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Mac OS X sports a new look, not just on the outside with its great look and feel but also on the inside. OS X is proudly built on top of a BSD Unix-based core foundation. An exciting aspect of the new operating system is that the latest version of the Java 2 platform (J2SE v1.3) is preinstalled in every Macintosh notebook and desktop preloaded with OS X. (The current release is 10.1, however, in this article I’m referring to the latest version of OS X, v10.1.1.) This dramatic shift in Apple’s strategy toward Java support in Mac OS could jump-start the deployment of Java-based applications and services on a user-friendly consumer operating system, specifically with the issues surrounding Java support in the new Microsoft operating system, Windows XP. This article reviews the features of Apple’s Java implementation and explores what makes OS X a great operating syste... (more)

Zimbra Launches Network Version of Its Collaboration Suite for Mac OS X

MACWORLD EXPO, SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Zimbra, a leader in open source, next-generation collaboration and messaging, today announced the Zimbra Collaboration Suite Network Edition for Mac OS X version 10.4 "Tiger" and Mac OS X Server version 10.4 "Tiger." The Zimbra Collaboration Suite is a leading open-source enterprise-grade email and collaboration solution and the Mac OS X version of the Zimbra Collaboration Suite includes support for iCal, Apple Mail clients and Xserve RAID storage. "Since we released the open source version in November 2005 we've been overwhelmed by the interest and feedback we received from Apple customers and Zimbra forum members," said Satish Dharmaraj, CEO of Zimbra. "There was already clear demand for a Mac OS X version and since delivering the open source release, we've seen that demand explode, in the form of downloads, c... (more)

comScore Media Metrix Ranks Top 50 U.S. Web Properties for March 2009

comScore, Inc. (Nasdaq: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released its monthly analysis of U.S. consumer activity at the top online properties for March 2009 based on data from the comScore Media Metrix service. Americans turned to the Web to plan spring and summer travel, and to manage their personal finances during the economic downturn. The month also saw the recent obsession with "tweeting" gain steam, as Twitter.com more than doubled its visitor base, ranking as the top-gaining property for the month. "Twitter has certainly become an Internet phenomenon over the past few months, but March represented an especially big gain for the site as it added more than 5 million visitors versus the previous month," commented Jack Flanagan , executive vice president of comScore Media Metrix. "With numerous celebrities and media personalities - including Op... (more)

AOL’s MediaGlow Launches Pixcetera Application on Apple App Store

AOL's MediaGlow has announced the launch of the free Pixcetera application on the Apple App Store. The app mirrors the functionality of the Pixcetera.com site, http://www.pixcetera.com, by allowing users to experience amazing photography in a variety of categories, including news, celebrities, lifestyle and nature, right on their iPhone or iPod touch. Key features of the app include high-quality full-screen images in either portrait or landscape, the ability to navigate through thousands of photos with the swipe of a finger, photo sharing, five daily featured galleries, plus thousands of galleries in more than 20 categories. “We're excited to be using original MediaGlow content to develop compelling iPhone and iPod touch apps focused on the topics users are most passionate about," said Bill Wilson, President of MediaGlow. "Pixcetera and our DailyFinance app are gre... (more)

Mark Logic Secures $12.5 Million in Additional Funding

Mark Logic Corporation has announced that it has closed a $12.5 million round of financing, led by Sequoia Capital and including participation from Tenaya Capital. The capital will be used to fund the company's continued growth in sales channels, international expansion, and new vertical market development. Mark Logic operates in both North America and Europe and has over 150 customers, 120 employees, and 60 partners. Over 450 people attended the company's annual user conference held recently in San Francisco. "Mark Logic is a strong company, poised for continued growth," said Mark Kvamme, partner at Sequoia Capital. "Mark Logic's combination of unique technology, an exceptional team, and a disciplined go-to market strategy creates the opportunity for it to be a break-out company in the information technology space." "I am happy to have this opportunity to put addi... (more)

iPhone Developer Summit: iPhone Testing (or Lack Thereof)

On Monday, Apple announced a whole bunch of exciting and innovative new products.  Two of the more anticipated were the iPhone 3GS and version 3.0 of the iPhone software.  Both of these introduce interesting new features for iPhone users everywhere.  You can watch the entire keynote here. Apple’s keynote presentation went very well, but there were a couple of snags while demoing some of the new iPhone apps.  Two different apps had problems with their demos.  One app had an issue with some on-stage props, but the other simply stopped working in the middle of its presentation. The presenters for both apps recovered and continued to highlight other features of their products.  However, I can’t exactly fault them for having trouble.  In fact, what actually surprised me was that so many of the apps worked given how difficult Apple makes testing iPhone apps. Here’s rough... (more)

The Rise of the Government App Store

In a recent post to the CCIF mailing list, Bob Marcus outlined the coming opportunties and challenges facing what he described as "Government Cloud Storefronts". In the post he described Vivek Kundra's (US Federal CIO) vision for the creation of a government Cloud Storefront. This Storefront (run by GSA) which will be launched Sept 9th and will make Cloud resources (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS) available to agencies with in the US federal Government. (an $80+ Billion a year IT organization). What's also interesting is the US isn't alone in the vision of centralized access points for procuring Cloud services and related applications. Several other governments including the United Kingdom G-Cloud app store and the Japanese Kasumigaseki Cloud are attempting to do the same with Japan spending upwards of 250 million dollars on their initiative. Kundra, speaking at a recent conference... (more)

Call for Entries: Best Mobile App for SAP Business One

There's nothing like an Apple product to generate buzz.  Our post last week about the iPhone App for SAP Business One has generated a lot of discussion and interest, so let's take it a step further. What is the BEST mobile application for SAP Business One?   Let's here from some people that use Windows Moble, Blackberry, and iPhone.  The first entry is in, with the MATG App from last week's post.  We hear there is others, so let's have em. Leave a comment below and we'll do a full write on the app. ... (more)

Ipadio’s iPhone App Makes Mobile Broadcasting and Audio Blogging a Breeze

[20 August – London, UK]- Ipadio’s new iPhone app, in the App Store now, gives users the choice between recording high quality audio for publication later or streaming their calls live to the web – on www.ipadio.com or straight to their own web site. For the first time, iPhone users can choose to live stream audio to their own web site or pre-record up to 60 minutes of audio and upload it later. Callers also have the option to use SpinVox voice to text conversion to produce title, tags and a transcript, plus all of the things you’d expect including adding photos from the phone, geolocating the call and automatically integrating with social media (Twitter, Facebook) and popular blogging platforms. Listeners can subscribe to each “channel” as a podcast in iTunes, within an ipadio account, via RSS or even old fashioned email. IPod Touch users can of course record and ... (more)

Iomega Announces High-Performance Four-Drive NAS Appliance

Iomega, an EMC company and a global provider of data protection, has announced the next generation of its quad-drive desktop NAS appliance with the worldwide launch of the new Iomega(R) StorCenter(TM) ix4-200d. Based on industry-leading enterprise-class EMC(R) storage technologies, the affordable ix4-200d is the ideal NAS appliance for small businesses, distributed offices and home office networks that require advanced data storage and protection features without the need for a dedicated IT staff. Up and running in a matter of four mouse clicks and a few minutes, the ix4-200d NAS appliance provides up to 8TB* of networked storage that easily integrates with existing infrastructure for expanded storage, file-sharing and backup of critical business data. The ix4-200d delivers advanced features such as: iSCSI block-level access for efficient storage utilization Device-... (more)

VeriSign Extends Reach of Strong Authentication

In response to a growing demand for advanced security solutions among mobile device users, VeriSign, Inc., is putting its VeriSign® Identity Protection (VIP) strong authentication into the hands of millions more users. VeriSign today announced that the latest release of VIP Access for Mobile is now available for Apple® iPod touch®, additional BlackBerry® smartphones, and devices running the Windows Mobile® operating system -- in addition to hundreds of mobile devices supporting J2ME, the most ubiquitous application platform for mobile devices. The application already supports Apple iPhone®, BlackBerry smartphones and mobile devices from Nokia, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Sanyo, Pantech and more. VIP Access for Mobile is a free mobile application that now transforms more than 200 different mobile devices into VIP authentication credentials. VIP Authenticati... (more)