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Atos Origin's Olympic goal: invisibility
The presence of top Olympic sponsors, especially Adidas, Coca-Cola, and McDonald's, is evident throughout Beijing. But for official systems integrator Atos Origin, success at the Beijing games will be measured by anonymity, not popularity."The gold medal for Atos is not to be visible at all," said Philippe Germond, the company's chairman and CEO, in an interview at the Technical Operations Center, the IT headquarters for the games. "If we pop up, then something happened that was n

Gartner: India's top outsourcers moving up to bigger deals
India's top outsourcing companies will likely become the next generation of "megavendors" for IT services by 2011, competing for deals worth more than $1 billion, analyst Gartner said Wednesday.Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys Technologies, and Wipro will increasingly compete with other top players such as IBM, Accenture, and EDS for those large deals, Gartner said.The top Indian outsourcers, called the India-3 by Gartner, are more frequently being invited to bid on large deals that

Dell unveils 19-hour Latitude laptop
Dell on Tuesday announced a series of Latitude laptops, including its lightest ultramobile commercial laptop yet and a larger system that the company claimed provides 19 hours of battery life.The company's Latitude E6400 runs for as much as 10 hours on a single nine-cell battery, and an additional battery that snaps on to the bottom of the laptop adds as much as nine hours of battery life, Dell officials said at a press event in San Francisco. That gives users close to a full day of laptop use w

MSN takes the brunt of Google's U.S. search blitz
Google continued to grab U.S. Internet search market share at a record pace in July, with Microsoft's MSN search engine the biggest loser over the past year and a half, according to data from Hitwise.Google accounted for 70.77 percent of all online search engine queries in the U.S. for the four weeks ending July 26, Hitwise said Tuesday. The figure is Google's 10th consecutive record high in monthly search share, and shows strong improvement over the 64.35 percent share it took in July of last y

Yahoo's Fire Eagle takes flight for location services
Yahoo on Tuesday announced general availability of Fire Eagle, which enables users to their mark their location on the Web and is being leveraged in applications such as travel and messaging systems.Featuring an API, Fire Eagle acts as an interface for managing and sharing location information. Users can authorize Web, mobile, or desktop applications to update location, and they can do it manually on the Fire Eagle Web site or mobile sites.Fire Eagle enables developers to build geo-aware applica

Dell gets business-savvy with 'E' family laptops
Tuesday Dell unveils its new take on the business notebook with its "E" family of laptops. Trying to merge consumer sex appeal with business-savvy notebook features is no easy task--but that isn't stopping Dell from making the attempt. Is the new line merely business as usual, or is it--as the press materials say--"Business Unusual?"Improved Battery Life[ InfoWorld designs the next-gen laptop that PC makers could ship in 2009. But will they? Explore our ideal thick and t

Microsoft fixes IE, Office in big month of security updates
Microsoft released patches to fix 19 critical vulnerabilities in its software Tuesday, including five flaws in its Internet Explorer browser that security experts advise IT administrators to patch immediately.The total of 11 security updates released for August is the largest round of Patch Tuesday updates Microsoft has released since last February and should give IT administrators plenty to do to secure their companies' systems. "People are going to be quite busy with this load,"

Cisco combines SMB engineering teams
Cisco Systems has combined the engineering teams for all its small and medium-sized business (SMB) products, forming a single group to develop products for the Cisco and Linksys brands.The new team could swap features across the two brands, bringing Linksys ease-of-use innovations to Cisco gear and more advanced capabilities such as customization features from the parent brand down to Linksys equipment, said Andrew Sage, vice president of small business sales, worldwide channels at Cisco.[ Read

Virtualization power savings: Virtual Iron debuts new twist
Along with the other updates Virtual Iron, Inc. plans to ship at the end of this month is a feature designed to conserve electricity by moving virtual machines onto a small part of a server farm and power down the rest.The software, LivePower, is designed to monitor CPU capacity on the servers running Virtual Iron 's server virtualization software and shift virtual machines from one to another to increase the efficiency of the whole group.[ Read what Virtualization Report blogger David Marshall

Microsoft updates Office 2004 and 2008
Microsoft's Macintosh Business Unit released updates on Tuesday for Office 2004 and Office 2008.Taking a page from Apple's most recent updates, Microsoft was stingy with details on what exactly the Office 12.1.2 update fixes. According to notes provided by the company, "this update contains several improvements to enhance stability and performance."[ Discover how easy it is to incorporate Macs into the enterprise. ]Office 2004 11.5.1 does offer a bit more information for users. Wh