Short takes from this week's tech news
ADT software could cut cost of RFID roll-outs
ADT has launched a software product that could cut the cost of radio frequency identification implementations. Enhanced Operations Software extends the functions of intelligent RFID readers and can remove the need for intermediary intelligence, reduce data traffic on corporate networks, and optimise RFID system performance, said ADT.
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IBM releases tools for Visual Studio users
IBM has released new versions of its software configuration management tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 2005. IBM Rational Clearcase and IBM Rational Clearquest will compete with Microsoft's own team development tool, Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server, which is due in the first quarter of 2006.
Ingres to spin off from Computer Associates
Computer Associates plans to make its 30-year-old relational database management system, Ingres, into a separate company. Ingres is the database at the root of many of CA's products, including its Unicenter management infrastructure, although CA products also use Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server databases. The company said it would retain an ownership stake in the new company and continue to develop the database.
Macromedia patches Flash Player flaw
Macromedia has patched a critical flaw in its Flash Player that could put millions of web users at risk of PC code execution attacks. The flaw was detected in Macromedia Flash Player 184.108.40.206 and earlier versions. Users of Flash Player 8 are not affected by the flaw.
IBM sets storage performance record
IBM has claimed a new record for storage computing performance. IBM's DS8000 disc system and San Volume Controller storage virtualisation produced a throughput of 155,519.47 SPC-1 IOPS (input-read/output-write requests per second).