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Rumors are now flying that Apple is prepping iWork, a Microsoft Office competitor that includes an updated version of Keynote, Apple's PowerPoint equivalent, and a new word processor (an old term from the early days of office automation--how about document maker). So...
"Here's a charming start to the day" says Groklaw's Pamela Jones, who provides some sharp-tongued insight into two patents that were awarded to Microsoft according to a report on internetnews.com.
Former Microsoft and BEA and now Google software wizard Adam Bosworth has a controversial blog post on the problems with today's database products, and calls on the open source community to rise up and create the Apache of databases...My message is to the Open Source community that has, so ably, built LAMP (Linux, Apache and Tomcat and MySQL and PHP and PERL and Python).
Last year Microsoft Research has developed the SenseCam, a sort of "personal black box" that records up to 2,000 wide-angle VGA pictures of your day along with acceleration, temperature, and light levels. It can be worn as a badge, and uses information from its sensors--such as sudden movement or light-level changes--to decide when to take a picture.
With Macworld Expo approaching, the big rumor is that Apple will unveil a pizza-box...
Om Malik has a good list of organizations for donations to help tsunami victims.
We may be on holiday here at ZDNet, but I felt this one was worth coming out of hibernation for. Amazon has set up an on-line collections center if you want to donate money to the American Red Cross and ear mark it for tsunami disaster relief.
Cell phone camera and messaging capabilities are apparently being used to cheat on tests. Students snap photographs of questions and send them to confederates who SMS back the answers.
Directions on Microsoft put together a list of 10 challenges for Microsoft in 2005. "Left unattended, each (challenge) could ultimately interrupt Microsoft's 25-plus-year run of growth and profits and leave the door open for younger, smaller and more nimble competitors," the analyst house said in its end-of-year research note Wednesday.