Tech Briefs


Office 2010 breaks ISO/IEC standard, official says

Microsoft disclosed more information about how Office 2010 will support the controversial ISO/IEC 29500 document format standard.

Microsoft drops Itanium support

Microsoft plans to end the support it provides on three of its flagship software products for Intel's Itanium processor.

FileMaker launches Bento for iPad

Bento for iPad goes on sale one day before the iPad hits stores

At the GCN Best of FOSE Awards, a glimpse of the future

Nearly 100 products from more than 65 companies were submitted for Best of FOSE Awards, and many were worthy. But only 15 could be chosen, which made for some tough, close calls in the judges’ room.

With alert system, Coast Guard finds user expectations grow with functionality

Users now expect to have messages from the Coast Guard’s Alert and Warning System at their fingertips.

Virtualization takes wing at Patrick Air Force Base

IT managers at the Air Force's 45th Space Wing at Patrick Air Force Base chose IP replication to move terabytes of data from physical servers to a virtual environment.

Snazzy printer features could open Pandora's box

Networked printers and multifunction devices have evolved into full-fledged computing devices that could be storing sensitive data, making them a potential vulnerability.

Making printers pay: Ways to lower costs, improve security

As agencies look to cut costs, improve efficiency, go green and improve security — and who isn't these days? — better management of a specific common technology is a tangible, low-hanging fruit that has largely gone ignored.

Souped-up alert system spreads the word for Coast Guard

Commercial tool from AtHoc provides a standards-based upgrade from the homegrown tools used by the Coast Guard to keep in touch with maritime partners.

Best hypervisors for VDI tested by Citrix

Citrix conducted tests on virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) performance differences using various hypervisors and different operating systems.

Red Hat updates JBoss dev tools, SOA platform

Red Hat showed off the latest incarnation of its JBoss Developer Studio IDE at the annual EclipseCon developer conference, as well as new versions of its JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform, and JBoss Enterprise Web Platform.

Report: Systems engineer is best IT job

San Francisco-based research and analysis group, Focus, has named systems engineer as the "best job in America."

Microsoft and Citrix boost desktop virtualization efforts

Microsoft is expanding its desktop virtualization portfolio with improved licensing changes and technology upgrades and an extended pact with Citrix Systems.

Global Graphics offers ‘freemium’ alternative to Acrobat

Global Graphics’ gDoc Fusion document software can work with PDFs, using a rival format developed with Microsoft; gDoc Creator lets users view and convert files in multiple formats.

Intel introduces 6-core chips with cloud-secure features

The chips are Intel's first server and workstation processors built on 32-nanometer technology, and include Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions and Trusted Execution Technology, which Intel said will add security to cloud computing environments.