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  • U.S. Senate: It's cool to jam cell phones in prisons

    U.S. Senate: It's cool to jam cell phones in prisons

    Oh, U.S. Senate. Just when we thought you had turned your collective attention to the plethora of incredibly important issues to tackle (read: healthcare, 2 wars, global warming, education, etc), you go and pass the Safe Prisons Communications Act of 2009. Read More

  • Atlassian JIRA 4.0 Released: OpenSocial Comes To Enterprise

    Atlassian JIRA 4.0 Released: OpenSocial Comes To Enterprise

    JIRA, a product from Atlassian, began its life as a simple alternate bug-tracker, and has since evolved into a popular and robust product and issue management tool. JIRA 4.0, to be released tomorrow, has made several enhancements and additions including an improved dashboard, JIRA Query Language (JQL) for enhanced search features, and activity streams. The most notable new feature is the… Read More

  • Free Parking: Black Hat conference attacks electronic parking meters

    Free Parking: Black Hat conference attacks electronic parking meters

    As we move farther and farther into the digital age, we begin to see some serious problems with an all-digital lifestyle. Take parking meters, for example. As much as a pain as it is to root under your car seat looking for loose change to feed the meter, there aren't too many ways to avoid actually putting money into a traditional meter. (Or maybe there are. I haven't bothered to investigate… Read More

  • AP's rights management DRM explained

    AP's rights management DRM explained

    There has been some talk about the Associated Press’ new system, called hNews for some reason, for protecting its precious copywritten materials from bloggers, pirates and pederasts. The system will include a DRM system that will make sure you can’t cut and paste data from a browser to a blog post, thereby ensuring that no one can steal the AP’s valuable, value-added content. As… Read More

  • Intel Set To Acquire Wind River Systems For Approximately $884 Million

    Intel Set To Acquire Wind River Systems For Approximately $884 Million

    Intel said today that it plans to acquire Wind River Systems, maker of software for embedded devices - think smartphones, other consumer electronics devices, in-car "info-tainment" systems, networking equipment and the likes- in a deal valued at approx. $884 million (or all outstanding Wind River common stock for $11.50 per share in cash). With the move, Intel aims to grow its processor and… Read More

  • TellMe Rolls Out Better Speech Recognition And An Almost-Sexy New Voice Called Zira

    TellMe Rolls Out Better Speech Recognition And An Almost-Sexy New Voice Called Zira

    TellMe, which Microsoft bought two years ago, is rolling out an upgrade to its call center automation software which should improve its speech recognition rates. It is also adding Global Crossing as partner for reselling its VoiP carrier service, along with AT&T and Verizon. TellMe handles 2.5 billion calls a year for customers such as American Airlines and ETrade, all on-demand. Even a… Read More

  • Big Blue Takes Its Software To The Tracks

    Big Blue Takes Its Software To The Tracks

    IBM is moving into the transportation industry by helping railway companies operate their trains and infrastructure. In particular, IBM is helping develop high-speed rail networks globally, and released a study called the “The Smarter Railroad,” highlighting how emerging technologies will help rail companies better instrument and manage rail networks. According to the report, the top… Read More

  • Silicon Graphics Declares Bankruptcy and Sells Itself For $25 Million

    Silicon Graphics Declares Bankruptcy and Sells Itself For $25 Million

    Sadly, this is no April Fool’s joke. Silicon Graphics, the high-end computer computer workstation and server company founded by Jim Clark in 1982, today declared bankruptcy and sold itself to Rackable Systems for $25 million plus the assumption of “certain liabilities.” In its bankruptcy filing, SGI listed debt of $526 million. A decade ago, SGI’s revenues peaked at about… Read More

  • The iPhone OS 3.0 Announcement Final Scorecard

    The iPhone OS 3.0 Announcement Final Scorecard

    The iPhone 3.0 Announcement has come to an (abrupt) end. So how did Apple fare according to our Scorecard? Well, as you can see there is still room for improvement, but slighty better than expected – 75 out of 120 possible points. Here is the specific point breakdown: Read More

  • SXSW panel: Don't worry, kids, the news business isn't going to die

    SXSW panel: Don't worry, kids, the news business isn't going to die

    Even though we're losing newspapers left and right in the U.S., people ought not be afraid for the future of news, journalism, etc. So says Steven Johnson, author of, among other things, The Invention of Air. Johnson, speaking at a panel at SXSWi, tried to allay the fears of every kid in journalism school—and those of us who recently graduated, lol!—by saying that people need only look… Read More