, visit

NEWS SOURCE: Five x Five

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IObit Releases Random Password Generator to Keep Privacy of Your Accounts

IObit Information Technology
Free but powerful password generator and password manager with Random Password Generator.

BOSTON, Mass., April 2 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- IObit today announces the release of Random Password Generator, a new application to generate strong, not easy to crack, passwords for privacy protection - for free. Random Password Generator is developed with IObit security technology to help computer users keep their privacy by generating strong and easy to manage random passwords for free.

What's even more helpful, Random Password Generator can store randomly generated passwords in the database and allow you to add an ID for the password and editable remark to remind you where the password shall be used. With ensured privacy, this Random Password Generator requires an entrance password when accessing this tool to keep your password management untouched by other people who happen to use your computer.

"You can generate random password with secure elements included to make your password strong," said Hugo Dong, the president of IObit, "and then you can store the generated password in your database where you can manage the password by adding matched ID and remark. Strong and easy to use password creation and management are what we want to guard your privacy."

Designed for Microsoft� Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000, Random Password Generator is available in English. More details of Random Password Generator can be found at:

About Random Password Generator:

Password Generator is designed to help you create secure Random passwords that are extremely difficult to crack or guess, with a combination of random lower and upper case letters, numbers and punctuation symbols. And these random generated passwords will be saved for memo. You can give a mark to the generated random password for later check.

About IObit:

IObit Information Technology Ltd. ( is an innovative, young and promising company. The company was founded in 2004 by two creative young men. With the great popularity of Advanced WindowsCare v1 in 2005, IObit has become one of the fastest-growing and most successful new companies in the Internet. IObit is also a provider of award-winning software products designed to deliver superior performance, protection and security to PC users.

NEWS SOURCE: IObit Information Technology

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Broker-to-Banker Mortgage Lender Augusta Financial Selects DataTrac for Process Automation and Lending System of Record

loan processing platform
SAN DIEGO, Calif., April 6 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Southern California mortgage banker Augusta Financial selected the Del Mar DataTrac�, Inc. (DMD) flagship solution DataTrac as its automated loan processing platform and lending system of record in September, 2009, when it transformed from broker to banker. Founded in 1995 as a mortgage broker in the Santa Clarita Valley, Augusta Financial today serves Burbank, Orange County and Ventura as a full service mortgage banker.

DMD is the leading provider of affordable mortgage lending automation solutions, and an industry pioneer in business intelligence, document imaging and management, and loan process workflow tools.

"As a broker serving the Southern California market for nearly 15 years, Augusta Financial earned its stripes by creating good relationships and executing solid business practices, so we were eager to take the next step of becoming a mortgage banker," said Augusta Financial founder and president Mike Meena. "We selected the DataTrac solution because it had a strong reputation with our staff and had tools that directly met our business needs. Plus, we were confident it would be a reliable system from which we could grow the business."

"We have always known DataTrac is a smart investment for broker-to-banker businesses because so many of our customers have grown exponentially from 'branker' to high volume mortgage banker on it," said DMD president Rob Katz. "Regardless of size, today's mortgage banker needs rules-based automated workflow and a single database of record that can deliver business intelligence on the loan operation, which are among DataTrac's strongest capabilities. Then, once on our system, they won't have to worry about outgrowing us."

Shortly after purchasing the system, Augusta was fully implemented, trained and funding loans out of DataTrac. Today, the independent mortgage banker closes more than 50 loans per month, and is growing steadily without having to hire additional staff.

"DataTrac delivered what they promised - improved efficiency, best practice lending processes, and risk mitigation on regulations and loan salability," concludes Meena.

About Del Mar DataTrac:

Founded in 1991, Del Mar DataTrac (DMD) is the leading provider of affordable loan automation solutions for mortgage lenders, banks, and credit unions. DMD offers a scalable workflow platform that enables lending best practices by leveraging DataTrac as the back-office hub along with a sophisticated point-of-sale system, a Web-based originator portal and commission engine, and a management dashboard - all in a paperless environment.

The DataTrac Suite is designed by mortgage lenders for mortgage lenders who strive to deliver extraordinary customer service, increase production and profitability, reduce risk, and streamline overall efficiency. For more information, visit

NEWS SOURCE: Del Mar DataTrac

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IDS and Primary Capital Mortgage Collaborate to Streamline Disclosures in Wake of RESPA Reform

RESPA disclosures
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, April 14 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- International Document Services (IDS) and Primary Capital Mortgage have teamed up to minimize the lender's RESPA-related initial disclosures and closing document challenges. IDS is a mortgage document preparation vendor for closing documents, initial disclosures and reverse documents. Primary Capital Mortgage is an Atlanta based residential mortgage banking firm.

Primary Capital Mortgage striving for the "zero-defect" compliance with its Good Faith Estimate (GEF), Truth in Lending (TIL) and HUD-1 disclosure protocols gave IDS restricted access to its LOS platform and database. IDS mapped how the changes to the GFE and HUD-1 impacted the processes across each line of business. Primary Capital forwarded real-time feedback on updates and requested changes, enabling the doc prep provider to perfect and implement seamless RESPA specific updates to idsDoc. The implementation created a streamlined compliance and doc prep process that enabled Primary Capital to be RESPA compliant, maintain automation and preserve efficiency throughout both its retail and wholesale operation.

"From our perspective, RESPA reform is highly beneficial for lenders and brokers specifically, since the changes provide transparency with regard to true cost-to-close, consumers are now able to compare loans apples to apples," said George Phelps, executive managing director of Primary Capital. "Working with IDS, we've been able to easily integrate the new requirements into our origination process, with results being by and large positive," said Phelps.

"While RESPA compliance is certainly a concern for any lender, the reality is that fear is driving much of the backlash toward RESPA reform, and that fear is easily allayed by allowing our origination experts to work closely with experts like IDS," added Phelps.

Although HUD extended its RESPA enforcement deadline, IDS observed that many lenders found investors demanding compliance as soon as the updates were announced. This made for a confusing and piecemeal transition. IDS President Curt Doman found it imperative that the idsDoc system assist Primary Capital in becoming RESPA compliant as quickly as possible.

"As HUD and other governing agencies layer on regulations to make the lending process more consumer-friendly, lenders face the challenge of retaining speed and accuracy while meeting complex, ever-mounting compliance standards," said Doman. "While it's ultimately up to the lender to remain compliant, they turn to us, so it's our job to make sure those challenges are met head-on, by developing flexible document preparation solutions and audits that can rapidly incorporate any and all regulatory updates."

About Primary Capital Mortgage:

Primary Capital Mortgage is a leading residential mortgage company headquartered in Atlanta. Focusing on customer satisfaction, Primary Capital is committed to building new relationships and delivering mortgage solutions. Currently lending in more than 30 states, the company offers flexible loan products through both wholesale and retail lending. For more information visit

About IDS Inc.:

IDS is a nationwide provider of mortgage documents and compliance. IDS services include closing documents, reverse documents, initial disclosures and fulfillment. IDS's solution, idsDoc, is recognized in the industry for its ability to be customized to meet specific lender needs. IDS backs the system with unsurpassed customer service, cutting-edge technology, compliance and document guarantees and a solid compliance team. Lenders looking to move forward when it comes to doc prep can visit the IDS Web site at or call 800.554.1872.

NEWS SOURCE: International Document Services, Inc.

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Respondus Releases the StudyMate Mobile Application

StudyMate LMS Edition
Respondus offers interactive learning activities for mobile devices.

REDMOND, Wash., April 19 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Respondus, Inc. ( announces the availability of two mobile solutions for its StudyMate Class application, enabling students to access interactive study materials from their online courses. Collectively, the mobile offerings for StudyMate Class support the iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Palm Pre, iPod touch, and iPad devices.

The first solution, "StudyMate LMS Edition," is a native iPhone application that allows users to access their online courses (Blackboard, Moodle or ANGEL) and sync with their StudyMate projects. The app includes 10 of the same learning activities available in StudyMate Class, such as Flash Cards, Quiz and Challenge. The data for projects is synced each time the app is started, enabling users to work offline. StudyMate LMS Edition (link to iTunes store) for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad is available for free from Apple's App Store.

The second solution is an enhancement to the StudyMate Class platform itself. Using the browser on a mobile device, students login to their learning management system and select a StudyMate Class project. StudyMate Class detects which mobile device and browser is being used and serves up custom pages. This browser-based solution is available for all leading mobile devices, including the iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Palm Pre, iPod touch, and iPad.

"This is the year for mobile learning," says David Smetters, President of Respondus, Inc. "Students want applications that allow them to learn on-the-go. Most importantly, these apps must be engaging, easy to use, and well-conceived for the mobile environment. Our mobile solutions for StudyMate Class achieve all of that, and more."

StudyMate Class helps students "master the basics" of course material through learning activities, self-assessments and games. Students choose activities that appeal to their learning style, engaging them with course content in a powerful, individualized way. Instructors can use StudyMate Class projects with any subject matter, and even allow students to create and edit their own material.

StudyMate Class is available for institutions running Blackboard (Learn, Enterprise, Vista/CE), Moodle or ANGEL. Educational institutions can request a free 3-month pilot license. More information:

About Respondus:

Respondus�, Inc. develops testing and self-assessment applications for the e-Learning market. Instructors at thousands of colleges, universities, and K-12 institutions in more than 50 countries use Respondus software to enhance the capabilities of their learning management systems.

More information:

NEWS SOURCE: Respondus, Inc.

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Windows Complaining of Insufficient Disk Space? EASEUS Helps!

system optimization software
NEW YORK, N.Y., April 20 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- As more and more people are used to storing larger size data on the hard drive, it is not unusual to see such the pop-up "insufficient disk space" or "low disk space" for system drive or data partition. EASEUS knows insufficient disk space can result in poor performance and slow running of a computer, which would bring some inconvenience to both our life and work.

One of the favorable solutions that one can do to solve such problems is to make use of free space of other partitions to extend the "insufficient disk space" partition issue -- so how to do that?

When it comes to hard disk management issues, like the editor from says, "Nothing beats EASEUS Partition Master."

With a brand new update, EASEUS Partition Master, a reliable and professional partition manager and system optimization software app, provides more powerful features to comprehensively manage hard drives -- and wizard mode help users easily extend a partition without data loss. Besides extending partitions, additional features are included: resize and move partition, create, delete or format partition, wipe disk, rebuild MBR, defragmentation, copy disk and partition, partition recovery, etc.

Says one user, "Not enough times do people take the time to thank a company for the product they put out ... EASEUS partition master worked absolutely flawlessly! It was so easy I thought I missed something. I work in the IT industry and really appreciate a good product, especially a free one. I'll be considering your company in the future for my software needs."

Pricing and Availability:

Web Special $159 (originally $199) for Windows Server users is available if you buy it from EASEUS' Web site at

EASEUS Partition Master Professional Edition is available at the price of $39.95 directly from EASEUS' Web site at

Additionally, free for home users, EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition enjoys most of the commercial version features and works well under Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7 32-bit. Download it here:

About CHENGDU YIWO Tech Development Co., Ltd.:

The company specializes in disk management, data recovery and backup software for Windows OS. Its other major products are Data Recovery Wizard, Partition Table Doctor and Todo Backup. More information:

NEWS SOURCE: CHENGDU YIWO Tech Development Co., Ltd.

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Try and Decide: Free Recovery of 1 File Now with Demo Version of EASEUS Data Recovery Software

Data Recovery Wizard
NEW YORK, N.Y., April 27 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard, the innovative and professional data recovery software for deleted file recovery, format recovery or partition recovery, now offers in its demo version the free recovery of one file less than 1MB. This gives you a fair idea whether the software can help you recover lost files before purchasing.

As the reasons for data loss may contribute to a lot of factors like accidental deletion or format, few can guarantee lost data will be completely recovered without analyzing the exact situation -- therefore, for users who choose to recover lost files with data recovery software, the chance to have a fair idea whether the files can be recovered before purchasing the full version of data recovery software is a great idea.

Fortunately, apart from file preview function before recovery, EASEUS now enhances its demo version of data recovery software to freely recover one lost file less than 1MB and gives users a fair idea whether the lost files can be completely recovered.

Advantages and Features of EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard:

1. File Preview and recover 1 file less than 1MB with the demo version.

2. Recover deleted or lost files emptied from the Recycle Bin.

3. File recovery after accidental format, even if you have reinstalled Windows.

4. Data Recovery from RAW hard drives.

5. File Recovery after a partitioning error or hard disk crash.

6. Recover office documents, photos, images, videos, music, email, etc.

7. Support FAT, NTFS, EXT2, EXT3 file systems.

8. File Recovery from hard drive, USB external hard drive, memory card/stick, camera card, dynamic disk, Zip, SD card, etc.

Pricing and Availability:

Data Recovery Wizard runs under Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, Windows 7 and starts at $69.95 (USD) for a single-user license. Licensed customers get lifetime technical support and free updates. More information and free trial copy is available from

About CHENGDU YIWO Tech Development Co., Ltd.:

The company specializes in data recovery, partition manager and backup software for Windows OS. Its major products are Data Recovery Wizard, Partition Table Doctor, EASEUS Partition Master and EASEUS Todo Backup. For more information, please visit


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First Validated iPhone Medical Application for Depression and Anxiety

mym3 iPhone app
Provides a connection via the Web or phone for people displaying suicidal thoughts.

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 6 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- M-3 Information entered the smart phone application environment by offering the M-3 Checklist, a scientifically validated screen for depression and anxiety disorders, at the iTunes store on Friday, April 30, 2010. Adapted from M-3 Information's existing Web site, this mobile version, called mym3, provides the same validated mental health questionnaire optimized for smart phones. A first in iPhone applications, mym3 is designed to create a bridge between user responses and recommendations set forth in the content-rich M3 Web site application.

For users in distress and at risk of suicide, mym3 provides a direct, one-button link to call a national suicide hotline.

Interactive applications of this sort, offering users validated medical assessment and feedback in real-time, has the potential to greatly improve the dynamics of healthcare delivery for individuals who might otherwise suffer in silence. The value of this technology to college and military populations, among others, is considerable.

The "mym3 app" is available to iPhone (telephone and data) and iTouch (data only) users through the Apple iTunes applications store, where it is for sale for $2.99. M-3 Information contributes a portion of the proceeds to Mental Health America. Applications for the Droid and Blackberry operating systems are currently under review.

About the M-3 Checklist:

Since the publication of the validation article in March, 2010 the M-3 Checklist has been taken by people in over 120 countries and all 50 states. The M-3 Checklist was validated in a study performed at the University of North Carolina and reported in the March 2010 issue of the Annals of Family Medicine. The study was based on the responses of 647 patients at the University of North Carolina Family Practice Medicine Clinic. Patients can track their M3 score on Microsoft HealthVault via

About M-3 Information, LLC:

The M3 was developed by a team of mental health, strategic communications, and information management experts, including Robert M. Post, MD, head of the Bipolar Collaborative Network; Bernard M. Snyder, MD, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University and a cognitive behavioral therapist; Michael L. Byer, director of M-3 Information; Larry Culpepper, MD, family practice program at Boston University; Gerald Hurowitz, MD, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University and a clinical psychopharmacologist.

The free and private screener is available at and is independently funded by M-3 Information without pharmaceutical industry support.

NEWS SOURCE: M-3 Information

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Free Data Recovery Software from EASEUS - New EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition 5.0.1

Data Recovery software
NEW YORK, N.Y., May 10 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- In order to thank our users for their long-time support of EASEUS and give them a full tryout to know whether lost files can be recovered, EASEUS Software, a provider of innovative and professional data recovery software, today releases a new and free data recovery software solution: EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition 5.0.1. You can recover 1GB of data/files with this completely free data recovery software.

EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition 5.0.1 boasts all features of the well-regarded full edition EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard 5.0.1 -- which can solve all data loss problems, recover files emptied from the Recycle Bin, or lost due to a software crash, formatting or damaged hard drive, a lost partition, virus attacks, and other issues under Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008/7.

Most importantly, compared with other free data recovery software suites, it is equipped with several most-useful advantages: full-functional format recovery, and the ability to recover data from formatted partitions with original file names and storage paths. Moreover, the free data recovery software works well with dynamic disks and Linux file system.

Reliable and with a built-in wizard mode EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition is an easy-to-use data recovery freeware app for everyone.

EASEUS Data Recovery Software does what it claims, just as one user says: "EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard is a cool tool that can save the day if you accidentally delete a file or have data that needs saving. I was impressed with how easy the program is to use. At the same time it has an interface that you don't have to be a computer guru to understand, so it's great for users with all levels of experience. This is the kind of program that everyone should have as part of their HELP!"

Pricing and Availability:

Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition 5.0.1 runs under Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, Windows 7 and is totally free for everyone. More information and a free download is available from

About CHENGDU YIWO Tech Development Co., Ltd.:

The company specializes in data recovery, partition manager and backup software for Windows OS. Its major products are Data Recovery Wizard, Partition Table Doctor, EASEUS Partition Master and Todo Backup. For more information, please visit



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Strategic Technology Management and Roadmapping: Innovation Framework Technologies and nu Angle Announce Strategic Partnership

nu Angle
NEW YORK, N.Y. and CAMBRIDGE, UK, May 12 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Innovation Framework Technologies, the premier supplier of software solutions dedicated to the innovation and new product development value chains, today announced its partnership with Cambridge based nu Angle, the leading technology strategy and roadmapping advisor and implementer. The partnership is focused on delivering a flexible solution to help organizations of all sizes and industries to take advantage of strategic and technology roadmapping best practices.

Technology strategy and roadmapping were pioneered in the chemical and high tech industries, as ways to deal with the most critical and complex technology planning problems. But with the explosive growth of technology-driven innovation in other industries, such as healthcare, automotive and consumer goods, together with the trend of open-sourced innovation, pressure has greatly increased on organizations to improve the planning and value of their internal and external investments in technology.

Existing approaches focus on pushing technology to market, while IFT and nu Angle's solution uniquely combines technology strategy and roadmapping with both technology-push and market-pull (consumer needs) analysis.

"Over the last 5 years, we have helped CTOs and innovation teams make the right investment decisions by applying our state-of-the-art Technology Strategy and Roadmapping methodology," said Peter Allen, nu Angle Managing Director. "To support our customers, we have invested heavily in codifying our approach in a bespoke Microsoft Excel application, but we have been looking for a more scalable solution that better support our collaborative multi-user implementations for our clients."

Recognizing the limitations of MS Excel, nu Angle identified Innovation Framework Technologies (IFT) as the best software for enterprise-wide innovation planning and roadmapping. IFT in turn recognized nu Angle as the world's leading experts on technology management methods.

"From the outset, IFT's strategy has been to provide solutions that embed best practices in innovation management. With nu Angle and IFT joining forces to integrate nu Angle's approach into IFT's software, we continue to offer the leading combination of software capabilities and management practices in the market," says Patrick Ternier, IFT's CEO. "Moreover, we now have a very flexible solution to satisfy the innovation strategic planning needs of organizations of all sizes and industries."

With this solution, it is now possible to dynamically create technology strategies, integrate them with development roadmaps, perform "what-if" analyses and translate plans immediately into detailed resource and financial forecasts. The whole solution enables collaborative working across many locations, business units and external experts, greatly reducing the time, cost and complexity of creating and updating technology strategy and operational plans.

The combined nu Angle and IFT solution is available either as a standalone module sold as SaaS, or as an in-house implementation, integrated if needed with IFT's other Stage-Gate� certified modules for innovation management, including Portfolio Management, Ideation, and Stage-Gated Development.

About Innovation Framework Technologies:

Innovation Framework Technologies helps companies dramatically improve their innovation performance by implementing management software that delivers best-practice business processes for the complete innovation and new product development value chain: idea management, strategic and technology roadmapping, portfolio management, resource capacity planning, innovation opportunity analysis, Stage-Gate governance and project management.

With headquarters in New York and Paris, IFT operates throughout America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Please visit:

About nu Angle:

nu Angle helps executives radically enhance their ability to achieve growth goals by greatly improving effectiveness and efficiency of investment in internal and external technology. Building upon previous best practice technology management tools, nu Angle have created a suite of truly powerful decision-making tools in technology strategy and roadmapping that help plan approaches for growth, create new insights and manage capabilities. nu Angle is a network of highly experienced advisers and innovation integrators that are committed to working directly with client teams, bringing experience, wisdom and knowledge to every client assignment.

Based in Cambridge and London in the UK, nu Angle operates mainly throughout Europe and America. Please visit:

NEWS SOURCE: Innovation Framework Technologies

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Calendarscope Delivers Powerful, Affordable Task and Event Management

Calendarscope 5
SAINT-PETERSBURG, Russia, May 17 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Duality Software has released Calendarscope 5.0, a powerful Windows calendar application for business and home users. Calendarscope makes it simple to plan, schedule, and manage appointments, meetings, birthdays, anniversaries, and special events. Unlike other calendar programs that provide only token support for recurring events, Calendarscope lets you create single or recurring tasks and events, and manage them with ease.

It's simple to add a single event or create a recurring event with multiple occurrences. You can set the start and end dates and times, add a subject, specify the location, define the item type, set the priority, and add notes. This information can be set for a single occurrence of a recurring event, for the series, or for all future occurrences.

Reschedule events by dragging and dropping them to a different place on the calendar. Change the duration of an event with your mouse. You can even reactivate tasks or events that had been previously marked as complete.

With a single click, Calendarscope switches between daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly calendar views. Users have complete control over the information that is presented on the calendar, including fonts and colors. The easy-to-set filters let you select which information is displayed. For example, you can include or exclude completed tasks or specific categories of information. It's never been easier to schedule tasks, set reminders for upcoming events, or color-code your calendar for easy reference. This lets you know immediately which tasks are active, complete, or late.

By assigning email addresses and URLs to reminder notices, it's quick and easy to follow up on events and tasks. View your calendars on your PC, publish them on the Internet or intranet, or use companion software to send calendars to your Pocket PC or Smartphone device.

Quickly search the calendar for keywords or phrases. The program's simple category and filtering systems let you display only work tasks, or only family events, or only information that you choose to include. Calendarscope includes strong encryption to protect your sensitive information from prying eyes.

Calendarscope is designed for business people who need to control complex calendars and to-do lists. It's easy enough that home users can manage their birthdays, social events, school calendars, meetings and appointments.

Calendarscope 5.0 runs under Windows 7 (including 64-bit), and Windows 2008/Vista/2003/XP/2000/NT4/ME/98/95, and costs $29.95(US) for a single-user home license. A business license costs $39.95, and a Family Pack is available for $49.95.

More information:

Evaluation copy available on request.

About Duality Software:

Since 1998, Duality Software has been developing and marketing Windows productivity software for business and home users. The company also offers Calendarscope Portable Edition which runs on a USB flash drive, USB HDD, SD card, or U3 smart drive; and Calendarscope Network Edition which runs on a company LAN and allows the entire team to share events, tasks, and schedules.

NEWS SOURCE: Duality Software

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The First World-wide Comprehensive Free Data Recovery Software to Rescue Your Valuable Data

data recovery software
NEW YORK, N.Y., May 18 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- EASEUS Software, a provider of innovative and professional data recovery software, provides users one comprehensive data recovery freeware: EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition. Boasting all features of the licensed data recovery wizard, this free edition now allows users to recover 1 GB of data for free; it is the first freeware data recovery application worldwide which provides more powerful data recovery solutions than any other free data recovery software.

Compared to other free data recovery software solutions, EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition offers a more comprehensive data recovery suite for data recovery. It can not only recover lost files due to deletion from the Recycle Bin, formatting, partition loss or damage, or a software crash. Most importantly, it can recover lost files with their original file names and storage paths - which other freeware apps cannot do - and it's also compatible with dynamic disks, RAID and Linux file systems.

"Our commitment is to our customers," Mr. Liu, CEO of said. "We are aiming to deliver a first-class, powerful free data recovery software for users all over the world to solve nearly all kinds of data loss problems."

The downloads of this free data recovery software at the famous download site - - have reached around 10,000 for the week since its release. And many users who downloaded the software to recover lost files from their hard drive, CF card or other storage media give it a "thumbs-up."

To ensure that users have great control over their file recovery, especially when it comes to privacy, EASEUS suggests users should recover their lost files with EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition. The easy to use and fully functional - and free - data recovery software is available from EASEUS to make your files safe and save you money!

Pricing and Availability:

Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition 5.0.1 runs under Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, Windows 7 and is totally free for everyone. More information and free download is available from

About CHENGDU YIWO Tech Development Co., Ltd.:

The company specializes in data recovery, partition manager and backup software for Windows OS. Its major products are Data Recovery Wizard, Partition Table Doctor, EASEUS Partition Master and Todo Backup. For more information, please visit


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EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition - the Best Gift Given on Memorial Day!

Data Recovery Wizard Free
NEW YORK, N.Y., May 31 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Memorial Day is here and EASEUS will make your day memorable! Just as the CEO of EASEUS Software claimed a few days ago, "We will challenge the traditional data recovery software industry and liberate our users from the limitations that most commercial data recovery software places on users. Users who choose and use our software will be given full control over the software without any limitation."

Dedicated to satisfying customers with the most reliable and professional data recovery software, EASEUS group aims to design the data recovery software you require and save your money and time. EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition is just the right one created to challenge the traditional data recovery software world and now proven to be one of the best by its users.

Break out from the traditional limitation in the data recovery world -- this freeware will give you full access to all features that commercial data recovery software has, and most importantly, it even enables you to recover files from all virtual data loss scenarios for free! With this freeware, you will never be restricted to only previewing limited files or limited to accessing just a few features anymore when using data recovery software.

As the first freeware world-wide in the data recovery field, it has already been downloaded more than 30 thousand times in just one week since its release.

"We believe this freeware is just what our users want. We are very proud to bring our users a brand new experience in using data recovery software," Mr. Liu, CEO of EASEUS said. "We believe that EASEUS software can successfully challenge the traditional practice and bring a bright future for this data recovery software world."

Pricing and Availability:

EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition 5.0.1 runs under Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, Windows 7 and is totally free for everyone. More information and free download is available from .

About CHENGDU YIWO Tech Development Co., Ltd.:

The company specializes in data recovery, partition manager and backup software for Windows OS. Its major products are Data Recovery Wizard, Partition Table Doctor, EASEUS Partition Master and Todo Backup. For more information, please visit .


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TeamF1 to Demonstrate SecureF1rst Line of Powerful SMB and CPE Solutions at Computex 2010

SecureF1rst embedded networking software
State-of-the-art Turnkey, Market-ready Business and Residential Networking and Security Software Solutions to be Demonstrated During Computex.

FREMONT, Calif., May 31 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- TeamF1, Inc., the leader in embedded networking and security software, today announced that it will demonstrate several small and medium business (SMB) and home area networking software solutions from June 1 to June 3 during the Computex Taipei tradeshow, the second largest international computer and electronics exhibition in its 30th anniversary this year.

TeamF1's flagship SecureF1rst line of "customizable standard products," offer highly secure and optimized embedded networking software solutions suitable for business and residential grade intelligent gateways and access points. The company is showcasing new features in its turnkey solutions: SecureF1rst Security Gateway Solution (SGS) and Managed Access Point Solution (MAPS). These solutions are being demonstrated on the latest processors from TeamF1's leading technology partners including AppliedMicro, Cavium Networks, Marvell, Mindspeed, NetLogic Microsystems and others.

"Computex gives us an excellent opportunity to share our groundbreaking features with our customers and partners from around the world. It gives them an opportunity to see firsthand how our technology can improve their top and bottom lines, by enabling them to offer products that are ahead of the curve," said Deepak Kulkarni, Vice President of International Sales and Business Development at TeamF1. "This year, we are excited to showcase the latest advances made in our successful, field-proven solutions already deployed by leading OEMs, and unveiling new innovations in our SecureF1rst line of products."

TeamF1 will be exhibiting their products in their demo suite at the Grand Hyatt in Taipei from June 1-3, 2010 with its team available for presenting their product portfolio and information about the wide array of their popular products. Appointments to visit the suite can be made by contacting us at +886-910-466210 or by email at computex2010 _at_ . Alternatively, requests can be made by filling out the form at:

About TeamF1:

TeamF1, Inc. a privately held corporation headquartered in Fremont, California, is a leader in high performance embedded networking and security software. TeamF1's products enable secure networking of telecom/datacom and industrial equipment, and provide the infrastructure components needed for switching and wireless products in various market segments. For more information about TeamF1 and its products, please visit the company's website at or contact TeamF1 Public Relations at 510/505-9931 or email pr _at_ .


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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Users in tough spot as Windows XP SP2 retirement looms

Half of the enterprise computers running the aged Windows XP operating system are still relying on the soon-to-be-retired Service Pack 2 (SP2), a researcher said today.

According to security risk and compliance management provider Qualys, 50 percent of the several hundred thousand PCs it monitors for its clients are still running Windows XP SP2.


Apple must pay the cost to be the boss

Apple must pay the cost to be the boss

The big news in the markets this week was that Apple at long last has gotten a leg up on Microsoft, at least when measured by market capitalization.


Are standalone e-book readers doomed? (Christopher Null)

Christopher Null - Devices like the iPad that let you read books and much more are likely to dominate the market so fully that standalone e-book readers have little hope of hanging on to much market share, new research suggests.


Era of anonymous prepaid cell phones may end (Christopher Null)

Christopher Null - Prepaid cell phones with plans that can be purchased with cash and sans identification have long been the communication medium of choice for criminals and such, and for obvious reasons. Without a known cell phone number to tie a crook to, getting a wiretap becomes almost impossible, and such villains can generally operate with complete impunity, gabbing away in plain sight with no one able to listen in.


Friday, May 28, 2010

4G Mobile Broadband – High Speed Internet On The Move

Mobile computing has been evolving tremendously in the past few years as we’ve seen more and more high-end portable computers (laptops & netbooks), Internet tablets and smartphones hitting the shelves. These devices enable us to bring the capabilities of a PC along with us when we are on the move.

Mobile broadband has been undergoing a rapid development as well. From the earliest 2G (GPRS) in 2002, it has gone all the way to the latest and fastest 4G mobile broadband which we can now enjoy more than 10Mbit/s (10,000Kbit/s) of download speed. Below is the brief reference of different mobile broadband download speeds :-

* 2G, 2.5G (General packet radio service, GPRS) – up to 114 Kbit/s
* 3G, 3.5G (EDGE, 3G, HSDPA, HSDPA+) – up to 42Mbit/s (42,000Kbit/s)
* 4G (WiMAX) – up to 100Mbit/s (100,000Kbit/s), with target up to 1Gbit/s (1,000,000Kbit/s) in future development

The generous upload/download speed of the latest 4G broadband has proved to be pivotal in many aspects of life especially when the Internet and our daily lives are almost inseparable nowadays. Fast mobile broadband speed shorten download speeds for photos, videos and large files when we are accessing the Internet on the move, for leisure or work. We can download a favorite song, picture, or video in seconds, not anymore in minutes, and it will certainly be a pleasure to watch live streaming video on 4G mobile broadband too.

Different mobile network operators offer varies mobile broadband packages at varying speeds, data limits, coverage areas and prices. Therefore we should look into these details when choosing the best mobile broadband packages from different carriers.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Making sense of Microsoft Services' offerings

After 10 hours of meetings with Microsoft Services this past week, I can share with you the big picture in terms of how Microsoft supports its customers, which include everyone from governments all the way down to my own family.


With IE9, Microsoft gambles on HTML5, H.264 video

Earlier this month, Microsoft issued its second developer-oriented preview release of Internet Explorer 9.0. You can take it out for a test-drive or see the demos on the test site, which displays performance enhancements, HTML5 interoperability (causing a bit of a stir), and graphical demonstrations.


Microsoft warns of bug in 64-bit Windows 7

Microsoft has warned users of a vulnerability in the 64-bit versions of Wndows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 that could be used to hijack systems.

The bug is in Windows' Canonical Display Driver, which blends the operating system's primary graphics interface, dubbed Graphics Device Interface (GDI), and DirectX to compose the desktop.


Microsoft smacks patch-blocking rootkit second time

For the second month in a row, Microsoft has tried to eradicate a mutating rootkit that has blocked some Windows users from installing security updates.


Procrastinating on Windows 7 upgrade could be costly

Not everyone is interested in upgrading to Windows 7 -- at least not right away. Computerworld 's survey respondents who said they have no plans to upgrade reported that they just don't anticipate enough benefit, particularly in these tough economic times, to warrant the cost of migration.


Four-year-old rootkit tops the charts of PC threats

Four-year-old rootkit tops the charts of PC threats

Microsoft just released its May Threat Report, and the results should give you pause.


IT gives Windows 7 the green light

Jim Thomas said no to Windows Vista -- but Windows 7 is an entirely different matter.

Thomas, CIO at Pella, says his IT team began beta-testing Vista's successor a year ago as an upgrade path from Windows XP. By October, just two months after Windows 7 launched, the Pella, Iowa-based window and door manufacturer had 225 Windows 7 clients up and running -- and the feedback from both the IT staff and end users has been generally positive.


Windows Phone 7 details continue to surface

Information about Microsoft's Windows Phone 7, and on two smartphones using it, continues to emerge, some of it gleaned from hacking, demonstrations, and from the growing experience of developers exploring the radically revamped mobile OS.


Why Windows 7 'slate' tablets won't happen

Remember all the buzz around Hewlett-Packard's Slate, a Windows 7-based tablet that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer featured in a keynote presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show in January? It was Microsoft's shot across Apple's bow, meant to show Microsoft wasn't ceding the tablet market to the then-unreleased iPad.


Top 10 Office 2010 features for business

Although much of the hype around Office 2010 has focused on how the product integrates with other Microsoft technologies such as SharePoint 2010 and Windows 7, most users won't care about those capabilities until after making the leap to Office 2010 itself. Their main concern comes down to what Office 2010 can do for a user right out of the box.


Outlook 2010's half-baked social networking tool

Among my LinkedIn information, my Twitter feed (@JPBruzzese), my Facebook site, and the other social and business networks that I use, a person could really catch up on all I've been up to -- if they only knew where to look. Conversely, I could get a snapshot of another person's comings and goings by peering into the same social and business networks. But it would be much easier if I could peruse the gambit of networks a person is posting to through one tool.


Review: Apple's Mac Mini server ideal for small offices

When Apple announced the server edition of its popular Mac Mini late in October, I was excited that the company was finally offering a low-cost small-business server at a terrific price point ($999) for both the hardware and an unlimited license of Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server.


Apple sets March 27 deadline for first iPad apps

Most iPad developers may not yet have touched the actual device, but that doesn't mean they haven't been busy working away on software for Apple's newest invention. But, according to an email obtained by Macworld, if you want your iPad application to have a chance of being in the App Store for the iPad's arrival, you'd better have it ready for Apple's review by March 27.


5 surprises when you bring Macs into the office

More and more employees wish their companies would give them Macs. After all, Macs are powerful, sleek-looking machines that also run iTunes and Guitar Hero.

Yet bringing Macs into work can bring up a few surprises for IT. Just ask Tom Kelly of Healthcare IP Partners, a 60-employee technology service provider for hospitals. He led a sweeping effort to bring Macs into a Windows-only enterprise a couple of years ago.


Apple releases Mac OS X 10.6.3

Apple on Monday morning released Mac OS X 10.6.3, the latest update to Mac OS X Snow Leopard. The update is recommended for all users of Snow Leopard, and brings a number of fixes, improvements, and security patches. The update's size may vary depending on the configuration of your Mac.


Elan asks trade agency to ban Apple iPad imports

A touchpad manufacturer that last year sued Apple for patent infringement filed a complaint Monday with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), asking it to ban imports of Apple products, including the iPad and iPhone.


InfoWorld review: Apple iPad surprises, disappoints

So you've probably heard about the iPad. Apple is once again making headlines with the release of a consumer-focused computing device, and the level of hysteria surrounding the iPad is fascinating from an anthropological point of view. But is the iPad really worthy of this craziness? Yes and no.


Users experiencing iPad technical issues

Mere days after the iPad's door-busting debut, some users are already experiencing technical difficulties with their magical tablet. Loads of angry cries regarding spotty Wi-Fi reception and troublesome USB connections have filled the Apple support forums, and


iPad apps for the system admin

If you hadn't heard, the iPad has finally arrived. Although I wasn't completely blown away by the device (see "InfoWorld review: iPad surprises, disappoints"), I'm sure it's going to be a major part of the new age of technology, and I'll be using it daily. Unfortunately, it doesn't run a general-purpose operating system, which is limiting to some degree, especially for those who want to be able to color outside the lines.


Apple's iPad: Was it magical for you, too?

Has the Apple iPad changed your life? I know it has mine. Not that I own one ... yet. It's just that I cannot seem to avoid reading about how "magical" and "revolutionary" it is.


My week with an iPad

When I wrote my review of the iPad last week, I'd had the tablet for only a day or so. It was enough time to evaluate the look, feel, and overall operation. But you don't really get to know a piece of gear like the iPad without spending some time with it.


Apple updates MacBook Pro family with i5, i7 processors

Apple has updated the 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models with Intel's Core i5 and i7 processors, which will include two integrated graphics processors to improve the laptops' battery life and performance.

Apple users can pick between four standard models, three with a 15-inch display and one with a 17-inch display, according to the company's online store. The least expensive option is the 15-inch model with a 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 for $1,799. The high-end 15-inch model has a 2.66GHz Intel Core i7 and costs $2,199.


Update: Apple's second quarter profit jumps 90 percent

Boosted by an increase in iPhone and Mac shipments, Apple reported a 90 percent increase in quarterly profits Tuesday.

The company reported net profit of $3.07 billion for the quarter ended on March 27, which compares to profits of $1.62 billion from the same quarter a year ago. The company reported earnings per share of $3.33, which beat expectations of $2.45 from analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.


InfoWorld review: Free remote access tools for Windows and Mac

For anyone whose work follows them wherever they go (and whose doesn't?), a remote access solution is an easy sell. With a remote access tool, your office computer can be reached from home, your home computer can be reached from the office, and both can be reached from your hotel in Omaha or Maui or wherever you happen to be. Remote access means nothing ever gets left behind -- except maybe your laptop.


Apple comes down hard on iPhone leakers

What do you do when one of your employees takes your company's top-secret prototype and leaves it behind in a beer garden, only to have it end up in the hands of a gadget blog? Call in the authorities and let them play the heavy.


Apple's iPhone, iPad, et al.: The triumph of toy technology?

Lately, as I've watched numerous people fiddle on their trendy Apple devices, playing games on them, even, I've been wondering if Apple actually could pass for a toy company more than a computer technology company.


10 Mac business apps worth checking out

Congratulations, Mac-based freelancer or business owner! Maybe you're just starting out on your entrepreneurial journey or perhaps you're gearing up to take things to the next level. Either way, if you're already feeling overwhelmed by a seemingly endless to-do list that you have yet to actually jot down, these 10 great business apps and plug-ins could be just what you need to tackle the tasks at hand.


Openness may decide outcome of Google-Apple war

Openness may decide outcome of Google-Apple war

The war between Apple and Google is heating up on many fronts, the most prominent being the smartphone arena, with Android taking on iPhone.


Two years later, Apple still won't fix Safari hole

Two years after fixing a security bug in the Windows version of its Safari browser, Apple apparently has decided that Mac users can go without a fix.


Oracle answers VMware SpringSource acquisition with new WebLogic tools

Oracle has taken up a drumbeat similar to something that VMware has been preaching for many years: the idea that virtualization will eventually make today's complex operating system obsolete.


Lawson backs private clouds with products, services

Lawson Software announced a number of services and products Monday for running its software in a private cloud environment, following up on its recent move to support its ERP software on Amazon's public Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).


Enterprise Java developers get cloud access

Developers will be able to run enterprise Java applications on the cloud platform through an initiative being announced on Tuesday.

Called VMforce, the platform leverages's cloud, VMware virtualization, and VMware's SpringSource wares for Java application development and deployment. VMware acquired SpringSource, maker of the popular Spring Framework for Java development, last year.


Microsoft guide helps with the design of dynamic data centers

It's been a few weeks since the first public draft of Microsoft's new Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for the Dynamic Data Center was made available. The beta for this guide has now closed and the final release has been made available to the public.

This 46-page dynamic data center blueprint focuses on design recommendations for several aspects of the infrastructure, including the hosts, storage, and network considerations, as well as the management software.


Red Hat drops Xen in favor of KVM in RHEL 6

In the world of virtualization and hypervisors, VMware has been and still remains the top dog in the virtual food chain.  But in the open source community, Xen has been the de facto standard for hypervisor technology for quite some time.


Startup introduces open source IaaS software

This was a busy week for The company came out of stealth mode, changed its name from VMOps to, raised an $11 million Series B round of funding with a new lead investor Index Ventures, and launched a new solution called CloudStack, which is described as a comprehensive open source software solution that accelerates the deployment, management, and configuration of multitier and multitenant private and public cloud services for enterprises and service providers.


Michael Capellas to lead Acadia data center joint venture

EMC and Cisco have tapped former Compaq Computer CEO Michael Capellas to head their Acadia services joint venture, the companies said Thursday.


Microsoft changes SQL Server 2008 R2 virtualization licensing

In the complex and frustrating world of virtualization licensing, Microsoft has had its ups and downs and caused its fair share of IT aggravation. Licensing Microsoft products in a physical world has often been seen as an overly complicated affair, and virtualization certainly doesn't make that process any easier.


EMC announces VPLEX private-cloud appliance

BOSTON -- EMC today announced at its annual user conference here a private cloud appliance that allows synchronous replication between storage arrays up to 100km apart, including the applications and virtual machines associated with them.


Microsoft downplays benefits of VDI

While a virtualized desktop infrastructure (VDI) may promise some advantages for the enterprise, the approach is still more expensive and less responsive than standard desktop PC deployments, contends a Microsoft executive in a blog entry Monday.


Microsoft offers administrators three free Hyper-V virtualization tools

As the virtualization wars continue, hypervisor platform vendors are looking for every opportunity to make their virtualization platform stand out among the rest. One way is by expanding product support with additional application stacks.


VMware: Media overplaying our role in EMC-Cisco partnership

The significance of VMware's role in a three-way partnership with Cisco Systems and EMC has been overblown by the media, a senior VMware executive said, reaffirming the company's intention to remain neutral amidst competition between top hardware makers.


Citrix fires up desktop virtualization

At the Citrix Synergy show in San Francisco, the announcement of Citrix XenClient rocked the brave, new world of desktop virtualization. With XenClient, Citrix has beaten virtualization leader VMware to the punch with a client hypervisor, available today for download in a "test kit" version.


Citrix launches new XenServer release, gains server virtualization market share

At the Citrix Synergy show that took place in San Francisco last week, Citrix announced a new version of the company's server virtualization platform, XenServer 5.6.  The hypervisor technology is the foundation for many Citrix desktop virtualization projects, as well as a growing number of data center and cloud services offerings.


InfoWorld review: Virtualization for development and test

As virtualization continues its fast run at transforming IT, many organizations are starting to employ the technology to create and manage transiently configured systems. These systems are typically assembled for a one-off project and torn down at project end. Virtualization is an almost perfect match for this need. IT organizations that employ virtualization for temporary systems rely on software packages called virtual lab managers, or just lab managers for short.


VMworld 2010: Will it be a virtualization show or a cloud show?

VMworld 2010 is right around the corner, kicking off on Aug. 30, and coming back to the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The show, now in its seventh year, has been considered the premiere virtualization trade show by many in the industry even though it is owned and operated by one sole vendor, VMware.


Oracle unleashes Version 3.2.0 of VirtualBox

As Oracle continues to digest and dissect the virtualization acquisitions that it's made, it's clear that VirtualBox has now officially escaped the chopping block Oracle has continued to develop and introduce significant new features and improvements to the virtualization platform, and the company announced a new version last week: Version 3.2.0.


Open vSwitch releases 1.0.0 open source, multilayer virtual switch

When we talk about server virtualization, we often mention the resources behind the technology, such as the memory, CPU, and disk. We do so because at least one of these resources will ultimately become the bottleneck somewhere down the road on our path to consolidation. But what about the network? Remember the network -- that thing that everyone used to point the finger at and assign blame to when something went wrong in the data center?


BMC Software to add more SaaS products to lineup

BMC Software is planning to offer more versions of its software in the SaaS (software as a service) model in the next 12 months, as it is seeing growing customer demand for these services, an executive of the company said.


Google App Engine gains developer interest in battle with EC2, Azure

While the Google App Engine cloud platform has trailed Amazon and Microsoft clouds in usage, it is nonetheless gaining traction among developers. That interest was bolstered by Google's recent extension to its cloud, dubbed Google App Engine for Business, which is intended to make the cloud more palatable to enterprises by adding components such as service-level agreements and a business-scale management console.


Our 'human "infected with computer chip virus"' story

Our story about the scientist who said he had become the first human to be infected with a computer virus provoked strong reactions. It was certainly a crowd-puller, with hundreds of thousands of you reading the story or watching the video interview with Dr Mark Gasson.

But it also provoked plenty of derision - from e-mailers, from the online news site The Register, from the respected security blogger Graham Cluley, and even from the archbishop of Bad Science himself, Ben Goldacre.

While I accept that I should have adopted a more sceptical tone - and stressed more clearly that any threat to implanted medical devices was decades away - I think the story was worth doing. Why? Because a world where more of us have computing devices inside our bodies is not science fiction and is bound to throw up interesting ethical and security questions.

I asked Dr Mark Gasson to respond to some of the criticism in his own words. Here is what he had to say:

"In our research we are exploring from a multi-disciplinary perspective the potential and risks of implanted devices. The research here has used a vulnerability in the technology to allow an engineered computer virus to propagate via an implant.

The aim, in part, is to put a milestone in the development of implantable technology and to highlight the potential security risks of the future. Indeed poorly considered security in medical devices is becoming well documented in the literature (D. Halperin, et al. 'Security and privacy for implantable medical devices,' IEEE Pervasive Computing, vol. 7(1), 2008, pp. 30-39.) and healthy people implanting potentially vulnerable technology is also becoming more common (e.g. A. Graafstra, 'Hands on,' IEEE Spectrum, vol. 44(3), 2007, pp. 18-23).

New applications will also surely appear as these two aspects merge. We are also interested in the philosophical questions surrounding what we perceive to be our own body's boundaries. It is known that some people with invasive medical implants over time consider them to actually be part of their body. In this context we can and should talk of computer viruses infecting the person. By actually having an implant, this very interesting and complex phenomenon can be explored, and contributes to the growing academic discussion. Results of this study are to be published in the peer-reviewed IEEE ISTAS conference next month."


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Will Google buy Salesforce next?

Google's valuation now stands at $124 billion. How big is that? For reference, IBM is worth $173 billion. Once the big, friendly St.


Google's new Predictive API gives cloud developers a big boost

Google I/O last week left us with Google TV and IT-oriented Android OS news, but it was the release of the new APIs that interested me the most. Google clearly has its black belt in API development, and the current bunch of APIs continues that trend.


Security forecast: High chance of 'shadow' clouds

If you think "cloud networks" and "cloud services" are just buzzwords or another set of technologies destined for extinction, think again: The cloud is here to stay. In the future, your company will subscribe to one or more cloud products -- if it hasn't already.


Six common misconceptions about cloud apps

Cloud computing is all the rage in the IT industry these days, but there's still plenty of confusion about how cloud applications work and what kind of long-term impact they will have on business technology.

In this article we'll take a look at six common misconceptions IT pros and users have about cloud apps, related to performance, security, management, cost and the long-term effect on IT staffing.


Is a and Google marriage in the works?

InfoWorld's editor Eric Knorr asked the question on everyone's mind: Will Google buy Salesforce next? He makes a good point in his blog post: