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Teleconference calls are so 2008.IBM today announced a new software tool, Sametime 3D, which allows people to hold virtual business meetings in virtual conference rooms.It has its origins in the worlds of Sim City and MMORPGs. Users will be able to create their own avatars to represent them in the "rooms," and will be able to talk, share presentations and, in a cute move, be able "to, literally, throw ideas on the wall" to "see what sticks." The 3D technology means that users will be able to view presentations from all sides - an architectural model or gadget design, for example.The "reusable meeting spaces" can represent many different types of commonly used meeting rooms, including an amphitheater,... Read more...
VMware Enables Project Management Institute to Deploy Virtualized Application Platform for Production and Development Environments. Organization Credits VMware Infrastructure with Helping Deliver Seven-Figure Cost Savings, Migrates Entire Datacenter in Real Time with VMware VMotionVMware, Inc., the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop to the datacenter, today announced that the Project Management Institute (PMI), the leading advocate for the project management professional globally, has deployed VMware’s industry-leading management and virtualization platform, VMware Infrastructure, to help control rising IT costs and improve the overall manageability of PMI’s business-critical... Read more...
It's no secret that online gamers are crazy over MMORPGs in Asia.  Sometimes, it seems, as in this case, they are crazy period.A Japanese woman, 43, committed virtual murder after her virtual husband (yes, only in the world of the game Maple Story) virtually divorced her.  Yep, in reality, it was all a simulation, as is what she did next.Apparently she had acquired his password from one of his co-workers, so she logged into the game --- and deleted his avatar.  While some might say, "so what," she's been arrested on suspicion of illegally accessing a computer and manipulating electronic data.BTW. Maple Story bills itself as the world's first side-scrolling MMORPG.  It's also... Read more...
How do you roll out computer access to 1.8 million students at $70 per seat? The answer: Virtualization. The Indian state of Andhra Pradesh is undertaking a "massive 5,000-school educational computing initiative" to build computer labs and give computer access to almost two million Indian children. But instead of requiring one computer per user, the system being put in place, supplied by NComputing, will allow up to seven users simultaneous access to a single computer.   Credit: NComputingGet those images of a bunch of kids crowded around a single keyboard and display out of your heads--that's not how this system works. The system will utilize NComputing's X300 kit that essentially... Read more...
AMD Delivers Optimum Platform for Virtualization with Microsoft- Combined Offering Expected to Benefit Underserved Mid-Market by Offering Reduced Cost, Superior Flexibility for Web-based Workloads - SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- September 8, 2008 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the availability of robust new virtualization solutions powered by a combination of technologies from AMD and Microsoft Corp. This new deployment model uses AMD Opteron processors with AMD Virtualization (AMD-V) technology together with Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V to deliver significant efficiencies to enterprises large and small. Mid-market companies in particular, which have traditionally been slower to implement... Read more...
Force feedback has become commonplace in today's game controllers. To many, the simulated forces create a more realistic game-play environment. A group of scientists at the University of Tokyo in Japan are on working on a new technology that can potentially allow force feedback-type sensations and controller input without the need of a joystick or other physical input device at all--all feedback sensations and input could be done simply in "mid air." The scientists, Takayuki Iwamoto, Mari Tatezono, Takayuki Hoshi, and Hiroyuki Shinoda, have developed what they call an "Airborne Ultrasound Tactile Display." Tactile feedback in "3D free space" is not necessarily a new concept: in the abstract for... Read more...
Quad-Core AMD Opteron CPU Sets New Benchmark for VirtualizQuad-Core AMD Opteron™ Processor Sets New Benchmark for Virtualization Performance on the VMware Platform —Power efficient AMD Opteron Processors improve system availability, control costs and drive business flexibility across the enterprise —SUNNYVALE, Calif. — August 25, 2008 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it has achieved the top spot on the VMware® VMmark™ virtualization benchmark for x86 servers with the Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ processor-based HP ProLiant DL585 G5.  AMD now holds the top three spots on the 16-core VMmark benchmark.* This latest result is further proof that Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors... Read more...
According to an April 2008 study by the Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), "almost three-quarters of all enterprises are now using virtualization for production applications." But while virtualization has made significant inroads into enterprise infrastructure, the EMA reports that a variety of barriers are keeping the technology from being fully utilized up to its full potential. One of the major barriers is trying to manage virtualization in complex IT environments:  "Enterprises are grappling with an average of 11 different platforms (e.g. Windows, Linux, UNIX), technologies (e.g. server, application, desktop virtualization), and vendors (e.g. VMware, Microsoft, Citrix). Only 2%... Read more...
It's hard to say if Adobe is saying "me first," or "me too." They've launched new applications for their suite of web-based document generation software at Acrobat.com that goes head to head with Google Docs and Microsoft's Office Live Workspace. Now you can have a virtual typing pigpile hosted by Adobe, too. At the heart of the new launch is Buzzword, the web-based word processor that Adobe acquired last year. Buzzword’s full functionality is integrated into Acrobat.com, allowing users to create documents and collaborate on them with others. Different permissions can be assigned to each collaborator, and edits all tracked and saved with version control. Of course, since this is all done over... Read more...
The Commodore 64 is legendary, and just last year celebrated its 25th anniversary. And now owners of the Nintendo Wii will be able to play classic games of that era via the Wii Virtual Console.Bala Keilman, CEO of Commodore Gaming, commented, “The massive impact the Commodore 64 had on video gaming is still evident today with many gamers remembering the computer and its games with great fondness. By working with Nintendo of Europe, we are ensuring that future generations of gamers can play some of the best and most popular titles that kick-started the computer games revolution and so keep the C64 legacy in gamers hearts.”Laurent Fischer, Managing Director of European Marketing & PR of Nintendo... Read more...
Yahoo released the beta version of its browser-based MP3 player yesterday. It allows you to link MP3s from anywhere on the web on your web page, add Yahoo-supplied javascript, et voila! :working play buttons appear next to any MP3s.     *  The interface between your document and our library is unobtrusive Javascript and semantic HTML: even though our library is Javascript internally, the API is HTML.    * The API is fairly rich. You can set the image we use for album art. You can control the playlist sequence. You can tell us the song title. You can operate in strict mode or quirks mode. To learn more, see How To Link on the wiki.    * We're creating... Read more...
Apple has always done their utmost to lock consumers into their hardware/software combination, and some consumers were really hoping to see Apple release a version of OS X that could be installed on any PC.  Tiger came and went, Leopard's come, and users are still locked into Apple hardware.Since most new CPUs have been touting virtualization technology as a feature, could it be done there?  The short answer is no, not according to the EULA, at least until Leopard:“This License allows you to install and use one copy of the Mac OS X Server software (the "Mac OS X Server Software") on a single Apple-labeled computer at a time.”We're quite aware of the benefits of running virtual operating... Read more...
What's the number one problem plaguing the future of the Internet as we know (and love) it?  If you guessed: spam, piracy, pornography, identity theft, or even video games you're somewhat close but still off.  The answer might very well be routers.All the fiber optic lines in the world are 100% useless without the routers to figure out which data packets go in which direction.  So how did we arrive at this point?  The answer is surprisingly simple:“Due to the improvements in fiber technology, the cost of increasing raw bandwidth capacity has been decreasing about as fast as the traffic grows. Fiber, therefore, is no longer the problem. But now that fiber technology has advanced,... Read more...
The Church of England is up in arms after discovering that Manchester Cathedral made its video game début in "Resistance: Fall of man," a title which the church claims promotes gun violence. The game in one particular level sends the player through Manchester Cathedral to continue his adventure of slagging aliens and saving the world. The Church of England has been battling rising gun violence in Manchester and as a result, sees Sony's inclusion of the cathedral in a violent videogame as directly undermining the church's efforts.  The Church is not only requesting that the level be modified or completely removed from the game, but that Sony also make a donation to the church to help aid its battle... Read more...
Research  In Motion, makers of the popular Blackberry handheld,  is  going to offer software to allow smartphone users running Windows Mobile 6.0 to use the Blackberry's applications without  changing their hardware. “Extending BlackBerry applications to a broader range of devices is an important element of RIM's strategy to provide an open platform that supports industry standards and addresses the various needs of our customers and partners,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. “This new software will provide a range of important benefits, including easier support of Windows Mobile-based devices within BlackBerry Enterprise Server environments, a consistent... Read more...
The world of doing your word processing on the 'net is officially here, no doubt about it. But how do developers make the programs that people are using these days? While the traditional CD or DVD based (or even large download) software is often written with some variant of the tried and true C programming language, this approach may not be the most suitable to bringing web-based applications to life. So what did Buzzword developer, Virtual Ubiquity, chose? Flash of course. Adobe themselves have been expanding into web-based apps, and it so it would seem very likely that future versions of Flash will probably offer expanded programmability to suit the needs of this growing group of developers.... Read more...
Video game consoles are not just for kids anymore. 37 Percent of adults connected to the web own a video game console. That number is expected to increase, as the major manufacturers attempt to make the consoles as common as a television, even for people who are old enough to have done everything you can make a Sim do. "As game consoles have become increasingly sophisticated, families have incorporated them into their centralized home media centers, which include the television, digital recording device, digital music player and the PC," said Carolyn Creekmore, senior director of media analytics, Nielsen//NetRatings. Microsoft Corp. and Sony Corp. are positioning their Xbox 360 and PlayStation... Read more...
Astute HotHardware readers may remember our prediction for the biggest selling video game console for the Christmas season. Well, the numbers are in for December of 2006, and we weren't disappointed. It wasn't the Wii, X-Box 360, or the Playstation 3. It was the Playstation 2: The PS2's popularity makes sense if you run the numbers. Along with being $470 cheaper than the PS3, PS2 games can be found for $10 or $20, while most new PlayStation3 games go for $60. That's a steal, considering that the library of great games available for the PS2 could keep a kid occupied until the PlayStation 8 is released circa 2030. According to the review aggregator site Metacritic, there are no PlayStation... Read more...
Virtual Windows to Run Unmodified on Linux Device drivers from Novell and Intel allow unmodified Windows Server 2000/2003/XP to run in Xen virtual environments on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 and Intel Virtualization Technology SAN FRANCISCO (InfoWorld Virtualization Executive Forum) - Feb. 12, 2007 - Novell and Intel Corporation today announced the availability of paravirtualized network and block device drivers that will allow Microsoft Windows Server 2000/2003/XP to run unmodified in Xen virtual environments on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 from Novell, operating on Intel-based server platforms featuring Intel Virtualization Technology. Combined with the existing ability to host unmodified... Read more...
If you suffer from "Blackberry Thumb" from punching in text on the tiny keyboard supplied with many mobile devices, you're bound to love the I-Tech virtual laser keyboard. The device, priced at $180, is a black obelisk about the size of a lipstick tube that uses infrared and laser technology to project an outline of a full keyboard onto any surface. You type by "pressing" the keys, and the laser senses your actions. The keyboard can be made slightly larger or smaller depending on how the device is angled. It's also compatible with a long list of handhelds, PCs and Macintosh computers... Read more...
Today Microsoft has announced they will provide technical support for running Linux distributions with Windows using their Virtual Server 2005 R2 software. They've also made Virtual Server 2005 R2 a free download, where as they used to charge a fee based on the amount of physical processors.""We've made a long-term commitment to make sure that non-Windows operating systems can be run in a supported manner, both on top of Virtual Server and our future virtualization products," said Zane Adam, director of Windows Server product marketing, in a statement."No joke, it's April 3rd.... Read more...
Intel Delivers New Era For Virtualization SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 14, 2005 – Delivering the industry's first hardware virtualization support for desktop PCs, Intel Corporation debuted new processors today that offer businesses improved manageability and bolstered security. Virtualization allows a platform to run multiple operating systems or applications in independent partitions or "containers" that can be tailored for specific needs such as IT management services and protecting networked assets. "With innovations such as Intel(R) Virtualization Technology built-in, Intel is at the forefront of tackling some of the biggest IT challenges facing businesses today," said Robert B. Crooke,... Read more...