Short takes on this week's news
Opera releases updated Linux browser
Opera Software has released the next version of its Linux browser, offering fit-to-window-width and fit-to-paper-width tools and an improved start bar for easier access to features. There is also an automatic update checker. Users who have licensed Opera 7 will receive a free upgrade.
Suppliers submit web services spec to W3C
BEA Systems, IBM, Microsoft, SAP and Sun Microsystems have jointly submitted a specification for cross-platform compatibility to the World Wide Web Consortium. The spec, called WS-Addressing, is aimed at helping users build interoperable web services applications to work across disparate hardware platforms and operating systems.
Power over Ethernet wireless point for SMEs
3Com is offering a standards-based power over Ethernet-enabled wireless access point for smaller businesses. Called the Officeconnect Wireless, the 108mbps 11g PoE access point aims to provide voice and data wireless Lan convergence for small businesses. This eliminates the need for a power plug at each access point or phone.
Desktop Yahoo aims to beat Windows searches
Yahoo has launched a desktop search engine designed to be more intuitive and faster than desktop search facilities within Windows. The software is free but users who run Yahoo's search client software will receive online adverts. The search engine is based on X1 search software from developer Idealab.
McAfee tool detects confidential data
Intrusion prevention supplier McAfee has released Sitedigger 2.0, a security tool that can help companies check information published on their websites. The Foundstone Sitedigger 2.0 tool uses indexed search information in Google to identify whether confidential information has accidentally been published on the web.