10/4/2009

Google Wants to Map Indoors, Too

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google maps are getting extended indoors next month with a new app called Micello that takes over where conventional navigators leave off — mapping your route inside of buildings, malls, convention centers and other points of interest. You don’t get a ‘you are here’ blinking dot yet — but they do promise to add one next year using WiFi triangulation. At the introduction next month, Micello will only work in California, but they plan to expand to other major US cities during 2010.

“Windows 7 Compatible” PCs Must Be 64-bit

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

“Microsoft has started certifying PCs as ‘compatible with Windows 7′ — and is looking to avoid the mistakes that dogged the Vista-Capable scheme. Whereas Microsoft certified PCs that could only run Vista Home Basic last time around, this time PCs will have to work with all versions of Windows 7 to qualify for the sticker, including 64-bit versions of the OS. Microsoft also claims, ‘products that receive the logo are checked for common issues to minimize the number of crashes, hangs, and reboots experienced by the user.

IBM Aims at Google, Microsoft With New Webmail

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

IBM has launched LotusLive iNotes, an on-demand e-mail, calendaring and contact management system meant to compete with the likes of Gmail and Microsoft Exchange, the company said Friday.

Pricing starts at US$3 per user per month, undercutting Google Apps Premier Edition, which costs $50 per user per year.

IBM is aiming the software at large enterprises that want to migrate an on-premise e-mail system to SaaS (software as a service), particularly for users who aren’t tied to a desk, such as retail workers. It is also hoping to win business from smaller companies interested in on-demand software but with concerns about security and service outages, such as those suffered by Gmail in recent months.

LotusLive iNotes is based on technology IBM purchased from the Hong Kong company Outblaze.

Red Hat Takes Software Patents To Supreme Court

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

On Thursday, Red Hat filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court seeking to reject software patents. In what will be an uphill battle for the Linux-based software developer, Red Hat sought to explain the practical problems software patents pose to developers.

The Red Hat brief is part of the Bilski v. Doll patent-law case, which involves the standard for patenting a process. The case concerns a business method patent, but involves many of the same issues as software patents.

In short, Red Hat’s brief asks the Supreme Court to adopt a lower court’s machine-or-transformation test and to make clear that it excludes software from patents.

‘Spore’ set for the big screen

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Hit video game “Spore” is set to evolve onto the big screen as an animated movie, entertainment press reported Friday.

Daily Variety said Twentieth Century Fox was developing the film with video game publisher Electronic Arts. “Ice Age” film-maker Chris Wedge is set to direct, Variety reported.

“From every perspective — visually, thematically and comedically — the world of ‘Spore’ provides the potential to put something truly original on the screen,” Wedge was quoted as saying.

More than 65 million creatures have been created by players since “Spore” was released.

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