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HK ครองแชมป์เสี่ยงติดไวรัสมากที่สุด

Posted by comtech3 on July 15, 2008

เกี่ยวกับคอมพิวเตอร์ McAfee ระบุ .HK ครองแชมป์เสี่ยงติดไวรัสมากที่สุด โดย ตอนนี้ มีรายงานใหม่ล่าสุดเกี่ยวกับโดเมนที่เกี่ยวข้องกับเว็บไซต์อันตราย รายงานนี้จัดทำขึ้นโดย McAfee ผู้นำทางด้านระบบแอนตี้ไวรัสและความปลอดภัยของคอมพิวเตอร์ ในรายงานฉบับนี้ของ McAfee ระบุว่า เว็บไซต์ที่มีโดเมนเนม ลงท้ายด้วย .hk จำนวน ประมาณ 19.2 เปอร์เซ็นต์ เป็นเว็บไซต์อันตราย ซึ่งถือว่า นามสกุล .hk (hong kong) นั้นเป็นนามสกุลโดเมนเนมที่มีเว็บไซต์อันตรายมากที่สุดในโลก นอกจาก .hk แล้ว ยังมีการระบุว่า เว็บไซต์ที่มีนามสกุล .cn ของจีน , .info (information) ,.com มีจำนวนเว็บไซต์ ประมาณ 11.8 % 11.7% 5% ที่เป็นเว็บไซต์อันตราย ตามลำดับ จากรายงานฉบับนี้ของ McAfee น่าจะทำให้ผู้ใช้งานเว็บไซต์ทั่วโลกตื่นตัวไม่น้อย ซึ่งผู้เขียนขอแนะนำวิธีง่ายๆ สำหรับการเข้าเว็บไซต์อย่างปลอดภัย โดยส่วนใหญ่แล้ว พวกเราทุกคนมักจะหาเว็บไซต์ที่ต้องการ จาก Search Engine อย่าง Google ขอให้สังเกตสักนิด ตรงผลการค้นหาของกูเกิล ถ้าเราสังเกตดีๆจะรู้เลยว่าเว็บไซต์ไหนไม่ปลอดภัย เพราะว่า กูเกิลได้ทำการสำรวจและวิเคราะห์เว็บไซต์เหล่านั้นมาแล้ว ซึ่งสังเกตได้จาก ประโยคที่ว่า This site is dangerous หรือ เว็บไซต์นี้อาจเป็นอันตรายต่อเครื่องของคุณ

อย่างไรก็ตาม เว็บไซต์ที่ถูกระบุว่า เป็นอันตราย อาจจะไม่ทำอันตรายต่อเครื่องคุณก็ได้ ในทางกลับกัน เว็บไซต์ที่ไม่ถูกระบุว่าอันตราย ก็อาจจะกลับกลายเป็นมัจจุราชทำลายเครื่องคุณก็ได้ ดังนั้น ควรท่องโลกอินเตอร์เน็ตด้วยความระแวดระวังอยู่เสมอ เพื่อความปลอดภัยของคอมพิวเตอร์อันเป็นที่รักของเรา สิงคโปร์เตือนผู้ใช้คอมพิวเตอร์อย่าเปิดอีเมลข่าวแผ่นดินไหวในจีนจากผู้ส่งที่ไม่รู้จัก สิงคโปร์ สิงคโปร์เตือนผู้ใช้คอมพิวเตอร์อย่าเปิดอีเมลรายงานข่าวแผ่นดินไหวในจีนจากผู้ส่งที่ไม่รู้จัก เพราะอาจตกเป็นเหยื่อของแฮกเกอร์ที่ส่งโปรแกรม “ม้าโทรจัน” สิงคโปร์เตือนผู้ใช้คอมพิวเตอร์อย่าเปิดอีเมลรายงานข่าวแผ่นดินไหวในจีนจากผู้ส่งที่ไม่รู้จัก เพราะอาจตกเป็นเหยื่อของแฮกเกอร์ ที่ส่งโปรแกรม “ม้าโทรจัน” ซึ่งเป็นโปรแกรมที่มีตัวทำลายแทรกอยู่ด้วย สำนักข่าวเบอร์นามา ของทางการมาเลเซีย รายงานวันนี้ อ้างแถลงการณ์เตือนของบริษัทโซฟอส ซึ่งเป็นบริษัทให้บริการความมั่นคงทางด้านเทคโนโลยีสารสนเทศ (ไอที) ในสิงคโปร์ ว่า โปรแกรมม้าโทรจัน ซึ่งมากับอีเมลดังกล่าว จะดาวน์โหลดซอฟต์แวร์อันตรายที่เป็นรหัสลับที่แฮกเกอร์จะใช้ขโมยข้อมูลลับ และข้อมูลส่วนตัว เช่น ข้อมูลทางการเงินของผู้ใช้คอมพิวเตอร์ที่ตกเป็นเหยื่อได้ ทันทีที่ผู้ใช้คอมพิวเตอร์เปิดแฟ้มข้อมูลที่แนบมากับอีเมลที่ถูกส่งโดยแฮกเกอร์ ทั้งนี้ โปรแกรมม้าโทรจันมีลักษณะคล้ายไวรัสคอมพิวเตอร์ แต่ไม่ติดต่อไปที่อื่น

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Yahoo rejects joint-bid for search business by Icahn and Microsoft

Posted by comtech3 on July 14, 2008

July 12, 2008 10:49 PM PDT

Yahoo announced Saturday night that it rejected a joint-buyout proposal that Microsoft and investor activist Carl Icahn offered the night before, which called for a “complex restructuring” and sale of Yahoo’s search business to Microsoft.

The joint proposal, issued Friday night, gave Yahoo a 24-hour turnaround to accept or reject the renewed offer. It called for Microsoft to buy the search business and Yahoo to swap out its board members for Icahn’s dissident slate, who would then have control in running the remainder of Yahoo’s businesses.

Microsoft did not have an immediate comment Sunday morning.

Yahoo’s board, after consulting with its legal and financial advisers, rejected the offer Saturday night based on a number of factors, including:

Yahoo’s existing business plus its recently signed commercial agreement with Google has superior financial value and less complexity and risk than the Microsoft/Icahn proposal.

The Microsoft/Icahn proposal would preclude a potential sale of all of Yahoo for a full and fair price, including a control premium.

The major component of the overall value per share asserted by Microsoft/Icahn would be in Yahoo’s remaining non-search businesses which would be overseen by Mr. Icahn’s slate of directors, which has virtually no working knowledge of Yahoo’s businesses.

The Microsoft/Icahn proposal would require the immediate replacement of the current Board and removal of the top management team at Yahoo. The Yahoo Board believes these moves would destabilize Yahoo for the up to the one year it would take to gain regulatory approval for this deal.

Yahoo said in rejecting the offer it told Microsoft it was willing to sell the entire company for at least $33 a share and its board believed such a deal could be negotiated and executed before its annual shareholders meeting on August 1. Yahoo said it also informed the software giant it remained willing to negotiate an “improved search only transaction.”

Microsoft, however, rejected both offers, Yahoo stated.

Yahoo did not disclose the financial terms that Microsoft and Icahn were willing to offer in the proposal.

Icahn, which is running a proxy fight against the Internet search pioneer to unseat its board at its annual shareholders meeting, delivered the proposal to the search pioneer.

And although Yahoo’s board “acknowledges that the current proposal contains a number of improvements over Microsoft’s earlier proposal,” the Yahoo board’s believed this latest proposal is not in its shareholders best interests. It cited these issues:

The revenue guarantees suggested, which are conditional and subject to reduction, are well below the search revenue that the company is expected to generate on its own and in association with its announced commercial agreement with Google. That agreement alone is estimated to generate $250 to $450 million of incremental cash flow for the first twelve months following implementation, while allowing Yahoo to remain a principal in paid search.

The success of the remaining company is critically dependent on Microsoft’s ability to effectively monetize search.

Microsoft/Icahn’s proposed Traffic Acquisition Costs rates are below market.

The proposal calls for Yahoo to sell its industry-leading algorithmic search business and its related strategic and valuable intellectual property portfolio for no incremental consideration.

Many of the components of the headline value that Mr. Icahn and Microsoft put forward, such as the spin-off of the Yahoo’s Asian assets and the return of cash to stockholders, are steps that could be taken by Yahoo on its own and the board continues to evaluate these options.

Yahoo Chairman Roy Bostock characterized the efforts by Microsoft and Icahn as “erratic and unpredictable” and said that it would be “absurd and irresponsible” for the Internet search company to engage in a complex deal that would remove half of its business and do it without Microsoft dealing directly with the company’s management.

“Microsoft and Mr. Icahn are trying to dismantle the company and deliver our search business to Microsoft on terms that would be disadvantageous to Yahoo stockholders. We are prepared to let our stockholders, not Microsoft and Carl Icahn, decide what is in their best interests and we look forward to the upcoming (shareholders) vote,” Bostock said.

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft initiated discussions with Yahoo:

The proposal came together in recent days. Microsoft’s general counsel Brad Smith initiated the talks with a phone call to Ron Olson, the lawyer for Yahoo’s independent directors a few days ago, according to a person familiar with the matter. Subsequently, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Mr. Icahn and Roy Bostock, Yahoo’s chairman, discussed the proposal over several phone calls, this person said.

That move apparently came despite a statement by Microsoft on Monday that it “concluded” it could not reach agreement with Yahoo’s board and it would be interested in discussing either a search only acquisition, or purchase of all of Yahoo, with a new board.

And on Friday evening, according to a report in The New York Times, Icahn and Ballmer made their proposal. The Times further notes Yahoo’s board and advisers discussed it in a meeting that lasted between four to five hours.

Microsoft’s sweetened search buyout offer, a concept CNET News first reported on three weeks ago that the software giant was considering, showed improvements over its initial search offer to Yahoo that was worth $9 billion.

One improvement, according the Wall Street Journal, included revenue guarantees that would span five years, compared with its previous offer of three years.

Posted by Dawn Kawamoto
CNET NEWS.com

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iPhone apps: Bad for Facebook, OpenSocial?

Posted by comtech3 on July 11, 2008

July 10, 2008 9:55 AM PDT CNET new.com

Posted by Caroline McCarthy

What does the iPhone 3G have to do with the future of social platforms like Facebook and OpenSocial? A lot, actually.

It’s because of the iPhone App Store, the add-on to the iTunes Store that opened its doors on Thursday in anticipation of the new device and its iPhone 2.0 software.

With more than 550 third-party applications available at launch, Apple’s new mini marketplace means that for the first time since the social-application craze started more than a year ago, the hottest new trend has nothing to do with Web-based networks.

“(The iPhone is) a device that’s made for ‘social,'” said Bart Decrem, a veteran of browsers Firefox and Flock who went on to found Tapulous, a start-up firm that has released three iPhone games in the App Store and plans to roll out more. “This is a device that’s always connected, that’s always on you. It knows where you are, you can take pictures with it, and you can send messages with it.”

The new iPhone: it’s pretty, it’s shiny, it’s versatile, and owners rarely leave it out of their sight. The implication for Facebook, as well as open-source social network platform OpenSocial, is that if developers see more compelling reasons to build software for the iPhone instead, they could jump ship.

And there’s a big reason: money.

It’s true that there is not an obvious path to jump from one to the other. Traditionally, the Web development space has been distinctly separate from the tight-knit community of Mac developers, said developer Jesse Farmer, who writes about both on the 20bits blog. “There’s cultural differences and technical differences. People who develop software for social platforms tend to come from the Web world. They tend to travel in their own social circles,” he explained.

When it comes to the App Store, Farmer said the first ones to the table “are the people who are really into that stuff. The Mac developers are going to be the first ones there, mostly because developing for the iPhone is going to be a lot like developing for the Mac.”

The money factor
There might be an apples-and-oranges vibe when it comes to comparing social-platform developers with iPhone developers, but the money factor could easily make some of them willing to bridge the gap.

For small-time developers, it’s become increasingly tough to make a buck or two from applications on Facebook’s platform, where the easiest route to cash is ad impressions. The space has become dominated by half-billion-dollar firms like Slide and RockYou, something that Farmer has pointed out in his analyses of developer discontent.

“If you’ve already succeeded on Facebook, OpenSocial, or whatever, there’s really no reason to (switch),” Farmer said of iPhone development. Thing is, there are thousands upon thousands of developers who haven’t succeeded, or who enjoyed only flash-in-the-pan success. “People who are sort of disillusioned with social networks and haven’t found a way to succeed…I can see them moving over and trying it out.”

“Buying and installing an iPhone app feels very similar to buying a song through iTunes, and that familiarity is undoubtedly going to work to the advantage of all developers on the platform.”

— Eric Litman, CEO, Medialets

The iPhone App Store is structured completely differently, and that might be appealing. True, there are barriers to entry: a fee to join the developer program, and selectivity when it comes to apps that wind up in the store. But that could get a thumbs-up from developers who grew tired of the saturation of Zombie Bite-type games on Facebook’s platform.

“It’s disruptive in the way that going from DOS to Windows was disruptive,” Tapulous’ Decrem said. “That means that there are tremendous new opportunities, and entire new classes of applications and companies will come into existence.” He said that with the iPhone 1.0 software, which required a “jailbreaking” hack to be able to install third-party applications, the games released by Tapulous had already seen a million installs. In other words, people want this stuff.

And here’s the real kicker: the creators of iPhone applications can charge a fee for downloads, thus creating a way to make money that’s unheard of on free-for-all social-network platforms. Of the 552 applications in the App Store at launch, 417 of them are paid downloads, one of them costing a whopping $69.99. (That’d be ForeFlight, which provides runway and airport data for airline pilots.)

“Apple has built payments directly into the app distribution model in a way that is already comfortable and familiar to over 100 million iPod users,” said Eric Litman, whose new start-up Medialets also hopes to cash in on the iPhone developer gold rush. “Buying and installing an iPhone app feels very similar to buying a song through iTunes, and that familiarity is undoubtedly going to work to the advantage of all developers on the platform.”

Investment bank Piper Jaffray estimated last month that the iPhone App Store could be a billion-dollar business by 2009, and that nearly 90 million people worldwide could own compatible iPhone and iPod Touch devices by the end of that year. That’s a bigger audience than Facebook has now–though it should be noted that the number is probably optimistic. And the lower price point for the new iPhone 3G, just $199 for the lower-end model, means that its reputation as a geek fetish toy will probably go away soon. Charging five bucks for an application could bring in some real dollars.

Advertising industry ready to jump in
But even if a developer is committed to distributing his or her iPhone applications for free, the ad industry is already chomping at the bit. That’s in stark contrast to the debut of the Facebook platform, where many developers simply used Google’s AdSense at the start, and it wasn’t until months later that Facebook application ad networks started to pop up. (Now they’re everywhere.)

“There is a lot of ad agency excitement right now about the iPhone, the iPhone 3G, and advertising possibilities on the iPhone,” said Greg Yardley, founder of iPhone ad start-up Pinch Media. “I know that inventory just on regular Web pages optimized for the iPhone is selling fast.”

There’s still no concrete reason to believe that advertising on the iPhone will work much better than advertising on a social network, just a lot of statistics and guesswork.

“Mobile has been the redheaded stepchild of advertising for a long time, simply because the tracking has been really bad, and traditionally, the targeting has been really bad,” Yardley said. “Now that the iPhone is going out there, there are more interesting ad opportunities. I think we’re going to see an increase in spend, but it’s not going to be a flip of a switch. You’re always going to get a few agencies that are going to get out there and do interesting things, but those agencies were going to do interesting things, anyway.”

Even if the money’s not as solid as it purports to be, the promise is there, and that’s going to be enough to make some developers shift the focus from their Facebook or OpenSocial applications to Apple’s shiny device. It’s guaranteed to shake things up, at the very least. “Not only will app developers move to the iPhone, I think we’ll see the social platforms themselves move there,” Litman said. “The iPhone is an inherently social device, in many ways even more so than social-networking platforms.”

There’s a lot of big dreaming, but right now, the biggest priority is getting used to the new landscape. When asked what he planned to do first after the iPhone 3G launched, Yardley said, “We have to make sure our servers stay up.”

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Aussies win tech prize for saving water

Posted by comtech3 on July 9, 2008

Correspondents in Sydney | July 09, 2008

A COMPUTER program designed to save water for Australia’s drought-stricken farmers has won a major international technology prize.

A team of four Australians developed the software and beat off competition from around the world to take out the Imagine Cup in Paris.

Sponsored by computer giant Microsoft, the competition involved more than 200,000 students from 100 countries.

Team SOAK (Smart Operational Agricultural ToolKit) impressed the judges with its unique software designed to help farmers monitor their water usage.

Team member David Burela, 24, said about six months was spent consulting with engineers and farmers and developing the software.

It gives farmers a virtual image of their farms and the ability to work out how much moisture is in their fields and what their dam storage levels are.

“Basically, it allows them to record how much water they are using and tells them how much they have left,” Mr Burela said.

“So, they’re able to water only where they need to and can maximise their water use.

“It’s amazing looking back six months ago when I was in my bedroom working on this and now here we are in Paris sitting in the Louvre with first place. It’s a giant step.”

Mr Burela and his fellow Melbourne-based team-mates – Dimaz Pramudya, Ed Hooper and Long Zheng – have already begun talks with Hewlett-Packard about developing the software further and selling it to farmers around the world.

“Every farmer we talked to, the first thing they would say was: `When can we buy it’,” Mr Burela said.

AAP

from Australian IT

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Microsoft adds tool for evaluating software asset management

Posted by comtech3 on July 8, 2008

Microsoft adds tool for evaluating software asset management

The SAM Optimization Model is a free tool that can be used by corporate customers to evaluate their internal asset management processes

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Apple MacBook: Change is in the Air

Posted by comtech3 on July 7, 2008

from CNet News.com

Posted by Brooke Crothers

The Apple MacBook Air has been a ground-breaking first-generation product (in my opinion). So, what will Apple do to top it when an update comes later this year? There are some telling indicators already. This is what I expect–and hope for–as a user.

First, a disclaimer. I am not an Apple fanatic. The MacBook Air is the first Apple product I have ever used. For well over a decade, I have been wedded to Wintel (Windows-Intel) laptops.

Before I dive into upcoming features, I should also mention that I have been extremely pleased with the Air and have used it almost every day for the last four months. But I would be remiss if I didn’t say it is overpriced, as all subnotebooks are.

• Overpriced but still an amazing design Apple made a very studied decision to exclude certain features. This makes the Air an Air. Apple could have included more ports and a little more of this and pinch of that–but then it would have been just another subnotebook.

So, I expect Apple to maintain the uniqueness of the Air for the next refresh.

But improvements are always welcome. And here are a few things that potential buyers can expect to see when a new Air is rolled out.

Apple has begun to give us hints of things to come. A $500 price cut for the solid state drive (SSD) model is one of the biggest indicators so far.

• A bigger, better solid state drive The next Air will offer drives that range in size to more than 100GB. A likely offering would be 128GB from vendors like STEC. (Samsung supplies the current SSD.) Intel and Micron Technology can’t be ruled out. Their drives will come in 80GB and 160GB capacities.

These SSDs will also likely use multiple-level cell (MLC) technology, in contrast with current drives that use single-level-cell (SLC). MLC allows higher-capacities but presents power and data reliability challenges, which suppliers claim to have overcome.

• Processors Invariably, all notebooks get upgraded with better processors and graphics. I think the Air’s current performance is superb for a subnotebook. I have owned many subnotebooks over the years and anemic performance can render them practically unusable as an everyday machine. But I haven’t had this problem with the Air (see note at bottom).

Intel’s upcoming 45-nanometer “Montevina” (Centrino 2) low-power offerings should make this experience even better. Though an initial Montevina refresh is slated for July 14, low-power versions won’t appear until this fall. Intel refers to these as SFF (small form factor) processors. They will come in high-performance, low-voltage, and ultra-low-voltage variants.

SFF Montevina processors will range from 25-watt (2.4GHz) to 17-watt (1.86GHz) to 10-watt (1.2GHz). The current Intel processor used in the Air is rated at 20 watts at 1.8GHz.

Whether Apple chooses one of these or opts for something not currently on the Intel roadmap of course remains to be seen.

• Graphics Graphics will get upgraded. Montevina will come with Intel’s GMA X4500 graphics, which Intel has said repeatedly will be three times faster than current X3100 integrated graphics.

• Battery Insufficient battery life is a problem that plagues all subnotebooks. It has often been suggested that Apple include a removable battery (for easy replacement), but that could compromise the ultraslim design. Having said that, I have been pleased with the battery life compared with other notebooks I have owned.

Hazarding a guess at other features such as upgraded hard disk drives, better screens, and external extras like a docking station is too speculative (and the latter would also compromise the design), so I’ll refrain from making any predictions.

But the Air shouldn’t change too much. With a simple performance upgrade, it would be an even more remarkable computer.

(Note: No, the Air is not as fast as a 14-inch Hewlett-Packard 6910P, for example, but no PC maker can squeeze that kind of performance into a Air-like form factor.)

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HP Enhances Integration of Technology in the Classroom

Posted by comtech3 on July 2, 2008

Fresno United School District deploys more than 7,000 HP Mini-Note PCs

SAN ANTONIO, July 1, 2008

As part of its efforts to facilitate the adoption and integration of technology in schools, HP today announced computing products, education solutions and 2008 HP Technology for Teaching Leadership Award winners at the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC).

During a media breakfast at the event, education customers and HP executives discussed the following news:

  • Volume deployment of HP Mini-Note PC
  • New workstation and mobile calculating offerings
  • Web 2.0 and planning tools for technology assimilation
  • 2008 HP Technology for Teaching Leadership Award winners

“HP strives to help educators, administrators and students benefit from a 21st century learning environment,” said Brian Becker, director of education, HP.

Volume deployment of HP Mini-Note PC

To help schools offer affordable computers to every student, HP worked with educators to design a full-function Mini-Note PC priced starting under $500.(1) Weighing slightly more than 2.5 pounds, the HP Mini-Note PC is smaller and lighter than many math or science books.

Fresno (Calif.) United School District is deploying more than 7,000 HP Mini-Note PCs to its K-12 students. “The HP Mini-Note is a powerful laptop that is small enough to fit on students’ desks along with their textbooks and papers, allowing them access to the Internet and educational content from around the world without leaving their seats,” said Kurt Madden, chief technology officer, Fresno United School District.

New workstation and mobile calculating offerings

HP also announced the availability of a new AMD quad-core processor-based workstation that offers the power of a workstation for the price of a PC. Starting at $599,(1) the affordable HP xw4550 workstation can run the high-performance applications pertinent to learning advanced subjects such as digital forensics, mechanical computer aided design and video production.

With the HP xw4550, networked learning centers, computer labs and libraries can be equipped with more workstations at a lower cost and provide faculty with easy access to centralized information. In addition, the HP xw4550 workstation is secure, safe, durable and student-proof, with desktop controls and icons that can be locked down. The workstations offer quick initial installation and software upgrades and lower energy usage for additional cost savings.

HP Mobile Calculating Lab (MCL) solutions bring classroom math and science experiments to life. First announced in Europe and now ready for pre-order in the United States, the solutions enable students to better connect mathematical formulas to everyday physical phenomena by easily collecting and analyzing real-world data in real time.

Targeted for middle and high school math and science students, HP MCL solutions are composed of an HP 39gs or 40gs Graphing Calculator, the HP StreamSmart 400, a variety of Fourier scientific sensors and probes, as well as calculator presentation software and classroom instruction materials.

Feature highlights of the low-cost, high-performance MCL solutions include:

  • Fast data collection – up to 5,700 samples per second;
  • Interactive, real-time data capture – students can pan, zoom in and capture datasets as they happen; and
  • Data isolation – export selected data to HP 39/40gs Graphing Calculators for analysis.

Web 2.0 and planning tools for technology assimilation

The HP Professional Development Program was designed to help teachers and administrators bridge the gap between student achievement and technology by training teachers to effectively integrate technology into their classroom curriculum.

HP is partnering with Knowledge Network Solutions and Atomic Learning to deliver four key services that contribute to making technology in the classroom easier to use and understand:

  1. Planning and finance – facilitating an instructional technology plan to ensure a successful deployment;
  2. Support – helping schools find supplemental funding with grants and writing proposals;
  3. Professional development – instructing teachers and administrators in the integration of technology and new techniques into their existing curriculum; and
  4. Online professional development – web-based software training for more than 100 software applications that students and educators use every day.

The Teacher Experience Exchange, available at www.hp.com/go/TeacherExperience, is a joint HP and Microsoft project that provides educators with resources at no charge to enhance teaching and learning through the use of technology in the classroom. The exchange is an online Web 2.0 community created by teachers to encourage educators not only to search for content, but to organically contribute and rate others’ content.

The exchange already boasts more than 2,000 members and approximately 700 teacher advisors who provided feedback and guidance on the website’s functionality and content. As the site continues to grow, so will its content and features.

As members of Teacher Experience Exchange, educators can do the following:

  • Share, find and rank classroom content and lesson plans;
  • Create online profiles and virtually network with other educators;
  • Create and join community discussion forums and message boards to exchange ideas with peers; and
  • Take online courses and browse tutorials, resources and other content 24/7.

“With six free Microsoft applications and many other tools provided on the Teacher Experience Exchange website, teachers will be better prepared to implement the technology students need as preparation for entering a global workforce,” said Anthony Salcito, general manager of education, Microsoft.

2008 HP Technology for Teaching Leadership Award winners

As part of the HP Technology for Teaching program, HP announced the 15 K-12 schools and 10 higher education institutions that will be receiving 2008 HP Technology for Teaching Leadership Awards. The Leadership Awards are additional, higher value grants awarded to previous HP Technology for Teaching grant recipients whose projects demonstrate success in their first year of implementation.

Recipients were selected for reinvestment based on their success integrating HP technology into their classroom curriculum, demonstrating positive results on student achievement and developing innovative plans to expand their programs to have a broader impact on student success. The Leadership Awards are granted to further each school or institution’s use of technology to enhance teaching and improve learning.

In addition to HP products, Leadership Award recipients of the K-12 program receive professional development and a mentor from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE, www.iste.org) to help teachers learn how to best integrate HP technology into their teaching practice. The K-12 Leadership Awards, valued at $91,000 each, encourage integration of technology into lesson plans and support student achievement. Higher education recipients receive an award of cash and HP products valued at $131,000 to expand their course redesign efforts.

Since 2004, HP has contributed nearly $60 million in HP Technology for Teaching grants to more than 1,000 schools in 41 countries worldwide. During the past 20 years, HP has contributed more than $1 billion in cash and equipment to schools, universities, community organizations and other nonprofit organizations around the world.

More information on HP education products, services and grant making is available at www.hp.com/go/k12 (K-12 education), www.hp.com/go/hied (higher education) and www.hp.com/go/hpteach (HP Technology for Teaching grant program).

About HP

HP focuses on simplifying technology experiences for all of its customers – from individual consumers to the largest businesses. With a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP is among the world’s largest IT companies, with revenue totaling $110.4 billion for the four fiscal quarters ended April 30, 2008. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com.


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HP Labs Advances Sustainable IT with New Research Projects

Posted by comtech3 on July 2, 2008

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HP today announced new research initiatives from HP Labs, the company’s central research arm, aimed at developing new technologies and business models that leave a lighter carbon footprint.

Initially, HP Labs will focus its research in sustainability on three major projects, including: an industry-first initiative to reduce the carbon footprint of data centers by 75 percent; groundbreaking research to replace copper wiring in servers with laser light beams; and tools for measuring and managing the amount of energy used to develop products.

Sustainability is one of five major research themes of the newly redesigned HP Labs, which recently refocused its efforts to address the most complex challenges facing technology customers in the next decade.

“HP’s long-standing commitment to the environment is second to none in the technology industry. Today, HP Labs extends our dedication with these important research initiatives that will advance the state of the art in sustainable IT,” said Prith Banerjee, senior vice president, research, and director, HP Labs. “HP Labs will lead the industry in developing the technology that could dramatically reduce energy consumption and the carbon footprint of entire industries.”

The ultimate sustainable data center

HP Labs unveiled its Sustainable Data Center project, which is focused on reducing the carbon footprint of data centers by 75 percent while simultaneously reducing the total cost of ownership. For example, an average data center that consumes five megawatts of electricity annually could power more than 4,300 homes in the United States for a year. This research project will enable companies to drastically reduce the amount of electricity consumed in the data center.

Under the leadership of Chandrakant Patel, HP Fellow and director of the Sustainable IT Ecosystem Lab, researchers will study how energy is used and managed for the entire lifetime of a data center, from its design, synthesis, operation and end-of-life for its components. The research team, which includes computer scientists, materials scientists, physicists, and mechanical and electrical engineers, will use this information to develop data center technologies that achieve a massive reduction in resource consumption while maintaining performance, reliability and uptime requirements.

HP expects this research to open up new markets for its business by extending the technology to other areas such as smart buildings, grids and print factories.

Replacing copper with light to improve energy efficiency

A second sustainability research initiative is focused on replacing the copper-based electrical connections used in today’s IT systems with optical laser communication links.

The Photonic Interconnect project, led by HP Senior Fellow and Director of Information and Quantum Systems Lab, R. Stanley Williams, builds on years of research dedicated to building photonic optical connections and components.

Photonic interconnections make it possible to fit dozens, and eventually hundreds, of processors on server system chips. In addition, the optical connections are 20 times more efficient than what is on the market today and will save companies multiple gigawatts of power annually, thus driving down IT costs. The photonic interconnects, which range in distance from 100 meters to 100 nanometers, also enable more flexible system configurations that can be quickly redeployed based on business needs.

New approach for modeling and measuring energy and material use

HP Labs also introduced a new project, to be led by Patel, focused on developing a set of tools that can model, predict, measure and manage the environmental impact of product manufacturing, supply chains and business processes.

HP will develop software and services tools to measure and manage key environmental impact metrics, such as carbon emissions, total energy usage and non-recoverable energy consumption. HP will use the tools to help customers re-engineer their businesses to be more sustainable and cost-effective through the innovative use of IT. This project will initially focus on three primary areas:

  • HP Labs researchers are developing analyses of commercial printing and publishing industries that compare the sustainability impact of their current business models against a reduced impact that would result from the deployment of new research technologies. The aim is to identify and quantify how such research technologies can be best deployed to increase efficiency and reduce resource and energy use as well as carbon emissions. HP plans to extend this research to its customers in other vertical industries.
  • HP Labs researchers have developed a unique approach to quantify the costs and environmental impact of a product by looking at the amount of available energy, known as exergy, that was used in that product’s life cycle from extraction, manufacturing, shipping, usage and recycling. HP Labs and the University of California at Berkeley have jointly developed the Lifetime Exergy Advisor, a software tool designed to assess a product’s total environmental impact through joules, units of available energy. The Lifetime Exergy Advisor can help organizations determine the environmental benefits gained from using alternative materials and processes across every phase of the product life cycle. HP believes that as the world’s energy resources are increasingly tapped, companies will measure the amount of joules associated with the creation of a product much they way they measure dollars, so joules will be valued as much as currency.
  • To harness the knowledge of the world’s leading experts in sustainability, HP Labs researchers plan to create an open online resource, called a “sustainability hub,” to gather and share data and information about the sustainable design of products. Sustainability experts, researchers, scientists, engineers and academia from around the world are invited to contribute to the hub, which will have a repository of research information dedicated to the development of tools and methodologies for sustainability. The sustainability hub is expected to be available to the public in 2009. HP Labs intends to apply the data in future research to quantify the amount of available energy used when new products and supply chains are created across the entire global ecosystem.

More information on these projects is available at the HP Labs website at www.hpl.hp.com.

About HP

HP focuses on simplifying technology experiences for all of its customers – from individual consumers to the largest businesses. With a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP is among the world’s largest IT companies, with revenue totaling $110.4 billion for the four fiscal quarters ended April 30, 2008. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com.


This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of HP and its consolidated subsidiaries could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including but not limited to statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations; any statements concerning expected development, performance or market share relating to products and services; anticipated operational and financial results; any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the execution and performance of contracts by HP and its customers, suppliers and partners; the achievement of expected results; and other risks that are described in HP’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended January 31, 2008 and HP’s other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to HP’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2007. HP assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.

© 2008 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.

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Tech giants team up and form new security initiative

Posted by comtech3 on July 1, 2008

Five of the biggest names in the technology industry have teamed up for a new security initiative.

Known as the Industry Consortium for Advancement of Security on the Internet (ICASI), the group will examine ways in which multiple companies can respond to a single security threat.

Founding members of the nonprofit group include Cisco, Intel, IBM and Juniper Networks.

The aim of the project is to deal with security threats that may affect multiple companies. The group plans to seek out better ways to cooperate with one another and notify users in the event of an attack.

“During the last few years, common Internet security threats have evolved from wide-reaching worms and viruses to more sophisticated, stealth attacks that may begin to simultaneously target multiple products or shared protocols in multiple products,” the group said in a statement.

“ICASI will allow IT vendors to work together to address multi-vendor security threats.”

The group will also look for ways to improve the rollout of multi-vendor security patches and look to establish a better system for reporting and mitigating security flaws.

Cooperation between multiple companies, particularly in the face of a large-scale attack, has become a top priority in recent years. Collaboration strategies were said to be one of the central themes of the recent Cyber Storm 2 government exercise.

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Microsoft joins Cisco and IBM in security initiative

Posted by comtech3 on July 1, 2008

Microsoft is spearheading its second global security initiative in a week by setting up a scheme to try to tackle multi-vendor security threats.

The software giant is joining forces with Cisco, IBM, Intel and Juniper Networks, to form a “lean” organisation called ICASI (Industry Consortium for Advancement of Security on the Internet).

ICASI’s aim is to tackle security threats which affect multiple vendors’ products, without having to involve government organisations.

ICASI argues its creation is due to the fact that internet threats have evolved in complexity from simple worms and viruses to become sophisticated attacks across multiple products.

Its board of directors will comprise one executive from each of the five vendors.

“To date there has not been a trusted vendor environment that allows companies to identify, assess and mitigate multi-product, global security challenges together on the customers’ behalf.

ICASI aims to fill this void,” the organisation said in a statement.

“ICASI does not seek to respond to every product security issue…but is designed to respond to, and ideally reduce, the potential customer impact of global, multi-vendor cyber threats,” it added.

Issues affecting a single vendor should be addressed by the security response team of that vendor, ICASI said.

The vendors say the new organisation will help them quickly share threat information. ICASI will be able to launch a joint response from its members’ incident response teams in the case of a serious threat.

Microsoft’s general manager of product security George Stathakopoulos said: “To truly improve online security and privacy, the industry must come together through dialogue, collaboration and consensus, and we believe ICASI represents a crucial step in that direction.”

ICASI is said to be seeking further members, although applicants must be global publicly-traded security companies, according to its selection criteria.

They must be able to demonstrate “mature security incident response and engineering processes” and be approved by its board of directors.

Many global companies with interests in security are missing from the consortium, including Symantec, McAfee, Google and HP.

ICASI aims to compile its roadmap in the coming weeks and outline its first “accomplishments” in the autumn.

Microsoft said last week it was forming another security initiative. Along with Google, Novell and Oracle, it has set up the Information Card Foundation to develop technologies for securing digital identities on the internet.

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Jul 1, 2008 9:56 AM

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