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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-15   

Toyota is voluntarily recalling about 75,000 of its much-touted Prius hybrid sedans to fix a computer software glitch that could cause the car's gasoline engine to shut down.
 
The action, covering about half of the 2004 and 2005 gas-electric hybrids built so far, comes after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it will close an investigation into the problem that eventually resulted in 428 complaints. No accidents or injuries resulted.


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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-14   

TOKYO (AFP) - Toyota Motor has issued a recall for about 160,000 Prius cars sold mainly in the United States and Japan due to a potential software glitch that may cause sales of the gas-electronic hybrid to stall.
 
A spokesman said there were no safety concerns but Toyota had decided to offer repairs free of charge.

The problem may cause the gasoline engine to stall but the electrically-powered brake and steering operation would continue to function normally, he added.Read More...  

Posted by iTech on 2005-10-14       Article Source : Newsfactor.com

Businesses unhappy with software licensing agreements are making changes to their policies that reflect a desire for more flexibility from vendors, according to a recent survey involving 500 software industry executives.
 
The report also suggested that a majority of enterprises are lax when it comes to monitoring license compliance.

The study, conducted by the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA), the Centralized Electronic Licensing User Group (CELUG) and Macrovision, indicated that independent software vendors (ISVs) need to do a

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-14       Article Source : Reuters

Nortel Networks Corp. (Toronto:NT.TO - news) (NYSE:NT - news) said on Thursday it will further hone its focus on high-margin software to boost profits as its traditional telecom hardware faces increasing competition from low-cost rivals.
 
That software includes applications that let consumers make phone calls from their computer, for example, and middleware, the glue that links devices and applications to a network, or makes them work better.

Nortel, hosting an investor technology day on Thursday, said it is already

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-13       Article Source : AFP

A federal grand jury indicted three men on charges of music and software piracy in what the recording industry says is the largest CD manufacturing seizure in the United States, authorities said.
 
The US Attorney's Office in San Francisco said the indicted defendants were charged with infringing the US copyrights of more than 325,000 CDs containing music and software.

"The allegations of massive piracy of music and software reflect the potential loss of millions of dollars to the artists

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-13   

SAP AG on Wednesday unveiled packages of preconfigured software and services that cover 28 business processes for midsize companies in a variety of industries.
 
Called SAP Best Practices, the offerings cover businesses in industries ranging from retail and utilities to the public sector. The latest offerings include new software tools designed to help achieve faster implementation, while providing flexibility, the German software maker said.

The packages are geared toward providing key business processes "out of the box," SAP officials

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-13   

Apple on Wednesday released QuickTime 7.0.3, an update to their core multimedia software. The 34MB update can be downloaded from Apple’s Web site and is also available from the Software Update system preference panel.
 
The new update “delivers several important bug fixes, primarily in the areas of streaming and H.264 video,” according to Apple, which recommends it highly for all QuickTime 7 users.


What’s more, users who have installed QuickTime 7 Pro — the US$29 upgrade to QuickTime

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-13   

BEA Systems has agreed to acquire ConnecTerra, a software developer focused on RFID technology.

The deal is expected to broaden BEA's infrastructure software to integrate RFID for customers that want to integrate data-capture capabilities across their business units, applications, and processes.

Founded in 2001, ConnecTerra is considered a pioneering provider of RFID infrastructure software. The company has more than 25 major customers in the retail, packaged goods, and transportation sectors.

The company also has played a lead role in shaping

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-13       Article Source : InfoWorld

Focusing on best practices in software development, IBM on Wednesday will propose donating a portion of the Rational Unified Process (RUP) to the open source Eclipse Foundation.
 
Roughly 15 percent of RUP content is to be offered to Eclipse in the form of HTML pages. Specifically, IBM will submit materials pertaining to basic guidance for software development.

To be contributed as part of an effort called Project Beacon, the RUP content will become known as the Eclipse Process Framework

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-12       Article Source : IDG News Service

Microsoft has released nine security updates for vulnerabilities in its software products, including three critical fixes for Windows and Internet Explorer. Among the updates is a patch for bugs in two separate components of the Windows operating system that security researchers believe could be exploited by attackers in much the same way that the Zotob family of worms were used two months ago.

The software patches, called updates in Microsoft parlance, were released Tuesday as part of the Redmond, Washington, company's monthly security

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-12   

NEW DELHI - India's second-largest software exporter, Infosys Technologies Ltd., said Tuesday its profit for the July-September quarter rose 36 percent from a year earlier to $137.7 million and raised its earnings estimates for the full year.
 
The company, which has 450 clients and mostly does subcontract work for Western companies — from software engineering to back-office work — attributed its performance to greater demand for outsourcing services and a weak rupee.

The Bangalore-based company's earnings beat market expectations

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-12       Article Source : Bpm-today.com

Enterprise modeling software and services firm Proforma has announced the latest release of its ProVision suite, targeted at bringing business and I.T. together to model, analyze, and improve strategy, processes, systems, and technology.
 
ProVision 5.0 is the largest release the company has ever done, according to Douglas Emig, Proforma business development manager. After 18 months in development, the suite has brought several new enterprise architecture components to link into its business-process management (BPM) capability.

"We've always been a BPM

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-12   

BOMBAY, India - India's biggest software company Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. said Tuesday its profit more than doubled in the second quarter on higher outsourcing orders from its key North American and European markets.
 
In the quarter ended Sept. 30, profit surged to 6.93 billion rupees ($154 million) from 3.23 billion rupees ($77 million) in the same period a year ago.

TCS posted a 21.85 percent rise in revenue to 29.82 billion rupees ($662 million) during the July-September quarter,

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-12       Article Source : InfoWorld

Nokia launched a new family of developer tools in an effort to unify all of its programming software.
 
The Carbide c++ brand will include a variety of tools aimed at different types of developers, including professional Symbian OS developers, developers for the Nokia Series 60 and UIQ platforms, and entry-level developers. Nokia also launched a support program called Forum Nokia Pro Symbian Zone for companies that develop applications for the Symbian OS. The program offers developers reference material and early

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-12       Article Source : IDG News Service

F-Secure has announced its Mobile Antivirus software will be available for Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system.

"It seems to be an operating system with an ever-growing popularity," said Antti Vihavainen, F-Secure's vice president for mobile security.


The company also released another new product, Mobile Security, that has a mobile firewall and antivirus protection for Symbian Series 80 users. The Windows Mobile operating system, updated during the summer, runs on handhelds and selected smart phones.

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