writes: Microsoft has appointed an executive to lead efforts to make its software more interoperable with Novell's Suse Linux.
Microsoft Corp. has appointed an executive to lead its controversial efforts to make its software more interoperable with Novell Inc.'s Suse Linux.
The company has named Tom Hanrahan to the new position of director of Linux interoperability, reporting to Sam Ramji, director of platform technology strategy. Ramji runs the Microsoft Open Source Software Lab at Microsoft's campus in Redmond, Washington, where Microsoft tests its products to see how they interact with Linux and other open-source software.
Hanrahan's duties will include running the new Microsoft/Novell Interoperability Lab, announced in November when the two companies formed a patent-licensing and interoperability deal. The deal will, in part, ensure Novell's Suse Linux works better with Windows in environments where the two OSes co-exist. Experts from both companies will work in the Microsoft/Novell Interoperability Lab to test and build interoperable offerings.
As part of their deal, Microsoft and Novell also are co-marketing each other's technology, and Microsoft is offering Suse Linux maintenance and support coupons to customers who want to run the OS in their IT environments. But Microsoft's ability to do the latter could be threatened by the passage of the GNU General Public License Version 3 (GPLv3) in light of bold claims by the vendor that it will seek damages for 235 of its patents it says both Linux and other open-source software violate. A provision of GPLv3 provides patent protection for anyone receiving software, such as Linux, distributed by the license.
Microsoft executives also have used the Novell deal as the blueprint for how it wants companies violating its patents to pay for them, while Novell insists to this day its Linux distribution does not infringe on any Microsoft patents.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Hanrahan was director of engineering at the Linux Foundation. He also has served as senior program manager in charge of software development and testing at IBM's Linux Technology Center in Oregon. Before that, he spent 11 years at Sequent Computer Systems and several years working for Intel Corp.Link to Original Source
writes: 3 Projects Recognized for Improving Quality of Services to Pennsylvanians
HARRISBURG, Pa., June 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Governor Edward G.
Rendell today said three commonwealth information technology projects from
the departments of Labor & Industry and Public Welfare have been recognized
as Laureates in the 2007 Computerworld Honors program. The awards program
recognized 50 Laureates in the government category, including state,
federal, county and municipal agencies from the U.S. and around the world.
"We have invested significant resources into developing secure,
convenient eGovernment services for Pennsylvanians," Governor Rendell said.
"The information technology industry has recognized Pennsylvania as a
dynamic leader in its creative and effective approach to the challenge of
providing convenient, cost-effective services while protecting citizens'
The international awards program recognizes organizations whose use of
information technology has been especially noteworthy for originality of
conception, breadth of vision and significant benefit to society.
Labor & Industry was recognized for exemplary interagency cooperation
and vision in establishing its Enterprise Identity and Access Management
Project. This project will provide consistent security across state
agencies, improved self-service, user privacy and enhanced usability for
over 30,000 commonwealth employees, more than 250,000 businesses and two
million public users of two online systems being developed.
The Department of Public Welfare was recognized for its Directors'
Dashboard, which helps county Bureau of Child Support officials quickly and
easily identify how to allocate limited staff resources cost-effectively
and to continue providing support services for all of Pennsylvania's
children and families.
The Department of Public Welfare was also recognized for its PACSES
Homepage Portal, a public, self-service Internet portal designed to help
state and county workers do business. This project was previously
recognized as a Computerworld Honors Program Laureate in 2005.
The three projects were recognized in a medal ceremony held earlier
this week at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.
The Rendell administration is committed to creating a first-rate public
education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing
economic investment to support our communities and businesses. To find out
more about Governor Rendell's initiatives and to sign up for his weekly
newsletter, visit his Web site at: http://www.governor.state.pa.us./
writes: Latest PLAYSTATION®3 Firmware Update Adds Upscaling for PlayStation®/PlayStation®2 Games and DVD Movies
Remote Play on PSP®(PlayStation®Portable) System via... /PressReleases.info/ FOSTER CITY, Calif., May 23, 2007 — Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) today announced that the next regular system software update for the PLAYSTATION3
(PS3) computer entertainment system (version 1.80) will be available on Thursday, May 24, and will add upscaling of PlayStation/PlayStation2 games and DVD movies up to 1080p resolution. Now, in addition to displaying native high-definition (HD) content in the highest possible quality (1080p), PS3 system can turn standard definition content into a vibrant HD-quality experience.
The latest firmware update also gives PS3 owners more flexibility to enjoy their digital entertainment content where they want to. The Remote Play feature for using a PSP(PlayStationPortable) system to access photos, videos, and music on a PS3 systems hard drive will be available from outside of a users own home via any Wi-Fi Internet connection, upon the next PSP firmware update. Additionally, PS3 can now play back media content stored on a personal computer or digital video recorder with Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) capability over a home network.
As adoption of HDTVs continues to surge, we know that consumers are hungry for content, and this latest firmware update leverages the PS3s technology to deliver an HD-quality experience using the entertainment media already in your collection, said Peter Dille, senior vice president of marketing, SCEA. In addition, we continue to enhance the PS3s capabilities as an entertainment hub, giving consumers the option to bring their content with them on-the-go, or to stream photos, videos, and music stored on their PC to the PS3 in their living room. Thats often where the largest TV monitor and sound system is located, giving consumers the best possible entertainment experience.
Upscaling Games and Movies
SCEA is enhancing the PS3 user experience by enabling PlayStation and PlayStation 2 games to be upscaled to HD resolution, up to 1080p. Classic games as well as recently released titles can now be enjoyed like never before. And PS3 system now has the capability to upscale DVD videos to HD quality (up to 1080p), a feature typically limited to top-of-the-line DVD players. Upscaling games requires an HDMI or component AV cable, while upscaling DVD-ROM (including DVD Video content) requires an HDMI cable and HDMI compatible TV set.
Media Content on the Move
Since November, PS3 owners have been able to stream photos, videos, and music stored on their PS3s hard drive to a nearby PSP system. Consumers will soon have the freedom to access this media content wherever and whenever their PSP is connected to a wireless Internet access point. To take advantage of this feature, users will have to update their PSP systems firmware to the next version, 3.50, slated for release next week. Once both systems are updated, consumers can enjoy their entertainment content wherever and whenever wireless Internet access is available, including the 7,000 T-Mobile HotSpot locations across the United States.
Version 1.80 also allows PS3 users on a home network to stream media content (photos, videos, and music) stored on a DLNA-enabled device onto their PS3 system. DLNA is a system that enables digital devices such as personal computers, DVRs, and TVs to be connected to a network and share data with other connected devices, in this case a PS3 system. This new functionality reinforces the value of PS3 system as a home entertainment hub.
Other Feature Upgrades
* Copying Saved Data to a Memory Card Users can now copy saved data from PlayStation or PlayStation 2 format software stored on their PS3 system to a Memory Card or Memory Card (8MB) (for PlayStation2), using their PS3 system and a Memory Card Adaptor.
* Photo Printing, Viewing, and Editing The photo capabilities of PS3 system have been enhanced, allowing users to print digital photos stored on a PS3s hard drive or inserted storage media. Currently, select Epson printers connected via USB are compatible. In addition, users will find a new type of slideshow for displaying photos, zoom functionality and the option to crop images.
To install the latest system software on your PS3 system, you can select the System Update feature when your system is hooked up to the Internet; use a PC to download the update data and transfer it to the PS3 system through storage media or a USB mass storage device; or install it using update data included on an upcoming game disc.
About Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.
Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation and PS one game console, the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, the PSP (PlayStationPortable) system, the ground-breaking PLAYSTATION3 (PS3) computer entertainment system and its online and network services the PLAYSTATIONNetwork and PLAYSTATIONStore.
Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PS one game console, the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and the PSP system for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif. Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. serves as headquarters for all North American operations and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.