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Posted by inet on 2006-01-13       Article Source : eWeek

A new version of Net phone calling software from Skype Technologies SA, a division of online auction pioneer eBay Inc., has won over critics that found many problems with earlier iterations of the same software.
Skype 2.0 became available for the general public earlier this week. Improvements from earlier Skype releases include free video calling and the ability to sort contacts into groups like colleagues, friends and family. There's also mood messages that let fellow Skypers "know where you are

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Posted by inet on 2006-01-12   

SEATTLE - Apple Computer Inc. won't thwart users from loading Microsoft's Windows operating system onto its new Intel-based Macintosh computers — but don't expect Apple to start offering a Mac running Windows.
Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, said in an interview Tuesday that the company won't sell or support Windows itself, but also hasn't done anything to preclude people from loading Windows onto the machines themselves.

"That's fine with us. We don't mind," Schiller

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Posted by inet on 2006-01-11   

BOMBAY, India - U.S. business-software maker Oracle Corp. plans to add 1,400 employees to its sales, consulting and support operations in India as it focuses on expanding business among small and mid-sized companies in the country's towns and rural areas, a company executive said Tuesday.
Oracle already operates in six Indian cities and it plans to set up shop in nine more in the next eight months as it adds to its existing Indian work force of 8,600, said Derek

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Posted by iMark on 2006-01-08       Article Source : AP

SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc. is distributing a free software startup kit designed to make computing safer and easier — a generous gesture driven by the company's desire to steer technology offline as well as online.

The software bundle, unveiled Friday in Las Vegas during a speech by Google co-founder Larry Page, represents the Internet search engine leader's latest jab at industry kingpin Microsoft Corp.

The suite of programs is designed to make it easier to install and maintain basic applications

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Posted by iTech on 2006-01-07   

NEW YORK - Almost 2,000 people trying to qualify as stockbrokers were flunked in last 14 months because of a software error in a test program, the NASD said Friday.
The private-sector regulatory group, formerly the National Association of Securities Dealers, is notifying 1,882 individuals — about 10 percent of those who failed — that they actually passed.

About 30 percent of people who take the test fail on average, said NASD spokeswoman Nancy Condon.

The errors occurred

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Posted by inet on 2006-01-07       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

LAS VEGAS-- A broader plan for Microsoft's Windows Live services portal is slowly emerging, as a Microsoft spokesperson Thursday detailed the link between Microsoft's Internet-based services and its Windows Media Center Edition OS, intended to give users more access to content on their Media Center PCs.
At the International Consumer Electronics Show here, Adam Sohn, director of MSN public relations at Microsoft, outlined how two new Windows Live services link up with Windows Media Center PCs. The interactions allow users to

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Posted by iTech on 2006-01-05       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

Google plans to announce Friday a new service that will allow consumers to buy and download videos from its Web site, and a downloadable bundle of software applications, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, citing sources familiar with the matter.

"We aren't commenting on any new planned services," a Google spokesperson says. "All we're saying is that we have a number of exciting announcements that we will be make on Friday at the Consumer Electronics Show."

As part of a major upgrade

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Posted by iTech on 2006-01-04       Article Source : Reuters

Sling Media is expected to announce Thursday that consumers can use a wide range of mobile devices to watch their home television from anywhere in the world. The company is set to unveil new software that adds this capability to its Slingbox hardware product this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Sling Media co-founder and head of business development Jason Krikorian said support for mobile devices always has been part of the company's vision but that the

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Posted by iNext on 2006-01-03       Article Source : NewsFactor

A vulnerability has been discovered in Microsoft Windows that allows hackers to remotely access PCs and install malware through an imaging-handling technology in the operating system.
Microsoft acknowledged the release of exploit code that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code when someone visits a Web site that contains a specially crafted Windows Metafile (WMF) image. Security authority Secunia labeled the vulnerability "extremely critical."

Malicious Graphics Files

WMF images are graphical files that can

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Posted by inet on 2006-01-02       Article Source : TechWeb News

AskMeNow, a company that delivers text-message answers to questions on any topic Thursday will officially launch an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) technology into its service as a step closer to integrating voice recognitioncapabilities early in 2006.

The IVR system will allow customers to register for the AskMeNow service from their cell phone or mobile device. It also will speed information to users such as automated information for flight times, restaurants and hotels, directions, weather, stock quotes, sports and news.


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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-30       Article Source : PC Magazine

MagneticTime, an Irish audio company focused on user mobility, recently launched MT1, a software product that translates e-mails and Microsoft Word documents to audio files, for on-the-go access.
"I find business reading quite boring and when you have a large amount of e-mails coming in every day it can get a bit bewildering," said Richard O'Donnell, CEO for MagneticTime. "I was sitting on the plane trying to figure out how to use my iPod for access and that's when I

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-26       Article Source : NewsFactor

Windows Vista, the next version of Microsoft's Windows client operating system, will give users the ability to search for files by looking for information in the file's metadata tags. However, a report by I.T. research firm Gartner warned that allowing users to search for metadata tags in this manner could result in private information being inadvertently disclosed.
Metadata consists of "data about data." It is supplementary information about the author of a document, its various revisions, and any changes that

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-25       Article Source : Reuters

Europe's competition regulator threatened U.S. software giant Microsoft with daily fines on Thursday for failing to comply with antitrust sanctions a year after a top European Union court ruled it must obey.
The European Commission said it may fine Microsoft up to 2 million euros ($2.37 million) a day unless it complies with an order to provide key information to allow rivals' group servers to work with its ubiquitous Windows operating system.

"I have given Microsoft every opportunity to

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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-25       Article Source : AFP

Indian software major Wipro has announced it has bought US-based information technology firm mPower for 28 million dollars cash, its second foreign acquisition this week.
The deal comes on the heels of its purchase Monday of an Austria-based semiconductor design services firm for 56 million dollars and is part of a growing trend by Indian firms to buy foreign companies.

The US firm mPower has a development center in the southern Indian city of Chennai, which is a joint

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-22   

International Business Machines Corp. said Wednesday it agreed to acquire Micromuse Inc., which makes software that manages video and voice traffic on computer networks, for about $865 million in cash.
Under the definitive agreement, Armonk-based IBM is paying shareholders $10 for each Micromuse share, almost a 40 percent premium to its closing price of $7.21 on Tuesday. Micromuse shares surged $2.60, or 36 percent, to $9.81 in early trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market. The stock had previously traded in

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