Sunday, September 25, 2005

Technology Highlights --Week Ending 9/23

Websense is rolling out remote filtering technology, extending its web filtering and security technology to corporate laptop users outside of the organization's network. It allows organization to apply internet usage policies to remote users and frequent travelers, protecting them from external security threats and managing access to objectionable web content. Secure internet access not only provides protection for remote users from accessing phishing sites, sites that contain spyware, or sites corrupted with malicious code, but also reduces the cost, downtime, and frustration associated with compromised computers in the field.

Interesting concept, unless you use your own laptop and do not wish to subject it to the corporate security rules.

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VideoEgg unveiled a web-based video publishing technology that helps Internet users to capture, encode, upload, and watch online video for the first time. Described as a 'universal adapter' that captures directly from hundreds of devices and reads dozens of formats.

The announcement contains lots of interesting claims about ease of use and that it is for the everyday web user. Not sure the everyday web user needs this, but if it truly frees the end user from the hassles of dealing with specifications and standards – then they might be on to something.

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Congressional Quarterly announced the release of two new databases in its legislative tracking suite. Committee Amendments service brings users the actual text of committee amendments during (or right after) markup. Top Docs gives users the full text of a broad range of CRS Reports, GAO Reports, CBO Documents and OMB releases. Specialized staff will collect a broad range of critical documents, scan them on-site and upload them directly to the database site. An enhancement to CQ Today will provide rapid updates on key action as it happens. Users will receive notification whenever critical action occurs in committee, on the floor or around Capitol Hill. Customized daily e-mail alerts will list all the collected committee amendments and links to critical documents and amendment texts, based on users' profiles. A free trial is available at http://www.cq.com/freetrials .

This should be great news for the national-level bloggers who can afford this type of service. Someday I hope to get there.

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Sana Security, unveiled the world's first technology to instantly detect and remove malware without the use of signatures or scanning. The company investigated malicious code behaviors to create technology that provides instant and constant protection from sophisticated and evolving threats. The breakthrough technology includes the detection, classification and removal of executable pieces of spyware, adware and malware.

Great, the more the merrier. I'd love to see an industry wide cooperative effort in which they all share code in an effort to get and keep this garbage off of our computers.

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IOGEAR launched a keychain device that lets consumers search for nearby Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) service coverage without having to boot up their laptops.

Now this is sweet, and it costs less than $30.

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EasyReach announced the launch of a remote desktop search service that enables users to instantly find any file or e-mail on their work or home PCs using a BlackBerry, Treo or Internet browser.

Cool, wonder if it works if the target PC is turned off?

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Memorex today announced its U3 smart portable storage device with built-in U3 support that transforms USB flash drives from simple storage devices into USB smart drives. The device hosts a personal workspace of not only a user's data and files, but also software programs, personal preferences, passwords and settings, and the means for managing them.

I'm always taken a bit aback when the lead paragraph of an announcement starts off by talking about the color of the LEDs. Still, though, while these devices have become quite common, these devices do offer more than storage, including a version of McAfee anti-virus software specifically designed for USB drives. And with a 2-gig device, they have put the next-to-final nail in the floppy drive coffin.

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