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Recent reports from the GAO indicate the US government is falling behind the technology gap, effecting everything from nuclear weaponry preparedness to an increase in medical errors that have pushed them to become the third leading cause of US deaths. We have IT solutions to solve problems such as healthcare IT interoperability, but for a variety of reasons, ranging from economic to political, nothing is done. Hardly a day goes by without some new revelation of an information technology mess in the United States that seems like an endless round of the old radio show joke contest, "Can You Top This" except that increasingly the joke is on us. From nuclear weapons updated with floppy disks to needless deaths from medical errors, many of which are caused by preventable interoperability communication errors. According to a report released to Congress, the Government Acc... (more)

Jesus Phone Makes a New Mobile AJAX Platform

iPhone, one of the most hyped products ever and occasionally called the "Jesus phone" like it was the Second Coming, is about to hit the market so Apple figured it had better say "one more thing" before it casts off. The gadget is going to be able to access YouTube content. IPhone will be the first mobile device to take advantage of YouTube's new H.264-encoded format, which is supposed to improve video quality and preserve battery life. This, and AJAX, we're told, makes it a platform, not to say the newest high school fashion accessory, although third-party programmers say they are barred from creating real applications. Apple upgraded the battery to be good for a critic-addressing, still-to-be-proven eight hours of talk time, double what rivals like RIM and Palm can do. That's supposed to translate into six hours of Internet use, seven hours of video playback, 24 hou... (more)

Microsoft Strikes Out at Google’s WebM

So Google means to drop support for the widely supported MPEG-LA H.264 video codec from its Chrome browser because it's based on patented proprietary technology and is potentially royalty-bearing. Instead it will substitute its own thinly supported not-yet-a-standard open source WebM codec because it's free. To which Microsoft replied Wednesday that it had released an add-on that puts H.264, arguably the web's video standard, back on Chrome. See, Google's move undermines HTML 5, which Microsoft has gotten behind as the vehicle for H.264 distribution lest everybody be stuck with Flash. Anyway, like it did for Firefox, Microsoft will support IE9 users who install WebM on Windows so they can play WebM video. Otherwise IE9 will play HTML 5 video in the H.264 format and any browser running on Windows will play H.264 video. Microsoft said, "We have worked closely with Go... (more)

SYS-CON Radio Interviews Lutris Technologies, Inc.

SYS-CON Radio Host Keith Brown interviews David H. Young, Chief Evangelist, Lutris Technologies, Inc. Click here to listen {interview in MP3 format} ... (more)

Xandros Aims at "Desktop-Driven Businesses" with Version 2.5

Xandros has just announced the release of version 2.5 of the Xandros Desktop OS. Maintaining its strong user focus and a concern for compatibility with legacy systems, Xandros Desktop 2.5 now offers an upgraded CrossOver Office 3.0.1., supporting Lotus Notes 6.5.1, Microsoft Project 2000/2002, and Microsoft Outlook XP. Current Xandros Desktop OS users can perform a single-click upgrade of CrossOver Office with Xandros Networks, the company says. Windows compatability has been upgraded: the 2.5 upgrade to the Deluxe and Business versions of the Xandros Desktop OS includes a special Xandros edition of CrossOver Office 3.0.1 to run Microsoft Office and other key Windows software. All versions of the Xandros Desktop OS now include Linux kernel 2.4.24 and version 1.6 of the Mozilla communications suite. "The Xandros Desktop OS excels in seamless network integration and cr... (more)

PANTA Systems Sets Industry Record TPC-H One Terabyte Clustered Benchmark Result Running Oracle With Linux

PANTA Systems published a new record-setting TPC-H One Terabyte (TB) benchmark running Oracle Database 10g Release 2 and Oracle Real Application Clusters with Linux1. This is both the fastest and best price/performance TPC-H One TB result for clustered environments. The benchmark employed an 8-node PANTAmatrix with PANTA’s native InfiniBand storage, and achieved a record-breaking performance of 59,353.9 [email protected] with a price-performance ratio of [email protected] “The PANTAmatrix platform delivers superior performance, scalability and reliability for large data warehouses through its massive I/O capacity and high performance, cost-effective scale-out storage,” said Fred van den Bosch, CEO, PANTA Systems. “This benchmark shows that PANTAmatrix running Oracle Database10g and Oracle Real Application Clusters provides comparable performance at... (more)

Is This the RIA Platform We've All Been Waiting For? – Laszlo Goes From Strength To Strength

Pop quiz: what company both doubled its annual revenue in 2006 and closed a $26.25 million round of funding? Clue: it also tracked 290,000 downloads of its RIA platform and lined up IBM, Walmart.com, H&R Block, Monster, Barclays Global and Pandora as customers. Extra clue: it also announced project "Orbit" which will allow developers using its platform to compile into Java Mobile and run it on devices. If none of the above clues helped, then you've clearly not yet tried OpenLaszlo, don't yet use Laszlo Mail, haven't explored the Laszlo Webtop, and aren't familiar with the OpenLaszlo 4 project, formerly codenamed "Legals." For the company we are talking of here is Laszlo Systems. OpenLaszlo 4.0 is currently in its first beta release, and is like the beating heart of Laszlo Systems.  The aim of OpenLaszlo 4.0 is to provide a single application environment that supports... (more)

AJAXWorld Conference Announces Exclusive Laszlo Track

OpenLaszlo Track at AJAXWorld Pop quiz: what company both doubled its annual revenue in 2006 and closed a $26.25 million round of funding? Clue: it also tracked 290,000 downloads of its RIA platform and lined up IBM, Walmart.com, H&R Block, Monster, Barclays Global and Pandora as customers. Extra clue: it also announced project "Orbit" which will allow developers using its platform to compile into Java Mobile and run it on devices. If none of the above clues helped, then you've clearly not yet tried OpenLaszlo, don't yet use Laszlo Mail, haven't explored the Laszlo Webtop, and aren't familiar with the OpenLaszlo 4 project, formerly codenamed "Legals." For the company we are talking of here is Laszlo Systems. OpenLaszlo 4.0 is currently in its first beta release, and is like the beating heart of Laszlo Systems.  The aim of OpenLaszlo 4.0 is to provide a single applicatio... (more)

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Delivers Record-Setting Performance Results with Reuters Market Data System

Red Hat announced that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1, in combination with Reuters Market Data System (RMDS 6.0), IBM BladeCenter H and 10 Gigabit Ethernet technology from Blade Network Technologies and Chelsio Communications, delivers record-breaking performance results that meet key demands of the financial services industry. Together, the combination provides both the lowest mean latency and lowest standard deviation of latency reported with RMDS. The Securities Technology Analysis Center (STAC), a provider of performance measurement services, tools and research to the securities industry, reported the record-breaking performance results (see www.STACresearch.com/redhat). The test used Reuters standard test procedures. Jack Gidding, associate director of STAC, noted, “This infrastructure stack enabled the low-latency configuration of RMDS to keep mean latency... (more)

An A to Z of the Social Media Landscape: H to P

This is part 2 of 3 of a continuing series on Social Media Companies. You can go to Part 1 here. As with the A-G list, if you see any problems with the data or you believe a company should be on this list, please let me know. [email protected] H Hi5 +Social Glue Award Launched in 2003, hi5 is now one of the world's largest social networks and a top 20 website globally — with over 60 million monthly unique visitors. Compete reports 3.2 million U.S. unique visitors every month. Quantcast reports 49.9 million worldwide visitors, high indexes for male, 12-34, Hispanic and Asian, has kids, low income and low education score. Alexa has it ranked as the number 31 site on the Internet with 22.8 minutes per day and over 20 pages per day per user. I Imeem Imeem is a social network that enables users to discover, interact and express themselves with media, including music, video... (more)

Toshiba UK launches the Toshiba Journe Touch Mobile Internet Device

Toshiba today announced the launch of the Journe Touch – a multimedia touch-screen Mobile Internet Device for use on the move or around the home 7” model allows users to view and share videos, pictures, listen to music, browse the web and access social networking platforms – all from one mobile device HDMI connectivity via optional cradle allows stored content to be displayed on any HD ready TV Available Q4 2009 Toshiba UK today launched the Journe Touch, a 7” touch-screen mobile internet device.  Featuring an advanced Win CE 6.0 interface, the Journe Touch is the perfect device for consumers who want access to multimedia content and social networking platforms. The Journe Touch has been designed to offer multiple uses for consumers – both on the move and around the home. Small enough to be personal and big enough to share with others, the device is capable of fulfill... (more)