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Open source training and the Red Hat Challenge Labs

Open source training is a powerful tool, and the skills and experiences learned can be immediately applied to numerous real-world working situations. Red Hat Challenge@Labs is a strong starting point for students, as they have the opportunity to design solutions for real-world problems and pitch them to industry experts.

September 16, 2014 by

Samsung's case against Apple is bogus, here's why

Two of the biggest names in technology (Apple and Samsung) have locked horns in an ugly legal battle with each claiming the other stole its IP. The judge should rule in favor of Apple because simply saying that you had a similar design "in the labs" doesn't cut it.

August 2, 2012 by

IP Australia faces heat over net searches

The government's intellectual property authority IP Australia has been told off in a Senate Estimates hearing this morning for relying on information obtained on the internet for an industrial design application.

October 18, 2011

MS and Novell: Relationship 'exceeding expectations'

Microsoft and Novell are close to completing the sales targets that formed part of their alliance, three years into the five-year deal, representatives from the companies said on Thursday.Speaking at an IP Expo seminar in London, Novell's Microsoft alliance director Steve Harris and Microsoft's strategic partnerships chief Michael Croney said the results of the virtualisation-centric arrangement had exceeded expectations.

October 8, 2009 by

Wizkid robot unveiled at MoMA

On February 24, 2008, a new exhibit will open at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA), Design and the Elastic Mind. And until May 12, 2008, you'll be able to interact with Wizkid, which looks like a computer, but is really a robot. As said the European researchers behind this project, 'with its social skills and physical presence, Wizkid introduces the simplicity of everyday interactions in the world of computers.' You will not need to learn any language or type anything on a keyboard, Wizkid will understand you. Wizkid 'introduces the simplicity of everyday interactions in the world of computers.' But read more...

February 20, 2008 by

Siemens Gigaset S450 IP

A reasonably-priced office handset that can be bought in multi-packs, the Gigaset S450 IP is a decent VoIP dual-mode handset. However, there are some drawbacks that limit its appeal.

November 27, 2007 by

Apple's sexy iPhone

I might have bought a Zune recently, but that doesn't mean I can't appreciate the design skills of the team at Apple. I knew that Apple would do a phone at some point, but I didn't know what it would look like (well, nobody did).

January 9, 2007 by

Polycom SoundPoint IP 301

The slightly unusual styling of the Polycom SoundPoint IP 301 is likely to polarise opinion. The use of soft keys makes menu navigation easy, although sometimes nested paths make it a bit tedious. Keypad buttons are a bit small.

October 4, 2006 by

Further offshoring for IT inevitable: NIIT

Australian enterprises will increasingly have to engage offshore technology providers to offset declining population growth, according to Arvind Thakur, the CEO of Indian offshoring specialist NIIT Technologies."Australia is challenged in terms of its population," Thakur told ZDNet Australia, although he said the country had a good track record for high-level project management and design skills.

August 29, 2006 by

CRN: IBM´s Collaboration Chief Talks Domino, Workplace Game Plan

A very long interview with LotusGM Mike Rhodin.  If you've been wondering what Mike has been up toin his first few months leading Lotus, this interview reveals a lot.  Hetalks about everything from ND7 adoption, competition, Workplace adoption,branding, developer opportunities, Linux, and more.  A few examples:"I'mcomfortable with the progress we've made with Workplace... You'll see usposition the open standards-based, components-based composition model stuffas the front end to the SOA architecture IBM's bringing to the market.That will start to clarify things for people because it's where interactionand collaboration services meet business process through the SOA framework.When we started talking about Workplace being collaboration in the contextof business process, people thought we'd start to implement business processthings in workplace, and weren't' thinking about it as the front end tothe business process stuff we're doing in another part of Software Group"...Rhodin: Since the day I got toLotus, when I headed up the engineering teams, I made a promise to customersthat I was not going to create a cliff that they had to jump off to getto the next thing. I was going to provide a smooth path forward and guaranteeapplications moving forward and I believe I've delivered on that promiseCRN : So if you were talkingto a traditional Notes/Domino ISV, say Percussion, what do you tell themto do going forward? Stick with Domino? Rhodin: What you'll see unveiledat Lotusphere and in the coming year is how these things will start toconverge. We've been really working hard with our customers to understandwhat seamless evolution means to you. And what we get back is it's choiceand flexibility about when I do what. No forced dates or forced migrations.If your skills are in Domino applications, we'll carry those skills forwardand those assets forward. Scripting will continue to work. New releasesof Domino coming out. ...If people want to keep their skills on DominoDesigner building new apps, we're actually seeing more people buildingthis year than last the previous year people are more comfortable withthe longevity of the platform and no one's come up with a better solutionfor building apps faster than Domino Designer. In order to bridge the skills gap forthose moving toward J2EE technologies, we came out with Workplace Designer,which brought the skills of the Domino developer to a new tool that wouldbe familiar in a couple of hours to build apps except what gets generatedout of the bottom is J2EE components that fit into it without ever havingto write any Java code. CRN : Given the continued confusionaround Workplace/Domino, will you pull back on the Workplace messagingat all? Rhodin: We're going to continueto try to clarify it. The key thing is we believe the whole composite appmodel around workplace is fundamental to how SOAs are going to be builtin the future. What we've focused on all along is positioning he portaland workplace stuff as the interaction surfaces for SOA. That's alwaysbeen the design point Various analysts have written some prettynutty stuff. I can't believe we were in the same meetings. They keep tryingto spin it back into "This is just a new definition of e-mail, newdefinition of instant messaging." My point is, no. Those things becomeservices. They're commodities. No matter how you look at them, it's whatyou do with them that becomes interesting. And making those componentsavailable as part of this composite application model versus a separatee-mail system or separate IM system is what makes it interesting Just as when Notes came out 15 yearsago, no one knew what groupware or collaboration was. It was the firstset of applications that were built that started to show people the way.We're heading into that phase. Link: CRN:IBM's Collaboration Chief Talks Domino, Workplace Game Plan>

December 24, 2005 by

Outsourcers, network rollouts drive ICT skills demand

Increased business outsourcing activity and rollouts of third-generation mobile and Voice over IP networks are driving heightened demand for ICT skills, according to one of the nation's top recruiters. "A lot of the big services and outsourcing businesses are suddenly winning contracts again," sparking demand for staff to service the deals, Hudson's IT and telecommunications recruitment head, Alison Maidment, said last week.

October 3, 2005 by

Does Phil Zimmermann need a clue on VoIP?

Updated: 8/5/2005 @ 4:06 am Phil Zimmermann of PGP fame, a legend in the cryptography world, was cooking up a new secure VoIP brew at last week's Black Hat conference--but could he be just a little bit out of touch?  As much as I respect the man's intellectual prowess and his contribution to the field of cryptography, I don't think I can say the same about his product design skills.

August 4, 2005 by

WAN Services: Frame Relay or VPN?

Through 2004, distributed wide-area network (WAN) services will continue to be dominated by frame relay. Architects should selectively use customer-premises-based and network-based IP virtual private networks (VPNs) to reduce cost, increase capacity, and

April 27, 2003 by

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