Archive for December, 2007

Palm Posts Quarterly Loss

Posted: December 20, 2007 in Tech

Palm Inc. reported a second quarter loss of $9.6 million, or 9 cents a share, compared to the year-ago quarter’s net income of $12.8 million, or 12 cents a share.

Palm Inc. further said that they expect to lose $30 million to $33 million, or 31 to 33 cents per share, on revenue of $310 million to $320 million in the current quarter.

Symantec Readies Norton 360 Update

Posted: December 20, 2007 in Tech

Symantec announced that they are soon going to make available the test edition of their upcoming Norton 360 Version 2 release.

Symantec said that the updated version would include new Web security and identity-theft protection features.  It will also come with a “smart firewall” that will use behavior-based analysis techniques to identify emerging threats.

The new version would also be able to back up data to new types of devices such as iPods or Blu-ray drives.

Microsoft CRM 4.0 released

Posted: December 20, 2007 in Tech

The new version of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, formerly code-named “Titan,” has been completed and released to manufacturing. The new version is offered under two product names: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 for on-premise and partner-hosted deployments and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Live for Microsoft-hosted deployment.

Designed with a single unified-code base for both on-premise and on-demand deployments, Microsoft Dynamics CRM enables customers to choose the right deployment model for their specific business and IT needs, with the flexibility to change deployment models over time if their needs or preferences change.

Some of the significant new benefits and capabilities of this new release include these:

-  An advanced multitenant architecture that supports multiple customers per server.
–  Extended global capabilities including user choice of more than 25 languages and pervasive support for multiple currencies.
–  New business intelligence capabilities including cross-entity views and an end-user ad hoc reporting wizard.
–  Advanced business process automation based on Microsoft Windows Workflow Foundation.
–  New collaboration capabilities with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 including real-time presence indicators within the CRM application.

OpenOffice Online beta launched

Posted: December 20, 2007 in Tech

The OpenOffice.org Project has announced the immediate availability of its version 1.1 Beta. This release incorporates many new features and changes introduced with the developer builds over the past year. New functionality includes:

(1) additional import/export formats like PDF, Macromedia Flash, DocBook, several PDA Office file formats, flat XML and XHTML;

(2) support for Complex Text Layout (CTL) and vertical writing languages, such as Thai, Hindi, Arabic, Hebrew;

(3) enhanced integration with Java, with up to 10 times better performance;

(4) support for Accessibility throughout the entire suite;

(5) support for add-on components;

(6) initial support for recovering damaged OOo files;

(7) support for a new data source type [MySQL];

(8) improved online help.

Intel Corporation has released a software initiator package to drive the development of Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) solutions for the Linux operating system. FCoE is a proposed specification that will allow Fibre Channel SAN traffic to run over Ethernet. By consolidating LAN and SAN traffic onto a single fabric, FCoE will simplify network infrastructure in the datacenter.

The FCoE software package is now available for download at http://www.Open-FCoE.org and can be modified according to the terms of the GPLv2 license. As part of the package, Intel has included a target simulator, so Linux developers can test and modify the FCoE software stack. Open-FCoE.org is open to all FCoE developers for source code download, code contribution and feedback.

Merriam-Webster has declared the Word of the Year 2007 is w00t. Thousands participated in the search for Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year for 2007, and the vast majority chose a small word that packs a pretty big punch.

This year’s winning word first became popular in competitive online gaming forums as part of what is known as l33t (“leet,” or “elite”) speak—an esoteric computer hacker language in which numbers and symbols are put together to look like letters. Although the double “o” in the word is usually represented by double zeroes, the exclamation is also known to be an acronym for “we owned the other team”—again stemming from the gaming community.

w00t (interjection) – expressing joy (it could be after a triumph, or for no reason at all); similar in use to the word “yay”.

Apple has released another round of patches for the products. The company has made available patches to fix 41 vulnerabilities in Mac OS X.

The company has also updated the Safari web browser for the Windows platform.

Toshiba has announced that they are now joining a group headed by IBM to develop system chips using 32-nanometre circuitry.

The group includes other big names including Advanced Micro Devices, Samsung Electronics, Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing, Infineon Technologies and Freescale Semiconductor.

This new group has committed to work on their project through 2010 to design, develop and produce chips using tiny circuitry.