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In response to Intel's ViiV digital home platform, AMD unveiled a chip called AMD Live, saying that it plans a full-featured Athlon 64 X2 dual-core-based consumer multimedia desktop PC and AMD dual-core mobile-based notebook PCs to be delivered mid-year using Microsoft's Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 and later its Vista operating system. With a Live-branded desktop or notebook PC, consumers are supposed to be able to extend their PCs to stream music through their entertainment center, view and share photos on the TV, burn recorded TV shows, videos, music and pictures to a DVD or CD, or transfer this same content to a notebook, MP3, portable media player or PDA. In conjunction with the announcement, AMD launched a new LIVE web site in collaboration with Microsoft featuring artists and producers who are supposed to have experienced creative breakthroughs using AM... (more)

Microsoft Creates New Opportunities for ISVs Evaluating Software as a Service

Microsoft has announced the Microsoft SaaS On-Ramp Program, which provides independent software vendors (ISVs) with discounted software infrastructure and technical resources to help develop and deploy software as a service (SaaS) applications. “The current software development landscape presents a tremendous opportunity for vendors to expand their business with SaaS,” said John Zanni, director of Worldwide Hosting at Microsoft. “Microsoft recognizes that many smaller ISVs and startups lack the essential tools and resources necessary to adopt the SaaS business m... (more)

IBM Announces New Updates

IBM has announced new updates to of all kinds its Netcool/Precision and Netcool/Proviso software, bringing service providers performance management and availability management for MPLS networks. MPLS enables “Quality of Service,” bringing high-priority handling for voice and other traffic types while reducing network costs by consolidating network traffic. Netcool/Precision, which provides automatic network discovery and topology-based management for IP networks, will have added support for MPLS IP VPNs and Layer 2 VPNs. Netcool/Precision uses its topology model and m... (more)

Smart Cards Getting Smarter, Conax Introducing CAS7

Conax AS, a leading supplier of solutions for Smart Card-based Conditional Access (CA) systems and security and payment solutions for the digital broadcast industry, will be introducing Conax CAS7 this April at the Las Vegas National Association of Broadcasters show. The new system is built on Conax's modular Conax CAS7 security system, and according to Conax represents a major achievement. It allows a digital TV operator to start with a basic system supporting pay-TV and then include additional components to support more complex operations and business models. Conax CAS7 requir... (more)

Sun's McNealy Lauds StorageTek Buy

Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy said he "couldn't be more thrilled to announce" the company's StorageTek acquisition. Valued at approximately $4.1 billion, the acquisition "strengthens Sun's mission to solve complex network computing problems for governments, enterprises, and our service providers," McNealy said. He said the two companies will act separately until the merger completes regulatory and shareholder approval, which he expects to occur by the end of the year. In his newsletter remarks to customers, McNealy noted, "when we first discussed the possibility of acquiring... (more)