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OnLive Brings Windows Desktops to iPads

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OnLive Brings Windows Desktops to iPads

Cloud-based gaming specialist OnLive steps towards the remote desktop market with OnLive Desktop-- a free iPad app providing "instant access" to the Microsoft Office Suite.

The company claims “OnLive Desktop is the first app to deliver a no-compromise, media-rich Windows desktop experience to iPad, opening up powerful new possibilities for consumers and businesses." Users should be able to view and edit cloud-hosted documents, complete with multi-touch gesture support and high-quality HD video pl Continue reading...

Google Opens Chrome Store Borders

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Google Opens Chrome Store Borders

Google opens the Chrome Web Store to countries beyond the USA, with users from 24 countries now able to buy or sell apps through the Chrome browser.

The list of participant countries includes Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

The recently launched in-app payments remain US-only, for now.

With the Continue reading...

Norman Updates Security Suite

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Norman Updates Security Suite

Norman launches Security Suite 9, the latest version of its consumer PC cyber security software.

The company says the program is future ready for Windows 8, and offers protection for customers surfing, shopping and banking online.

Improvements in version 9 include simplified user interface and license management, better performance (through lower memory and CPU usage) and faster scanning malware cleaner.

The Norman Security Suite also carries antivirus, antispyware, rootkit detection, antiphishing, Continue reading...

Hard Disk Manager Gets Upgrade

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Hard Disk Manager Gets Upgrade

Paragon releases Hard Disk Manager 11 Professional, a data management software uniting all HDD lifecycle maintenance and management tools for office and home PC users.

It performs system migrations, drive partitioning, disk imaging, file system optimisation, data sanitisation and boot management, while also being open to Boot Camp users.

Its data safety and disaster recovery tools handle both physical and virtual Windows environments, and it includes Paragon Connect VD, which works with virtual Continue reading...

Used Software Trading Under ECJ Hammer

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Used Software Trading Under ECJ Hammer

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) will be deciding whether usedSoft can sell second-hand versions of downloaded business software, following its case in German Federal Court of Justice with Oracle.

Now the ECJ will the apply directive 2009/24/EC ("...the reproduction of a computer program does not, in the absence of specific contractual provisions, require the authorisation of the rightholder"), setting a precedent for used software license trading across the EU.

In 2005 Oracle kicked off the Continue reading...

AuthenTec’s One-Swipe Password Control

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AuthenTec’s One-Swipe Password Control

For retailers & distributors, AuthenTec and Dolphin will demo at CeBIT a solution to safeguard family digital life: for parents (protecting access to personal and financial online info) and for children (protecting their social time and playtime online).

With all the security you need these days, no one at home or work finds managing password security easy. At CeBIT, AuthenTec will present a security solution that is literally at your fingertips for family or business: Eikon® Digital Privacy M Continue reading...

SIIA and the German Pirate

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SIIA and the German Pirate

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) wins first case outside the US-- against a German eBay vendor selling unauthorised Adobe products.

The defendant was committing illegal parallel importing-- importing authentic Adobe products (without Adobe's blessing) to sell on eBay, breaking German copyright law in the process. Now the vendor has to pay a 5-figure sum in damages (while agreeing not to sell any more of the software).

The organisation says this is the "first shot" in a campaign Continue reading...

Office Genuine Advantage Program Retires

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Office Genuine Advantage Program Retires

Microsoft shuts down its Office Genuine Advantage (OGA) program, with hardly any sound of announcement.

In fact, the only mention of the program's retirement comes in an error explanation-- whenever a user tries to validate their copy of Office with OGA they get an "Error Code:0x8018111" message.

Clicking the Validate Office button now simply leads to the Windows home page.

However Office still equires online activation through the traditional 25-character product key.

OGA was part of Microsoft' Continue reading...

A Touchscreen Without a Touchscreen

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A Touchscreen Without a Touchscreen

Aerotap turns monitors into a virtual touchscreen through a regular webcam.

The software tracks users' fingers and their position in relation to the screen to enable gesture-based input. By tapping a single finger, one activates a virtual cursor, while opening the hand acts like a button click.

The software is compatible with the Windows interface, as well as web browsers and flash-based content.

The latest version even recognises one's distance from the screen through the use of 2 webcams.

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