Archive for November 6, 2007

Google announced the formation of an “open phone” coalition, with the goal of developing an operating system for the so-called Google Phone.

The new operating system, geared specifically for cellphones, will be used to showcase and promote Google’s ever-growing panoply of services.

The “open phone” coalition will include Sprint, HTC, LG, Motorola, Samsung and Japanese wireless provider NTT DoCoMo, Sprint, NEXTEL, Kiddi Corp., China Mobile Communication Corp and more. Together they’ll work cooperatively on a new Linux-based Google mobile OS overlaid with Java.

Yahoo! has launched its social network, Kickstart, aimed at college students, alumni, and recruiters. Yahoo says its Kickstart allows users to create a professional profile, browse company profiles and network with their peers, professors, alumni and potential employers.

Kickstart will enable students to connect with others in their situation, as well as with alumni and firms who may be able to help them along their career path. Users will be able to post a photograph along with a CV for others to view.

Red Hat has announced an agreement with Sun Microsystems to advance open source Java software. Red Hat has signed Sun’s broad contributor agreement that covers participation in all Sun-led open source projects by all Red Hat engineers.

In addition, Red Hat has signed Sun’s OpenJDK Community TCK License Agreement. This agreement gives the company access to the test suite that determines whether an implementation of the Java Platform Standard Edition (Java SE) platform that is derived from the OpenJDK project complies with the Java SE 6 specification.

NVIDIA announced the Enthusiast System Architecture or ESA for short. ESA is the new and exciting initiative to enable PC components to communicate operational information in real-time via internal USB ports to provide enthusiasts with unprecedented software control to manage the conditions within their high-end system.

ESA-certified PC Power & Cooling power supplies will support temperature, current, and voltage monitoring. This revolutionary open standard makes it possible for enthusiasts to supervise and tune characteristics that are not otherwise accessible allowing PC Power ESA PSUs to achieve better performance and an optimal thermal, electrical, and acoustic operating environment within the unit. The result is intelligently balanced performance and noise to obtain the quietest and most efficient system. Additionally, ESA provides a diagnostics tool to help identify the cause of system malfunction and can inevitably save the end-user and manufacturer time and money.

Symantec Corp. announced the worldwide availability of Managed Threat Analysis (MTA), a new service designed to provide custom protection and analysis of malware and other security risks to help enterprises defend against data theft.

The Managed Threat Analysis report will help businesses understand the implications and impact of the specific malware on their systems, outline a remediation strategy and tools to safely remove the threat, and document recommendations to mitigate future attacks and improve their overall security posture.

Dell to Pay $1.4 Billion for equallogic

Posted: November 6, 2007 in Tech

Dell Inc. said that it will pay about $1.4 billion in cash to acquire EqualLogic, a company that specializes in data-storage products for businesses.  EqualLogic, based in Nashua, N.H., develops data-storage product for storage-area networks common among data centers.

The purchase marks Dell’s largest-ever acquisition and expands its portfolio of technologies for storing the rapidly increasing amounts of digital information.

Research In Motion (RIM) announced the immediate availability of BlackBerry Professional Software – a new wireless communications and collaboration solution that tightly integrates with the industry leading email servers and is specifically designed and priced to meet the needs of small and medium-sized businesses.

BlackBerry Professional Software enables small and medium-sized businesses to enhance communications and collaboration with an enterprise-grade mobility solution – allowing user-friendly wireless access to email, organizer, Internet and intranet applications with advanced security – while addressing the desirefor an in-house solution that is affordable, simple to install and easy to manage.

AMD Powers Up AMD LIVE Home Media Server

Posted: November 6, 2007 in Tech

AMD announced the availability of home servers based on the AMD LIVE! Home Media Server solution. First to market is the HP MediaSmart Server, which is powered by AMD64 technology and Microsoft Windows Home Server software.

This new category of home media servers offers consumers a simple way to access, share and enjoy their PC files, digital photos, movies and music throughout the networked home and on the go.