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Google introduced a Sidebar panel in its online beta recently that personalizes desktop search with live information such as a real-time stock ticker, weather reports, news stories, and blog updates. It is self-learning, indexes past Internet use and is supposed to anticipate user preferences. In the process Google collects information on user behavior, reopening the confidentiality issue. The so-called Google Desktop 2, a follow-on to the desktop search widgetry Google released last fall and borrowing from Apple's Dashboard and Yahoo's Konfabulator programs, can search network drives as well as local files and Outlook-based e-mail. The search index can be encrypted, but doing so impacts search performance. Since third-party developers supposedly can use the Sidebar to concoct new value-added services, the widgetry reopens the door to speculation of a Google opera... (more)

New Version of Embarcadero DBArtisan 8.1 Launched

Embarcadero Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of data lifecycle management solutions, announced the general availability of Embarcadero DBArtisan 8.1. This latest version provides database administrators with the most robust cross-platform data and database management solution to date, including support for MySQL Network and Microsoft SQL Server 2005 CTP (Community Technology Preview). Embarcadero DBArtisan 8.1 provides organizations with significant benefits in the form of higher productivity, improved performance and availability, and increased levels of security across a ... (more)

Sun Charts New Territory For Open Source With OpenSPARC Project

Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced the OpenSPARC project to open source its new breakthrough UltraSPARC(R) T1 processor design point. Sun also announced plans to publish specifications for the UltraSPARC-based chip, including the source of the design expressed in Verilog, a verification suite and simulation models, instruction set architecture specification (UltraSPARC Architecture 2005) and a Solaris OS port. The goal is to enable community members to build on proven technology at a markedly lower cost and to innovate freely. The source code will be released under an Open Source ... (more)

"Real-World AJAX" One-Day Seminar Arrives in Silicon Valley

The first "Real-World AJAX" event, held in New York City, featured 15 speakers in 11 sessions, including many of the the world's most renowned AJAX experts, and more than 400 delegates attended while more than 15,000 SYS-CON.TV viewers tuned into the simulcast on March 13, 2006. Backbase news blog called it "a great day, and certainly the first major Ajax Event in the World!" Today, just ten weeks on, SYS-CON Events' timely "Real-World AJAX" comes to Silicon Valley, to San Jose at its very heart, and the Faculty lineup is if anything even more stellar than it was in NYC, includin... (more)

KDE And OpenSync Develop KitchenSync To Replace The KPilot Open Source Tool

Developers of the K Desktop Environment (KDE) have teamed with those at the OpenSync project to produce a graphical interface called KitchenSync to replace the KPilot PDA sync tool beginning with the release of KDE 4. KDE developers made the decision to drop the current synchronization code, including KPilot, an older application also called KitchenSync, KSync, Kandy, and libksync, earlier this year in Spain at the aKadamy conference, just days after a SUSE-sponsored coding session in Nuremberg, Germany, where the KitchenSync interface was developed. Although it recycles an old nam... (more)