Sunday, September 18, 2005

Technology Highlights --Week Ending 9/16

Following is a brief summary of interesting (to me) items that came over the wire during the last week. This will be a semi-regular feature.

If it piques my interest, I'll mention it, if it does not, I won't.

SonicWALL, Inc. announced a tool that allows small and medium businesses to increase Internet security and manage risk, productivity and bandwidth usage from a single firewall platform. The solution combines hardware and software in an offering that is constantly updated with signatures to protect networks from the latest threats, including viruses, spyware, worms and Trojans.

Sync2It announced a system to automatically categorize websites into appropriate topical 'clusters', while ensuring privacy and anonymity. This system effectively eliminates the need to enter 'tags' or other descriptive information for website information stored online allowing for 'effortless social bookmarking.' It allows users to store their bookmarks and favorites online, and keeps those bookmarks synchronized on all of the users' other computers, browsers and operating systems.

Raritan introduced a palm-sized, one-port, KVM-over-IP remote management device that provides always-available access to servers and also facilitates moving and relocating servers. It represents a new class of KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) management solution with a switchless architecture that provides non-blocked access and BIOS-level control of servers from anywhere in the world through a Web browser.

Lexmark introduced a $199 4x6-inch inkjet photo printer, featuring the industry's first-ever built-in CD photo burner, giving users a complete photo processing center and digital image archiving system -- all with no need for a PC.

Palo Alto Software announced the release of its business planning software that includes features such as new financial options, including detailed exit strategy and financial risks and contingencies. It also allows users to create the type of plan needed for a particular situation, including, loan documents, new product or service descriptions, financial plans, marketing plans, or complete business plans.

Garmin announced a personal travel assistant that combines a GPS navigator, language translator and travel guide capability, an MP3 player, an audio book player, a currency and measurement converter, a world clock, and a digital photo organizer -- all in one device. The software suite contains a multilingual word bank, phrase bank, and five bilingual dictionaries. The multilingual word bank and phrase bank supports nine languages and dialects including American English, British English, French, German, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, European Portuguese, European Spanish, and Latin American Spanish.

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