All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Software’

Mac Users Get Microsoft Office 2016

Microsoft just released Office 2016 for Mac in 139 countries and 16 languages. It includes major updates across the entire suite of apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote). The company says this was its biggest Office for Mac beta ever thanks to customer participation, and that it collected over 100,000 pieces of feedback, which led to the releases of …

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Forever 21 Accused of Stealing Photoshop, Faces Lawsuit from Adobe

Adobe, makers of Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, and more, is suing clothing retailer Forever 21 for “willful, intentional, and malicious” copyright infringement by using unauthorized copies of its products. Joining Adobe in the suit is Autodesk and Corel. “Plaintiffs are informed and believe and thereon allege that in conducting their business, Defendants have engaged in the unauthorized reproduction of certain of …

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Software Revenue Rose 4.8% Last Year

The PC market is in a funk, with PC manufacturers scrambling to find a way to make desktop and notebook PCs relevant within the new reality of mobile tablets and smartphones. That doesn’t mean, however, that the software companies providing the applications for the PC market are headed the same way. As businesses and consumers push forward with their already-capable …

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Square Acquires Appointment-Booking Software Maker BookFresh

Square announced on Wednesday that it has acquired BookFresh, makers of appointment booking software. “Sellers use Square for far more than accepting payments: They manage their point of sale with Square Register, run loyalty programs and promotions for customers, and access important analytics that help them make better business decisions,” writes Suare product engineering lead Gokul Rajaram. “Sellers of all …

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Apple Security Flaw Is “As Bad As You Could Imagine”

Apple is performing an emergency software fix this week to correct a security flaw putting both iPhone and Mac users at risk. After it was brought to their attention that hackers could enter systems by email, Apple, Inc. issued an official announcement acknowledging the oversight and their team promptly began to work on updated software to protect users. On Saturday, …

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These Guys Are Bringing Party Mode Back To Netflix

Netflix subscribers using the Xbox 360 app to watch content were once able to take advantage of something called “Party Mode,” which let them watch movies and TV shows with their friends via Xbox Live. It was a popular way to view Netflix content, adding a social element otherwise non-existent on Netflix (despite its recently added Facebook integration). A couple …

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DataStax Raises New $45 Million Round Of Funding

Datastax announced this week that it has completed a $45 million series D round of funding led by Scale Venture Partners with participation from existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Crosslink Capital and Meritech Capital Partners, and new investors DFJ Growth and Next World Capital. The company says the funding builds on its ongoing customer momentum, which includes 20 companies in …

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Apple Announces Logic Pro X, Available Today For $199

Apple doesn’t need to hold a press conference for every major product unveiling to make sure people pay attention. Case in point – Apple made a lot of musicians very happy today with the release of Logic Pro X. Apple announced today that Logic Pro X – the latest version of its Logic Pro music creation software – is now …

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Cisco Plans To Acquire Composite Software

Cisco announced today that it intends to acquire Composite Software, a privately-held data virtualization software and services company. Cisco aims to pay $180 millino in cash and retention-based incentives for all shares of the company. Cisco says the acquisition builds on its framework for a “unified platform” and its software services strategy with the recent acquisition of SolveDirect. “Composite’s data …

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Doodle3D Brings Your Drawings To Life Via 3D Printers

3D printers are getting cheaper and cheaper all the time. Soon enough, we’ll start seeing more than just hobbyists and industrial designers working with the technology. Unfortunately, the CAD software designers use to make 3D models is still expensive and/or complicated. One new product hopes to solve that particular problem. Doodle3D, not to be confused with 3Doodler, is a tool …

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Oracle Nabs Eloqua For $871 Million

Oracle announced today that it has purchased software maker Eloqua for about $871 million. Eloqua provides cloud-based marketing automation and revenue performance management solutions, and Oracle says its “modern marketing cloud” ensures that “every component of marketing” helps to drive revenue more efficiently. Oracle says the combination of the two companies will create a comprehensive “Customer Experience Cloud”. “Modern marketing …

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Microsoft Acquires Marketing Software Provider MarketingPilot

Microsoft has acquired marketing software company MarketingPilot. Microsoft says it has a vision for integrated marketing solutions that aligns with its own. “We are excited to join the Microsoft team,” says MarketingPilot CEO Ken Kornbluh. “We think it will be great for MarketingPilot users and the broader marketing community. The acquisition will enable us to more fully realize our vision …

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Creativity Software Is Now Available On Steam

Valve announced last month that they would soon be bringing non-game software to Steam. This would allow Steam users to purchase and download popular software without having to go through another vendor. That alone sounded good enough, but Valve has really outdone themselves with the initial launch. Starting today, gamers and creative types alike can purchase creativity software through Steam. …

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Purdue University Professor Fixes Major Flaw In 3D Printing

3D printing has come a long way since its humble roots over 20 years ago. The technology has become affordable and people are starting to make some really awesome objects with the technology. Unfortunately, it’s still hampered by a few setbacks. A major flaw is that some objects just don’t have the strength to stay together. Purdue University professor Bedrich …

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Pixar Releases Open SubDiv On An Open Source License

Most people can probably agree that Pixar is one of the most influential animation studios of all time. Their films have been not only critical and commercial hits, but important to the progression of animation technology as well. The technology Pixar uses in their films is some of the most impressive in the business. Now you can use it yourself …

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Steam Isn’t Just For Games Anymore

Valve and their Steam service have become synonymous with digital distribution. There are other players who are trying to break into the downloadable PC game market, but nobody has been able to take on Steam just yet. With Steam’s next move, it will take those competitors even longer to catch up. Valve announced today that Steam is going to begin …

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You Will Be Able To Resell Your Steam Games… In Europe

One of the major problems I find myself in after a Steam sale is that I bought a lot of games that I just don’t really want. I partially blame myself, but some of those games have achievements which I can use to win other games. It would be a bit better if I could offload some of those digital …

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IBM Completes Acquisition of Vivisimo

In late April, we reported on the intention of IBM to acquire Vivisimo, a software designer focused on data analytics and data management software. Although the financial terms still have not been revealed, IBM announced earlier this morning, the acquisition is complete. The partnership of IBM and Vivisimo furthers IBM’s big data initiatives to help clients analyze a larger volume, …

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Matt Cutts On The Hardware & Software That Power Googlebot

Google uploaded a new Webmaster Help video from Matt Cutts, which addresses a question about the hardware/server-side software that powers a typical Googlebot server. “So one of the secrets of Google is that rather than employing these mainframe machines, this heavy iron, big iron kind of stuff, if you were to go into a Google data center and look at …

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IBM: New Software Helps Enterprises with Mobile & Cloud Computing

During the recent IBM Impact 2012 Conference, the company made several announcements. Among them were the company’s introductions of new software systems primarily focused on mobile and cloud computing.

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New Software System Simulates Weather Conditions for Fuel Pipelines

By the year 2020, thousands of kilometers of new grids will be operating in Germany to permit even more extensive use of power from renewable sources. However, these new “smart grids” also come with increased complexity, costs and vulnerability. Fraunhofer researchers developed new software that can be used to analyze and optimize transport grids for electricity, gas and water even …

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Dell To Acquire SonicWall, Pending Regulatory Approval

Dell is acquiring security company and firewall-builder SonicWall. Dell says the company’s next-gen and Unified Threat Management (UTM) firewalls will help it bolster its security solutions portfolio. “We are building a strategic software portfolio to address the needs of our customers with key assets in the fast-growing and highly profitable IT security solutions business,” says John Swainson, President of Dell’s …

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Software That Senses Human Emotions

Emotion-sensing computer software that models and responds to students’ cognitive and emotional states – including frustration and boredom – has been developed by University of Notre Dame Assistant Professor of Psychology Sidney D’Mello and colleagues from the University of Memphis and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. D’Mello also is a concurrent assistant professor of computer science and engineering. The new technology, …

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Lexmark Acquires Brainware Parent BDGB Enterprise

Lexmark announced that it has acquired BDGB Enterprise, a software company based in Luxembourg, which includes Brainware, a U.S. subsidiary. The price tag: $148 million. Brainware, which provides data capture and enterprise search solutions, will become part of Lexmark’s Perceptive Software business unit. Brainware CEO Carl Mergele will stay with the company, and report to Scott Coons, Perceptive Software’s president …

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Data Promises New Technology May Help You Lose Your Reading Glasses

It’s not often you hear about a new technology product that has so far had 100% positive results and this one promises excellent eye saving news for all those currently using reading glasses who would like to lose them . A study recently published in Scientific Reports showed that a new technology product actually helped the participants suffering from Presbyopia …

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Open Source Now On Par With Proprietary Software

I’m a huge proponent of open source software. I’ve always found it to be just as good as proprietary software that I would have to pay an arm and leg for. Microsoft Word? Ha, I use Open Office. iTunes? Even a bigger jovial laugh as I use foobar. Anyway, Coverity released the results of their 2011 Coverity Scan Open Source …

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CIA Changing The Way They Buy Software

The CIA is changing the way it buys technology in hopes to stay on top of the constantly evolving technology landscape. Reuters is reporting that in a meeting with software vendors on Tuesday, the CIA’s top tech officer, Ira Hunt, told vendors that the agency was changing the way they do business. The way the CIA had done business before …

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Former Zynga Engineer: They Don’t Care About Fun, Focus Everything On Big “Whale” Spenders

I’ll start this out the way that it really should be started – with a warning to have your grain of salt ready. From the some-guy-is-bashing-his-former-company-on-reddit files, it appears that Zynga focuses the large majority of their attention on folks that you could say are borderline addicted to games like Farmville. On Sunday, reddit user mercenary-games began an AmA session …

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Kinect For Windows Launches Today

Kinect for Windows launched today – pause for celebration. Now that the celebration is over, we can get into the stuff that really matters on the Kinect for Windows front – software. Over on the Microsoft blog, the Kinect team detailed changes being made to the beta 2 SDK that will move the Kinect software up to version 1.0. As …

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Microsoft Office 15 Begins Technical Preview

Microsoft announced the beginning of the technical preview program for Microsoft Office 15, the next generation of Microsoft Office. The preview is the first time the company shares its work with a select group of customers, under non-disclosure agreements. “These customers play a key role in our development process by testing early builds and providing feedback, which we incorporate into …

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