Expert: With open-source software, ROI tough to peg

For businesses looking to move to open-source software, the metrics used to compare return on investment with proprietary software may not always give the best answers. Basing such decisions on the costs associated with licensing fees, hardware, supp...

Microsoft to patch software next week

Microsoft will release six software patches next Tuesday covering flaws in its Windows operating system. The company also is planning to release an updated version of its Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, and a nonsecurity update for...

First family of Windows Vista viruses unleashed

An Austrian hacker earned the dubious distinction of writing what are thought to be the first known viruses for Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system. Written in July, the viruses take advantage of a new command shell, code-named Monad, that is ...

Flash memory to speed up hard drives

No more long waits for your PC to wake up. Longer laptop battery life. Data that survives a drop. These are the promises of solid-state-memory disks (SSDs), which use flash memory to supplement or replace today's hard drives.

Mozilla creates money-making subsidiary

The Mozilla Foundation, which distributes the open source Firefox Web browser, has created a corporate subsidiary to support its money-making activities and help widen the use of its products, it announced on Wednesday.

Siemens spins out phones into new company

After unloading its underperforming mobile phone manufacturing business to BenQ in June, German electronics giant Siemens has decided to spin out its customer premises equipment (CPE) unit into a new, fully owned subsidiary.

Coonan launches Telstra dial-a-quote freecall number

Possibly overwhelmed by media interest in the government's campaign to privatize Telstra, federal communications minister Senator Helen Coonan has launched an automated "voice grab" service to disseminate her views to the fourth estate, or anyone els...

Western Digital stretches out warranty life

Western Digital has increased the warranty period of some of its hard drives by standardising all enterprise drives to five years and desktop and notebook drives to three years.

Apple unveils multibutton mouse -- without the buttons

Apple Computer today unveiled a new computer mouse that offers four-button functionality, but because it's touch-sensitive, it acts like the traditional one-button mouse the company has long favored. It also offers a small scroll ball that allows a u...

Analyst tips Xbox to drive home networking

Households on both sides of the Pacific have gone device mad but have yet to connect their multiple PCs and devices into home theatres or networks. However, with Microsoft's Xbox 360 on the horizon, IT resellers need not resign themselves to concentr...

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