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Posted by inet on 2006-05-02       Article Source : InfoWorld

Bob Bales and Roger Thompson hit it big with their last venture, antispyware company PestPatrol. Now the two have launched a new company. Their target: drive by downloads and zero day exploits, like the recent Windows Meta File (WMF). ADVERTISEMENT
The new company, Exploit Prevention Labs, will launch on Monday with a free beta version of the company's first product, SocketShield, which protects computers against exploitation by previously unknown (zero-day) attacks. After helping launch the antispyware market almost ten years ago,

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Posted by inet on 2006-05-02       Article Source : TechWeb News

Google Inc. on Thursday launched a free version of the 3D modeling software the search engine acquired when it bought @Last Software last month.
Google SketchUp, which is free for personal use, includes simple tools for creating 3D models of a variety of items, including houses, sheds, decks, home additions and woodworking projects. The software comes with a plug in for Google Earth, so items can be posted on the service, which provides satellite views of geographical locations.


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Posted by inet on 2006-04-30       Article Source : TechWeb News

Intuit Inc. expects to launch this week a fully-hosted software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform for large enterprises as an add-on to QuickBase for Corporate Workgroups, a company executive said.
Designed for enterprises with more than 100 employees, QuickBase for Corporations features directory-based lightweight directory access protocol (LDAP) authentication, password administration, added security controls and customization for QuickBase portal services, providing a familiar interface for those accessing company data on the Web.

Southwest Airlines Inc.'s migration to QuickBase for Corporations began in

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-29       Article Source : NewsFactor

Microsoft has given software pirates a little more to worry about, following the announcement this week that it has begun to widen the scope of its Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) program to include checks for the authenticity of Microsoft Office software. The company also has made changes to WGA to broaden the reach of its Windows XP verifications.
Currently in the pilot-testing phase, the new Office Genuine Advantage (OGA) service notifies Microsoft Office users whether their software fell off the

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-29       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

Researchers at Finland's University of Oulu have discovered multiple flaws in the software used for administering the Internet's DNS (domain name system).

Exploiting the vulnerabilities could "cause a variety of outcomes," including crashing the DNS server or possibly enabling attackers to run unauthorized software, according to an advisory that the U.K.'s National Infrastructure Security Co-ordination Centre posted today.

Oulu researchers have created a DNS test suite to use in testing for these vulnerabilities; and a number of DNS software providers, including Juniper

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-27       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

Seeking to repeat its success with the Centrino platform for notebook PCs, Intel said today it will launch vPro, a collection of hardware and software services based on its new Conroe processor for business desktops.

Conroe is the desktop version of the three new 64-bit, dual-core chips that Intel hopes will reverse its slide in market share compared with Advanced Micro Devices. Conroe is not due out until the third quarter, but Intel, of Santa Clara, California, announced vPro now to give vendors

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-24       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

A version of Adobe Systems' flagship Photoshop software that will run on Mac computers based on either the legacy PowerPC or new Intel platform will be available in the first half of next year, the company's CEO said Friday.

The software is one of the highest profile titles that has not yet been released in the Universal Binary format that Apple Computer is encouraging software makers to use. The format allows programs to run on both PowerPC and Intel-based Macintosh computers. The latest

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-23   

SAP AG and Microsoft Corp. will deliver the final beta version for Mendocino on April 28, just two months prior to the scheduled final release, the German software maker told TechWeb.

Mendocino, which brings together SAP's business applications and Microsoft's Office desktop productivity applications, will have embedded analytics by the end of this year. Data will appear in charts, bars and graphs. SAP expects to make public a product release timeline at the Orlando, Fla., Sapphire 2006 customer conference in May.
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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-22       Article Source : ExtremeTech

Meedio LLC, which designed the Meedio software application, sold the majority of its assets to Yahoo this week, the company said.
The Meedio application, however, will be discontinued, and the support center closed, according to a note Pablo Pissanetzky, the company's chief technical officer, posted to the company's web site. Meedio's Electronic Program Guode (EPG) will continue to function until July 1.

Som eof the company forums will remain indefinitely, but without official support from either Yahoo or the

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-22       Article Source : TechWeb News

Cognos Inc. on Wednesday said it has partnered with IBM and Google to connect their enterprise search engines with its business intelligence software in order to expand its use among corporate workers.
The companies' software is being linked through the Cognos Go Search Service, software that makes it possible for company employees using IBM Websphere Information Integrator OmniFind Edition and Google OneBox for Enterprise to search content within Cognos 8 Business Intelligence.

Despite the wealth of corporate information stored

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-21       Article Source : TechWeb News

Microsoft Corp. plans to release in the third quarter a software toolkit for testing whether applications running on older versions of Windows are compatible with Vista.

On Microsoft's TechNet site, the Redmond, Wash., software maker said version 5.0 of the Application Compatibility Toolkit would identify applications that can run on Vista and those that need further testing. The toolkit would also offer fixes.

New features include Vista-specific agents that would test for possible compatibility issues during deployments of service packs and

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Posted by iMark on 2006-04-20       Article Source : Microsoft Watch

Microsoft is still holding many specifics about Windows Vista — pricing among them — close to the vest. But Redmond's reticence to talk isn't stopping company watchers from speculating.
Goldman Sachs & Co. analyst Rick Sherlund issued a research note earlier this month, noting that Goldman is now figuring Microsoft could garner an extra $1.5 billion per year in revenues simply by persuading users to buy the premium Vista versions.

Microsoft announced earlier this year that it is readying

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-20       Article Source : InfoWorld

VersionOne is upgrading its platform for agile software development on Tuesday, adding improvements for managing defects and projects.
The spring 2006 edition of the company's V1: Agile Enterprise product provides an integrated planning and management platform for agile software development. The Web-based product is offered in either hosted or locally installed fashions and features a repository for storing and managing software development assets.

Agile processes feature short, iterative software development cycles as opposed to traditional, long processes.


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Posted by inet on 2006-04-17       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

Kaspersky Lab has released a beta version of mobile antivirus software for smart phones using the Symbian OS, it announced this week.
The product, called Kaspersky Anti-Virus Mobile 2.0, can stop suspicious programs before they infect the phone and scan devices for malicious software, the company said.

Kaspersky is one of many vendors pushing mobile antivirus products to market as malicious software increasingly targets those devices.

The company said its software is equipped to blocked suspect SMS (Short Message

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-16       Article Source : InformationWeek

Software engineers have the best jobs in America, according to a survey released Wednesday.

Placing second were college professors and administrators and third were financial advisors, as surveyed by Money magazine, published by Time Inc., and Salary.com, compensation experts based in Needham, Massachusetts.

The job of software engineer topped the list based on strong growth prospects, average pay of $80,500 and potential for creativity, the survey showed.

In second place, college professors, instructors and administrators reported the lowest number of work

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