Archive for December 19, 2007

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.

SAP AG announced that SAP for Public Sector solutions are helping the United Nations (UN) and international organizations operate more efficiently while improving delivery of stakeholder services and employee benefits. International organizations including the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations World Food Programme, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) all take advantage of SAP solutions to meet the unique and complex requirements that are a consequence of the global nature of their operations.

Featuring human capital management and payroll functionality based on UN employment and payroll practices, the SAP for Public Sector solution portfolio addresses a wide range of challenges unique to the UN and international organizations, including financial reporting transparency; tracking and management of donor contributions; logistical obstacles, such as large numbers of “field” employees with limited access to computers; an international employee base that crosses borders, currencies, and national rules and regulations; and the need to interact with a broad base of stakeholders ranging from the UN community to government, corporate, private or non-profit organizations.

Adobe reports improved profits

Posted: December 19, 2007 in Tech

Adobe Systems has come out with their latest revenue report and the company has reported that their fourth-quarter profit surged 21 percent.

Adobe reported net income in the most recent quarter at around $222.2 million, or 38 cents a share.

Adobe has released some major applications this year including Visual Communicator 3, LiveCycle Enterprise Suite, Creative Suite 3, and others.

Facebook gets application

Posted: December 19, 2007 in Tech has decided to launch its application on the Facebook social network to extend its services to the millions of users of Facebook.  The company is going to launch two new features this week which would let the users of both the services interact with each other.

One of the features would be: Little Black Book. This would link the members of Facebook with the daters.

They have also launched Match My Friends service which enables friends of a member to create a profile for him or her. Approval from the member would be needed of course.