Tech Briefs


Microsoft releases record 15 security patches for August

Microsoft rolled out 14 fixes in its August security update Tuesday, bringing the total for the month to 15.

Microsoft unveils 'premier mission critical' support service

Microsoft today announced a new mission-critical support option for organizations as part of its Microsoft Services consulting business.

Zero-day Windows kernel flaw linked to Clipboard

As the largest patch in Microsoft's Patch Tuesday history looms, the plot thickens.

Google and Verizon push tiered broadband services

Google and Verizon today issued a statement on U.S. broadband policy, describing an approach that would permit differentiated services.

Microsoft releases platform preview 4 of IE 9

Microsoft today released the fourth "platform preview" of Internet Explorer 9, the company's next-generation Web browser.

Google kills Wave

Google yesterday pulled the plug on Wave, the company's effort to provide a shared online communications hub.

Office for Mac 2011 to arrive in late October

Microsoft today disclosed retail pricing and release plans for Office for Mac 2011.

Microsoft debuts visual tool for non-programmers

Microsoft said it is readying a tool that will let non-programmers develop desktop- and cloud-based business apps.

IE use grows worldwide, but Firefox is gaining in Europe

July data from Net Applications shows that Internet Explorer 8 made gains over rival browsers. IE still dominates the global market, but Firefox is gaining fast in Europe.

Microsoft releases critical patch for Windows shortcut flaw

Microsoft is releasing a patch for a zero-day Windows shell vulnerability that can spread malware through shortcut files.

IPv4 addresses could dry up by year's end

With only 6 percent of the IPv4 address pool remaining, an uptick in demand since the first of the year could mean the pool will be exhausted in six months, adding new urgency to make public-facing Web sites accessible by IPv6.

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The 2010 Rising Stars

These 24 innovative rising stars play an integral part in ensuring that IT operations serve the business needs and missions of government agencies, both civilian and defense.

Why the march to interoperable radios is so slow

There are several plans for establishing interoperable radio systems for emergency responders, but getting federal, state and local agencies on the same page -- or at least on the same network -- remains a challenge.

Radio over IP gives state responders a common platform

Washington State's Emergency Management Division has adopted the WAVE IP communications system to expand the reach of legacy state, local and federal radio systems and allow them to interoperate.

Decision support app helps Navy teams be of one mind

In a process that is backed up with sophisticated algorithms, Navy program managers are using Decision Lens collaboration software to set project priorities.