Infuzer Personal Assistant

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Infuzer has added Personal Assistant to its list of features. This new service enables electronic calendar owners to assign trusted individuals the ability to “Infuze” events directly into their electronic calendaring application. Personal Assistant gives calendar owners a powerful and efficient communication tool that bridges and integrates scheduling of both personal and professional activities, adding appointments and events directly into calendaring programs like Microsoft Outlook, Lotus Notes, and Palm Desktop Calendar.

Posted on: October 20, 2005 9:00 am

From Microsoft to Eclipse

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Microsoft has lost one of its high-profile hires to an open-source consortium. Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation, announced that Ward Cunningham is leaving Microsoft to join the staff of the open-source tool consortium. Cunningham’s new title is Director of Committer Community Development. Cunningham, the father of the Wiki concept, joined Microsoft about two years ago.

Posted on: October 19, 2005 9:00 am

Add2Exchange for Contacts

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Add2Exchange for Contacts is an Exchange Add-on, Outlook contact synchronization solution which synchronizes any combination of Outlook contacts–private (mailbox) and public (group). For mobility: Add2Exchange for Contacts will sync public and private contacts to Outlook on most PDAs, Smartphones, BlackBerry handhelds (cradled/wireless), and Outlook Web Access. In addition, users can replicate new contacts 4-ways and synchronize edits of contacts 8-ways. A perfect solution for enterprise Outlook contact management, Add2Exchange for Contacts is installed solely on the Exchange server or file server and the user has the opportunity to build as many contact folder relationships as needed.

Posted on: October 19, 2005 9:00 am

Windows patch backfires

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Security-conscious Windows users who tweaked the operating system to protect their PCs better are getting hit hardest by a flawed Microsoft patch. Microsoft has acknowledged that a patch released last week can cause trouble for some users. It could lock them out of their PC, prevent the Windows Firewall from starting, block certain applications from running or installing, and empty the network connections folder.

Posted on: October 19, 2005 9:00 am

Schoolhouse blogs

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As blogging enters the classroom and takes its place alongside reading, writing and ‘rithmetic, adult Web surfers have the chance to relive the trials and tribulations of the wonder years. Students in Clarence Fisher’s combined seventh- and eighth-grade class at Joseph H. Kerr School in Snow Lake, Manitoba, and in Hillary Meeler’s fifth grade class at J.H. House Elementary in the Atlanta suburb of Conyers serve up entries that can amuse, charm and captivate with their simplicity and candidness.

Posted on: October 19, 2005 9:00 am

New IE, Media Player features in Vista

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Microsoft is poised to release to testers the second Community Technology Preview (CTP) release of Windows Vista, paving the way for a second full-fledged beta, which is now expected in December. Among the new features which could find their way into the updated build are a number of Internet Explorer 7.0 enhancements, the resurrected “Sidebar” task pane, Windows Media Player 11.0, and new networking functionality.

Posted on: October 19, 2005 9:00 am

Nigeria enlists Microsoft against spam

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Microsoft is planning to work with the Nigerian government to help track down and prosecute criminals involved in email scams and other Internet-based fraud originating from the African country. Microsoft will provide technical expertise, training, and other security resources to Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, which is tasked with fighting cybercrime in the country. Nigeria was initially slow to respond to the problem of “419″ email scammers operating in the country, who were duping unsuspecting Internet users out of thousands of pounds by promising a share of the secret multimillion-pound fortune of a deposed African dictator.

Posted on: October 18, 2005 9:00 am

Win2k exploits raise attack fears

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Fears of a network worm attack targeting unpatched Windows 2000 systems heightened on Thursday with news that private security researchers have already reverse-engineered Microsoft’s critical MS05-051 update to create proof-of-concept exploits. The MS05-051 bulletin, which shipped as part of Microsoft’s October batch of patches, includes fixes for four different Windows flaws, one of which is considered a major worm hole in the enterprise-heavy Windows 2000 operating system. That bug, an unchecked buffer in the MSDTC (Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator), could be exploited by a remote unauthenticated user to take complete control of an unpatched system.

Posted on: October 18, 2005 9:00 am

Samsung to pay $300 million fine

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The international conspiracy to fix memory prices uncovered in 2002 was real after all. Samsung, the world’s biggest memory maker, has agreed to pay $300 million and plead guilty for conspiring with others to fix prices on Dynamic Random Access Memory, or DRAM, the most common form of memory found in computers. Hynix, another South Korean memory manufacturer, earlier pleaded guilty and paid a $185 million fine. Germany’s Infineon Technologies also admitted to DRAM price fixing and paid a fine, although other defendants remain. Samsung’s fine is the second-largest criminal antitrust fine in U.S. history and the largest criminal fine since 1999.

Posted on: October 18, 2005 9:00 am

Broadband subscriptions slow

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Broadband subscriber growth started to slow in 2005, according to a new study from Kagan Research. The Monterey, Calif.-based research firm forecasts 9.3 million net new broadband subscribers in 2005–down from the 9.5 million in 2004. That figure is seen dropping off to 8.1 million net new users in 2006 with continued decreases thereafter. For 2009, Kagan forecasts 5.6 million net new broadband subscribers for a total of 72.4 million.

Posted on: October 18, 2005 9:00 am