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New TiVo HD DVR Tagged $500 Cheaper

TiVo will introduce a new DVR device in mid-August that will retail for $299, about $500 less than its higher-end Series 3 released last fall. In addition to being more affordable than its predecessor, the device, TiVo HD, will have the capability to replace the box through which users currently acc...

Report: Open Source Adopters Testing on Windows

Trick question: When taking a look at an open source content management application, companies chose to test that application using which operating system? If you guessed Microsoft Windows, you're right. That's according to the findings of a recent survey conducted by Alfresco Software. The company,...

Verizon Sidesteps Phone Import Ban

Mobile communications service provider Verizon Wireless and semiconductor maker Broadcom have announced a licensing agreement allowing Verizon to sell a group of mobile devices currently in legal dispute. Under the licensing terms, Verizon will pay Broadcom $200 million -- at increments of $6 per de...

Mozilla Relieves Firefox, Explorer Security Headache

Mozilla, maker of open source Web browser application Firefox, released a new version of the program that fixes a security issue stemming from an interaction between Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Firefox. Version 2.0.0.5 of Firefox was made available for download on Wednesday. The problem -- fir...

Sony BMG Takes Software Firm to Court Over Rootkit Fiasco

Sony BMG has filed a $12 million lawsuit against the Amergence Group, claiming that the company did not perform as expected in developing copyright protection software for music CDs. The suit comes after Sony refunded millions of dollars to consumers who complained about digital rights management so...

10 E-Commerce Events That Shook the Last 10 Years

In the e-commerce world, each day sees a revolution announced. Although not all purported revolutionary ideas and events are indeed so, some steps taken over the last decade of online activity have changed the way we live and work. The Software and Information Industry Association on Wednesday offer...

Street Cameras and Privacy Worries to Surround New Yorkers

Drivers have become accustomed to security cameras that catch a license plate number when someone violates a traffic law at toll booths and even stoplights. However, the lowly traffic camera is sparking a whole new debate in its role as part of the homeland security initiative that the New York Poli...

Thieves Test Credit Cards With ‘Gifts’ to Charities

Credit card and ID thieves are turning to charities to help them validate credit card numbers, says computer security company Symantec. The drill involves making a small donation to a non-profit to see if the transaction is successful, described Symantec security response engineer Yazan Gable in a c...

Kicking Around Open Source, Part 2: Warping Time With Podcasts

Remember back when the primary use for the VCR was recording television shows playing at one time to watch them at a more convenient hour? Time-shifting has long been a technique of gadget lovers, and open source software advocates are no exception. "Open source participants are spread around the wo...

Kicking Around Open Source, Part 1: Blog Hot Spots

Sure, you can walk into any big-box bookstore and see several shelves full of volumes about open source software. Likewise, the Web sites of Linux-related companies and organizations are chock-full of white papers and articles analyzing one or another's position on open source hot topics. However, t...

Sprint to Demanding Customers: ‘You’re Fired’

While wireless carriers are shuddering in the face of the iPhone's launch, Sprint Nextel has sent letters to some of its more demanding customers telling them, in effect, "you're fired." The number of customers let go is unknown, according to press reports, and Sprint did not return calls for commen...

Tech on the Run

Years ago, endurance athletes spent a big chunk of their training energy mapping routes, measuring distances and figuring paces. That's because the only way to determine how long and fast they were running or cycling was to drive the distance in the car to establish mileage and then time the workout...

Adobe Sweetens CS3 With Cross-Platform Tools

Adobe Systems released two suites of software that represent a major step for the company as it integrates its recent acquisitions. Among those acquisitions, Macromedia was by far the most important, said Melissa Webster, program vice president for content and digital media technologies with IDC. "T...

Homeland Security Not So Secure

U.S. Department of Homeland Security CIO Scott Charbo was in the hot seat Wednesday, testifying before a Congressional subcommittee on the hundreds of security breaches that have occurred at various areas within his organization in the last couple of years. Some reports pin the number around 800, an...

Citizen Google Launches Public Policy Blog

Google wants to go beyond discussing its latest tools and products with blog readers -- the search engine giant is eager to share its corporate viewpoint with public policy makers. The company launched a new blog this week to provide information and thought processes from inside Google headquarters ...

Ubuntu Founder: No Microsoft Deal

Ubuntu will not be joining the list of open source OS and productivity suits recently linked to MS through interoperability deals, said Ubuntu founder and Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth. "We have declined to discuss any agreement with Microsoft under the threat of unspecified patent infringements,"...

Tealeaf Puts Customer View on Agents’ Desktops

Last year, SAP spin-off company Tealeaf introduced software that allows call center agents and other customer service representatives to see what customers see through their Web browsers through an application called "cxReveal." Now, the company has announced an upgrade to that software that integra...

CRM Breaks Into Show Business

How can companies establish effective customer relationship management in the heat of battle? We're not talking about a military action; the conflict in this case exists between entertainment companies and their customers. "For the most part, the entertainment industry and its customers have been at...

Sun Doubles Capacity in New Blade Server Line

"Modular" and "virtualized" are now buzzwords of the enterprise server world, and Sun Microsystems is aiming to offer both with its rollout of the Blade 6000 Modular System. The line of servers includes models that run on Intel's and AMD's processors, as well as on Sun's. Memory installed in the hig...

A Free Service That Plays iTunes on Your Phone? That’s nuTsie

The Holy Grail of mobile personal electronics is having all functions on one slim device: voice calls, photography, music, mobile Internet access, personal organizer, calendar, and maybe a few little PC applications on the side. However, most multifunction devices released so far fall short in some ...

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