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Microsoft this week acquired [url=http://www.teamprise.com/]Teamprise[/url], a division of [url=http://www.sourcegear.com/]SourceGear[/url] that built tools to give developers access to Visual Studio 2008 Team Foundation Server from systems running Linux, Mac OS X and Unix.SourceGear's flagship [url=http://www.sourcegear.com/sos/]SourceOffSite[/url] provides remote access to Visual SouceSafe, Microsoft's version control system. Teamprise comes in [url=http://www.teamprise.com/products/download/]three forms[/url]. The Plug-in for Eclipse allows developers source control, bug tracking, build and reporting operations from within their current Eclipse environment or Eclipse-based IDE. Teamprise Explorer does the same but can can stand alone. There's also the Command-Line Client automated builds and other scripting situations. Updated to version 3.2 in March, Teamprise …

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Companies using IBM's Rational and Tivoli product will breathe easier today, thanks to new, integrated versions of nine tools that the company says will facilitate communication and closer collaboration between software development and support teams in the enterprise. What's more, prices will remain where they are, and the updates are free for current subscribers. According to the company, the integrations are intended to address individual frustration points that it sees being experienced by teams, particularly those of the geographically dispersed variety, and improve efficiency for organizations using both through automation. One of the four couplings involves Rational ClearQuest, which development …

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With all this talk about cheaper laptops for the third world, it’s easy to miss how inexpensive memory has become for us members of the first. I once prophesized to a colleague that by the end of this decade, a terabyte hard drive would be available for less than US$100. I was referring, of course, to conventional magnetic hard drives. I wasn’t really going out on a limb. We’re edging closer to that goal seemingly every day, but Best Buy circular has yet to appear with deals [i]that[/i] good (Samsung [URL= http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/home/permalink/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20080521006156&newsLang=en]in a May 21 announcement[/URL] unveiled a one terabyte …

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Apple has done it again. This time with [URL= http://www.sproutcore.com/]SproutCore[/URL], a JavaScript framework that simplifies development of native-looking Web-based applications without the need for Flash or any other specialized runtime. Apple has reportedly contributed loads of resources to the project, which was originally developed by [URL= http://www.sproutit.com/]SproutIt[/URL] creator Charles Jolley. He now works for Apple’s [URL=http://www.mobileme.com]MobileMe[/URL] service (formerly known as .Mac). Though most of the reports I’ve read about SproutCore are calling it a Flash killer, the [URL=http://www.sproutcore.com/demos/] SproutCore demo applications[/URL] I’ve seen make it look more like an Ajax than Flash. And comparing it with Microsoft’s SilverLight makes even …

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Firefox can finally orient itself, at least in terms of iPhones and MacBooks. Mozilla's latest browser, [url=https://developer.mozilla.org/en/Firefox_3.6_for_developers]Firefox 3.6 beta 1[/url], can now talk to accelerometers such as those in many Apple devices, thanks to [url=https://developer.mozilla.org/Special:Search?search=accelerometer&type=fulltext&go=Search]orientation event objects[/url] introduced in the new Gecko 1.9.2 presentation engine at the browser's core. Also among DOM enhancements are drag-and-drop for file transfer and the ability for Web workers to self-terminate. And that's just the beginning. The [url=http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/all-beta.html]download of Firefox 3.6 beta 1[/url] for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows contains thousands of [url=https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/buglist.cgi?query_format=advanced&product=Core&product=Firefox&product=NSPR&product=NSS&product=Toolkit&keywords_type=nowords&keywords=fixed1.9.1,+verified1.9.1&resolution=FIXED&chfieldfrom=2008-12-01&chfieldto=Now&chfield=resolution&chfieldvalue=FIXED]bug fixes[/url], including numerous repairs to CSS image rendering and text alignment. …

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If you're not yet among the percentage of the population people using Mozilla's Firefox browser, which by [url=http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp]one count[/url] stands at 47.5 percent, perhaps the anniversary of its launch will give you cause. Yesterday was Firefox's fifth birthday, and its market share with co-leader Internet Explorer by [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_web_browsers]many counts[/url] continues to grow while Microsoft's continues to shrink. First released on Nov. 9, 2004, Firefox is now used by more than 330 million people worldwide, [url=http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/press/ataglance.html]according to Mozilla.org[/url], which itself reports Firefox market share at 24.7 percent, according to October 2009 numbers from netapplications .com, which researches market share. In fact, …

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Most of the reports out yesterday about the release of [URL=http://www.microsoft.com/ie8]Internet Explorer 8[/URL]Beta 2 focused on its so-calledInPrivate Browsing, which leaves no trace of the Web sites you visit and protects anonymity. And while that's certainly useful, developers are likely to be more interested in its improvements in DOM and HTML 4.01 cross-browser inconsistencies, new Ajax features and news that IE8 passes the [URL=http://acid2.acidtests.org/]Acid2 test[/URL] for accurate browser rendering. Microsoft on Wednesday made available for [URL=http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/beta/]download the latest IE 8 beta[/URL], which it says includes fixes to "the get/set/remove Attribute,default attributes, Attribute object and the <Q> tag." The company also …

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Craigslist hosts classified ads of all kinds, including lengthy lists of [url=http://newyork.craigslist.org/sof/]developer's jobs in New York[/url] and the [url=http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sof/]San Francisco Bay area[/url]. But another type of job listing was in the spotlight today, and it's nice to know there's at least [i]one[/i] person out there who's thinking clearly. A judge in Illinois yesterday threw out a case brought against Craigslist for facilitating prostitution, simply because people listed what were alleged to be such services on the company's no-frills Websites. That would be like [url=http://www.ncpa.org/pub/st223]blaming gun makers[/url] every time someone is shot to death, or [url=http://www.startribune.com/sports/65649347.html?elr=KArksi8cyaiUo8cyaiUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUU]suing makers of aluminum bats[/url] for …

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Wouldn't it be nice if you could track Gmail messages about specific features and bugs from within your defect tracking system? You can if you're using the open-source SugarCRM, thanks to a team of Italian developers that today launched [url=http://www.sugarforge.org/projects/dolcegmail/]DolceGmail[/url]. The new plug-in for Firefox links Google's browser-based e-mail system with the versatile SugarCRM, allowing users to add contacts, e-mail messages and attachments from Gmail directly to their SugarCRM system. "SugarCRM is a business application framework with a CRM app on top," said Clint Oram, vice president and co-founder of SugarCRM in a phone interview yesterday. "We have tools for …

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Dear Steve Ballmer, I believe it's time to give up development of a mobile operating system. With all due respect to the multi-billion dollar empire you're entrusted with running, the simple truth is that Microsoft is quite bad at developing user interfaces that are friendly and intuitive. Windows 7 is an improvement, but you're far from being out of the woods. What's more, it appears that your guidance, Mr. Ballmer, might be making the problem worse, especially if the things you said recently about your instructions to Windows Phone developers were true. During a presentation at the Mobile World Congress …

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If you're a whiz at Web design and have time to enter a contest, you could be one of three finalists to have your team flown to the [url=http://live.visitmix.com/]MIX10 conference[/url] Las Vegas, where you'll collect your US$50,000. The winner also goes to New York City to attend the annual [url=http://www.webbyawards.com/]Webby Awards[/url] in June. It's all part of this year's [url=http://www.phizzpop.com/]PhizzPop Design Challenge[/url], an event sponsored by Microsoft and The Webby Awards to benefit the [url=http://www.bgca.org/]Boys & Girls Clubs of America[/url]. Qualifying proposals are for sites developed with the [url=http://www.microsoft.com/web/default.aspx]Microsoft Web Platform[/url] and other Microsoft tools that are engaging to parents, …

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That's right, free. And if it's free, it's for me. Software promoter MacHeist is my new best friend, and for the next five days is giving away [url=http://www.macheist.com/]nanoBundle[/url], a package of six Mac OS X applications including the highly-rated Twitterrific, which normally sells for US$15. In all, $154 worth of applications for your Mac OS X (10.4 or higher) for nothing. Nada. Gratis. Free, as in beer. But tap it while you can; the keg runs dry this Friday the 13th. In addition to Iconfactory's Twitterrific, which is also available for iPhone, the nanoBundle includes two word processors (one of …

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Developers Brad Lassey, Alex Pakhotin, Vladimir Vukićević and Michael Wu this week unveiled what they're calling a pre-alpha version of the Fennec browser, better known as Firefox for Google's Android mobile operating system. You can [url=http://bit.ly/fennec-android]download the code[/url], which as of last week had been tested only on Motorola Droid and Nexus One. According to a [url=http://blog.vlad1.com/2010/04/27/fennec-on-android-ground-zero/]post on Vukićević's blog[/url], developers also should heed the following additional warnings: [LIST] [*]It will likely not eat your phone, but bugs might cause your phone to stop responding, requiring a reboot. [*]Memory usage of this build isn't great--in many ways it's a debug …

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What's Apple up to now? Yesterday it became public that the company had acquired [url=http://siri.com/]Siri[/url], whose sole purpose in life appears to be to make [url=http://siri.com/about/]Siri[/url], a free iPhone app that helps you find things and make plans. To [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpjpVAB06O4&feature=player_embedded]watch Siri in action[/url], it does look pretty useful. But why did Apple pay as much as $200 million for something that it could [url=http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/siri-assistant/id351778157?mt=8]get for free at the iTunes store[/url]? Answer? One theory suggests that the technology might help Apple better compete with Google. Here's how it works, according to Siri. Let's say you want to find a romantic Italian …

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Hewlett-Packard today [url=http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/press/2010/100426xa.html]announced[/url] updates to [url=https://h10078.www1.hp.com/cda/hpms/display/main/hpms_content.jsp?zn=bto&cp=1-11-127-24^1185_4000_100&jumpid=reg_R1002_USEN]Service Test Management 10.5[/url] and [url=https://h10078.www1.hp.com/cda/hpms/display/main/hpms_content.jsp?zn=bto&cp=1-11-127-24^1352_4000_100__]Functional Testing 10.0[/url]--its quality assurance tools for software testers--that the company says are now better equipped to help development teams find defects earlier and cover code for Adobe Flex/Flash, Ajax, Microsoft Silverlight and other rich client technologies. New in Functional Testing 10, which is part of Mercury's ever-popular Quick-Test Pro, is the ability to easily test dynamic Web 2.0 applications and features. The update is implemented in the so-called Web 2.0 Extensibility Accelerator, which the company says "provides a Visual Studio-like IDE that accelerates and facilitates the design, development and …

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Apple today announced that it will begin shipping iPhones for CDMA networks, such as those offered by Verizon and Sprint, ending a three-year monopoly in the U.S. held by AT&T since iPhone's inception. Once the phones becomes available later this year, iPhone users in the U.S. that don't wish to be stuck with AT&T's network will have an alternative to importing an "unlocked" phone from the black market or learning [url=http://www.daniweb.com/news/story235171.html]how to jailbreak the iPhone[/url]. For AT&T, which operates a GSM network, the iPhone has been responsible for much of its growth since 2007 and vaulting it into the leading …

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Nvidia yesterday began shipping the [url=http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_geforce_gtx_480_us.html]GeForce GTX 480[/url], with double the number of processor cores previously available at 512. The card is intended to to permit smooth playback and editing of 2D or 3D content, including animation, games and videos. The GTX 480 supports Microsoft DirectX 11, Direct3D and [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physx]PhysX[/url], Nvidia's real-time physics engine and SDK that came along with its acquisition of Ageia in 2008. Now tailored for Nvidia's CUDA GPUs, PhysX off-loads physics processing tasks from a system's main CPU. The board uses NVidia's latest graphics processing architecture--called [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GeForce_400_Series]Fermi[/url] after nuclear reactor inventor [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enrico_Fermi]Enrico Fermi[/url]--which the company says …

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As the world awaits for the release of Apple's Next Big Thing, developers are putting the finishing touches on applications to be ready for iPad's April 3 ship date. And Apple is getting ready too. The company yesterday began accepting submissions for iPad App Store, its online application outlet for iPhone and iPad. According to a [url=http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/19/apple-now-accepting-ipad-app-submissions-get-your-jumbo-sized-b/]report on engadget[/url], the deadline for having apps available on opening day is March 27 at 5:00pm PT; that's 8:00 pm in the Eastern U.S. If you're on the buying end, you'd better get your order in. Apple opened the gates to pre-orders on …

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Are you a certified function point specialist or play one on TV? Then the Counting Practices Manual version 4.3 might be for you. Unveiled today by the [url=http://www.ifpug.org/]International Function Point Users Group[/url] (better known as IFPUG), the $100 CD contains the latest "body of knowledge used by function point analysts to measure the functional size of applications and projects for benchmarking and estimating world-wide for many domains and business areas," announced the group. The "must-have" publication documents the Counting Practices Manual (CPM), which has been approved as an international standard under ISO/IEC 14143-1 Information Technology-Software Measurement. This revision, which officially …

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With all the coverage of last week's Windows 7 launch, it was easy to overlook news of the forthcoming release of SharePoint Server 2010, the next edition of Redmond's collaboration platform. A public beta is expected next month, which according a speech given by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer last week will demonstrate significant new functionality. What Ballmer *didn't* directly confirm in his speech was [recent speculation](http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2009/10/21/urnidgns852573C4006938800025765600786B43.DTL) that that by June of 2010, the platform will no longer ride along with Windows Server products, but instead be offered stand-alone. Helping to fuel the speculation about platform status of [SharePoint](http://www.microsoft.com/sharepoint) 2010 was …

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Less than a year after launching its high performance computing strategy, Microsoft finds its [URL= http://www.microsoft.com/hpc/] HPC Server 2008[/URL] near the top of the heap. The Windows Server 2008 derivative placed 23rd on a list of the 500 top-performing supercomputers in the world, as measured by the [URL= http://www.ncsa.uiuc.edu/] National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)[/URL]. And it’s which is still in beta; general availability is set for the end of this month. Running on a Dell PowerEdge Cluster equipped with 9,474 processor cores and 9600 GB of memory, HPC Server 2008 performed 68.5 trillion floating point operations (teraflops) per second, …

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Last week Toshiba unveiled a series of server-class hard drives that can store as much as 600GB in a 2.5-inch form factor. They're the first products to result from its acquisition of Fujitsu's hard drive business early last year. Set to begin shipping in April, the new [url=http://sdd.toshiba.com/main.aspx?Path=StorageSolutions/EnterpriseHardDrives/MBF2600RC]MFB series[/url] of [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_attached_SCSI]serial-attached SCSI[/url] drives also includes 300GB and 450GB capacities, sport a 6Gb/s interface, and can optionally self-encrypt all data based on the Trusted Computing Group Enterprise Security Subsystem Class specification. Self-encryption can potentially save IT departments hundreds of hours of labor in key management, data retrieval and scrubbing. The drives …

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Plagued by duplicate files that clog up your system? Quantum, a company once known mainly for hard drives, yesterday unveiled a new version of its [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/StorNext_File_System]StorNext File System[/url] that it says optimizes storage efficiency by implementing automatic data deduplication. It's part of StorNext 4.0, Quantum's high-performance sharing and data management platform, which now can also automate [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hierarchical_storage_management]data tiering[/url] and retrieve partial files based on timecode, for the video editor in you. Storage analyst Tom Coughlin, of Coughlin Associates, said that for media types, the benefits of deduping would be less significant than, say, those of time-based features. Deduping eliminates repetition …

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Users of GoogleDocs will soon have reason to celebrate. Google this week announced in a [url=http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2010/01/upload-and-store-your-files-in-cloud.html]blog post[/url] that its free online document collaboration platform will soon store files of all file types, rather than just those it can edit (plus PDFs). To understand the significance of this news, you'll first need to know a little about [url=http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/business/docs.html#utm_campaign=DocsUAF&utm_source=en-na-us-entblog-DocsUAF&utm_medium=blog]GoogleDocs[/url] (current users can skip to the next paragraph). If you're doing any document collaboration at all, you know that version control is the key. For example, let's say I create a Word doc and send it via email to Moe. He makes his …

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LSI, three letters that are probably etched on nearly every hard drive controller you've ever owned, as of yesterday emblazon 10 more controllers of [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_Attached_SCSI]SAS[/url], [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_ATA]SATA[/url] and [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solid-state_drive]SSD[/url] storage devices. On Jan. 19, [url=http://lsi.com/]the company[/url] unveiled a series of new RAID controllers and host bus adapters that double the bandwidth to 6GB/s of four of its MegaRAID cards, increase the number of controllable hard drives to 1024, and deliver a sustained read and write performance for applications that require sequential storage such as video streaming and genomic research as seen in [url=http://lsilogic.vo.llnwd.net/o23/6Gb_s_SAS/DNA_Lab_6GSAS_Testimonial_2010.wmv]this LSI promotional video[/url]. Cache is King The LSI …

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Zend Technologies today is set to announce a series of alliances intended to allow its PHP framework and development environment to work with other widely deployed RIA technologies from Adobe, Dojo and IBM. In a keynote speech at [url=http://www.zendcon.com/ZendCon08/public/content/home]ZendCon[/url], the company's annual PHP developer conference in Cupertino, Calif., Zend CEO Harold Goldberg reportedly was to deliver the news. The most far-reaching collaboration will be with Adobe, and is aimed at simplifying development of PHP application that combine PHP with Flex, the company's popular framework for developing rich Internet applications. I received advance copy of an embargoed document, in which it …

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With the release last week of [Groovy 1.7](http://groovy.codehaus.org/), developers using the object-oriented scripting language for Java gained access to anonymous inner classes and nested classes, annotations, SQL and other features that could simplify development when mixing Groovy code with Java. Groovy's [Eclipse community](http://groovy.codehaus.org/Eclipse+Plugin) yesterday released Groovy-Eclipse 2.0.0, a nearly rewritten plug-in that it says delivers an Eclipse experience the same as when using Java. "The driving themes for version 2.0.0 have always been to optimize around the common developer actions of editing, building, running and testing code," wrote Groovy language developer Andrew Eisenberg in a [post](http://docs.codehaus.org/display/GROOVY/Groovy-Eclipse+2.0.0+New+and+Noteworthy) describing the release. To …

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Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein isn't looking to the stars for his comeback strategy. The inventor of the iPod was quoted last week saying he had never used an iPhone and that he doesn't pay that much attention to Apple. Was he kidding? If his strategy for competing with the industry's number one app phone is to ignore it, stock holders ought to have his head. Don't get me wrong; I love Palm. I have owned and used them since the Palm V and I like my Treo 680 just fine. I also think the Pre is an extremely handsome unit …

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While most eyes this week were trained on Las Vegas and the Consumer Electronics Show, Microsoft was gearing up to speak with retailers at the [url=http://www.nrf.com/]National Retail Federation[/url]'s annual [url=http://events.nrf.com/annual2010/Public/MainHall.aspx?ID=5938&sortMenu=101000&exp=3%2f13%2f2009+10%3a07%3a54+AM]Conference and Expo[/url] in New York City running tomorrow through Tuesday. The company [url=http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2010/jan10/01-08nrf10ma.mspx]announced yesterday[/url] that it will be demonstrating new products to help retailers differentiate the customer interactions through connected experiences. Microsoft focuses mainly on verticals of distribution, food and drug, general merchandise and specialty retail. Part of [url=http://www.microsoft.com/industry/retail/events/nrf/default.mspx]Connected Experiences for Retail[/url], Redmond reportedly will demonstrate self-service retail devices with central management, a digital signage platform for retail and hospitality …

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With the [url=http://www.daniweb.com/news/story251088.html]release yesterday[/url] of Intel's Core series of high-performance, power-efficient processors, makers of space-constrained, mobile and other embedded devices now have a new low-cost option for their designs. The multi-core CPUs, dubbed Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7, incorporate Intel's Hyper Threading technology for fast program execution, a DDR3 memory controller and high definition graphics processor. About 200 embedded designs based on the new parts are reportedly available or soon will be. "These processors will enable more powerful high performance computers in the embedded space," said Eric Heikkila, director of embedded hardware and systems at VDC Research Group. …

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