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I was on a high-rise construction site 34-floors above the city. I was talking to the construction crew when a fight broke out. There was an explosion and the floor collapsed. I removed the virtual reality (VR) goggles and laughed. It was so real. The VR solutions provided an incredibl...
Reality itself is going through a digital transformation thanks to leaps in 3D rendering and the crunch-speed motion feedback data. Although the modern definition of virtual reality (VR) has been making promises for three decades, the emphasis was always on the potential. Now it’s here...
Wireshark doesn’t just work in real time. If you save a history of network activity in a pcap file using a tool such as tcpdump, you can filter the data with Wireshark to search for evidence. Intrusion detection tools that use the libpcap C/ C++ library [1] for network traffic capture...
Virtuon announced on Thursday it has unveiled a Virtual Desktop service based on cloud computing and virtualization technology. The desktops are accessible from any web browser and deliver full functionality of the Microsoft Windows operating system. Starting at $39.95 per month, the d...
I remember back-in-the-day when Virtual meant ‘almost,’ ‘simulated’ or ‘in essence’ as in, ‘I’m virtually there.’ Today, as it has made it’s way into computer terminology, it can mean actual or real things that are done over computers. Virtualization has been the main enabler of Cloud...
A new agreement with Microsoft Corporation gives ArcGIS users fast access to Microsoft Virtual Earth for their geographic information system (GIS) projects. As part of ArcGIS Online at the ArcGIS 9.3.1 release, ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Server users will be able to connect directly to ...
One of the great things about cloud computing is in its ability to virtualize everything. The cloud is a kind of "multiverse" where the rules of nature can continually be rewritten using quarantined virtual worlds within other virtual worlds (aka virtualization). The need for a traditi...
FalconStor announced that, as part of its ongoing support of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V virtualization technology, FalconStor Network Storage Server (NSS) software works seamlessly with Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering to provide instantaneous disaster recov...
As the cloud-o-sphere tries to define this 'cloud' thing, myself included, it seems like the list of who is a cloud just keeps getting longer and longer. I originally thought the Forrester 11 list was a little to long when it included SalesForce.com and Akamai as cloud providers. The g...
IBM claims to have created new species of custom-built, industry-standard, Linux-based rack server for Web 2.0 and Cloud Computing companies with massive data centers and tens of thousands of servers, like online gaming, social networks, search and Internet firms. A relatively limited ...
Veeam announced its acquisition of privately held nworks, an innovative creator of enterprise management connectors bridging the gap between VMware virtual infrastructure and enterprise systems management tools from Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft. The nworks worldwide customer base cons...
Wipro announced an agreement with SAP, through which it established a closer collaboration and an increased focus on customer adoption of SAP solutions. Under this agreement, Wipro has invested in a state-of-the-art Solutions Lab, through which it is building 'Industry Networks' to hel...
Symantec has unveiled the top Internet security trends of 2007 that impacted consumers and business. The security trends emphasize the ongoing evolution of cybercrime becoming more professional and commercial. Two key trends that summarize the findings are 'topical' and 'trust' -- atta...
IBM introduced t a new category of server designed to address the technology needs of companies that use Web 2.0-style computing to operate massive data centers with tens of thousands of servers. Companies that operate massive scale-out data centers spend 10 to 30 times more on energy ...
Sigma Resources & Technologies announced it has integrated its test automation solution with the VMware Lab Manager and has joined the VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program. The new relationship will enable end-user customers to leverage the integrated power of Sigma's Sigma...
Celceo unveiled the latest generation of its application virtualization technology for individuals and small businesses. With this latest release, Celceo allows virtual applications to integrate with Windows, creating a seamless and transparent experience for end users.
“Combining IBM and Linden Lab’s solutions together has the potential to make custom-created environments a viable option for enterprises,” said IBM's VP of Digital Convergence, Colin Parris,today as IBM and Linden Lab announced the two companies are exploring the development of enterpr...
Stonesoft introduced a comprehensive StoneGate Security Solution for VMware virtual environments. The first virtual appliance, StoneGate Firewall/VPN, protects the network and ensures resilient connectivity in both virtual and physical network environments. The virtual StoneGate Securi...
Real-time 3D is emerging as a first-class media type for the Web. Network bandwidth and graphics hardware processing power are now sufficiently advanced to enable compelling Web-based 3D experiences, including games, online virtual worlds, simulations, education, and training. Commerci...
At the annual Alan Turing memorial lecture given by Grady Booch in London last month, he chose as his subject, The promise, the limits, and the beauty of software. It was an excellent address in which one of the themes was that for each of the incredible advances that software has brou...
Media Machines, Inc., aleading provider of 3D virtual worlds software and services for the Web,today announced Flux Worlds(TM), a multi-user 3D virtual worlds serverdesigned from the ground up to power open, real-time 3D social spaces andgames in a standard Web browser.
AJAX3D combines the power of X3D, the standard for real-time 3D on the Web, with the ease of use and ubiquity of AJAX. AJAX3D employs the X3D Scene Access Interface (SAI) the X3D equivalent of the DOM to control 3D worlds via JavaScript. With the simple addition of an X3D plug-in to to...
IBM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Samuel J. Palmisano has announced that the company will invest $100 million over the next two years to pursue ten new businesses generated by InnovationJam, an unprecedented experiment in collaborative innovation held earlier this year.
A surge in the number of IBM Power technology-based supercomputers enabled IBM to seize the number one ranking on the just-released TOP500 Supercomputer Sites List. Overall, IBM systems accounted for 237 of the 500 most powerful supercomputers in the world and 49.6% the total processin...
Media Machines, Inc., a leading provider of opensource, real time 3D communications on the web, today announced Ajax3D, a Javascript-based software library and development paradigm for deploying online virtual worlds and 3D web applications based on Ajax and X3D. The company also issue...
Media Machines announced that it has released the source code to its FLUX 3D platform under an open source license. FLUX allows developers and content creators to publish their interactive 3D animations, models and virtual worlds to a standard web browser.
Microsoft announced a deal with Marvel Enterprises to develop an advanced online game based on Marvel's well-known cast of comic book characters. This will expand the video game wars to new fronts. The deal extends Microsoft's competition with Sony, its prime video game rival, into the...
HP announced the availability of the HP National Identity System (NIS) on the Microsoft® .NET platform. The HP NIS solution allows governments to build and quickly deploy at an affordable price a complete, standards-based and technologically agile infrastructure that meets their changi...
The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and the Information Technology Department where I teach, has long been a user of Macromedia products, from Dreamweaver to Director and most things in between. Recently, there has been some debate as to the future of Director's role, consider...
Will machine-to-machine communications be the Internet technology trend of the 2010s? Does what we see of M2M today constitute the first signs of a technological development that may turn out to be as revolutionary as the PC era and the Internet at the end of the 20th century? Will the...
The WorldForge Project is still young, but shows promise. Like many open source projects it does not yet rival commercial titles, but it offers enticing flexibility to players -- and the opportunity to contribute creatively to the game world. (1,600 words)
The WorldForge Project is still young, but shows promise. Like many open source projects it does not yet rival commercial titles, but it offers enticing flexibility to players -- and the opportunity to contribute creatively to the game world. (1,600 words)
The one reassuring thing about the future, it has always seemed to me, is that - whether we like it or not - we are all headed there together. Why, then, do phases seem to recur during which folks, particularly in the technology space, have such wildly divergent views of what that futu...
There is no doubt that Java holds tremendous potential in bringing sophisticated behaviors and networking to VRML 2 worlds. The debate is over how to add the Java and how much control the Java should have over the VRML. There are two approaches to using Java to extend VRML 2 worlds whi...
Abstract This is the first of a two-part series presenting a Java implementation of a real-time multi-user blackjack game based on a collaborative, active object framework. In this article, we will walk through the design of an active object framework for developing collaborative clien...