The BizNAS line, starting at $699, automatically acts as a Dropbox synchronization point, copying data to disks for secure offline backup and archiving.
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The company revamped its end-user product portfolio including tools for centralized management and an effort called "Project Octopus" that aims to challenge Dropbox.
Dropbox doesn't actively track consumer vs. business accounts but out of 1 billion files, "100s of millions" have formats---.PDF, .XLSX, .PPTX---associated with enterprise use.
An update to the LogMeIn Ignition app for iOS devices, such as the iPad 2, iPhone 4 and iPod Touch, now allows users to perform file-management tasks, in addition to remotely accessing the desktop of other computers.The new version of the iOS app allows users to directly access a computer's file system to view, move, edit, or copy files and folders to a local device for offline viewing.
ZDNet UK presents a rundown of the most useful mobile productivity apps, from note-taking programs to remote logins, file-sharing apps and PDF readers
Developer EuroSmartz on Thursday released a major update to PrintCentral, the company's printing utility for iPads and iPhone/iPod Touch. Version 1.5 better supports Wifi printing and lets users print DropBox documents. In addition, the company offered software to support USB printers.
The digital rights management (DRM) software used by Microsoft to 'protect' music files so they can only be played using Windows Media Player, has once again been broken.FairUse4WM first appeared in August 2006 on the Doom9 encoding forum, as a tool to strip the DRM from music files designed to play in Windows Media Player.
If you follow the digital music business at all, then you know by now that earlier this year, Apple CEO Steve Jobs issued a clarion call (ok, an open letter) to the entertainment confab to free digital content of any digital rights management (DRM) technology: the technology that, in the course of trying to prevent piracy of content, also prevents honest people like you and me from moving iTunes-bought music from an Apple iPod to a non-Apple MP3 player (that's just one example).
Digital rights management is doing well. It’s alive and healthy. There was a general concern a few years back that the consumers wouldn’t adapt to paper-media-type experience online, and I think the ubiquitous nature of the iPod has proved that wrong. There are a lot of other great devices that are coming out, or have come out, with really solid content protection schemes in place that the studios are comfortable with.
While I was away on vacation, I caught George Ou's blog on how Microsoft's digital rights management (DRM) copy protection technology (currently, the lynch-pin to its PlaysForSure ecosystem, and undoubtedly a foundational piece to its new iPod-killing Zune initiative) had been rendered useless by developers of the FairUse4WM "utility." FairUse4M strips copy-protected Windows Media content of its copy protection and could bring down a very large house of cards at Microsoft.
CNET's Estelle Dumout and Jo Best are covering the French anti-iPod law gyrations: France's controversial copyright law, which had threatened to mandate interoperability between Apple Computer and rival online music players' digital rights management, has been dealt a major setback as sections of the legislation are being ruled unconstitutional.
France is proposing to legalize transcoding between audio formats, including those protected by Digital Rights Management (DRM). I say, don't sweat the little stuff. This proposal won't have much effect on the state of the digital music industry.
Patent wielding competitors lusting over the huge success of Apple's iPod digital music player should put down their litigation swords and figure out what gives the product its 'X factor' in the first place. Core77, a site for industrial design fanatics, has a great analysis of Apple's design strategy by James Conley, a Clinical Professor at both the Kellogg School of Management and the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University.
Patent wielding competitors lusting over the huge success of Apple's iPod digital music player should put down their litigation swords and figure out what gives the product its X-factor in the first place. Core77, a site for industrial design fanatics, has a great analysis of Apple's design strategy by James Conley, a Clinical Professor at both the Kellogg School of Management and the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University.
If you've been following my various rantings on this blog, particularly the ones about file formats (OpenDocument Format vs. Microsoft's Office XML-based formats) or digital restrictions management (DRM) [sic], or a lot of what I've written over the last five years about open standards and intellectual property, then you'll know that for the benefit of technology buyers (ZDNet's audience), I'm a strong advocate of open standards.
William Bright formats public transit maps for iPod. Some would consider that a great idea. Some transit officials think its just a copyright violation.
George Ou thinks XML is an inefficient and unnecessary replacement for binary file formats. John Carroll disagrees, arguing that XML is the lego approach to managing data, and offers advantages in small-to-medium sized data management situations.
Thursday 16/12/2004There is none so glum in the run-up to Christmas than the enterprise software marketing manager. Nobody -- but nobody -- is thinking in terms of strategic investments in scaleable data management solutions: not the CIO, who is contemplating a round of golf on Boxing day, and most certainly not journalists, who are contractually obliged to churn out iPod stories at this time of year.
Digital rights management company Liquid Audio signed a deal to provide secure downloading services for BMG, the recording division of German media giant Bertelsmann. The agreement will allow Liquid Audio to offer encoding, hosting, and digital rights management to BMG's recordings available for download. BMG will make 3,500 songs available for download in Liquid Audio and Windows Media formats. The songs will be available through Liquid Audio's retail and Web partners. --Jim Hu, Special to ZDNet News
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